Celebrating Student Achievement

The campuswide Celebration of Scholarship highlights and celebrates the diverse talents and skills of Saint Mary's students across a broad spectrum of academic and performance disciplines.

The Celebration of Scholarship is an all-day event centered around our graduating students and the excellent work they have done here at Saint Mary's. Family and friends of participating students are welcomed onto campus for the presentations, exhibits, performances, and displays.

Photos from the 2018 event

2018 Celebration of Scholarship

April 27, 2018

The event is divided into 4 sessions and a reception, followed by the Honors Convocation.

Registration 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Session I 9 - 10:15 a.m.

Session II 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Lunch/Mass 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Session III 1 - 2:15 p.m.

Poster Session 2:30 - 3:30 .p.m.

Reception 3:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Honors Convocation 4:30 p.m. 

Full Program (pdf)


Alley, Kate. Senior Thesis Presentation 

Atneosen, Elizabeth. T-Cell and Macrophage Activation in the Splenocytes of Mus musculus Chronically Exposed to Atrazine

Bernier, Carter. The Effects of Atrazine on Growth, Gene Expression, and Aromatase Activity in Mus musculus 

Bettag, Regina. Native Ant Community Preference and Satiation in Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) and Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

Blakely, Owen. The Oligodynamic Effect of Hexaamminecobalt(III) chloride on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus

Bzdula, Maximillian. The Effects of Increased Creatine Phosphate Concentration on Mass and Myosin Levels in Mus musculus

Carlyle, Marissa. The Effects of Fluoxetine on Cyprinus carpio Present in the Mississippi River

Cimba, Michael. Comparing the Abilities of Mechanical and Manual Toothbrushes at Eliminating Oral Bacteria

Colton, Haley. Glutathione S-Transferase Expression in Embryonic Livers of Gallus gallus Exposed to Atrazine in ovum

Egbert, Sarah. The Correlation Factors Between Verbal Feedback, Exercise and Cortisol Levels

Friend, Carina. DNA Damage and the Cell Cycle Checkpoint Responses in Schizosaccharomyces pombe 

Frye, Kathryn. Inhibition of TBX2 Expression in the T47D Cell Line Reduces Cell Mobility

Grillo, William. Lead Content in the Livers of Southeastern Minnesota Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)

Hanson, Tabitha. The Effect of TBX2 Expression on Growth and Apoptosis of SKBR3 Cells Treated with a HER2 Neutralizing Antibody

Heinle, Jeremy. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor-B and Fatty Acid Binding Protein 4 Expression in Mice (Mus musculus) Exposed in utero to Atrazine

Heinle, Jeremy. Hepatic Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase Expression and Neuropilin-1 and VEGF-Alpha in Newborn Mice (Mus musculus) exposed in utero to Atrazine

Hill, Jordan. Spatial Analysis of the Relationship Between Atrazine and Human Diseases in the Midwest

Hiltner, Chelsea. The Impact the Invasive Shrub Japanese Barberry has on the Black-legged Tick Population in Southeastern Minnesota (oral presentation)

Hiltner, Chelsea; Leonard, Mark. The Impact the Invasive Shrub Japanese Barberry has on the Black-legged Tick Population in Southeastern Minnesota (poster presentation)

Holm, Alexander. Inhibition of Mitochondrial NADH Dehydro-genase by the Herbicide Atrazine

Janssen, Samantha. The Effects of Oral Caffeine on Cortisol Levels, Blood Pressure, Heart Rate and Glucose on Caffeine and Non-caffeine Habituated Individuals

Kling, Kaitlin. The Effect of Overexpression of TBX2 on Migration of SKBR3 Cells

Krogman, Brandon. Magnesium Sulfate Inhibits Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha in Splenocytes from Mus musculus

Langfeldt, Ramontica. Protein Expression of Neuropilin-1 and VEGF-a in Mus musculus Brain Tissue Exposed in utero to Atrazine

Lodwich, Daniel. The Influence of Atrazine on the Signal Transduction Factor HIF1- and the Inflammatory Cytokine TNF-

Longseth, Tara. Anti-microbial Properties of Clove Oil

Messer, Angela. Comparison of the Anti-Microbial Properties of the Cis and Tran Isomers of Dichlorobis(ethylenediamine)cobalt(III)chloride

Munns, Sarah. Copper Nitrate Inhibits the Growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli

Nicholas, Connor. A Comparative Analysis of 1,3-Dimethylamilamine and Methamphetamines in Mice (Mus musculus) Heart Rate and Pulse Pressure

O’Hare, Austin. Comparison of Bacterial Isolates From Fresh and Composted Rodent Bedding

Rau, Hunter. The Effect of Aloe vera Extract on Tumor Necrosis Factor - alpha Production by Murine Splenocytes

Rodas, Victor. Over Expression of TBX2 in the MCF10A Cell Line Induces Epiregulin Expression

Sabella, John. The Effects of Atrazine on Growth, Development and Gender Determination In Mus musculus

Sieracki, Sarah. Comparison of Seed Traits in Two Myrmecochorous Plants

Strusz, Jack. Intersex of Fish in the Mississippi River

Thompson, Tiarra. The Artificial Sweetener Stevia Does Not Impact the Growth of MDA-468 Human Breast Cancer Cells

Virruso, Christopher. Terrestrial Scavenging by Bald Eagles

Windsperger, Bailey. Classical Conditioning of Homo sapiens to Experience Relaxation Physiologically and Psychologically using Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Woledi, Heven. The Impact of Turmeric on the Production of Interleukin 10 by Murine Splenocytes

Alvarez, Fabian; Marshall, Nicholas. Performance Analysis of Chicago Restaurants

Amelio, Michael. Predicting Future Ice Hockey Statistics

Bettag, Alice; Pina, Alejandra. Social Networking: Is it Good for Society?

Bettag, Alice; Woerly, Sydney. Winning the Trade Game

Boeve, Julia. Is the Financial Crisis the Cause of Your Money Behavior?

Capek, Karel. A Geospatial Analysis of the Watershed Ecological Economy

Deroiun, Drew; Vandegrift, Nathaniel; Boeve, Julia. Unbridled Borrowing: Are Americans in too Much Debt?

Emeott, Hannah; Homeyer, Molly; Gorman, Liam; Propp, Brian. How to Survive the Business Strategy Case Competition

Flynn, Rowan; Klaesges, Carolyn. Periodic Table of Data Science

Gilbert, Shawn. Formula 1 Data Visualization

Gilbert, Shawn; Collins, Bakari. Periodic Table of Data Science

Grunke, Garrett; Butcher, Sean. Want To Go on a Data?

Hill, Bradley; Meitz, Kristjan; Gleason, Kevin. NBA Analysis

Irwin, Dixon. Variation of Use in Boat Models by Alumacraft

Klaesges, Carolyn; Jackson, Brett; Emeott, Hannah. The History and Culture of the Czech Republic

Kleve, Joseph; Petraitis, Jacob; Wilgenbusch, Nicholas. Data Science Application: Minneapolis Police Data

Lais, Emily. Doing Business in Japan

Li, Binglin. Periodic Table of Data Science

Martinez, Victor. Study of Video Game Analytics

Martinez, Jr., Victor. PUBG: Predicting Your Next Win

Nagy, Tara. Will Your Shark Tank Pitch Succeed?

Nagy, Tara. College Students Financial Literacy Capabilities

Nelson, Nicholas. The Economics Behind the Death Star

Vasilj, Matthew; Champa, Maxwell; Updike, Meaghan. Doing Business in Germany

Amiotte, Brenden. A Synthetic, Spectroscopic, and Computational Study of the Polyoxometalate W12

Avila, Paula. Spectroscopic and Computational Investigation of Ammonium Decavanadate, a Polyoxometalate and Potent Enzyme Inhibitor

Azage, Besufekad. Spectroscopic and Computational Analysis of Sodium Paradodecatungstate and its Binding to Intestinal Alkaline Phosphatase (IAP)

Campbell, Meagan. Synthesis of 1,4-Diaminoanthraquinone Derivatives for the Purification of Lactate Dehydrogenase

Domine, Joseph. Computational Study of Decavanadate Spectra and Binding Sites of Reduced Decavanadate to Protein ecto- nucleoside Triphosphate Diphosphohydrolase 1 (NTPDase 1).

Eichers, Madaline; Lodwich, Daniel. Expression of Proteins TNF-, HIF1-, and VEGF in Response to Chronic Atrazine Exposure in Mice (Mus musculus) (poster presentation)

Eichers, Madaline. Expression of Proteins TNF-, HIF1-, and VEGF in Response to Chronic Atrazine Exposure in Mice (Mus musculus) (oral presentation)

Hippman, Ryan. Progress Towards the Synthesis of Crassalactone A and Development of a Hetero Diels-Alder Methodology to Access Styryl Lactones (oral and poster presentations)

Kanyamaw, Rosy. Preparation of Immobilized Cyclam Complexes on Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Heterogeneous Hydrolysis of Phosphate Ester

Palecek, Molly. Synthesis of Metal Nanoparticles and Their Effects on the Growth of the Bacteria Escherichia coli

Reinartz, Gabrielle. Investigation of the Inclusion Complexes of Alpha-cyclodextrin with Anthranilic Acid-derived N,N, O-terdentate Ligands (oral and poster presentations)

Retzlaff, Brandon. Synthesis of Mono-substituted Anthraquinone Derivatives to be used in the Purification of Lactate Dehydrogenase

Schadler, Analiese. Hepatic Protein and RNA Expression of GST Isotypes Mu and Pi are Affected by Atrazine Exposure during Pregnancy

Schadler, Analiese. Gender Differences in Hepatic GST Isotypes Alpha, Mu and Pi in Mice Chronically Exposed to Atrazine

Collins, McKayla. Public Relations Capstone Campaigns

Loof, Emily. Public Relations Capstone Campaigns

Bauer, Sheyenne. The Scholarship of Teaching: Planning, Instruction, Assessment, and Relationships. It’s All About the Kids

Hauschild, Kassidy; Kowalczyk, Ciara. The Scholarship of Teaching: Varying Instruction to Meet Student Learner Needs Through Movement, Music, Games, and Collaboration

Killian, Abigail. The Scholarship of Teaching: Meeting Students Where They Are--Newsela, Anchor Charts, and More

Nuy, Alex. The Scholarship of Teaching: Content Knowledge, Passion, and Relationships with Students, Three Parts of Professionalism

Nuy, Alex; Homan, Kathryn; Schmidt, Stephanie; Bettag, Regina. The Scholarship of Teaching: Bridging the Gap, Building Connections Between Novice and Veteran Teacher Leaders

Schmidt, Stephanie; VanderLugt, Megan. The Scholarship of Teaching: The Power of Collaboration and Teamwork to Analyze Data, Form Flexible Groups, and Tier Assessment for Student Success

Wegrzyn, Michelle. The Scholarship of Teaching: The Power of Differentiating for Students, From Poetry to Science

Wolniakowski, Sister Marie Faustina. The Scholarship of Teaching: Cultivating Virtue, The Necessary Scaffold for Lasallian Education

Zuzek, Alexander. The Scholarship of Teaching: Variety in Instruction—Be Fearless, Be Calm, and Take the Risk

Buchmeier, Ryan. Distance and Authenticity: The Representation of Shame in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle: Book 1

Loof, Emily. A Doctor, a Monster, a Nose, and Knees: Dichotomies of Identity in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Midnight’s Children

O’Brien-Britton, Michael. Theater and Theatricality in The Master and Margarit

Bickerstaff, Liam. The Patriotic Treason of Erskine Childers: Dying British Imperialism and the Case for Irish Independence

Cyphert, Alexander. No Gods or Kings, Only Man: Ayn Rand’s Experiences in the Soviet Union as Inspiration for Anthem

Haag, Leanna. What a Piece of Work is Man: Mikhail Bulgakov’s Articulation of Human Nature from the NEP to the Stalinist Regime

Johnston, Victoria. The Revival of Israel: Regulation and Discrimination in the Israeli Educational System

Kelcher, Jake. Nice Guys in a Tough World

Mathwig, Nathan. Effecting the Social and Economic Betterment of the Masses: Lazaro Cardenas and the Intersection of Land Reform, and Nation-Building in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

Nuy, Alex. Remembering Resistance: Telling the Story of Resistors Inside the Nazi Hierarchy 

Peters, Benjamin. The Ethics of Storytelling: Gyges and the Use of Fact and Fiction in the Ancient’s Practice of History

Slowiak, Zachary. What are the Golden Days of Baseball: The Differing Views of Nostalgia in Baseball

Amiotte, Brenden. A Model for Predicting Upsets in the Early Rounds of the Four Major Tennis Tournaments

Birkhauser, Brittney. The Utilization of Markov Chains in Baseball

Fishbune, Stephen. The Application of Optimal Control to the Business of Video Games

Hanson, Brittney. Generalized Linear Models to Predict Final Standings

Kocher, Alexander. Creating a Model for a Winning FanDuel Lineup

Wolt, Jared. Using a Bayesian Approach to Predict Soccer Games and Leagues

Kuka, Cecelia. Yo, Sí Puedo- Un programa cubano de alfabetización que cambió Latinoamérica. 

May, Kalleigh. Un mundo sin importancia: La hemofilia y el concepto de la masculinidad fallida en la última familia imperial de Rusia 

Prince, Rachel; Walske, Kierra; Blissenbach, Debra; McCoy, Erin. Music Department Showcase Recital

Flores-Ugalde, Jose. Ancient History Under the Light of Machiavelli: An Inquiry into the Bridge Between Political Philosophy and Modern Political Science

Hammer, Daniel. Martin Buber: Philosophical Anthropology

Kinyon, Robert. Anscombe and Aquinas on Ethics

Landsteiner, Isaac. A Philosophy of Patriotism

Miller, Mark. A Thomistic Account of the Passions

Range, Luke. The Practice of a Life Founded in Love: The Christian Form of Life and Its Concept of Love

Stewart, Paul; Tran, Toan. Information Measure of Critical Neural Network

Berkenes, Alicia. The Influence of Social Exercise Combined with Internal and External Motivation

Cwik, Jessica. Perception of Injury and Trait Aggression as Barriers to Seeking Physical and Mental Help in College Varsity Athletes and Non-Athletes

Galewski, Reese; Janssen, Samantha. The Perception of Belongingness on a College Campus Between First-Generation Versus Continuing-Generation College Students

Gonzalez, Yisset. Attitudes Towards Victims of Sex Trafficking

Henderson, Jamie. Coach-Athlete Relationship, Leadership Behaviors, and Game Outcome on Team-Cohesion Between Coacting and Interacting Teams 

Kenyi, Ruba. Racial Microaggressions, Color-Blind Racial Attitudes, Implicit Biases, and Ethnocultural Empathy Among Undergraduate Students

Kranenburg, Gloria. Did You Really Have Fun Drinking Last Night?: Perceptions Regarding Alcohol-Related Consequences

Lardy, Summer; Potter, Hanna; Mockler, Brian; Windsperger, Bailey; Sawchuk, Nicholas; Galewski, Reese; Wallerus, Caitlin. Body Dissatisfaction in College Students in Response to Visual Stimuli

Lloyd, Mia; Boggs, Aimee; Hernandez, Nayeli; Burck, Kayla; Kocher, Alexander; Janssen, Samantha. Alcohol Use and Abuse Among College Athletes and Non-Athletes: An Examination of Contributing Factors

Lofquist, Katherine. Influence of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Depression, Anxiety, and Substance Use

Merchlewitz, Shania. Instantaneous Emotional Change in Response to Theatre Lighting (oral and poster presentation)

Messling, McKenna; Beissel, Kaycie. Perceived Stress and Workload in Intercollegiate Varsity Athletics: The Difference Between Athletes and Non-Athletes

Phelps, Jenna. Exposure Hypothesis and Love Kindness Meditation; an Examination of Their Effects of Discrimination

Potter, Hanna. Perception of Diabetics and Its Role in Body-Image, Depression, and Anxiety

Sailor, Mandy. Health Behaviors on College Campuses

Sailor, Mandy. Biopsychosocial Theory Application on Influenza Epidemic in the United States

Tefera, Biruk. Unity in Diversity

Wallerus, Caitlin; Ciukaj, Elizabeth. Participation in the College Classroom: Apprehension, Desire, and Fear, Oh My!

Westholm, Charles; Messling, McKenna; Giesen, Brett; Ciukaj, Elizabeth; Averbeck, Maria; Alatorre, Ivan. What is Gymtimidation? Factors that Influence Motivation to Exercise

Windsperger, Bailey. Classical Conditioning of Homo Sapiens to Experience Relaxation Physiologically and Psychologically Using Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Windsperger, Bailey; Averbeck, Maria; Eggebrecht, Samuel. Influence of Stress and Anxiety on College Students Resulting in Illness and Coping Methods: Varsity Athletes vs. Non-athletes 

Johnson, Alyssa. Rape Myth Acceptance and Attitudes Toward Social Justice

Mrozek, Natalie. Occupation and Support of Capital Punishment: Is There a Link?

Becker, Andrew. Lighting Design for Concerts

Cajipo, Darren; Merchlewitz, Shania; Govan, Courtney; Novak, Taylor. Theory/Theatre Research and Praxis

Cajipo, Darren. An Actor’s Journey and Process with the Classical Style

Govan, Courtney; Madigan, Victoria; Novak, Taylor; Cajipo, Darren. Theatre Performance Showcase

Govan, Courtney; Novak, Taylor; Madigan, Victoria. Glengarry Glen Ross: An Actor’s Process

Merchlewitz, Shania. Designing for Science: How Audience Members Perceive Theatre Lighting

Nygren, Celeste. Once Upon a Theatre Lab

Robertson, Ian. Variability in Sound Design

Babolik, Jennifer. Remembering the Lectionary 

Kormann, Caleb. Memory In Augustine: An Eschatological Exploration

Lackey, Chris. Consuming Catholicism in a Consumer Culture