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Jo Young Switzer Award for Excellence in Writing:

Amy Kraner, Natalie Collar, Erin Cole


Friday, April 8

3-4:25 p.m. = presentations

4:45 p.m. = reception and awards, upper College Union

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43 students to present for 2011 Research

 Symposium at Manchester College

How does obesity affect children? Why can’t I say what I want to say? Should there be conformity in the classroom? Is there a correlation between gender and illegal drug use among college students? Why isn’t this current wave of unrest in sub-Saharan Africa, too?

And what about rural health care of maternal Cambodian women? Or smallmouth bass spawning rates in the Eel River? And how did the terrain affect the battle for Culp’s Hill at Gettysburg?

Curious Manchester College students will present their findings on 31 topics this Friday, April 8 for the 13th Annual Student Research Symposium. They’ll talk about religion, Islam, environmental studies, mathematics, biology, history, literature, psychology, peace, feminism, linguistics, astronomy, sociology and Spanish. Their studies have carried them abroad, into outer space, across campus and into rivers.

The method of presentation will vary, too, from lectures to posters to documentaries and videos.

Each of the 43 students (some are presenting as teams) worked closely with faculty mentors on their research. The top presenters in three categories (quantitative, expository, methodological) each will receive the Jo Young Switzer Award for Excellence in Writing and $150.

Proud relatives, classmates and the public are invited to the 25-minute presentations, which begin promptly at 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Science Center, Holl-Kintner Hall and Clark Computer Center. Awards follow a 4:45 p.m. reception and celebration of stellar achievement in the upper College Union.



2011 Student Research Symposium

Session 1                         Clark 101

3 p.m.  REBECCA LOWDEN (Psychology) Evaluation of the Existing Stereotypes of College Majors

3:30 p.m.  CHELSEA NEWCOMER (Psychology), LESLEY SAMMONS (Psychology), and STEPHANIE WILSON (Psychology) Deviance Records in Correlation to Stability in the Home

Session 2                         Clark 102

3 p.m.  JESSICA COLLYER (Exercise and Sport Sciences) Obesity and Your Children

3:30 p.m.  REBECCA CREATH (Peace Studies) Writing Through the Body: A Study in Liberating Language and Hermeneutics in Feminist Theology

Video Session 3              Holl-Kintner 108

3 p.m.  ALI HAGEN (Secondary Education, Spanish) and ANNIKA SANCHEZ (Non-Degree) Ebonics of the Manchester College Campus

Poster Session 4             Holl-Kintner 113

3 p.m.  JOHN BRUCE (Physics) Analysis of Ultra Compact Ionized Hydrogen Regions (UCHII) Within the Northern Half of the Galactic Disk

3:30 p.m.  ADELAIDE KAMAGAJU (Biology-Chemistry) Leishmania Major’s Effects on PU.1 and ETS-2 Involved in IL-12 Transcription

4 p.m.  ALEXANDRIA RANS (Psychology) The Correlation Between Gender and Illegal Drug Use in College Students

Session 5                         Science Center 101

3 p.m.  DANA CRONIN (Psychology, Sociology), WILLIAM HOPKINS (Psychology), and ADDY KING (Psychology, Sociology) Conformity in the Classroom

3:30 p.m.  AMY KRANER (Psychology) Perfectionism: Differential Relationships with the Equity Norm and Belief in a Just World   Jo Young Switzer Award for Excellence in Writing, quantitative

4 p.m.  MATTHEW LINN (Biology, Environmental Studies) The Year Class Strength and Spawning Success of the Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui) Population of the Eel River, Indiana from 2006-2008

Session 6                         Science Center 104

3 p.m.  SARAH PLEW (English) Ruling a Country Farm From a Bedroom: Mistress Madame de Pompadour’s Influence on the French Monarchy

3:30 p.m.  HALEY JOHNSON (Political Science, Spanish) What’s Wrong With the Princess? Translating Darío

4 p.m.  NATALIE COLLAR (Mathematics) Diverging Perceptions: ─ + ─ = 2   Jo Young Switzer Award for Excellence in Writing, expository

Session 7                         Science Center 122

3 p.m.  CATHERINE LANGE (Education 5-12 English Language) Awakening of a Woman: An Examination of Female Liberation in Kate Chopin’s Writing

3:30 p.m.  MATT TRENTMAN (Environmental Studies) Population Estimation of Gypsy Moths (Lymantrai dispar) for the Determination of Potential Sites of Eradication Along the Quarantine Line

Session 8                         Science Center 124

3 p.m.  ERIN COLE (Biology-Chemistry) Analysis of the Effectiveness of Cancer-associated PCNA Inhibitors Using IN VITRO SV40 DNA Replication Assays   Jo Young Switzer Award for Excellence in Writing, methodological

3:30 p.m.  JESSICA WILLIAMS (Early Middle Childhood Generalist) All Students Can Learn: A Reader Case Study of a Student With Disabilities Learning to Become a Fluent Reader

4 p.m.  AFADELYYA ADAM (Biology-Chemistry) Analysis of Rural Cambodian Women’s Maternal Health Care

Session 9                         Science Center 141

3 p.m.  CARMEN PYLES (Environmental Studies) Middle Eel River Initiative: A Holistic Approach to Understanding Temporal and Spatial Variability of a Stream Ecosystem

3:30 p.m.  INOUSSA OUEDRAOGO (English) The Current View Wave of Unrest, Why in the Middle East and Not Sub-Saharan Africa?

4 p.m.  KATY DUNLAP (Psychology) and ANDREW KURTZ (Psychology) Acceptance of Homosexuality by Individuals Belonging to Different Age Groups and Religion Orientations

Session 10                       Science Center 202

3 p.m.  KAYLA WERBIANSKYJ (Environmental Studies, Biology) Freshwater Mussels of the Family Unionidae in the Middle Eel River: A Diagnostic Survey from North Manchester, Indiana to Denver, Indiana

3:30 p.m.  BENJAMIN HOUSTIN (History) The Character of the Ground: Terrain Tactics and Command Decisions in the Fight for Culp’s Hill at Gettysburg, July 2nd and 3rd, 1863

4 p.m.  KYLA HEDGE (English) Drowning March: Altruism in Little Women and March

Special Session 11         Science Center 203

3 p.m.  JULIA LARGENT (Peace Studies, Communication Studies) Why Can’t I Say What I Want to Say? Seven Dirty Words: Are They Vulgar or Just Taboo?

3:30 p.m.  JOSH GARBER (Communication Studies), MITCH MELLOT (Communication Studies), KAILIN SEWELL (Communication Studies), and CAROL YAÑEZ (Communication Studies) Islam in America: Perspectives and Issues

4 p.m.  DANIEL ALLEN (Communication Studies), MADELYN GREGORY (Communication Studies), MICHAEL KIRBY (Communication Studies), and JULIA LARGENT (Peace Studies, Communication Studies) Islamica: A Guerrilla Documentary

Session 12                       Science Center 204

3 p.m.  KELSEY AIRGOOD (Environmental Studies) Redside Dace (Clinostomus elongates) in Wabash County, IN: Documentation of Larval Development

3:30 p.m.  BENJAMIN CLOUD (Biology-Chemistry) Examination of Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) Fall Migration Patterns in North Central Indiana

4 p.m.  KACEE ROBINS (History) Japanese American Internment: Legally Neutral, but Ethically Neutral?

April 2011

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