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2013 Jo Young Switzer Award for Writing
Expository. ShaNell Brazo, junior history major from Claypool, Ind., Medievalism, War and Cheese: How Joan of Arc Inspires Nations
Quantitative. Drew Graber, senior education major from Goshen, Ind., and Chandler Pogue, junior history major from Marion, Ind., The Paradigm Shift: The Relativistic Approach of K-12 Social Studies Education
Scientific. Rodney Tigaa, senior chemistry major from Ghana, Fluorescent Carbon Nanodots: A Procedural Replication of a Green Synthesis from Soy Milk

Excellence in First-Year Seminar Writing: Rachel Laing, English and language arts education major from Logansport, Ind., Sexuality in Fairy Tales: Determining the Roles in “Little Red Riding Hood”
Excellence in Poster Presentation: Matthew Helm, senior biology major from Elwood, Ind.; and Kimberly Perkins, first-year Pharm.D. program, from Madison, Wis.

15th annual Research Symposium
showcases diversity of student interests

It’s that time of year again, when Manchester University’s top students present their original research to faculty panels and the public and vie for the Jo Young Switzer Award for Excellence in Writing.

For the 15th annual Student Research Symposium on Tuesday, April 30, a total of 67 MU students will talk about their research on topics that include:
         Green Fuel Production
         The Effectiveness of the ISTEP exam
         How Parental involvement Affects Academic Success in College
         The Effects of Vocal Cue-Training on Lie Detection
         The Magnitude of Domestic Resistance to United States Militarism in Southeast Asia
         The Effects of Energy Drink Consumption on Lactic Acid Formation During Exercise

The diversity of topics is testament to Manchester’s rich liberal arts program. Not only will undergraduate students in every academic department present their papers and posters, for the first time, three Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) students will join the contest.

The pharmacy students in the four-year professional program will assess workbooks and instruments used on their Fort Wayne campus.

Families, friends and the public are invited to watch the presentations, in several venues in the new Academic Center. Poster presentations are in the upper Union. Both buildings are on East Street, on the east side of the North Manchester campus.

Paper presentations begin at 3:35, 4 and 4:25 p.m., with poster presentations at 3:30, 3:50, 4:10 and 4:30 p.m. Specific sites and times for individual presentations are available on the MU website and at the Symposium. Visitors will not be admitted to the rooms after presentations begin.

The public also is invited to a reception, celebrations and awards at 5:15 p.m. in the upper Union.

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April 2013



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