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Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)
Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)
Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)
Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)
Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)
Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)
Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)
Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)
Celebration of Quality (Photo by University Photography)

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What You Need To Know

Celebration 2015
An Interdisciplinary Academic Symposium

3-9:30 p.m., Friday, March 13
3rd Floor, J.W. Jones Student Union

Celebration of Quality Call for Papers (and other Projects)

The Society of President's Scholars and Honors College are again joining forces to sponsor the Celebration of Quality, an interdisciplinary research symposium spotlighting exceptional student work throughout campus. It is open to all Missouri Academy, undergraduate and graduate students at Northwest and may include work completed either this trimester or any time during the previous year. This is a great opportunity for students to share their best work with the Northwest community, and it makes an excellent addition to a resume. Students are invited to submit their work for the symposium by Friday, Feb. 20.

This year's symposium will be Friday, March 13, from 3 to 9:30 p.m. Sessions will take place before and after a banquet to which all Celebration participants and their faculty sponsors are invited; tickets may also be purchased for guests. In addition to more formal presentations, posters and artwork will be displayed in the banquet room.

The symposium gives the entire University community a chance to see what students are doing across disciplines, and it gives participating students an audience beyond the classroom. In the past, students have presented creative writing, original research and analytical papers. They have given speeches, conducted panel discussions, and displayed original works of art and visual summaries of their projects in science, education and business. They also have presented dramatic readings and played or analyzed music, and some have presented other original work or projects completed in class or during internships.

Students who choose to participate will receive a program in advance of the event with a specific presentation time and location. Class on Friday? We'll arrange with your instructor to have your absence excused for a University event. 

Please address any questions to Dr. Elyssa Ford (, Dr. Mohammed Meziani ( or Dr. Aaron Johnson at (

Thank you,

Kara Huen, President of the Society of President’s Scholars
Elyssa Ford and Mohammed Meziani, Sponsors of the Society of President’s Scholars
Aaron Johnson, Director of the Honors Program

Registration is closed.

Here's why you should participate:

  1. You will get an opportunity to hear people ooh, aah, clap, smile, and generally respond positively to your work.
  2. You can list your participation on your resume. This type of involvement looks great to potential employers.
  3. You will impress your family and friends.
  4. You will be even prouder of your work than you are now, truly believing all your hard work did pay off.
  5. And, you will get a free dinner!

Here’s what you need to do to participate:

  1. After you find a faculty member to be your sponsor, fill out the application form. (Faculty are quite happy to do this, and it doesn’t have to be the teacher for whom you completed your work.)
  2. If you are presenting with other students who worked on the same project, please put all of your names on a single form. If you and a friend want to present different projects but at the same session, please submit separate forms and indicate your preference to present at the same time.
  3. Submit the form.

We look forward to seeing you and your work!

Schedule of Events

Celebration 2015
An Interdisciplinary Academic Symposium

3-9:30 p.m., Friday, March 13
3rd Floor, Student Union

The Celebration of Quality symposium, sponsored by the Honors Program and the Society of President's Scholars, showcases the academic achievements of students across campus. The sessions and displays are free and open to the public and door prizes will be awarded.

View Printed Schedule

Friday, March 13

2:30-3:15 p.m.


3rd Floor,
Student Union

3:15-8:30 p.m.

Poster and Display Exhibits

Tower View Room

3:30-4:15 p.m.

Session 1

Moderators: Alyx Stumpf and David Schmitt

Dylan Anstine, "Fullerene Valence Photoemission Time Delay Near Ionization Cavity Minima," (Sponsor: Maia Magrakvelidze)

Faith Huneke, "Fistulated Holstein Cow Digestibility Research Project," (Sponsor: Jamison Allen)

Melanie Palmer, "Effects of Age and Time of Day on Standing Behavior in Sheep," (Sponsor: Jamison Allen)

Meeting Room A

Disability Culture and Education
Moderators: Brooke Ravenscraft 

Brian Wackly, "Writing With Mental Disability," (Sponsor: Dr. M. Melissa Elston)

Mercades Correll, "Dyslexia and Schools," (Sponsor: Dr. M. Melissa Elston)

Aubrey Monical, "Communicating With Aphasia,"(Sponsor: Nathan Wilson)

Meeting Room B

Software Engineering
Moderators: Nels Anderson

Logan Shields, Will Hargrave, Arturo Anzures, Ryan Woodward, Joshua Rodrigues, "Technology Support Assistant Scheduling Application," (Sponsor: Ajay Bandi)

Ismael Diego Matos, Alex Milton, Ashley Huskey, Brandon Tuell, Mason Munson, Travis Bruce, "Software Development: An Evolving Paradigm," (Sponsor: Ajay Bandi)

Meeting Room C

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Session 2

Fine and Performing Arts
Moderators: Leah Carlson and Maxine Lickteig

Gabrielle Ray, "Stop Calling it Acting Black," (Sponsor: Brian Swafford)

Emily Meyers, "Combating Sex Trafficking, One Photo at a Time," (Sponsor: Brian Swafford)

Matthew Allen Peacher, "Gustav Holst: The Planets," (Sponsor: Ernest Kramer)

Jodi Holmes, "Max Beckmann Self Portrait," (Sponsor: Martha Breckenridge)

Meeting Room A

Literature Reviews and Compositions
Moderator: David Schmitt and Nels Anderson

Matthew J. Bailey, "Salvific Transformation: The Cross and the Dreamer in “The Dream of the Rood”," (Sponsor: Dr. Jenny Rytting)

Berlin Merlyn, "A Family Affair," (Sponsor: Brett Chloupek)

Carrie Christensen, "The Language Without Words," (Sponsor: Robin Gallaher)

Matthew J. Bailey, "Parousia Metanathanatos: Non-Being and the Messianic Call of the Feminine in The Awakening," (Sponsor: Dr. Michael Hobbs)

Meeting Room B

5:45-7:15 p.m.

Celebration Banquet & Door Prize Drawing #1

Introduction: Kara Huen, President of the Society of President’s Scholars

Keynote Address: Dr. Tim Mottet, University President

Featured Performance: Flute Choir

Tower View Room

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Session 3

Computer Science and Math
Moderator: Brooke Ravenscraft

Yurim Lee, "Math in Seoul," (Sponsor: Kurtis Fink)

Venu Madhavi Doddapaneni, Sai Samrat Malka, "A Web Application for Studying Attacks Against Friends Search Engines," (Sponsor: Dr. Na Li)

Meeting Room A

Moderator: Leah Carlson and Alyx Stumpf

Creighton Collier, "Stachaldrahtsonntag: The Origins of the Berlin Wall," (Sponsor: Dr. Elyssa Ford)

Erika Lees, "Transatlantic Marriages in the Gilded Age," (Sponsor: Dr. Elyssa Ford)

Jarrett M. Willet, "From Revolt to Revolution: The 1916 Easter Risings Effect on the Irish War for Independence," (Sponsor: Dr. Kimberly Casey)

Thomas D. Pinney, "The Chuck Norris Mythos: An Exploration of the Texas Rangers in the Gilded Age," (Sponsor: Dr. Robert Voss)

Meeting Room B

8:45 p.m.

Cookies & Door Prize Drawing #2

Tower View Room

Poster and Display Exhibits
Moderator: Kara Huen

Presenter(s) Title Sponsor
Shawn Callahan "Production Of Selective Medium For Isolating Proteobacteria From The Oral Cavity" Dr. Alisha Campbell
Courtney M Thomas "Bacteria and Archaeal Diversity of Desert Aquifer" Dr. James Campbell
Seung Hyun Lee "Cultivation of bacterial communities from the cave sediments" James Campbell
Alyx Stumpf "The More Things Change: An Exploration of Money and Power in Marital Relationships" Dr. Carla Edwards
Kele Shi "Photoionization of C240: A Model Study" Sponsor: Dr. Himadri Chakraborty
Drake Beery &
Isabella Pires Miranda
"Development of Functionalized Ag Anion-exchange Resin Composite Nanoparticle Substrates for Perchlorate Detection by Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy" Sponsor: Dr. Mohammad Meziani
Melissa Ruggiero "Isolation and Cultivation of Potentially Novel Bacteria from a Terminal, Alkaline Lake in Nevada" Dr. James Campbell
Jacob P. Peterson "Using Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry to Understand the Conditions for By-Product Formation in Small-Scale Bleach Production" Dr. Michael Bellamy
Kevin Marshall, Zachary Hoaglund,
& Bradley Dougherty
"Modeling The Ebola Epidemic" Dr. Mary Shepherd
Owen Rauckman, Andrew Allen, David Nguyen, Clayton Gillis, Matt Seipel, & Ronald Brightwell-Kelley "Theaterpoints" Dr. Ajay Bandi
Wavedash Software
(James Hogle, Trevor Pasley, Eric Hammann, Jack Hartwell, Blake Sherry, Kris Shupe)
"Ultimate Extreme Lightboke Battle Arena Macho Edition Simulator 2 2015 The Game" Dr. Ajay Bandi
Samantha Hess "Quilt for Quilt's Sake" Dr. Stuart Robinson

The Celebration of Quality is sponsored by the Honors Program (director, Dr. Aaron Johnson) and the Society of President’s Scholars (faculty sponsors, Dr. Elyssa Ford and Dr. Mohammed Meziani; student president, Kara Huen)


Special Thanks to:

President John Jasinski
Provost Timothy Mottet
Vice-Provost Greg Haddock
Dean Joyce Piveral
Dean Mike Steiner

Don’t forget to enter the door prize drawing.

Every person is eligible for one entry each session you attend (be sure to sign up each time), so the more sessions you attend, the more likely you are to win!  You must be present at the drawings to collect the prize.