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Courtney Kern presents her poster, “Evaluating Weekly Variation of Algal Biomass in the Old Woman Creek Estuary Using Visible Spectral Reflectance,” at the annual Celebration of Quality.

Courtney Kern presents her poster, “Evaluating Weekly Variation of Algal Biomass in the Old Woman Creek Estuary Using Visible Spectral Reflectance,” at the annual Celebration of Quality. (Photos by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

March 31, 2017

Students showcase academic work at Celebration of Quality

2017 Celebration of Quality

Exhibits and Poster Displays

Hans Bassich, “Age and Sex Structure of Turtle Species at Separate Pond Locations in Maryville, MO,” Sponsor: Dr. Jay McGhee

Maci Hicks, “Characterization of Potentially Novel Rhodobacteraceae from Walker Lake, Nevada,” Sponsor: Dr. James Campbell

JiYoon Lee, “T-Homogeneous Local Rings and Their Associated Graded Rings,” Sponsor: Dr. Justin Hoffmeier

Irene Hung, “Characterization and Investigation of Antibacterial Properties Found in Brevibacillus sp. Isolates from Calcium Carbonate- Rich Soils,” Sponsor: Dr. Alisha Campbell

Lindsey Madsen, Courtney Chapple, Hannah McNear, Lauren Buck, “Hogwarts, Holigrams, and Hippos in Honey: The Development and Clinical Use of Magical Thinking, Creativity, and Imagination,” Sponsor: Dr. Elizabeth Dimmitt

Zoe Green, “The New Cabinet,” Sponsor: Mr. Armin Muhsam

Luqi Zhao, “Evaluating the temporal variation of Algal Biomass in the Old Woman Creek estuary using reflectance data,” Sponsor: Dr. Lorita Mihindukulasooriya

Alexander Henry, “Isolation of Bacteria from the Human Oral Cavity Using Environmental Media,” Sponsor: Dr. James Campbell

Jennifer Schultz, Him Shrestha, “Silver Nanoparticle in Inhibiting the Growth of Bacteria,” Sponsor: Dr. James Campbell

Trey Vinke, Aaron Feehan, “Understanding and Controlling Bromate Formation When Chlorinating Drinking Water in EDM,” Sponsor: Dr. Mike Bellamy

Courtney Kern, “Evaluating Weekly Variation of Algal Biomass in the Old Woman Creek Estuary Using Visible Spectral Reflectance,” Sponsor: Dr. Lorita Mihindukulasooriya

Mallikharjuna Rao Dande, Chiranjeevi Snehu Kotu, Rakesh Chitturi, Teja Parimi, Nayan Reddy Prodduturi, Vamsi Krishna Solasa, “Campus Tour Application - Northwest Missouri State University,” Sponsor: Dr. Michael Oudshoorn

 

Presentations

Jonathan Harley, “Going the Distance: The Geography of Men’s NCAA Division II Cross Country Runner Origins, 2016,” Sponsor: Dr. Theodore Goudge

Jamie Ball, “Sunbelt Success: A Spatial Analysis of Intercollegiate Spring Sports,” Sponsor: Sponsor: Dr. Theodore Goudge

Colden Hillyer, “Out from the Heartland: The Geography of NCAA Div. II Baseball,” Sponsor: Dr. Theodore Goudge

Aaron Schmidt, “Nodaway County during the Civil War: A Graphical Examination,” Sponsor: Dr. Elyssa Ford

Megan Knott, “Nodaway to Saigon: The Vietnam War in Nodaway County,” Sponsor: Dr. Elyssa Ford

Kayla Pelsor, “The Imagined Community of Black Lives Matter,” Sponsor: Dr. Brett Chloupek

Jade Gurney, “The Influence of the Past on Southern Identity in Go Set a Watchman,” Sponsor: Dr. Ashley Black

Kennia Lopez, “Playing Hide and Seek with Jesus: Elements of Christianity in American Born Chinese,” Sponsor: Dr. Jenny Rytting

Sarah Saladen, “St. Mary's Cathedral Daycare Emergency Disaster Plan,” Sponsor: Mr. John Carr

Katie Falconer, “Influence of Structured and Rhythmic Movement on Academic Achievement in Math over a 12 Day Period,” Dr. Sue Wood

Anzumaan Chakraborty, “Diffraction in matter-antimatter binding: Positronium formation from C60,” Sponsor: Dr. Himadri Chakraborty

Dakota Shields, “Can halogens escape light hiding inside a cage of Buckminster fullerene?” Sponsor: Dr. Himadri Chakraborty

Yoo Na Kim, Siyun Tan, Jie Qiu, Woo Jin Shim, “Determining the number and location of warehouse needed for one-day shipping ground,” Sponsor: Dr. Mary Shepherd

Korbin Jones, “The Effects of Showing and Telling: A Rhetorical View of the Unavoidable Authorial Presence in Contemporary Short Fiction,” Sponsor: Dr. M. Melissa Elston

Kayla Simmons, “The Unobtainable Truth: Female Virtue,” Sponsor: Dr. Jenny Rytting

Kennia Lopez, “Love Me: An Observation of the Glaringly Obvious Superficiality of Celebrity Culture,” Sponsor: Ms. Brenda Ryan

Aaron Moser, “The American Exception,” Sponsor: Dr. Brett Chloupek

Brandon Keller, “Inflation and Unemployment: An Empirical Study of Seven Countries,” Dr. Chi Lo Lim

Hannah Sears, “The Intentional Exporting of the Iranian Revolution,” Sponsor: Dr. Kim Casey

Lillia Lepak, “The effects of Xylene on Strongylocentrotus purpuratus,” Sponsor: Dr. Peter Adam

Alexandra Davis, “Temporal and spatial variation of chlorophyll a in Old Woman Creek Estuary, Lake Erie measured from field and laboratory reflectance measurements,” Sponsor: Dr. Lorita Mihindukulasooriya

Som Singh, “Immunohistochemical Evidence of Renal Sensory Denervation after Resiniferatoxin Administration,” Sponsor: Dr. Mark Knuepfner, STARS Program

The results of hours of research, creativity and problem-solving on Friday filled the walls and meeting rooms of the J.W. Jones Student Union as the Society of President’s Scholars sponsored its annual Celebration of Quality.

More than 40 students representing the academic areas of natural sciences, history, art, education and computer science, among others, presented their work as poster displays and PowerPoint presentations.

They included Courtney Kern, a senior environmental geology major from Blue Springs, Missouri, who presented her poster, titled “Evaluating Weekly Variation of Algal Biomass in the Old Woman Creek Estuary Using Visible Spectral Reflectance.” The poster summarized research she conducted last summer in the Lake Erie region with two Northwest students under the supervision of Assistant Professor of Geology Dr. Lorita Nivanthi Mihindukulasooriya.

Kern said conducting the research and presenting it to others helps her prepare for graduate studies and her career.

“It’s a good experience to present what I’m doing,” Kern said. “I presented this at a GSA (Geological Society of America) conference, and this is just me learning how to do research and talk about it.”

Zoe Green
Zoe Green

In the opposite corner of the Student Union Ballroom, Zoe Green, a junior fine arts major from Smithville, Missouri, displayed a series of graphical posters she created and placed in the campus’ Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building last fall. The poster series, titled “The New Cabinet,” features the faces of members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet with a sampling of their respective statements and stances, which Green drew from newspaper accounts.

She created the series after the presidential election as a way to spark conversation and dialogue. After placing the posters throughout the DeLuce Building, she observed and documented how people reacted to them.

“There was very little dialogue about what had just happened (after the election),” Green said. “So, as an artist, I suddenly felt the obligation to calm it. To develop conversation. To do something. Because as artists we’re supposed to be responsive. We’re supposed to be creating that type of conversation.”

Green said she felt honored to have her work displayed at the Celebration of Quality.

“I put in so much work, and I got to watch so much develop that I wanted to really share that with people,” she said. “I wanted the conversation to continue, to grow, and I wanted to say, ‘This is what I did as an artist. This is what the Fine Arts Building is doing.”

Sponsored jointly by the Society of President’s Scholars and the Office of the Provost, the Celebration of Quality annually invites students to submit their best work completed throughout the previous year. Brianna Wilmes, a junior elementary education and secondary math education major from Kearney, Missouri, is president of the Society of President’s Scholars, an organization for Northwest students who are recipients of the University’s President’s Scholarship and whose objective is to promote academic excellence at Northwest.

“The Celebration of Quality is a time when students who have been working really hard on projects or presentations or papers can come and show off what they’ve been doing academically at Northwest,” Wilmes said. “It’s a time for students to share things they’re passionate about that aren’t necessarily social activities. It’s a way for us to spotlight student academics and the success they’re having at Northwest.”

The interdisciplinary symposium gives the University community a chance to view student work and places it in front of an audience beyond the classroom. Submissions are accepted from all students at Northwest and its Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing.

“That’s something that I really like about this event because it really brings together students from across campus and all departments,” Dr. Elyssa Ford, assistant professor of history and faculty sponsor of the Society of President’s Scholars, said. “The students who are doing this are really excited about their work. They’ve got professors or instructors who think their work is really great and really well done. This is a fantastic grouping of students who are working hard, who are doing these extra research projects and are going above and beyond in the classroom.”

The Celebration of Quality culminated Friday night with a banquet for participating students where Dr. Jeff Foot, director of admissions and international affairs, delivered a keynote address. Foot encouraged students to lean into the unknown and continue to challenge themselves through exploration and adventure, by meeting new people, seeing new places and trying new things.

 Luqi Zhao, center, presents her poster, “Evaluating the temporal variation of Algal Biomass in the Old Woman Creek estuary using reflectance data” to Dr. Chi Lo Lim, associate professor of management in the School of Business. Standing at right is Zhao's faculty sponsor Dr. Lorita Mihindukulasooriya.

Luqi Zhao, center, presents her poster, “Evaluating the temporal variation of Algal Biomass in the Old Woman Creek estuary using reflectance data,” to Dr. Chi Lo Lim, associate professor of management in the School of Business. Standing at right is Zhao's faculty sponsor Dr. Lorita Mihindukulasooriya.


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