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Northwest students, faculty and staff, community members and area employers attended PBL Palooza Tuesday evening at the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse to view poster presentations details students' profession-based experiences. (Photo by Brandon Bland/Northwest Missouri State University)

Northwest students, faculty and staff, community members and area employers attended PBL Palooza Tuesday evening at the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse to view poster presentations details students' profession-based experiences. (Photo by Brandon Bland/Northwest Missouri State University)

Nov. 21, 2019

PBL Palooza showcases profession-based learning, rewards students


Poster presentations lined the track Tuesday night inside the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse as Northwest Missouri State University students shared their profession-based learning experiences during the inaugural PBL Palooza.

Northwest Career Services organized the event to highlight students’ internships, field experiences, practicums and research projects. The showcase of more than 60 posters featured a variety of topics from squirrel behavior to a comparison of hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap.

Jill Brown, director of partnerships and placement at Northwest, said the primary objective of the event was to help students discover the variety of opportunities and experiences available to them.

“In my line of work I get to see these awesome things all the time, and I tend to go to lots of these poster sessions or seminar sessions, but what I think sometimes is missing is the opportunity for what I like to call ‘general collisions of awesomeness,’” Brown said. “It’s so easy in college to stay in your lane. We’re hoping that if you were standing next to someone (at PBL Palooza), you might be like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you could do that at Mozingo,’ or ‘I didn’t know you could work for New Balance.’”

Mariah Weaver, an emergency and disaster management major, presented a poster about her experience participating in the Northwest's annual Missouri Hope disaster simulation.  (Photo by Brandon Bland/Northwest Missouri State University)

Mariah Weaver, an emergency and disaster management major, presented a poster about her experience participating in the Northwest's annual Missouri Hope disaster simulation. (Photo by Brandon Bland/Northwest Missouri State University)

While students shared science research and reflections of summer internship experiences, the event drew employers, community members, faculty and staff, as well as students. Attendees received tokens to vote for their favorite posters, and winners received a variety of prizes.

Joe Suchan, of Maryville, who is graduating in December with his bachelor’s degree in interactive digital media with a computer science emphasis, won the individual category of the poster contest. His poster provide a recap of his summer internship at New Balance in St. Louis, Missouri, where his responsibilities included creating content for sponsored athletes and the company’s website.

“After talking to everybody today it kind of put into scope the projects I actually got to work on,” Suchan said. “I work at Career Services and Jill always talks about profession-based learning and just taking any opportunity to get out there and talk about something because it builds your skills, and it’s always good to reflect.”

Veresia Cloughley, who graduates in December with her bachelor’s degree in horticulture and environmental science, presented the research she conducted last summer as an intern with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Her work resulted in a full-time job offer with the state conservation department and she will continue her research of prairie degradation and restoration.

“This was the third time I’ve actually presented this poster, and each time you learn more,” she said. “This time was the first time that I’ve presented next to other genres of posters like biology, chemistry, geology, things like that. It was just interesting the variety of people that were here.”

Veresia Cloughley presented the research she conducted last summer as an intern with the Missouri Department of Conservation.  (Photo by Jill Brown/Northwest Missouri State University)

Veresia Cloughley presented the research she conducted last summer as an intern with the Missouri Department of Conservation. (Photo by Jill Brown/Northwest Missouri State University)

A complete list of PBL Palooza poster prize recipients is provided below.

 

Group winners

  • First place: “Books Before Birth,” Kennedy King and Mariah Gann
  • Second place: “Why Some Beverages Erode Teeth and Others Don’t,” Amanda Herzberg, Adriana Garber, Jessica Bloustine and Clayton Trve
  • Third place: “Measuring the Water Quality of Lake Mozingo Using a YSI Pro Probe to Measure Water Quality,” Evan Helber, Sarah Evans and Derek Holloran

 

Individual winners

  • First place: “New Balance Internship,” Joe Suchan, interactive digital media: computer science
  • Second place: “MDC Internship,” Veresia Cloughley, horticulture
  • Third place: “Fun at Summer Camp,” Jessica Nelson, business management
  • Fourth place: “Squirrel Behavior,” Jacob Eshleman, wildlife ecology
  • Fifth place: “Hand Cleansing Efficiency: A Comparison of Using Hand Sanitizer and Visual Antibacterial Soap,” Hunter Mobley, biology: biomedical sciences
  • Sixth place: “CSS Farms – People, Potatoes, Possibilities” Holly Hatfield, agricultural education, agronomy and horticulture
  • Seventh place: “Movement Analysis via Markerless Motion Capture System Helps Identify Injury Risk for NCAA D2 Track and Field Athletes,” Mackenzie Daffer, applied health science: exercise science
  • Eighth place: “Comparison of Antibacterial Efficiency of Manuka Honey of Gram Positive and Gram Negative Bacteria,” Kiana Harvey, biology: biomedical sciences
  • Ninth place: “Missouri Hope Full Scale Exercise,” Mariah Weaver, emergency and disaster management
  • 10th place: “Effect of Vitamin C on E.coli,” Kailey Slemonsma, biology: biomedical sciences
  • 11th place: “Presence of MEES Standards in Maryville High School Science Departments,” Zandri Brendenhand, biology education
  • 12th place: “Effect of Spices on Microbial Growth,” Will Obert, biology 

Media contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704