2018 Student Research Day

IMG_4050The Honors Program again had the privilege of organizing Judson’s Student Research Day. Nominated by faculty, students from across campus shared their projects with an enthusiastic audience. Among the participants were several Honors students:

IMG_4046Senior biochemistry major Andrew Kennedy presented on his work on “Using CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing Technologies to Study and Treat Cancer.” The CRISPR-Cas9 genetic editing system has quickly gained popularity within the scientific community for its cheap, easy to use protocol for editing the genome. The technology has garnered attention for the potential it has to revolutionize how we approach disorders that are based on genetic abnormalities. Cancer, one of the world’s leading killers, is one such disorder, making it a prime target for researchers and clinicians to use CRISPR as a form of treatment. Using CRISPR-Cas9 to study and treat small changes in a patient’s genome opens new doors for the future of both medicine and biotechnology.

IMG_4073Sophomore Intercultural Leadership major James Fleshman shared his study of “Romans 8:18-39 and the Role of the Spirit in Sonship.” Throughout this passage, Paul argues that the Holy Spirit intercedes on behalf of creation and humanity to bring the redemption God intends, which is currently in the “not yet” state. God is in the process of glorifying believers in the eschaton, and he is the one who justifies believers to make this possible. Ultimately, Paul affirms that believers are strong because they are unable to be separated from God as his adopted children, upholding Paul’s rhetorical argument throughout the passage.

IMG_4047Sophomore Architecture major Max Starcevich discussed his study of Göbekli Tepe, an ancient architectural site located in Turkey dating from around at least 9,000 B.C.  Titled “Houses or Temples? Reassessing the Function of Göbekli Tepe,” the study examines recent research and offers a more nuanced consideration of the site, suggesting that these structures were not temples, but rather houses with religious meaning embedded in them. If true, this discovery has bearing on current conceptions of the dawn of history and the connection between the residential and the religious.

A lunch in honor of the presenters, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, included faculty nominators and Judson leadership.

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Thanks to all who participated!

 

 

 

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Students Being Awesome

speaker-podiumCongratulations to Honors students Joshua LaFollette and Sara Jenkins, Stuart A. Ryder Scholarship winners in second place and honorable mention, respectively, in the 2018 Communication Arts Conference at Judson University!

The Communication Arts end-of-semester conference provides an opportunity for the members of the CA community (which includes majors in Communication Studies, English, Interdisciplinary Communication, Media Business/Management, Media Writing, and Secondary Education: English) to practice their craft in a context that goes beyond the classroom and approximates the “real life” situation of an academic conference.

Josh, a senior Media Writing major, presented on “Music in Advertising.” Sara, a sophomore Secondary Education major, presented a paper on “Graphic Novels in the Classroom.”

Great work, Josh and Sara!

 

 

Present Your Work

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If you have a project you are proud of and want the experience of sharing it with interested peers and faculty from around the country, here are two opportunities to present at Honors events, with proposal deadlines approaching.

The Mid East Honors Association annual meeting is in Columbus, Ohio the weekend of March 23-25. Check out the Call for Proposals. The deadline for proposals is February 22.

The National Collegiate Honors Council annual meeting is November 7-11, 2018 in Boston. Proposals are being accepted until March 1. Judson is a member institution, so check with Dr. Kaplowitz for login information if you want to submit a proposal.

For more information, for assistance with a proposal, or to inquire about possible funding to help cover expenses, contact Dr. Kaplowitz. Also check in if you don’t have something to present this year but are interested in attending.

Presentation Opportunity – Clement S. Stacy Memorial Undergraduate Research Conference

Do you have a paper you would like to present off campus? All it takes is a 250-word abstract to submit a proposal for the 26th Annual Clement S. Stacy Memorial Undergraduate Research Conference. Purdue University Northwest hosts this annual event, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 2018 in Hammond, Indiana.

The conference is a forum for undergraduate scholars from across the upper Midwest to present their projects and discuss the results of their research with fellow students and faculty mentors. Past students have enjoyed their participation and gained much valuable insight and experience. 

Information about the abstract submission guidelines, deadline, and conference details can be found at the Clement S. Stacy Memorial Undergraduate Research Conference webpage.

The deadline for submissions is this week (February 2). If you would like help with your proposal and/or with securing funding to make the trip, please contact Dr. Kaplowitz.

Honors Students at the Communication Arts Conference

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The Honors Program was well represented at this year’s Communication Arts Conference, including three Stuart A. Ryder Scholarship winners.

Congratulations to First-Place finisher Kimmy Blake and to Second-Place finishers Catherine Anderson and Joshua LaFollette!

Students Being Awesome

We’ve had two different student presentation events at Judson in the past couple of weeks, and The Honors Program has been well represented.

Judson University Student Research Day

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First was Judson’s Student Research Day, where faculty nominate students to share their work with a campus-wide audience. Senior science major Jarod Schieler shared his work on “Treating a Dysregulated JAK/STAT Pathway in Cancer Cells.” From the abstract:

 

 

This presentation will elucidate the key tenets of the JAK/STAT pathway and how oncogenesis transpires as a result of dysregulation. It also surveys current treatments used for an aberrant biochemical pathway and an introduction into the CRISPR-Cas9 system, which has the potential to rewrite the genome with precision, leading to cures for genetic diseases (e.g. cancer) and to the controversial creation of designer babies.

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Senior Lauren Price, also a science major, described her work on “The Role of ADAM 17 in Colon Cancer”:

 

 

 

ADAM 17 is known to play a role in the release of growth factors that contribute to rapid tumor growth. ADAM 17 is predicted to act upstream in the pathway that initiates the release of these growth factors. Therefore, inhibition of ADAM 17 is predicted to lower the levels of these growth factors. To test this hypothesis, human colon cancer cell lines such as HT-29 and HCT116 were cultured then treated with an agonist and an ADAM 17 inhibitor at different time points. The results were analyzed using Western Blotting and the preliminary data supports the hypothesis.

 

IMG_4998Senior Jon Richardson, a major in the School of Art, Design, and Architecture, gave a presentation on “Time, Beauty, and Landscape in Video Art,” his large-scale video installation piece. The presentation provided an overview of how the romantic landscape painting tradition and time-based, generative design were combined to create a piece that explores the changeable, illusive nature of time, memory, and place.

 

Conference on Faith and History

Chicagoland Regional Student Conference

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The second event was the Chicagoland Regional meeting of the Conference on Faith and History. Hosted this year at Judson, the conference is an annual meeting for top history students at region schools to present their work. Senior Secondary Education/History major Cayla Cerny presented her research on “Operation Assassination: The Impact of Assassination Attempts on Hitler during World War II.”

 

It’s been a great couple of weeks!

 

Are You Working On A Research Project?

Here is an opportunity to present your research. The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences of Purdue University Calumet just announced the 24th Annual Clement S. Stacy Memorial Undergraduate Research Conference, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, 2016 in Hammond Indiana.

Their goal is to provide a forum for undergraduate Humanities and Social Sciences scholars from across the upper Midwest to present their projects and discuss the results of their research with fellow students and faculty mentors. We had two students present last year, and both reported having a good experience.

If you are interested, information about the abstract submission guidelines, deadline, and conference details can be found at the Clement S. Stacy Memorial Undergraduate Research Conference web page.