2017 Student Research Day

We had a successful Fifth Annual Student Research Day at Judson on April 24! Organized by The Honors Program and sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, each year the event celebrates and showcases some of the best work done by Judson students during the year. Eight students presented on their work from this year, in disciplines ranging from Architecture to Film to Biochemistry to Literature to Worship Arts to Graphic Design.

The Honors Program was well represented. Graduating seniors Natalia Warren and Rachel Peterson, as well as junior Catherine Anderson, shared their work.

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In “The Importance of Inquiry,” Natalia reported on designing an interactive peer-to-peer learning activity for students.

 

 

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Rachel shared from her study of 1893 Columbian Exposition Women’s Building architect Sophia Hayden in “Sophia Hayden: A Story of Success.”

 

 

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And Catherine read from her award-winning study of “Redefining Piety” in Homer.

 

 

 

Congratulations to all presenters, and many thanks to the nominating faculty!

Jhennifer Amundson
Warren Anderson
Jeff Carl
Amy Greene
Sharon Kim
Lauren Meranda
Christopher Miller
Mark Torgerson

 

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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!

Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference

Here is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience and to present your work to a larger audience. The College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences of Purdue University Northwest has announced the 25th Annual Clement S. Stacy Memorial Undergraduate Research Conference, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, 2017 in Hammond, Indiana.

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

If you would like help with your proposal and/or with securing funding to make the trip, please contact Dr. Kaplowitz.

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.