Research Symposium Showcased Scholarly Creativity

Research Symposium Poster Display

The Center for Research extends a huge thank you to faculty, students, and staff who participated in the 8th Annual Symposium for Research, Scholarship, and Creativity on April 20. This year’s hybrid format combined the online Symposium hosted on Blackboard and the on-ground Symposium in the Franciscan Center. 

The poster competition roared back this year. There were 58 student poster presentations including 56 judged, three demonstration posters, and a featured Ford Community Corp project poster. Every student received a participation certificate. The following students received awards for their posters.


First Place: Elizabeth Profit – The Best Years of Your Life? An Examination of Student Satisfaction at a Small, Private University. (Advisor, Dr. Kenneth Thiel)

Second Place: Sarah Holton and Kristen Szabelski – Methods to Enhance and Preserve Blood Impressions from the Skin of Decedents During the Early Stages of Decomposition. (Advisor, Jessica Zarate).

Third Place: Kayla Morgan – The Effects of Soil PH on Decomposition. (Advisor, Dr. Elizabeth Peckham).

Symposium poster presentation


First Place: Nekia Martin – Time is Tissues: Door to ECG Times in the Emergency Department. (Advisor, Dr. Susanna Sirianni).

Second Place: Brittney George and Kelsey Littmann – How Sweet is Too Sweet? Evaluation of Hyperglycemia Management in the Critically Ill. (Advisor, Dr. Jennifer Reynolds).

Third Place: Karolina Kaser – Nurse Perception of Central Venous Catheter (CVC) Indications and Necessity. (Advisor, Dr. Jacob Frimenko).

Performing Arts – Joel Twitchell kicked off the Symposium with a beautiful rendition of "Ballades des gros dindons" accompanied on piano, by Linette Popoff-Parks, music professor. Another creative entry in the Symposium was Broadcast and Cinema Arts and Dance Performance collaboration, “Tethered”; a video of a dance performance choreographed by Kayla Antogiorgi, dance performance major.

Madonna Talks – The following faculty speakers provided a quick and passionate synopsis of their current research/scholarship endeavors.

Jason Davis, Ph.D. – Confronting Islamophobia: Examining the Impact of Dialogue on Understanding

Judy McKenna, DNP – The Soul Whisperer: A Concept Analysis of Soul Presence

Andrew Domzalski, Ph.D. – Dominion, stewardship or kinship? Relating to animals in Christian Theologies

Elizabeth Prough, Ph.D. – Prone to Agreement: Does Context Matter for Men and Women in Political Discussions?

Speaker presentation slides are available on the 2022 Symposium blackboard site.

“We hope everyone enjoyed the 2022 Symposium,” said Graduate School Dean Dr. Debbie Dunn. “It is a valuable opportunity each year for our students and faculty to showcase and earn special recognition for their meaningful work. Students are encouraged to mark their calendars now to make plans for next year’s Symposium.” Our degrees change lives!