Student Research on Display

May 3, 2022

Students in Education, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work courses displayed scholarly posters for the biannual SHaPE (Social Work, Sociology, Human Services, and Psychology, Education) Research Symposium on April 6. Students involved in the symposium were enrolled in PSYC 101-General Psychology; PSYC 442-Biopsychology; SOCS 455-Criminal Justice Capstone; SWRK 320-Social Work Practice, Theory, and Methods II: Families and Groups; and SWRK 410-Social Work Research Project.  

Posters reflected a wide array of topics and were in the categories of literature review and original research. Due to the lingering effects of the pandemic the event was held virtually. 

The event launched with a welcome to the 75 participating students from Kent Henning, Grand View President, and Dr. Carl Moses, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. After the welcome, students entered breakout rooms for sessions where they presented their work, as well as listened to and commented on fellow students’ posters. 

First and second place honors were awarded for posters completed in lower division and upper division courses. An overall first place winner, which reflected the poster with the highest score regardless of division, was also awarded. While judge's scores were tallied, students heard a presentation on human trafficking presented by Dr. Lourdes Araujo (Counselor Education Program).

The overall first place winner was Tyler Miller (SOCS 455) for a literature review on the topic of Police Militarization.  

First place in the upper division went to the team of Audrey Hood, Jessica Main, Rachel Simpson, and Dalton Swaino (PSYC 442) for their literature review on Psychological Interventions of Alzheimer’s Disease.  

Second place in the upper division resulted in a three-way tie on posters reflecting literature review: Katelyn Thompson (SWRK 320) on the topic of Families of Children with IEPs; Sarah Schellhammer (SOCS 455) on Capital Punishment and Deterrence; and the team of Nicole Kelly, Emilie Krpan, Kyra Larkin, Sam Milani, Jade Olsen, and Rhayna Waldner (PSYC 442) on Psychopathy

In the lower division (students enrolled in PSYC 101), first place went to the team of Patrick Hirth, Isaiah Johnson, Isiah Jones, Elizaveta Ordinteva, and Leilani Rodriquez for their literature review on Bullying: Past and Present

Second place in the lower division went to the team of Dion Dansby, Priscilla Heronemus, Brandon McKee, Isabella Rubio, and Cassandra Stewart for their work on Homelessness, Vets, and the Mentally Ill: The Overlooked Cycle. 

Thanks go to the judges who reviewed and commented on each of the 27 posters in the symposium: Mr. Jacob Budwig (Counselor Education Program), Dr. Josh Call (English), Dr. Guy Cunningham (Psychology), Dr. Amy Getty (English), Ms. Tanya Goad (Counselor Education Program), Ms. Heather Monaghan (Counselor Education Program), Dr. Kris Owens (Psychology/Human Services), Dr. John Rey Romal (Chemistry), Dr. Paul Rider (Dean, College of Social and Natural Sciences), Dr. Simone Sorteberg (Education), Dr. Jill Sudak-Allison (Psychology/Human Services), Ms. Melissa Venter (Counselor Education Program), and Ms. Faith Wilson (Counselor Education Program). 

Moderators for the event were Dr. Josh Woods (Psychology), Dr. Cathy Beck-Cross (Social Work), Ms. Kimberlee Gregory (Social Work), and Dr. Treye Rosenberger (Counselor Education Program).