Student Research on Display

November 17, 2023

Students in Education, Honors, Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work courses displayed scholarly posters for the 17th Biannual SHaPE Research Symposium on November 15. While the symposium is named for first programs to be associated with the symposium (Social Work, Sociology, Human Services, and Psychology, Education), new this year was the addition of students from the Nursing and Honors. Students presenting posters were enrolled in EDUC 146A-Psychology and Development for Educators; LIBA461H-Honors Thesis; NURS 480-Scholarship for Professional Practice; PSYC 101-General Psychology; PSYC 380-Sport Psychology: PSYC 445-Capstone: Program Evaluation; and SWRK 410-Social Work Research Project.

Posters reflected a wide array of topics in the categories of application of theory, literature review, and original research.

The event launched with a welcome to the 75 participating students from Dr. Rachelle Keck, Grand View President, and Dr. Carl Moses, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. After the welcome, students presented their work, as well as listened to and commented on fellow students’ posters.

The overall winner (1st place) was Isabelle Juhler (LIBA 461H) for original research about PETase: A Potential Solution to the Plastic Pollution Crisis.

Second place was awarded to Katie Watson (SWRK 410) for original research, with a poster entitled Losing a Piece of Yourself on adults’ perspectives on losing a sibling in childhood.

In the upper division category of literature review, Journey Goering (PSYC 445) was awarded third place for the poster Limiting Food Waste in Iowa.

Fourth place, in the category of upper division application of theory were partners Joanna Espitia and Jessica Main (NURS 480) with their topic of Incivility in New Graduate Nurses.

Fifth place in the category of lower division literature review were two teams from PSYC 101: Tyler Anderson, Derek Hull, Tamiah Teran, Anaiza Thornton, and Skyler Vong on their exploration of Introverts, Extroverts, Ambivert; and the team of Jacob Butz and Sydney Divoky on the topic of Music and Education.

Huge appreciation goes to the 20 judges who reviewed and provided feedback on each of the 45 student posters: Jill Betten, Scott Bull, Guy Cunningham, Amy Getty, Grant Knotts, Lisa Laughlin, Paul Rider, Diane Preston, Carter Reed, Liz McAllister, Alli Rupert, Laura Salazar, Amy Schumann, Rachel Schwaller, Myke Selha, Shane Warehime, Mark Slavich, Matthew Slaymaker, Steve Snyder, and Aaron Tinder.

Coordinators of the fall symposium were Dr. Josh Woods (Psychology), Dr. Jaci Easter (Education), Dr. and Julie Weichman (Nursing), Cathy Beck-Cross (Social Work).

Photos from the event.