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Scholars Symposium and Creative Achievement Day

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2017 Scholars Symposium and Creative Achievement Day

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
Elliott Student Union


The Office of Undergraduate Research and External Scholarships at the University of Central Missouri invites abstract submissions for the annual Scholars Symposium and Creative Achievement Day. The symposium is the university’s premiere event dedicated to showcasing achievements in undergraduate research and creative projects. All undergraduate UCM students are eligible to participate.


To promote engaged dialogue, the primary format of the event is roundtable presentations organized by discipline and moderated by UCM faculty. There will also be special sessions dedicated to the arts and humanities including, but not limited to, dance, theatre, fashion, and those presentations that utilize the common reader.  Student organizations, special topic courses, and other groups are encouraged to organize panels.  Art, photography, sculpture, scientific posters, and projects suitable for display will be exhibited.


In addition, the most innovative abstract from each category will be selected for participation in the Provost's Panel. Students chosen for this recognition will present their work during a special session moderated by Provost Curtis. Selection to the Provost's Panel represents the highest honor available to undergraduate participants of the symposium.


Submit your abstract here.



2016 Scholars Symposium and Creative Achievement Day


On behalf of 2016 symposium judges, the Office of Undergraduate Research and External Scholarships would like to congratulate the following students:


Competition Winners


Category: Social and Behavioral Sciences

First Prize: Lauren Mabe, “Contemporary Analysis of Missouri Potential Flooding Areas and Agricultural Losses”

Second Prize: Sydney Montague, “An Examination of the Peace Process: Barriers to Diplomacy in Israel and the West Bank”

Third Prize: April Roller, “Suicide & Legislation: How to Really Save a Life”


Category: Science and Technology

First Prize: Emily Elfrink, “Isolation of Staphylococcus and Gram Negative Bacteria from Loofahs”

Second Prize: Michael Hemme, “Optimizing Coal-Based Graphene Quantum Dots for Solar Cell Research”

Third Prize: Samuel Bell, “SeMo: A Novel and Fast, Computational Linguistics and Information Theory-Based Algorithm for Sequence Motif Discovery”


Category: Arts and Humanities

First Prize: Jennifer Wahonick, “DanceAbility”

Second Prize: Gabriel Livingston, “Tribes by Nina Raine”

Third Prize: Julia Landrum & Samantha Rooney, “Writing, Editing, Sending: A Creative Endeavor”



Honorable Mentions


Category: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mackenzie Carreon, "Puppies for Parole: Determining the Perceived Benefits of a Prison Rehabilitation Program”

Shawn Davis, “We Are All Racists: The Effect of Stress and Race in Threat Recognition”

Dessie Long & Robin Wright, “Not for Profit Makeover: Take Two”

Timothy O'Donnell, “An Effective Manager: Evolving Police Management”

Mariah Wright, “Developing Our Online SI Superpowers: Using SI to Combat High DFW Rates in an Online Criminal Justice Class”


Category: Science and Technology

Saidee Hyder, “Comparing the Home Ranges of Male and Female Ornate Box Turtles (Terrapene ornata) and Three-Toed Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina) in Johnson County, Missouri”

Rebecca Krebel & Presley Wehrle, “Facebook versus Twitter: An Effective Platform for Social Media Marketing in Limited-Service Restaurants”

Gabrielle Rentuma, “To Wear or Not To Wear: Do Compression Pants Affect Muscle Recovery?”

Category: Arts and Humanities

Matthew Butler, “Italian Neorealism and the Functions of Mise-en-scene and Cinematography in Bicycle Thieves”

Alix Calon, “Printing Perplexity”

Jessica Menge, “Sustainable Hospitality Design: Hotel + Restaurant - City Garden Hotels”