Monday, April 30, 2018

Winners announced for MSSU Student Research Symposium

(From Southern News Service)

Winners have been announced for the 2018 Student Research Symposium, held April 25 at Missouri Southern State University.

More than 30 students created poster presentations in one of six categories: Humanities, Business, Engineering and Technology, Social Sciences, Physical and Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, and Education. A panel of judges viewed the presentations and selected winners for each category.

2018 Research Symposium winners


Faith Scheidemantle, Camdenton, first – “Student Competency with Managing Information-Pros and Cons of a Behavioristic Approach to Assessment”

Health Science

Kaitlin Fraser, Carl Junction, first – “Comparison of Wellness in Undergraduate Health and Non-Health Majors”

Sierra Wells, Joplin, second – “Relationship Between Parental Knowledge of Physical Activity Standards and Children’s Fitness Levels”

Social Sciences

Christian Provence-Harmon, Webb City, first – “Effectiveness of a Community Asset Map in Relation to Joplin’s Empowerment Levels”

Garrett Pekarek, Joplin, second – “Demographic Change in 20th Century Murphysburg”

Physical and Biological Sciences

Lauren Brown, Alyssa Brown, and Ashlea Zumwalt, all of Joplin, first – “Supervolcano Impact on the Environment: A Case Study of Yellowstone”

Ashley Burns, Pierce City, second – “When Predators Become Prey: Testing for Differences in the Striking Behavior of Western Rat Snakes”


Sara Clark, Springfield, first – “The Art of Being Centered: Exploring Zen Buddhism in Ceramics”

Ryan Drendel, Naperville, Ill., second– “Just Playin’: Mass Oral Communication in ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’”

Best Overall

Lauren Brown, Alyssa Brown and Ashlea Zumwalt

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