Students prepare for the 20th annual academic symposium

Event: 20th annual Goshen College Student Academic Symposium
Date and Time: Saturday, April 14, from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Goshen College’s Church-Chapel Rooms 110—111 and 112-113
Cost: Free and open to the public
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The 20th annual Goshen College Student Academic Symposium will consist of 18 Goshen College students, from 10 different majors, presenting original research. The symposium will begin at noon in Goshen College’s Church-Chapel with a light lunch on Saturday, April 14. The first presentations will begin at 12:30 p.m.

The symposium is an event that encourages Goshen College students to share original research within their academic programs. It presents projects and research papers which “contribute to the ongoing conversation about professional and intellectual development at our college.” Long Tran, associate professor of education, is the program coordinator and Chelsea Risser, a senior peace, justice and conflict studies major, is the assistant program coordinator.

Students will present in Church-Chapel Rooms 110-111 and 112-113 according to the following schedule:

Concurrent sessions #1: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
Presenter: Claude Lilford, Let Me Be Your Gigolo

12:50 p.m. to 1:05 p.m.
Presenter: Suetta Miller, Effects of Prebiotic Food Consumption and Well-being On Presence of Inhibitory Bacteria in Human Breast Milk 

1:10 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.
Presenter: Jesse Amstutz, How do alterations in classroom environment influence changes in student behavior?

12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Presenter: Marco Fraticelli Oruna, Goshen College Serving People of Color with Lilly

12:50 p.m. to 1:05 p.m.
Presenter: Abby Graber, Social Work Practice Issues with Clients with Dementia

1:10 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.
Presenter: Carolina Villalobos Palacios, An Analysis of Training Records from 2004 to 2017 of a Middle-Aged, Highly Trained Female Long Distance Runner


Concurrent sessions #2: 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Presenter: Siana Emery, The Importance of Silence

1:50 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.
Presenter: Danny Aramouni, Pigmentation Genetics of the Domestic Pigeon, Columba livia domestica

2:10 p.m. to 2:25 p.m.
Presenter: Mary O’Connell, Hearing Social Workers Working with Deaf Children: Practice Issues and Challenges

1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Presenter: Katie Yoder, Masculinizing Colonial Knowledge: George Thomas Basden and the Nigerian Women’s War

1:50 p.m. to 2:25 p.m.
Presenters: Sydney Cruz, Jordan Helmuth, Cassie Sessa, Igniting nursing students’ healthcare literacy and policy education


Concurrent sessions #3: 2:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Catie Kauffman, Productive Movement: Including Psychology in the Classroom to Increase Positive Behavior

2:50 p.m.-3:05 p.m.
Presenter: Rudin Mucaj, Crossfire: Königsberg Between Nationalism, Mythology, Hitler and Stalin, and the Story of Ethnic Cleansings from 1933 to 1945

3:10 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.
Presenter: Simon D. Weaver, Enzyme Kinetics of Invertase by NMR Spectroscopy and Polarimetry with Constants Calculated Using the Lambert-W Function

2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Presenter: Geoff Miller, Game Theory Models of Evolution in the Yucca Moth-Yucca Plant Obligate Mutualism and the Cheater Yucca Moth

2:50 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Presenter: Chelsea Risser, Decolonizing and Indigenizing Goshen College