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Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activity Symposium

Designed as an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the many forms of in-depth, individual research and creative endeavor college-wide, this forum includes senior thesis presentations across the curriculum, along with culminating recitals and art shows, or lecture-performances with digital recordings or images. The symposium showcases the creative – and hard – work of Bethel students. Free and open to the public.

For a comprehensive list of undergraduate research conducted at Bethel, visit our Undergraduate Research Database.

URICA Symposium Schedule — Friday April 25, 2014

Convocation presentations — 11 a.m.

Projection Room, Mennonite Library and Archives (Doug Siemens, moderator)

  • Brooke Banning (URICA Award presentation)Prion Protein Function in Zebrafish
  • Jocelyn Wilkinson (URICA Award presentation)Brandmarks: The Effects of Branding on Major Historical Landmarks Worldwide and How We Tell History

Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center (John McCabe-Juhnke, moderator)

  • Jared RegehrGatorade + Hip Implants = ???
  • Audra MillerThe Gender Project

Chapel, Administration Building (Paul Lewis, moderator)

  • Marike StuckyA Beautiful Mess: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Consumption, Gender and Power
  • Guadalupe GonzalezEvent-Related Potential and Reaction Time Differences in Processing of Words Acquired in Early and Late Childhood

Posters — Will Academic Center (WAC), noon–4 p.m.

Lower level hallway (west side of WAC)

1–2 p.m.
  • Table 1
    • Jessica MillerIncorporation of Genomic Information in Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Programs
    • Ariel SilvaHigher Patient Satisfaction with Care from Nurse Practitioners
  • Table 2
    • Shelli ScheerSkin to Skin Care Affecting Neonates
    • Kristen OlsenNurse Staffing Level and Patient Safety
  • Table 3
    • Emily Wedel and Jacob Weber (senior research group mentor)Analysis of Phytoextraction along Sand Creek Trail Using Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy and Ion Selective Potentiometry
    • Laird Goertzen and Nichole GabrielStalking Incidence and Perceptions Across Personality and Demographic Factors
  • Table 4
    • Michelle Kaufman, Grace Bradfield, Daniel Ratzlaff, and Chase StuckyAnalysis of the Damaging Effects of Aspartame and Derivatives upon E.coli pBR322 plasmid
2–3 p.m.
  • Table 5
    • Jason Friesen, Jared Regehr (senior research group mentor), Daniel Ratzlaff and Chase StuckyAnion Role In Damage To E. coli pBR322 DNA Plasmid
  • Table 6
    • Josh Janzen, Abby Phillips, Emily Simpson, and Wesley GoodrichBirth Order Effects on Circadian Diurnal Rhythm of Cortisol
    • Seth Tarrant and Dylan JantzEfficiency of Magnetic Removal of Contaminants in Wastewater
  • Table 1
    • Bryce HostetlerAnalysis of damage done by various buffers upon pBR322 E. Coli plasmid
    • Whitney CunninghamThe Effects of Perineal Massage During the Second Stage of Labor on the Incidence of Perineal Trauma Occurrence
  • Table 2
    • Raeanne YoderSelf-Hypnosis: An Alternative Form of Pain Management
    • Naura HarlowShould Families be Allowed While Resuscitation Efforts Take Place?
3–4 p.m.
  • Table 3
    • Emma Bradley, Caleb Epp, Kara Hiebert, Carl Lehmann and Karina OrtmanEffect of Lambda Prophage on Bacterial Resistance to Environmental Stresses
    • Karl Buller, Angelina Adame and Brie ZergerThe Many Aspects of Zebrafish and How They Can Be Used for Scientific Discovery
  • Table 4
    • Abby Schrag, Natalie Unruh, and Aaron Topham (senior research group mentor)A Study of Gram Negative and Gram Positive Bacterial Presence in Bethel College Academic Buildings
  • Table 5
    • Alexis RenteriaNursing Burnout
    • Marissa BontragerMore than a Diagnosis: Effects of Diabetic Education on Patient Adherence
  • Table 6
    • Mia StrobleExploring the Barriers of Collaboration Between Nurses and Physicians

Atrium (east side of WAC)

1–2 p.m.
  • Table 7
    • Madeline BaumgartnerAlcohol Abuse and Native Americans: A Modern Epidemic
    • Ashley MorrisPreventing Nosocomial Bacteremia in Neonatal Intensive Care Units
  • Table 8
    • Angela RobinsonImproving Competency and Retention of New Baccalaureate Nurses through Nursing Resident Programs
    • Laura Jensen and Rachel UnruhStereotype Spillover Effects on Women in Mathematics
      (previously presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Lexington, Ky., April 4, 2014)
  • Table 9
    • Heather Eddy and Daniel RatzlaffThe Effects of Climate Change on Mosquito-Borne Infectious Diseases
    • Brooke Powers and Sarah CunninghamClimate Change: The Real Story
  • Table 10
    • Jessica Ebenkamp and McKenzie KingThe Effects of Pain and Depression on Rehabilitation Progress in an Athletic Training Room
2–3 p.m.
  • Table 11
    • Jesse Voth-Gaeddert and Allie HippReducing Stress through Meditation: The Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Yoga
    • Azucena GonzalezImprovements in Cognitive Performance Using Lumosity in Fundamentals of Study Skills Class
  • Table 12
    • Kathryn Kelman and Rachel EvansChanges of Perceived Stress, Norepinephrine, and Cortisol in Emergency Responders: A Look at Kansas EMS Agencies
    • Guadalupe Gonzalez (senior research group mentor), Lila Tibbets and Azucena GonzalezEvent-Related Potential and Reaction Time Differences in Processing of Words Acquired in Early and Late Childhood
      (This poster will also be presented at Posters on the Hill, sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., April 29, 2014.)
  • Table 7
    • Erin HilgerReducing Ventilator Associated Pneumonia
    • Julia RojasKangaroo Care and its Breastfeeding Benefits
  • Table 8
    • Lacy SmithCan the Incidence of Necrotizing Enterocolitis be Decreased by Implementing a Feeding Schedule?
3–4 p.m.
  • Table 9
    • Hollie TaborUsing Non-Pharmacological Interventions to Reduce a Woman’s Perception of Pain During the First and Second Stages of Labor
    • Sarah BellDo Animals Impact Mental and Social Health? A Closer Look at How Interactions with Animals and Animal-assisted Therapy Affect Elderly Individual’s Mental and Social Well-being
  • Table 10
    • Scott MusgravePatient Violence
    • Ashley WassermanDo Psychiatric Observation Methods Keep Patients Safe?
  • Table 11
    • Olivia Gehring, Jackie Conway and Rachel Tamerius (senior research group mentor)Anti-microbial Qualities of Capsaicin in Low-Concentrations, as Observed in Vegetarian Cheek Swabs
    • Alyssa Scheuermann and Katrina RegehrCommunication in Captive Humboldt Penguins

Internship panels

WAC Room 108, John McCabe-Juhnke and Marla Krell, moderators

Panel 1 — 1–1:30 p.m.
  • Casey Budd (Chemistry) — City of Wichita Water Department Laboratory, Wichita
  • Albert Wilson (Natural Sciences) — Advanced Physical Therapy, Wichita
  • Raeanne Yoder (Nursing) — Via Christi Hospital-St. Francis, operating room
  • Kaitlyn Preheim (Social Work) — Kansas Department of Children and Family Services, Newton
  • Jennifer Scott (Social Work) — St. Francis Community Services, Newton
Panel 2 — 2–2:30 p.m.
  • Grace Bradfield (Chemistry) — Dr. Pamela McCullough, DDS, Newton
  • Kara Hiebert (Biology) — Hesston Veterinary Clinic, Hesston
  • Tanner Smith (Business and Economics) — RE/MAX Associates, Newton
  • Ben Kreider (Social Work) — Sunset Elementary School, Newton
  • D.J. Bronson (Communication Arts) — Topeka Capital-Journal
Panel 3 — 3–3:30 p.m.
  • Jessica Ebenkamp — Ark Valley Physical Therapy, Arkansas City
  • Karina Ortman (Biology) — Dr. Brooke Mason, Pediatrician, Hutchinson Clinic
  • Naura Harlow (Nursing) — Via Christi Hospital-St. Francis, Emergency Department, Wichita
  • Shianne Defreese (Social Work) — Southbreeze Elementary School, Newton
  • Madison Wiles (Social Work) — Asbury Park Retirement Community, Newton

Oral presentations

WAC Room 208, Rachel Epp Buller, moderator

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors

1–1:20 p.m.
  • Mary Sheridan, Jennifer Van Horn and Claire McStravickAnimal Behavior: Dominance in Horses after Abuse
1:20–1:40 p.m.
  • Joshua Janzen, Makayla Epp and Santiago AragonIs There a Social Dominance Hierarchy in a Flock of Urban, Free-Range Hens?


2–2:30 p.m.
  • Emily HarderTalking about the S Word: A Conversation with the Bethel Community about Sex Education, Sex Attitudes and Sex Behaviors
2:30–3 p.m.
  • Wesley Goodrich (URICA Award presentation)Reducing Stress through Altruism as Measured by Salivary Cortisol and Psychological Perception Scales
3–3:30 p.m.
  • Rachel Evans (URICA Award presentation)Changes of Perceived Stress, Norepinephrine and Cortisol in Emergency Responders: A Look at Kansas EMS Agencies
3:30–4 p.m.
  • Emily Luedtke (URICA Award Presentation)Queer Wichitans: A Collection of Biographical Paintings

WAC Room 203, Doug Siemens, moderator

1–1:30 p.m.
  • Megan Leary (URICA Award presentation)Saving the World, One Vertex at a Time: A Graph Theory Analysis of the Board Game Pandemic
1:30–2 p.m.
  • Austin Unruh (URICA Award presentation)Encounters with Chaos: Exploring the Presence of Chaos in Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
2–2:30 p.m.
  • Nicole Eitzen (URICA Award presentation)The Hippie and Jipiteca Narrative: A Comparative Study
  • Rebecca Epp (URICA Award presentation)Exploring Genres through the Transformation of Family Stories

WAC Room 216, Jon Piper, moderator

1–1:30 p.m.
  • Benjamin KreiderJesus on the Mountain: An Analysis of the Gospels and a Theology of Place
1:30–2 p.m.
  • Caleb Lázaro MorenoConsuming Voices: An Intersection of Theo-political Sovereignty, U.S. American Christianity and the Presence of Alternately Documented Immigrants
2–2:30 p.m.
  • Tamires GongoraAnxiety among Cell-Phone Users: The Possible New Mental Disorder in Modern Society
2:30–3 p.m.
  • Casey BuddReactor Design for In Situ Measurements of the Solid-Gas Interface of Heterogeneous Catalysts
3–3:30 p.m.
  • Jacob WeberAnalysis of Phytoextraction along Sand Creek Trail Using Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy and Ion Selective Potentiometry
3:30–4 p.m.
  • Michelle KaufmanAnalysis of the Damaging Effects of Aspartame and Components upon pBR322 E.coli plasmid

Other URICA Symposium events

Annual Student Art Exhibition Reception — Robert W. Regier Art Gallery

Thursday, April 24, 6–8 p.m.

This annual exhibition displays work by the dozens of Bethel students who take art classes every year, whether for their major or minor or to meet a GE requirement. Join us at the Robert W. Regier Art Gallery (located in the Luyken Fine Arts Center) to celebrate the dedication and accomplishments of these students as they showcase ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, paintings, drawings, prints, book arts and photographs.

Student exhibitors are:

  • Lina Adame
  • Aaron Aikens
  • Sara Boman
  • Erin Bradley
  • Hannah Brinker
  • Sondra Buller
  • Xi Cheng
  • Alison Conrad
  • Brittny Czarnowsky
  • Sierra Dirksen
  • Erin Doerksen
  • Mitchell Dutcher
  • Becca Epp
  • Tia Goertzen
  • Cory Graber
  • April Harpe
  • Shelby Howard
  • Mattison Hiebner
  • Samantha Jarvis
  • Jesse Kaufman
  • Yun Kee
  • Jenson Kingsley
  • Ben Kreider
  • Janae Lawson
  • Apriel McDade
  • Audra Miller
  • Sadie Minkevitch
  • Jessie Pohl
  • Matthew Rodenberg
  • Katie Schmidt
  • Terra Scott
  • Britani Shrum
  • Ashley Suhr
  • Rachel Tamerius
  • Natalie Unruh
  • Andrew Walker
  • Samantha Wilkerson
  • Tiana Williams
  • Sarah Zurkee

Special addition: Audra Miller’s photography exhibit, The Gender Project, just outside the Robert W. Regier Art Gallery

Student-Directed One-Act Plays* — Krehbiel Auditorium (7:30 p.m.)

Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26

  • Leland Brown, director — Youtopia by Chaney Kwak
  • Cody Claassen, director — A Bulgarian Rhapsody by Rich Orloff
  • Dalton Smith, director — Little Duck by Billy Aronson
  • Leah Towle, director — Echo by Robert Kasper
  • Henry Unruh, director — The Goon by Pete Malicki
  • Jocelyn Wilkinson, director — You’re Invited! by Darren Canady

* Because of adult language and themes, these plays are for mature audiences and not recommended for children.