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Natalie Stucky ’13

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 28, 2017

Convocation presentations — 11 a.m.

Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center

  • Spencer Bailley — "Exclusion of Poles in Kaiserreich Prussia, 1871-1914" URICA Award Presentation
  • Jacob Miller — "Narrative Trumps Reality: A Narrative Paradigm Approach to the Mainstream Media’s Coverage of Climate Change Preceding the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election"

Chapel, Administration Building

  • Azucena Gonzalez — "Cognitive and Emotional Effects of Football and Spiders: Reaction Time and Event-Related Potentials in a Go/NoGo task" URICA Award Presentation
  • Kelsey Peterson — "Effects of the Removal of the Invasive Species Tatarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica) from Sand Creek Trail" URICA Award Presentation

Projection Room (Room 141), Mennonite Library and Archives

  • Daniel Ratzlaff — "Concentration Analysis of Chromium Ion-Induced DNA Damage upon the pBR322 E. coli Plasmid"
  • Chase Stucky — "The Damaging Effects of Aspartame and its Components upon pBR322 E. coli Plasmid: A Replication Study and Further Analysis"

Posters — Will Academic Center (WAC), 1–2 p.m.

Lower level , atrium

1–2 p.m.
  • Garrett Lindley, Garrett Smith, Stephanie McGhee, and Jalal Gondal – “Effects of Concussions on Feelings of Support and Isolation in the Context of Team Dynamics”
  • Maya Kathrineberg, Ryan LaCombe, Austin Coulter, and Santiago Aragon (senior research mentor) – “Effects on Soil Lead Concentrations from Tatarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica) Removal”
  • Abby Harders, Logan Heinrichs, Amber Schmidt and Benjamin Abel – “Furthering the Research on Adsorption of Wastewater Contaminants on Magnetic Composites”
  • Cassie Voth, Riley Schmieder, and Daniel Ratzlaff (senior research mentor) – “Concentration Analysis of Cobalt Ion Induced DNA Damage upon the pBR322 E. coli Plasmid”
  • Alexander Haas, Kaci Wilson, and Brianna Newport – “An Analysis of the Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Factors in Student Success as Influenced by Various Interventions Across Four Years”
  • Lil Padro, Mallory Meier, and Azucena Gonzalez (senior research mentor) – “Two Case Studies of Brain Responses to Go/NoGo Tasks”
  • Brianna Newport and Taylor Simmons – “Assessing Fear Responses with Event-Related Potentials and Reaction Time in a Go/NoGo Task” This poster was presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research on April 6, 2017, at the University of Memphis.
  • Benjamin Wiens, Candy Dao, Heath Goertzen, and Westen Gesell (senior research mentor) – "The Effects of Roundup Herbicide on Soil Ecology"
  • Benjamin Wiens and Tyler Shima – “Population Genetics of the Feral Cat Community in Harvey County”
  • Kiley Varney, Jeni Reichenberger, and Katie Schrag – “Bethel College Treescape”
  • Shaelyn R. Atwood, Garrett R. Lindley, and Paul T. Lewis (faculty advisor) – “Mental Illness, Schizophrenia, and Behavioral Interpretation in Everyday Life:  Proof of Concept Study"
  • Abigail Kurtzer, Naomi Epp, Georgia Anderson, Callie Drescher, and Paul T. Lewis (faculty advisor) –"Experiences of Choice, Control, and Schizotypy in Everyday Life by Persons with Diagnoses of Schizophrenia, Persons with other Diagnoses of Mental Illness, and Persons with no Diagnoses”
  • Cayla Lawless, Randall Schmidt, Elizabeth Tran, and Brittany Carter (senior research mentor) – "The Relationship between Bethel College Students’ Personality and their Childhood Trauma: Exploratory Analyses"
  • Sam Bertholf, Nathan Gamache, and Grace Bradfield (senior research mentor) – “Analysis of Bentonite Clay and Coriander Efficacy in the Uptake of Cu+2, Fe, and Pb+2 from an Aqueous Solution Using Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy”

Oral Presentations

Will Academic Center, Room 208 - “I’ve Seen Stranger Things with Modern Critical Theory"    

1:30 p.m. Heather Chaney, “Stranger Structuralism”
1:45 p.m. Shekhinah Jones, “Rain Drop, Drop Top, This Binary is Only a Flip Flop”
2 p.m. Elizabeth Ratzlaff, “Gender Something or Other”
2:15 p.m. Reece Hiebert, “Deconstructing Fantasy/Reality in Stranger Things”

Will Academic Center, Room 208 - “Stranger/Bethel Things”      

2:30 p.m. Kate Jolliff, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?: A Structuralist Look at Stranger Things
2:45 p.m. Tara Schwartz, “Fredric Jameson’s Schizophrenia Applied to the Character Eleven”
3 p.m. Jacob Miller, “There is Nothing Original about Bubberts”

Will Academic Center, Room 208 - Visual Arts

3:15 p.m. Katherine Fry, “Shadows as Art: A Photographer’s Perspective”
3:25 p.m. Matthew Rodenberg, “Designing a Party Game from Start to an Indefinite Finish”

Will Academic Center, Room 203 

1:30 p.m. Internship Panel l. Students will discuss their internships and the importance of practical, hands-on learning in a Bethel education.
  • Zach Preheim – First Bank of Newton
  • Jaden Schmidt – Hesston Golf Course
  • Kelsey Peterson – The Land Institute
2 p.m. Taylor Simmons and Connick Roe, “Interspecies Bonding: The Reciprocal Effects of Pair Bonds between Green Iguanas and their Human Caretakers on Physiological and Perceived Stress” URICA Award Presentation. A poster based on this research has been accepted for presentation at the 54th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society, University of Toronto, June 12-16, 2017.
2:30 p.m.

Internship Panel II. Students will discuss their internships and the importance of practical, hands-on learning in a Bethel education.

  • Brittany Carter – COMCARE Crisis Center
  • Tia Goertzen – School Social Work - Santa Fe 5/6 Center
  • Kylee Schunn – Mirror Inc.- Substance abuse prevention and treatment
  • Spencer Bailey – Harvey/McPherson County Community Corrections Teen Court
3 p.m. Santiago Aragon, “Effects of the Removal of the Invasive Species Tatarian honeysuckle (lonicera tatarica) and the Analysis of Lead in Soil on Sand Creek Trail” URICA Award Presentation
3:30 p.m. Brittany Carter, "The Relationship between Bethel College Students’ Personality and their Childhood Trauma" URICA Award Presentation

Will Academic Center, Room 216

1:30 p.m. Kimberley McLaughlin and Morgan Murphy, “Social and Play Behavior in Juvenile Ovis Aries (Domestic Sheep)”
2 p.m. Grace Bradfield, “Analysis of Bentonite Clay and Coriander Efficacy in the Uptake of Cu+2, Fe, and Pb+2 from an Aqueous Solution Using Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy”    
2:30 p.m.

Westen Gesell, "The Effects of Roundup Herbicide on Soil Ecology"    

3 p.m. Cayla Lawless, "The Effects of the Perceived Patient-Physician Relationship on Medication Adherence in a Rural Family Practice"
3:20 p.m. Melissa Wimer, "The Importance of Beginning Breast Exam Education in Adolescence"
3:40 p.m. Randall Schmidt, “The Epidemic of Opioids: An Analysis of Rising Deaths and Usage”

Special Events

Will Academic Center, Room 208    

4 - 4:30 p.m. Faculty Fellowships Committee: Rachel Epp Buller, Kathryn Layman, & Kip Wedel – “Strategies for Student Success in Competing for Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowships” (especially for students who have received an invitation indicating fellowship eligibility)

Mojo’s Coffee Bar, Schultz Student Center   

5-6 p.m.

YAWP! Literary Magazine spring issue launch party and reading (outside, weather-permitting) – Readings by contributors and folk/bluegrass music

Other URICA Symposium Events

Thursday, April 27, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Annual Student Art Exhibition Reception — Luyken Fine Arts Center, Robert W. Regier Gallery

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 Gallery to celebrate the dedication and accomplishments of these students as they showcase ceramics, sculptures, jewelry, paintings, drawings, prints, book arts, and photographs.

Friday and Saturday, April 27–28, 7:30 p.m.

Spring Drama, Unity (1918), by Kevin Kerr — Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
  • Ryne Preheim
  • Matthew Garber
  • Kate Joliff
  • Shaelyn Atwood
  • Madison Hofer-Holderman
  • Abby Phillips
  • Mikala Wertz
  • Polly Carlson
  • Logan Hughes
  • Anna Wiens
  • Lily Funk
  • Callie Ross