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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 24, 2015

Convocation presentations — 11 a.m.

Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center

  • Karina OrtmanMaple Syrup Urine Disease: A Study of Carrier Frequency in Mennonite and Non-Mennonite Populations Mennonite Contributions Contest Award Presentation
  • Luis MatuteVerbal Communication with Adult Unconscious Patients

Chapel, Administration Building

  • Laura Jensen (senior researcher and group mentor) & Jenna Collins (assistant) — The Power of Recovery: Using First-Person Accounts to Combat Self-Stigma
  • Kaitlin SchmidtCardiac Glycosides in Native Prairie Species and their Effect on Daphnia Cardiac Function and E.coli Proliferation URICA Award Presentation

Projection Room (Room 141), Mennonite Library and Archives

  • Lani AstorgaWhich Aspects and Challenges of Rural Communities Contribute to the Current Nursing Shortages and Poor Patient Outcomes in These Areas?
  • Seth Tarrant & Dylan JantzAdsorption of Heavy Metal Contaminants via Magnetic Composites URICA Award Presentation

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

Lower level hallway (west side of WAC)

1–2 p.m.
  • Kiley Varney & Karlee Davidson — “Nothing But Nets: Supplying Insecticide-Treated Mosquito Nets to Prevent Malaria in the Tropics.”
  • Bethel basketball players Jessica Ebenkamp, Taylor Durant, Adam Arciniega, & Daniel Ratzlaff will be shooting free throws to support Nothing But Nets on Saturday, April 25, in Thresher Gymnasium. Kiley and Karlee will accept your pledge per free throw made. Goal: 800 made; $0.01 per free throw made = $8; $10 buys 1 net.
  • Kara Hiebert, Javen Zellner, Emma Bradley, & Karina Ortman (senior research group mentor) — Maple Syrup Urine Disease: A Study of Carrier Frequency in Mennonite and Non-Mennonite Populations
  • Olivia Gehring, Neil Smucker, Natalie Unruh, Emily Wedel, & Kaitlin Schmidt (senior research group mentor) — Cardiac Glycosides in Native Prairie Species and their Effect on Cardiac Function and E.coli Proliferation
  • Brianna Newport, Leah Friesen, & Shaelyn AtwoodThree Approaches to Assessing Improvement in Lumosity Performance among Students in the Fundamentals of Study Skills Class
  • Bethany HamillRoom-Temperature Ionic Liquids Lab Design
  • Azucena Gonzalez, Ciara Mckinney, Amber Schmidt, & Taylor WareCognitive and Event- Related Potential (ERP) Evaluation of Football Players: Early Season-Post Season Comparisons
  • Lani Astorga — Which Aspects and Challenges of Rural Communities Contribute to the Current Nursing Shortages and Poor Patient Outcomes in These Areas?
  • Jessica BlackwillAre Breastfed Infants Less Likely to Acquire Illnesses and Diseases Than Formula Fed Infants?
  • Kylie BlaylockThe Effects of Contaminated Stethoscopes”
  • Keyona BurdenThe Effects of Laboring Down
  • Mayra ChavezPostpartum Hemorrhage
  • Melissa DodgeMusic Therapy and Dementia
  • Bridget GlockThe Effects of Using Distraction Techniques to Reduce Pain and Stress During Pediatric Venipuncture
  • Cayla Lawless & Amy WedelHemoglobin Polymorphism: A Molecular Adaptation in Deer Mice
2–3 p.m.
  • Shelby GonieaDoes Second Hand Smoke Cause Behavioral Issues in Children?
  • Megan HillParental Presence in Pediatric Trauma Resuscitation
  • Katrina HornerHypnosis Aids in Therapy for Smoking Cessation
  • Nichole IldetronDoes Healthcare Hand Hygiene Reduce Hospital Acquired Infections Such Clostridium Difficile?
  • Nik KrahnHow Does the Use of the Kennedy Axis V Assessment Tool Minimize Incidents of Violence in Acute Psychiatric Patients?
  • Tracie KuhnChildren, Parents, and the MMR Vaccination
  • Jera MasonEffects of Delaying Cord Clamping in Newborns
  • Grace Bradfield, Daniel Ratzlaff, Chase Stucky, Jordan Schroeder, Seth Tarrant (senior research group mentor), & Dylan Jantz (senior research group mentor)Adsorption of Lead Wastewater Contaminants via NaY Zeolite Magnetic Composites
  • Jacqueline Conway & Allie Hipp (senior research group mentor)Effects of Exercise on Salivary Cortisol
  • Allie Chesbrough & Heather EddyChanges in Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT3) Indices after a Concussion in Bethel Athletes
  • Benjamin Wiens, Erik Long, & Karl Buller (senior research group mentor)The Analysis of Zebra Fish Feeding Behavior using JWatcher
  • Taylor Wright, Lila Tibbets, Justin Soriano, & Madison LockhartStudying Purpose Perception Through Experience Sampling Methodology: A Study of Local Consumers of Mental Health Services
  • Daniel Kirk & Brooke Powers (senior research group mentor)Sleep Deprivation in Accordance with Concussions
3–4 p.m.
  • Luis MatuteVerbal Communication with Adult Unconscious Patients
  • Sarah PalmerDoes Watchful Waiting and Parent Education Impact the Overuse of Antibiotics in Children with Otitis Media?
  • Meghan PhillipsBooster Seats and Motor Vehicle Accident Outcomes in Children
  • Jennifer ReedThe Use of Non-Pharmacological Interventions Within the Intrapartum Period
  • Kelly ReimerHow Does Breastfeeding Affect the Outcome of Babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome?
  • Ashley RobbinsDoes the Use of Progesterone Delay Preterm Birth?
  • Sarah SchellEffectiveness of Programs That Target Child and Adolescent Obesity
  • Chekesha StaleyVentilator-Associated Pneumonia: Oral Hygiene for the Mechanical Ventilated Patient
  • Taylor TrentThe Effect of Increased Noise Levels on Preterm Infants in the NICU
  • Asha WilliamsEffective Communication in the OR for Patients and Health Professionals Safety
  • Megan WissmanBreast Cancer and Effects of Chemotherapy Treatments
  • Kami WondersReducing Readmissions in Patients with Heart Failure
  • Tyler Shima, Samuel Bertholf, & Brieanna Zerger (senior research group mentor) — Effects of the p53 Knockout Gene in Zebrafish: An Assistant’s perspective

Oral Presentations

Will Academic Center, Room 208

1–1:30 p.m. Kaitlin Schmidt, Will Shoup, Allie Shook-Shoup, Jessie Pohl (editorial staff) with Siobhan Scarry (faculty mentor) and assorted readers — Launch Event for Yawp!, Bethel College’s New Literary Magazine
1:30–2 p.m. Internship panel — Shianne Defreese, Madison Wiles, Allie Chesbrough, and Laird Goertzen
2–2:30 p.m. Melinda RegehrMental Health of Bethel College Students: An In-depth Look at Student Athletes, Working Students, and First-Generation Students
2:30–3 p.m. Benjamin KreiderPublic Libraries, Poverty, and Social Inclusion: A Case Study of Kansas Libraries

Will Academic Center, Room 203

1:30–2 p.m. Katelyn MelgrenMitigating Burnout with Intentional Self-Care Habits and Agency Support: A Qualitative Study of Child Welfare Social Workers in Kansas URICA Award Presentation
2–2:30 p.m. Jessica EbenkampThe Effects of Pain and Depression on Rehabilitation Progress in a Physical Therapy Clinic URICA Award Presentation
2:30–3 p.m. Angelina AdaméZebrafish as a Model of Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome: Controlling PITX2 Gene Expression URICA Award Presentation
3–3:20 p.m. Eric Preheim, Garrett Lindley, & Jesse Voth-GaeddertWe Don’t Mind: Bethel Students’ Attitudes and Beliefs about Concussions
3:20–3:40 p.m. Joshua Janzen & Abigail PhillipsAn Overview of Cognition and Communication in the Common Starling
3:40–4 p.m. Laird Goertzen, Nichole Gabriel, & Kaitlyn ScribnerPerceptions of Stalking among Bethel Students in Relation to Personality and Self-Esteem"

Will Academic Center, Room 216

1:30–2 p.m. Seth TarrantAdsorption of Heavy Metal Contaminants via Magnetic Composites
2–2:30 p.m. Nicholas Bartholomaustitle not available
2:30–3 p.m. Dylan JantzSynthesis and Kinetic Study of Magnetic Composites

Special Post-Symposium Event

Will Academic Center, Room 208

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

Other URICA Symposium Events

Thursday, April 23, from 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.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 23–25 at 7:30 p.m.

Spring Drama The Dining Room, by A. R. Gurney — Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
  • Shaelyn Atwood
  • Leland Brown III
  • Ethan Birdwell
  • Abigail Christensen
  • Kate Jolliff
  • Luke Loganbill
  • Megan Meyer
  • Mariel Robert
  • Dalton Smith
  • Megan Meyer & Julia Campfield, stage managers
  • Kate Jolliff, props
  • Leah Towle, costumes
  • Ben Carlson, lighting and sound