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2021 URICA Symposium can be viewed worldwide in virtual format

April 6th, 2021

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After being canceled in 2020, Bethel’s undergraduate research symposium returns April 9 by way of the web.

The URICA Symposium (for Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activity) showcases the creative – and hard – work of Bethel students throughout the year.

This year’s symposium is a virtual, asynchronous format, with individual presentation videos on a variety of topics that can be accessed by anyone, at any time, starting April 9.

The URICA Symposium link is

In this format, the results of Bethel students’ research have the potential to reach a much wider audience, and be viewed by those who normally could not attend in person, including students’ family members, potential employers and graduate school representatives. 

Pre-recorded presentations that can be viewed starting April 9 are:

• Emma Beachy, junior from Kalona, Iowa – “A Wagner Encore: Daniel Barenboim, Holocaust Symbols and Israeli Identity”

• Ivy Bringer, senior from Argonia, Kan. – “Contraception Education Among the Homeless”

• Paige Collins, senior from Wichita – “Exposure to Cigarette Smoke During Childhood”

• Caleb Gaede, senior from Klamath Falls, Ore. – “Depression and Diabetes”

• Srijan Kalva and Vybhavi Kotireddy – “Reasons given by students for participation in sports, in spite of dangers such as concussions”

• Samantha Karten, senior from Wichita – “Human Breast Milk Compared to Donated Human Breast Milk in Premature Infants”

• Josh Kennell, sophomore from Newton, and Miki Harkins, junior from Wichita – “Protective Behaviors Against COVID-19”

• Adam Kroeker, senior from Augusta, Kan. – “Requiem Aeternam” (URICA Summer Research Grant honors presentation)

• Jordan Melugin-Abla, senior from Wichita – “Biases in Prenatal Health”

• Madeline Nachtigal, senior from Lawrence, Kan. – “An Examination of Mastery Motivation and Attachment Style in Preschool-Aged Children” (URICA Summer Research Grant honors presentation)

• Kadi Relph, senior from Lindsborg, Kan. – “Integration of Bedside Shift Report Among Nursing Staff on Medical and Surgical Units”

• Wynter Rentas, senior from Wichita – “Bacterial Load When S. aureus, P. aeruginosa and E. faecalis are Exposed to Dog Saliva” (URICA Summer Research Grant honors presentation)

• Merrick Schmitz, senior from Wichita – “ICU Delirium”

• Adam Sigwing, senior from Halstead – “Exploring positive vs. negative feedback mechanisms in maintaining prairie biodiversity”

• Autumn Strecker, senior from Goessel – “Managing Foot Complications in the Diabetic Homeless Population”

• Renee Thompson, senior from Wichita – “Childhood Obesity”

• Rebekah Tonn, senior from Newton – “Sleep Education for College Students”

• Elizabeth Tran, senior from North Newton – “The Effects of Evidence-Based Education Interventions on Children’s Immunization Pain”

• Alayna Wallace, senior from McPherson – “An Analysis of the Influence of the Dental Provider-Patient Interactions on the Patient's Dental Anxiety, Satisfaction, and Retention” (URICA Summer Research Grant honors presentation)

• Payton Walters, senior from Highlands Ranch, Colo. – “The effectiveness of non-hormonal methods such as SDM, the cost of implementation, the cost to patients and the nurse’s role in education”

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