Centennial Honors College

Undergrad Research Day 2022 Presentations

Performance Presentation

Jessica Schaumberg with Suyeon Ko, Music-Performance -- Chen Yi: Asian Representation in Modern Music

Podium Presentations

Darrin Ross with Majorie Allison, English -- Cross Racial and Queer Solidarity in McCuller's The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Caden Buettner with Dean Alexander, Law Enforcement and Justice Administration -- American Trucker Convoys: A Volatile Ticking Time Bomb

Alaric Evans with Gordon Pettit, Philosophy -- Persistence of a Person Throughout Changes in Time

Darrin Ross with Rebekah Buchanan, English -- Rethinking Rural Reform: How Modern Efforts to Aid Rural Communities Are Failing

Poster Presentations



Luke Bergschneider with Mark Bernards -- Observations from the First Year of a Multi-Year Cropping System Study That Integrates Livestock Grazing

Luke Bergschneider with Mark Bernards -- Screening WIU waterhemp for potential resistence.

Dustin Steinkamp with Mark Bernards -- Corn Yield Respond to Johnson-Su Bioreactor Compost Rate, Supplemental Nitrogen and Use of Glyphosate

Kinsey Tiemann with Mark Bernards -- Planting Soybean Green: Effect of Termination Time and Supplemental Nitrogen on Soybean Yield and Weed Growth

Tommy Wood with Win Phippen -- Effect of Nitrogen and Phosphorus Fertilizer Applications on Field Pennycress

Biological Sciences

Audry Branson with Sue Hum -- Antimicrobial Properties of Essential Oils

Sarah Kreiling with Shawn Meagher -- Does Fire Affect Parasitism in White-Footed Mice?

Jenna Lundgren with Kai Tsai -- The Development of a Biodegradable Mask

Olivia Luzadder with Meshack Afitlhile -- Quantification of Jasmonates in a Mutant of Arabidopsis that is Defective in a Major Chloroplast Receptor

Elyse Mathews with Victoria Livingston -- Tree Species Diversity Along a Streambed in West Central Illinois

Kaitlyn Mathews with Victoria Livingston -- Monitoring Nitrates and Phosphates in a Managed Pond

Amanda Moon with Jeffrey Engel -- Developmental timing of a novel wing phenotype in K+-channel mutant Drosophila

Jason Olson and Megan Ward with Brian Peer, Kishor Kapale (Physics), and Shu-Hui (Kay) Tsai (Chemistry) -- Development of an Environmentally Friendly Detergent Container

Fabian Pallo with Shawn Meagher -- Interactions Between Two Gastrointestinal Parasites in White-Footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus)

Collin Reed with Victoria Livingston -- Comparison of Commonly Available Herbicides in respect to Lonicera maackii (Amur Honeysuckle) Control.

Alexis Rutherford with Mari Aanenson -- Microorganism in Western Illinois Drinking Water

Cali Wilson with Jeffery Engel -- Documenting the development of a wings-down phenotype in Drosophila fruit flies that carry potassium channel mutations

Cari Wilson with Victoria Livingston -- The Bioaccumulation of Trace Metals in American Bullfrog Tadpoles (Lithobates catesbeinans) in Nahant Marsh.

Mei Lin Zheng and Zahar Chew with Sue Hum -- Antimicrobial Activity of Plant Extracts


Abigail Carlin with Brian Bellott -- Ultraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis)Spectroscopy Analysis of Antioxidants in Brewed Teas

Henry Hess with Brian Bellott -- Solid State Synthesis of Lanthanide Intermetallics

Katie Kanaan with Brian Bellott -- Examining Fixing Agents for Scanning Electron Microscopy on Biological Samples

Hector Palma-Juarez with Mette Soendergaard -- Antiproliferative Effect of Morel Mushroom

Lillie Purcell with John Determan -- Analyzing Illicit Drugs Using Copper Nanoparticles

Forensic Chemistry

Olivia Brinker with Brian Bellott -- Antioxidants in Hot-Brewed and Cold-Brewed Teas (FRAP Method)

Michael Combs with Brian Bellott -- Antioxidant Capacities of Hot Brewed Tea vs. Cold Brewed Tea

Savannah Cooper with Liguo Song -- quantification of cannabidiol among Sixteen Cannabinoids in Hemp oil by Liquid Chromatography Ultraviolet Detection

Emily Jovanovich with Liguo Song -- Quantification of Cannabinol among Sixteen Cannabinoids in Hemp Oil by Liquid Chromatography Ultraviolet Detection

Mary Pearson and Ashley Webb with John Determan -- Detection of Illicit Drugs using Silica Nanoparticle as Fluorescent Biosensors

Regina Scarpaci and Logan Barnard with John Determan -- Detection of Illicit Drugs with Fluorescent Biosensor Silica Nanoparticles

Music Therapy

Nichole Koch with Jennifer Jones -- Comparing Interpersonal Connection And Effectiveness Of Telehealth And In-Person Group Music Therapy


Jayda Ward, Queen Esekhalu and Ayaan Mohamed with Lindsay White -- The Effects of Mentorship on Incivility Among New Nurses


Drew Hecox with Kishor Kapale -- Search Algorithm Analysis for Tic-Tac-Toe


Dalton Winkler with Jonathan Hammersley -- Video Game Play & Imagery

Public Health

Tessie Morton with Mei Wen -- A Look into The Best Practices Against Contamination

Speech Pathology and Audiology

Megan Gilfillan with Amy Burke -- The Effect of Language-Based Services Provided by a Speech-Language Pathologist on Secondary Students’ Academic Success and Post-Secondary Continuation