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Student Showcase

The Student Showcase will be held on Friday, April 22, 2022 in Curtiss Hall starting at 1:00 PM. 

The university-wide SVSU Student Showcase is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our students throughout all five colleges.  This exciting occasion brings together our talented and motivated students from across campus to share their work with faculty, peers, and external audiences. No doubt, this event has the potential to become a proud Cardinal tradition to recognize achievement, inspire innovation, and promote collaboration.

The majority of students will be presenting their work in a poster format; however, there will be a diverse set of opportunities for students to gain experience presenting their work that will also include paper presentations and performances. We are pleased to hold this event in the traditional in-person format. We will continue to monitor the SVSU COVID environment and will notify all participants of any changes to the event. 

 

Presentation Methods

Posters should be no larger than 40” x 56” in size. Posters can be situated either vertically or horizontally. On the day of the event, students will be provided with one piece of 36" x 48" foam-core board and 4-5 binder clips and/or tape for attaching the poster to the foam board, "if requested in advance."

Posters will be preassigned a number, which will be adhered to the easel. Upon checking in at the registration area, students will be directed to the location of their posters. Students are expected to stand next to their posters during the event

Poster can be printed through Graphics Center. Students will need to take the poster file to Graphics Center (SCCC) and complete a print request (make sure to have account # for payment information). You can create the layout of your poster in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, even PowerPoint. Tips on using PowerPoint to design your poster may be found by visiting 
https://www.unh.edu/sites/www.unh.edu/files/departments/undergraduate_research_conference/pdf/buildingaposterusingpowerpoint.pdf 
(from the University of New Hampshire). Faculty mentors may submit print request through network drive. Average cost for a poster size 40” x 56” is $62 printed/$90 laminated (posters may not exceed 40” on one side). You are encouraged to request printing as early as possible. Printing requests during the week of the event are not guaranteed. For additional information call 964-4278.

If you would like to add an SVSU logo to your poster or utilize official university power point template, please go to https://www.svsu.edu/universitycommunications/graphicstandards/logo/ Additionally, you can (but are not required to) add the UGRP logo by clicking “ugrp logo”.

The following are helpful resources from other universities that may assist you. Students may also choose to adhere power point slides to posters. Up to 16 slides (8.5" x 11" paper) can fit on one 36" x 48" board. Students using this method are encouraged to adhere the slides to a tri-fold board that can stand on its own. Note that any material found here may not align with SVSU’s Student Showcase guidelines.


Demonstrations are appropriate for any student whose work can best be displayed with some type of prop including a model, mini-experiment, electronic device, etc. Students providing a demonstration may or may not also have a poster to go along with their demonstration. Students presenting a demonstration will be provided with a small table upon which they can set their props.

Students delivering a demonstration will be preassigned a number, which will be adhered to the table. Upon checking in at the registration area, students will be directed to the location of their table. Students are expected to stand next to their table during the event.


Oral presentations will be ten (10) minutes in length. Opportunities for questions will be offered as time permits. Students will present from a podium or lectern and an IBM compatible laptop and projector will be provided. Due to time constraints, students may not use their own computers. Accordingly, each PowerPoint presentation will need to be downloaded onto the laptop in your assigned room prior to your presentation time. The time and location of presentations will be sent to you in advance.


Panel presentations will be twenty (20) minutes in length with the opportunity for a 5-10 minute question and answer session. Panel presentations should be submitted as one group abstract and should include no less than three and no more than 6 individuals. Panel presentations are ideal for a small group of individuals who have been working on independent projects that all are related to a common theme and may be at varying stages of completion. An IBM compatible laptop and projector will be provided. Due to time constraints, students may not use their own computers. Accordingly, each PowerPoint presentation will need to be downloaded onto the laptop in your assigned room prior to your presentation time. The time and location of presentations will be sent to you in advance.


Performances may take a variety of shapes and sizes (e.g., musical performance, theatrical pieces, and dance routines). Performances are limited to twenty (20) minutes in length. Please specify exact length of time for performance. Performance will take place in the Rhea Miller Hall. Limited adjustments will be able to be made to stage. However, if specific requirements are necessary, please make request and efforts will be made to accommodate.


Student Showcase 2022 Program

A detailed program will provided closer to the date of the event.

Presentations (Session 1)

Curtiss Hall - Presentation Hall - 2:15 pm

Room C 100 (Moderator: Dr. Amy Pierce) 

 

This is America, "Speak What You Want"

Evangeline Cruz

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ryan Rigda and Dr. Amy Pierce, Communication, The Competitive Speech Team

 

The Ban of Trans Athletes, "It's Time to Let Them Play"

Evangeline Cruz

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ryan Rigda and Dr. Amy Pierce, Communication, The Competitive Speech Team

 

SETC travel abstract

Adam Coggins

Faculty Mentor: Peggy Mead-Finizio, Theatre

 

 

 

Room C 102 (Moderator: Dr. Christine Pacewicz)

 

COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts College Student’s Physical Activity and Mental Health

Margaret Pawelczyk, Rachel Darr

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rachel Darr, Kinesiology

 

Evaluating Basic Psychological Needs, Motivation and Adherence in Female Virtual Health Coaching Clients

Erica Reymore, Christine Pacewicz

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Christine Pacewicz, Kinesiology

 

Comparison of Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Cultivation in Hydroponic and Aquaponic Systems

Madeline Bach, Colton Bragg, Jarod Morse, Courtney Thomas, Jasmine Smith

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Holly Little, Biology

 

 

 

Room C 130 (Moderator: Dr. Joseph Ofori-Dankwa)

 

BATS Project 2022: Revitalization in Saginaw

Lisa Catacosinos, Emmanuel Boadu, Alexis Krzeminski, Joshua Pickler, Abigail Walk, Brooke Ward, Avery Claybaugh, Chandler Marden

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Joseph Ofori-Dankwa, Business Leadership

 

Vitito New Orleans Trip - The Last Ones Standing  

Samuel Johnson, Gabriella Locke

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Joseph Ofori-Dankwa, Vitito Global Leadership Institute

 

Vitito Number Crunchers NOLA Presentation

Nathan Piwowarsi, Hannah Wickman, Haley Nelson

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Micah DelViccio, Vitito Global Leadership Institute

 

Entrepreneurship in NOLA

Sydney Czyz, Joseph Bartels

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph Ofori-Dankwa, Micah DelViccio, Vitito Global Leadership Institute

Panel Presentations (Session 2) Curtiss Hall - 2:20 PM – 3:20 PM

Room Seminar D & E (Moderator: Dr. Julie Foss) 

 

USITT 2022 Conference

Holly Houck, Briellé Myles-Williams, Lucas Inman, Drea Brown, Abbey Kuhns, Jaden O'Berry, Kylee Monahan

Faculty Mentor: Peggy Mead-Finizio, Theatre

 

Roberts Fellowship 23rd Class

Jaden O'Berry, Warren Jacobs, Talia Pruiett, Skyler Steward, Paige Talaga, Alivia Barres, Zachary Archbold

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Foss, Modern Foreign Language, Roberts Fellowship

 

Writing for Reshaping

Alexandra Rigot, Rachel Pfleghaar, Joy Bonke, Nicole Horn

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Scott Kowalewski, Professional and Technical Writing, Association of Professional and Technical Writers

Poster Presentations

Posters will be housed under the Poster Presentations tab and are organized by category.

1. Using Pollen Ratios as Indicators of Precipitation in the Eastern Deciduous Forests of North America

Haley Mueller

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Julie Commerford, Geography

 

2. Using UAV Imagery to Examine the Spread of the Invasive Phragmites australis in the Crow Island State Game Area in Saginaw, Michigan, USA

Charlotte Schulz

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rhett Mohler, Geography

 

3. Using Drone Imagery of Leaf Phenology to Identify Tree Species

Colton Bragg

Mentors: Dr. Rhett Mohler, Geography

 

4. Analyzing the Distribution of Native and Invasive Phragmites in the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge 

Sydney Gainforth

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Rhett Mohler, Geography

 

5. Object-Based Classification of Muskrat Mounds in the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

Brendon Shotwell

Mentor: Dr. Rhett Mohler, Geography

 

6. Embrace Subjectivity: Teaching an Existentially-Informed Clinical Psychology

Olivia Nelson, Makiya Tunstull, Brianna Vanderstelt

Mentor: Dr. Travis Pashak, Phycology Dr. David Nichols and Dr. James Hitt, Psychology

 

7. Too Busy and Couldn’t Care Less: Emerging Profile of Insufficient Effort Responders in the U.S.

Laura A Shearer, Laurina A. Mandeville, Tyler J. Saez

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ranjana Dutta, Psychology

 

8. Determinants of Staying in College: How students work, feel about coursework, overcome obstacles, and change majors

Alexandra Hanson, Sarah Mikoleizik, Alexandra Hanson, Jaime Modrzynski, Emma Urbaniak, Masey Seals, Julia Lange

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph Weaver, Psychology

 

9. Law Club - Expanding Legal Exploration Beyond the State of Michigan 

Catherine Shuler, Harley Mordarski

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Julie Keil, Political Science

 

10. Gender and Hate Language: A Linguistic Perspective

Sydney Campbell

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Veronika Drake, English

 

11. Technologizing the SVSU Writing Center

Amelia Corne, Samantha Allen, Garrett Lewis, Brianna Jamison

Bill De Herder, Writing Center

 

12. Nursing student's perceptions of their quality of therapeutic communication 

Abigail Lange

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Roe, Nursing

 

13. Midland County Community Health Needs Assessment

Alexis Jones

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Becca Schlaff, Dr. Meghan Baruth, Health Science

 

14.  Effects of a supervised neuromuscular training program performed on a novel foam surface on performance- and injury risk- related outcomes among recreational runners

Katie Nixon

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Merrick Lincoln, PT, DPT, CSCS, Kinesiology

 

15.  Microplastics and Phagocytosis in a Model Unicellular Ciliate, Tetrahymena pyriformis

Erica Behnfeldt

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sylvia Fromherz, Biology

16.  Seed crystals toward simulating hydrothermal vents

Hien Nguyen

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jason J Pagano, Chemistry

 

17.  Determination of Efficacy of Biochar in Removing Antibiotics from Aqueous Solution

Warren Jacobs, Peyton Long

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Adam Warhausen, Chemistry

 

18. Synthesis, Characterization, and Electrochemical Analysis of Synthetic Biomolecule Models Containing d8-Metal with Hydroxamate and/or Nitrosyl Ligands

Emily Jaremba, Alice Erman

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Adam Warhausen, Chemistry

 

19. Synthesis of C-Glycosides for Potential Type II Diabetes Treatment

Max Michalak, Devin Newman

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Chaytor, Chemistry

 

20.  Electromagnetic Detection of Failure in Electronic Interconnects

Gavin M. Zimmer

Mentors: Dr. Mohammad A. Khan, Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

21. Autonomous Asian Carp Deterrent System

Connor Schumann, Tu Nguyen, Waliul Matin, Elliott Nazarowff

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rajani Muraleedharan Sreekumarid, Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

22. Feasibility Study of Thermal Imaging, Sensing and Design for an Electronic System for a Dependable Sourse

Satrudhan Yadav

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mohammad Khan, Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

23. Robotic Prosthetic Arm

Molly Gibbons, Noah Adamcik, Kevin Shaffer

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rajani Muraleedharan, Electrical Engineering

 

24. Designing 3D Models for Virtual Reality

Ajay Sah

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aneesha Gogineni, Mechanical Engineering

 

25. Uneven Applied Voltages Effect on a Two-Stage Electrohydrodynamic Gas Pump

Ajay Sah, Shariful Robin

Faculty Mentor: Dr. AKM Manayem H. Mazumder, Mechanical Engineering

 

26. Channel State Information Spectrum Gap Filling Using Shallow Neural Networks

Manish Osti, Avishek Mukherjee, Beata Hejno

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Avishek Mukherjee, Computer Science

 

27. Twitter Bitcoin Opinion Leader Analysis

Matthew Loucks,

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aos Mulahuwaish, Computer Science

 

28. Diffusion of Microparticles and Nanoparticles in Polymers and Biopolymeric Liquids

Aiden Slate

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kavindya Senanayake, Physics

 

29. Detecting Fake News on Twitter Using AI models

Manish Osti, Aos Mulahuwaish

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aos Mulahuwaish, Computer Science