201 WZ

Psychological Effects on Victims of War

Jessica Lemar, Indiana University East

All people who have fought in any war leave the war with a different approach on life. Some people are more affected than others, but ultimately war changes people. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a problem for many, but especially for veterans of war; becoming more informed about these issues is the first step to being able to help people with these issues.

Attachment Style and PTSD: Examining the Personality of Trauma

Gerry Griffith, Indiana University Southeast

We have learned that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is, in part, a social experience. This study explores how one’s attachment style interacts with PTSD and provides a case study analyzing how victims of PTSD with polar attachment styles might grapple with the breakdown of a relationship.

“Unbecoming Man”: Masculine Deconstruction in the Absurdity of War

Garret Graber, University of Mount Union

War has been considered the pinnacle of masculinity. However, weaponry advances starting in WWI completely changed warfare.  What did modern warfare mean for masculinity? In analyzing war film and literature through existential philosophy and gender studies, it is evident that war doesn’t “make men”: it breaks down masculinity.


202 WZ

Turning Honors Orientation Inside Out: Using Popular Culture and Convergence Theory to Orient First-Year Honors Students

Tiffany Browne & Adrienne Cruz, Eastern Michigan University

This presentation discusses the development of a new game for an honors thesis.  When I made my game, I decided that I wanted it to be different than other games I had tried. This presentation will discuss the methodology and meaning behind this far-from-ordinary game.

Evolution of the Honors Exit Interview

Caitlin Baumer, Eastern Michigan University

The Honors Exit Interview is one of the last points of contact with an Honors student before they graduate. Traditionally, the Exit Interview has served as an audit of requirements, but we have restructured it to be a more personal experience for students before they become an Honors alumni.

Communicating with Honors Students: How to Promote and Advertise Your Events and Deadlines

John Feldkamp, Eastern Michigan University

This session focuses on ways to communicate updates and reminders to students to increase participation and awareness among Honors students. This session will be of particular interest to those who are responsible for communicating with their Honors College student body.


209 WZ

Survival of the Fittest

Benjamin Mullaly, University of Mount Union

In a cross-disciplinary study, America’s position as a world power is assessed using Darwin’s theories of competitive exclusion and group evolution.

Siktar på Morgon: Aiming for Tomorrow (Sweden as the Innovator of Europe)

Haley Jennings, Grand Valley State University

Sweden stands as an innovative beacon in our modern world. “Siktar på Morgon: Aiming for Tomorrow” explores the revolution in education, equality, the exchange of information that proceeded Sweden’s economic collapse of 1992 and transformed this remote Scandinavian country into the powerhouse it is today.


212 WZ

Lactic Acid Production: Using a Common Bio-Product and Engineering Judgment to Redesign a Lab Experiment

Jennifer Jackemeyer, Trine University

Lactic acid is an important metabolite for several industries including food, pharmaceutical, and plastics industry. This research focuses on the production of lactic acid through fermentation of Lactcobacillus in a desktop bioreactor while learning how to redesign a lab experiment to incorporate new techniques for future student use.

The Biophysics of Adenine Tract

Trevor Boram, Indiana University East

This presentation will cover the excited state dynamics of Adenine Tract after UV light exposure.

Senior Science Thesis: Latrunculin B on Root Growth

Adam Reisert, Indiana University East

This presentation will examine the effects of Latrunculin B on root growth and amyloplasts in Arabidopsis thaliana.


213 WZ

Hiding in Plain Sight: Early Identification and Diagnosis for Children with Specific Learning Disabilities

Amanda Coomer, Indiana University Southeast

This presentation will discuss a crucial question in the field of education: When is it too early to identify for special education services? This presentation will navigate through the controversy and state what research supports as the best strategies to help the students with “the hidden disability” become successful.

Socialization of Gender and Later Implications

Nicole Outman, Ferris State University

We often learn gender roles through socializing agents, such as the media and the games children play. Topics include Disney Princesses and common childhood video games. The changing definition of masculinity, the changing body values of men and the degree to which it is appropriate to display femininity are considered.