Wayne State College

Wayne State Students to Present Spring 2024 Honors Projects

Published Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

Honors students present their end-of-the-semester research projects April 25-26.

Twenty-two Wayne State College students will present their honors research projects in the Student Center’s Niobrara Rooms (east and west) on Thursday and Friday, April 25-26. The public is invited to attend.

The two-day event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 26.

The Wayne State Honors Program allows students to be more involved within an academic discipline, to broaden and deepen an education beyond the usual required work, and to nurture and reward genuine intellectual curiosity. Research opportunities help develop the skills of independent thinking and scholarly inquiry.

The Wayne State Honors Program engages students through a combination of specialized general education courses and research projects completed in the academic major.

At Wayne State, belonging to the Honors Program means not only distinction, but special opportunities and challenges for students with high aspirations. In any academic program at Wayne State, honors students have the option of choosing one of three honors options: High Honors in the Major, Honors in the Major, and Scholar in the Major.

For more information about the Wayne State Honors Program, visit www.wsc.edu/honors.

The schedule for Thursday, April 25, is:

Jake Ridder, Fremont – 1-1:30 p.m. in Niobrara East
"Sneaker Resale Dynamics and Athlete Performance"
Advisor: Dr. Jeryl Nelson

Gabriel Peitz, Wakefield – 1:30-2 p.m. in Niobrara West
"A Study of AZO-Dyes Containing Highly Fluorescent Components"
Advisor: Dr. David Peitz

Olivia Wright, Fremont – 2-2:30 p.m. in Niobrara East
"Phobophobia: an anthology of short horror fiction"
Advisor: Prof. Chad Christensen

Emma Miller, Elkhorn – 2:30-3 p.m. in Niobrara West
"Sign Language as a form of Communication in Education"
Advisor: Dr. Allyn Lueders

The schedule for Friday, April 26 is:

Madelyn Hopwood, Shelby – 8-8:30 a.m. in Niobrara East
"An Examination of Flex Time and the Effect on Workplace Equity and Motivation"
Advisor: Dr. Trisha Kolterman

Hailey Howell, Blair – 9-9:30 a.m. in Niobrara East
"The Differences and Similarities Between Atrial Fibrillation and Supraventricular Tachycardia"
Advisor: Dr. Shawn Pearcy

Sara Lundeen, Axtell – 9:30-10 a.m. in Niobrara West
"Musical Movements: Songs of Nineteenth-Century Nationalism and Abolitionism"
Advisor: Dr. Phillip Fox

John Guenther, Omaha – 10-10:30 a.m. in Niobrara East
"Ingracious, Foolish Opinions: The Popular Voice and Monasteries in the Tudor Reformation"
Advisor: Dr. Eric Colvard

Claire Jensen, Aurora – 10:30-11 a.m. in Niobrara West
"Pulling back the Curtain: A Look into Costuming and the Creative Process"
Advisor: Prof. Brian Begley

Kirsten Fike, York – 11-11:30 a.m. in Niobrara East
"School Shootings: How an Individualistic American Society has failed its Children"
Advisor: Dr. Randy Bertolas

Jason Franklin, York – 11:30 a.m.-Noon in Niobrara West
"Developing c-BERST to identify RNF2 complexes regulating GATA6 expression in PDAC"
Advisor: Dr. Douglas Christensen

Mary Helms, Arlington – Noon-12:30 p.m. in Niobrara East
"Investigating the Role of HCMV US18 in Viral Infection"
Advisor: Dr. Douglas Christensen

Aidyn Baloun, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 12:30-1 p.m. in Niobrara West
"Painting Myths: Understanding and Honoring Ancient Narratives through Visual Art"
Advisor: Prof. Francine Fox

Jillian Grantham, Giltner – 1-1:30 p.m. in Niobrara East
"Purposeful Packaging: Investigating and Applying Visual Identity to Product Design"
Advisor: Prof. Joshua Piersanti

Joyce McGuire, Wakefield – 1:30-2 p.m. in Niobrara West
"Cordial Pen: Creating a Font that Lies Between Handwriting and Type"
Advisor: Prof. Joshua Piersanti

David Clark, Seward – 2-2:30 p.m. in Niobrara East
"Touch and Loneliness: How Touch Interacts with Loneliness Perceptions Among College Students"
Advisor: Dr. Dan Miller

Haley Price, Beatrice – 2:30-3 p.m. in Niobrara West
"Completing Nebraska Geography Standards with GIS"
Advisor: Dr. Lesli Rawlings

Gracie Beddow, Atkinson – 3-3:30 p.m. in Niobrara East
"Crafting Subterranean Paranoia through Propaganda"
Advisors: Prof. Sarah Lemmon and Dr. Lesli Rawlings

Alexis Holt, Gretna – 3:30-4 p.m. in Niobrara West
"Policing in America: A Necessary Source of Crime Control"
Advisor: Dr. Rachel Kunz

Naudia Larsen, Milford – 4-4:30 p.m. in Niobrara East
"An Evaluation of Eczema's Implication in Skin Diseases and the Ideals of Perfection"
Advisor: Dr. Michael Mutehart

Matthew Henry, Oxford – 4:30-5 p.m. in Niobrara West
"Enhancing Web Development through Accessibility: A Comprehensive Guide"
Advisor: Dr. Molly Curnyn