December 13, 2021
Missouri Valley College

More than 80 students shared their academic, creative and professional work in the spring 2021 Missouri Valley College Student Research Symposium on December 6. Started in the fall of 2018; this is the eighth Student Research Symposium and drew more than 260 attendees throughout the day.

“Our students continue to up their game at the symposium, and we are here for it,” Jennifer Livengood, symposium co-chair. “The growth and progress shown in the presented work and in the students themselves sparks such pride and joy in our college community. We’re thrilled to continue this opportunity for development in our student body and look forward to following this symposium with another strong showing in May!”

Senior Biology major Zachary Baker won the Excellence in Student Research Award for Best Presentation for his research project, “How Nutrient Over-enrichment from Agricultural Practices Affects the Distribution and Composition of Fishes in Salt Fork Creek.” Camden Phillips won the Excellence in Student Research Award for Best Poster for his study, “Solar Blockchain: Hashing Out Clean Energy.” Cuauhtémoc Olvera won the Excellence in Student Research Award for Best Creative Work for his artwork, “Hooray for Teacher Day.”  

“I think this is good for students so they see that their work is important and that they’re not the only ones interested in those topics. It’s necessary; why not make use of the work and showcase it and be proud of it,” said junior Tyesha Rhodes. 

The Best Documentary Film went to Austin Bohlen, for his documentary Jim: The Wonder Dog. Biology Major Jamyce Marshall won the People’s Choice Award, which is voted on by attendees, for her project “Ozone Depletion.” 

The Student Research Symposium is sponsored by the Missouri Valley College Office of Academic Affairs, the MVC Office of the President, Alpha Chi, the Division of Business, the Division of Communications, Humanities and Human Services, the Division of Education, the Division of Fine Arts, the MVC Honors Program, the MACC Program, the Division on Math and Sciences, MVC Libraries, the School of Nursing, the Division of Social Sciences and the Division of Health Sciences.

The Spring 2022 Student Research Symposium is set for May 2. More information will follow.

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