Fall MVC Student Research Symposium Excellence In Student Research Awards

December 13, 2019
Missouri Valley College

A total of 155 students shared their academic, creative and professional work at the fall 2019 Missouri Valley College Student Research Symposium on December 9. The poster session included 38 student participants and there were nineteen sessions of four presentations each. A total of 361 students checked in at the event, making it the largest attended Student Research Symposium to date. 

Lauren Nousch won the Excellence in Student Research Award for Best Poster for her study, “Tuberculosis.” Kimberley Ndlovu (research co-authored with Endurance Toro) won the Excellence in Student Research Award for Best Presentation for her research project, “Microbial Analysis of Rhizosphere and Non-rhizosphere Bacteria of Lindera benzoin.” Airielle Wise won the Excellence in Student Research Award for Best Creative Work for her artwork, “Ivy Abstract.” Shaye Jenrich won the Excellence in Student Research Award for Best Graduate Presentation for her study, “The Use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Among Adults with Major Depressive Disorder.”

Kimberley Ndlovu stated, “The symposium is a great place to sharpen your public speaking and networking skills. Attending the symposium has helped me to be confident when presenting my work and has also prepared me for presenting and networking on a larger scale.”

Two additional awards were given this year, the North 65 Film Festival Best Film Award and the People’s Choice Award, which was selected by student attendees. Daniel Velasquez Wilson was the winner of the People’s Choice Award for his documentary, “Not All Vikings Eat Meat” and Santiago Salazar Parrado was the winner of the North 65 Film Festival Best Film Award for his documentary, “All-Effort Documentary.”

“We continue to be delighted and impressed with the student work and with the support of the MVC community at the Symposium,” said Jennifer Livengood, associate professor of psychology and community counseling. “It is truly a pleasure to see students at every level engaging, learning, and growing, and the faculty, staff, and community support has been wonderful. The growth of this event has been so exciting over the last three years and we are already looking forward to an even bigger and better Spring Symposium on May 4, 2020”

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.