Spring MVC Student Research Symposium Excellence in Student Research Awards

May 7, 2019
Missouri Valley College

More than 90 students shared their academic, creative and professional work in the spring 2019 Missouri Valley College Student Research Symposium on April 26, 2019. The poster session included 20 student participants while 71 students gave presentations or performances.

“It’s so exciting to see the results of our students’ hard work shared with the whole academic community,” said Claire Schmidt, assistant professor of English. “Big thanks to the hundreds of students, faculty, staff and families whose support and participation made this event such a great professional opportunity for the presenters!” Schmidt co-chairs the Symposium with Jennifer Livengood, assistant professor of psychology.

Senior psychology major Barbara Araoz won the Excellence in Student Research Award for Best Presentation for her research project, “An Intern’s Tale.” Junior fine arts major Britny Fernandes won the Excellence in Student Research Award for Best Creative Work for her artwork, “Protect and Serve.” Senior Kimberley Ndlovu won the Excellence in Student Research Award for Best Poster for her study, “Effects of Water Quality on Unique Darter Species in Central Missouri.” Masters of community counseling student Andrea Tornero Garcia won the Excellence in Student Research Award for Best Graduate Presentation for her study, “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder of a War Veteran.”

“I think the Student Research Symposium is really important for Valley students, faculty and staff. Having experienced all sides of the Symposium as a presenter, judge and committee member, it’s great to see everyone work together to showcase all of the talent that Missouri Valley College has to offer, from scholarly to creative and everything in between,” said senior Katanna Davis. Davis currently serves as a student representative on the Student Research Symposium Committee.

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.

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