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Honors Day is Culmination of Student Research

Students present the results of their research and projects in art and performance at the 21st annual Kapp Honors Day, a celebration of the liberal arts.

Nearly 120 Alma College students participated in Alma College’s 21st annual Kapp Honors Day program on Thursday, April 6, 2017. This day provides a forum when traditional classes are canceled and students share their original research, creativity and talents with an audience of their peers.

In sessions spanning nearly eight hours, students perform in dance productions, give oral presentations of scholarly research, and lead poster discussions. With a multitude of the student body participating, other students are encouraged to attend as many presentations as possible both to support their fellow students and to learn from them.

Students are listed alphabetically by their hometown, along with the titles of their presentations.

  • Elizabeth Webb, New River, AZ

“Marie Antoinette: Reinventing the Image of a Queen”

  • Bergen Jome, Bloomington, IL

“Fiji: Theirs or Ours - Considering Fiji’s Economic and Social Standing”

  • Kaitlyn Urick, Glen Ellyn, IL

“Balance and Neuromuscular Control as Predictors of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Risk”

  • Eric Frontzak, Naperville, IL

“Fragile States and Failing States”

  • Katia Hamamouche, Carmel, IN

“Integrating Dance and Reading Comprehension”

  • Spenser Congram, Indianapolis, IN

“Porosity Adjustments of Carbonaceous Chondrite Analogs”

  • Sadie Gelb, Indianapolis, IN

“Bound”

  • Morgan Pell, East Sandwich, MA

“Attachment and Adult Romantic Relationships”

  • Logan Thiel, Allegan, MI

“Perceptions of Sexual Education in Alma College First-Year Students”

  • Sarah Bishop, Alma, MI

“Synergy: The Interactive Edition of Pine River Anthology” and “Senior Art and Design Majors’ Show”

  • Nicole Deel, Alma, MI

“Increased Autonomy Facilitates Learning in a Self-Control Protocol”

  • Domeshera Liddell, Alma, MI

“Synergy: The Interactive Edition of Pine River Anthology

  • Trisha Reed, Alma, MI

“Differences in VO2 max and Heart Rate Between Division III Collegiate Volleyball and Softball Players as Determined by Arm Ergometer Testing”

  • Alexander Bryan, Almont, MI

“Synergy: The Interactive Edition of Pine River Anthology

  • Miranda Kruse, Ann Arbor, MI

“The Effects of a Concussion on Visual Tracking, Balance, and Symptoms in Division III Collegiate Athletes”

  • Andrew Rajewski, Auburn, MI

“Solid-Phase Buchwald-Hartwig Reactions”

  • Laura Cameron, Battle Creek, MI

“The Effects of Self-Control on the Learning of a Graphical Aiming Task”

  • Lillian Slavin, Bloomfield Hills, MI

“Birth Order, Sibling Attachment, and Romantic Relationships”

  • Michaela Hoyle, Breckenridge, MI

“Poetics: On Nature”

  • Helen Geddes, Brighton, MI

“Increased Autonomy Facilitates Learning in a Self-Control Protocol”

  • Allyson Hubbell, Carson City, MI

“Neville Longbottom: The Hero We Do Not Immediately Recognize”

  • Hannah Garn, Charlotte, MI

“Effect of Depressive Symptoms on Substance Abuse in Young Adults”

  • Cameron Spitzfaden, Charlotte, MI

“A Molecular Mechanics Study of Prion Misfolding in Mad-Cow Disease”

  • Haley Daugherty, Clarkston, MI

“Fragile States and Failing States”

  • Alec Genter, Clarkston, MI

“Effects of Low and High Contextual Interference on Learning a Novel Motor Skill”

  • Darby Kahler, Coldwater, MI

“Plyometric Training in Water vs. Plyometric Training on Land and Comparison of Various Plyometric Measurements”

  • Erin Lee, Commerce Township, MI

“What Differences Exist in LE Measures of Strength, Power and Agility in non-ACL Injury and ACL Injury in Division III Female College Athlete Populations at Min. Six-month RTP?”

  • Josie Sabo, Coopersville, MI

“Synergy: The Interactive Edition of Pine River Anthology” and “Senior Art and Design Majors’ Show”

  • Marcella Flury, Dearborn Heights, MI

“Synergy: The Interactive Edition of Pine River Anthology” and “Senior Art and Design Majors’ Show”

  • Allison Schneider, Dexter, MI

“Book Conservation” and “Synergy: The Interactive Edition of Pine River Anthology

  • Kaitlyn Kendall, Farmington Hills, MI

“The Effects of Visual Training on Free Throw Accuracy”

  • Brian May, Frankenmuth, MI

“Disruption of Hydrous Chondrite Meteorite Analogs”

  • Payton Hirschenberger, Freeland, MI

“Increases in Maximum Oxygen Consumption and Lactate Threshold Predict Improvements in Race Performance During a Cross Country Season”

  • Ethan Akans, Gaylord, MI

“A Molecular Mechanics Study of Prion Misfolding in Mad-Cow Disease”

  • Maressa Miller, Grand Blanc, MI

“Effects of Low, Moderate, and High Intensity Exercise Training Programs on Cardiac Function”

  • Alex Horan, Grand Haven, MI

“The Effect of Accessible Health Insurance, and Prenatal Care on Low-Income Pregnant Women’s Nutritional Statuses”

  • Jessica Burg, Grand Ledge, MI

“Physiological and Psychological Aspects of Sports Performance Stress”

  • Gabrielle Alter, Grand Rapids, MI

“Social Unrests Impact on the 2016 Presidential Election”

  • Matthew Embury, Grand Rapids, MI

“Solid-Phase Buchwald-Hartwig Reactions”

  • Kylie Hamilton, Grand Rapids, MI

“A Comparative Analysis of NFL and NCAA Concussion Litigation: A Health Crisis That Hurts”

  • Emily Price, Grand Rapids, MI

“Synergy: The Interactive Edition of Pine River Anthology” and “Senior Art and Design Majors’ Show”

  • Ty Jensen, Grayling, MI

“Cryotherapy and Lactic Acid Accumulation in Athletic Performance”

  • Alexander Hall, Greenville, MI

“Structural and Functional Studies of a SULT1A1 With Serine Replacements of All Cysteine Residues”

  • Naria Ford-Thompson, Gwinn, MI

“The Real Life CSI: An Introductory Investigation Into Forensic Science”

  • Ashley Mattson, Gwinn, MI

“Incidence of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome in a College Population” and “Effect of Salt Supplementation on Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, and Baroreceptor Sensitivity in Women With POTS”

  • Austin Desmarais, Harbor Springs, MI

“Thermotolerant E. coli Populations in the Pine River”

  • Macayla Greiner, Hart, MI

“Physiological and Psychological Aspects of Sports Performance Stress”

  • Braxton Platt, Hart, MI

“Automated Waterway Examiner”

  • Sarah Garrod, Haslett, MI

“Patterns in Distribution Among Winter Foraging Areas in the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)” and “Frequency of Relocations of American Kestrels Radio-Tagged Between 2009 and 2017”

  • Katherine Lehman, Haslett, MI

“Incidence of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome in a College Population” and “Effect of Salt Supplementation on Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, and Baroreceptor Sensitivity in Women With POTS”

  • Hannah Jeffery, Highland, MI

“Thermotolerant E. coli Populations in the Pine River”

  • Emily Brady, Hillsdale, MI

“A Study Comparing the Effects of a Neoprene Sleeve Versus a Functional Knee Brace on the Performance of Female Athletes Post Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstructive Surgery”

  • Abigail Fergus, Holland, MI

“Biodiversity QR Trail: Making Scientists Out of Every Citizen and Student” and “Evaluating Grub Damage to Assess the Annual Imidacloprid Application at Alma College”

  • Jackson Conner, Hopkins, MI

“Investigation of Drug Cutting Agents”

  • Jeremy Johnson, Howell, MI

“Fragile States and Failing States”

  • Madison Kraning, Howell, MI

“Fragile States and Failing States”

  • Brianna Bianconi, Hudsonville, MI

“Effects of Reduced Knowledge of Results Frequency on Motor Learning”

  • Krista Botting, Ionia, MI

“Patterns in Distribution Among Winter Foraging Areas in the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)”

  • Emily Allison, Jackson, MI

“Senior Art and Design Majors’ Show”

  • Kaitlyn Arnold, Jackson, MI

“Increases in Maximum Oxygen Consumption and Lactate Threshold Predict Improvements in Race Performance During a Cross Country Season”

  • Chelse Van Spronsen, Jenison, MI

“Detection of Polyphenolic Compounds in Crude Extract Samples of Strawberry Cultivars”

  • Amber Tuttle, Kalamazoo, MI

“The Winter Foraging Area of the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) as Observed Within its Northermost Range” and “Patterns in Distribution Among Winter Foraging Areas in the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)”

  • Domenica Dalla-Vecchia, Lansing, MI

“Women and Feminist Photography”

  • Steven Luomala-Kipp, Linden, MI

“Immediacy and the Collegiate Player: Analyzing Coaching Methods and Their Effect On Players”

  • Jacqueline Vyskocil, Linden, MI

“Effects of Low, Moderate, and High Intensity Exercise Training Programs on Cardiac Function”

  • Lauren Kucharczyk, Livonia, MI

“Analysis of Captive Turtle Skin Surface Bacteria With Implications for Skin Permeability”

  • Kelly LaPorte, Livonia, MI

“Psychological Influences on Knee Function Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction”

  • Sara Stemen, Livonia, MI

“How is Perception of Organic Food Influenced?”

  • Kilee DeBrabander, Marshall, MI

“The Influence of Stress on Cortisol Levels and Mind-Wandering Tendencies”

  • Jacob Esselink, Marshall, MI

“Drones in the Public Eye”

  • Kelsey Postema, Marshall, MI

“Fragile States and Failing States”

  • Hope Ayers, Marysville, MI

“Social Media Marketing: What Works?”

  • Nicholas Fox, Mayville, MI

“Assessing Physiological Function During a High-Altitude Hike Using Real-time Monitoring”

  • Allison Brown, Middleville, MI

“Failure of Pharmacologic Interventions to Improve Exercise Performance at High Altitude; Assessing Physiological Function During a High-Altitude Hike Using Real-time Monitoring”

  • Erika Brown, Midland, MI

“Fragile States and Failing States”

  • Warren Elmer, Midland, MI

“Investigation of Particle Movement After Disruption”

  • Benjamin Luzar, Midland, MI

“The Effects of Self-Control on the Learning of a Graphical Aiming Task”

  • Annamarie Williams, Midland, MI

“Senior Art and Design Majors’ Show”

  • Chelsey Cobb, Millington, MI

“The Historiography of Maori Cannibalism, 1769 to the 21st Century”

  • Savanah Warners, Morley, MI

“Patterns in Distribution Among Winter Foraging Areas in the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)” and “Frequency of Relocations of American Kestrels Radio-Tagged Between 2009 and 2017”

  • Joshua Pretzer, Mt. Pleasant, MI

“How Progressivism Contributed to a New Conservatism: William Volker, Harold Luhnow and Municipal Reform”

  • Heidi Michael, Oak Park, MI

“Structural and Functional Studies of a SULT1A1 With Serine Replacements of All Cysteine Residues”

  • Charles Fales, Olivet, MI

“Influences of Attachment Style and Birth Order on Authentic Leadership in the Workplace”

  • Brianna Fitzpatrick, Onaway, MI

“From Shrinky-Dinks to Micro-Optics”

  • Quinton Cook, Ortonville, MI

“Automated Waterway Examiner”

  • Shane Cooper, Parma, MI

“Hitler’s “Democratic” Partner: Anglo-American Diplomacy With Finland During the “Continuation War,” 1941-1944”

  • John Vusich, Perrinton, MI

“Comparability of Physical Activity Estimates of Fitbit Monitors Worn on Different Body Locations”

  • Jessica Bigelow, Perry, MI

“Weird Things People do With Literature” and “Alma College Writing Center Panel Presentation: Tips for Writing Essays”

  • Rachel Nemeth, Perry, MI

“Belonging Here, There and Nowhere: Experiences and Education of Third Culture Kids”

  • Dorothy Buening, Pinckney, MI

“In vivo Visualization of Cortical Porosity Development in an Animal Model of Progressive Chronic Kidney Disease”

  • Alia Jones, Plymouth, MI

“The Efficacy of Flexibility in Relation to Functional Movement Screening of Collegiate Dancers”

  • Sabrina Gambill, Portland, MI

“Fragile States and Failing States”

  • Nicole Green, Portland, MI

“Using Tenax Extractable Concentrations to Predict Mortality”

  • Nicholas Arnold, Reese, MI

“Brawn Over Brains: Independent Muscle Specific Control of Molecular Clocks” and “Modulation of CYP1A1 Induction Due to Cigarette Smoke in Bronchial Epithelial Cells”

  • Dalia Barghouty, Rochester, MI

“Alma College Writing Center Panel Presentation: Tips for Writing Essays”

  • Reilly Gordon, Rochester Hills, MI

“Senior Art and Design Majors’ Show”

  • Heather McNett, Sanford, MI

“Synergy: The Interactive Edition of Pine River Anthology

  • Taylor Card, Shelby Township, MI

MILO: A Novella” and “Sherlock: The Fan Focus”

  • Mairi Clow, Shelby Township, MI

“Generational Trends in Advertising Preferences in Relation to Gender”

  • Samantha Kulhanek, Shelby Township, MI

“Migrant Rights and International Law: U.S. Policy and the Crisis In the Northern Triangle”

  • Zachary Meyer, Shelby Township, MI

“The Art of Video Games”

  • Celeste Boyer, South Lyon, MI

“What Differences Exist in LE Measures of Strength, Power and Agility in non-ACL Injury and ACL Injury in Division III Female College Athlete Populations at Min. Six-month RTP?”

  • Ashleigh Strand, St. Charles, MI

“An Ethnographic Analogy of Elephant Hunting”

  • Lindsay Giannotta, St. Clair Shores, MI

“Relationship of Physical Activity and Sleep Quality in College Students”

  • Danialle Stebbins, St. Johns, MI

“U.S. Support of Polish Solidarity”

  • Matthew Wiersma, St. Johns, MI

“Do Fitbit Monitors Use Heart Rate When Determining Caloric Expenditure?”

  • Charles Oswald, St. Louis, MI

“Do Liberals and Conservatives Speak Different Languages? A Neo-Wittgensteinian Understanding of Sociopolitical Discourse” and “Consciousness and Subjectivity”

  • Joseph Mitrzyk, Standish, MI

“Validation of a Biometric Smart Shirt for Assessment of Physical Activity”

  • Jeffrey Schlicker, Standish, MI

“Increases in Maximum Oxygen Consumption and Lactate Threshold Predict Improvements in Race Performance During a Cross Country Season”

  • Deve Wishart, Troy, MI

“Disassociation and Disconnect: How Diaspora Begets Duplicity”

  • Mackenzie Kalisiewicz, Warren, MI

“Tadeusz Kościuszko’s Political Ideals and Their Historical Development c. 1770-1800”

  • Paige Daniel, Waterford, MI

“Alma College Writing Center Panel Presentation: Tips for Writing Essays”

  • Cristyn Pawluk, Waterford, MI

“Incidence of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome in a College Population” and “Effect of Salt Supplementation on Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, and Baroreceptor Sensitivity in Women With POTS”

  • Grace Sutherland, Waterford, MI

“Evaluating the Toxicity of Pine River Sediments Downstream From the Velsicol Superfund Megasite, St. Louis, MI”

  • Christopher Nolan, West Branch, MI

“Alma College Writing Center Panel Presentation: Tips for Writing Essays”

  • Hannah Hilditch, White Lake, MI

“La Femme Nouvelle: The Development of Female Identity in Late 19th-Century French Painting”

  • Margaret Rausch, Wyandotte, MI

“Alma College Writing Center Panel Presentation: Tips for Writing Essays”

  • Brooke VandePolder, Zeeland, MI

“Increases in Maximum Oxygen Consumption and Lactate Threshold Predict Improvements in Race Performance During a Cross Country Season”

  • Luke Ashton, Omaha, NE

“Fragile States and Failing States”

 

Story published on April 13, 2017