Anderson, Indiana

Scholars' Day showcases student research

Wed, 2012-04-25 07:55 -- univcomm
April 25, 2012

Anderson University students showcased their research during the third annual Scholars’ Day on April 24, 2012. The event featured poster presentations from 26 students representing a variety of academic disciplines and departments at AU.

scholarsday1“At Anderson University, we believe experiential learning is important,” said chemistry professor and Scholars’ Day organizer Dr. Chad Wallace. “We believe that learning is best accomplished by doing. What does real scholarship look like? You will find it in these presentations.”

[Photo: Student Chelsea Whyte discusses her research during Scholars’ Day on April 24, 2012.]

Participants created abstracts of their research, which were compiled into a program booklet.

See Scholars’ Day Abstracts [PDF]

Senior Kirsten Milliron developed a 60-page screenplay adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Horse and His Boy. This was a significant undertaking for Milliron, who has had more experience writing shorter pieces.

“Doing this project was a dream I had had for several years,” Milliron said. “I feel really accomplished that I did something like this. … If I ever have a film company hire me to do an adaptation, I have experience under my belt now.”

Senior psychology major Matthew Danskey presented research on lucid dream recall. While the subject itself is fascinating for him, the entire research and presentation process was equally important.

“Taking a piece of research from beginning to end and coming out with something finished and polished is pretty fun,” Danskey said. “My plans are to get a doctorate in psychology, so being familiar with research and presenting is definitely going to be handy.”

scholarsday2Senior nursing major Katelyn Veal collected data for her research before and during an international nursing trip to the United Kingdom. She studied the national health care system in the UK and the ways in which nurses are beginning to participate in clinical commissioning groups.

“I’m really interested in public health, and I want nurses to be more aware of opportunities to stay involved on a national level within their health care system,” said Veal. “This research will definitely be applied to my nursing practice as I graduate and work as a bedside nurse, staying aware of opportunities to impact on a bigger level than just at the bedside.”

Senior chemistry major Brandon Hensley analyzed water samples to detect levels of benzyl benzoate using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The highlight for Hensley was using the GC-MS machine.

“I was curious to see what was in the water, and I got to analyze that,” he said. “It was interesting to be able to run my own experiments and find something out that I don’t think anyone [at AU] has looked at before.”


Scholars’ Day 2012 participants included:

  • Kayla Lighty (Psychology): “Adult sibling relationships and communications”
  • Samantha Holder (Nursing): “Gender’s impact on prenatal care in India”
  • Ryan Bowser, Kent Shilts (Chemistry/Physics): “Metal diethenoylmethanates and tetrathenoylethanates as microporous metal-organic frameworks”
  • Emily Thalls (Psychology): “Effects of gender and body mass index on body image”
  • Wes Becker, Jeremy Redman (Business): “Raven Investment Fund”
  • Samantha Anderson (English): “The history of swing dancing and why it’s important to know it”
  • Chelsea Whyte (Honors): “A Christian ethical reflection on the community’s response to the Chicago housing crisis”
  • Alisha Sink (Psychology): “Investigating the effects of environmental stimuli on affective responses and perceptions”
  • Jared Bickle (Kinesiology): “The effects of mode exercise on stress levels”
  • Kelly E. Frye (Honors): “An age-old epidemic: Cholera outbreaks in the past decade”
  • Kirsten Milliron (English): “The Horse and His Boy: A screenplay adaptation”
  • Daniel Kelsey (Religious Studies): “The effect of the concept of time on the practice of Christianity”
  • Andrea Whitacre (English): “Social ethics and the fall of heroism: Myth, magic, and religion in Gisla Saga Surssonar”
  • Abbie Mason (Psychology): “The effect of birth order on preferred study environment”
  • Matthew Danskey (Psychology): “The effects of a two-week reflection-intention training program on lucid dream recall frequency: A replication”
  • Katelyn Veal (Nursing): “Clinical commissioning in the United Kingdom and the involvement of nurses”
  • Meredith Tarplee (Psychology): “The impact of mentoring on the emotional intelligence of middle school girls”
  • Sin Hea Yeom (Chemistry/Physics): “X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) and art”
  • Matthew Bursley (Biology): “The anti-bacterial of Carica papaya leaf extracts”
  • Neil Eliason (Psychology): “Personality differences among nursing, psychology, and computer science”
  • Brandon Hensley (Chemistry/Physics): “Analysis of benzyl benzoate in water samples by solid phase extraction and GC-MS analysis”
  • Ryan Petter (Business): “Economic consequences of recent conflict in Liberia”
  • Charles Goodrich (Chemistry/Physics): “X-ray fluorescence analysis of pottery”
  • Sarah Conway (Psychology): “Growth from pain: The effects of counseling, spirituality, and gender on posttraumatic growth”
  • Kim Lundstrom (Nursing): “Unmet expectations of internationally recruited nurses working in Britain’s National Health Service (NHS)”
  • Melissa Tucker (Education): “Increasing creative and critical thinking of gifted and talented students”



Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.