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Research Symposium Continues Historic Growth

Join Missouri Baptist University students, faculty and staff as they support this year’s third annual Research Symposium, which has grown a remarkable 61 percent in participation since last year.

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Looking for opportunities to learn from your peers?

Make your way to the Great Hall 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, for the third annual Research Symposium, to support student research taking place across Missouri Baptist University’s campus.

The Research Symposium gives students an opportunity to exhibit their work to MBU faculty, staff and fellow students through presentations featuring original works with poster and oral presentation formats.

According to an email from Elizabeth Busekrus, Writing Lab coordinator, who organizes the annual event, the Symposium is open to everyone.

“Anyone can come to watch the Symposium: the more, the merrier. We want all students and faculty to support student research on this campus,” Busekrus said. “This event is a celebration of what students have completed during their time at MBU.”

This year’s Research Symposium has nearly twice as many participants compared to previous years, showing significant growth of the event.

“I believe this Symposium will be the most diverse, engaging one yet,” Busekrus said.

With a total of 45 presenters — up from 28 last year — delivering 19 presentations the event breaks down into one keynote panel, nine poster presentations and nine oral presentations.

“Our student presentations are very promising, ranging from cognitive online training to the effects of music on running to poetic reflections,” Busekrus said. “I am very excited to see how the Symposium turns out this year.”

The keynote panel is made up of three faculty members: Dr. Matthew Easter, assistant professor of Bible, Humanities Division; Dr. Holly Brand, associate professor of psychology, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division, and Dr. Andrew Elvington, assistant professor of health and sports sciences, Health and Sport Sciences Division.

Here is the line-up for the event’s presentations:


Keynote Panel Presentation (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

Dr. Matthew Easter, assistant professor of Bible, Humanities Division
Dr. Holly Brand, associate professor of psychology, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division
Dr. Andrew Elvington, assistant professor of health and sports sciences, Health and Sport Sciences Division

Poster Display (12-1 p.m.)

“Extraction of Essential Oils from Common Plants”
Thais Castiglioni, Katie Lahue, Nicoy Rolle, Hollis Wright, Dylan Walker

“Modern Implications of Schenkerian Analysis”
Guy Shaw, Stuart Harrier

“How Do Varying Levels of Medical Education, Specifically Identifying and Attending to the Medical Needs of Sex-Trafficking Survivors, Affect the Way Emergency Room Physicians at Mercy Hospital St. Louis Respond Medically to Such Survivors?”
Rachel Bailey

The Effects of Music on Endurance Performance”
Hannah Hughes, Logan Jaggie, Rebekah Lowen, Samantha Smith

“Effects of Different Recovery Environments and Personality Types after Exhaustive Exercise on Cognitive Performance”
David Gabrovsek, Elmer Francisco, William Upson

“The Effects of Foam Rolling”
Kristin Knabach, Ioulia Barakou, Jen Brendel, Aliyah Reams

“The Effects of Blood Flow Restriction on Cardiorespiratory Fitness”
Sarah Osseck, Justin Durham, Catie Ward, Berkley Ward, Montana Drum

“PTSD in Veterans and Treatment”
Valaree Logan

Oral Presentations (12-4:30 p.m.)

12-12:15 p.m.
“Paclitaxel and Cancer”
Mary Lee

12:15-12:30 p.m.
“Bulked Segregant Analysis of a Late Flowering Mutation in Setaria Viridis”
Allison Huskey

12:30-12:45 p.m.
“How Physical Training and Online Cognitive Training Affect Reaction Time in College Athletes”
Lauren Krebs, Jonathan Boyer, Julia Whitfield, Daniel Prada, Demi Armstrong

12:45-1 p.m.
“Study on the Importance of Psychology in Relation to Medicine, Medical School, and Medical Students”
Laura Linares

1-1:15 p.m.
“Effects of Bilateral and Sports Vision Training on Baseball Hitting Performance”
Karsten Beney, Scott Mesler, Carl Jameson, Diana Rosa

1:30-1:45 p.m.
“Observing the In-Home Services Provided for the Personal and Medical Needs of an Elderly Individual”
Laura Kaup

1:45-2 p.m.
“Behavioral Data (Big Data) in Sports”
Kassandra Castruita

2:30-2:45 p.m.
“A Correctional Analysis of @MBUAthletics Twitter Analytics on Audience Engagement”
Nicole Walen

4-4:15 p.m.
“Impressions of a Day”
Rachel Mann


The date for next year’s Research Symposium has not yet been set, although the school plans to push it later into the spring, allowing more time for participants to prepare.

Why should you participate next year?

Not only does presenting at the Research Symposium offer impressive points on a resume and provide a good starting point for one’s professional and/or scholarly careers, but there is also a $25 award for winners in both oral presentation and poster display categories.

If you’re interested in participating in the next Research Symposium, contact the Writing Center for more information.

Be sure to stop by the Great Hall Wednesday, March 8, to support student research at MBU.

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