Research and Performance Showcase

Our annual Research and Performance Showcase highlights the scholarly and creative work of Elmhurst students in all majors.

Each May, Elmhurst University celebrates student achievements with a one-day event featuring presentations, art exhibits and musical performances. From biology experiments to political science research to piano recitals, the showcase allows students to demonstrate their work and gives the community a look at the intellectual life of the University.

We are pleased to announce the Call for Submissions for the annual Research and Performance Showcase, to be held on Thursday, May 4th, 2023. See past submissions below.

2022 Showcase

2023 Program

Frick Center: Blume Board Room

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Honors Roundtable: Global Perspectives

A roundtable discussion in which ten students will share their global perspectives gained through their research and recent study abroad experiences.

  • Julia Zickus, Honors Program
  • Christine Akoth, Honors Program
  • Adriana Briscoe, Honors Program
  • Martha Ewuoso, Honors Program
  • Hessey Gonzalez, Honors Program
  • Sarah Hansen, Honors Program
  • Netochukwu Kalu, Honors Program
  • Brady Lucas, Honors Program
  • Varun Sekar, Honors Program
  • Riley Whittenhall, Honors Program
  • Faculty Sponsor: Mary Kay Mulvaney

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Honors Roundtable: Race in America

A roundtable discussion in which nine students in the Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar share their varied research on race in America.

  • Martha Ewuoso, Honors Program
  • Areeba Amin, Honors Program
  • Holly Goodwin, Honors Program
  • Marina Orrico, Honors Program
  • Riley Whittenhall, Honors Program
  • Maryam Chida, Honors Program
  • Adriana Briscoe, Honors Program
  • Eaden Hvarre, Honors Program
  • Emily Murphy, Honors Program
  • Faculty Sponsor: Mary Kay Mulvaney


Frick Center: Melanchton Room

Business Perspectives on Food, Nutrition and Exercise

  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Jessica Pavliukovecas, Business & Economics: Understanding the Pure Barre Member Who Didn’t Return
    Faculty Sponsor: Jennifer Seyler
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Carly Matthews, Business & Economics: Are Executives Open to Registered Dietitian Nutritionists as Executive Team Members? Does a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in an Executive Position Have Influence on how a Consumer Perceives a Brand?
    Faculty Sponsor: Jennifer Seyler


Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Race, Discrimination, & Culture

  • 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Calvin Greene, History: Stolen Ballot: The White Primary in Texas and the South
    Faculty Sponsor: Karen Benjamin
  • 4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    Shelby Koeppen, History: Indian Removal of the 1800’s
    Faculty Sponsor: Jack Vavrinchik
  • 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Wesley Nay, Sociology: Interracial Dynamics Between Asian and Black Americans: Implications for a Diversifying Nation
    Faculty Sponsor: Emily Navarro
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Jill Kammerer, World Languages: Tintin au Congo
    Faculty Sponsor: Rebecca Monger


Frick Center: Bryan Room

Cultural Impacts on Marketing Practices

  • 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Zaharina Jimenez, Business & Economics: Fashion Trends & The Impact of COVID-19
    Faculty Sponsor: Avraham Baranes
  • 4:30-5:00pm
    Michela Sardinas, Business & Economics: International Marketing: A Comparison of How Culture Impacts Marketing Across Four Different Countries
    Faculty Sponsor: Sherry Smoak


Koplin Memorial Hall
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    KH 011: How the Current Research Informs Us on the Interplay between Anxiety and Stuttering in Adolescents
    Description: a baseline systematic review on the interplay between anxiety and stuttering in adolescents; a summary and interpretation of findings.
    Alyssa Filkowski, Communication Sciences & Disorders
    Faculty Sponsor: Diane Morean
  • 4:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
    KH 011: Language Difficulty Following a Stroke
    Description: A discussion of the findings of a systematic search of the literature on word retrieval therapy for people with aphasia.
    Jarret Ureta, Communication Sciences & Disorders
    Nya Young, Communication Sciences & Disorders
    Anna Marousek, Communication Sciences & Disorders
    Faculty Sponsor: Diane Morean, Communication Sciences & Disorders


Frick Center: Founders Lounge

Poster Presentations, Session 1
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Poster Location: #1
    Richard Botzoc: Quantifying and Removing of SDS from Wastewater
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Colleen Munro-Leighton
  • Poster Location: #2
    Victor Alvarez: Investigating Reactive Sites in the Diels-Alder Reaction Using Density Functional Methods
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Álvaro Castillo
  • Poster Location: #3
    Elizabeth Rozyckio: Mutations in Antibody CDR Amino Acid Chain May Lower Binding Affinity of Protein A to Fab
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Zoey Hua
  • Poster Location: #4
    Julia Zickus: Investigating Differential Binding Behavior of Fabs to Non-Antigentic Proteins
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Zoey Hua
  • Poster Location: #5
    Izabela Zawitkowska: Petroleum Analysis in Water due to Parking Lot Runoff using Quartz Crystal Microbalance and Solid-Phase Microextration
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Michelle Applebee
  • Poster Location: #6
    Nhi Yen Tran: A Pathway Contributing to The Synthesis of Distaminolyne B
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Evan Vanable
  • Poster Location: #7
    Anthony Campolattara: Parents and Prosocial Spending: ​ Do Parents Anticipate Boosts in Happiness From Spending on Their Children?​
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Majka
  • Poster Location: #8
    Julia Jimenez: Investigating the Effects of Drought Stress on Amaranthus hypochondriacus
    Faculty Sponsor: Zoey Hua
  • Poster Location: #9
    Yusra Omer: Thank You Co-Worker: Testing an Experimental Gratitude Intervention in Health Care Workers
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Majka
  • Poster Location #11
    Hubert Kicinski: Automated Processing of Octopus Sleep Data
    Faculty Sponsor: Venkatesh Gopal
  • Poster Location #12
    Martha Lupian: Neural Activity Of The Anterior Cingulate Cortex After The Incubation Of Oxycodone Craving In Rats
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Stefanik and Dr. Munro-Leighton


Frick Center: Founders Lounge (Continued)

Poster Presentations, Session 2
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Poster Location: #1
    Olivia Healy: Perspectives on Innovative Programs and Educational Opportunities for Bilinguals receiving special education and their families
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Brenda Gorman
  • Poster Location: #2
    Megan Harrison: Laryngeal Tissue Changes Following Chemotherapy: a Review of Biophysiological and Communication Impacts
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ruiying Ding
  • Poster Location: #3
    Lauren Engert: Preference and Acquisitions of PECS vs. SGD for Requesting Skills in Children with ASD
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jennifer Kremkow
  • Poster Location: #4
    Kayla Buschnyj: An Exploration of the Effects of Motivation on People with Chronic Aphasia: A Literature Review
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Carrico
  • Poster Location: #5
    Allison Skiple: Generalizability of Narrative-Based Interventions for Bilingual, Elementary-aged Students
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Brenda Gorman
  • Poster Location: #6
    Chloe Struck: Professional Knowledge and Self-Efficacy on Gender-Neutral Pronoun Use and Application
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Brenda Gorman
  • Poster Location: #7
    Payton Schmidt: Title IX: How Far Have We Really Come?
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Krista Diedrich


Synchronous Virtual Presentations

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., via Zoom
Honors Roundtable: British Life and Culture
The ten Honors Program students who just completed a Spring term abroad at Liverpool Hope University will present their varied research on British life and culture.

Zoom Link

  • Grace Albrecht, Honors Program
  • Micaiah Brown, Honors Program
  • Jameson Flynn, Honors Program
  • Stella Frake, Honors Program
  • Violet Okon, Honors Program
  • Ellie Michael, Honors Program
  • Emma Selle, Honors Program
  • Ann Moore, Honors Program
  • Delanie Graziano, Honors Program
  • Addison Weaver, Honors Program
  • Faculty Sponsor: Mary Kay Mulvaney

2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., via Zoom
I/O Psychology Projects 2

Zoom Link

  • 2:30 p.m.: Chris Pena: Job Analysis and Competency Model for Wheaton Academy
  • 3:00 p.m.: Ellie McCabe: I/O Psychology Mentoring Program Internship
  • 3:30 p.m.: Duc Phan: The Assessment Project for Quantitative Reasoning, Social Responsibilities and Religious Studies in Contexts Courses in Elmhurst University Integrated Curriculum
  • 3:45 p.m.: JD Prince: Creating a More Effective Training for BDO’s HCM Update
  • 4:00 p.m.: Emily Athanasiou: Village of Brookfield Community Survey: Development, Analysis, and Outcomes
  • 4:15 p.m.: Francesca Smith: Village of Brookfield Residential Assessment
  • 4:30 p.m.: Peyton Kotowski: Village of Brookfield Residential Assessment
  • 4:45 p.m.: Marty Makowski: Lessons From a Citizen Survey With the Village of Brookfield
  • 5:00 p.m.: Kathleen O’Connor: Virtual leadership development for flexible and hybrid work environments
  • 5:15 p.m.: Luke Fernandez: Employee Selection within Public Safety: An Assessment Consultant Perspective
  • 5:30 p.m.: Anna Miszcyszyn: Job Description Management
  • 5:45 p.m.: Evan Alewine: EUs AoK Assessment
  • 6:00 p.m.: Jasmine Jimenez: Brookside Flavors & Ingredients Onboarding Project
  • Faculty Sponsor: Jessica Sim


1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., via Zoom
I/O Psychology Projects

Zoom Link

  • 1:00 p.m.: Justin Elliott: Job Description Management
  • 1:15 p.m.: Tad Keely: Graduate Student Satisfaction Survey and Results
  • 1:30 p.m.: Courtney Green: Industrial/Organizational Solutions Research Associate Internship
  • 1:45 p.m.: Maile Orian: Behind the Scenes: A Closer Look at Academic Accommodations in Higher Education
  • 2:00 p.m.: Zachary Bachara: Vaya Group Learning and Development Programs Internship
  • 2:15 p.m.: Jessica Gutierrez: Screencastify Internship
  • 2:30 p.m.: Enas Alnass: The Creation of Organizational Charts for Elmhurst University
  • 2:45 p.m.: Trevor Nowak: Essendant Internship Experience
  • 3:00 p.m.: Nicole Berardi: Human Resources Generalist at Divinci Painters Inc.
  • 3:15 p.m.: Hanna Bell: Lead Teacher Training Internship
  • 3:30 p.m.: Joscelyn McCoy: Psychological Research on Nonprofit Organizational Growth
  • 3:45 p.m.: Genae Knowles: Leaders of Leaders Reimagined: Empowering Future-Focused Leadership Through Customized Training
  • Faculty Sponsor: Carrie Hewitt


2023 Asynchronous Virtual Presentations

You can watch the asynchronous virtual presentations on the University’s YouTube page.

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