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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.

Our 2022 Showcase will be held virtually on Thursday, May 5. Find more information on our students and their presentations below.

2022 Oral Presentations

On May 5, 2022, presentations and performances were conducted virtually via Zoom for the campus community. We thank the students and participants for making it a wonderful day of learning. Recordings may be posted at a later time.

  • Bettering Receptionist Experience Through Innovation and Project Management
    Alyssa Alejandre
    3:30 p.m.
    Faculty Sponsor: Carrie Hewitt, M.A.
  • Loopholes in Legal Precedent: How Atlanta’s Early-Twentieth Century Zoning Ordinances Reinforced Unconstitutional Residential Segregation
    Meeting ID: 851 7642 2143
    Passcode: eushowcase
    Lily Armentrout
    1:00 p.m.
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Karen Benjamin
  • Operation Employee Retention
    Veronica Bachta
    3:45 p.m.
    Faculty Sponsor: Carrie Hewitt, M.A.
  • Mental Health Challenges—Honors Program Interdisciplinary Seminar
    Rachel Banas
    4:45 p.m.
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Mary Kay Mulvaney
  • Human Resources Internship with Outreach Community Ministries 2021
    Senait Berhe
    5:00 p.m.
    Faculty Sponsor: Carrie Hewitt, M.A.
  • Evaluating the Deceased Organ Donation System and its Impact on Marginalized Groups: Current Practices and Communication
    Makayla Clark
    11:45 a.m.
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Bridget O’Rourke
  • Discovering the True Challenges of Survey Development and Rating Scales
    Arturo Cuenca
    4:45 p.m.
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Tom Sawyer
  • Development of Training Tools to Support Bringing DISC Assessment to Market
    Hillary Halsell
    4:00 p.m.
    Faculty Sponsor: Carrie Hewitt, M.A.
  • How and Why Capital Controls Are Used and Do Not Work in Lebanon
    Daniel Jones
    , Michela Sardinas, Mohammed Ahmed, and Gia Gamperl
    Noon
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Eric Sanders
  • PS AoK & S Tag Assessments
    Monika Kossakowska
    4:15 p.m.
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Tom Sawyer
  • Corporate Learning Institute Program Design Internship
    Kelsey McClenning
    5:15 p.m.
    Faculty Sponsor: Carrie Hewitt, M.A.
  • British Life and Culture—Honors Liverpool Hope Panel
    Wesley Nay
    1:00 p.m.
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Mary Kay Mulvaney
  • My Internship Experience at Takeda
    Kate Schwarz
    3:00 p.m.
    Faculty Sponsor: Carrie Hewitt, M.A.
  • Direct Assessment Internship
    Aleksandra Sobol

    3:15 p.m.
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Tom Sawyer
  • Effects of Inflammation on Learning and Memory in C. elegans
    Julia Zickus
    11:45 a.m.
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Amy Hebert

2022 Asynchronous Presentations

Using Translanguaging Strategies to Assist Dual Language Learners in ELA
Diana Arzeta
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Transition from Drawing to Writing
Sheridan Atwater
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Simeon Stumme

Using Multicultural Literature to Develop Fourth Grade Writing Skills
Emily Aylesworth
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Translanguaging
Jonathan Blin
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Simeon Stumme

Language Supports
Natalia Bryja
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Simeon Stumme

Peer Interaction
Cara Cannella
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Simeon Stumme

Supports and Strategies in Guided Reading
Corina Centeno-Flores
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Developing Newcomers’ English Language Development with Language Supports
Vanessa De La Rosa
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Fostering Participation in Reading with ELs
Martha Diaz
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Supporting Participation of English Language Learners
Annie Durava
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Newcomers Development of English
Angelica Flores
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Providing English Language Learners with Translanguaging in Reading Comprehension
Sydni Gizynski
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

ELL students and the use of AAC Devices
Natalie Grillo
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Simeon Stumme

English Learners & Math Word Problem Solving
Jacquelyn Herrera
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Encouraging Preschool English Learners to Engage in Play with Peers
Ana Koruna
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Simeon Stumme

Neurocognitive Effects of Chemotherapy
Analise Love
Faculty Sponsor: Diane Morean

CMaldonadoARP
Crystal Maldonado
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Simeon Stumme

Benefits of Translanguaging in the Classroom
Hajira Mirza
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Simeon Stumme

Using Language Supports to Leverage Emergent Bilingual Students Learning
Allison Morley
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Using Multicultural Literature in the Preschool Classroom
Nicole Obrochta
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Simeon Stumme

The Mockery of Tradition in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”
Yusra Omer
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ann Frank Wake

TEL Research Study
Gabriella Palaci
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Using Language Supports to Leverage Emergent Bilinguals Linguistic Identities in Math
Syeda Qadri
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Language Use of Fifth-Grade Dual Language students
Hira Qureshi
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Neurocognitive Effects of Chemotherapy in Adult Survivors of Pediatric Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: A Systematic Review
Megan Rabenberg
Faculty Sponsor: Diane Morean

Action Research Project
Alexandra Rodriguez
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Simeon Stumme

Language Support Strategies for Newcomer Dual Language Learners
Daisy Sanchez
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Utilizing Students Cultural Assets In Language Arts
Julia Shaver
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Developing Literacy Skills In English Learning Students
Tiara Sims
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Simeon Stumme

Providing Language Supports for Emergency Bilingual Students During Academic Discussions
Amanda Swanson
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Language Supports for EL Students During Academic Discussions
Kacey Taylor

Concussion Education Materials for Athletes: A Mixed Method Analysis
Natalie Thompson
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Laura Froeschke

Creative Literature Matters
Ashleigh Tor
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ann Frank Wake

CRT and Reading Strategies
Sabrina Urban
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Action Research Project
Sabrina Vazquez
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Simeon Stumme

Briana Vega AR Project
Briana Vega
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Simeon Stumme

Multicultural Literature and The Impact on Students’ Comprehension
Elena Vezmar
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Beverly Troiano

Bringing Everyone Into The Fold!
Robert Weiss
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Simeon Stumme

2022 Poster Presentations

Click on the presentation title to view the student’s poster.

Future Health Professionals’ Perceptions of Nonbinary Individuals
Megan Adamowski
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jessica Sim

A Cultural Mismatch for Transfer Students in Higher Education: Consequences for Belonging and Well-Being?
Sarah Aviles
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Liz Majka

The Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Language Development in Preschool Aged Children
Julia Coduto
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Cheri Carrico

Simulating the spectra of phenolphthalein as a first step to predict the color of dye molecules
Marie Estelle Corpuz
Faculty Sponsor: Álvaro Castillo

Evaluation and Treatment of Dysphagia in Adults Post Traumatic Brain Injury
Madison Farnsworth
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ruiying Ding

Literacy Intervention Approaches for Multilingual Preschoolers with Hearing Loss
Jessica Gallagher
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Brenda Gorman

The Impact on L1 in an L1 vs. L2 Intervention for Dual Language Learners with Developmental Language Disorder
Vanesa Herrera
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Brenda Gorman

Spill the T: Misinformation about Transmasculine Contraception
Scott Huston
Faculty Sponsor: Jeanne Burda, M.S., R.N.

Making Progress Towards The Synthesis of Distaminolyne-B
Dana Jabaji
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Evan Vanable

Reconstruction of the Paleocene Ecosystem of the Medora Site, Billings County, North Dakota, Using Microfossils
Casey Janik
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Merrilee Guenther

Determination of Potassium via Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
Jeffrey Johnson
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kimberly Lawler-Sagarin

Executive Functioning Skills in Bilingual School-Aged Children with Autism
Olivia Knapik
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Brenda Gorman

Purification of Fabs Under Financial Constraints
Amanda Lams
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Zoey Hua

Distinguishing Occupational Therapy’s Role in the Transition to Motherhood
Elsie Pollari, MOT, OTR/L

The Impact of Screen Time on Early Language Development
Amanda Posegay
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Cheri Carrico

Narrative Language Intervention in Bilingual Children with Developmental Language Disorder
Jennifer Quinones
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Brenda Gorman

Exploration of Disilylfunctionalization of Alkenes using N-methyl-p-tolylsulfonamide with Palladium Catalyst
Sonali Rajput
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Evan Vanable

The Quality of Runoff Water: The Impact of Organic Compounds
Raven Rhone
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Michelle Applebee

It’s All in the Eyes: Genuine Smiles Are Preferred Even When Concealed By a Face Mask
Elizabeth Schweitzer
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Liz Majka

Saving Native Plants: Exploring Environmental Factors on Green Roofs
Elizabeth Schweitzer
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kelly Mikenas

Using a Palladium Catalyst to Breakdown C-H bonds Can Help in the Creation of Medications
Jennifer Solis
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Colleen Munro-Leighton

A Literature Review of Social Communication Interventions used With and Without Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Reece Sweeney
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jennifer Kremkow

Chemical analysis of human sweat for electrochemical properties and identification of organic compounds
Marvin Tchangwa
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Alvaro Castillo Aguilar 

Best Feeding Practices for Premature Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Sophia Zaras
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Cheri Carrico

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