Scholar Week 2018 showcases Olivet student and faculty research

Presentations across Olivet’s campus featured undergraduate and graduate projects.

May 14, 2018 Uncategorized

Each spring, Olivet Nazarene University focuses on scholarship and academic achievements. Scholar Week is one of the most important ways for students and faculty to share their research projects and what they have learned.

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“Our students and faculty are doing fascinating, important work. Scholar Week is their opportunity to present it in clear, interesting ways to our campus community,” says Dr. Lisa McGrady, dean of teaching and learning at Olivet. “This is a wonderful growth opportunity for our students. Students who are presenting build their professional skills by sharing their work with a campus-wide audience. Students attending see what good scholarly work looks like and may get inspired for some research of their own.” 

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This year, the range of disciplines represented — the sciences, the arts, business, scholarship, creation care and more — was impressive to audiences. 

The Tygr Magazine presentation by senior art major Hannah Shiner and senior English major Luke Jungermann (Professor Jill Forrestal and Professor Bill Greiner, mentors) concluded with the release party for the newest issue. 

Olivet Enactus’ national competition team presented their award-winning overview of the local chapter’s projects for 2017–2018. Dr. Lynda Allen, professor in the McGraw School of Business at Olivet, is their faculty sponsor. 

Presentations by seniors in the Olivet Honors Program showed both depth of thought and patience in research.

Felicia Baer (Department of Biological Sciences; Dr. Dwight Ginn, mentor): “The Effects of Heart Medication on the Heart Rates of Drosophila Melanogaster

Brad Fitzgerald (Walker School of Engineering; Professor Joseph Makarewicz, mentor): “Vocal Processing with Spectral Analysis

Micah Forshee (Department of Biological Sciences; Dr. Daniel Sharda, mentor): “The Effects of Inulin and Galactooligosaccharides on the Production of Reuterin by Lactobacillus Reuteri

Rebekah Johnson (Department of Family and Consumer Sciences; Dr. Cathy Anstrom, mentor): “The Relationship Between the Preparticipation Evaluation Form and Collegiate Coaches’ Knowledge and Awareness of the Female Athlete Triad

Ellie Krumsieg (Department of Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Kristian Veit, mentor): “The Relationship Between Musicianship, Academic Motivation, Academic Advancement, and Self-Esteem

Tess Marcordes (Department of Exercise and Health Sciences; Dr. Scott Armstrong, mentor): “Noncontact Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Collegiate Female Soccer Players: The Effects of a Four Week Prevention Program on Landing Kinematics

Phillip Putney (Walker School of Engineering; Professor Joseph Makarewicz, mentor): “Weed and Crop Discrimination Through an Offline Computer Vision Algorithm

Emily Rull (Department of Chemistry and Geosciences; Dr. Stephen Case, mentor): “Design and Evaluation of 3D-Printed Filar Micrometer

Valerie Seehafer (McGraw School of Business; Dr. Paul Koch, mentor): “Evaluation and Revision of BSRI Trait Selection

Reed Smith (Department of Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Lisa Gassin, mentor): “Stigma as a Predictor of Parental Willingness to Seek Mental Health Services for Their Children in Rural America

Twenty-six members of the Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership (Ed.D.) Class of 2017–2018 presented their dissertation projects during the Ethical Leadership Colloquium on March 24 and April 21. The variety of projects represented students’ interests in the fields of education, leadership, justice, the Church, spirituality, emotional intelligence, law enforcement, health care and business. 

“We seek the strongest scholarship and the deepest piety, knowing that they are thoroughly compatible and a Christian environment where not only knowledge but character is sought.” — From the Olivet Nazarene University Catalog, 1915 

To learn more about the Honors Program and additional research opportunities at Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.



Published: 5/14/2018

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