Students Present Research at Undergraduate Expo

Students Present Research at Undergraduate Expo

Undergrad research expo


Twelve SESP undergraduates were selected to highlight their research as part of Northwestern’s Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition on June 1. Also part of the Expo is a High School Project Showcase that allows SESP to feature select high school students presenting posters of their science projects.

SESP students participating in the expo at Norris Center are Spencer Carlson, Natalie Dulin, Sunhee Han, Kevin Hardiman, Halimah Jones, Paige Kaliski, Julian Matra, Fortunato (Nick) Medrano, Nicola Rhyan, Renee Wellman and Anne Xie.

Undergraduate research presentations
At the morning poster session from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Natalie Dulin, Sunhee Han and Fortunato (Nick) Medrano are presenting posters of their research projects. Dulin’s topic is “Sex Differences in Pragmatic Language in Individuals with ASD and Their Parents.” Han’s research project is “Attachment Themes in Early Childhood Narratives and Adult Self-Esteem.” Medrano’s topic is “Effects Reframing STEM Fields and SES on Belonging, Achievement and Engagement.”

During the first session of oral presentations from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., talks on the topic “Seeing Ourselves Anew” are moderated by SESP assistant professor Claudia Haase. SESP senior Kevin Hardiman was selected to speak about his research on “Selfie Society: Deciphering Our Propensity for Sharing Our Lives.” At the same time for the panel on “Cutting-Edge Humanities,” Halimah Jones will speak on her project, “Analyzing Problems in Agency and Communion in Life Story Interviews.”

During the second session of oral presentations from 1 to 2:30 p.m., two SESP students will present for the panel on “Facing Life’s Challenges.” Julian Matra’s topic is “Social Dynamics of Young Athletes,” and Nicola Rhyan’s is “The Relationship between Organizational Cultural and Employee Engagement.”

At the afternoon poster session from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Sunhee Han, Paige Kaliski, Renee Wellman, Spencer Carlson and Anne Xie will present posters. Han and Kaliski’s project is “Secondary Mathematics Teachers’ Use of Causal Reasoning about Classroom Experiences to Change Teaching Practice.” Wellman’s topic is “Religion and Valuing the Outdoor Environment,” and Carlson’s presentation is on “Challenges of Scaling New Practices in Peer-Led Learning Communities.” Xie’s topic is “Development of Social Relationships in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games.”

High school showcase
The ninth annual High School Project Showcase is bringing 65 students from 21 Chicago-area high schools to Northwestern to participate in the Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition. They will present research and design projects from 1:30 to 2:40 p.m. at Norris Center, as well as see Northwestern undergraduate research presentations and have lunch with undergraduate researchers.

“It gives them a near-peer experience into opportunities they can pursue once they go to college,” says OSEP acting director Amy Pratt. The showcase is hosted by the Office of STEM Education Partnerships in partnership with Motorola Solutions Foundation, CIERA, The Graduate School and the Office of Undergraduate Research. Twenty-one Northwestern graduate students will serve as judges for awards presented at a ceremony at the end of the day.

High school students were selected from those who complete high-quality projects as part of their school curricula, through an independent research course or club, or as an independent project. The showcase is a part of OSEP's work to develop long-term partnerships with Chicago-area high schools to improve science instruction, increase the number of students achieving high science standards and prepare students for college course work. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 5/26/16