Students Present Research at Undergraduate Expo, High School Showcase

Students Present Research at Undergraduate Expo, High School Showcase

Michelle Ki at Expo

On the day of the Northwestern Undergraduate Research Exposition, young researchers got practice presenting their scientific research to a university audience. Based on many months of work, 13 SESP undergraduate students were selected to display and discuss their research projects. At the same time, high school researchers from Chicago-area schools showcased their own science projects and attended the Expo.

Undergraduate presentations
Two SESP students won awards for their poster presentations during the morning session. Nick Medrano won third place in the arts and social sciences category for his poster on “Hypothesis Testing and Problem Solving at a Children’s Museum,” and Carly Haeck won the People’s Choice Award for “Increasing Body Image Satisfaction with a Web-Based Positive Psychological Intervention.”

Seniors Molly Davies, Sharon Kao, Nick Kazvini-Gore and Daniel Liss were selected to give oral presentations. Davies discussed her research on personality traits related to religion on a panel about “Understanding Ourselves: Experience, Culture, and Expectations,” and Kao discussed her mental health research on a panel on “Assessing Health: Systems, Practices, and Perspectives.” Kazvini-Gore contributed his research on the Iranian diaspora in Germany to a panel about “World Views: Immigration, Identity and Culture,” and Liss discussed his research on evidentialism during a panel on “Reasoning, Rhetoric, and Practices in Networks and Groups.”

SESP undergraduates Sungsub Billy Choo, Lauren Dennis, David Gorsky, Carly Haeck, Halimah Jones, Michelle Ki, Nick Medrano, Josh Parish and Kathryn Thomas were chosen to give poster presentations. Their topics ranged from education to bilingualism to health care.

In its 12th year, the Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition is an annual celebration of original research and creative work by Northwestern undergraduates. It was held at Norris Center on June 2. At the arts presentations in the evening, SESP student Claire Huntington gave a theater presentation.

High School Showcase

High School Project Showcase
Project Showcase, organized by the Office of STEM Education Partnerships, brought 65 high school students from 14 schools to Northwestern to present posters of their science projects. The high schools included Von Steuben, Evanston Township, Geneva, Jacobs, Hinsdale, Niles West, Whitney Young, Walter Payton, Lindblom, Stevenson, Crystal Lake and Illinois Math and Science Academy.

The high school students learned from Northwestern students by visiting the Undergraduate Research Expo, conversing with undergraduates over lunch, and attending paper and panel presentations. At a ceremony at the end of the day, awards were presented to the high school students with top science projects.

In addition to the science projects, five students from Evanston Township High School gave oral presentations on topics ranging from gender equity to poetry to conflict mediation. Northwestern collaborates with Evanston Township High School through the Northwestern-ETHS Partnership, coordinated by Kristen Perkins of SESP. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 6/12/14