Simpson University Students Honored at Research Symposium

For Immediate Release

03.11.2015

The award for Best Undergraduate Paper went to biology students, from left, Kayla Holland, Carley Jones, Chelsey Jauregui, Brittany Mattingly, Brooke Mejorado, Michael C. Smith, Hannah Rowan, and Kathryn Paradis

REDDING, Calif. - Ten Simpson University students were honored for work presented during the university’s 5th annual Student Research Symposium.

The Stanley Clark Student Research Awards were presented to the following students at the conclusion of the March 7 daylong symposium, which featured 20 presentations and posters by 35 undergraduate and graduate students:

Elena KurianElena Kurian, Best Undergraduate Presentation: “The Process of Second-Language Learning and Its Benefits.” Kurian is a senior from Jefferson, Ore., double-majoring in Spanish and psychology.



Sarah StewartSarah Stewart, Best Undergraduate Poster: “Self-Objectification Among Young Adult Women.” Stewart is a senior psychology major from Brentwood, Calif.



The award for Best Undergraduate Paper went to a group of biology students, who presented research on “Response to Growth Factors in Mouse Fibroblast Cells” during the symposium. Those students are as follows:

  • Kayla Holland, a junior from Redwood Valley, Calif.
  • Chelsey Jauregui, a sophomore from Cottonwood
  • Carley Jones, a senior from West Richland, Wash.
  • Brittany Mattingly, a sophomore from Chester, Calif.
  • Brooke Mejorado, a junior from Modesto, Calif.
  • Kathryn Paradis, a sophomore from Redding
  • Hannah Rowan, a senior from Redding
  • Michael C. Smith, a sophomore from Kodiak, Alaska

Award recipients, who also will be honored during a student awards chapel on April 15 on campus, will receive a plaque and scholarship funds.

The awards are named after former Simpson University Provost Stanley Clark, an enthusiastic supporter of the research symposium. Following his 2012 retirement, Dr. Clark and his wife, Susan, established The Clark Endowment for Student Research to support student scholarly activity.

All students who participated in the symposium as presenters were eligible for the awards. A faculty panel served as judges.

The Student Research Symposium is an annual event open to the public. This year’s theme was “movements.” Dr. Edward Mooney, assistant professor of education, gave a talk during the opening session, encouraging students to look for the “hmm, that’s funny” moments in their research and to dig deeper.

The symposium began in 2011 as a faculty initiative to give students an opportunity to share their research outside the classroom. Divided into morning and afternoon sessions, the symposium is modeled after professional academic conferences.

Learn more about the symposium and read descriptions of all the presentations at simpsonu.edu/researchsymposium.

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Photo Top by Dr. Larry Siemens / The award for Best Undergraduate Paper went to biology students, from left, Kayla Holland, Carley Jones, Chelsey Jauregui, Brittany Mattingly, Brooke Mejorado, Michael C. Smith, Hannah Rowan, and Kathryn Paradis.


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.

 

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