Simpson University Students Honored at Research Symposium

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Five Simpson University students received inaugural awards this month for work presented during the 4th annual Student Research Symposium.

The Stanley Clark Student Research Awards were presented to the following students at the conclusion of the March 1 daylong symposium, which featured presentations and posters by 35 undergraduate and graduate students:

Kelly Warner, Best Undergraduate Paper: “Land’s Calling: How Industrialization in the United States Fostered Jefferson’s Republican Vision.” Warner is a history major from Redding.

Stephen Lennstrom, Best Undergraduate Presentation: “Racial Healing: A Historical Analysis.” Lennstrom, who has been accepted to the University of Cambridge (England) for graduate work, is double-majoring in Bible and theology and psychology. He is from Seattle, Wash.

Justus Kornkven, Best Undergraduate Poster: “Math Modeling in Epidemics.” Kornkven is a mathematics major from Fairbanks, Alaska.

Chloe Lucas, Best Graduate Presentation: “Racial Identity Awareness in Transracial Foster Families.” Lucas, from Redwood City, Calif., is in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program.

Rachel Milhous, Best Graduate Poster: “Post-War Veteran PTSD and Structural Family Therapy as Treatment.” Milhous, from Turlock, Calif., is in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program.

Award recipients, who also will be honored during a student awards chapel on April 16 on campus, will receive a plaque and $150 scholarship.

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, daylong event where students from Simpson University’s undergraduate and graduate programs present talks, posters or panel discussions on a wide variety of topics. This year’s theme was “healing.” Sister Brenda O’Keeffe, vice president of Mission Integration and Spiritual Care Services at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, gave a talk during the opening session entitled “Embracing the Power to Heal the Body, Mind, and Soul.”

The public is invited to attend the 10- to 30-minute presentations or facilitated poster sessions.

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.


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