Simpson University Graduating Seniors to Present Research

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Two Simpson University seniors – winners of the inaugural Stanley Clark Student Research Awards – will present their research at academic conferences this month.

Kelly Warner of Redding and Stephen Lennstrom of Seattle were awarded “Best Undergraduate Paper” and “Best Undergraduate Presentation,” respectively, at the 4th annual Simpson Student Research Symposium in March.

Kelly WarnerWarner (pictured left) will present her award-winning paper, ““Land’s Calling: How Industrialization in the United States Fostered Jefferson’s Republican Vision” at the Northern California Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference, held April 11-12 at Chico State University.

Phi Alpha Theta is a national honor society for history. Warner, a history major, was inducted into Simpson University’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta last year.

"Kelly is an outstanding student,” said Dr. John Ayabe, assistant professor of history. “I'm very pleased she will have the chance to present her paper to colleagues at other universities in northern California. It will be a great experience for her and an example of the fine work our students do at Simpson."

Stephen LennstromLennstrom (pictured right), who is double-majoring in psychology and Bible and theology, will present a paper titled “The intersection of race and theology in an Evangelical denomination” at an American Psychological Association research conference on religion and spirituality at Biola University on April 25-26.

His research, done in conjunction with Simpson psychology professor Brandy Liebscher, is the culmination of a yearlong project examining race relations and the church.

“I am extremely proud of Stephen’s advanced level of work on this research project,” Dr. Liebscher said. “It’s fairly unusual for an academic paper, with an undergraduate student as its first author, to be accepted at a professional conference for a paper symposium.”

Warner and Lennstrom will graduate from Simpson University on April 26.

Lennstrom has been accepted to the University of Cambridge (England) for graduate work in theology. Warner will pursue her social science teaching credential through Simpson University’s School of Education.


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