Simpson University Students Honored at Research Symposium

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Student presenters at Simpson's 7th annual Student Research Symposium

REDDING, Calif. - Two Simpson University students were honored for work presented during the university’s 7th annual Student Research Symposium.

Kathryn ParadisThe Stanley Clark Student Research Awards were presented at the conclusion of the March 4 daylong symposium, which featured 15 presentations by undergraduate and graduate students.

The award for Best Research Paper went to senior biology major Kathryn Paradis, from Redding, for Effects of Dog’s Socialization on Behavior and Adoption at Haven Humane Society: A Case Study.

Dillon StetlerThe award Best Research Presentation went to Dillon Stetler, a junior mathematics major from Zephyr Cove, Nev., on the topic of “Extremophilic Bacteria in Acid-Mine Drainage.”

Award recipients, who also will be honored during a student awards chapel next month 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 “Belonging.” Dr. Stephen Backhouse, a visiting scholar from St. Mellitus College in London, gave a talk during the opening session titled, “Neighborhoods not Nationhoods.”

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

Photos by Deanna Sloger

Top, Some of the Simpson University students who participated in the annual Student Research Symposium were, from left: Sarah Blumert, Rachel Crew, Amy Pollard, Amber Soldahl, Garrett Struwe, Heidi Sundquist, Dillon Stetler, Sophia Williams, and Kathryn Paradis.

Middle Left, Senior biology major Kathryn Paradis accepts the award for Best Research Paper from Dr. John Ayabe.

Middle Right, Junior mathematics major Dillon Stetler receives the award for Best Research Presentation from Dr. John Ayabe.



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


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