Students discuss their projects at the 2019 symposium

The Ball State University Student Symposium challenges students to present a creative or scholarly project while competing for scholarship awards and gaining valuable insight from faculty and staff judges.

For 27 years, the Student Symposium has encouraged interdisciplinary discourse, allowing students to learn from each other about the topics that are most engaging to them. The symposium also provides an opportunity to discuss work with a broader audience than what is usually found in the classroom. 

The Student Symposium, which was held on the Worthen Arena Concourse this year on April 12 from 1-4 pm, had great turnout for its first in-person event since 2019! 125 participants (38 graduate students, 87 undergraduate students) presenting 85 scholarly and creative projects, representing all seven academic colleges. While we are showcasing the top presentations here, we first would like to acknowledge all of our participants—each of you dedicated yourselves to going that extra mile to participate in the Symposium on top of all the other activities going on in your lives!

Without further ado, here are the winners of the 27th annual Student Symposium at Ball State:

Inaugural Dr. James & Betsy Pyle Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Science

Emily Danzeisen, Junior, Biology

Creating an Inquiry-Based Lab: Gibbs Free Energy Investigation Using Cobalt(II) Ion

Faculty Mentor: Jason Ribblett


Undergraduate Student Winners

Phillip Betts, Senior, Chemistry

Development of an Enzymatic System for the Synthesis of Pseudouridine

Faculty Mentor: Jordan Froese

Erica Brinkley, Senior, Communication Studies

Junie B. Jones and the Messy, Complicated Portrayal of Gender

Faculty Mentor: Beth Messner

Ethan Lee & Lauren Cloonan, Juniors, Construction Management & Interior Design

Riverside Community Heritage Center

Faculty Mentor: Sarah Angne Alfaro


Graduate Student Winners

Liza Cohen, Psychological Science

A Qualitative Exploration of Therapists' Work with Low-income Clients

Faculty Mentor: Thomas Holtgraves

Veronica Hamilton, Biology

A Floristic Study Revealing the Biodiversity of Alaskan Peatland Diatoms

Faculty Mentor: Kevin Wyatt

Md Atiqur Rahman, Physics & Astronomy

Observation on the effect of magnetic flux while charge carries in DNA nanostructure

Faculty Mentor: Yong Suk Joe

All the best on the rest of the semester going smoothly! Congratulations again to everyone who participated and made the 2022 event a success!

Click here to view the "Student Symposium 2022" program


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