Every Spring, Western Oregon University celebrates student academic achievement with a day-long event, the Academic Excellence Showcase. The Showcase encourages students to demonstrate their research and scholarship, and allows the campus community to experience the varied scholarly and creative interests of our students. The day is dedicated to the presentation of student scholarly activities, including original research papers, projects, artwork, performances, and upper-division course projects, presentations, and papers. These presentations are from a range of disciplines throughout the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Education, but they all celebrate the pursuit of learning and knowledge.

The primary objectives of the Showcase are to provide an opportunity for presenters, giving them experience that will be useful in furthering their education and careers, and to expose the entire student body to the breadth and importance of the scholarship that is being conducted across campus. The showcase is organized by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE).

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Submissions from 2016

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Active Learning Promotes Information Retention, Xiaopeng Gong and Julie Cooper

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An Examination of Vocal Fry as a Feminine Identity Marker, Alissa McAlpine

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Brain Dance, Jay Hall-Schnurrpusch

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College Students' Response to the Death of a Loved One, Rachel Feldhaus and Whitney Scovell

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Communicative Competence, Academic Language, and ELD, Torah Skelton

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Commuting Pairs in Finite Nonabelian Groups, Tyler McAfee

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Cremations of Remains, Carmela Macedo, Daisy Romero, and Julia Borovskiy

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Developing Resiliency in Students, Janet Costello-Plummer

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Digital Technology and a New Era for Archaeology: Cooper's Ferry, Idaho, Joshua L. Henderson

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Econometrics: Ghosts of Economic's Past and Tidings of Good Cheer?, Khorben Boyer

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Effective Use of Modern and Personal Media in the Classroom, Kye Jonson

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Emergency!, Lauren Hiland

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Employers to Students: 9 Lives Softwares, Lauren Hiland, Matthew Stroud, and Ray Gottsch

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Everyone Poops, But What's In It?, Parker Smith

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Exploring Alumni Stories Through Qualitative Research, Marsha M. Warren, Danica J. Drapela, Kyla N. Bredimus, Jessica Yarely Flores, Cierra I. Henderson, Tashawna Wright, Kimberly A. Lanning, and Isabel R. Dryden

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Exploring Parkinson's Disease: New Areas of Research for Treatment and Prevention, Mary Kate Miller

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Geogebra: Dynamic Math Worksheets for the K-12 Classroom, Carlee Nelson

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Groundwater and Climate Change, Ashley Thompson

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Identifying Sharp-Force Trauma-Serrated vs. Non-Serrated Blades, Martha Kools, Taylor Maddox, and Carlos Sanchez

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Invasive Characteristics of Geranium Robertianum, Emma Signor

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Investigating Death Using Insects, Meghan Kendell

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Lead Toxicity and Flint, Michigan, Adam Bishop, Marvel Davis, and Patricia Flatt

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Max: Writing Over Time, Rachel Gries

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Music Therapy Project, Haley Morris, Lilaah Jones, Amanda Navolynski, Audrey Drake, Casey Stephens, and Kristen Case

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Pothole Pal – Interactive Infrastructure Tracking App, Jason Gersztyn

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PT, SSP, and BC, Oh My!, Darcie Chin and Cassie Owens

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Reading Motivation and Engagement in the High School English Language Arts Classroom, Jordan Collins

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Refocusing Students on Study Habits: Seeking Achievement Beyond Mathematics Exams, Esther Shephard

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Self-Regulation Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sara Schneider and Xiaopeng Gong

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Supporting Critical Thinkers Through Literacy: Using Literacy in Social Studies Classrooms to Support Higher-Level and Critical Thinking, Alexandra Greaves

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The Assertion of English Royal Authority in the American Colonies: Sir Edmund Andros and the Domino of New England, Benjamin Lesh

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Theater as the Bridge: Prosody and Theater Methods that Increase Reading Comprehension and Student Engagement, Doug Miles

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The Effect of Health Insurance on Death Rates, Khorben Boyer and Luke Schnee

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The Effects of a Group Development Activity on Group Cohesion and Performance, Shannon Deyden, Cassie Karn, Morgan Perkey, and David Foster

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The Effects of Dams on Climate Change, Brandon Pike

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The Effects of Drought Stress on Squash Plants, Stephanie Foster

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The Effects of Income During Childhood on Post-childhood Obesity, Sophia Damiani, Stephanie Foster, and Sarah Niles

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The Nuremberg Laws and the Foundation of Nazi Scientific Experimentation 1941-45, Jennifer Hight

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The Rings of Saturn, Michelle A. Smail

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The Traditionalistic Culture: Suppressing Political Participation, Jesse J. Thompson

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Using Artificial Selection to Understand Orientation Behavior in Drosophila, Rachel Mendoza, Mariah McKechnie, Natalie Wallace, Stephanie Torrez, Michael Baltzley, and Kristin Latham

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U.S. Involvement in the Vietnam War, Taylor Classen

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Zero-Sum Matrix Games, Robert Siewell

Submissions from 2015

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Proceedings of the 2015 Academic Excellence Showcase, Western Oregon University

Submissions from 2014

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Proceedings Errata, Western Oregon University

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Proceedings of the 2014 Academic Excellence Showcase, Western Oregon University

Submissions from 2013

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Proceedings of the 2013 Academic Excellence Showcase, Western Oregon University

Submissions from 2012

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Comparing the Cognitive Screening Tools MMSE and SLUMS, Nehala Pullam, Katie Mackor, Kristoffer Molloy, Jesse Kopel, Chelsey Grigsby, Ryan Miller, Amanda Graves, and Devan Buckingham

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Comparison of specific leaf area of invasive and native blackberries, Valerie Sims

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Dairy and Dairy Alternatives: Media Portrayal vs. Nutritional Facts, Megan Stinson

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Estimation of Biological Age by Epiphyseal Union, Jonathon Lewis

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Examining Petrologic Linkages between Dacitic Ash-Flow Tuffs at Newberry Volcano through Textural and Compositional Analysis of Plagioclase Phenocrysts, Kara Fisher

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Examining the Effects of Corrosive Household Chemicals on Bone and Tissue, Trish Dowell

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Feminist Self-Labeling & Attitudes Toward Women, Mycah Harrold

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Food, Farm, and Industry, Toni Rush

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Geologic Setting of the Upper Nehalem Watershed Framework for Geomorphic Analysis and Habitat Assessment, Cristina Francisco

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Launching Language and Literacy Development Through Listening, Lauren Pangle

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Lidar-Based Slope Models as a Guide for Geomorphic Mapping: A Case Study in the Upper Nehalem Watershed, Oregon, Riccilee Keller

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Optimism and Performance of Novice ESOL Teachers, Elizabeth Conkey, Natalie Nibler, and DeAnna Sturm

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Portland Banking and Newspapers, Duke Morton

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Proceedings of the 2012 Academic Excellence Showcase, Western Oregon University

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Response to Mild Cognitive Impairment: How to Run a Cognitive Rehabilitation Class, Ryan Miller, Jesse Kopel, Nehala Pullam, Katie Mackor, Kristoffer Molloy, Chelsey Grigsby, Amanda Graves, and Devan Buckingham

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Sex Estimation Using Morphological Traits of the Skull, Elizabeth Salisbury

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The Effects of Color on School Performance, LaTasha Horton

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The Effects of Short-Term UV-B Exposure on Rubus spectabilis, Byron Bean

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The Negotiation Between Ethnicity and Language in German-Immigrant Hip-Hop, Brittney Teal-Cribbs

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The Poorhouse: Institutionalization of the Poor, Diane M. Huddleston

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The Relationship between Self-Perception of Math Ability and Math Performance, Jim Fitzgerald

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Using MVPA analysis, does partner based grouping show an increase in physical activity?, Jordan Werner

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Why are Students So Apprehensive About Writing?, Justin Rush

Submissions from 2011

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Proceedings of the 2011 Academic Excellence Showcase, Western Oregon University

Submissions from 2010

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Proceedings of the 2010 Academic Excellence Showcase, Western Oregon University

Submissions from 2009

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Proceedings of the 2009 Academic Excellence Showcase, Western Oregon University

Submissions from 2008

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Proceedings of the 2008 Academic Excellence Showcase, Western Oregon University

Submissions from 2007

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Proceedings of the 2007 Academic Excellence Showcase, Western Oregon University

Submissions from 2006

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Proceedings of the 2006 Academic Excellence Showcase, Western Oregon University