Academic Excellence Showcase (AES) is Western Oregon University's annual interdisciplinary undergraduate research conference, organized by the university's Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE). This collection presents papers, projects, performances, posters, and other materials from the showcase. For more information about AES, visit the AES website.

Follow


Submissions from 2021

File

2021 Academic Excellence Showcase TRIO Welcome Video, Rex Fuller

File

2021 Academic Excellence Showcase Welcome Video, Rex Fuller

File

2021 Academic Excellence Showcase Welcome Video (Winningham), Rob Winningham

PDF

A Discussion of Fake Relics in the Early Eleventh Century: An Analysis of Guibert of Nogent and Rodolphus Glaber, Alexis Berkey and Elizabeth Swedo Dr.

PDF

Advancing Monitoring Infrastructure for Oregon’s Native Freshwater Turtles with Citizen Science Platforms, Svetlana Goloviznina, Gareth R. Hopkins, Trent Farley, Kelby Evans, John Kirk III, Christian Morris, and Lucas Cordova

File

A Mathematical Approach to Inventory Management at Client-choice Food Pantries, Josh Salsbury

File

Amicable Numbers, Saud Dhaafi and Ben Cote

File

An Inspection of the Fibonacci Sequence and the Resulting Spirals, CHRISTA FENTON and Ben Cote'

File

Anxiety: How Childhood Trauma Leads to Anxiety, Mystie Johnson and Brooke Dolenc Nott

PDF

Art & Design Portfolio Presentations, Jonah Henderson, Kasey Larson, Marita Nash, Erin Ross, Carla Oberst, Genevieve Hardin, and Sarah Westlund

PDF

Artist Presentation: Sarah Rachel Westlund, Sarah Westlund and Jodie Garrison

File

Big Brother Big Sister Mentoring Program, Kali Higgins, Lecy Warren, and Brooke Dolenc Nott

File

Billable, Amber Courtright, Karsten Collins, and Mercedes Ponce

File

Building an Inclusive and Diverse Classroom Community Through Children’s Literature: My Capstone Project, Jacqueline Brown and Ya-Fang Cheng

PDF

Carla Oberst Art & Design Senior Portfolio Presentation, Carla Oberst

File

Circle Packings, Rosario Vargas and Ben Cote

File

Coloring Graphs from Knots, Brandon Amerine

PDF

Communist Involvement in the French Resistance, Nicholas Werner and Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop

PDF

Cut It Out: Conversations with Professional Editors, Lars Soderlund, Payton Wagner, April Massoni, Atalin Venegas, Natalie Dean, and Sarah Austin

File

Development of an Exit Survey to Identify the Efficacy of Public Assistance in Polk County, Amanda Sanchez, Daniel Vityukov, Jessica Crocker, Melanie Gardner, Nick Castillo, Noah Chaparro, Paige Merritt, and Susan Parker

PDF

Empowering Black & African American Students Using a Mentorship Program, Justin Davis and Marnasha T. Fowlkes-Cetz

File

Fractal Ferns, Cassondra Neff

PDF

Freshwater Turtles in the Willamette Valley: An Investigation on Basking Behavior and Abiotic Factors Contributing to Turtle Presence, Summer Broome, Jennifer Ringo, and Emi Ricci

File

Frieze Patterns, Lilith Weeks and Benjamin Coté

File

Frobenius Number, Christopher Olson and Ben Cote

File

General Artistic Overview of IFS, Chaos Game, and Fractal Flames, Daniel Patterson and Benjamin Coté

PDF

Heathens to Christians: Exploring Norse Interactions with Anglo-Saxons and Notions of Medieval Identity, Antonia Scholerman

File

Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in Pediatric Primary Care Settings, Cheyanne Bumgardner and Brooke Dolenc Nott

PDF

Improving Accessibility of Food Resources in Polk County, Kailee King, Patrick Stone, Katherine Helyer, Sophia Tolento, Courtney Roth, Daniella Back, and Mario Rodriguez

PDF

Improving Polk County Service Integration Team's Resource Sharing, Shelby Kidd, Annalise Byrne, Jessica Chittim, Sarah Fakhoury, Jamie Chenea, and Rachel Woolley

PDF

Increasing Inpatient Autonomy Through Self-Administration of Medications (SAM), Casi Healy, Kevin Wyler, Kelsey Dangaran, Amy Goodwin, Joseph Einri, and Marissa Aguilera

PDF

Middle Eastern Oil: A look at how the United States used Iran to gain oil exploits during the Cold War 1953-1979, Michael Storagee

File

Modoku, Jaquelyn Butson

PDF

Moving Community Through Dance, Jesse Johnson, Garett Gangelhoff, Ashleigh Bolling, Chelse Gray, Gabi Hamlin, Anna Rose Deardorff, and Cynthia Garner

PDF

Nazi Propaganda & The Beer Hall Putsch: An Examination of the Shift of Nazi Tactics for Political Propaganda from 1920-1933, Martin Hainz and Patricia Goldsworthy

File

Network Configuration Manager, Alex Decknadel, Xue Bai, Tim Ferrell, and Ted Beers

PDF

Preserving Unity: the Threats of Catholicism and National Liberal Support of the Kulturkampf, Lillian Collver

File

Project-Based Learning, Haley Willmott

PDF

Protective Labor Legislation: How Oregon Attached Motherhood to Working Women, Chloe Miller

PDF

PS447 Environmental Politics & Policy Zoom Presentations - Session #1, Mary Pettenger, Alexander King, Tiffany Sullivan, Pippa Justice, Yazmin Hernandez Alvarez, Arlette Tapia Lopez, Clair Byrer, Emily Creasy, Jeronimo Flores Palafox, Erin Anderson, and John Wells

PDF

PS447 Environmental Politics & Policy Zoom Presentations - Session #2, Mary Pettenger, Stefania Barragan, Natalie Sanchez-Cortez, Matt Worthy, Alex Ped, Liam Birr, Sophia Klahn, Maritza Gabriel-Ruiz, Sandra Heaton, Ana Becerra, Julie Prado, Esteban Ramirez Barraza, Yousef Alsomali, Leo Palacio, Ben Cole, and Lilly Christopher

PDF

Rebranding Religion: Religious Manipulation in 15th Century Castile, John Franzwa and Elizabeth Swedo Dr.

File

Roomies, Magaly Diaz Blas, Aurora Santos, and Joshua Weber

PDF

SOS: Send My Location, C. LeNarz, Charles T. Johnston, and Courtney L. Kaplan

PDF

Sources of Community for Older Adults: Findings from the COVID-19 Coping Study, Lynelle Bergman, Kennedy Concepción, and Melissa Cannon

PDF

Terror in Soviet Industry: Tensions between Managers, Workers, and the Secret Police, 1930s, Brandon Parsons

PDF

Testing Tutor: Integrating an Inquiry-Based Learning Approach into Testing Pedagogy, Manuel Larios, Jason Weber, Sam Torris, Nathan Camuso, Jeffrey Carver, Gursimran Walia, and Lucas Cordova

PDF

The composition of aerial insect communities varies across habitats in an endangered oak ecosystem, shayla solomon, Ava Howard, Jeff Snyder, and Gareth Hopkins

File

The correlation between statistics and winning an NBA Championship, Joseph Badege and Ben Cote'

File

The Greatest Game Ever Played, Katherine Wallace and Ben Cote

File

The Hairy Ball Theorem and Other Hairy Situations, Corvette Berthold and Corvette Berthold

File

The Mutual Importance of Intergenerational Relationships: Ties Between Grandfathers & Young Adult Grandchildren, a Dyadic Study., Alysha Bramhall-Bellah

PDF

The Treaty of Versailles and the Rise of Nazism in Germany, 1918-1933, Michaela Yonkman and David Doellinger

PDF

Track and Field’s Influence on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in the 1930s, Including the 1936 Olympic Games., Neal R. Cranston and Kimberly Jensen Dr.

PDF

Trichome Density and Distribution in Quercus garryana (Oregon White Oak), Nichole Hernandez and Ava Howard

File

Unpacking our impact: teacher educators’ J.E.D.I. journey, Jaclyn Caires-Hurley, Ya-Fang Cheng, Jessica Dougherty, Andrea Emerson, and Cindy Ryan

File

Visualizing Complex Functions, Edwin Ordex Casas and Ben Cote

PDF

WOU Community Health + Polk County COVID-19 Project: Campus-Community Partnership to Prevent Disease and Promote Community Well-Being During a Global Pandemic, Megan M. Patton-Lopez Ph.D., RDN; Emily Vala-Haynes Ph.D., MPH; Jenny Leon-Perez BS; Maddie Dirren BS; Fabiana Palma-Vasquez; Sarah Meyer; Sonia Castaneda-Feliz; and Queenie Agbayani

PDF

WOU Community Health + Polk County COVID-19 Project: Contact Tracing Efforts, Queenie Love Agbayani, Sarah Meyer, Maddie Dirren, Jenny Leon-Perez, Emily Vala-Haynes, and Megan Patton-Lopez

PDF

WOU Community Health + Polk County Family Thrive Kits: Social Marketing Campaign To Prevent COVID-19 Among Latinx Families, Fabiana Palma Vasquez, Sonia Castañeda Felix, Karissa McClanahan, Jenny Leon, Maddie Dirren, Emily Vala-Haynes, and Megan Patton-Lopez

Submissions from 2020

File

2020 Academic Excellence Showcase Welcome Video, Rob Winningham and Rex Fuller

File

Addressing the Academic Achievement Gap, Rachel Bayly

File

Art & Design Senior Portfolio Presentation: Emma Young, Emma Young

File

Art & Design Senior Portfolio Presentation - Leila Holt, Leila Holt

File

Art & Design Senior Portfolio Presentation: Sophia Selleck, Sophia Selleck

File

Artist Presentation: Nelina Vargas, Nelina Vargas

File

Artist Presentation: Sculpture and Ceramics, Kyle Doty

PDF

Assessing Tsunami Hazards and Developing Strategies to Minimize Risk, Taylor Hojnowski

File

Astronomical Learning, Joshua Jacob Mauricio, Robert Lochbaum, and Matthew Hibner

File

Beyond the Tutor: Web Application Developed by Team Khronos, Victoria Rhine, Brandon Linton, and Maksim Stoyanov

PDF

Building Positive Peace, Steven Richmond

File

Cannabis at "Card Again Stationery", Alexandra Quesada, Andres Avila, Ben Ruggles, Christopher Linares-Espinoza, Citlalli Castaneda, Emily Balck, Katarinna Hendricks, Kourtney Sandidge, Lea Sheldone, Rio Cunningham, Sarah Pitz, and Tawnie McAlister

File

Career Development: Activities that Enhance the Skills of High School Students to Young Professionals, Madalyn Grieb

File

D&D Tool Kit Website, Randy Caamal, Ian Oberst, and Zaid Alsuwayyigh

File

Dehumanization, Emily Rabe

PDF

Developing Sophisticated Reasoning Through Experiential Cognitive Dissonance, Leslie McLane

File

Digital Hijinks Capstone - Project Roadtrip, Michael Caldwell, Bradly Christensen, Noah Castle, and Lijian Nian

PDF

Education Strategies that Promote Community Awareness about Geologic Hazards, Salvador Garcia Lopez

File

EDUWheels, Natalie Legras, Daniel Carter, and Kyler Dreyer

PDF

Emerging Conflicts for Latina College Students and their Parents, Sandy Cerda-Lezama

File

Engaging in Growth Mindset through Photovoice, Sandy Cerda-Lezama

File

Feminism Within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a Proposal for Thesis Research, Ally Chancellor

File

FODfinder Website Demonstration, Cassidy Bullock, Gabriel Brehm, Jensen Alquist, and Tanner Hill

File

Glorious Enhancements, April DeSantis, Yixuan Shi, and Jolaade Nwanze

File

Hiding in Plain Sight: Stigmatization of Emotional Stress Among Law Enforcement Officers at the Department of Public Safety and Training in Salem, Oregon, Sarah Meyr

PDF

Improving Health and Wellness of Healthcare Staff, Paige McBride and Maria McCarthy

File

Katherine Schubert Graphic Design Portfolio Presentation, Katherine Schubert

PDF

Keeping Unsheltered Families Together in Polk County, Tracy Sanchez Romero Rios and Kimberly Castro

PDF

Let's Talk About It: A Proposal STI Prevention Program Designed for Jefferson County, Oregon, Janeene Perry, Alexandra Salter, Maddie Dirren, and Kayley Kildea

File

Lily Odegaard AES Graphic Design Portfolio Presentation 2020, Lily Odegaard

File

Navegando con las expectativas familiares y las responsabilidades universitarias: conflictos emergentes para las estudiantes latinas y sus padres, Sandra Cerda-Lezama

PDF

Number Talks Effects on Working Memory, Corvette Berthold

File

OK Bracket Manager, Ethan Black, Jacob Malmstadt, Ashlyn Santiago, and Zak Keipp

File

Olivia Martin Art & Design Senior Portfolio Presentation, Olivia Martin

File

Parker Riser Art and Design Senior Portfolio Presentation, Parker Riser

File

Peace, Action and Conflict within the Baha’i faith, Cameron Ryals

File

Peak Performance, Shay Green, Megan Traeger, Joe Collinsworth, and Sodara Y

PDF

Perspective Taking, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior, Emily Rabe

File

Petopia: Bettering Lives for People and Their Pets, Tricia Holman, Joseph Tavares, and Corrin Moser

PDF

Portfolios: Helpful or Hyped?, Anna Burkey and Alyssa Jacobs