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 2018

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Alpha Ramble, Daniel Tapia

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Analyzing Leaders in the Technology Industry, Nicholas Marlas, Sophia Dykast, Emmitt Potter, and Leialoha Kekahuna

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Angela Davis: A Voice to Remember, BreAnna Rae

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Antibiotic Resistance and Modern Agricultural Practices, Savannah Kumar

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Bigger and Better in Texas, Jessica Freeman and Caitlyn Nakatsukasa

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Charles Dickens’ Corruption and Idealization Personified in Oliver Twist, Ellie Phillips

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Classifying Regular Polytopes in Dimension 4 and Beyond, Brittany Johnson

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Comparison in Decomposition Rates in Freshwater and Surface Environments, Amber Knight, Bailey Goodwin, and Elizabeth Diaz-Enriquez

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Connecting Students to Transformative Experiences, Karina Lopez

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Critiquing Feminism: A Trans Man Perspective, Aiden DeRoest

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Developing a Policy and Procedure Binder for the Polk County Resource Centers, Janine Egan

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Developing Self-Report Measures of Creative Process Behaviors, Avery Smith, Caitlin Hochderffer, and David Foster

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Effects of Off-Hand Constraint on Potential Free-Throw Accuracy, Colton Nelson, Nick Oelrich, and Alfred Johnson

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Effects of Retreating Glaciers on Seasonal Water Availability, Makani Stormont

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Elizabethan Theatre and Clowns, Phoebe Thompson

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Facilitators and Barriers to Older Adults Engaging in Physical Activities, Elisa Moore

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Fantastic Topological Surfaces and How to Classify Them, Khorben Boyer

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How Water Affects the Rate of Soft Tissue Decomposition, Nathaniel Medeiros, Haliegh Nagle, and Trey Morgan

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Ice and Fire: An Analysis of Glacier-Volcano Interactions, Aaron Orr

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Improv in Dance Classes, Elizabeth Dunn

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Independence Heritage Museum, Lilly Miranda

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Interpreting in Church, Religious Settings and Beyond, Jennifer Kinnamon

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It Will All Be Over Soon, Byron Kimball

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Jorge Ramos, Stephanie Villalobos

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Let's Bridge the Gap! Cross-Cultural Mentoring, Royce Carpenter

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Luminescence: Lighting the Invisible World of Crime Scenes, Jessica Alexander

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Moodle User Guides, Benjamin Kahn and Amy Spielmaker

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Naloxone: The Surgeon General's Answer to the Opioid Crisis, Jamie Rebman

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Paranoia, Hannah Madland

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Physiological Effects of Disrupted Circadian Cycles in Geranium oreganum, Chelsea Bitner

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Preventing Veteran Suicide in Polk County, Oregon, Theresa Sterkel and Tim Terkildsen

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Putting Together the WOU Professional and Technical Writing Advisory Board, Byron Kimball

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Rates of Decomposition by Sarcophagidae and Dermestidae, Ella Young, Erik Hernandez, and Benjamin Phillips

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Resource Navigation for Western Oregon University Students, Jennifer Beard and Angela McNally

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Rules of War: Chemical Weapons, Baily Tarabochia

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Sandy Peas: Can Pisum sativum Survive in Sandy Soil, Emily Gillett

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Seabeck: Service Learning Trip, Sean Stephen

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S. O. S. Save Our Squirrels, Hailey Bushek

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Teaching Punctuation with Literature, Rachael Sawyer

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The Affects of Root Space Restriction on Helianthus annuus, Mekayla Malarkey

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The Dangers, Risks and Joys of Being Young, Kaitlin Boyer

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The Drone Dilemma, Andrew Kelso

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The Effects of Larval Population Density and Social Interactions on Adult Fecundity in Drosophila melanogaster, Nicholas Wanderscheid, Eva Batenhorst, and Maria Franco Ramos

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The Effect Video Games Have in Therapy to Treat Ailments in Children and Adolescents, Spencer Hart, Danielle LaRocco, and Josh Spear

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The Impact of Artist Fame and Viewer Socioeconomic Status on Art Likeability, Ayers Christina

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"The Neighborhood is Changing" and Other Poems, Maria Cabrales

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The Power of the Stars How Nuclear Fusion Could Power the Future, Ted Jones

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This is What Happens When You Play With Nukes, Danielle Durand, Kaylee DeBolt, and Jacob Martin

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"To the Tomb of an Unknown Friend" A Search for Missing Voices, Melanie Douville

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Trauma to the Skull: How to Differentiate Bullet Type From Bullet Wound, Victoria Coe, Jessica Alexander, and Jalen Mitchell

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Two Voices, One Trip: Queretaro, Kayla Searls and Maidson Overholser

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Venezuela in the News: A Systemic Functional Linguistic Analysis, Sabra Duarte

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Visual Communication Design Portfolio, Zhiying Huang

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Visual Communication Design Portfolio, Peijie Lin

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Visual Communication Design Portfolio, Zhilin Li

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Visual Communication Design Portfolio Presentation, Margaret Harrington

Submissions from 2017

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Alzheimer's, Erikson Karacheban

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Ancient Mayan Eclipse Predictions, Jose Angulo, Makenna Cleaver, and Morgan Roan

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Cultural Beliefs Regarding Solar Eclipses, Nicole Inman

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Eclipse and Eye Safety, Marvel Davis and Jessica Donahue

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Egyptian Predictions of Solar Eclipses, Eva Batenhorst, Joshua Omer, and Matt Strutz

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Everything's Spinning: Planetary Motion's Effect on Lunar Phenomena, Emily Carlston

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How the Indians Discovered Solar Eclipses, Taylor Hojnowski and Alek Showalter

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Jovian Shadow Events, Landon Glynn

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Proceedings of the 2017 Academic Excellence Showcase, Western Oregon University

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Solar Eclipses in Ancient China, Jazmin Chang, Ashley Reardon, and Alec Smith

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Solar Eclipses in Ancient Greece, Zach Coblens, Will Paige, and Ryp Ring

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The Public Policy of the Peace Corps, Maddie Dohrer

Submissions from 2016

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±3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine: Treating PTSD in The Modern World: A Groundbreaking Methodology for Spiritual Wellness and Neuroplasticity, Ashley A. Baxter

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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