Kennesaw State University

2014 Symposium of Student Scholars - A Lasting Impact

One hundred and sixty-four students presented oral and poster projects at the 19th annual Symposium of Student Scholars & Undergraduate Research Reception and set a new bar of academic excellence. Some students presented multiple projects this year, a growing trend, while others have returned with new research work to showcase.

This year’s symposium attracted projects from Bagwell College of Education, Coles College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science and Mathematics, College of the Arts and WellStar College of Health and Human Services.

Student projects earning distinction at this year’s symposium:

Mariah Heilpern's project, “The Mughal Marvel that is the Taj Mahal: Symbolic and Nostalgic Use of Past Tomb Architecture,” won a CETL Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Funding Award to present a paper at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga.

Poster Winner:

The Relationship Between Blood Pressure, Cardiovascular Endurance, and Executive Function in Older Adults
Ashlyn Schwartz, Courtenay Hicks, Sara Morris, Jon Garrett, and Elizabeth Thomas
Faculty Mentors: Tiffany Esmat and David Mitchell
Wellstar College of Health and Human Services
Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management

Poster Runner-Up:

Improving Existing Tumor Growth Models
Victoria Awokunle
Faculty Mentor: Philippe Laval
College of Science and Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Oral Presentation Winner:

Atlanta Parks - Online Mapping and Site Suitability Analysis
Matthew Williams
Faculty Mentor: Nancy Hoalst-Pullen
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Geography & Anthropology

Oral Presentation Runner-Up:

Casting Lines and Casting Spells: Southern Mysticism in Lake Horton
Brittany Higginbotham
Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth Giddens
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of English

Photos from the event are now available:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ksucetl/sets/72157644219419594/

Read the full story at:
http://web.kennesaw.edu/news/stories/scholars-shine-research-symposium