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Showcasing student-conducted research 


​Expand the menus below to view the video presentations and PowerPoints that were virtually submitted. Students can submit their presentations​ to be added to the site by clicking the button below and uploading them to the Google Drive​. 


Oral Presentation Videos

London Scholars Study Abroad
Sarah Miles
Sponsor: Eileen Rucki
Interested in studying abroad but don’t want to go for a whole semester? Come learn about the 3-week London Scholars Program. Learn about what kind of projects you can do, life in the UK, and cultural experiences & adventures you could have in the UK.


Future Educators Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce Today
Keianna Sturgill, Lydia Sparks, Hailey Priest, Chioke Bradley, Zarina Dillon
Sponsor: Susan Brooks
Imagine teaching high schoolers how to do a job at 7:45 am, or at any time for that matter. Sounds awful, right? Actually, job coaching became an inspirational opportunity for us and our students. Learn how we grew from this experience and see how disabilities are not limitations.


The University of Findlay Theatre Department Strategic Social Media Plan and Analysis
India Miller
Sponsor: Diana Montague
Theatre often gives voice to stories which may not otherwise be heard. Public relations professionals ensure those stories reach as many audience members as possible. This capstone presentation explores how to utilize the University of Findlay Theatre Department’s social media platforms to more thoroughly engage followers.


Understanding the Implications of International Students’ Cultural Dimensions on Acculturative Stress
Maha Azzazi
Sponsor: Jennifer Fennema-Bloom
The purpose of this quantitative study is to investigate the relationship between acculturative stress levels in international students’ populations and their cultural dimensions according to their country of origin. Forty-seven international students from twenty-three countries attending U.S universities shared their experiences through taking a survey that measured their acculturative stress levels.


Impact of Patient Counselling on Quality of Life in Stroke Patients at a Tertiary Care Hospital in South India
Swathi Uppalapati, Satheesh S. Gottipati, Manideepika Raavi, Priyanka Srungarapati, Anugna K
Sponsor: Chandra Sekar
Our study found significant improvement in quality of life parameters in intervention group to that of control group mainly in the frequency of visits, medication adherence, knowledge regarding disease, knowledge regarding medications, re-occurrence of stroke and adherence to regular monitoring of blood pressure and blood glucose levels at home.


Intervention of a Clinical Pharmacist in Identifying the Antihypertensive Efficacy and Incidence of Tachycardia in Hypertensive Patients Using Calcium Channel Blockers in A Tertiary Care Hospital in India.
Sai Aravind Dangeti, Satheesh S Gottipati, Deepthi P, Bala Bhavani S, Naga Sri Haritha P
Sponsor: Chandra Sekar
This study has demonstrated that while amlodipine has better anti-hypertensive efficacy compared to Cilnidipine, increased cases of reflex tachycardia was noticed in patients who used Amlodipine than in patients who used Cilnidipine.

The Sports Coach: Artist or Scientist?
Andrew Smyth
Sponsor: Marie Louden-Hanes, Nathan Tice
Leonardo da Vinci was the original Renaissance Man. This presentation evaluates whether sports coaches are the modern-day equivalents, as they draw from the arts and sciences to improve their athletes and teams, in order to give them the best chance of success.

A Museum’s Harmony: Art and Science of Exhibit Staging
Dominique Ysquierdo
Sponsor: Marie Louden-Hanes, Nathan Tice
A museum can be the perfect place to see both art and science working in harmony with one another. This presentation takes a dive into the work of exhibit staging, which is the process of developing an exhibition—from an idea to a physical, three-dimensional installation.

The Interface of Art and Science as it Pertains to Agriculture
Khalil Jallaq
Sponsor: Nathan Tice, Marie Louden-Hanes
In recent years the agriculture industry has become more and more influenced by science and seems to have lost its artistic aspect. This presentation aims to prove that although influenced by both, agriculture isn’t solely an art or science, but instead a combination of the two.

Spectroscopic Analysis of Renaissance Paintings
Olivia Organiscak
Sponsor: Nathan Tice, Marie Louden-Hanes
Spectroscopic analysis is utilized frequently to provide insight into the history of fifteenth and sixteenth century artworks, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and how they may have evolved through time. This presentation will focus upon how these spectroscopic analyses are utilized when determining the construction and authenticity of Renaissance artworks.

The Art of Self-Acceptance
Lauren Keyser
Sponsor: Nathan Tice, Marie Louden-Hanes
It is widely known that Leonardo da Vinci accepted his differences, and thus his work thrived. After a dramatic lifestyle change, Leonardo learned to use his differences to his advantage, and successfully became one of the most well-known creative minds history has ever seen. This presentation explores the psychology of Leonardo da Vinci.

Creativity and Mental Illness: Is there a Connection?
Simone Green
Sponsor: Marie Louden-Hanes, Nathan Tice
The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the potential connection between creativity and mental illness. Art therapy has become a common, non-medicated form of treatment for mental disorders. Are famous paintings such as the Mona Lisa, created by Leonardo da Vinci, actually a creation of self-taught art therapy?

The Process of Art Conservation and the Controversy Surrounding It
Avery Shorlo
Sponsor: Marie Louden-Hanes, Nathan Tice
Art Conservation is necessary to preserve art and restore it to a semblance of its original look. However, the restoration process can often lead to the loss of its originality. This presentation explores how artwork is restored and why certain museums refuse authentication of their famous pieces.

The Fake Dome of Rome: Perspective and Top-Down Processing in Art
Madison Tesi
Sponsor: Marie Louden-Hanes, Nathan Tice
For centuries, perspective has been used to add interest and depth to two-dimensional works. An example is St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church in Rome, whose flat ceiling was painted to appear to be a grand dome. This presentation will focus upon how the application of this technique was accompanied by the utilization of top-down processing.

The Role of Art in Politics: Propaganda Hidden Among the Canvas
Alexandria Webb
Sponsor: Marie Louden-Hanes, Nathan Tice
Propaganda plays a huge part in political influence over a population. Art in propaganda has been used for thousands of years to convey this influence. This presentation will focus upon how art transfers these messages within propaganda and how that it is key to understanding politics.

Shifting Perspective: A Discussion on Directing
Abigail Starcher
Sponsor: Meriah Sage
A discussion about the director’s process and how directing can be a pivotal experience for an actor. This presentation discusses a directed scene from I and You by Lauren Gunderson and how the process enlightened me as a young theatre student here at The University of Findlay.

Computer Vision and Image Recognition Program to Mass Edit Images for E-commerce Website
Justin Walton, Austin Marczak, Javian Martin
Sponsor: Jordan Ringenberg
A local lacrosse apparel business wants a way for customers to visualize lacrosse pockets based on thousands of possible customizable combinations. Utilizing an open source Computer Vision library, we have created a model of a lacrosse pocket with each thread being recolored based on intended color schemes from our client. We have processed over 96,000 images and stored them on an API server to be requested by the E-commerce website when users go through the lacrosse pocket color picker.

Electronic Medical Record Software Design for Occupational Therapists
Salwa Al-Hajabed, Adam Li, Garrett Brown, Daniel George
Sponsor: Jordan Ringenberg
Due to the high cost of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software, University of Findlay occupational therapy students were performing their patient evaluations on paper. The purpose of our project was to design a website that would be comparable to what students would use when performing evaluations throughout their career.

Inventory Tracking Software for the Findlay Media Network (FMN)
Ryan Hellman, Nick Finley, Cameron Strahley
Sponsor: Jordan Ringenberg
In need of an updated system, software was developed for the Findlay Media Network (FMN) to better complement their existing inventory check-in and check-out workflow. The software we developed as part of CSCI 480 Software Engineering makes adding, editing, and removing equipment records seamless for administrators while giving them easy access to manage how equipment is lent to students.

College Sports Finder Website
Kyle Minard, Dillon Lawrence, Jared Dixon, Tucker Stocker
Sponsor: Jordan Ringenberg
College Sports Finder was conceptualized and designed with the goal of centralizing a repository of sport events in Northwest Ohio. Categories that can be filtered by include Sport, Date, and Distance from User or Address. After extensive research into algorithms and APIs, a cohesive and user-friendly site was created to host the data. The website was designed to be a simple map and calendar with filtered sports to be displayed.

Oral Presentation PowerPoints

Effects of Zinc Chloride Supplementation During Ovarian Cortex Vitrification Prior to In Vitro Fertilization on Embryo Development in Pigs
Emma Hicks
Sponsor: Brian Whitaker
Ovarian tissue has an increased risk of damage during vitrification due to different water permeability levels and cell types. Zinc chloride supplementation in the equilibrium and vitrification solutions improves follicular integrity and antral follicle development post-thawing. Zinc chloride supplementation increases fertilization success but does not adversely affect early embryonic development.
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The Ethics of Food Insecurity on College Campuses
Emily Teague
Sponsor: Shawn Graves
This paper presents an argument for the moral obligation that colleges and universities have to address the related needs of their students who are experiencing food insecurity. I will make this argument by applying relevant justice-oriented moral theories and then considering possible objections and practical implications.
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Of Dice and Cards: An In-depth Look at the Development of a Board Game
Cole Smith, Kyra Znaczko, Jack Conrad
Sponsor: Aaron Blodgett, Steven Wild
Traditional games such as card games and board games have provided a great pass-time and have been around for multiple millennia. For this project we explore the different faucets of game design and utilize popular game motifs to create an original game.
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Reduction of the Plastic Waste Generated in The Refinery Dining Area
Julia Harris, Sadia Aurna, Jalin Marston, Adam Naayers
Sponsor: Yanting Guo
Waste reduction is a very important part of a persevered, clean environment; also keeps The University of Findlay clean and is a cost saving tactic. This study looks at The Refinery in the College of Business building to determine better alternatives to reduce plastic usage in the dining areas.
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A Once in a Lifetime Experience: Studying Abroad In Japan
Kaytlyn Creed, Sofia Belladonna, Amber Voegele
Sponsor: Eileen Rucki
In May 2019, selected students participated in a study abroad opportunity in Hokkaido, Japan through Rakuno Gakuen University Veterinary School. These students will share the process leading up to their journey, including learning the culture and language. They will also share their incredible 3-week experience within Japan itself, including seeing a new perspective to veterinary medicine.
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Standards Based Grading
Emma McMaster, Lindsey Klausing, Nick Reibly
Sponsor: Julie McIntosh
We are giving an in-depth look at standards-based grading, explaining what it is and what it looks like in K-12 schools. We will share the results of interviews with people who have experienced this method firsthand and will be providing the perspectives of those who have used the SBG method.
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