Students Showcase Projects in 3rd Annual Research Symposium at Concordia University, Nebraska

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39 students presented their research, literature reviews and projects

Concordia University, Nebraska research symposium

Thirty-nine Concordia University, Nebraska students, including Ethan Hutton, presented research projects at Concordia's 3rd annual Research Symposium.

It is truly an event that celebrates the talent of Concordia University, Nebraska students.

Concordia University, Nebraska held its third annual Research Symposium on Tuesday, April 16. The symposium gave students the opportunity to present personal research and advanced projects.

39 students presented their research, literature reviews and projects. Projects were divided into four presentation categories. The empirical research category included the presentation of data collected by an individual or team through observation or sensory experience, of empirical or non-empirical research, literature reviews and advanced projects. The non-empirical research category included projects in which the student developed a thesis and defended it using source texts or peer-reviewed research.

Literature reviews were presented by students who had written academic papers based on the review of peer research articles on a specific field-related study. The Advanced Project category allowed presenters to showcase service learning projects, course culminations and highlight their work in interdisciplinary studies.

“Everyone who attended this year, from fellow students to faculty and staff, and even individuals who participated in studies, was impressed with the quality of work presented,” said Dr. Nancy Elwell, associate professor of psychology and coordinator of the symposium. “It is truly an event that celebrates the talent of Concordia University, Nebraska students.”

The symposium was organized by a committee of 11 students and six faculty members.

Presenters included:
Clinton Anderson, Junior, Stromsburg, Neb., Mobbing Behavior in Response to Eastern Screech Owl
Amanda Baldwin, Senior, Wilber, Neb., Evaluation of Law Enforcement Ammunition: A Comparison of Commercially Available Duty Ammunition
Ryan Baney, Junior, Sioux Falls, S.D., An Analysis of Population & School Distribution in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Crystal Bauer, Senior, Seward, Neb., Memory and Conceptual Film
Tate Bedwell, Senior, Colorado Springs, Colo., A Spatial Analysis of Violent Crime Rates in the United States
Wendy Boller, Senior, Dorchester, Neb., Macro-habitat Preferences of American Kestrels
Joshua Duncan, Senior, Hickman, Neb., The Art of Meme: The Avant-garde in the Age of the Internet
Adam Faulstich, Senior, Marshall, Mo., Football Fanatics: NCAA Division I Viewership in America
Ryan Fiero, Senior, Austin, Texas, Relationship of Social Networking and Life Satisfaction
Paul Fortmeyer, Senior, Saint Joseph, Mo., Where Banks Are: An Analysis of the locations of banks in Douglas County, Nebraska
Tim Fosmo, Senior, Douglas, Wyo., Diet of Barn Owls in Ulysses, Nebraska
Michaela Gierke, Sophomore, Billerica, Mass., A Spatial Analysis of the Enrolled Students at Innovation Academy Charter School
Garrett Golke, Junior, Gowen, Mich., National Lutheran Outdoors Ministry Association Camp Counselors, 2009-2012
Joshua Grass, Senior, Emma, Mo., Economic Impact of Sport Fishing in America
Ethan Hutton, Senior, Norton Shores, Mich., Population Survey of Barred Owls in Seward County, Nebraska
Kelly Jacob, Senior, Winnebago, Neb., A Cross-Generational Study of the Role of Prayer in the Lives of LCMS Females
Lee Johanson, Senior, Davenport, Iowa, A Spatial Analysis of Iowa Record Book Bucks
Sydnee Kiesel, Senior, Wilber, Neb., The Diet of Barn Owls in Western Nebraska by Pellet Analysis from 1984-1987
Joseph Koenig, Junior, Orlando, Fla., Hurricane Landfalls in the U.S.: 1962-2012
Delilah Kond, Senior, Seward, Neb., Cut Down One Tree, Plant Two
Ruth Krc, Junior, Frederick, Md., Defining the Regions of the National Park System
Andrew Malan, Junior, Lincoln, Neb., A Spatial Analysis of Crime Data in Lincoln, Nebraska
Brian Maxson, Sophomore, Colorado Springs, Colo., Migration Nation: The Decline of the U.S. Rural Population
Sharie Moen, Senior, Florissant, Mo., Evaluation of Law Enforcement Ammunition: A Comparison of Commercially Available Duty Ammunition
Austin Mogg, Senior, El Reno, Okla., Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plains
Daniel Moore, Sophomore, Fruita, Colo., Spatial Analysis of Wildfires in Colorado
Tyler Ohlman, Senior, Seward, Neb., Effects of micro-habitat on nest site selection of American Kestrels
Megan Osladil, Junior, Howards Grove, Wis., Diet of Barn Owls in Ulysses, Nebraska
Tai Pleasant, Junior, Seward, Neb., Cornhusker Red: Political Party Affiliations in Nebraska, 2010
Bryson Pond, Junior, Arkansas City, Kan., Virginia: The Alpha and Omega State for the Civil War
Brandon Rehm, Junior, Perham, Minn., R. MacDonald: What the Court Didn’t Find
Jordan Schultz, Senior, Beemer, Neb., High School Alumni Retention within Cuming County, Nebraska School Districts
Levi Shinn, Senior, Hannibal, Mo., How the Great Flood of 1993 Affected Duck Hunting at Ted Shanks Conservation Area
Colin Spilker, Junior, Beatrice, Neb., An Eye into Law Enforcement
Erienne TeSelle, Senior, York, Neb., Evaluation of Law Enforcement Ammunition: A Comparison of Commercially Available Duty Ammunition
Von Thomas, Junior, Miami Gardens, Fla., Spatial Analysis of Artificial Reefs along the Coast of Florida
Zackary Warner, Senior, Lincoln, Neb., Spatial Analysis of Hometowns of 2012 GPAC Football Team Rosters
Joseph Weilnau, Senior, Monroe, Mich., Using GIS to Calculate Percent Land Use of American Kestrel Nest Boxes; Percent Land Use as a Macro-habitat and Micro-habitat Variable in American Kestrel Nest Box Selection
Heidi Wilkinson, Senior, Bloomington, Ind., Photometry and Observations of Solar System Objects

Members of the Symposium Committee included:
Kelsie Elder, Senior, Denver, Colo.
Emily Fleming, Senior, Gretna, Neb.
Mallory Hicks, Senior, Aurora, Colo.
Nicole Hill, Senior, Gladstone, Mo.
Maddy Kronau, Junior, Delmar, N.Y.
Jessica Olson, Senior, Carlisle, Iowa
Elise Ortmeier, Senior, Beemer, Neb.
Brandon Rehm, Junior, Perham, Minn
Lindsey Spaits, Junior, Bloomington, Ill.
Jessica Williams, Senior, Saint Louis, Mo.
Kelsie Zellar, Senior, Mankato, Minn.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska that currently serves over 2,100 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit

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