Celebration of Scholarship showcases student & faculty work

Celebration of Scholarship showcases student and faculty work

Published: April 16, 2014.

Nearly 300 Lewis University undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty showcased their scholarly and artistic work April 10 during the 3rd Annual Celebration of Scholarship. Celebration of Scholarship entries that were accepted were selected from submitted abstracts through a blind-review process. Expert and lay judges evaluated the poster presentations that reflected the best of undergraduate and graduate scholarship for 2013-2014.

Several awards were given to poster presentations. Dr. Jason Keleher, assistant professor and chair of chemistry at Lewis University, mentored all the undergraduate poster winners. First place honors went to the poster “Probing Surface Interactions of Copper Substrates with Respect to Activation Energy and Electrochemistry Properties” by Meghan Nichol. “The Effectiveness of the Luminol Presumptive Test for Blood Under Arson-Like Conditions,” by Samantha Brain, Nathan Hoffman and Caitlin Higgins earned second place. Third place honors were bestowed upon “Photocatalytic Nanocomposites for Alternative Clean Fuel Production” by Danielle Volk, Andrea Portillo and Kevin Kuchler.

Graduate posters earning honors included first place “Protecting the Company’s Data in this BYOD Era” by Magnolia McShane. She was mentored Joseph Tomsic, instructor of management information systems. “Differences in Deaf Education” by Brian Dunne earned second place honors. Dunne was mentored by Richard Clish, assistant professor of secondary education. Third place honors were earned by the team of Christopher Hueg, Saule Grybauskas and Caitlin Slattery. Dr. Christopher Palmi, assistant professor of secondary education, mentored them in creating the poster “Inclusive Literature and Reading Interest in a Diverse Classroom.”

Before the presentations, Dr. Arnulfo Azcarraga, internationally recognized scholar and professor of computer science at De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines, offered the keynote address "Lasallians Connecting Seas: Scholarship, Ethics, and Collaboration."

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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