Concordia Student Scholars Expo

The first annual Concordia Student Scholars Expo will be held at Concordia University Ann Arbor on Wednesday, May 15, 10:30 a.m.—3 p.m.

The Concordia Student Scholars Expo (CSSE) is an opportunity for Concordia University students to present culminating academic work to a wide audience in an authentic and diverse setting. Over 60 students will be presenting from three of CUAA’s academic schools with involvement of more than a dozen faculty members.

A sample of the wide range of research topics include: “Eye-Gaze Interactive Technology for Users with Disabilities,” “Infection Control Relating to Contact Precautions in a Labor and Delivery Setting,” “The Effects of Video Game Play on Stress,” “Comparing and Contrasting Salivary Cortisol Levels in Undergraduate Students,” “An Assessment of 7th Grade Students’ Knowledge of Geometric Figures,” and “What Good Are Images in Church? A Catechetical View as Modeled by Luther.”

The event, free and open to the public, will include a poster session, refreshments, and numerous student led presentations on campus.

“The expo is an opportunity for students to showcase the vibrant academic work that occurs on our campus to a diverse audience. Students will also be able to demonstrate how their programs of study have prepared them for a career of service,” said CUAA’s Assistant Professor of Biology Lance Shultz, who has been spearheading the first annual CSSE.

The day’s presentation schedule includes students from various areas of academic study: computer science, nursing, psychology, biology, chemistry, education, theology. A complete schedule of topics and presenters is included below.

Attendees are welcome to campus for portions of the event or for its entirety. Concordia University Ann Arbor is located at 4090 Geddes Road, Ann Arbor. Click here for a campus map. For questions regarding CSSE, contact Lance Shultz at

Concordia Student Scholars Expo Schedule (May 15)

10:30 a.m.—11:00 a.m. Chapel | Chapel of the Holy Trinity

11 a.m.—1 p.m. Poster Presentations | Black Box Theater (Kreft Center for the Arts)

Computer Science

Effects of Cyber Attacks on User Interactions (J. Blanch)

Adaptive User Interfaces (K. Mbaye)

Eye-Gaze Interactive Technology for Users with Disabilities (S. Miller)

Application Programming Interfaces in Interaction Design (M. Osugi)

Virtual Reality in Users’ Lives (R. Thompson)

Effects of Mobile Devices on Users (T. Williams)


Improving the Compliance of Hand Washing in an Emergency Department Setting (H. Norris, K. Nasser, and T. Felska)

Pain Management with Massage Therapy in an Inpatient Setting (S. Bijimine, C. Deyarmond, M. Franklin, A. LeBlanc, L. Powell)

Infection Control Relating to Contact Precautions in a Labor and Delivery Setting (A. Hatter, B. Morlock, J. Walls, C. Woods)

Infection Control Relating to Contact Precautions in a Pediatric Inpatient Setting (S. Anderson, S. Belanger, G. Drew, K. Ford, C. Freshour, J. Schieltz)

Increasing Self-advocacy of Patients in a Community Setting (S. Husted, P. Lesser)

Pain Management Improvement in an Acute Care Patient Setting (P. Bobosky, M. Nasser)


The Influence of Concordia-funded Scholarships on Student’s Decision to Enroll to Concordia University Ann Arbor (E. Collins)

The Effect of Optimism Coaching on College Baseball Players’ Performance (J. McKane)

Big Five Personality Traits and Perceived Phone Use (M. Padgett)

The Effects of Video Game Play on Stress (P. Zysk)


The Effect of Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement on Hair Strand Tensile Strength (C. Masell)

Xylochemistry: Extracting Organic Molecules from Trees (N. Munson)

Comparison of Sleep in Student Athletes and Non-Athletes (K. Owsley)

Comparing and Contrasting Salivary Cortisol Levels in Undergraduate Students (N. Palushaj)

Integration of a Mind Mapping Study Technique to Increase Student Recall and Engagement in Undergraduate Nursing Courses at Concordia University Ann Arbor (B. Short)

11 a.m.—3 p.m. Education Presentations | Krieger 101

Why We Study History (K. Rubin)

Using Handball to Create Life Skills (A. Rosin)

Social Studies Improvement from Ancient Egypt to the Revolution (J. Ennis)

Bless the Gains Down in Africa (J. Hecht)

The Impact of the Song For Forever on Middle School Choir (N. Louisignau)

An Assessment of 7th Grade Students’ Knowledge of Geometric Figures (K. Borowiak)

Kindergarteners as Community Helpers (P. Pomroy)

11 a.m.—1 p.m. Communications 327: Story Telling and Oral Histories | Krieger 108

G. Adams, J. Cooper, J. Mitchell, M. Richardson, A. Streeter, R. Thiel, N. Waske, Y. Zhao

1 p.m.—3 p.m. Theology Presentations | Krieger 108

The Lord and the Giver of Life: How a Proper Account of the Work of the Holy Spirit Impacts an Understanding of Spiritual Gifts (B. Bettcher)

God’s Kingdom and America: The Application of Luther’s Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms in America Today (C. Forbes)

The Mission of God and the Islamic Dawah: Helping Christians Navigate the Differences (J. Haugen)

What Good Are Images in Church? A Catechetical View as Modeled by Luther (S. McNeil)

Called and Calling: Responding to God in Prayer (R. Schlosser)

To the Ends of the Earth: A Study of Paul’s Missionary Preaching in Acts (J. Werner)

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