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Crystal May Brooke, center, is pictured with Interim Provost Billy Clow, left, and WIU President Jack Thomas.
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Heather E. Johnson, left, is pictured with Centennial Honors College Advisor Krista Skien.
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Christa C. Rose, right, is pictured with Centennial Honors College Advisor Krista Skien.
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English Professor Marjorie Allison (right) received the Honors College's teaching award during Tuesday's event. She is pictured with Centennial Honors College Advisor Krista Skien.
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Thomas E. Helm Undergraduate Research Day Winners Announced

April 18, 2019


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MACOMB, IL – Faculty and students at Western Illinois University were honored during Wednesday's Thomas E. Helm Undergraduate Research Day for their research, teaching and mentoring.

During the event, the 2019 Centennial Honors College Awards of Excellence were presented. English Professor Marjorie Allison received the Honors College's teaching award and English Professor Daniel Malachuk received the mentoring award.

The Centennial Honors College Awards of Excellence were created in 2012 to celebrate excellence in teaching and mentoring in the Honors College. This year's awards recipients were nominated by honors students who had either taken an honors course from the faculty member, or had been mentored by the faculty member while completing an honors project. 
 
Winners of the Undergraduate Research Day include:

Podium Competition Results:


- First place: Crystal May Brooke, a senior music and psychology double major, of Hardin, MO, working with Professor Robert C. Intrieri, psychology – "The Influence of Body Sensations, Sensitivity, & Personality on Social Anxiety Disorder"
 
- Second place: Emily Dunn
, a senior psychology major, of Minooka, with Intrieri – "Past and Present Law Enforcement Practices for Handling Citizens with Severe Mental Illness"
  
- Third place: Kelli Snyder, a senior geology major, of Quincy, IL, working with Professor Leslie Melim, geology – "XRD Analysis of Cave Pearls from Carlsbad Caverns, NM"
 
Performance Competition Results:

- First place: Heather E. Johnson, a senior music therapy major, of Macomb, working with Professor Jennifer Jones, Music Therapy – "Musical Competence and its Effects on the Therapeutic Alliance in Music Therapy"
 
- Second place: Lauren Wood, a senior music education major, from St. Louis, MO; Anthony Stewart, a music graduate student from Macomb; and Yin Regina An, a music graduate student from China, working with Associate Professor Anita Hardeman, music education – "Mozart, Skittles, the Clarinet and Friends"

- Third place: Gracelynn Norgaard, a sophomore music major from Shiloh, IL, working with Professor Terry Chasteen, music therapy – "Black Stitchel: Ivor Gurney and Wilfrid Gibson's Discovery of the Therapeutic Benefits of Music to Trauma"
 
Poster Competition Results

- First place: Christa C. Rose, a junior forensic chemistry major from Macomb, and James Leese, a chemistry graduate student, working with Assistant Professor Liguo Song - chemistry – "Forensic Identification of Marijuana by Duquenois–Levine Test and Immunoassay"

- Second place: Nasser Zbeeb, a senior biology major from Moline, IL, working with Associate Professor Sue Hum-Musser – biology -  "Effects of Salinity Stress and Salicylic Acid on the Germination Rate and Genomic Profile of Zea mays"

- Third place: Khayla Gutter, a senior nursing major from Richton Park IL; Jordyn Allen, a senior nursing major from Marengo IL; and Kayla Carter, a senior nursing major from Chicago working with Instructor Lindsay White – nursing – "Quantity of Wristwatch Bacteria and Non-watched Bacteria of Nursing Students"

Participation for Undergraduate Research Day is open to all WIU undergraduate students. Participants must submit an abstract in advance to participate in the research day.

For more information about the Thomas E. Helm Undergraduate Research Day, visit wiu.edu/centennial_honors_college/research_day/researchday.php.


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