Welcome to our online symposium showcasing student achievement across our liberal arts curriculum.


About the QU Academic Symposium 

The Quincy University Academic Symposium is a showcase for student achievement across our liberal arts curriculum. On this day, student presenters will engage in professional performance and discourse with experts in their field of study, as well as the greater community, to disseminate their work. The symposium also provides a public forum for academic competition with prizes awarded to a student and their faculty mentor from each department, including graduate studies programs. 

Alignment with QU Mission 

Participation in the QU Academic Symposium honors the pursuit of wisdom through education and rewards scholarly leadership.


Keynote Speakers

 

 

 

Savannah Coelho, M.S. Ed., PLPC

  • Outpatient Clinician at Mark Twain Behavioral Health
  • Master of Science in Education in Counseling;
    Bachelor of Science in Human Services;
    Bachelor of Art in History, Quincy University

 

 

 

 

Bridget Hunkins

  • Doctoral Student in Developmental Biology at
    Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Quincy University

 

 

 

 

Dylan Handlin

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine Student at
    Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences;
    Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Quincy University 

 

 

 

Anika Webster

  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy Student
    at Spalding University
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Quincy University

 

 

 


2020 Presenters


Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences:
History Department

 PROJECT:

 PRESENTER:

Puritanical Revenge: The Bias of Gender in the Salem Witch Trials Madeline Finney ’20
   Mentor: Megan Boccardi, Ph.D.
The Legacy of Pope Pius XII Lydia Martens ‘20
   Mentor: Justin Coffey, Ph.D.
Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933: Failure in the First New Deal Nicholas Powell ‘20
   Mentor: Justin Coffey, Ph.D.

 

Division of Humanities:
English Department

 PROJECT LINK:

 PRESENTER:

Trapped in Time: The Oppression of Patriarchal and Colonialist Time on Women in Wide Sargasso Sea Madeline Finney ’20
Mentor: Anna Shajirat, Ph.D.

Division of Science & Technology:

 

Biology Department

 PROJECT LINK

 PRESENTER(S):

Examining the ink of Aplysia californica Margarita Kanaeva ‘20
Erika Stollberg ‘20
Mentor: Kimberly Hale, Ph.D.
Creating novel PHB1 protein expression vectors:
A route to sepsis treatment
Caleb Lay ‘20
Julissa Quinonez ‘20
Mentor: Michelle Combs, Ph.D.
Toothpaste Comparison Lab Paige Phelps ‘21
Emily Owen ‘21
Sara Pate ‘21
Mentor: Kimberly Hale, Ph.D.
Aplysia californica: A Classroom Model of Conditioning Kylee Schanbacher ‘20
Rachel Hennegan ‘22
Mentor- Kimberly Hale, PhD

Division of Science & Technology:

 

Department of Chemistry

 PROJECT LINK:

 PRESENTER:

The Use of Flavonoids as a Potential Alzheimer’s Treatment Caleb Lay ‘20
Mentor: Caitlin Deskins, Ph.D.

Division of Science & Technology:

 

Computer Science

 PROJECT LINK:

 PRESENTER:

Quincy University Navigation App Rylan Scheiter ‘20
Mentor: Husam Ghazaleh, M.S.
TextQuest Noah Corrigan ‘20
Mentor: Husam Ghazaleh, M.S.

Division of Science & Technology:

 

Department of Mathematics

 PROJECT LINK:

 PRESENTER:

Statistics for Down Syndrome Babies:
The older you get the higher the risk
Paige Phelps ‘21
Mentor: Abdallah Talafha, Ph.D.       

NSF Grant 

The NSF S-STEM Grant is a scholarship opportunity for incoming students for $5,250 a year for up to 4 years. This grant assists a student to participate in academic, career, and personal development activities such as student research and field trips to graduate schools. A student is paired with a faculty mentor or a success coach and is chosen based on financial need, academic ability and rural origin. The student must major in a non-clinical science field, such as: Chemistry, Biology (Environmental or no concentration). Academic performance level must be maintained in order to continue.


Title III

In October of 2018, The U.S. Department of Education announced that Quincy University is the recipient of a $2.25 million dollar Title III-A Strengthening Institutions grant focusing on expanding student access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  This is the largest grant in school history.

The Title III grant has allowed QU to start two new majors: Cybersecurity and Business Analytics. In addition, three new hands-on learning educational labs are being constructed on campus to meet the demands of these new majors.  Expanded undergraduate research opportunities and a math success program are also included in the grant. A portion of this grant will go to endowment each year and must be matched by local donors.

“Quincy University has recognized the need to create access and remove barriers to high demand, high paying jobs through the creation of new STEM programs,” said Dr. Barb Schleppenbach, Title III program director.

To read more about Title III visit quincy.edu/titleiii 

 


 

Previous Winners

Year Place Category (G)raduate or (U) Student(s) Mentor(s)
2018 1st Master of Science in Education in Counseling G Veronica Lawson Andrea Ownes Fifield, Ph.D.
2018 2nd Master of Science in Education in Counseling G Savannah Coelho Ken Oliver, Ph.D.
2018 3rd Master of Science in Education in Counseling G Ashley VanCamp Asabi Dean, Ph.D.; Ken Oliver, Ph.D.
2018 1st Division of Fine Arts & Communication U Lauren Beeman Barb Schleppenbach, Ph.D.
2018 1st Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences U Madeline Dietrich Judy Abbott, J.D.
2018 1st Division of Science & Technology U Gage Brummell Scott Luaders, Ph.D.
2018 2nd Division of Science & Technology U Julia Houghton Michelle Combs, Ph.D.
2018 3rd Division of Science & Technology U Anika Webster; Raigen Schwartz. Bridget Hunkins Kimberly Hale, Ph.D.

 

Year Place Category (G)raduate or (U) Student(s) Mentor(s)
2019 1st Philosophy U Jared Holman Rob Manning, Ph.D.
2019 1st Communications U QU Media Nora Baldner, M.A.
2019 1st Master of Science in Education in Counseling G Laura Koch Asabi Dean, Ph.D.
2019 1st Education U Kristina Wolfe Byron Holdiman, M.A.
2019 1st Chemistry U Caleb Lay; Kelli Roskamp Caitlin Deskins, Ph.D.
2019 1st Music U David Czechut Bill Machold, M.M.
2019 1st Music U Tyler Buckwalter Laura Kammerer
2019 1st Biology U Bridget Hunkins Michelle Combs, Ph.D.
2019 1st Biology U Seth Witte; Benjamin Mero; Margarita Kanaeva Kimberly Hale, Ph.D.
2019 1st Computer Science U Michelle Ehrenreich; Emily Entrup; Jacob Abell; Madeline Dietrich Husam Ghazaleh, M.S.
2019 1st History U Remi Ferguson; Jacob Flynn; Allyson Gordon; Madeline Finney Megan Boccardi, Ph.D.