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.


2021 Keynote Speaker

Paige Phelps

  • Junior at Quincy University and Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Pursuing a Bachelors degree of Science and Nursing

 


2021 Presenters


Division of Science and Technology:

Department of Biology

 

 PROJECTS:

 PRESENTERS:

Developing Standardized Written and Video Protocols for Aplysia californica Research

Presentation pdf 

Baylee Arnold, Makaela Hampton, Madalyn Tegeler
   Mentor: Kimberly Hale, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences
Investigating the Antimicrobial Properties of Aplysia californica Ink

Presentation pdf

Kylee Schanbacher, Mac Kenzie Collier, Rachel Hennegan
  Mentor: Kimberly Hale, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences
Effectiveness of Various Face Coverings

Presentation pdf

Sarah Nelson, Delaney Lantz
   Mentor: Kimberly Hale, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences
Developing a Protocol for Collecting Ink from Aplysia californica

Presentation pdf

Poster

 

Katelyn Dixon, Rachel Hennegan, Madeline Meyer
   Mentor: Kimberly Hale, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences 

 

You are encouraged to provide feedback using this form.

 

School of Business:

 PROJECT LINK:

 PRESENTERS:

How Startups are Built: Important Lessons from Successful Startups

Presentation pdf

Gregory Phillips
Mentor: Vicky Eidson, D.Mgt., Professor of Accounting
Crypto, NFTs, Blockchain

Presentation pdf

Samuele Contestabile, Daniel Sanchez, Ettore Pavesi

Mentor: Jennifer Breeden, M.B.A, Assistant Professor of Business

Best Ways to Market Education

Presentation pdf

Samuele Contestabile

Mentor: Jennifer Breeden, M.B.A, Assistant Professor of Business

 

You are encouraged to provide feedback using this form.

 

Division of Science and Technology:

 Department of Chemistry

 

 PROJECT LINK:

 PRESENTERS:

Household Herbs and Spices as Anti-Inflammatory Agents

Presentation pdf

Charles Stuart
Mentor: Caitlin Deskins, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry

 

You are encouraged to provide feedback using this form.

 

Division of Science & Technology:

Department of Computer Science

 

 PROJECT LINK:

 PRESENTERS:

Food Dood

Presentation pdf

Kayla Mellon, Conner Buckner
Mentor: Husam Ghazaleh, Ph.D., Instructor of Computer Science
The VR Football Experience

Presentation pdf

Marcell Ellis, Alan Wilson, Marcel Scott
Mentor: Husam Ghazaleh, Ph.D., Instructor of Computer Science
Face Recognition for Nao Robot

Poster

Carrie Hert
Mentor: Husam Ghazaleh, Ph.D., Instructor of Computer Science
Teaching Kids Programming By Games

Presentation pdf

Meshawn Marshall
Mentor: Husam Ghazaleh, Ph.D., Instructor of Computer Science

 

You are encouraged to provide feedback using this form.

Division of Humanities:

Department of English

 

 PROJECT LINK:

 PRESENTER:

VGA III: Composition of Video Games

Presentation pdf

Jeremiah Baselice
Mentor: Michael Keller, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of English     

 

You are encouraged to provide feedback using this form.

Division of Fine Arts and Communication:

Department of Music

 

 PROJECT LINK:

 PRESENTER:

Klezmer Clarinet Performance Practice in Fishel Pustilnik’s Gypsy Dance

Presentation pdf

(Youtube copyright law restricts us from adding one of the songs in the presentation) You can find the Naftule song at this link: https://youtu.be/TFSsBuPCzY8

Christopher Barrett
Mentor: Christine Damm, D.M.A, Division Chair for Fine Arts and Communication

       

 

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Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences

 Department of Psychology

 

 PROJECT LINK:

 PRESENTER:

The Relation Between Trust and Transparency at Quincy in the time of Covid-19

Poster

Alexia Ginter
Mentor: Kristina Mouzakis, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology   

 

You are encouraged to provide feedback using this form.

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 Category (G)raduate or (U) Student(s) Mentor(s)
2020 Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences: History U Madeline Finney Megan Boccardi, Ph.D.
2020 Division of Humanities: English U Madeline Finney Anna Shajirat, Ph.D.
2020 Division of Science & Technology: Biology U Caleb Lay; Julissa Quinonez Michelle Combs, Ph.D.
2020 Division of Science & Technology: Chemistry U Caleb Lay Caitlin Deskins, Ph.D.
2020 Division of Science & Technology: Computer Science U Rylan Scheiter Husam Ghazaleh, M.S.
2020 Division of Science & Technology: Mathematics U Paige Phelps Abdallah Talafha, 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.

 


 

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.