2019 Student Symposium
The student symposium on May 9th was the culminating student event of the academic year. It brought together the very best student research projects and presentations from each department in a showcase for active learning. The judges chose 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, and the audience voted for the People’s Choice Award. The cash pool for the event totaled $5,000.
1st place – $2,500 – Ryan McCarthy (Fine Arts & ODAL): I am You, You are Me.
2nd place – $1,200 – Jaime Edwards (New Media Journalism): White Town: A Collection of Poetry and Photography Using Colors to Portray Emotions.
3rd place – $650 – Rhett Gause (Digital Arts & Journalism): Just Passing Through: A Collection of Short Stories, Songs, and Illustrations from the People and Places We Have Known.
All three winners are in the Interdisciplinary Studies program.
People’s Choice Award – $650 – 2019 Valedictorian Eva Jazbec (Biology & Environmental Science) – A Longitudinal Retrospective Analysis of ME/CFS Patients Enrolled in Ampligen (Rintatolimod) 511 Open Label Trial From 2011-2019 at Sierra Internal Medicine.
The other student presenters included:
Samantha Conaway – Party Pals
Kyle Hogan-Barnedt – Basecamp Lodge
Jake Shields – Auto Appoint
Samir Somji – Nevada Crest
Lillian Bennett – Isolated Holm
Anna Bunnell – Unsettled Residue
and Ryan McCarthy with his winning project, I am You, You are Me.
Christian Delli Veneri – Is Dilution Really the Solution to Pollution? A Look into LNT Practices on a Wild and Scenic River
James Kohagen – Distribution and Population of Signal Crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus)
as well as Eva Jazbec, winner of the people’s choice award.
Grant Diedrich – The Missing Links
Vanessa Dunn – The Climate Surrounding Global Education
Nicholas R. Kozeniesky – The Impact of Visible Tattoos on Candidate Hire-ability
David I.K. Moniz-Lewis – Isochronic Tunes: The Impact of Sound on Brainwave Entertainment and Stress
Ryland West – White Picket Fence
as well as second place winner Jaime Edwards, and third place winner Rhett Gause.
The judges for the event were Jonathan Brieter, Richard Gire, Anza Jarschke, Mary Kenny, Robert King, June Saraceno, Chuck Levitan, Beth Taliaferro Bouchard, and Lara Schott.