Research Showcase

Bradley's annual scholarship expo featured 150 student research projects. (Photo by Duane Zehr)

Matt Hawkins
April 17, 2018

Student research ranged from hot-button topics to helpful and analytical developments at Bradley’s annual Student Scholarship Expo. The event highlighted 150 undergraduate and graduate projects from the university’s five colleges and graduate school.

Graduate physical therapy students offered a potential solution to chronic jaw pain. Diving into a research interest of professor Bre Reynolds, the team of Amanda Baker, Clint Sestak and Claire Tostovarsnik studied the effects of a neck adjustment similar to a common chiropractic treatment. They found the adjustment significantly reduced many participants’ pain in an ongoing study in which the average participant complained of jaw pain for eight years.

“I didn’t realize physical therapy could treat the jaw until I joined this study,” Baker, of Neoga, Ill., said. “Knowing this, we have a profound ability to make a difference in the lives of people who have been living with symptoms so long.”

Annie Schuver ’18, an organizational communication major from Chesterfield, Mo., spent the year analyzing high school sex education curricula’s impact on attitudes toward sexual assault. Her yearlong project introduced her to the rigors of focused research.

“Even though I read many researchers’ work, I didn’t realize what went into those studies until I actually did it firsthand,” she said. “There wasn’t a better test of analytical skills than this because I was on my own and had to steer the project where it needed to go.”

Expo challenged students to present their research to audiences outside their academic comfort zone. Presentations helped students develop valuable communication skills as they worked on their academic passions.

It also provided an arena to explore areas of interest and follow research questions to unexpected conclusions. That’s what happened to finance major Alex Bronner ’18, of Lemont, Ill. He tried to find a way to measure international investments’ growth potential based on ethical factors such as political corruption and economic freedom. Though corruption and freedom appeared to be related to countries’ economic growth, stock market prices didn’t correlate.

“I didn’t get the result I expected, but I got a result that’s interesting nonetheless,” Bronner said. “I found one way that wouldn’t be good to figure out what countries I should invest in.”

Awards included:

Nikita — Graduate Caterpillar College of Engineering Award in Civil Engineering and Construction
Abbey Buehler — Undergraduate Caterpillar College of Engineering Award in Civil Engineering and Construction and Construction
James Ramsey and Aditya Patel — Drs. Prasad and Sunita Shastry Award for Excellence in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Zach Oakes and Christian West — Undergraduate Caterpillar College of Engineering Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Anjian Chen — Graduate Caterpillar College of Engineering Award in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Technology
Lauren Boden — Undergraduate Caterpillar College of Engineering Award in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Technology
Bhagyasri Rayala and Ahmed Abdelwahab — Graduate Caterpillar College of Engineering Award in Mechanical Engineering  
Kevin Oyster, Nicholas Rossi, Garret Chinni — Undergraduate Caterpillar College of Engineering Award in Mechanical Engineering

Emily Foss — Graduate College of Education and Health Sciences Award in Family and Consumer Sciences
Katelyn Curry, Lauren Germino,Grace Elbl, Walid Kherat — Undergraduate College of Education and Health Sciences Award in Family and Consumer Sciences
Kelly Ditmars and Philip Rinehart — Graduate College of Education and Health Sciences Award in Health Professions

Baby Sri Pravallika Chimmiri — Graduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award in the Computation and Mathematical Sciences
Dariusz Ja lowiec, Thomas VanIseghem, Lucas Knussman, David Wadi — Undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award in the Computation and Mathematical Sciences
Samantha Lechowicz — Undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award in the Humanities
Undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award in the Humanities
Nicole Oberlie — Graduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award in the Natural Sciences
Max Palmer — Undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award in the Natural Sciences
Timothy Acker, Gabriel Beratio, Alexis Dockman, Valerie Glossop, Amber Kriho, Samantha Lechowicz, Kerri Predovich, Hannah Snidman — Undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award in the Social Sciences

Richard Smilnak — Graduate Foster College of Business Award
Jack Coborn Ellis and Greg Huber — Undergraduate Foster College of Business Award in Behavioral Areas
Alexander Bronner — Undergraduate Foster College of Business Award in Quantitative Areas

Vincent Dellaria — Undergraduate Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts Award in Communications
Kevin Mikolajczak — Undergraduate Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts Award in Interactive Media
Taylor Fawcett and Adam Meyer — Undergraduate Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts Award in the Fine Arts

Thomas Payne-Brewer — Graduate Provost's Award
Allison Hunter-Rosene, Maddison Barnard, Marya Bausman, Eva Corona, Christian Sauder, and Christopher Packett — Undergraduate Provost's Award
Amanda Baker, Clint Sestak, and Clara Tostovarsnik — Graduate President's Award
Annie Schuver — Undergraduate President's Award



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