Scholarship on Display

Electrical engineering major Andrew Hamblin '16 explains his project, DJ Spatial Tracking and Gesture Recognition for Audio Effects and Mixing. (Photo by Duane Zehr)

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Matt Hawkins
April 25, 2016

Nearly 200 student research and creative projects drew attention at the 2016 Student Scholarship Expo. Sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (CTEL), the event highlighted work from Bradley’s five colleges and the Graduate School.

Student participation reached an event record this year because of display layout and judging criteria changes that benefitted students from all academic backgrounds. Engineering and fine arts majors were the primary beneficiaries of the modifications.

Allison Walsh ’17, a studio art and Spanish double major from Mt. Prospect, Illinois, displayed a series of paintings, “Flesh,” that visually explored sensations affecting the human body. Her works won Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts’ Undergraduate Award in Fine Arts.

“Expo is a great opportunity to show how much research and background goes into arts,” she said, noting the historical and philosophical foundations of her work. “People often think art is all about natural ability, but in reality, it takes a lot of scholarship to figure how to communicate ideas.”

Expo challenged students to make their research accessible to a general audience. Those presentations received high marks from judges, which included Bradley faculty, faculty from other universities and community members.

“Judges were very impressed with the preparation that obviously went into these projects and the professionalism of the students,” said OSP Director Sandra Shumaker. “Students showed they could make their expertise understandable to anybody, and that ability will be valuable as they move into the professional world.”

Genevieve Prushinski ’17, a dietetics and psychology double major from Princeton, Illinois, won the Undergraduate Provost’s Award for research on the fabled “Freshman 15” weight gain. Though she noted weight gain isn’t as drastic as the catchphrase, she discovered a host of emotional and lifestyle factors led to a few extra pounds during the first year of college.

For her, Expo was another venue to reach fellow students with wisdom she learned as her research progressed.

“I love showing my research because it’s about how lifestyles could impact health,” she said. “People are more aware of their own health, so a study like mine makes you stop and think about how behavior influences it.”

A group of senior electrical and computer engineering majors designed a disc jockey glove that would allow a DJ to control a music system through a combination of gestures and lights.

“It was a rewarding experience to come up with a project that combined our passion for music and our academic interests,” said Andrew Hamblin, of Dunlap, Illinois.