Eight seniors from Grace College presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference held at Butler University in Indianapolis on April 8. Grace Beight, Melissa Sorensen, Brittany Fourman, Alexis Nelson, Jordyn Stowers, Samantha Weiler, Lauren Scavo, and Hannah Scott were among 640 undergraduates to present their research projects in 25 topic areas. More than 40 colleges and universities from 10 different states were represented at this year’s conference.
The five English and three journalism students conducted research on topics of their choosing, each resulting in an extensive research paper and presentation as a part of the Senior Seminar class required for graduation. Their research topics were as follows: “A Meth to His Madness: Walter White as a Modern Tragic Hero,” “Don’t Forget the Henchman,” “The Effects of the Norman Conquest on the English Language,” “Darth Vader as Tragic Hero: Compared to Macbeth,” “Interpreting William Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’,” “A Study of Kosciusko County Welfare System,” “Abortion Studied,” and “Health Inspections in Restaurants: Are They Working?”.
Professor and Chair of the Languages, Literature and Communication Department, Dr. Paulette Sauders, said, “The students invested a lot of time into each of their topics. You could feel the passion in many of their presentations as they explained how their theories developed and what they uncovered.”
As a part of the Senior Seminar class, students met twice a week for eight weeks with Dr. Sauders to discuss writing and language techniques, conduct research and practice interviewing. During the creation of their projects, students gathered information from outside sources and conducted extensive research for 16 or more weeks. Their work culminated with at the Undergraduate Research Conference.