April 14, 2021

View Recorded presentations April 12, 2021 - April 26, 2021

Join us for live sessions & plenaries on April 14 & April 15

SSD 2021 will be virtual, hosted on the Symposium by ForagerOne platform.



Recorded Presentations

View presentations "on-demand" beginning April 12, 2021, through April 26, 2021, on the Symposium platform. Students will share their presentations and you will be able to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with the presenters.

Faculty-Led Sessions

Join us on April 14, 2021, for faculty-led sessions, and extended sessions via ZOOM/Symposium.

Plenary Speakers

Join us on April 14, 2021 and April 15, 2021, for our plenary speakers via ZOOM/Symposium.

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Faculty-Led Sessions/Extended Sessions: April 14, 2021

We will feature faculty-led sessions and extended sessions of students presenting their work. The sessions will be available for viewing live on Symposium. Instructions on accessing the event are on our How-To webpage.

9:00 AM

NRM Capstone Griff's Section
C. Griff Griffin, Biology, will have the following students presenting their NRM Capstone projects:

9:00AM - Lyndsie Calhoun
9:30AM - Tyler Lidgard
10:00AM - Jenna Sorenson 

11:00AM - Kayleigh Zechmeister
11:30AM - Audrey Patrick

2:30PM - Eric Roberts
3:00PM - Jake Golding
3:30PM - Senci Pace-Monasterski
4:00PM - Kristen Reidenbach

1:00 PM

LGBTQ Health Care
Leifa Mayers, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, will have the following students presenting:

  • Nicole Drabek: Barriers to Healthcare for Non-Heterosexual Individuals
  • Heather Lewis: Healthcare Inclusivity

2:00 PM

Producing Queerness
Leifa Mayers, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, will have the following students presenting:

  • Meg VanZwoll: Experiences of Queer Identity in a Heteronormative Society
  • Arahey Garay-Negron: Poster Child
  • Liv Johanek: More Than Just Friends? Unpacking Queer Female Sexuality Within the Sleepover Environment

2:00 PM

Psychology Department Synchronous Session
The Psychology Department will have the following students presenting:

2:00PM - McKenna BeLow: Guest Speaker from GVSU to Loyola University of Chicago
2:20PM - Abigail Coffing: The Self-Enhancing Functions of Binding versus Individualizing Moral Foundations
2:40PM - Elise Richards and Lily Kedzuch: Machiavellianism, Morality and Secularity
3:00PM - Intermission
3:20PM - Connor Thompson: The Relationship between Cultural Orientation and Machiavellianism
3:40PM - Rachel Carpenter: Developing a Short Form of the Positive and Negative Perfectionism Scale (PANPS-SF)
4:00PM - Dominic Bonanni: Effects of Social Media Use on Reading Comprehension

SSD Plenary Sessions : April 14, 2021

We will feature plenary sessions with GVSU alumni who will share their experience with how research at GVSU contributed to their careers. Sign-up on SPROUT for the ZOOM links. The plenaries will also be available for viewing on Symposium, both live and recorded. Just search for the presenter's name, title, or even #CUSE or #OURS to find the recorded plenaries. Instructions on accessing the event are on our How-To webpage.

Michael Dykstra

Michael Dykstra (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Physics, Mayan Health, and Harvard Med: Charting a Path Through Uncertainty
My academic and personal journey has taken me places I couldn't have dreamed when growing up on a small farm in Western Michigan. It started at GVSU combining physics with pre-med, cascaded through research experiences across the country and abroad, and ultimately led to Harvard Medical School and beyond. If there has been one central theme throughout this path, it has been uncertainty. I will elaborate on this academic and personal journey and apply it to the vast uncertainty we all are feeling in the present moment.

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Michael was born and raised in rural West Michigan. He attended GVSU from 2010 to 2015, where he majored in physics and completed pre-med requirements. While at GVSU he began cultivating multiple research interests, including joining a lab at the Van Andel Institute to work on novel nuclear imaging methods and studying abroad in Peru and Guatemala where he investigated rural/urban health disparities and food insecurity in a Mayan community respectively. He was accepted to Harvard Medical School in 2015 and graduated in 2020 after completing a year of research in Botswana, where he helped coordinate an NIH-funded clinical trial of a novel diagnostic device for lymphoma and breast cancer. He is currently completing an internship in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston and will begin residency in radiation oncology at the University of Michigan in July 2021, where he hopes to continue working at the intersection of novel cancer technologies and improving healthcare for marginalized populations domestically and globally. His hobbies include photography and hiking.

Littisha Bates

Littisha Bates (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

From Success to Significance: Leveraging the Ivory Tower for Public Good
This talk will discuss broadening our understanding of what success is within and outside of higher education. The talk will also discuss ways in which we can align our personal and professional goals and success with doing public good.

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Littisha A. Bates is the Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Community Partnerships and an Associate Professor of Sociology with a Faculty Affiliation with the department of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Bates is a co-founder of the Black Faculty Association. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Dr. Bates graduated from Kenwood Academy in 2000 and then went on to earn her Bachelor’s in sociology at Grand Valley State. During her time at Grand Valley she became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated as well as a McNair Scholar. Dr. Bates attributes a great deal of her professional success to her McNair experience. She later received an MA and Ph.D. from Arizona State University in sociology.

Dr. Bates has been on the faculty at UC since 2009, when in her teaching role she engages students in real world examples of sociological thought, evident in her innovative teaching of such classes as Fierce Sociology: Studying Beyoncé. Her research focuses on the intersection of race/ethnicity and poverty on educational outcomes. Dr. Bates serves on the leadership team for The Cincinnati Project, which focuses on community based participatory research. In the College of Arts and Sciences she is intentionally working to create a culture of equity and excellence.

Littisha uses her background as a marginalized citizen as a teaching tool to empower those she mentors to not let systematic inequity consume them. Although she is committed to achieving “success” in the academy she is even more committed to doing it authenticity. Dr. Bates spends a great deal of her time mentoring students and fighting for social equity. She is a member of the 2018 YWCA Rising STARS cohort and was most recently named a 2020 Cincinnati Business Courier Forty under Forty.

Outside of the University she is very active within her church, Word of Deliverance Ministries for the World. Dr. Bates walks through this thing called life with her husband Juan and their three children Juan II, Lauryn and Trinity.

SSD Plenary Session : April 15, 2021

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Scholars Strategy Network of Michigan (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)

Communicating with the Media and Policymakers: How to Make Your Research Translatable hosted by the Scholars Strategy Network of Michigan.
How do you connect and share your research with policymakers and journalists? Our presentation will help you identify and develop connections to share your work. We will also provide guidelines and tips on writing about your work and making relevant connections to policy debates. Sarah Reckhow and Jon Spiegler will be co-presenting.

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Sarah Reckhow

Sarah Reckhow is an associate professor of political science at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on urban politics and policy, and the role of nonprofits and philanthropy in the political process. Reckhow’s book, Follow the Money: How Foundation Dollars Change Public School Politics (Oxford University Press, 2013), examines the role of major foundations, such as the Gates Foundation, in urban school reform.  She also studies voting and civic engagement, particularly among young voters.

Jon Spiegler

Jon Spiegler is a PhD student in political science at Michigan State University specializing in political philosophy and public policy. Jon’s dissertation research is a systematic study of the political thought of the French philosopher and statesman Alexis de Tocqueville. He is also currently working on a study interpreting Tocqueville's thought on race and slavery. In public policy, Jon has published research on gun violence in Policy Studies Journal and is currently working on a study comparing the effects of the minimum wage and labor unions on economic inequality in the United States. He is the recipient of the Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellowship from the James Madison College at MSU, and teaches classes on American political philosophy, public policy, and public administration. Jon earned his BA in political science and economics from Kenyon College, and his Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

SSD 2021 Changes

SSD 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of our annual celebration of student research, scholarship, and creative work at GVSU. Like many traditions in the past year, modifications have been made to the celebration to accommodate our virtual environment and meet the needs of the GVSU community. This year SSD will be celebrated over a period of two weeks. The program will encompass recorded student presentations, faculty moderated sessions and extended sessions, as well as plenaries featuring distinguished alumni across the disciplines. Notable changes are below:

The registration period for SSD has been moved back to accommodate the new semester schedule and the online environment. Please note the new schedule below:

  • Feb 22-Mar 12: Registration
  • Mar 15-Apr 7: Recorded presentation submission to Symposium
  • Mar 15-Apr 7: RSVP for non-GVSU email access
  • Apr 7, 2021: DEADLINE for recorded presentation submission to Symposium & RSVP for non-GVSU email access
  • Apr 12- Apr 26: Recorded presentations available for viewing on Symposium
  • Apr 14, 2021: Live sessions, extended sessions, and plenary speakers via ZOOM/Symposium

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