April 10, 2019

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be given throughout the day beginning at 9:00 AM and end at 5:00 PM.

Located throughout the Kirkhof Center.

Poster Presentations

Posters will be displayed throughout the day beginning at 9:00 AM and ending at 5:00 PM. Student presenters will be available for at least one hour next to the poster.

Located in the Henry Hall Atrium and the Grand River Room of Kirkhof Center.

Panels, Films, and Live Performances

There will be Panel Presentations in Kirkhof Center running 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Film & Video Presentations will be displayed in the Mary Idema Pew Library, with presenters there at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM.

Exhibitions of Art

The Mary Idema Pew Library Exhibition Space will host 2-D and 3-D student art April 4-16, 2018.

An artist reception will be held on April 11, 2018 beginning at 4:00 PM.

The wall in the Kirkhof Center Lobby will also have the fishladder exhibit on display.

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SSD Lunch: Preparing and Celebrating Graduate School Bound Students

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship and The Graduate School is hosting a lunch for GVSU students, and their faculty mentors, who are preparing for graduate school programs. If you have been accepted or applied to a Graduate School program, please join us on April 11, 2018, as we celebrate your work and provide some tips as you prepare.

RSVP by April 4, 2018

Katherine Coburn

We are pleased to welcome a GVSU alumna as the Keynote speaker: Katherine Coburn. Her talk, entitled "Moving from the Lake to the Ocean: Navigating the Transition to Graduate School," will focus on her experience, and on advice geared toward students who are about to attend graduate or professional schools.

Katherine Coburn is a graduate student in Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP, M.D./Ph.D. Program) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is a former hairdresser and transferred to Grand Valley State University from Grand Rapids Community College in 2013. In 2015, she received her B.S. in Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences at Grand Valley State University. She completed the first two years of her medical training in 2017 and now focuses on her research in the rational drug design of small molecule inhibitors for an RNA binding protein. Upon graduation from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, she wishes to pursue residency in radiation oncology with a robust clinical medicine research program.

Katherine Coburn

Research That Relates: Talking About Your Research and Why it Matters

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2204 Pere Marquette, Kirkhof Center

Discovery, innovation, and creation are ways in which Lakers can change the world, but only when shared with others! Telling your research story effectively (communicating your inspiration, your process, and the significance of your results) is the only way your work can really have an impact. In this session, faculty panelists will discuss how they communicate their research and scholarship with the community at large, and how their work informs business, public policy, local history, and government.


Janet Brashler, Anthropology
Janet Brashler is an archaeologist with wide ranging research interests, whose primary scholarship focuses on the past cultures of the Great Lakes region. She has been ‘doing archaeology’ for fifty years, beginning with a Northwestern University archaeological field school between her sophomore and junior year in college. After getting her PhD at Michigan State in 1978, she worked for the federal government as a historic preservation manager for 12 years, teaching part time at Davis and Elkins College before coming to Grand Valley in 1990. Her curiosity about the past has led her to participate on archaeological projects in six states and three continents.

Merritt DeLano-Taylor, Biomedical Sciences
Before joining the Biomedical Sciences department at GVSU in 2008, I was a research fellow in Sean Morrison's lab at the Center for Stem Cell Biology and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Michigan. My work demonstrated a new role for a signaling molecule in the differentiation of neural stem cells. I joined GVSU’s faculty to pursue a commitment to scientific education through excellent pedagogy in the classroom, and scientific discovery at the bench. Working with undergraduate and graduate researchers, we are working to determine how neural stem cells differentiate into specific cell types at specific points in development. In particular, the lab is using mouse and chick models to investigate the differentiation of neural progenitors in the neural tube. We have developed a tool that may help the generation and protection of dopamine neurons, the target of the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease. We recently secured funding to support learning more about this through collaborations with the University of Michigan, Van Andel Research Institute, and Rush University. Because our work with collaborators uses human stem cells and our research applies to treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, members of my lab spend a good amount of time describing the ethical and scientific scope of our work to the public.

Fun fact about me: I like to participate (“compete” is too strong of a word for my performance level) in triathlons, and spending quality time with my husband and our newborn son Patrick. I submit a favorite quote with an affable wink: “Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit” -Oscar Wilde.

Rick Rediske, Annis Water Resources Institute
Richard R Rediske is a Professor of Water Resources at the Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University. Previously, he was the Vice President of Environmental Services for a large consulting engineering firm (Earth Tech). Dr. Rediske has published over 50 scientific articles and book chapters, has been awarded over $8 million in federal and state grants for scientific research projects involving sustainable water systems for developing countries, contaminated sediments, harmful algal blooms, environmental monitoring and restoration, contaminant fate and transport, and environmental assessment. He served on the Federal Advisory Committee for establishing method detection limits for environmental analytical methods, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Rule 57 Development and Advisory Board for water quality standards, the Governor’s Environmental Monitoring Advisory Committee, and the Sediment Review Working Group International Joint Commission. He received the West Michigan American Chemical Society, Distinguished Service Award, the Michigan Public Health Partnership Award, and the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference Success Story Award. Dr. Rediske has a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Health Sciences (Toxicology) and an MS Degree in Water Resources Science from the University of Michigan.

Fund fact about me: I am doing this because I liked to play in the water as kid.


Michael Scantlebury, Hospitality & Tourism Management
I am an associate professor in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Grand Valley State University. Prior to joining the GVSU faculty, I taught at 3 Universities since returning to academe in 1998. I have worked in travel and tourism for more than 30 years with my first job being as research officer for the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) and my last job with the BTA was as Vice President of Marketing and Sales. I also worked in tourism consulting across the Caribbean with Coopers & Lybrand and Ernst & Young. My academic research focuses on heritage and cultural tourism, tourist attractions and minority engagement. I am a firm believer in research as a part of undergraduate preparation, it helps in developing critical thinking and analytical skills for life-long learning.

Fun fact about me: I enjoy cooking Caribbean cuisine. My ox-tail, rice and peas, curried chicken and potato salad are AWESOME!!


Star Swift, Seidman College of Business-Management
I have a law degree and a Masters in Labor Law and Industrial Relations. My specialty is employment law and technology law. When I was in law school, I tried minor crimes in court. When I graduated from law school, I was appointed as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Grand Rapids. Subsequently, I was named General Counsel (Attorney) for Ferris State University. A few years later, I was named the chair of the Michigan Employment Relations Commission by the Governor, and approved by the Michigan Senate. I now teach full time as a tenured professor for the Seidman College of Business at GVSU.

Fun fact about me:  I was asked to leave my first college.


Mark Luttenton, Biology
Mark Luttenton is the Associate Dean of the Graduate School, a professor of biology, and a research associate at the Annis Water Resources Institute. During his nearly 30 years at GVSU, he has worked with over 90 students on research that has include fish, aquatic insects, clams, aquatic plants, zooplankton, phytoplankton, and benthic algae. His previous research has included evaluating the impacts of invasive species, stream metabolism, stream food webs, salmonid population genetics, juvenile steelhead survival in the Muskegon River, movement of trout within stream systems, trout bioenergetics, and algal diversity in freshwater ponds in the Bahamas. More recently, Dr. Luttenton’s research has focused on population dynamics of the parasite causing swimmer’s itch, impacts of New Zealand mud snails on stream communities, factors that influence whirling disease in salmonids, and aquatic fungi as a source of compounds to treat pediatric cancers. He has served on numerous University committees and was chair of the Graduate Council for 5 years. He also served as director of the Biology Master’s Degree program for 14 years, has been the acting director of the Annis Water Resources Institute, and has served as acting chair of Biology. Dr. Luttenton has received the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Educator Award, the Everson Conservation Professional Award from the Schrems West Michigan Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the President’s Award from the Anglers of the Au Sable, and the Brown Trout Award for conservation from the Mason-Griffith Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Fun fact: I love to collect stuff. So, I have a pretty big collection of Big Boy related items dating back to the 1980’s and a collection of Peeps and Peep related items. My Peeps collection was recently on display as part of a “special collections” exhibit at the Lakeshore Museum Center.

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