University Academic Symposium

June 7, 2019

The Undergraduate Academic Symposium (UAS) is an academic event held on the last day of classes during spring quarter. Intended to highlight excellence in thought and beauty in expression at WWU through presentation and display of selected scholarship from across the curriculum, this half-day symposium will allow students to engage in multimedia, visual, oral and poster presentations. 

In the tradition of the mission of WWU, the UAS is designed to display student work across the WWU campus; increase awareness of the unique work created by various disciplines on campus; give students experience in presenting their work in a professional forum; and highlight our WWU students and departments. The collective presentations from each major area of study introduces new points of view to students who are interested in other fields, aiding decision making in their own individual projects, widening of personal horizons, and generating an interest in other activities around campus. All these aspects are intentionally designed to further the core of our mission statement. 

Students who participate in the UAS will bring themselves and their fellow students many benefits. Any presentation can be included on future resumes to further impact job opportunities in the career he or she chooses.


CommUnity credit is available for students who attend the Undergraduate Academic Symposium.

  1. Students who are wanting to participate in the symposium can approach the committee responsible for applications. Project advisers then select students (graduate and undergraduate) and are approved by the Chair/Dean of each department/school on campus.  
  2. The student and advisor fill out the proposal application provided below, indicating the project outline, methods used, and summary of the creative process. The form must be submitted to the UAS committee chair by the deadline noted on proposal form. Note the options for a poster presentation, showcase, performance.
  3. The committee analyzes the various submissions for acceptance into the symposium. Once analysis of the applications is complete, the UAS chair emails the project advisor and the applicant an acceptance letter.

To meet application requirements, a summary of the project is required for application and indication of planning. Students may submit partially complete projects at application deadline. Students are to fill out the application with the knowledge at hand at the time of applying; this is to prove that the project can and will be complete at the time of the symposium. If the project is adapted in the process, students should be prepared to include why the adaption was necessary in the presentation itself.

Once applicants are accepted at least one date and time will be established for students to be given information regarding presentation expectations, options, and a basic review of proper presentation preparation. Faculty will be available for any questions students may encounter prior to the event. Students are expected to meet one hour prior to the symposium for technical set up and to have any final questions answered. 

Oral presentation format:

Three-four hours are scheduled with 50 minutes for each panel of presenters.  Various panels will be presenting simultaneously.  Each panel is anticipated to have three students each. A faculty member will serve as moderator for each panel.  Each student will have approximately ten minutes to present and five minutes for questions.  

Poster presentation format: 

There will be various locations around campus where students will display their posters and be prepared to explain and answer any questions about their projects. Poster presentations include a large format poster with information on the research done, conclusions drawn, and any supporting evidence necessary. Students will then give a small speech to whoever is attending detailing the report.

Performance and Showcase format: 

Key locations will be set aside for projects expressed in performances and artistic display. Such presentations include physical projects such as buildings or constructions, or art gallery displays such as a design series or product line.

2019 schedule


FAC Auditorium Stage

1:35 p.m.

Bryce Weber

"Find a Way"

Poster Presentations

2 p.m.


Jonathan Fitch 

“Ultrasonic Blade Design for Graze Restaurant.”

Johnny Vargas and Janelle Melinda


Brandon Rich and Dakota Maura

“Campus Map”

Kandice Gage, Matthew Shankel, and Dane Ocampo

“Second Generation Bioprinter”

Lestter Diaz and Arlan Gagnon

“Rosario CTD Pressure Testing Chamber”

Jacob Neal, Dallas Mitchell, and JD Priddy

“Underwater ROV”

Laurentiu Popescu

“Celebratory Reaction App”

Alfredo Soto and Talyah Nelson

“Key Quad-Drive Shaker”

Katie Mowat

“Timber Roof Truss and Support”

3 p.m.

Bowers Hall Foyer

Kalli Creitz, Cody Keller, and Nikolas Pintos

“Consumer Behavior Atlas Project.”

Ioan Lascoe, Logan Everett, and Ethan Brody

“Rogers Bakery Consumer Behavior Project.”

Kevin Nye, Derek Irvine, and Raegan Williams 

“Muscle Shack.”

Alicia Carlton, Amber Quijano, and Hannah Thiel

“SonBridge Consumer Behavior Project.”

Cameron Smith 

“yadd_RS: A Modern Rust Disassembler.”

John Dodd

“NWD Database Tool.”

Megan Bougher and Morgan Metcalf

“Effects of OnGuard on T-Lymphocyte Proliferation in Mice Models.”

Sarah Rich (Lehman), Katelind Morales (Miller), and Joshua McGarr

“Shared Motivations: The Essential Collectivist Link in Efficient Problem-Solving Teams.”

Chloe Johnson

‘The Connection  between Self-Perception of BMI and High-Risk Behavior in Adolescents.”

Sarah Blake

“Coloring Therapy and Stress in College Students.”

Danielle Rivera

“The Effects of Background Music on Memory Tasks and Cognition.”

Nicholas Stephan, Elizabeth Cole, and Anna-Marie Vargas

“User-Centered Design Baking Machine Revamp.”

4 p.m.

Tatum Shobe, Austin Lambeth, and Wesley Sutton

“Next Generation Nano-Cellulose Construction Materials”

Mason Parks

“Commercial Site Planning”

Jose Garcia

“Storm Water Design for Las Garulla Margen Izquierda”

Jahri Harris and Oscar Flores

“GemStone as a Service.”

Andrew Yamada and Julian Torres

“System Design of Simulated Obstacle Avoidance for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.”

Tyler Humphries

“Polymer electroprinting”

Amanda Marx and Giovani Ribeiro

“UAV Embedded System”

Josiah Rom, Brian Ekkens, and Grant Nelson


Skylar Nallick

“Syringe Pump Design”

Oral Presentations

2 p.m.

Admin 117

Trevor Hernandez

"Motivation through Murals"

Dennis Herrera

"Covering all the Bases"

Meghann Heinrich, Regan Hinshaw, and Isaiah Taylor

"Interpreting the Text: A Closer Look at Computer-Mediated Communication Language"

Chair: Linda Crumley

Bowers 203

Jessica Tower

"Using Kangaroo Care for Pain Management in Preterm Neonatal Patients"

Alison Duncan

"Effectiveness of Lavender Aromatherapy on Sleep Quality in Adult Patients"

Jacob Voshell, Jonny Wu

"Music While Studying: Beneficial or Detrimental?"

Chair: Austin Archer

Bowers 204

Emma Wolford

"The Effects of Simulation Training on Post-Partum Hemorrhage Management and Blood Transfusion Rates"

Valeria Sanchez

"Using Disinfection Caps to Replace Manual Hub Scrubbing Technique"

Giovanna Girotto

"Modeling Glucose and Insulin"

Chair: Brent Bergherm

Kretchmar 205

3 p.m.

Admin 117

Meghan Spracklen, Kaley Wolfkill, Annalise Harvey

"Instagram’s Influence over Travel Decisions"

Madison Youngberg

"Bangla Hope Rebrand"

Francheska Cannone

"Sandra Day O’Connor: Perception of the First Female Supreme Court Justice"

Chair: Linda Crumley

Bowers 203

Danielle Rivera

“The Effects of Background Music on Memory Tasks and Cognition”

Taylor Stanic

“Utilizing Breastfeeding as Neonatal Analgesia during Routine Painful Procedures”

Nicholas Iwakoshi

“Magnetic Alignment of Electrospun Fibers for Neural Applications”

Chair: TBA

Bowers 204

Jessica Knopper

“Using CAUTI care bundles in adult patients”

Paul Foster

“Unwitting Accomplices: Are isopods facilitating transmission of eelgrass wasting disease?”

Angelica Chan

“A Flattering Malady: Consumption as Fashionable and Feminine Disease in Early Nineteenth Century England”

Chair: David Cowles

Kretchmar 205

Vladislav Krivoruk

“Bioprinting with Polycaprolactone and Hydroxyapatite for Bone Tissue Applications”

Jose Garcia

“Storm Water Design for Las Garulla Margen Izquierda”

Brett Rowe

“The Other Side of the Dike”

Chair: Qin Ma

4 p.m.

Admin 117

Jefferson Humbert

“Do Octopus Maintain Sponge-Scallop Mutalism’s?”

Jasmine Haddad

“How changes in Caffeine Consumption Affect Stress Levels in College Students”

Stacy Kainer and Josie Baird

“How Relational Patterns on Social Media Affect Face-to-Face Relationships”

Chair: Linda Crumley

Bowers 203

Bradley Snow

“Polyurethane and Melanin Electrospun Matrices for Neural Tissue Engineering”

Evelyn Ouro-Rodrigues and Spencer Hart

“Effect of Capsaicin on murine lymphocyte proliferation”

Alexandra Shanko

“The effects of 0.2% Chlorhexidine and Tooth Brushing on Decreasing Incidence of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia”

Chair: TBA

Bowers 204

Kretchmar 205

Sophie Bailey

“The Atlas Rebrand”

Yeucheng Yang

“The Effect of Pedicle Screw Thread Shape on the Stress Concentration Under Lateral Bending”

Chair: Ralph Stirling