Best of KWU Highlights Academic Work

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Best of KWU presentation on Feb. 22 featured original student research

Kansas Wesleyan University recognized exemplary student research and scholarship during its annual Best of KWU presentation on Thursday, Feb. 22, in Fitzpatrick Auditorium, Sams Hall of Fine Arts. Students who completed internships through The Washington Center during the Fall 2017 semester also spoke about their experiences.

Best of KWU award winners represent exceptional works of original student research. Any KWU student who completed original research or creative work during the Spring and Fall 2017 semesters was invited to submit their work for consideration. Faculty, representing multiple academic divisions, reviewed submissions to select those who presented during Best of KWU. Selected work also will be included in the Best of KWU publication.

Alissa Kim, of Salina, KS, a senior majoring in Psychology, presented “Motivational and Personality Characteristics Optimal for Academic Achievement and Achieving an Academic Flow State.”

Zachary Kyle’s presentation was “Terror Management Theory: The Effect of Death of Criminogenic Thought Patterns.” Kyle, of Concordia, KS, is a senior majoring in Criminal Justice. 

Brianna Brooks, of Oskaloosa, KS, and Anilese Hayes, of Payson, AZ, both Psychology majors, explored “The Use of Metacognitive Strategies to Improve Memory Recall.” Brooks is a senior and Hayes is a sophomore.

Sarah Eurit, of Salina, KS, a senior majoring in Elementary Education, presented “Whole Group Integrated Social Studies/Reading Unit.”

Will Liu, of Beijing, China, and Darren Woodson, of Bentley, KS, also were selected for Best of KWU, but were unable to attend the presentation. Liu's research was on “Introduction of Z-function.” He graduated with degrees in Math and Physics in Spring 2017. Woodson's research was on “Machine Learning.” He majored in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Information Systems and graduated at the end of the Fall 2017 semester.

The evening concluded with presentations from two students who finished internships through The Washington Center in Washington, D.C. Emma Reitz, a senior studying Graphic Design, took a Media and Communications-related internship at the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. Joseph Layton-Santos, a senior studying Communications and Business Management, interned at Double R Productions through the Media and Communications track.

Video of the event can be found on the KKWU Youtube channel.

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