Undergraduate Research Fair

Join us on Friday, April 14, 2017 in Meldrum Science Center

Westminster College's Undergraduate Research Fair gives students the opportunity to share their research with the campus community. This all-day event celebrates and recognizes the academic achievement of students engaged in high-level research under the guidance of the college's faculty members. Undergraduate students from all of Westminster's programs, majors, and schools may participate with the approval of a faculty sponsor.

Research Fair

Fair Schedule

Paper Presentations

10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Meldrum 170

10:00 a.m.

Rent Joy: Writing the Horror Protagonist

Student: Madison Jones
Faculty Sponsor: Ranjan Adiga

10:15 a.m.

Progress and the Profane: The Reproducibility of Activism on the Internet

Student: Holden Rasmussen
Faculty Sponsor: Kara Barnette

10:30 a.m.

America's Public Lands

Student: Grayson Massey
Faculty Sponsor: Richard Badenhausen

10:45 a.m.

The Economic Effects of Immigration in Sweden

Student: Jonas Nyberg
Faculty Sponsor: Sheng Xiao

Meldrum 110

10:00 a.m.

Political Storytelling: The History of Abortion in the United States as Told by Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Organizations

Student: Carissa Uresk
Faculty Sponsor: Professor Mike Zarkin

10:15 a.m.

A Qualitative Analysis of Women’s Sexual Coercion Experiences within Heterosexual Relationships

Student: Sylvie Henry
Faculty Sponsor: Kristjane Nordmeyer

10:30 a.m.

Exploring the Sexual Attitudes of Undergraduate College Men

Student: Payton Schiff and Julia Stouffer
Faculty Sponsor: Kristjane Nordmeyer

10:45 a.m.

Bridging the Divide between Social Media Activism and Compassion Fatigue

Student: Heather Hilton, Dawson Whitaker, Josie White
Faculty Sponsor: Julie Stewart

Meldrum 110

11:15 a.m.

The True Cost of Power: research on the cost of solar power in Utah

Student: Cameron Lynch and Abigail Mower
Faculty Sponsor: Julie Stewart
11:30 a.m.

Understanding the Motivation of Rooftop Solar System Owners in Utah

Student: Payton Schiff, Sylvie Henry, Alec Marshall
Faculty Sponsor: Julie Stewart

11:45 a.m.

Sexing the Margins: Homonationalism in Gay Dating Apps

Student: Emerson L.R. Barrett
Faculty Sponsor: Kristjane Nordmeyer

12:00 p.m.

The Attack on Apathy and its Surrounding Violence

Student: Michael Montoya
Faculty Sponsor: Julie Stewart

Meldrum 110

1:15 p.m.

Create, Confront, and Collaborate: Roles and Functions of Critically Engaged Art

Student: Ashleigh Albrechtsen
Faculty Sponsor: Matt Kruback

1:30 p.m.

The French Revolution and the Bourbon Dynasty

Student: Abigail Lee Peterson
Faculty Sponsor: Mary Jane Chase
1:45 p.m.

Political Iconoclasm in Revolutionary France

Student: Kaitlin Bradley
Faculty Sponsor: Mary Jane Chase

Poster Presentations

10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Meldrum Foyer

Meldrum Foyer

Assessing Popularity and Influence of Erasmus over Time

Student: Abigail Peterson, Gaurav Pandey
Faculty Sponsor: Mary Jane Chase, Sean Raleigh

Past, Present, and Future: Earthquake Risk and Preparedness at Westminster College

Student: Garret Wilcox, Makayla Kirk, Tianna Boyd
Faculty Sponsor: Tiffany Rivera, Jonathan Amburgey

Health Risks of Exotic Dancers

Student: Madeline George, Hamish Dewar, Casey Evans, Nathan Guyer
Faculty Sponsor: John Contreras

Water quality and macroinvertebrate diversity within and among Wasatch streams

Student: Alexis Nelson
Faculty Sponsor: David Kimberly

Earthquake Risk Perceptions and Estimates of Wasatch Front Residents

Student: Erik Gronseth, Danielle Morris, Amanda Sevigny
Faculty Sponsor: Jonathan Amburgey

Meldrum Foyer

Telemetry in the Utah Valley: finding n

Student: Nicholas St. Clair
Faculty Sponsor: Peter Conwell

The Effect of Ca2+ Signaling on RhoGTPases during Neuroregeneration

Student: Jessica Tobin
Faculty Sponsor: Brian Avery

Decolonizing the Hijab: How Key Women Figures in Popular Media Are Changing a Post-9/11 America

Student: Alaa Al-Barkawi
Faculty Sponsor: Kristjane Nordmeyer

DNA Detection in Salt

Student: Joshua Webb
Faculty Sponsor: Bonnie Baxter

Senior Art Exhibit Gallery Stroll

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Tanner Atrium, Jewett Center


  • Marie Aufrere
  • Alicia Brimhall
  • Nickolas Burton
  • Anna Gilliam
  • Robyn Jones
  • Nicola Macdonald
  • Ashlee Winger
  • K. Dot Williams
  • Levi Barrett
  • Amanda Hansen

Faculty Sponsors

  • Clayton Keyes
  • Matt Kruback

Remarks and Awards

2:00 p.m.
Tanner Atrium, Jewett Center

Presentation Format

Students present their work in one of two formats: a poster presentation or delivery of a paper. Students delivering a paper are grouped into panels that encourage discussion about their topics. The audience is made up of fellow students, faculty members, staff and administration, and friends and family members. Presentations can be based on substantive in-class papers, scientific research, thesis work, independent study projects, community service activities, etc. Students are advised to contact their faculty mentors or Scott Gust 801.832.2449 for more information about presentations. You should practice in advance.

Oral Presentations

Each oral presenter will have twelve minutes for his or her presentation and three minutes for a question/answer period. Students may submit individually and the conference committee will group your paper with other presentations, or students may get together as a panel and submit a series of papers (three is the ideal number) on a common topic. For example, three students might have three different approaches to Shakespeare, so a panel heading "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Shakespeare" might be appropriate. With such a limited time to present it will be a good idea to prepare and practice. The Chronicle of Higher Education has some helpful advice on preparing to present a paper at a conference.

Oral Presentation

Poster Presentations

Presenters need to provide their own poster boards. A table or floor easel will be available for mounting your poster. The poster is usually a mixture of a brief narrative paper intermixed with tables, graphs, pictures, etc. The presentation should intellectually communicate your research and help synthesize your main ideas and research directions. There are many websites out there with specifc advice on preparing a poster for presentation at a research fair. Penn State has a helpful site here. Many students will print their posters on a professional oversize poster printer, but it is not required.


What if my final paper/poster is not complete?

We realize the Undergraduate Research Fair is being held two weeks before finals. If you can summarize your paper/poster in a concise way that communicates your research and you have a faculty sponsor, you should still apply.

What is an abstract?

An abstract is a concise summary (no more than 150 words) describing your project/paper/poster. You can review Professor Richard Badenhausen's web site on abstracts for more information.