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Tiffin University Research Conference and Competition

Information about the annual Student Research Conference.

About the Event

View the flyer below for more information on this year's virtual conference.

TU virtual 2021 conference flyer

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Proposals

Why present at the conference?  Here are just a few reasons:

  1. Professional scholarship opportunities set you apart from other graduates in the job market and graduate applications. 
  2. Applying content in your courses helps develop a professional identity. 
  3. Sharing knowledge and expertise with peers can have a positive impact on your learning and professional development.
  4. Add presentation experience to your CV/resume.

Registration

You must register for the conference with your intended research proposal by filling out this form.  You can also access the registration form through the campus-wide email that should be in your university Gmail inbox.  We welcome proposals from all disciplines. Proposals are due by March 30, 2021.

Please remember an accepted IRB proposal is needed prior to the submission of a conference proposal for any research involving human subjects. More information about IRB is available in the Presenter Information section.

Presenter Information and Topics

April 20th, 2021 from 4:00PM to 5:00PM

  • Room 1
    • Carson Zych (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "Students Take on the Campus of Tiffin University"
    • Ciera Smith (Undergraduate, Psychology): "Rehabilitation for Prisoners"
  • Room 2
    • Madeline Hayes (Undergraduate, STEM): "Leprosy"
    • Maria Stoddard (Undergraduate, STEM): "Lyme Disease"
  • Room 3
    • Matt Bereza, Ph.D.; Sabrina Li; Sawyer Herdlick; Carson Zych; Tori Demko; Josephine Gabos; Richard Spatz; Brayden Beardsley; Madison Wagner; McKenzie Coleman (Undergraduate, Psychology): "Bad Apples, Brutality, and Voices of Reform: Police and Justice"
  • Room 4
    • Sabrina Vieira (Undergraduate, STEM): "Cyber Security Awareness in the Field of Law"
    • Carson Clawson (Graduate, Criminal Justice): "Recidivism Rates and Post-Release Program Effectiveness in Antisocial Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder"
    • Sugey Ceja (Undergraduate, Psychology): "Freshman 15"

April 20th, 2021 from 5:00PM to 6:00PM

  • Room 1
    • Lydia Greavu and Lynnae Krantz (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "Tiffin University Meal Plans"
    • Bailey Agin (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "The Death Penalty"
  • Room 2
    • Marley Gussler (Undergraduate, Psychology): "Correlation Between Body Image and Self-Esteem"
    • Hannah Becton (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "The Death Penalty"
    • Zoie Cook (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "How the Media Has Glorified Serial Killers"
    • Corrine Conley (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "The Effects of the Participation in College Athletics on Academic Performance"
  • Room 3
    • James West (Undergraduate, STEM): "The Insights of Tuberculosis"
    • Audrey Sonneberg (Nursing): "Merkel Cell Polyomavirus"

April 20th, 2021 from 6:00PM to 7:00PM

  • Room 1
    • Briana Maddux (Graduate, Criminal Justice): "Postpartum Depression and Psychosis"
    • Alexis Peterson (Graduate, Criminal Justice): "It's My Life, I can Take It if I Want to!"
    • Isabel Nemitz (Graduate, Criminal Justice): "Public Perception of Mental Illness and its Effect on Perception of Criminal Culpability"
    • Carolin Bieck (Gradute, Criminal Justice): "The Dark Triad Personality and Behavior within the Correctional System"
  • Room 2
    • Maison Farr (Undergraduate, Psychology): "Human Trafficking"
    • Zachary Banks (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "Population Knowledge of Ethical Hacking"
    • Melina Worcester (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "How Parent-Child Relationships Affect Romantic Relationships
    • Jacob Zinn (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "Christianity and Comfort"
  • Room 3
    • Andrea C. Pappas (Graduate, Criminal Justice): "The Opioid Epidemic in Ohio, It is Time to Start Asking Why"
    • Tristyn Gies (Graduate, Criminal Justice): "Underreporting of Domestic Violence"

April 20th, 2021 from 7:00PM to 8:00PM

  • Room 1
    • Kimberly Nagel (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "Gender Age Gap on College Campuses"
    • Hatim Alghamdi (Graduate, Criminal Justice): "The Relationship Between Depression and Internet Addiction Among College Students"
    • Taylor Newman (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "Student Perceptions of Levels of Law Enforcement"
    • Austin Burkholder (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "Opinions on Controlled Substances in America"
  • Room 2
    • Samantha A Shaffer (Graduate, Criminal Justice): "The Efficacy of Threat Assessments in Relation to School Shootings"
    • Caitlann Walkerl (Graduate, Criminal Justice): "Mental Illness and the Death Penalty"
    • Hannah Sutton (Graduate, Criminal Justice): "Cybersecurity: How Confident Are You Protected?"
  • Room 3
    • Samantha Pryor; Sarah Bogner; Dustin Hardesty (Undergraduate, Business): "PepsiCo Risk Assessment"
    • Matheus Vagliengo Donin (Undergraduate, Business): "Rose Marcario's Journey"

 

April 21st, 2021 from 9:00AM to 10:00AM

  • Room 1
    • Rachel Streib (Graduate, Criminal Justice): "Knowledge and Attitude of the United States Corrections System"
    • Elizabeth Siegwardt (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "College Students' Knowledge of Sexual Assault"
  • Room 2
    • Casey Mcelfresh (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): Students' Thoughts and Feelings Toward COVID-19 Safety Procedures"
  • Room 3
    • Makayla Warner (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): College Students' Perceptions of Police Legitimacy and Their Media Influences"
    • Gabrielle Wight (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "Negatives of Social Media"

April 21st, 2021 from 10:00AM to 11:00AM

  • Room 1
    • Hayleigh VanSchoyck (Undergraduate, Psychology): "The Avengers Initiative: Heroes and Villains"
    • Bryce O'Flaherty (Undergraduate, Psychology): "When a Pandemic and Epidemic Collide"
    • Christian Moore (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "Effects of Academic Burnout on Students"
  • Room 2
    • Katelynn Philbrick (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "Reporting Violent Crimes"
    • Taryn Sabo (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "The Stigma Surrounding Counseling Between Generations"
    • Britt Weese (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "Learning Disabilities"
    • Grace Morehart (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "Young Adults' Opinions on Prison/Jail Conditions"
  • Room 3
    • Arissa Hendershot (Undergraduate, STEM): University Students' Application of Cybersecurity"
    • Marisa Smith (Undergraduate, STEM): "Epstein-Barr Virus"
    • Abbie-Jade Riley (Undergraduate, STEM): "Zinc Finger Nuclease Technology"
  • Room 4
    • Taniyahh Lennon and Janszen Lewis (Graduate, Criminal Justice): "COVID, Social Activity, and Anxiety"
    • Curt'Lynn Garner (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "Which Gender Listens to the Most Variety of Music?"
    • Sarah Smith (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "Religion in the United States"
    • Abigail Ayers (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "Knowledge of Sex Education"

April 21st, 2021 from 11:00AM to 12:00PM

  • Room 1
    • Davis Reinhard (Undergraduate, Psychology): "The Role of Knowledge and Behavior in Defining a Healthful Population"
    • Stephanie Mondragon (Undergraduate, Psychology): "The Learning of Sex Education"
    • Nicholas Mason (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): "Public's Attitudes and Knowledge on Gun Laws in Ohio"
  • Room 2
    • Alaura Holycross (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): " Does the Black Lives Matter Movement/Protest Change People's Views on the Police?"
    • Makenzie Wheeler (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): " Does Online Schooling Cause Mental Health Issues to Increase?
  • Room 3
    • E. Bogner; H. Holbrook; L. Sullivan (Undergraduate, Business): " Business Risks and Analytical Procedures"
    • Willow Frye; Steven Meadows; Salem Aljohani (Undergraduate, Business): " Risk Assessment and Ratio Analysis Presentation Brief"
  • Room 4
    • Mackenzie Crandall (Graduate, Criminal Justice): "Mental Illness Among Inmates 2010-2020, An Analysis of Trend"
    • Natalie Moon (Graduate, Criminal Justice): " Difference Between Female and Male Child Sex Offenders"
    • Mariana Edwards (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): " Pandemic and Mental Health"
    • Ah'Lyria Burt (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice): " Knowledge on Human Trafficking"

Conference Schedule

Keynote Address

All participants and attendees should join Room 1 on April 20th at 4pm for the Welcome and Keynote Address. There is a second keynote at 9am on April 21st.

Room 1 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/27e02c36eee44d7bba0d5aedd3544e52

Welcomes

  • Dr. Kristina Collins, Vice Provost of Academic Excellence, Distinctiveness, & Effectiveness
  • Dr. Lillian Schumacher, President
  • Dr. Peter Holbrook, Provost

Keynote Address - Sheriff Frederick W. Stevens, MCJA

Sheriff Stevens:

  • Current Sheriff of Seneca County (Elected in 2020 for four-year term of 2021-2024)
  • 29 Years in Law Enforcement
  • 11 years as a front-line / mid-level management supervisor (Sergeant/Lieutenant)
  • 8 years at the executive level (Chief of Police)
  • Master’s degree in Justice Administration from Tiffin University
  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Tiffin University
  • Associate degree in Police Science from Terra Community College
  • 2018 graduate of the SPI (Southern Police Institute) Organizational Management Course
  • 2012 graduate of the FBI National Academy Session #249
  • 2011 graduate of the Great Lakes Leadership Course
  • Recipient of the 2005 Excellence in Law Enforcement Award from Tiffin University
  • Taught Criminal Justice classes at T.U. as Adjunct Professor for 6 years
  • U.S. Army Infantry Veteran
  • Married for 29 years, 5 children, 3 grandkids, 2 dogs, 1 cat (wife’s)

April 20th, 4-5pm

Student presentations will immediately follow the keynote address from Sheriff Stevens. All presenters should be in their rooms, ready to present, within 2 minutes following the Keynote.

Room Links

Room 1 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/27e02c36eee44d7bba0d5aedd3544e52

Room 2 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/cda2da82ed444e07bdf9fe21a7a3f987

Room 3 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e6eaff552f784c43833c22d7427650a5

Room 4 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/3b04e364999b4cfcb23528ac6b49bf21

Room Student(s) Image Topic Bio Time
Room 1 Carson Zych The students take on the campus of Tiffin University Bio 10
- Ciera Smith Rehabilitation for prisoners Bio 15
Room 2 Madeline Hayes Leprosy Bio 10
- Maria Stoddard Lyme disease Bio 15
Room 3 Matt Bereza, Ph.D.; Sabrina Li; Sawyer Herdlick; Carson Zych; Tori Demko; Josephine Gabos; Richard Spatz; Brayden Beardsley; Madison Wagner; McKenzie Coleman Bad apples, brutality and voices of reform: Police and justice. Bio 30
Room 4 Sabrina Vieira Cyber security awareness in the field of law Bio 10
- Carson Clawson Recidivism rates and post-release program effectiveness in antisocial personality disorder and bipolar disorder Bio 10
- Sugey Ceja Freshman 15 Bio 10

April 20th, 5-6pm

Room Links

Room 1 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/27e02c36eee44d7bba0d5aedd3544e52

Room 2 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/cda2da82ed444e07bdf9fe21a7a3f987

Room 3 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e6eaff552f784c43833c22d7427650a5

Room Student(s) Image Topic Bio Time
Room 1 Lydia Greavu, Kylie Holm, Lynnae Krantz    Tiffin University meal plans Bio 30
- Bailey Agin The death penalty Bio 10
Room 2 Marley Gussler Correlation between body image and self-esteem Bio 10
- Hannah Becton Correlation between upbringing and views on mental health Bio 10
- Zoie Cook How the media has glorified serial killers Bio 10
- Corrine Conley The effects of the participation in college athletics on academic performance Bio 10
Room 3 James West The insights of tuberculosis Bio 15
- Kennedy Haubert Safety on campus Bio 10
- Charlie Cleveland Poverty in America Bio 10

April 20th, 6-7pm

Room Links

Room 1 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/27e02c36eee44d7bba0d5aedd3544e52

Room 2 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/cda2da82ed444e07bdf9fe21a7a3f987

Room 3 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e6eaff552f784c43833c22d7427650a5

Room Student(s) Image Topic Bio Time
Room 1 Briana Maddux Postpartum depression and psychosis Bio 10
- Alexis Peterson It's my life, I can take it if I want to! Bio 10
- Isabel Nemitz Public perception of mental illness and its effect on perception of criminal culpability Bio 15
- Carolin Bieck The dark triad personality and behavior within the correctional system Bio 10
Room 2 Maison Farr Human trafficking Bio 10
- Zachary Banks Population knowledge of ethical hacking Bio 10
- Melina Worcester How parent-child relationships affect romantic relationships Bio 10
- Jacob Zinn Christianity and comfort Bio 15
Room 3 Andrea C. Pappas The opioid epidemic in Ohio: It is time to start asking why Bio 30
- Tristyn Gies Underreporting of domestic violence Bio 10

April 20th, 7-8pm

Room Links

Room 1 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/27e02c36eee44d7bba0d5aedd3544e52

Room 2 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/cda2da82ed444e07bdf9fe21a7a3f987

Room 3 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e6eaff552f784c43833c22d7427650a5

Room Student(s) Image Topic Bio Time
Room 1 Kimberly Nagel Gender safety gap Bio 10
- Hatim Alghamdi The relationship between depression and internet addiction among college students Bio 10
- Taylor Newman Student perceptions of levels of law enforcement Bio 10
- Austin Burkholder Opinions on controlled substances in America Bio 15
Room 2 Samantha A. Shaffer The efficacy of threat assessments in relation to school shootings Bio 30
- Caitlann Walker Mental illness and the death penalty Bio 10
- Hannah Sutton Cybersecurity: How confident are you protected? Bio 10
Room 3 Samantha Pryor, Sarah Bogner, Dustin Hardesty PepsiCo risk assessment Bio 15
- Matheus Vagliengo Donin Rose Marcario's journey Bio 15

Keynote Address

All participants and attendees should join Room 1 on April 21st at 9am for the Welcome and Keynote Address.

Room 1 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/27e02c36eee44d7bba0d5aedd3544e52

Welcomes

  • Dr. Kristina Collins, Vice Provost of Academic Excellence, Distinctiveness, & Effectiveness
  • Dr. Lillian Schumacher, President
  • Dr. Peter Holbrook, Provost

Keynote Address - Dr. Lea M. Kovacsiss

Civilian Research Opportunities in Law Enforcement

Abstract: Research is an integral part of today’s law enforcement agencies. From analysis of operational activity and identification of high-crash areas to evaluations of new equipment and personnel testing, hiring, and promotion, research staff are mission-critical for helping law enforcement commanders make decisions and allocate resources. This presentation will focus on the role of civilian researchers in the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Project examples, as well as opportunities and considerations for students pursuing civilian research careers, will be discussed.

Bio: Dr. Lea M. Kovacsiss (she/her/hers) began her career with the Ohio State Highway Patrol in 2014 as a Social Sciences Research Analyst assigned to the Statistical Analysis Unit. She was promoted to Social Sciences Research Specialist in 2018 and transferred in February 2019 to her current assignment in the Diversity Office. She is a co-author of Nonparametric Statistics for Applied Research (2014) and Psychology in the Justice System (2016) and has previously taught courses in research methods, psychology, and criminal justice. Dr. Kovacsiss graduated from Tiffin University with a BCJ and MSCJ in Forensic Psychology. She earned a PhD in Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University, California School of Forensic Studies.

April 21st, 9-10am

Student presentations will immediately follow the keynote address from Dr. Kovacsiss. All presenters should be in their rooms, ready to present, within 2 minutes following the Keynote.

Room Links

Room 1 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/27e02c36eee44d7bba0d5aedd3544e52

Room 2 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/cda2da82ed444e07bdf9fe21a7a3f987

Room 3 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e6eaff552f784c43833c22d7427650a5

Room Student(s) Image Topic Bio Time
Room 1 Rachel Streib Knowledge and attitude of the United States corrections system Bio 15
- Elizabeth Siegwardt College students knowledge of sexual assault Bio 15
Room 2 Casey Mcelfresh Student's thoughts and feelings toward COVID-19 safety procedures Bio 30
-          
Room 3 Makayla Warner College students’ perception of police legitimacy and their media influences Bio 15
- Gabrielle Wight Negatives of social media Bio 15

April 21st, 10-11am

Room Links

Room 1 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/27e02c36eee44d7bba0d5aedd3544e52

Room 2 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/cda2da82ed444e07bdf9fe21a7a3f987

Room 3 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e6eaff552f784c43833c22d7427650a5

Room 4 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/3b04e364999b4cfcb23528ac6b49bf21

Room Student(s) Image Topic Bio Time
Room 1 Hayleigh VanSchoyck The Avengers Initiative: Heroes and villain's Bio 15
- Bryce O'Flaherty When a pandemic and epidemic collide Bio 15
- Christian Moore Effects of academic burnout on students Bio 15
Room 2 Katelynn Philbrick Reporting violent crimes Bio 10
- Taryn Sabo The stigma surrounding counseling between generations Bio 10
- Britt Weese Learning disabilities Bio 15
- Grace Morehart Young adults' opinions on prison/jail conditions Bio 10
Room 3 Arissa Hendershot University student's application of cybersecurity Bio 15
- Marisa Smith Epstein-Barr Virus Bio 10
- Abbie-Jade Riley Zinc finger nuclease technology Bio 15
Room 4 Taniyahh Lennon & Janszen Lewis Covid, social activity and anxiety Bio 10
- Curt'Lynn Garner Which gender listens to the most variety of music Bio 10
- Sarah Smith Religion in the United States Bio 10
- Abigail Ayers Knowledge of sexual education Bio 10

April 21st 11-12pm

Room Links

Room 1 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/27e02c36eee44d7bba0d5aedd3544e52

Room 2 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/cda2da82ed444e07bdf9fe21a7a3f987

Room 3 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e6eaff552f784c43833c22d7427650a5

Room 4 Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/3b04e364999b4cfcb23528ac6b49bf21

Room Student(s) Image Topic Bio Time
Room 1 Davis Reinhard The role of knowledge & behavior in defining a healthful population Bio 10
- Stephanie Mondragon The learning of sexual education Bio 15
- Nicholas Mason Publics attitudes and knowledge on gun laws in Ohio Bio 15
Room 2 Alaura Holycross Does the Black Lives Matter movement/protest change peoples views on the police Bio 30
- Makenzie Wheeler Does online schooling cause mental health issues to increase? Bio 15
Room 3 Emily Bogner, Harlee Holbrook, L Sullivan Business risks and analytical procedures Bio 15
- Willow Frye, Steven Meadows, Salem Aljohani Risk assessment and ratio analysis presentation brief Bio 15
- Maria Boccia & Lauryn Grcic The hormonal and emotional stress responses to perceived threat in male collegiate Esports (electronic sports) athletes pre- and post-competition. Bio 15
Room 4 Mackenzie Crandall Mental Illness Among Inmates 2010-2020, An Analysis of Trend Bio 10
- Natalie Moon Difference between female and male child sex offenders Bio 15
- Mariana Edwards Pandemic and mental health Bio 10
- Ah'Lyria Burt Knowledge on human trafficking Bio 10