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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 details about this year's research conference.

Fall Conference Flyer, 2022

Benefits of Presenting

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.

Conference Schedule

Keynote Speaker - Marlen Harrison

Doctor Marlen Harrison

Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison is an instructor in the fields of English and Education whose autoethnographic writing has appeared in a diverse array of publications including Writing on the Edge, Reflections on English Language Teaching, The Qualitative Report, and Qualitative Research in Psychology. As an academic and cultural researcher, Marlen has enjoyed contributing to projects at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Finland’s University of Jyväskylä, and the Japan Association for Language Teaching. Having taught and guest-lectured at leading institutions such as Doshisha University (Japan), Florida International University (USA), and University of Helsinki (Finland), Marlen is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University where he also teaches in the online MA English programs. After calling Japan, UK, Malta, and Finland home, he now lives in Florida with his husband and dog. Learn more at

"Technicolor Third Space: Developing the AutoEthnographer Literary & Arts Magazine"

  • Abstract:   "Autoethnographer: one who uses lived experience as evidence with which to explore cultural phenomena." (The In this brief animated video, I utilize the concept of a sociocultural third space as explored by theorists Bhabha, Packer, hooks, and Oldenburg to consider why the practice of autoethnography - a qualitative research method that unites autobiography and ethnography to investigate lived experience, often utilizing or crafting creative expression in the process - can benefit from its own literary and arts magazine. I also utilize this presentation as an opportunity for reflective practice, considering my various identities as a magazine-reader, writer, editor, and autoethnographer in order to examine my rationale for development of the magazine, and to explore how the numerous cultures in which I participate – online education, digital publishing, and the creative arts – have conspired to support my technicolor vision for a digital celebration of autoethnography.

Monday, December 12th (Virtual)

Question & Answer Session for Presenters by Attendees: 6:00PM to 7:00PM

Presenter Information and Topics (Virtual)

Monday, December 12th, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Virtual)

***On the day of conference please follow the hyperlink embedded below (Room 1, Room 2, etc.) to join the Q&A***

Room 1:  Mental & Physical Health (Green)

Moderators:  James Gilmer & Lindsay Vance

  • Tyrese Banks-Dorn (Undergraduate, Psychology - Human Services, Minoring in Industrial/Organizational Psychology):  "Marginalized Minorities in Mental Health"
    • Abstract:  My purpose of my presentation is to bring awareness of the lack of diversity in the field of psychology. For decades on in, it has been a fact that African Americans make up only 4% of American Psychology. I will conduct research to find if there is a particular reason for this data and if there is any possible way we can amend this tradition. Such as, a disregard for the necessity of mental health in the African American community or a challenging societal narratives. This subject connects to me personally because I will be working in the field of psychology it concerns me that there any many people like me in the field. This subject is also concerning because for the African Americans who want help for the mental health it seems seldom that they will fine treatment with a person who they can relate with which I believe is very important to the practice.
  • Matthew Lake (Undergraduate, Psychology - Human Services): "View of Online Therapy Post Covid Crisis"
    • Abstract: The purpose of my research is to see how the average college student views online therapy, after the Covid crisis. I thought it would be interesting to see how often online therapy is used, or if students felt it did not feel useful or could not fit into their schedules.
  • Ryland Lumpkin (Undergraduate, Psychology - Addiction Counseling): "Sports and Mental Health"
    • Abstract: The overall purpose of this study is to find out if people performing in a sport or any type of exercise affects the person’s mental health positively or negatively. There were 43% males and 56% females that were asked to fill out a survey and the survey concluded that their mental health when in their given sport, is decent or almost great. The questionnaire asked the participants how they feel about mental health and how sports affect it. The hypothesis set for this study was correct and it was proven when the data was calculated using independent t. Overall, this study will help open the eyes of this generation about learning more of our own mental health.
  • Haylee Bock (Undergraduate, Forensic Psychology): "Exposure to violence in the media and how it influences behavior/mental health in adolescents"
    • Abstract: The research topic of my focus is how violence in the media plays a role in children’s mental development, behavior, and mental health. Since my main focus in my career is centered on what things in our early lives contribute to our behavior and who we become, I feel as though this research topic will give me more insight into more recent factors. My assumption regarding this research topic is that in the last 20 years, there have been significant technological advancements, which have led to a greater exposure of the media to people of all ages, especially young children. It can be hard for parents to monitor their children's’ every move on their devices, especially if they are being used to keep the child distracted. YouTube videos, video games, movies, and other forms of media can be unpredictable, and there has been a rise in the amount of violence, crimes, and profanity across all forms. I think that there is a significant correlation between children’s mental development and behavior and the things they are exposed to through the media. I am going to conduct a survey and give it to college students to reflect on the things they were exposed to in their childhood and if it had any major impact on their mental state or behavior. I will also conduct interviews with a psychologist and a preschool teacher to see if they have seen violence in their field, or if they have seen a behavioral change due to the media that children are exposed to. I will give the survey to students in my classes and other classes at the university. After conducting this research I will have more knowledge about what types of things in the media contribute to violent behavior, and it will help me think of preventative measures that we could possibly take as a society so that children can be children. Exposure to violence from such a young age desensitizes individuals to the point where they may normalize the behavior that they see, causing them to replicate it.
  • Faith Renwick (Undergraduate, Criminalistics):  "The Link Between Physical and Mental Health"
    • Abstract:  My overall purpose of my presentation is to inform others of the link I found between mental health and physical activity. I am still collecting data for my study, but my hypothesis is that those who are more physically active, generally have better mental health. This connects to me because I grew up lifting weights and playing sports, and I believe that due to this, my mental health has never been horrible. I am generally happy and spend a lot of time in the weight room. I want to use this study to show other college students that their mental health issues could be solved by being more physically active in many different ways.
  • Madison Boothe (Undergraduate, Forensic Psychology - Minoring in Corrections):  "Habits and Sleep Performance"
    • Abstract:  For research design, I will be focused on factors prior to going to sleep and the different habits and routine before sleep and the affects. Factors I will be looking at in specific is eating habits before bed, technology before bed, meals before bed, and other routine factors that affect sleep before one even closes their eyes. I am motivated to conduct this research topic because slumber is something everyone does, and the natural state of rest is a self-regulation and routine. I am also motivated to do this study because I realized a good sleep helps myself conquer the day better and would like others to take some time out of their day to realize effects of sleep.
      One contradicting assumption is sleep is just something everyone does and does not matter where or when it is done. The factors of sleep are more in-depth than that. This research topic is the assumption that good prior habits before bedtime determine a good night’s rest. To test the assumption that habits affect sleep quality I will be identify the relationship between preexisting variables. Variables are preexisting factors because the subjects that came into this research came into the study having good or poor night routines with no prior knowledge of the study.
  • Kennedy Ball (Undergraduate, Forensic Psychology):  "In a Relationship vs Being Single: Who is Happier?"
    • Abstract:  The overall purpose of my presentation is to determine whether people in a relationship are happier than those who are single or vice versa. I wanted to see how happy people were in general, how happy they were with the time spent alone, with friends, and with their partner and if long-distance or on-campus relationships lead to a higher level of happiness compared to those who are single. It connects to me personally because I am in a long-distance relationship and I know people who have partners on campus and get to see them every day while I only get to see my boyfriend whenever I go home. My findings were that people seem to be happy regardless of their relationship status but more people seem to be very happy when they get to see their partner more often than if they have to wait until they go home. 

Room 2:  Athletics (Yellow)

Moderators:  Andy Savage & Shana Holzer

  • Jaylah Westberry (Undergraduate, Neuroscience - Minoring in Business Management):  "Oral Health in College Athletes vs. Non College Athletes"
    • Abstract:  The overall purpose for my presentation and research is to give more insight into the oral health of college students and how athletics influence it. This connects to me personally because I have been a student athlete, and professionally because I see my career being in the oral health field. 
  • Daniel Martinez Roca (Undergraduate, Cyber Security):  "How sleep affects the performance of athletes"
    • Abstract:  The proposed project deals with how sleep affects the performance of athletes. The objectives of the project are to analyze and conclude if sleep is really important when training and playing a match. Subjects will be asked a series of personal questions about their dream.
  • Nakiya Wynn (Undergraduate, Forensic Psychology - Minoring in Criminalistics):  "Sleep and Productivity in College Students "
    • Abstract:  My research study covers the comparison of sleep schedules and productivity levels in undergraduate student-athletes and non-student athletes. Prior to the 2022-23 academic year, I was not a student-athlete. With this transition, my sleep schedule and productivity levels have changed drastically. Conducting this study has allowed me and anyone else that may benefit, to adjust to this new schedule with ease, and find a good balance between being a student and an athlete.
  • Ta'Mara Roby (Undergraduate, Psychology & Human Services):  "Depression within college athletes and non-athletes"
    • Abstract:  My research is over depression within college athletes and non-athletes. Many college students are dealing with or have dealt with depression while attending college, and what is causing the depression is stress from school/work, sports, and sometimes from people being too far from home. Throughout my research I wanted to see how much depression is affecting college students and who is dealing with it more: college athletes or non-athletes.
  • Catherine Webb (Undergraduate, Forensic Psychology):  "Irritable Behavior in College Students "
    • Abstract:  This project will dive deeply into the cataclysmic concoction of irritable behaviors and the promotion of mindless aggressive behavior.  The most effective way to battle campus hostility is to develop a nurturing atmosphere for learning.  The motivation for this focal point stems from the recent rise in school shootings across the country, the most pressing topic in education today. Students that develop hostile behaviors and lack proper emotional management skills are at risk of escalating their levels of anger to extreme violence. I hypothesize that my research will show that first generation student athletes may experience more irritable behaviors than those that are not first gen or athletes. 
  • Paige Lenhardt (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice):  "Wrestling and Motivation"
    • Abstract:  The topic for my research is what drives/motivates people to wrestle? What is the reason that people overcome many injuries and severe mental and emotional changes from such a long season? I'm very motivated to research this topic because I am very passionate about the sport of wrestling and I think it's the toughest sport ever. I have competed in other sports such as football, swimming, and track and field but wrestling is still the hardest sport both mentally and physically. It has broken me down many times but yet I still get back up and continue to practice and learn everyday. I personally have my own factors that drive me to continue such as things like it keeps me in shape, and I know I will make good connections and I like to push myself to be better. I am interested to see what motivates others.
  • Thomas "Tomi" Prizzia (Undergraduate, Forensic Psychology):  "The Psychology of Athletes"
    • Abstract:  The project talks about the psychology of sports and the mind behind the game.

Room 3:  Law (Red)

Moderators:  Johnathon Sharp & Fang Mei Law

  • Libby Schaadt (Undergraduate, Government & National Security):  "Plea Deals, Disproportionate Punishment, and Mass Incarceration"
    • Abstract:  The overall purpose of this presentation is to explore how many students at Tiffin University are aware of plea bargaining within our court system, and how many realize the prevalence of plea deals given out by prosecutors. This presentation will also shed light on disproportionate punishment in our justice system, and why both plea bargaining and disproportionate punishment influence mass incarceration. I hope to gain insight on how many believe these topics to be of concern and whether or not the implementation of a standardized sentencing system could dissolve such issues. With feedback, I will be able to determine whether or not a more effective sentencing system could be a potential solution to decreasing incarceration rates in the United States. I hope to get into law school after I graduate from Tiffin University, so I believe this research will aid in my overall understanding of the biggest conflicts within my future career field.
  • Cade Carter (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice):  "Police Procedures and Trust"
    • Abstract:  The lack of trust in police officers today is very evident in various social media outlets. With the advancement of technology, people now can spread information faster than ever. Given that, the capture of police officers who use bad discretion and violence is spread to every citizen at the click of a button. Those that are run into these officers or saw them on social media, now have a representation in their minds of police officers whether it be bad or good. In this research project I will break it down under a 2x2x2x2 category that separates my independent variables under major, connections within the field, graduate students, and most importantly, experiences with officers.
  • Allyson Rosen (Undergraduate, Criminalistics - Minoring in Forensic Science):  "Has social media affected the way we view Law enforcement "
    • Abstract:  The research topic I want to focus on is “Has social media affected how society looks at law enforcement officers?” My motivation to conduct this research is because I want to know how people really feel about law enforcement officers and if their opinion is only coming from the media rather than their own knowledge. I think everyone has different opinions when it comes to law enforcement, it may be a good or a bad opinion but I think their opinions are based on what they see on social media. In the article “Social Media and Law Enforcement” stated “Through social media, people easily can attack a police officer’s character. Meaning that social media can pretty much cyberbully a police officer if they don’t agree with what that police officer has done. My assumption on this topic is that I will find out that a lot of my peers are against law enforcement because of what they have seen on social media instead of their own knowledge or there own personal interactions with law enforcement officers. My plan to test my assumption is have two to four videos showing negative law enforcement that is not the truth of what has actually happened and the other showing positive law enforcement that is the truth of the story and what actually happened. After showing these video’s I will have them answer some closed-ended questions. My participants of this survey will be my peers at Tiffin University. I will send an email out to my friends here at TU and I may also go into a few of my old professor’s classes and have the students take a survey since they are in a criminal justice class. This will help me get the views from all kinds of people not just criminal justice majors but also other majors. I will probably benefit from learning more about social media and law enforcement. I will also benefit from how it may affect all kinds of people’s views because I will learn about why people believe this way about law enforcement officers. 
  • Meadow Boggs (Undergraduate, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement):  "Stay With Mother in Prison or Not"
    • Abstract:  The overall purpose of my presentation was to collect and compare people's opinions to the knowledge they previously had on the topic of mothers in prison and if they should be allowed to have their children living with them in the prison. This connects to my profession because what happens to the people that we incarcerate can have a major effect on police officers. All parts of the justice system are linked. If there is misinformation or mistreatment this can badly affect many people. Thus far there is still question in the study on the correlation as there is still and need for more responses. 
  • Stephen Embaugh (Undergraduate, Law Enforcement):  "Domestic Violence and Punishment "
    • Abstract:  To educate and gain data on individuals knowledge of domestic violence laws in Ohio according to the Ohio Revised Code. Education around the seriousness of domestic violence as well as a showcase of resources and tools that can be utilized by domestic violence victims. 
  • Caleb Hockenberry (Undergraduate, Forensic Psychology):  "How well do college students know their rights?"
    • Abstract:  The purpose of the study is to view how well college students know their rights.  This is done by having them take a survey in which the knowledge of basic rights will be tested.  This includes the amendments involved as well as landmark cases.  The study compared many different aspects including major, gender, age, and etc…

Room 4:  Teaching & Learning (Blue)

Moderators:  Michelle Meadows & Dan Clark

  • Yeimi Baez (Undergraduate, Psychology in Human Services and Cross Cultural & International Psychology):  "Developing coping mechanisms based on home or school teachings"
    • Abstract:  The purpose of my presentation will be to find common coping mechanisms among college students and identify whether school or home teachings had a greater impact on such behaviors. The survey consists of multiple scenarios that result in behaviors which vary from emotional or professional support to substance usage, and more. Personally, I have not had much experience with different age groups in the workforce yet. I'm unsure if I would like to practice therapy with the younger or older population. This research study will assist my decision as it will demonstrate the impact that can be made at an early age or if there is a greater impact later into adulthood.
  • Arianna VanHoose (Undergraduate, Forensic Psychology):  "Social Impact of College Credit Plus Classes"
    • Abstract:  The goals of my project are to find out the emotional and social effects that taking college classes has on high school students. I hope to discover if students are behind, ahead, or equal to their peers once they enter college. Participants in my study will be asked to fill out an online survey questionnaire, which includes a series of questions about their demographic, any college classes taken while in high school, questions that will judge about their social and emotional skills, and how prepared they felt to enter college. 
  • Erik Marazo (Undergraduate, Homeland Security):  "Student Debt's impact on GPA"
    • Abstract:  My presentation video is meant to describe any correlation noticed between student debt and GPA. I am not yet finished with my research but I suspect that those taking on more student debt will have better GPA's because they have money invested. This connects to me because I have many friends who went to school and did not know the debt and commitment they would endure. They ended up dropping out so I wanted to conduct my own research on the topic. 
  • Mohammed Alghamdi (Undergraduate, Cyber Security):  "Mobile Security"
    • Abstract:  My research topic will be about personal device security, based on my major Cybersecurity, I found that it is important to be secure in the first place, also to make sure your devices are secure as well. Nowadays, phones and laptops are a big part of life, it is the way to connect with the world. 
  • Kristy Tipton (Doctoral):  "CCP Modality and Future College Matriculation"
    • Abstract:  College Credit Plus (CCP) is a dual enrollment program allowing high school students to obtain both high school credit and college credit by participating in college courses at a local higher education institution. CCP courses can be taken at a college or university, at the student's high school, or online. This research seeks to find in CCP course modality affects future matriculation to the same university following high school. The population of CCP student data was a historical sample collected from the spring semester of 2018 to avoid the influence of Covid-19 on attendance. Data on the location of CCP courses that the student was enrolled in and whether the student chose to attend the university beyond high school were collected. Chi-square and the post hoc test, Cramer’s V, were used to analyze the data, resulting in a significant association between CCP course modality and future university matriculation. CCP student proximity and familiarity with the university campus may influence the choice to remain at the same institution after high school graduation.

Room 5:  Drugs & Violence (Orange)

Moderators:  Jason Bock & Stacey Floyd

  • Detrick Watkins (Undergraduate, Forensic Psychology):  "College Campus Harassment"
    • Abstract:  The purpose of my presentation is to educate or open the eyes of individuals who may not believe that college campus harassment is a big issue with people who are considered a minority or marginalized in the college environment. The more attention that is brought to how people act towards women, or any targeted group of people, the more likely something will be done about it, all it takes is someone standing up for others, and that will cause the others who aren't brave enough to say something, to hopefully speak up against the harassment. 
  • Mohammed Alshamrani (Undergraduate, Cyber Security):  "Effects of Drug and Alcohol Abuse on Student Grade"
    • Abstract:  The purpose of the presentation is to present my research i based on the increase in the use of drugs and alcohol among campus students. Schoolwork can prove to be stressful for some students and they resort to using drugs and alcohol as a way of coping up with the stressful school environment. This will help students realize how drugs affect their academic lives which might trigger the decision to desists from drug abuse.
  • Cassie Mangas (Undergraduate, Forensic Psychology):  "Does Behavioral Health Intervention Affect Criminality in Community Corrections?"
    • Abstract:  The purpose of my research is to find out how behavioral health services while incarcerated as well as not incarcerated affect a person's criminality or recidivism
  • Hayden Long (Undergraduate, Forensic Psychology and Addictions Counseling):  "Addictions counseling: Attitudes and Understanding"
    • Abstract:  This study aims to find and understand how much college students know about what addiction is, how one should seek help for addiction, and how some services can provide that help. The students will be broken up into separate categories based on if they had a friend or relative who struggled with an addiction, or if they study criminal justice, and analyzed to see if these factors can influence the measured understanding. The participants of this study will be asked to read several scenarios and answer a series of questions about them to gauge their understanding of the criterion.
  • Bria Coleman (Undergraduate, Psychology):  "Reasons Behind the Uses of Alcohol"
    • Abstract:  The topic that I chose for my research will be over the reasons behind individuals drinking alcohol and the frequencies of it. This will entail why people choose to drink and get drunk, and how much alcohol it takes for someone to cut themselves off. I will also include different options on why an individual chooses to drink/get drunk. Whether this is because of: past experiences with alcohol, for the social aspect, relieving stress, their environment leading them to drink, or they think it is fun to be out of the sober state of mind. I will also be including questions about how often they typically drink. These answers will be very specific because everyone could see the frequencies differently.
  • Kyley Sigman (Undergraduate, Forensic Psychology):  "Social Media and Violence"
    • Abstract:  This study is about how social media may influence domestic violence (regarding significant other violence). The study that has been conducted has recieved a minimum of 70 participants from a small university in the midwest located in the United States. This study will be showing results from a survey study with both males and females as participants. This study will be determining if social media usage is a trend within domestic violence issues. The main goal of this study is to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence and to proivide resources to those that may be in trying times.
  • Gabriel Maximo (Undergraduate, Criminalistics):  "The Terms and Conditions of Alcoholism"
    • Abstract:  The overall purpose of my presentation is to find an audience that will adopt my solution to keeping students, specifically high school students, away from alcohol so they can continue their path to a healthy and successful future. This connects to me personally because my dad struggled with alcoholism during his high school and early adulthood years.
  • Deona Davis (Undergraduate, Forensic Psychology - Minoring in Addiction Counseling):  "The Impact of Childhood Trauma"
    • Abstract:  The purpose of my presentation is to understand how childhood trauma can affect people as young adults. I would like to know if it caused young adults to have a high risk of anxiety, depression or lower confidence. So far in my research I have seen that mostly all of the people that took the survey has had some sort of trauma as a child. I also asked if any of them have had any counseling it has been a mix so far with people going and some who have not. Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes so that means that no one's trauma is bigger than the other and any type of trauma could affect your well-being. This connects to my future career because I would like to work with people who have experience trauma, and it can start with their childhood.