Students from Gonzaga, Regionwide Present Original Research April 23


SPOKANE, Wash. – Undergraduate and graduate students from Gonzaga University and throughout the region will present their original, faculty-advised scholarly research at the 13th Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference at Whitworth University on Saturday, April 23. The event, which is free and open to the public, runs from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

There are 186 presentations scheduled and 232 total presenters, including 113 from Gonzaga.

Following is a sample of the Gonzaga students’ scholarly research presentations:

Kaitlyn Anson, senior English major, will present “Driving the Pastoral: An Experiment in Blending Passions with Interdisciplinary Thinking.” Her research is sponsored by Suzanne Ostersmith, assistant professor of theatre and dance.

Josiah Lara, senior history major, will present: “The Sex Part Always Gets in the Way? Experiences of Friendship between Men and Women.” His research is sponsored by sociology and criminal justice Instructor Nicole Willms.

Angela Liedkie, a senior psychology major, will present, “Hire Me: The Impact of Aging and Beauty Norms on the Politics of Hiring.” Her research is sponsored by Lisa Silvestri, assistant professor of communication studies.

Ethan Mahintorabi, sophomore computer science major, will present: “Searching for the Optimal Strategy to a Penny Auction Using Applied Queuing Theory.” His research is sponsored by Bonni Dichone, assistant professor of mathematics.

Iris Matulevich, junior business administration major, will present: “The Stuff that American Dreams Are Made of: Why the Film Noir Genre Emerged in the Midst of Religious Fervor in Postwar America.” Her research is sponsored by Father Timothy Clancy, S.J., director of the Gonzaga Honors program and associate professor of philosophy.

Kassandra Remington, senior special education major, will present: “The Effects of Direct Instruction’s Model, Lead, Test Procedure and Repeated Readings on Reading Fluency for an 8-year-old Boy with Autism and Developmentally Delays.” Her research is sponsored by education Senior Lecturer Jennifer Neyman.

Lydia Rush, senior biochemistry major, will present “Potential Non-Statistical Dynamics in Combustion, Atmospheric and Stellar Reactions.” Rush’s research is advised by Matt Cremeens, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

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