Capstone Festival 2022 (photos)

May 10, 2022

The final day of the Capstone Festival featured special student presentations and an awards ceremony.

The Capstone Festival showcased student research projects from the 2021-22 academic year, and awarded top honors in seven categories during a ceremony on May 6. Congratulations to this year’s participants and awardees!

The final day of the Capstone Festival featured special student presentations and an awards ceremony.

Haley Schwarz presented a poster on "Abundance, Diversity and Growth Rates of Entomopathogenic Fungi Along an Elevational Gradient."

Results gleaned from research on "The Effect of Serotonin on Anxiety-like Symptoms of Sunburst Platys (Xiphophorous maculatus)" by Zemariah Sanders.

"Proliferation: Plastics, Art, and the Consumer" featured the creations of Heather Korzun.

Marquis Brunson described his work on "Imitation of the 'Sacred Art of the Ori.'”

Math professor Dr. John Ong gave the Capstone keynote address. Ong will retire this year after 33 years of service to the MBU community.

Award winners were recognized at a ceremony on May 6.

Congratulations, 2022 Awardees

Best Paper Award: STEM 

Stella Remigio, a biology major from Waipahu, Hawaii.  She hopes to continue academic research in the areas of molecular and cellular biology, and answer important scientific questions throughout her career.

Project Supervisor and Faculty Academic Advisor: Paul Deeble

Type of Project: Senior Project

Type of Presentation: Paper / Quantitative Project

Project Title: Neuroendocrine Cell Conditioned Media Effect on Prostate Cancer Cell Migration: LNCaP and PC-3

 

Best Paper Award: Humanities

Corrina Hunter, a history major from Martinsburg, West Virginia. Hunter plans to attend graduate school to pursue a teaching career, hoping one day to be a professor.

Type of Project: Senior Project

Type of Presentation: Paper

Project Title: The Black Queer Neighbor: How the effects of the Great Migration on the neighborhoods of New Yorks Manhattan borough in the 1900s led to the erasure of Black queer people and queer people of color from the post-Stonewall gay liberation movement of the 1960s

 

Best Paper Award: Social Sciences

Mckenna “McK” Mollner, an economics major from King George, Virginia. In the fall they will be entering an MS program in resource economics at the University of Maine and serve as a trainee with the Initiative for One Health and the Environment.

Project Supervisor and Faculty Academic Advisor: Amy Diduch

Type of Project: Honors Thesis

Type of Presentation: Paper / Quantitative Project

Project Title: Cell Phones, Risk, and Day Hikers: An Analysis of the Potential Impact of Cellphones on Search and Rescue Trends in Shenandoah National Park

 

Best Quantifiable Research Award 

Brionny Brown, a biology major from Sanford, North Carolina. She will spend the next two years gaining clinical and medical experience before attending medical school to become a neurosurgeon.

Project Supervisor and Faculty Academic Advisor: Paul Deeble

Type of Project: Senior Project

Type of Presentation: Paper / Quantitative Project

Project Title: The Effect of Caffeine on sAPPα and the Lifespan and Climbing Ability of Drosophila melanogaster Models for Alzheimer’s Disease

 

Science Poster Award

Haley Schwarz, biology major and VWIL cadet from Las Vegas. She is commissioning into the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant, working in nuclear and missile operations.

Project Supervisor and Faculty Academic Advisor: Mary Jane Epps

Type of Project: Senior Project

Type of Presentation: Poster / Quantitative Project

Project Title: Abundance, Diversity and Growth Rates of Entomopathogenic Fungi Along an Elevational Gradient

 

Best High Impact Practice Presentation Award

Mary Moran, a double major in criminal justice and political science from Lutz, Florida. She will attend Florida A&M School of Law next fall, where she will work toward becoming a lead prosecutor.  

Project Supervisor: Paige Reed

Faculty Academic Advisor: Beth Easterling

Type of Project: High Impact Practice Project

Type of Presentation: High Impact Practice Project

Project Title: The Experience at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office

 

Best Visual and Performing Art Award

Marquis Brunson, a studio art major from Staunton. He will be attending the Maryland Institute College of Art in the fall. 

Project Supervisor: Jim Sconyers

Faculty Academic Advisor: Martha Saunders

Type of Project: Senior Project

Type of Presentation: Musical, theatrical, or other artistic performance

Project Title: Imitation of the “Sacred Art of the Ori”

 

Juniors winning senior project fellowship awards: 

Abigail Adams

Jamie LaGrange

Anna Burkholder