Celebrating Student Research, Scholarship, and Creativity

Inquiry is a celebration of student research, scholarship, and creative achievement coinciding with the Council for Undergraduate Research's week-long celebration of student accomplishments.

Inquiry 2018 began on April 8 with the Pi Mu Epsilon honor society induction and will conclude on Thursday, April 26. The period included induction ceremonies into national and international academic honor societies, poetry readings, musical recitals, and oral research presentations. The departmental awards ceremony was scheduled for Thursday, April 26, followed by the Inquiry symposium, a signature event showcasing LVC students' diverse talents. At the symposium, undergraduates from every academic department displayed their work to an audience of faculty, peers, Trustees, administrators, and friends of the College.

2018 Winners:

Department: Digital Communications

First Place: Capture Crate

Wael Alhamad, David Burns, Daniel Cronen, Kristen Eberhardt, Michael Gephart, & Vincent Osborne

Second Place: Quixit

Michael Bobin, Alexander Buckingham, Michael Ogunyemi, Marla Scacchitti, & Alyssa Zelko

Third Place: SHMAP

Kirsten Bannan, Laura Brent, Sarah Bruno, Dawa Sherpa, & Samantha Spurlock  

Department: Psychology

First Place: “Acoustic Features of Infant Vocalizations Impact Fathers' Perceptions and Responding" 

Austin Martinez & Joshua Rinehimer

Second Place: “Emotional Intelligence and Decision-Making Skills and Beliefs"

Amber Howard

Third Place: “Overclaiming & Pseudoscience: Correlating Self-Generated Degrees of Knowledge and Beliefs Towards Paranormal Phenomenon and Junk Science" 

Sara Koros & Savanna Toth

Department: Biology

First Place: "The Effects of Iron Deficiency on Behavior and Serotonin Transporter and 1B Receptor Expression”

Dakota Portzline & Nicholas Scullin

Second Place: 

Abigail Corbin & Patrick McMullen

Third Place: “Consequences of Early Iron Deficiency and Lead Co-Exposure on Dopamine Signaling”

Catherine Lacovara & Caitlin Ritchey

Department: Chemistry

First Place: 

Alyssa Smale

Second Place: “Self-Powered Glutathione Biosensor”

Brandon Roy & Julia Rutherford

Third Place: 

Andrew Brown & Maddie Martin

Student Work

Students present their work during the 2017 Inquiry Symposium, a signature event showcasing students talents across academic disciplines.

Paul Markovits presents his poster at Inquiry

Digital Communications

Grocery Grab

Paul Markovits, Kaitlyn Partington, & Morgan Strickler presented their website, Grocery Grab, which allows users to search for grocery items online, pick those items up at their convenience, and search for recipes.

Alexa Bowman presents her work at inquiry


The Culture and Struggle of Contemporary Mayans

Alexa Bowman presented her research on the struggle of the Mayans including the effects of tourism on their culture and the relearning of their language.

Janeyah Rivers-Hamilton presents her work at inquiry


The Suppression of Garlic Mustard by Common Chickweed

Janeyah Rivers-Hamilton presents her findings from a field study that was conducted in the Rohland Woods to determine if the presence of common chickweed suppresses the growth of garlic mustard.