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April 28, 2022 | By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan students presented the results of their original research and other projects April 21 at the university’s Spring Student Symposium held in historic Merrick Hall. (Photo by Paul Vernon)

Spring Student Symposium

Annual Event Highlights the Breadth, Innovation, and Quality of Ohio Wesleyan Academics

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University students shared their 2021-2022 research and creative work April 21 at OWU’s annual Spring Student Symposium.

The symposium is designed to highlight the breadth, innovation, and quality of work produced by Ohio Wesleyan students as they fulfill the tenets of the OWU Connection – to think big (understand issues from multiple academic disciplines), go global (gain international perspective), get real (translate classroom knowledge into real-world experience), and do good (volunteer to help others).

Ohio Wesleyan students presenting at the symposium and their projects were:

  • Jeremiah Anderson of Dayton, Ohio, and Veronica Cody of Somerset, Ohio, presented an oral report titled “Can You Make This House a Home? Are Black Spaces Enough to Foster a Sense of Belonging at Ohio Wesleyan University?”
  • Chandler Carr of Washington Court House, Ohio, presented a poster report titled “Animal Care Observation Internship” based on an internship at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
  • Acadia Caryl of Highland Heights, Ohio, and Leigh Stavar of Cleveland, Ohio, presented the oral report “Collecting Histories: A Study of Perceived Authenticity and Gentrification in the Immigrant and Ethnic Food Corridors of San Francisco.”
  • Grant Cayton of McDermott, Ohio, presented the oral report “Brahma and the Problem of Popularity.”
  • Amanda Ciccone of Lawrence Township, New Jersey, presented the oral report “Impact of COVID-19 on Occupational Therapy Service Delivery in Public Schools.”
  • Abby Doza of Plain City, Ohio, presented the poster report “Familiarity and Its Impacts on Male Mate Preference in the Sailfin Molly, Poecilia latipinna (fish).”
  • Meg Edwards of Columbus, Ohio, presented the oral report “Debe Ser Dirigida: Theories of Community Organizing for Resource Management in the Context of Rural Ecuador.”
  • Marya Gakosso of Bronx, New York, presented the oral report “The Role of Democracy in Economic Growth.”
  • Chiru Gunawardena of New Albany, Ohio, presented a poster report on how stress during adolescence affects anxiety-like behavior in adult mice.
  • Kaden Hubly of Kankakee, Illinois, presented the poster report “Characterization of the Yeast Gene YDL218W: A Role in Cell Wall Biosynthesis and Maintenance.”
  • Chase Reinert of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, presented the poster reports “Phenotype Characterization of sas-7(or1945) C. elegans (roundworm)” and “Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship at Ohio Wildlife Center.”
  • Sydni Simpson of Simpsonville, South Carolina, presented the oral report “Gender and Streaming – A Comprehensive Study on How Gender Impacts Experience.”
  • Elliot Spicer of Newark, Ohio, presented the oral report “Benefits, Costs, and Spatial Trends of Ecotourism in Iceland.”
  • Myles Steed of Marion, Ohio, presented the poster report “The Development of Dipyrrin Platforms for Oxygen Reduction.”
  • Lucas Stetter of Fort Collins, Colorado, presented the poster report “Can Functional Tests Predict Throwing Velocity or Batting-Exit Velocity in Division III Collegiate Baseball: A Predictive Validity Investigation.”
  • Hannah Williams of Columbus, Ohio, presented the poster report “The Relationship of Functional Test Performance with Proficiency and Injury Occurrence in High School Volleyball Players.”
  • Adrian Yates of Columbus, Ohio, presented the oral report “Disrememberment.”

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Photos From the Event

Spring Student Symposium

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its signature program, the OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included on the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “Best Colleges” lists. Connect with OWU expert interview sources at or learn more at