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Student accolades

Students showcase skills, research at academic conferences, competitions

April 30, 2019

The month of April presented Mount Saint Mary’s students with several opportunities to showcase their research and skills at prestigious academic conferences and competitions.

Research symposium

Social work majors presented results of their research with Associate Professor Michelle Melendres, PhD, director of the Honors Program, at the WASC Senior College and University Commission Academic Resource Conference in April.

  • Presentation #1: Building Bridges for Tomorrow: A Model for Preparing Undergraduate Students for Professional Development
    • Presenters: Dr. Michelle Melendres, Breanna Herrera, Rachel Ocampo, Emily Saucedo, and Trisha Stuart 
  • Presentation #2: The Benefits of Experiential Learning and Engaging Students Beyond the Classroom
    • Presenters: Dr. Michelle Melendres, Vanessa Hernandez, Caroline Ortiz, Nancy Regis, and Kiana Rodriguez 
  • Presentation #3: Redesign, Revamp, Revitalize: Integrating Best Practices in the Development of a Blossoming Honors Program
    • Presenters: Dr. Michelle Melendres, Isabel Bustos, Samantha De La O, Itzel Macedo, and Reena Palero
  • Presentation #4: Realigning an Academic Program for Professional Accreditation: Successes, Strategies, and Challenges
    • Presenters: Dr. Michelle Melendres, Nancy Regis, and Reena Palero

Many of the Mount Saint Mary’s presenters will begin their graduate studies this fall. They will be entering master of social work programs at Columbia University, University of Southern California, UCLA, Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Advertising competition

On April 12, the ADthenians, a student club that serves as an official on-campus chapter of the American Advertising Federation, hosted the National Student Advertising Competition at the Doheny Campus. Aside from coordinating the all-day event, the Mount’s advertising team competed against groups from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Cal State Fullerton; UC San Diego; Chapman University; and UCLA.

STEM conference

Mount Saint Mary’s hosted nearly 200 students from universities across the region for the Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference in Chemistry and Biochemistry held at the Chalon Campus on April 13. Twenty-eight students from Mount Saint Mary’s presented on 14 different research projects.

“This conference has always provided a very positive environment for our students,” said Stemp. “The Mount has been an active participant in this spring conference for decades, so it was wonderful for us to have the opportunity to host this conference and give back to our local scientific community.”

The conference featured Mount alum Sarah Cruz ’15 as a guest speaker. Cruz, who received a bachelor of science in biochemistry from the Mount, now works as a planetary protection engineer on the Mars 2020 Project at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The Mount’s former provost, Professor Emeritus Eleanor Siebert, PhD, gave an introduction extolling the values of undergraduate research. Eric Stemp, PhD, Loring-Denault Endowed Chair in Chemistry, followed with remarks about the conference sponsor, Genevieve Denault ‘57.