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Nelson Student Research Symposia

The purpose of the Nelson Student Research Symposia is to recognize and share high-quality undergraduate research related to international and global topics.

The symposia enabled what previously were stand-alone Nelson Institute conferences to partner with the Engaged Citizen Experience effort to promote a university wide discourse of global intercultural topics.

Join us on Friday, March 3rd from 8:00 am-12:00 pm in Collier Scripps Hall for the 2023 Nelson Student Research Symposium!


About the 2023 Symposium

This annual student showcase is taking place as part of the spring Global Citizen Forum. The theme for the 2023 Global Citizen Forum is Social impact and responsibility.

How can students, faculty, staff and recent graduates of Drake be engaged in improving society and being active stewards for the common good? This theme aligns with University's mission to prepare students for responsible global citizenship and The Ones Campaign Every Bulldog a Changemaker initiative.

The symposium will feature student presentations addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which provide a framework for tackling complex global pressing issues such as poverty, sustainable communities, climate action, and justice.

In conjunction with the student symposium, the Drake Department of Political Science will present a faculty panel examining current global events and issues from multiple perspectives. Attendees may join the panel in person at Collier Scripps Hall, or virtually via Zoom. Learn More


8:00-8:30 am

Session 1.1: Quality Education

Collier Scripps Room 301

Education Policy and Religious Fundamentalism: Rhetoric of Culture Crisis and School Choice, by Hannah Schurz. 

An Analysis of the Impact of Teacher Feedback on Voice Student’s Self-Determination, by Ollie Kress.

Session 1.2: Climate Action

Collier Scripps Room 308

Assembling to Organize: Applying Assemblage Theory to Flooding Ecosystem Disservices to Promote Community Organizing, by Lauren Krake.

Mní Wičóni: Water is Life, by Madeline Hergott.

8:45-9:15 am

Session 2.1: Good Health & Well Being

Collier Scripps Room 301

Pregnant and Incarcerated - A Population Overlooked by Rachel Shugarts.

Effects of Antenatal Care (ANC) on Maternal and Fetal Outcomes at Pravara Rural Hospital in Loni, India, by Briahna Amundson.

Session 2.2: Gender | Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

Collier Scripps Room 308

Mexico's Femicides & State Responsibility, by Graciela Breton-Solano.

A Case Against Banning Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, by Jazmine Guzman.

9:30-10:30 am

Session 3: Faculty Panel "What's Happening in the World?"

Collier Scripps Room 301 and on Zoom

Presented by faculty from the Drake Department of Political Science

10:45-11:45 am

Session 4: En español "Mujeres investigan: Cultura y sociedad iberoamericana a través de literatura y testimonio" (Women Investigate: Iberoamerican Culture and Society through Literature and Testimony)

Collier Scripps Room 335

Estigma de la salud mental, by Alexa Andrews.

Leyendas: el diablo, la noche, la muerte y el miedo, by Merlin Joya-Gomez.

Aventuras tras el tiempo y espacio, conversaciones con Alma, by Bridgid Miller.

"No hay nada aquí": Cambio climático y migración, by Jenna Peterson.

La experiencias similares de dos inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos, by Emily Scott.

Madres fuertes sin nombres, by Jane Swanberg.

Las creencias mayas sobre la naturaleza: La mitologia y el activismo, by Kate Wilson.