Winners have been announced for the 2019 Student Research Symposium, held April 17 at Missouri Southern.

More than 60 students created presentations in one of six categories: Humanities; Business, Engineering and Technology; Social Sciences; Physical and Biological Sciences; Health Sciences; and Education. Students created posters to visually share their work.

The 2019 winners are:

Business, Engineering and Technology

First place: Brian Smith, Joplin, and Mark Capps, Carthage, “Harnessing Analog Electrical Signals to Control Manufacturing Processes”

Second place: Steven Stokes, Joplin, “The Effect of Health Insurance Market Concentration on Premiums”

Physical and Biological Sciences

First place: Haroldo Hernandez, Joplin, “The Role of Alterations in SLC2A10, FBLN5 and ELN Genes in the Likelihood of Developing Tortuous Arteries”

Second place: Nathan Piccoli, Osceoloa, Mo., “Fat, Feisty and Fast? Striking and Constriction Performance from Borneo Pythons”

Social Sciences

First place: Miranda Johnson, Joplin, “Evaluating the Risk of Burnout and Self-Care Practices of Case Managers”

Second place: Holly Haner, Liberty, Mo., “Shadowing Justice: Gubernatorial Clemency in American States”

Health Sciences

First place: (tie) Jacob Sholl, Carthage, Ill., “Body Mass Index & the Likelihood of Embarrassment when Exercising with Others”; and Kate Stauffer, Joplin, “Relationship Between Ankle Flexibility and Kicking Speed in Competitive Swimmers”


First place: Jaclyn Kidd, Neosho, Mo., “Creating Sexual Awareness at MSSU by Anonymous Public Participation in an Art Exhibit”

Second place: Sarah Robbins, Moore, Okla., “Living Art: The Reality of Separating Art from the Harmful World”


First place: Nikki Bramwell, Reeds, Mo., “Effects of Highlighting and Summary on Reading Comprehension”

Second place: Caitlin Brock, Diamond, Mo., “Preferences for Learning Resources in Educational Settings”

Best Overall Poster

Nikki Bramwell

Art Portfolio Best of Show

Mary Beth Strong, Sarcoxie, Mo.