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May 10, 2021

Senior Academic Excellence on Display at 21st Annual Student Scholar Day

Avila University faculty recognized student academic excellence during the 2021 Student Scholar Day on April 13.

The 21st annual ceremony featured the work of nearly 20 students, who shared their work through oral presentation and poster exhibits. The winners and runners up received a plaque and a monetary prize. Additionally, the St. Catherine’s and St. Thomas More’s Medal were presented to the female and male second-year student, respectively, who has made outstanding contributions to Avila while excelling in the classroom.

Associate professor of Women’s and Gender Studies Dr. Leslie Dorrough-Smith provided the keynote address, “Compromising Positions: Sex Scandals, Politics, and American Christianity.”

Begun by Avila faculty in 2001, Student Scholar Day has developed into an all-day event celebrating students’ dedication to learning and the high level of scholarship at the University. Due to social distancing requirements, this year’s ceremony was livestreamed.

2021 Student Scholar Day Winners

Oral Presentations

1st Place – $300

Reginald Black (mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Meyers)
“Real Existing Fascism”

2nd Place – $200

Madeline Clardy (mentor: Dr. Ashley Fansher)
“The commonalty of ‘date rape’ drugs in sexual assault cases”

Poster Presentations

1st Place – $250

Noor Ul Ain (mentor: Dr. Lida Khalafi)
“Indicator-Based Visualization of Ocean Acidification as the Result of CO2 Dissolution”

2nd Place – $150

Marlon Jones (mentor: Dr. Karin Gastreich)
“Effects of prescribed burning on pollinators in Jerry Smith Park”

St Catherine’s Medal

Tiera Jackson

St. Thomas More’s Medal

Tanner Yeisley

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