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April 15, 2019

Avila Seniors recognized at 2019 Student Scholar Day

Several graduating Avila University seniors were recognized for their work in the classroom at the 2019 Student Scholar Day on April 11.

The 19th annual ceremony showcased the work of 20 students, who shared their scholarly achievements through oral, performance and poster presentations. The winners and runners up received a plaque and a monetary prize of $300 and $150, respectively. Assistant professor of history Kelly Watson, Ph.D., provided the keynote address, “’Things Which Seame Incredible’: Cannibalism in Jamestown, 1609-1610.”

Begun in 2001 by Avila faculty, it has developed into an all-day event celebrating students’ dedication to learning and the high level of scholarship at the University. For more information about past Student Scholar Days, please visit:

2019 Student Scholar Day Winners

Best Oral Presentation


"A Child’s Story: A Conceptual Representation of a Child with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities"

Katherine Kashka – Special Education

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sue Ellen McCalley

Runner Up

"The Influence of Brew Method on Organic Acid Composition in Coffee"

Allie Roth – Biochemistry; Molecular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph Roberts


Best Poster Presentation


"Delirium Prevention in Intensive Care Unit Patients"

Sarah Brabston – Nursing

Faculty Mentor: Tracy Koehler, MSN, RN

Runner Up

Expression of Neuronal Genes in Bhlhb9-deficient Mice

Allie Weber & Kaitlyn Long – Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Katherine Burgess

Avila Spirit Award


"Anne Frank is Not History"

Jerry Mañon – Theatre

Faculty Mentor: Matt Schwader Harbor

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