Student Scholar Day

Welcome to Avila University’s 22nd Annual Student Scholar Day

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Whitfield Center

Oral Presentations — Whitfield Conference Center

9:00 a.m.

Dr. Lida Khalafi

9:05 a.m.

The 1918 Influenza Pandemic:  Historical Parallels and Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States
Bryce Culp

9:30 a.m.

Spot the Difference:  Prosperity Theology and the American Dream
Kennedy Galanakis

10:00 a.m.

Cognitive Effects and Personality Variables Associated with Lucid Dreaming
Jasmine Beltran

10:30 a.m.

Juveniles Risk to Recidivism:  Family Edition
Luul Jeylani

11:00 a.m.

The Art of Sports Content Creation
Garrett Tipton

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Spring Picnic
The Quad

Poster Viewing — Whitfield Conference Center

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Oral Presentations — Whitfield Conference Center

1:00 p.m.

Honoring Identity and Intersectionality through SMART Recovery
Mollee Flores

1:30 p.m.

The Implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Adult Sleep Health
Sydney Gardner

2:00 p.m.

Types of Prisons and the Impact that They Have on People after Prison
Blanca Robles-Munoz

2:30 p.m.

“…warn the rest of the sisters to raise the wind…” Gender and Witch Trials in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Scotland
Payton Walter

Keynote Speaker — Whitfield Conference Center

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Abigail Lambke, Ph.D., Avila University associate professor of English

Awards Ceremony & Closing — Whitfield Conference Center

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Download the 2023 PDF Program

Avila University’s annual Student Scholar Day is open to all students (traditional undergraduate, graduate, and adult undergraduate) and their mentors as we celebrate and lift up our Avila scholars.

Student Scholar Day Goals

  • Promote and encourage student contributions to scholarly activity across the campus.
  • Recognize and reward outstanding student achievements and scholarly activity.
  • Promote interdisciplinary academic interaction among students and faculty.
  • Reinforce the breadth of learning that characterizes a quality formal education.
  • Support the institution’s educational efforts regarding the importance of communication skills. 
  • Enhance community awareness of the high level of scholarship at Avila University.

Disciplines in higher education have different formats for presenting research and scholarship. In the sciences (e.g., biology, kinesiology, psychology, education), scholars present research using a basic scientific approach: presentation of hypothesis, interventions or application, and results. Their research is usually presented with a PowerPoint and discussion. In disciplines such as history or English, scholars may present their research by reading a paper. All presentation styles and formats are valid and should be respected.

2023 Student Scholar Day Committee Members

Please reach out to any of the committee members with questions.

Oral Presentation Prizes

  • First Place = $300
  • Second Place = $200
  • Third Place = $100

Poster Presentation Prizes

  • First Place = $250
  • Second Place = $150
  • Third Place = $75

Mission Award

The Mission Award of $300 may be awarded if scholarship exemplifies Avila’s mission and values, particularly the worth, dignity, and potential of each human being; excellence in teaching and learning; service with the dear neighbor; diversity and its expression; the development of the whole person; and right relationships with God, self, others, and creation

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