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Lucerna Undergraduate Research Symposium Set for March 20


Undergraduate research opportunities are a hallmark of UMKC, and the Lucerna Symposium provides a great opportunity to see why – and to see the impact these opportunities can have on a student’s future.

The 2019 Lucerna Undergraduate Research Symposium had to be rescheduled due to bad weather. It’s now set for 5 p.m. March 20 in Pierson Auditorium. The event will feature presentations by student authors published in Volume Thirteen of Lucerna, UMKC’s only peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of undergraduate research.

The Lucerna journal and event is produced by students and faculty of the UMKC Honors College, but all undergraduate students are eligible to submit manuscripts.

This year’s student research projects include:

  • “A Father’s Fantasy: Depicting Class in Jan Steen’s Fantasy Interior,” by Carolyn Nordengren, explores the depiction of social classes in seventeenth-century Dutch society.
  • An analysis of the Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA), a coalition working to reduce violent crime, by Tyler Evans.
  • A review of factors that predict the development of PTSD, by Hannah Doggett.
  • A paper analyzing the 1831 proof of The Divergence Theorem, and connecting it to our modern understanding of it, by Whitney White.
  • A project examining the connections between support for European far-right political movements and immigrant presence, education levels and unemployment rates, by Sami Gul.
  • A paper about the emergence of modern dance amid racial tension in the classical ballet realm, examining the reasons why people of color felt pushed out of ballet, and how the creation of modern dance as a “counterculture” to ballet has led to a continuous division between the two art forms, by Emily Rackers.
  • “The Wonderful World of Memes,” exploring the definition, history and satirical value of memes, by Chase Ford.
  • “Ending the Recidivist Cycle: The Reciprocal Effect of Punitive Correctional Procedures on Incarceration,” about the paradox of U.S. corrections and its failure to “correct” offenders, by Sarah F. Towakoli.

Honors College Dean James McKusick will offer welcoming remarks at 5 pm. Refreshments will be served. Profiles of the 2019 Lucerna presenters and their research are available on the Honors College webpage.

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