Spotlight Student Research Forum

Spotlight Student Research Forum 2022

Be Inspired!  Be a Spotlight Participant or Be a Part of the Spotlight Audience.

Spotlight Q&A:  Wednesday, February 23, 2022, Noon to 1pm on Microsoft Teams
Interested in Presenting but Have Questions?  Attend this Workshop for all the answers, from topic selection to abstract preparation. Email Ms. Ami Keller Garnett ( for an invitation to this online event.

Event Date: Thursday, April 14, 2022 

Teams link: 

Join here and be inspired!


Presenters for Spotlight 2022 

9:00am – 10:00am – FOOD & CULTURE – Please be ready to present and logged in on Teams by 8:45am.

Savannah Fennell

Modern Languages

Tea Culture and Ceremonies in China

Sophia Wirtz


Tita's Kitchen Border in Like Water for Chocolate

Andrea Jenkins


Mama Said to Eat Your Vegetables


10a - 11am - LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION – Please be ready to present and logged in on Teams by 9:45am.

Christina Roach


The impact of code-switching on African American professionals in predominantly white


Chasidah Fried

Linguistics & TESOL

All Languages Matter

Sloane Cheesebrough

Linguistics & TESOL

“A Gamble On Gender”: Perceptions of the Singular They Pronoun

Victoria Munoz


The comparison of andragogy and pedagogy: Taekwondo field study


11:00am – Noon - HISTORICAL JOURNEYS – Please be ready to present and logged in on Teams by 10:45am.

Angela Austin


Legacy of Horror: The Bent Family at Sand Creek

Erhard Van Deventer


The Subjugation of the Comanche and Zulu in the 19th century

Laura Wimmer

Art & Art History

Duccio vs. Ducciesque: Workshop Involvement in the Siena Cathedral’s Maestà


1:00pm – 2:00pm - CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL CONCERNS – Please be ready to present and logged in on Teams by 12:45pm.

Eddy Kham

Modern Languages

The Urgent Need for Change Towards the Crisis in Venezuela

Erica Favor


Sexual Consent: Conceptualizations, Practices and Education Among Texas High School Students

Ezriel Wilson

Art & Art History

Great Women of Art: their influence on my IDEAS Fellowship 'The Rights to Reproductive Rights'

Kayla Arwun


Reply to “Immoral realism”: That’s a mixed ‘if’


2:00pm – 3:00pm - IDENTITY AND CULTURE – Please be ready to present and logged in on Teams by 1:45pm.

Taylor Walker-Williams


Hiding In Plain Sight

Cain Camarillo


White Supremacy and Chivalric Literature: A Medieval or Modern Problem?

Lindsey Surratt


Female Empowerment in Puritanism and the Need for Witchcraft

Abra Carr


Singing the Body: Electric Responses to Race in Whitman


3:00pm – 4:00pm – LITERARY EXPLORATIONS -  Please be ready to present and logged in on Teams by 2:45pm.

Connor Colburn


A Whale Is A Novel

Sean Woodard


“Creaturely Love in Algernon Blackwood’s ‘Ancient Sorceries’ and its 'Cat People' Adaptations”

Cassandra Yatron


“Hungry for You”: Bram Stoker's Count Dracula as a Commensal Rat

Ashley Johnson


The Rhetoric of Childhood: Imagining Sir Gawain and the Green Knight for Children


4:00pm – 5:00pm - LANGUAGE AND THE MIND - – Please be ready to present and logged in on Teams by 3:45pm.

Ki James

Linguistics & TESOL

Consonant Distributions in Lango

Dema Smadi

Linguistics & TESOL

Phonetic drift in L1 Arabic L2 English speakers’ stop production

Emily WIlliams

Linguistics & TESOL

Take a Stance™: Framing Artificial Operators as Stance Markers


Faculty Spotlight Liaisons

If you have questions, please contact your departmental contact for answers. This includes basic questions, such as “On what topic may I present?” or “Who will be my faculty mentor?”

Art & Art History                                           Dr. Leah McCurdy       
Communication                                               Dr. Mark Tremayne      
Criminology and Criminal Justice                  Dr. Patricia Eddings     
English                                                            Dr. Peggy Kulesz          
History                                                            Dr. Paul Conrad            
Linguistics and TESOL                                  Dr. Ivy Hauser              
Modern Languages                                         Dr. Amy Austin            
Music                                                              Prof. Megan Sarno        
Philosophy                                                      Dr. Ken Williford         
Political Science                                             Dr. Kayla Canelo          
Sociology & Anthropology                            Dr. Ashley Lemke         
Theatre Arts                                                    Dr. Julienne Greer