Left to right top: Viktor Shoemaker and Eve Vazquez; Bottom: Shaelyn Taylor and Valentina Figuera Alvarez
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
A Message from Terri Graham, Interim President, West and Downtown Campuses
Congratulations to the winners of Valencia College’s Semi-Annual Undergraduate Research Showcase, who presented projects virtually on Friday, April 16, 2021.
Each term, students from across Valencia have an opportunity to showcase their faculty-mentored research and creative work in a formal presentation environment. Many students use this presentation experience as a stepping stone to national and international professional conferences. This spring, a total of 11 judges evaluated student submissions.
The Showcase is a moment when we step back from our academic routines to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and encourage them along the path of intellectual achievement, as well as celebrate the inspiration and creativity of our young scholars and the dedication of their mentors.
First Place — Viktor Shoemaker
Victor won for his project titled, “Socially desirable responding: Does it affect reported progress in gamification?” Mentor: Sean Jennings, professor, psychology
Second Place — Eve Vazquez
Eve’s project was titled “Effects of interhemispheric interaction using active and passive touch stimulation on working memory in young and senior adults” – Mentor: Marc Gentzler, professor, psychology
Third Place — Shaelyn Taylor and Valentina Figuera Alvarez (this was a tie)
Shaelyn submitted a project titled, “Academics & Mental Health: The effects of COVID-19 on college faculty members” – Mentor: Diane Thompson, professor, psychology
Valentina won for her project titled “Gentrification in Miami” – Mentor: Heather Bryson, professor, history
To learn more about Undergraduate Research opportunities at Valencia College, please visit the Undergraduate Research webpage. You may also contact Melonie Sexton, professor, psychology, and undergraduate research coordinator, at UR@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000, extension 5632.