PNW Students Power Onward for 2021 Days of Discovery

April 14, 2021

Every year, Purdue Northwest faculty members and students come together to celebrate research, scholarship and creative activities for PNW’s Days of Discovery and 2021 was no exception.

This year’s event included two keynote speakers. How can you promote your own healthy living? John J. Durocher, PNW’s Nils K. Nelson endowed associate professor of health studies, addressed this in his keynote speech: “Lifestyle Strategies to Power Onward.”

How has the Biden administration lived up to its promises so far? Yu Ouyang, PNW’s assistant professor of political science, answered this in his keynote speech: “The Biden Administration: Campaign Promises and an Initial Assessment.”

Participant Highlights

Kristine Koch is pictured.

“Bioinformatic Exploration of Antimicrobial Resistance in the Serratia marcescens Proteome”

Kristine I. Koch
Biology, ’20

“Antimicrobial resistance is an incredibly important focus of ongoing research today. With the support and guidance of my mentors, I was given the chance to perform meaningful analysis of this topic. I am so grateful for the opportunity to develop my research skills despite the ongoing pandemic. After learning so much from this experience, I look forward to continuing my journey as I power onward into my graduate studies at PNW this Fall.”

Emily Higley is pictured.

“Design of Oxygen Enriched Combustion in a Reheating Furnace”

Emily Higley
Mechanical Engineering, ’21

“Through this research, I’ve learned new things and improved in applying the knowledge and skills I’ve gained here at PNW. The CIVS team has been encouraging and supportive throughout this project, and I believe that the benefits of this experience will continue to impact my life as I move toward obtaining my Ph.D.”

Nathaniel Doan is pictured.

“Design of Oxygen-Enriched Combustion in a Reheating Furnace”

Nathaniel Doan
Mechanical Engineering, ‘21

“I’ve had an enjoyable experience being able to contribute to a project that aims to better the environment by maximizing fuel efficiency and reducing pollutants. I gained valuable experience collaborating with a team to maximize our efficiency in accomplishing challenging goals. The time I spent on this project showed me that there is always room for improvement, and there is always more to learn.”

Saiber Shaikh is pictured.

Experiences of Mental Health Stigma Among Counselors-in-Training: A Phenomenological Inquiry

Saiber Shaikh
M.S in Education in Mental Health Counseling, ’21

“As a passionate Mental Health Advocate and a student of counseling, I realized the lack of the research with regards to therapists and counselors own mental health. I am hoping to build on this research so as to help those who are helping others in this world. This research project is a labor of my passion and my career interest and I am grateful to PNW that I was able to bring it to fruition. I am also incredibly grateful to my department who has always supported my voice and my opinions, and given me a space to grow.”

Sharing results is an integral part of the research experience. Two hundred sixty-seven students participated in Days of Discovery, and we are very proud of each of their accomplishments. It’s a testament to their perseverance.

Maja Marjanovic, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs

Award Winners

Undergraduate Student Awardees

 Student(s)Faculty Mentor(s)title
First PlaceKristine KochScott Bates, Lindsay GieldaBioinformatic Exploration of Antimicrobial Resistance in the Serratia marcescens Proteome
Second PlaceJohn Rosser, Nathaniel Doan, Emily HigleyChenn Zhou, Armin SilaenDesign of Oxygen Enriched Combustion in a Reheating Furnace
Third PlaceTyler Stoeger, Farida Akhmadullina, Taylor Kroon, Jake Dyrkacz, Herminio SergueiPaul McGrath, Amlan MitraA Comprehensive Analysis of Current and Proposed Budget Models at Purdue University Northwest
Third PlaceJulia Yanes Barrera, Aidan DunleavyGokarna AryalA Statistical Analysis of COVID-19 Demographic Data in Indiana Using Time Series Data and Marascuilo Procedure

Graduate Student Awardees

 Student(s)Faculty Mentor(s)title
First PlaceSaiber ShaikhInjung LeeExperiences of Mental Health Stigma among Counselors-in-Training: A Phenomenological Inquiry
Second PlaceSaswot ThapChenn ZhouDesign of Solidification-stress Model for Continuous Casting of Steel; Mentor(s)
Third PlaceTzu-Chi Liang, Alexia Kingzette, Nicholas Triplett, Lauren SlivinskiMegan MurphyEthical Considerations for Marriage and Family Therapists as Mental Health Influencers on Social Media