Diversity Research Showcase

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6th Annual University-Wide Diversity Research Showcase

January 13, 2023


MSU Union

Featuring MSU undergraduate student work or work in progress on issues of diversity that advance inclusion. 


The 2022 Diversity Research Showcase took place virtually via Zoom, with poster presentations still accessible via Symposium. Sign up for a Symposium account to view materials from all poster & oral presenters.

Download the 2022 DRS Program Here


Thanks to generous donations from our program sponsors, award amounts were increased for 2022!

1st Prize – $700

2nd Prize – $500

3rd Prize – $300

Additional 2 awards of $300/each for students in the preliminary stages of conducting research and 2 awards of $200/each to students showing outstanding research promise.

Poster Presentations

  • 1st Prize - Olivia LeBlanc - Suicide Thoughts and Plans of Adolescents Experiencing Major Depressive Spells
  • 2nd Prize - Hady Omar - Understanding the impact of the Drew Science Scholars program
  • 3rd Prize - Terra Dunn & Megan Wertz - Mental Health Services for Transgender Clients: Responding to Sociopolitical Events and Helpful/Unhelpful Experiences

Oral Presentations

  • 1st Prize - Mariam Sayed - Fostering Societal Transformations in Neurodivergent Populations
  • 2nd Prize - Olivia Cannella - The Impact of Inclusive Leadership on Employees' Job satisfaction, Voice, Team-Member Exchange, and Commitment to Customer Service
  • 3rd Prize - Eliot Haddad - Increasing Healthcare and Research Accessibility for Geographically Dispersed and Medically Underserved Pediatric Populations through Remote Anthropometry

Preliminary Research Award for Research in Progress

  • Justin Crouch & Roxy Sprowl - Sins of Commission and Omission: Do images in high school history textbooks reflect the historical diversity of the American people?
  • Aylasia Steen - Evaluating the Effectiveness of Blind Recruitment: Minimizing Inequity in Job Candidacy

Award for Outstanding Research Promise

  • Zahra Ahmad - Michigan County Police Policy Prevalence
  • Olivia Cannella & Miquela Ochoa - The Impact of Inclusive National Policy on Current Trends and Growth in the Hospitality Industry
  • Deandrea White - Being Black and Abroad: How White Trip Leaders and White Peers Influence the Experiences of Black Undergraduate Women Abroad

Screen grab of DRS staff and award recipients during Zoom award ceremony

Congratulations again to all presenters and award winners! Featured in this photo are some of our 2022 award winners and their research mentors.

Read more about our previous award winners:



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College of Social ScienceJames Madison College

MSU Libraries Undergraduate Research

Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives