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Diversity Research Showcase



7th Annual University-Wide Diversity Research Showcase

January 19, 2024 1:00-5:00PM

MSU Union

2024 DRS call for proposals to be announced soon.

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


2023 Awards

Thanks to generous donations from our program sponsors, award amounts were set at $300, $500, and $700 for oral and poster prize winners, with an additional two awards of $250 for students in the preliminary stages of conducting research.

  • Preliminary Research Award for Research in Progress 
    • Alissa Hakim, third-year, Arts and Humanities & Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy
      • Variable Patterns in Risks and Their Levels Amongst Diverse Juveniles
      • Research mentor: Dr. Caitlin Cavanaugh
    • Natalia Warthen, fourth-year, Saxophone Performance
      • Saxophone in Progress: Diversifying Classical Music as Modern Musicians
      • Research mentor: Joe Lulloff
  • Third Prize Poster 
    • Ann Ketchum, second-year, Elementary Education
      • When Good Intentions Are Not Enough: A Look into Issues of Diversity in Rural Elementary Education Settings
      • Research mentor: Dr. Terah Chambers
  • Second Prize Poster 
    • Miquela Ochoa, forth-year, Hospitality Business
      • Why DEI is Critical to Rectifying the Labor Crisis
      • Research mentor: Dr. MiRan Kim
  • First Prize Poster 
    • Jerome Hamilton, Jr. (second-year, Political Science-Prelaw), Nel Robinson (second-year, African American & African Studies and Political Science), and Sharmila Suresh (third-year, Economics)
      • Television News and the (Mis)Representation of Cocaine and Opioid Users: A Systematic Study of NBC Nightly News
      • Research mentor: Dr. John Waller
  • Third Place Oral 
    • Jonah Cumings (second-year, Political Science-Prelaw) and Josie Danielkiewicz (second-year, Political Science-Prelaw)
      • Television News and the (Mis)Representation of Cocaine and Opioid Users: A Systematic Study of NBC Nightly News Reports
      • Research mentor: Dr. John Waller
  • Second Place Oral 
    • Destiny Kanning, second-year, Human Biology
      • Studying Negative Social Effects and Misconceptions of Cystic Fibrosis of Patients Aged 17-24, Preliminary Discussion for Pulmonary Organoid Development
      • Research mentors: Dr. Ryan Thomas, MD and Ashlee Price, RN
  • First Place Oral 
    • Layna Cho (fifth-year, Hospitality Business), Lauryn Davis (second-year, Linguistics), and Miquela Ochoa (fourth-year, Hospitality Business)
      • Exploring the Impact of K-Culture Experience on Cultural Diversity Understanding: Do Gender and Race/Ethnicity Matter?
      • Research mentors: Dr. MiRan Kim and Dr. Ok-sook Park

Read more about our previous award winners:



The Honors College
Undergraduate Research Office
Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
College of Arts and Letters
James Madison College
College of Social Science

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