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7th Annual University-Wide Diversity Research Showcase

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

MSU Union

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

Presenter Information
DRS presenter applications are due by 11:59PM ET on December 17, 2023.
Presenter Registration Link

DRS Application Support

Event Information
Attendee Registration Link

Tentative Schedule
– 1:00-2:00PM      Poster presentations and networking
– 2:00-4:00PM     Oral presentations
– 4:00-4:30PM     Reception
– 4:30-5:00PM     Awards and Dean’s remarks

Thanks to generous donations from our program sponsors, award amounts have been increased to $500, $650, and $800 for oral and poster prize winners, with two additional awards of $300 for students in the preliminary stages of conducting research.

Questions/concerns about presenter or attendee registration may be directed to Isabella Figueroa (

2023 Awards

  • Preliminary Research Award for Research in Progress 
    • Alissa Hakim, third-year, Honors College, 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, Honors College, Saxophone Performance
      • Saxophone in Progress: Diversifying Classical Music as Modern Musicians
      • Research mentor: Joe Lulloff
  • Third Prize Poster 
    • Ann Ketchum, second-year, Honors College, 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, fourth-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, Honors College, Political Science-Prelaw), Nel Robinson (second-year, Honors College, African American & African Studies and Political Science), and Sharmila Suresh (third-year, Honors College, 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, Honors College, Political Science-Prelaw) and Josie Danielkiewicz (second-year, Honors College, 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 
    • Olivia Brenner (third-year, Honors College, Hospitality Business), 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:


Thank you to our 2024 DRS partners!

The Honors College
Undergraduate Research
Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
MSU Libraries
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
College of Arts and Letters
Broad College of Business
College of Natural Science
College of Social Science
Spartan Life & Engagement

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