Hastings College is celebrating excellence with Academic Showcase and Honors Convocation! 

On Wednesday, April 26, 2023, classes are cancelled for the day so the entire campus community can participate. 

Students — Submit your Academic Showcase proposal by clicking the button.

Academic Showcase

Each spring, members of Alpha Chi, the collegiate all-discipline national honor society, coordinate Academic Showcase.

During Academic Showcase, students, faculty, staff, parents and community members enjoy and learn from fascinating student presentations about individual research projects, experiential learning, study abroad experiences and creative endeavors.

Academic Showcase is a chance for students to share their passions and to show off their impressive work. It also gives students a chance to engage in dialogue and discussion as they answer questions about their project.

See the schedule below.

Honors Convocation

The 2023 Honors Convocation is at 3:30 p.m. in French Memorial Chapel. 

The event will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel

Last year’s schedule and presentations are included below.
The 2023 event may operate with a slightly different schedule. 

2022 Academic Showcase Schedule

9:00-9:30 a.m.

Morrison-Reeves 219

Doing Justice to Doing Gender

By Natalie Watson

Morrison-Reeves 148

What are the Best Educational Practices for Special Needs Children?

By Courtney Manahan

Morrison-Reeves 213

Cultural Diplomacy and the Korean Pop Movement

By Savanah Ellis

Morrison-Reeves 131

A Legacy of Love: Learning More About Grandpa Larry Though Interpersonal Communication

By Rachel Hinrichs

Leaving a Legacy: An ethnographic report of my great-grandmother, Lillie Hester Barnes

By Landry Hinkson

9:45-10:15 a.m.

Morrison-Reeves 219

Constructing a Superconductive Race Track

By Skylar Balent

Morrison-Reeves 148

Ethics and Euthanasia: A Philosophical Approach to Contemporary Issues

By Claire Hubbard

Morrison-Reeves 213

Fool Me Twice: recidivism, restorative justice and rural juvenile offenders

By Elizabeth Miller

Morrison-Reeves 131

“If we conquer them and take it, it does not put forth anything” — A Look into the Wealth of Mansa Musa and the Mali Empire

By Max Griffel

10:30-11:00 a.m.

Morrison-Reeves 219

Remember This, Too: Eastern European Memory of the Holocaust and the Ramifications of Antisemitism in the Pre- and Postwar Period Soviet Union

By Olivia Perez

Morrison-Reeves 148

Diverse Requirements: Examining Required Courses in English Programs and the Effects

By Brendan Kachnowski

Morrison-Reeves 213

We don’t know what we have until it’s gone: attitudes and beliefs about the natural world among Protestant pastors

By Sam Johnson

Morrison-Reeves 131

The One Month Novel and Dystopia’s Relevance Today

By Emily Nevins

11:15 a.m.-Noon

Jackson Dinsdale Art Center – Glass Studio

Glassblowing Demonstrations

By Avery Muff and Christian Hessler

Jackson Dinsdale Art Center – Room 101

Writing, Designing and Directing a One-Act Play: A Theatre Capstone

By Kai Marshall

Jackson Dinsdale Art Center – Room 107

Hot Off the Press: New Books from Hastings College Press

By Lyette Erin and Lilly Nelms

Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Lunch for presenters, with a performance by Nikki deSeriere 

1:00-1:45 p.m.

Poster Session
Hazelrigg Student Union

Hospital Architecture and Wellbeing — Melbourne Palmer

Picturing the Early History of Photography — Melbourne Palmer

Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy — Emma Severson

Sonder: A Solo Exhibition — Savanah Ellis

Synthesis of Imidazolium Chiral Ionic Liquids — Julia Reimer

Magnetic Susceptibility of Lithium Bismuthate Glass — Skylar Balent

Let’s Talk About Sex: Examining Attitudes Towards HIV/AIDS  — Natalie Watson

2:00-2:30 p.m.

Morrison-Reeves 219

The Importance of Multicultural Children’s Literature

By Grace Sinsel

Morrison-Reeves 148

“Weeds to Riches” to Rags: An environmental history of White and Yellow Sweet Clover (Melilotus albus and Melilotus officinalis)

By Sam Johnson

Morrison-Reeves 131

Beyond the Admission Letters: A Poetry Examination of Operation Varsity Blues and Racism in Higher Education

By Brendan Kachnowski

2:45-3:15 p.m.

Morrison-Reeves 219

Long Skirt Hullaballoo: How the New Look Reflected Changing Gender Roles in 1950s America

By Hailey Moore

Morrison-Reeves 148

Making the Limelight

By Emma Maline

Morrison-Reeves 213

The Body Game: An Investigation of the Way Coaches Communicate With Athletes About Their Bodies

By Nikki deSeriere

Morrison-Reeves 131

Worth of the Womb: Analyzing the Whitewashed Slave Narrative in The Handmaid’s Tale

By Natalie Watson