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Capstone Conferences – Biology, English, Psychology, Social Justice & Catholic Studies

April 15 @ 8:45 am - 7:00 pm

Join us for an enlightening event showcasing the culmination of our students’ academic journeys! Our annual Capstone Conference features captivating presentations led by students from diverse disciplines, highlighting their profound research and intellectual achievements.


Every Raindrop by its Name: English Capstone Conference – H100

  • 8:45 am – 4:00 pm, H100
  • 8:45 to 9:00 am: Coffee and light snacks (Heritage Link)
  • 9 to 9:10 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 9:10 to 10:25 am:
    Panel One: Always on the Way: Race, Class and Gender in 20th Century America
    Presenters: James Steward, Angelica Baker, and Kristin Robinson
  • 10:45 am to 12 pm
    Panel Two: The Gaps Between the Stories: The Act of Story Telling in North American Narratives
    Presenters: Kiana Wells, Michaela Messier, and Sarah Bellavance 
  • 12:00 to 1:00 pm: Light lunch (Heritage Link)
  • 1:00 to 2:15 pm
    Panel Three: As Long As Memories were Tangled with the Present: Identity and Discovery in Contemporary Fictions
    Presenters: Jacqueline Feddema, Amanda Ehrmantraut, Madison (Maddy) Marentette, and Valeria Orrego Vargas
  • 2:35 to 3:40 pm
    Panel Four: Strong at the Broken Places: Resilience and Evolution in Queer and Indigenous Stories
    Presenters: Joannie (Jo) Baranov, Micah Allen, and Brennan Kavanagh
  • 3:40 to 3:50 pm: Closing Remarks



Liberal Studies and Social Justice and Catholic Studies Capstone Conference – Heritage Link

  •  10 am – 2:00 pm, C103, Light lunch provided at 12:00 pm (Heritage Link)


  • Chloe Parker (Drama), The Freedom of Literature: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Book Banning and Censorship 
  • Keegan Wenaas, Cryptocurrencies: Short Lived Trend or Long-Term Staple?
  • Jeff Deringer, Privacy of Personal Information on the Internet
  • Brooke Couturier (Sociology), Saving Lives, Saving Communities: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Harm Reduction as a Sustainable Solution to Opioid Overdoses in North America 
  • Caroline Burns, Baptizing Social Justice 
  • Jordan Dubbin (Psychology), Canada’s Current Healthcare System: An Interdisciplinary Look into the National Debate of Private (Pay) vs. Public (Wait) 
  • Susan Cua (Catholic Studies Stream), topic: Bringing Catholic Social Teaching and the Environment into the Parishes
  • Mackenzie Benesh (Social Justice Stream), topic: The Place of the Queer Community (2SLGBTQIA+) in Catholic and Buddhist Spaces


Psychology Capstone Conference – M100

  • 1:00 to 4:00 pm, M100,
  • Light lunch provided at 12:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm: Welcome by Dr. Corinne Syrnyk
  • 1:05 pm: Maria Leonard, Effectiveness of Mindfulness Meditation on Psychological Well-being
  • 1:20 pm: Maria Osiowy, Music Therapy’s Impact on Resilience and Affect in Undergraduates
  • 1:35 pm: Amber Rehman, Navigating Mental Health Dynamics: Exploring the Impact of Stigma, Program Awareness, and Faith-Based Perspectives on Help-Seeking Behavior Among Undergraduate Students
  • 1:50 pm: Maggie Bauer, Exploring the Impact of Year of Study and Program on Undergraduate Student Program Satisfaction and the Importance of Student Support
  • 2:05 pm: Coffee break
  • 2:20 pm: Hale Aquino, Body Image in Gay Undergraduate Men
  • 2:35 pm: Alisia Nhoeuk, Exploring Undergraduate’s Awareness and Perception of Distinctions Between Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence: Signs for Supportive Receptiveness
  • 2:50 pm: Cheryl Scott, Hair Her Experience: How is Black Women’s Wellness Impacted by Their Hair and Hair-Care Practices as They are Influenced by Society’s Narratives About Black Identity
  • 3:05 pm: Jenna Walker, Bursting Bubbles: Investigating the Role of Chewing Gum in Working Memory
  • 3:20 pm: Jack Maleski, The Chills and Thrills: Investigation into Auditory Working Memory and Music – Induced Chills
  • 3:35 pm: Closing remarks


Biology Capstone Conference – H100

 Poster presentation from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, H100, light refreshments provided.


  • Courtney Broadley, Understanding Tardigrade Diversity Amongst Newfoundland and High River and Their Similarities and Differences
  • Ope Faro, Biopiracy Rates Among Newly Discovered Species
  • Jaiden Hansen, Tardigrade Genetics: Developing a Standardised DNA and Barcoding Method
  • Pedro Hernandez Lomba, Tardigrade Genetics: Developing a Standardised DNA and Barcoding Method
  • Tiana Parker and Brooke Smith, Tardigrade Survey of Northern and Western Newfoundland
  • Gabriel Persaud, Adapting Historical Experiments for a Modern Classroom
  • Josh Ryan, Species Concepts and Their Role in Discovering New Species
  • Jared Sepkowski, Recreating Historical Experiments
  • Patrick Wasch, Geographic and Taxonomic Trends in Species Discoveries


April 15
8:45 am - 7:00 pm
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