Graduate Academic Symposium

Updated Information: The Graduate Academic Symposium, held in conjunction with the Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE), will be a virtual conference on April 29, 2021.

The Symposium is an opportunity for students to share creative and/or scholarly work that they have undertaken during their graduate studies.  This will be a virtual event, beginning with an opening address and followed by several parallel sessions that will run online from the morning into the evening. Students will give 15 minute oral presentations, followed by 5 minutes for questions and answers.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: If you are interested in submitting your work for approval, please follow the directions below. Please note that your submission must be for the Graduate Academic Symposium on Valpo Scholar. Create an account on Valpo Scholar and provide the following:
  1. Title of project Name(s) of the author(s)
  2. Primary contact name and email
  3. Faculty sponsor name and email
  4. Name of the college and department/program associated with the project
  5. Biographical information about the author(s) – 75 words or less Information
  6. Abstract (2 pages, double spaced) attached in PDF format
    Once the abstract is submitted, the supervising faculty sponsor of your research project must approve the abstract before the committee will review your work. All abstracts must be submitted to Valpo Scholar by Friday, March 26, 2021.

Based on the submitted abstracts, a detailed schedule will be provided after we return from Easter Break. In consultation with their faculty mentors, students should prepare whatever they plan to share during their online presentation slot. These can include, but are not limited to, a series of presentation slides, a traditional poster, an exhibition of works of art, or an artistic performance.

For questions about the Graduate Academic Symposium, please contact Jessica Segally, Assistant Director of Academic Services, at or 219.464.5313.

Chrysanthemum Davis (Post Masters Doctorate of Nursing Practice)
Impact of a Protocol Implementation on Identification and Referral of Women At-Risk for Hereditary Breast Cancer
Session 2: 12:00-12:50 pm Project Code: NURS-3

Kayli Perrine (Arts & Entertainment Administration)
My Love of the Sea
Session 2: 12:00-12:50 pm Project Code: ART-7

Nazia Nasrat (Information Technology)
An Enterprise Architecture Evaluation of E-Government Progress: Afghanistan as a Case Study
Session 2: 12:00-12:50 pm Project Code: CIS-5

Marrisa Culver (Doctorate of Nursing Practice)
You’re Not Forgotten: Effects of Screening for Postpartum Depression within a Pediatric Setting
Session 2: 12:00-12:50 pm Project Code: NURS-4

Zachary Virgo (Cyber Security)
Effects of the IoT on Network Security
Session 2: 12:00-12:50 pm Project Code: CIS-6 (Oral)

Jordin Billings (English Studies & Communication)
Jane Eyre: Insanity in Juxtaposition
Session 1: 11:00-11:50 am Project Code: ENG-1 (Oral)

Eli Hofer (Analytics & Modeling)
Simulation of a Continuous Casting Machine
Session 2: 12:00-12:50 pm Project Code: MATH-9 (Oral)