Students conduct original research and present it in public forums.

In Social Work 365, Introduction to Methods of Social Research, groups of two or three students select a topic related to social work and conduct research projects including instrument development, methodological planning, data collection, data analysis, as well as presenting the findings in both oral and written form. These presentations are given at Valpo’s Celebration of Scholarship and an undergraduate research conference in Indianapolis.

Here are presentation
topics in recent years.

The Impact of Proximity on Relations Between International and Domestic College Students
Stacia Hackmann, Danielle McCuan, Eleni Kaldis

College-age Women: What Influences Eating Disorders?
Sarah Hansen, Ashlyn Sorrell, Maribel Flores

College Students’ Awareness of Sexual Misconduct Resources
Meghan Sellin, Kimberlyn Chermak, Rachel Briegel

The Impact of Higher Education on Undergraduate College Students’ Religiosity
Josie Scott, Ellie Propper, Katelyn Caragher

Core Values and Choice of Major
Rebecca Kazdoy, Nichol Wilson, Elizabeth Seyfert

The Relationships between Coping Mechanism Choices and Life Satisfaction
Meagan McCarver, Tim Standiford, Ashley Heisey

Service Learning and Its Transformative Effects on the College Experience
Randi Charters, Cassie Hailey, Mary O’Brien, Dashiauna Washington

Mental Health Stigmas and Counseling Center Utilization
Christina Crawley, Johannah Facer, Simone Ingram, Cara Odom, Sara Watts

Emotional Responses Upon Study Abroad Reentry
Amanda Jonikaitis, Patty Carrillo, Maleni Angon, Lindsey Dever

Does Watching Sexually-Oriented Reality Television Increase the Frequency of Viewer’s Sexual Activity?
Stephannie Zamboti, Angelina Goheen, Caitlin Fitzpatrick, Madeline Berger

Effects of Electronic Communication on Face-to-Face Communication
Colleen Bulow, Barb LaRocco, Bethany Garling, Amy Wise

Awareness of Contraceptive Availability at Valparaiso University
Katherine Cole, Charlotte Johnson, Megan Marimen

Amount of Knowledge about Sex Trafficking in the United States among Valparaiso University Students
Taylor Fuller, Abigail Matter, Alyssa Kasper

Diversity in the Media
Jane Hurdish, Emily Penn, Ashley Watson

Living Homeless: The Interactions between Homeless Individuals and the Community in Which They Reside
Rachel Okerstom, Lena Walsh

Stripper’s Rights and Safety in the United States
Emily Beatty, Amanda Rychtanek, Madeline Schuttey

Valpraiso University Campus Climate Survey “How Chilly is it in Valpo?”
Nicole Hudson, Erica Wickstrom

Cultural Competency in High School Educators
Jodie Buchanan, Sidney Findley, Rachel Pollock

Relationship between Aggressive Driving and Various Types of Music
Karen Davidson, Ora Whitehead

A Simple Understanding of Attention Deficit Disorders and Resources for the Afflicted and Their Support Group
Amber Hauser

The Extent of Visual Media Intake and Its Implications on Women’s Body Perception
Kirsten Eid, Madelyn Horvath, Megan Robbins

Accurate Perceptions: Race and Gender in the University Setting
Kelsey Gatza, Alissa Kretzmann, Sarah Peters

Positive Influences of Being an Active Member of an Online Social Networking Site
Amber Hauser, Erin Moeller

Facebook: Friend or Foe?
Lizz Mook, Cate Valentine

Religious Affiliation and Its Influence on Attitudes toward Intimate Partner Violence
Christiana Redman, Angela Robertson

Discrimination vs. Acceptance of Homosexuality at Valparaiso University
Jennifer Johnson, Brittney Smiejek, Jennifer Pokorny

The Effects of Societal Constructs on Perceptions of Masculinity and Femininity
Kathryn Harris, Neal Janssen, Tia Kolasa

The Prevelence of Depression in the Elderly Based on Living Situation
Carlee Nelson, Sarah Johnson, Kelly Henkels

A Study of Relationships of Individuals between Verbal Discrimination and Positive Association with Vulnerable Populations
Jessica McCallum, Kelsie Tieman

How Does Theatre Make You Feel? The Study of how Viewing Theatre Affects Emotional State
Redrick Taylor

The Attitudes and Comfort Levels of Undergraduate Students at Valparaiso University toward specific Diverse Populations
Carl Hufford, Sara Tucker, Hailly Wakeland

Eating Disorders among College Students
Jeanette Gutierrez, Julie Milosevich, Susie Morales

A Study of the Relationship between Nutritional Knowledge and Healthy Eating Habits
Claire Brackmann, Megan Hamilton

Religious Involvement and College Students’ Outlook on Life
Mele Cabral, Amy LaGrange, John Stern

Exploring the Relationship between Alcohol Consumption and Happiness
Krissy Noren, Lisa Ellens

The Impact of Valparaiso University’s Study Abroad Program on Students’ Worldviews
Whitney Pollatz, Jodi Naumann

A Study of Depression and Social Connectedness
Rebecca Lohrmann, Kelly Erikson, Collette Doerschuk, Amanda Littell

Investigation of Poverty Opinions on Valparaiso University’s Campus
Karen Meuzelaar, Shariliz Martinez, Shannon Speaker

Comparing Valparaiso University Students’ Knowledge About STDs Based Upon High School Background
Gayle Joll, Audrey Hall, Kristen Kardas

Matriculation to Graduation: Student Attitudes toward Homosexuality and HIV/AIDS
Erin McElwee, Pamela Saylor, Carolyn Stypka

The Development of Students’ Thoughts on Homosexuality on a Lutheran Campus
Judy Velasco, Amie Stefanich, Sean McGinnnis

Views of Interracial Relationships on a Primarily White Campus
Sarah Wong, Steven Humphris

What Deters Young People from Smoking Cigarettes?
Rachel Kirkwood, Kendre Israel, Kendra Wicks

Drunk Driving: Behaviors and Attitudes of College Students
Rachel Christiansen, Kelly Halcarz, Carissa Redeker

Knowledge and Attitudes Concerning Social Work at Valparaiso University
Kimberly Sawusch, Gina Leon

Beds and Britches Etc. (B.A.B.E.) Program Evaluation
Erin Votava, Kelly Bell

Rape and Sexual Assault: Beliefs and Behaviors
Sarah Adam, Sarah Kramer