Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE)


The 2022 SOURCE and the Graduate Symposium are in the books! On Thursday, April 28, a record number of students (225) gave 40 Oral Presentations and 85 Poster Presentations. We are happy to recognize and congratulate student award winners in both the Graduate and Undergraduate Divisions:

  • First Place Graduate Oral Presentation: “Education and Incentivizing to Increase Preventative Screenings and Value-Based Care” by Jacob Newkirk
  • First Place Graduate Poster Presentation: ” Are the Criteria for the Diagnosis of Premature Ejaculation Applicable to Gay Men or Sexual Activities Other than Penile-Vaginal Intercourse?” by Candace Roberson and Clare Weseman
  • First Place Undergraduate Oral Presentation: “Reimagining Motivation, Significance, and Meaning Behind Brahms’s Third Symphony” by Mitchell Calderone
  • Second Place Undergraduate Oral Presentation: “Out and Proud Heroes: The Coming Out Imperative in Superhero Films” by Maddie Henry
  • First Place Undergraduate Poster Presentation: “A New High-Temperature, High-Pressure Electrochemical Test Station to Support the Development of Processes That Produce Sustainable Fuel” by David-Paul Schulze, Kade Kovarik, and Bradley Davis
  • Second Place Undergraduate Poster Presentation: “Nanoplastic Formation from Macro and Microplastics in Aqueous Solution” by Joe Castleman and Scott Kaiser
  • Third Place Undergraduate Poster Presentation: “Custom Integrated Circuit Using Open-Source Tools” by Dylan Grace, Jeremy Blumka, Joel Reuning-Scherer, Philip Wig, and Larissa Ptak
  • Fourth Place Undergraduate Poster Presentation: “The Effect of Plastic Bags on Decomposition and Necrophagous Fly Composition” by Jhanelle Spence, Maranda Powell, Heather Wendland, Emily Archibald, Ashlynn Williamson, Kendall Larson, and Isabella Schoolcraft
  • Fifth Place Undergraduate Poster Presentation: “Secondary Reflector for Solar Furnace” by Nate DeGoede

Valpo’s Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) is a day-long event that allows students to present their research projects, scholarly work, or creative activities in a poster format or as oral presentations. SOURCE is held in conjunction with the Graduate Academic Symposium. Students from all disciplines are strongly encouraged to become involved in research and creative endeavors and present their work at SOURCE.

SOURCE 2022 will be an in-person conference. It will take place on Thursday, April 28, 2022. For the first time, no classes will meet on this day in order to facilitate greater participation and attendance by students and faculty! All sessions will take place in the Harre Union. Here is the schedule for the day:

10:30 am Opening Remarks

11:00 am-12:30 pm Morning Oral and Poster Presentations

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch Break

1:30- 3:00 pm Afternoon Oral and Poster Presentations

3:30 pm Awards Ceremony


One of the many joys of completing a research project or creative endeavor is to share the results with others. SOURCE brings together over 150 students and 45 faculty sponsors from across campus to share their research experiences with the campus and broader communities. At SOURCE 2022, students will have the option to (1) give a 15-minute oral presentation, followed by 5 minutes for questions and answers, or (2) to give a poster presentation.

Students who have worked on class projects, senior projects and theses, or independent scholarship are encouraged to participate. Projects completed or near completion in the fall term are excellent choices for presentation at SOURCE. Spring term projects are also welcome provided they are close to completion.


All faculty-sponsored projects are accepted for a presentation at SOURCE. Students and faculty should read the Oral Presentation Guidelines regarding the development of their presentations. Faculty sponsors guide and support their students, both in conducting the original research and sharing that research in the appropriate format.

To participate, an abstract of the proposed presentation must be submitted via the abstract submission form. Please follow the abstract submission guidelines included on the form. The submission deadline is Friday, April 1, 2022.