Students Confront Challenges With Scholarship, Faith, Love

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This Year's Celebration of Scholarship Confronts Challenges Through Scholarship, Faith and Love

Published: April 19, 2021.

Lewis University undergraduate students and graduate students showcased their scholarly work and creative endeavors April 15 during the Ninth Annual Lewis University Celebration of Scholarship. All sessions were held in a virtual format.

The day began with a keynote address from Dr. Lisa Burkhart, RN, ANEF, Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago and Research Health Scientist, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. Her talk was entitled, “Confronting Challenges Through Scholarship, Faith and Love.”  She demonstrated the intersection of spirituality within healthcare and the health challenges her research participants have experienced.

Dr. Burkhart earned a PhD in nursing from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s in public health from the University of Illinois Chicago. Clinical experiences cross the healthcare continuum in acute, ambulatory, and community-based adult and geriatric care. She has taught medical/surgical nursing, research and ethics at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels; and her research foci include spirituality, spiritual care, informatics, inter-professional practice, and health services research.  Dr. Burkhart is a Fellow in the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education, a prestigious recognition for expertise, leadership, mentorship, and advocacy in nursing education. 

During the day 165 students were represented in concurrent sessions, poster presentations, creative works, art show, and business pitch presentations. Judges evaluated the poster and concurrent presentations that reflected the best of undergraduate and graduate projects for the past year.

The student award ceremony was sponsored by Schulze & Burch Biscuit Co. Awards were given to the following poster and concurrent presentations.

In the graduate student category awards were given to:

  • Poster – “A Sleep Promotion Bundle in the Intensive Care Unit” by Zhaine Marie Samorro.
  • Concurrent – “Dispelling Eating Disorder Myths Through Social Media Advocacy” by Megan Compton.

In the undergraduate student category, poster and concurrent presentations were put into two separate categories for awards – math and science, and humanistic disciplines.

In the math and science category, awards went to:

  • Poster – “Cyclin D3 and Conserved DNA Sequences in Transcriptionally Modified Genes” by Krystian Brzek.
  • Concurrent – “Home Server: Unifying the Home” by Trevor Kunar.

In the humanistic category, awards went to:

  • Poster – “Decreasing the Prevalence of Surgical Site Infections” by Jeremy Samuel, Dana Sobczyk, and Vanessa Jaramillo.
  • Concurrent – “Educational Discipline: Which Method Contributes and Upholds True Education?” by Grace Crumbaugh.

Undergraduate students had an opportunity to submit their applications representing completed projects to be considered for the Dr. Stephany Schlachter Excellence in Undergraduate Scholarship Award. Prizes were awarded to:

  • “Using Mathematical Models to Predict the Impact of the Coronavirus in the Chicagoland Area” by Joseph Drozek.
  • “‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ Sound Design” by Katie Horn.

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,300 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit for further information.

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