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Research & Writing Projects and Presentations

Select work by individual students:

--> Benjamin Diehl, ""The Advantages and Dangers of the Development and the Introduction of Artificial Intelligence to Society", [research paper], Composition II course, Summer 2017.

--> Gabriella Avolio, "Be The Match: Are You Someone's Cure?" [research paper and presentation], Composition II course, Winter 2017.

--> Patrick Baldwin, "Was Constantine’s Conversion to Christianity Sincere and Can It Explain the Pagan Roots of Christianity?"  [research paper and presentation], Honors College course, Fall 2016.

--> Alexis Hart, "Is Worrying Worth It?: How Anxiety Can Lead to Success" [research paper and presentation], Composition II course, Fall 2016.

--> Max Wardell, "Supplements: Analyzing What is Effective and What Aids Performance for High Level Baseball Pitchers" [research paper], Composition II course, Fall 2016.
 
--> Caroline Roberts, "Science, Sensation and Sentiment: The Importance of Music Education[research paper], Composition II course, Fall 2016.

--> Nicole Morsfield, "Safety in the Balance: Why Security Levels Should Remain in the Center of the Scale" [essay], Composition II course, Fall 2016.

--> Chad Brown, ""The Benefits 3D Printing Will Provide to the Medical Field and Why it Needs to be Our Prime Focus" [research paper], Composition II course, Winter 2016.

-->  Julia Buczek, "To Tilt or Not to Tilt? That Is the Question: An Analysis of the Frustrating Aspects of League of Legends" [research paper & presentation], Composition II course, Fall 2015.

--> Neha Shah, "Asian Americans' Schooling: Pressures They Face By Their Parents and the Model Minority Stereotype" [research paper], Composition II course, Fall 2015.

-->  Francesca Silverman, "Politics and Abortion: Why Personal Reasons Should Triumph" [research paper], Composition II course, Fall 2015.

-->  Joseph Darish, "The Snow Leopard: A Keystone to Central Asia's Habitat" [research paper & presentation], Composition II course, Winter 2015.

-->  Thomas Cremonte, "The Great American Tunnel Vision: Perspectives on Terrorist Organizations" [research paper], Composition II course, Winter 2015.

-->  Jillian Wright, "'Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made Of'" [research project, paper & presentation of how dreams work], Composition II course, Fall 2014.

-->  Nathaniel Schweers, "Sports Marketing: The Methods Behind the Madness" [research project, paper & presentation], Composition II course, Fall 2014.

-->  Audrey C. Downs, "'Frozen' vs. Maelstrom: Do Disney Princesses Belong in the EPCOT World Showcase?" [research project, paper & presentation], Composition II course, Fall 2014.

--> Victoria Skubik, "Get the Point" [research project, paper & presentation on ethics/sportsmanship in the sport of fencing], Composition II course, Fall 2013.

--> Constance M. Tornow, "Rape!: Rape Culture, Victim Blaming, and the Media" [research project, paper & presentation], Composition II course, Fall 2013. 

--> Matthew R. Jones, "Concussions in Youth Sports: Death, Mismanagement, and What Should Change" [research project, paper & presentation], Composition II course, Fall 2013.

--> Pamela Escalante Gonzalez, "The Coffee We Drink, The People We Are: Tasting Personality" [research project, paper & presentation], Composition II course, Fall 2013.

--> Tricia N. Hager, "Navigating the grocery store: Obstacles, influences, and consumer choice" [integrative research project & paper for HS402], presented at the annual meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters, Hope College, March 2013.  Also: Writing Excellence Award 2012 (Category: Research Project -- Upper level), third place.

--> James K. Hamzey, "Ignis Ardens: A Partial Exoneration of the Bosnian Church" [revised/expanded research project and scholarly manuscript], Oakland University Writing Excellence Awards 2012 (Category 3: First Year Writing -- Research Essay), first place.

--> Jessica Evans, "Lost in the “food desert”:  Are fresh foods accessible to everyone?" [integrative research project & paper], Integrative Studies capstone course, Summer 2012.

--> Drew Miles, "The addicted mother: Addressing the failed policies of drug abuse in pregnant women" [integrative research project & paper], Integrative Studies capstone course, Summer 2012.

--> Lynne Beaghan, “A Comparison of How Childbirth is portrayed in Mass Media Today with Artwork that Depicts Women Giving Birth from the Past” [integrative research project & paper], Writing Excellence Awards 2011 (Category 1b: Writing From/About Sources --Critiques and Reviews), first place. 

--> Stephanie Letterson, “What is Wrong with American Lawns” [integrative research project & paper], Writing Excellence Awards 2011 (Category 1b: Writing From/About Sources), honorable mention.

-->Jesse Spaine, "Keep Your Crayons in Order" (on the experience of color deficiency / color blindness) [researched, personal paper & oral presentation], Composition II course, Fall 2011

--> Crystal Putrus, "Accepting the Truth: Poverty in America" [individual poster presentation], Oakland University Writing Festival -- Fall 2010, Individual Presentation category, third prize

-->Joseph Doss, on FDA Protection / Complementary Approaches to Medicine, Oakland University Writing Festival -- Winter 2009, Oral Presentation category, second prize.

In past years, students have won awards in every category (individual, group, honorable mention) at Oakland University's Writing Festival sponsored by the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. The department also holds an annual Writing Excellence Awards competition in several categories, including in Research Writing and Writing & New Media.