UR Workshops & Talks - Fall 2019 Series

October 16 - HAB 101, 4:15-5:15pm
Writing for 30 Minutes a Day 
Dr. Mary Stenson, Co-Director of Undergraduate Research
Feeling unproductive, overwhelmed, or unmotivated? Maybe you just need a jump start and a plan for your next project? Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join Undergraduate Research to learn some tried and tested productivity tips to keep your work moving forward. We will talk about goal setting, working for small chunks each day, and accountability. Bring your planner or computer and leave with a plan to get your next paper, project, or thesis to completion!


October 17 - A special Thursday Forum Presentation: Little Theatre (Q346), 4:15-5:15
 Thus seyden sadde folk”: Chaucer’s Oxford Clerk on Theological Controversy in the 14th Century
Molly Kluever (All College Thesis Fellow/CSB Student)
Of all of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the Clerk’s Tale is perhaps the most disturbing. The alarmingly submissive Griselda and her husband-cum-tormenter Walter have horrified and frustrated scholars with their irrational behavior for centuries. Although considered a teller of one of Chaucer’s “religious tales,” the Clerk’s seeming ambivalence about his tale’s moral has rendered most, if not all, theological readings unsatisfying and inconclusive. For this reason, the Clerk’s Tale has primarily been studied for the glimpse it provides into medieval gender politics. My research, however, attempts to situate the tale within its theological context by paying more attention to its teller – an Oxford-trained cleric. The 14th century witnessed several theological controversies, and Oxford University was often the hotbed of these debates. For instance, the shift to nominalist voluntarism from the necessitarianism of 13th century Scholasticism introduced further ambiguity to the already-complicated problem of theodicy. And towards the end of the century, the rise of Wycliffism – and the eventual quagmire of lollardy – began with the work of John Wyclif and his early followers, all of whom were based at Oxford. Thus, the Oxford Clerk himself provides necessary context for the theological themes found within his tale. Using this context, my research suggests that the famously unsatisfying ambiguity of the story of Griselda may have been Chaucer’s intended theological reading, after all.


October 23 - HAB 101, 4:15-5:15pm
Opportunitites through CSB/SJU's Undergraduate Research Program
Presenters: Dr. Kate Bohn-Gettler, Co-Director of Undergraduate Research; Lindsey Gunnerson Gutsch, Assistant Director 
Curious what the Undergraduate Research Program has to offer? This presentation will provide an overview of how students, faculty, and staff can access and learn more about the variety of opportunities available. Undergraduate Research and Creative Work can compliment anyone's professional goals!


October 29 - Clemens B114, 4:15-5:15pm
Data and Citation Management Software Workshop
Faciliator: Dr. Jen Kramer - Undergraduate Research Program,  Presenters: CSB/SJU Librarians
Are you currently working on a research project that includes data collection and analysis? Are you conducting an in-depth literature review? Is a thesis or capstone research paper in your future? Join us for a special workshop collaboration with the experts in our libraries to learn more about different tools to manage your data and citations, such as EndNote, Zotero, and more!


October 30: 4:00-5:00pm, Gorecki 204C
Summer Collaborative Grant Proposal Workshop - FACULTY ONLY
Presenters: Dr. Kate Bohn-Gettler and Dr. Mary Stenson, Co-Directors of Undergraduate Research
Interested in applying for our competitive Summer Collaborative Grant and being selected for one of our 13 recipients? Join us for a workshop to learn more about developing a competitive proposal, considerations of the review committee, and walk away with a great start on your proposal. 


November 6: 4:15-5:15pm, HAB 101
Making Your Life Easier: Project Management Tools & Ideas
Presenters: Dr. Mary Stenson and Dr. Emily Heying, Undergraduate Research Program 
Big research project got you overwhelmed? Looking for ways to make a big assignment seem more doable? Well, Dr. Mary Stenson and Dr. Emily Heying have tried and mastered various project management tools and strategies and are ready to share their expertise with you! Join us for a conversation on effective project management that will have you walking away with new resources and ideas to use on your next big research or creative work project!  




November 13: 4:15-5:15pm, Alcuin 170
REUs & Beyond: Securing Your Next Experience - A Student Panel
Facilitators: Dr. Kate Bohn-Gettler and Lindsey Gunnerson Gutsch, Undergraduate Research Program 
Interested in taking your research or creative work beyond CSB/SJU? Is graduate school in your future? Do you aspire to have a lifelong career in research? Well, a REU or external research experience might be the next step for you! The Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program, commonly referred to as REUs, supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas funded by the National Science Foundation. This competitive program is just one example of off-campus research opportunities available to undergraduate students. It comes as no surprise that many of our outstanding CSB/SJU students seek and are awarded REUs among other external research and creative work opportunities. Come hear the experiences of our students that have pursued research or creative work beyond CSB/SJU, learn how they secured their opportunity, and why it is beneficial for their future careers. 


November 14: A Special Thursday Forum Presentation, 4:15-5:15pm, GDCC President's Dining Room
Carbonation and Sweetness in Beverages Impact Perceived Satiety and Biomarkers in Healthy Weight Adults
Dr. Emily Heying, Dr. Alexa Evenson, Alec Janning, Anna Widmer, and Joleen Barnett

Sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption is decreasing, partially due to the rise in popularity of low-calorie carbonated beverages. The objective of this study was to determine how carbonation (taste irritation), flavor, sweetness, or a combination of those factors impacted hunger and thirst responses. Healthy weight adults consumed six different beverages varying in carbonation, sweetness, and flavor. Blood samples were collected at baseline, and again at 10 and 45 minutes post beverage consumption. Blood was analyzed for ghrelin and glucose at each time point. Perceived satiety was measured at each time point. Participants also completed a sensory of analysis of each beverage during consumption. Data is currently being analyzed and will be presented at the forum.