Student Research Awards

The Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium is a platform for the undergraduate students of Augustana University to discuss and display their original research and scholarship. The Symposium, unlike any other event at Augustana, provides the campus and the surrounding community an opportunity to see and appreciate the creativity, hard work, and ingenuity of our students. 

This year, in conjunction with with campus and community partners, the Symposium is pleased to offer the following $250 awards to students who presented at the 2019 Symposium: Keynote Speaker's Early Influence Award, Award for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration, Board of Trustees Award, and President's Cabinet Award

Keynote Speaker's Early Influence Award

This year's keynote speaker, Kaeti Hinck, graduated from Augustana in 2007 with a major in journalism and religion. She was an editor at The Washington Post, where she led a team of visual journalists, developers and data reporters. She has been involved with some of the Post's most ambitious projects, including investigations about unsolved murder, segregation in America, drug industry corruption and police shootings. During her Nieman fellowship at Harvard University, she is researching how neuroscience and psychology can inform the news ecosystem and reshape approaches to product design, visual journalism and trust.

This award, sponsored by the English and Journalism Department, will go to a student who has focused on a research topic of social importance that possesses the potential to have an impact on society.

Journalists are motivated to do good work by the philosophies that guide them: They write to inform people about matters and issues of importance, they are led by strong moral principles to expose corruption and to illuminate matters of concern to the public, and they believe in the necessity of a citizenry that engages in robust conversation and debate that can lead, ultimately, to the emergence of truth. Though the recipient of this award will have produced research, not journalistic work, the work will show evidence of the student's having been guided by these philosophical underpinnings of the press.
  • The 2019 Keynote Speaker’s Early Influence Award was given to Saakshi Kale, ‘19, for her work entitled, “The State and the Citizen: From Ancient Greek and Indian Philosophy to Contemporary Society.” 

Award for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration

Sponsored by an Augustana alum, the Award for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration will go to a student who has done research involving more than one academic discipline and/or requiring collaboration between multiple parties. Students must be able to demonstrate how they synthesized ideas and concepts from multiple disciplines, drawing connections between multiple subjects, and/or demonstrate how they collaborated with additional individuals or groups to create a cohesive research project.  
  • The 2019 Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration was given to Erica Bien ‘20 for her work entitled, “Loss of β1-Integrin Disrupts Signal Transduction Required for Smooth Muscle Contraction in Mouse Bladder.” 

Board of Trustees Award

The Augustana University Board of Trustees would like to recognize students who exhibit the spirit of Arthur Olsen's yearning to be a lifelong learner through their research and presentation. Arthur Olsen chaired the committee that created Augustana's five core values. The Board of Trustees Award will highlight the values of Christian and Service. 

In order to be eligible for the Board of Trustees Award, students must satisfy the following criteria:

*Present at the 2019 Arthur Olsen Research Symposium
*Be a full time undergraduate student at Augustana University
*Submit a recommendation from your collaborating faculty member
*Exhibit a strong desire to advance Christianity or engage in Service
*Present on a topic that engages in the Christian Core Value *OR* the Service Core Value 
  • The 2019 Board of Trustees Award was given to Charlie Iversrud ‘19 for his work entitled “Water Quality Analysis of Lake Petén Itzá, Guatemala and Exploring Threat of a Major Fish Kill Should This Deep Tropical Lake Experience Turnover.”

President's Cabinet Award

The Augustana University President's Cabinet would like to recognize students who exhibit the spirit of Arthur Olsen's yearning to be a lifelong learner through their research and presentation. Arthur Olsen chaired the committee that created Augustana's five core values. The President's Cabinet Award will highlight the values of Excellence and Community. 

In order to be eligible for the Board of Trustees Award, students must satisfy the following criteria:

*Present at the 2019 Arthur Olsen Research Symposium
*Be a full time undergraduate student at Augustana University
*Submit a recommendation from your collaborating faculty member
*Exhibit a strong desire to use their research to pursue excellence or service community
*Present on a topic that engages in the Excellence Core Value *OR* the Community Core Value 
  • The 2019 President's Cabinet Award was given to Samson Mettler ‘19 for his research entitled “Persistent Transphobia in the Theatre: How 'Safe Spaces' Unintentionally Uphold Systemic Discrimination.”