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The 2022 Celebration of Scholarship
April 4-8, 2022

Poster and pre-recorded content will be VIRTUAL, found here:

All Presentation abstracts are listed here:

2022 Presentation Abstract Booklet

LIVE sessions of speakers and panel discussions, including Arts at Night, will be held IN-PERSON, on campus.

See the Detailed Schedule of Events page for the full schedule.


Since 2001, the Celebration of Scholarship is held each spring at John Carroll University. This campus-wide event showcases the scholarship, creative activity, and intellectual achievement of the John Carroll community with a particular emphasis on undergraduate research. The 2020 Celebration was canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, making this year's event the 20th annual Celebration of Scholarship.

The virtual content of the 2022 Celebration of Scholarship will be presented on the ForagerOne Symposium platform, an online conference forum. 

Access to the virtual Presentation content and attendance at the Live Sessions (in-person, on-campus) are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. 

All the detailed schedule information is available by clicking the link at the bottom of this page!

A Presentation can be a:

  • Poster
  • A pre-recorded slide show with narration (PowerPoint, Prezi, iMovie, etc.)
  • Musical, dance, or theatrical performance video
  • Poetry or spoken word video presentation
  • Any scholarly or creative video presentation

Poster submissions will be PDF files of the poster plus a short 3-5 minute video of the presenter(s) introducing the poster.

Want to see what LAST YEAR'S Presentations looked like? Click: 2021 Celebration of Scholarship Presentations

Celebration of Scholarship attendees will view the Presentations on the Symposium event website. All the Presentations will be organized in random order, but one can search and filter the entries by student name, discipline, or other descriptions.

Each Presentation allows attendees to leave questions and comments for the presenter(s) starting on April 4.


2022 Poster Competition:

As in previous years, there is an opportunity for students to enter their posters into the optional Poster Competition. Poster judges will be JCU faculty, staff, local community members, and guest judges, people with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise. (See "2022 Poster Judges" tab)

The judging sessions will be held throughout the event, between April 4 and April 7.


  • First prize: $200
  • Second prize: $150
  • Third prize: $100
  • 4th - 10th prize: $50 each


Poster Judges from the JCU Community:

Dr. Saba Adana, Assist. Professor, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain

Lisa Brown Cornelius, Senior Director, Residence Life

Dr. Carlo DeMarchi, Assist. Dean Academic Success

Dr. Christina DeVoss, Assist. Professor, Communication

Dr. Margaret Farrar, Professor, Political Science

Saida Gjinatori, GA and Counselor Trainee, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Nathan Allen Hanners, Assis. Professor, Military Science

Linnetta Harris, Accounts Payable Specialist, Controller's Office

Dr. Anna Iacovetta, Adjunct Professor, Education & School Psychology

Erica Kennedy, Director of Sponsored Programs

Dr. Katie Knoll-Frey, Assist. Professor, Sociology & Criminology

Dr. Jim Krukones, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Carole Moran Krus, Research Compliance Administrator

Lauren Marshall, Collections Analyst, Grasselli Library

Sage McMillan, Administrative Assistant for Licensure, Education & School Psychology

Ed Mish, Academic Success Advisor, Academic Success Center

Dr. Sara Parrish, Assist. Professor, Education & School Psychology

Dr. Martha Pereszlenyi-Pinter, Assoc. Professor. CMLC, French

Dr. Cary Seidman, Adjunct Instructor, Education & School Psychology/Physics

Dr. Carol A. Shakarian, Adjunct Instructor, Education & School Psychology

Dr. Reiko Simmons, Instructor, Chemistry

Dr. Anna Simonson, Assoc. Professor, Exercise Science & Sports Studies

Dr. Andreas Sobisch, Assoc. Professor, Political Science

Dr. Anthony Tarescavage, Assoc. Professor, Psychology

Gabriela Wanless, Assistant Registrar for Catalog and Scheduling, Office of Registrar


Guest Judges: 

Cheryl Ainslie-Cameron, Ph.D.
Assist. Prof., CWRU School of Medicine
Department of Nutrition, Systems Biology & Biostatistics Program
BS, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Univ. of British Columbia
Ph.D., Microbiology & Immunology, Western University (Ontario)

Deby Auerbach-Brown
Director of Development at Malachi Center, a non-profit organization serving those dealing with socio-economic, structural, and trauma-based barriers to economic, academic, and interpersonal success.
BA, sociology and anthropology, Earlham College
MA, medical anthropology, Case Western Reserve University

Mark Cameron, Ph.D.
Assoc. Prof., CWRU School of Medicine
Department of Population & Quantitative Health Sciences
BSc, Ph.D., Microbiology & Immunology, Western University (Ontario)

Nic Goodall 
Regulatory Specialist, University Hospitals’ Clinical Research Center
BA in Biology and German, Albion College
MSW in social administration, The Ohio State University

Mitch Huang, Ph.D.
Platform Technology Leader/Advanced Product Development Specialist, 3M, Austin, TX
B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Cornell University
M.S., Ph.D., Macromolecular Science & Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Mark Kadrofske, MD, Ph.D.
Adjunct professor, chemistry, Hillsdale College
Assist. Professor of Pediatrics, Michigan State University School of Medicine
Former clinical instructor in neonatology, MetroHealth Medical Center
BS, Chemistry, University of Michigan
MD, Ph.D., Biochemistry, Michigan State University School of Medicine

Matthew Kennedy, Ph.D. 
Chair of Mathematics, K-12 and Upper School Mathematics Teacher, Laurel School
Principal Consultant, Mathematics Intervention and Inclusion

Past positions: Principal Investigator, Department of Genetics, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital; Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University; Post-Doctoral Research, Department of Biological Chemistry, University of California Los Angeles
BS, Biochemistry, Biophysics & Applied Mathematics, Purdue University
Ph.D., Biochemistry, Purdue University

David Krus Jr., Ph.D. 
Global Market Director: Powertrain/Industrial
Materion, Mayfield Heights, OH
BS, Physics, University of Notre Dame
MS, Ph.D., Physics, CWRU

David Krus, Sr.
Krus & Associates, Radiation Detection Consultants
Director of Marketing, Saint-Gobain Crystals (retired)
BS, Physics, CWRU
MS, Physics, JCU

Rober Kusner, Ph.D.
Innovation Pipeline Manager
Materion, Mayfield Heights, OH
BS, Electrical Engineering, MIT
MS, Ph.D., Physics, CWRU

Jennifer Leeds, Ph.D.
Executive Director at Novartis, USA
BS, Microbiology, Cornell University
Ph.D., Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Post-Doctoral Research in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School

Steffen Mack 
Team Leader Sales 
Materion Brush GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany 
BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Stuttgart 
MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Stuttgart 

Savita Singh, Ph.D.  
Former Research Associate 
Robert Bosch Hospital, Stuttgart 
MS, Biotechnology, AMU, India 
Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Cleveland State University 

Kimberly Tausz
Teacher, Firestone High School, Akron Public Schools
Head of Social Studies Department, teaches APUSH, IB Psychology, and Sociology.
BS, education with concentrations in history, psychology, and sociology, Kent State University

Live Conference Sessions:

Live sessions will be held in person on the JCU campus. At this time, we are planning to live-stream each session so attendees can enjoy the sessions remotely.

Speakers may choose to hold their session remotely via Zoom if they are uncomfortable with the in-person format. 

Each session should be organized around a central theme or topic. They may include individual speakers or a panel discussion format.

Each session will be 75 minutes long, so the number of speakers should be adjusted to allow for each speaker to present and field questions from the audience. A moderator will introduce each speaker, help field questions from the audience, and generally organize the presentation order.

Applications will be accepted for complete sessions only, ideally organized around a central theme. Only one application is required for each group of speakers. We urge groups of speakers to submit their session applications early so they can be added to the schedule. Revisions (adding/deleting speakers, changing the order, other edits) will be allowed after an application is submitted.

Individual students who want to present are urged to speak to their instructors or advisors about joining an existing session. However, if individual speakers need assistance in joining a session, please email the organizers at We will help place you in a panel, but there is no guarantee that the other speakers will be presenting on a related topic or area of study.  


Arts at Night

Arts at Night, the annual celebration of the arts at John Carroll, invites all poets, storytellers, and musicians to read, recite, or perform in a LIVE, open-mic environment!

Monday, April 4
8:00 - 9:30 pm

Dolan Science Center Atrium

Please contact Dr. Philip Metres directly if you're interested in reading or performing.



Do you want to present a virtual POSTER or VIDEO Presentation

Virtual Presentation Application (Applications Closed)

Presentation deadline: Friday, March 25, 2022

Do you want to submit a Live Conference Session

Live Session Application (Applications Closed)

Live session application deadline: Friday, March 25, 2022. (Revisions to your scheduled session are allowed until 4/1. Contact Carole Krus,, to make revisions.)


Do you want to perform at Arts at Night?
Contact Dr. Phillip Metres at


  • Applications for the Poster Session and Competition, including both a poster PDF + short video: Friday, March 25, 2022
  • Applications to submit prerecorded video and slide presentation content: Friday, March 25, 2022
  • Applications for the Live Conference Sessions: Friday, March 25, 2022. (Revisions allowed until 4/1)

Contact us at


Carole Moran Krus, M.S., CIP
Celebration of Scholarship Coordinator
Research Compliance Administrator
Dolan E305

Jim Krukones, Ph.D.
Celebration of Scholarship Host
Associate Academic Vice President

CLICK BELOW for the full schedule: