The RAD Conference is held twice each year, in May and December. 

Collaborative Research

Student Scholarship, Research and Creativity

Collaborative research is widely and increasingly recognized as a high-impact educational practice, and the RAD conference is one of the more visible examples of Webster's commitment to this important aspect of student scholarship. Faculty, students and administrators are encouraged to attend RAD conference sessions in order to support students and recognize the hard work that has gone into their projects.

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RAD Committee

Group of five Webster faculty and staff stand in line with arms around backs

“The Impact Center is thrilled to be the new home of the RAD conference. We strongly believe in the importance of giving students a space to showcase their work and accomplishments.”

Lindsay McDaniels Swearingen

Assistant Director, Impact Center

RAD Committee, from left to right: Erin Goedereis, Mary Lai Preuss, Salim Ayoub, Sarah McMullin and Lindsay McDaniels Swearingen

Spring 2024 Research Conference

Dr. Gabriel Cervantes

Gabriel Cervantes

Dr. Gabriel Cervantes has been an educator for nearly 20 years. During his career, he has served at the elementary, middle and high school levels teaching general education, mathematics and theater arts courses as well as serving as an administrator. As a Gorlok alum, he was an active member of the Webster University community as a resident assistant, student ambassador, Student Government Association representative and the Forensics team competitor.

Since earning his bachelor's degree in 2005, he has continued to give back to the campus by returning as a judge for the annual Gorlok Gala, serving as a member of the Webster Alumni Board, and participating in events hosted by the School of Education. He is currently working as a middle school theater director for Rockwood School District, where he has built up programs in multiple schools by building a strong community of teachers, students and parents, while raising over $25000 in fundraising efforts to upgrade the program’s technical infrastructure.

Dr. Cervantes lives in Fenton, Missouri, with his wife Stacey, and his children Liliana and Noah.

9 a.m–4 p.m., Friday, May 3

  • 9–11 a.m. Coffee in University Center (UC) Commons
  • 9 a.m. Dean's Scholars Big Question Series Panel
    Narisa Khan, Lydia Diedrich, Maya Asadova
    UC Sunnen Lounge
  • 9:30 a.m. Capturing Creativity and Reflection (Zoom)
    Lea Salvaj and Kamakshi Bahri
    UC Presentation Room
  • 9:45 a.m. Fluent in Ballet: Translating Terminology in Ballet Classes
    Allison Coil
    UC Sunnen Lounge
  • 10 a.m. From Vision to Funding: The Essentials of Effective Grant Writing
    Nick Klotz
    UC Sunnen Lounge
  • 10 a.m. Pollination Services in Community Orchards: Urbanization Effects Pollen Fidelity Differently Between Years
    Michael Hayes
    US Presentation Room
  • 10:15 a.m. Spring 2024 Creations Concert
    Ally Lamkie
    UC Sunnen Lounge
  • 10:30 a.m. Pollen-gathering Behavior in Community Orchards Varies Along an Urban Gradient
    Kerri Pegg
    UC Presentation Room
  • 10:45 a.m. Enrollment Division: Marketing Projects
    Muaz Mohammed
    UC Sunnen Lounge
  • 11 a.m. The Contemporary Construction of Girlhood: A Discursive Analysis of Gendered Identity Performance in Online and Offline Spaces
    Eva Caponi
    UC Sunnen Lounge
  • 11 a.m. Synthesis and Characterization of Metal Organic Nanotubular Materials with Temperature Variations
    Nicole Plein
    UC Presentation Room
  • 11:20 a.m. Cultural Appropriation in a Globalized World: K-pop, Hip Hop and Cultural Identity
    Alexis Maly
    UC Sunnen Lounge
  • 11:30 a.m. Isolation and Characterization of Bacteriophage at Webster University
    Dashauna Mairidith
    UC Presentation Room
  • 11:40 a.m. The Turmoil of a Downtrend Population
    Amar Krajinic
    UC Sunnen Lounge
  • 12 p.m. Beyond Fight or Flight: An Exploration of the Physiological and Psychological Influence of Stress and Trauma
    Alyssa Lyell
    UC Sunnen Lounge
  • 12 p.m. Supramolecular Catalysis Utilizing a Halogen-bonding Template to Achieve a [2 + 2] Cycloaddition Reaction via Dry Vortex Grinding
    Jaelin Holdaway
    UC Presentation Room
  • 12:15 p.m.  The Last Days of Judas Iscariot: Costume Design Research Presentation
    Ivan Nguyen
    UC Sunnen Lounge
  • 12:30 p.m. LEGOs, Lincoln Logs, and Little Ones: A Practicum Reflection
    Jerrid Rolfe
    UC Sunnen Lounge
  • 12:30 p.m. Empowering Career Readiness: A Student's Journey in the Career Planning Office
    Joyce Jackson
    UC Presentation Room
  • 12:45 p.m. The Social Construction of Safety and Consequence: Applying Student Disengagement Indicators to Transform Disproportionality in Education
    Eve Cohen
    UC Sunnen Lounge
  • 1:05 p.m. Who is They? Proper Pronoun Use Among Adults
    Jerrid Rolfe
    UC Sunnen Lounge
  • 1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Gabe Cervantes
    UC Sunnen Lounge
  • 2 p.m. Reception and Poster Presentation Session
    UC Commons
  • 3 p.m. Reception
    UC Commons

2 p.m. Poster Presentation Session in University Center Commons

Poster Presenter Names and Poster Titles

  • Grant Williamson – Apoptosis Induction in LS174T Colon Cancer Cells: Evaluating Celecoxib and Mitoxantrone Combination Therapy
  • Olivia Jarrell – Detection and Breeding Factors of Eastern Whip-poor-will Occupancy
  • Emilie Vogelsang – Effect of Circadian Rhythm on IMD Pathway Activity Following Sevoflurane Exposure in Drosophila melanogaster
  • Savannah Richey – A History of Irish Costume and Textiles (400-1600 CE)
  • Logan Staggs – Leadership and Initiative: Assembling The Green Fuse
  • Hailey Ruiz-Nuve – Factors that Influence Individuals to Take Plea Bargains and Guilty Pleas
  • Marianthe Meyer – Guarding Privacy: Navigating Wiretapping Laws and Personal Rights
  • Meghan Alderton – Effect of Board Preparation Timing on NCE Pass Rates
  • Courtney Kedroski – Exposure to Sevoflurane Affects Levels of MDA in Drosophila melanogaster Restricted to a High Fructose Diet

April 26-28

  • 7:30 p.m. Production: Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812
    Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Contact: Gad Guterman
    Browning Mainstage Theatre

May 2

  • 10 a.m. Webster LEADS Presentations
    Webster LEADS Program, Contact: Billy Ratz
    University Center Sunnen Lounge

May 3

  • 5 p.m. The 2024 Senior Exhibition
    Department of Art, Design and Art History, Contact: Noriko Yuasa
    Arcade Gallery
  • 5:30 p.m. Opening Reception: 2024 Senior Exhibit
    School of Communications, Contact: Brian Gertler
    Kooyumjian Gallery
  • 7:30 p.m. Webster University Choral Ensembles
    Department of Music, Contact: Stuart Chapman Hill
    Community Music School Concert Hall

May 5

  • 7 p.m. Considering Matthew Shepard: Webster University Chamber Singers
    Department of Music, Contact: Stuart Chapman Hill
    First Congregational Church of Webster Groves

May 7-8

  • 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Natural Sciences and Mathematics Senior Thesis Presentations
    Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Contact: Mary Lai Preuss
    Interdisciplinary Science Building Auditorium


Previous RAD Conferences

December 2023 Conference

The Impact Center hosted the fall Student Showcase: Research Across the Disciplines conference. A total of 37 presenters gathered in the University Center, covering diverse topics from Biology to Finance. The event featured oral presentations, a poster session and a reception following the Keynote Speaker address.

Afton Nelson
December 2023 Keynote Speaker

“My involvement and captivation with research propelled me to conduct my thesis while studying abroad, which ultimately led to completing my master's and (ongoing) PhD in Germany.”

Afton Nelson
Afton Nelson

BSc in Psychology, ’18

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