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Peru State Students Attend Nebraska Sociological Symposium, Present Work



(Peru, Neb.) Seven Peru State College (PSC) students recently participated in the 41st annual Nebraska Undergraduate Sociological Symposium, hosted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


The Symposium is a two-day workshop that brings students from colleges and universities throughout the state together to present papers, participate in roundtable discussions and attend lectures by eminent sociologists.


Dr. Kelly Asmussen and Dr. Greg Galardi, criminal justice faculty members at PSC, accompanied the students along with Robyn Wood, a junior criminal justice major from Fremont, who presented at the conference last year.

Asmussen said, “Overall, this was a wonderful learning opportunity for our students, and the experience allowed them to meet other students from colleges and universities throughout Nebraska. Students gained a greater understanding of the viability of their research projects and the peer review and academic presentation processes. We received numerous positive comments from judges regarding the high capability of our students.”


The following students participated in academic presentations:


Brianna Zauha, a junior psychology major from Shickley, presented her qualitative findings on A Tuition-Free College Transition Program Leading to Higher Student Retention. Zauha’s research project focused on the High School to Transition program implemented at PSC three years ago to assist rural students in successfully completing college.


Candice Ekwall, a junior psychology major from Omaha, and Savannah Wenzl, a junior psychology major from Burchard, presented their ongoing quantitative survey research regarding at-risk behaviors of citizens of Southeast Nebraska communities.  


The following students presented their research in the academic poster competition:


Amber Barcel, a senior psychology major from Bellwood, placed first in the academic poster competition with her depiction of Ethnic Identity Development of Korean Adoptees. Samantha Ramos, a senior criminal justice major from Hemingford, presented her poster titled Tecumseh State Correctional Institute Internship. Amanda Schueth, a sophomore psychology major from Fremont, presented her poster titled Psychosocial and Physical Elements of Genital Herpes.