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LMC celebrates student achievements at IdeaCon 2.0

IdeaCon 2.0, Lake Michigan College's Student Symposium, takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, in the Multi-Purpose Room (L311) on the Benton Harbor Campus, 2755 E. Napier Ave.

This free annual event, which is open to the public, celebrates the work of LMC students with presentations, question-and-answer sessions, and performances. Students will showcase original research and creative works on various topics, including psychology, health sciences, biology, creative writing, and more.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their work and demonstrate their passions and achievements," LMC English Instructor Erik Mortenson said. "Please consider coming out and supporting them!"

LMC Dean of Arts & Sciences Kristopher Zook and Mortenson will provide opening and closing remarks.

Presentation topics and students scheduled to participate include:

  • "The Perpetual Stranger," Emily Karpinski
  • "Honors Student Presentations and Q&A," Athena Lieu, Grace Mulock, Karen Hempel, and Ramandeep Sing
  • "Effects of VR and Non-VR Guided Meditation on Measures of Stress in College Students," Brittney Gaban, Heather Poleon, Klay Raschke, and Zac Hildebrant
  • "Anencephaly," Joseline Martinez
  • "Conjoined Twins," Andrea Gritter, Kathryn Murphy-Stratton, Keegan Brookfield and Emily Hobkirk
  • "Deforestation and Palm Oil," Jaren Christ
  • "Forest Fires in the Western United States," Huldah Nyamweya
  • "Medicinal Plants," Katherine Sanders
  • "Oil Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge," Camden Ramsey
  • "Osteogenesis Imperfecta," Catherine Steed, Katarina Easley, Melanie Lopez and Dorothy Culwell
  • "Primate Behavior in the Wild vs. Captivity," Matthew Schultz
  • "Sea Urchins and the Destruction of Kelp Forests," Val Heppler
  • "Threats to the Blue Whale," Morgana Jarman
  • "Turners Syndrome," Victoria Barkey and Naomi Ayvar
  • Research Posters, English 102 Students
  • "Expanding Educational Horizons: Study Abroad in Spain," Vivian Berry, Benjamin Vinter, Hayden Meek and Kevin Magana
  • "Unity in Diversity: Exploring the Commonalities & Contrasts of World Religions," Ne'Sha Heard-Bettison
  • "LMC Fine Art," Kylie Craig
  • Cameron Cypress
  • Rhoda Namaseruka

For questions or more information about IdeaCon 2.0, please contact Erik Mortenson at 269-927-8966 or

2022 Student Symposium

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