Scholars Expeaux 2023

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Nicholls State University will be celebrating the 18th Annual showcase of student and faculty research and creative activity.  The event highlights cutting-edge research and fascinating discoveries at Nicholls through faculty poster presentations and student poster competition showcasing graduate and undergraduate research, Humanities Symposium, Performing Arts concert, Visual Arts Exhibition, and a Culinary Arts demo and research presentations.
Students will compete for over $5,000 in awards and eligibility to represent Nicholls at the UL System Academic Summit In April. Winners selected in all competitions receive a scholarship stipend.


Scholar’s Expeaux 2023 continues today!  

Join us in supporting the research and creative work of NIcholls students at our first live event since 2020.

Events are located in the Student Union.


Student Poster Exposition in the Ballroom, 8 AM-4 PM
Faculty Poster Exposition in the Ballroom, 8 AM-4 PM
Short Documentaries & Art Animation Screening in Le Bijou Theater, 1 PM-3 PM
Mosaic 2023 Sneak Peek Release & Student Readings in Sisters Suites, 4 PM-5 PM


Monday, 27 March 10:00 AM-4:30 PM Humanities Symposium Sisters Suites, Union
7:30 PM-9:00 PM Performing Arts Showcase Danos Theatre, Talbot Hall
Tuesday, 28 March 8:00A M-12:00 PM Student Poster Viewing Ballroom, Union
8:00 AM-12:00 PM Faculty Poster Viewing Ballroom, Union
10:00AM-11:30 PM Humanities Symposium Sisters Suites, Union
1:30 PM-4:00 PM Student Poster Competition Judging Ballroom, Union
Wednesday, 29 March 8:00AM-4:00 PM Student Poster Viewing Ballroom, Union
8:00AM-4:00 PM Faculty Poster Viewing Ballroom, Union
1:00PM-3:00 PM Short Documentaries & Art Animation Screening LeBijou Theatre, Union
4:00PM-5:00 PM Mosaic "Sneak Peek" Student Literary Readings Sisters Suites, Union
5:00PM-7:00 PM Reception & Awards Ceremony Ballroom, Union


LOCATION: Ballroom at the Student Union

Tuesday, 28 March
8:00 AM-12:00 Noon – Public Poster Viewing
1:30 PM-4:00 PM  – Competition Judging (Student Competitors Only)

Wednesday, 29 March
8:00 AM-4:00 PM – Public Poster Viewing

Graduate Student Posters
# Name Department Title of Project
1 Annie Alexander Biological Sciences Comparing Relative Abundance Among Preferred, Marginal, and Poor Habitat for Invasive Carp-larvae
2 Coby Bernhart-Horton Biological Sciences Investigating the Effect of Accrued Wetlands on Water Quality, Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, and Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Treated Domestic Effluent
3 Claire Boudreaux Biological Sciences Population Demographics of Diamondback Terrapin in Barataria Bay
4 Dinah Cador Biological Sciences Utility of Eye Lenses to Investigate Habitat Use, Trophic Ecology, and Life History of Spotted Gar Lepisosteus oculatus and Alligator Gar Atractosteus spatula
5 Lauren Eagon Biological Sciences Postecdysial Zinc Incorporation and Its Effects in the Blue Crab Callinectes sapidus
6 Tyranique Harding Psychology Promoting Advocacy for African American Female Adolescents: Exploring the Biases in Counseling
7 Amber Harms Nursing Evaluation of Social Media and Adolescent Mental Health: A Better Understanding of Risks and Benefits
8 Michael Holloway Nursing Reverse the Disease – Guide to Intermittent Fasting
9 Erik Johnson Biological Sciences Determining Drivers of Community Composition in Ridge-associated Marsh Communities
10 Tammy Johnson Biological Sciences The Differential Effects of T4 and MS2 Coliphages on the Expression of the Genes Responsible for Biofilm Formation in a Pure E.coli Biofilm
11 Shasta Kamara Biological Sciences Comparison of Finfish and Crustacean Assemblages Among Established Marsh Terraces, New Marsh Terraces, and Open Water in a Restored Brackish Marsh
12 Connor Lee Biological Sciences Identifying Freshwater Mussel Species in the Calcasieu and Sabine Basins Using Environmental DNA and Metabarcoding
13 Michelle Lignieres Biological Sciences Monitoring Fauna Assemblages at Various Levels to Compare Constructed Terraces and Original Marsh for a Restoration Project
14 Elizabeth Myers Biological Sciences Comparison of the Littoral and Pelagic Aquatic Faunal Communities at a Degraded Natural Estuarine Ridge Near Isle de Jean Charles in Terrebonne Basin, Louisiana
15 Nadine Nelson Teacher Education Digital Citizenship
16 Emily Ott Biological Sciences Comparing Spotted Gar Reproductive Potential and Body Condition in Connected and Disconnected Floodplains
17 Haleigh Sever Biological Sciences Comparison of Feeding Strategies for Culturing Juvenile Spotted Gar Lepisosteus oculatus
18 Carissa Thiel Biological Sciences Abiotic Drivers of Coastal Ridge Terrestrial Forest Community Composition
19 Shelby Truckenbrod Biological Sciences Using Automated Radio Telemetry to Track the Movement and Habitat Use of Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys Terrapin) on a Barrier Island in Southeast Louisiana
20 Wyatt Voelker Biological Sciences Using DNA Metabarcoding to Characterize the Rufa Red Knot’s (Calidris canutus Rufa) Diet at Grand Isle and the Chandeleur Islands
21 Echezona Williams Nursing The Benefits of Exercise as Treatment for Clinically Depressed Patients
22 Katherine Wright Biological Sciences Life History, Habitat Use, and Trophic Ecology of Alligator Gar (Altractosteus spatula) Populations in Louisiana and Mississippi
23 Robert Bergeron Biological Sciences Evaluating Restoration of Ecological Functions of Salt Marsh Habitats Using High-Resolution Imaging Sonar
Undergraduate Student Posters
# Name Department Title of Project
24 Bincy Biju Biological Sciences Water Quality and the Presence of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in the Bayous of Terrebonne Parish in Southeastern Louisiana, USA
25 Austin Blanchard Chemistry Identification of Products from the Sonochemical Degradation of Metribuzin Using Liquid Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS)
26 Madison Bowers Chemistry Analyzing Petroleum Content of Oil Contaminated Water with Gas Chromotagraphy-Mass Spectrometry Using Solid Phase Microextraction
27 Madeline Cronan History Answering the Questions of Martian Sovereignty and Security
28 Tabatha Daigle Art Propaganda in the Oldest of Places
29 Katherine Dean English, Mod. Lang. & Cultural Studies Records and Revelations: Translating Nineteenth-century Lafourche Parish Court Documents Archived in Ellender Library
30 Hailey Domingue Biological Sciences Does Postecdysial Exoskeleton Calcification in the Blue Crab Callinectes Sapidus Occur in Vitro?
31 Courteney Dufrene Chemistry Synthesis, Characterization, and Electrochemical Studies of Ferrocene-based Molecular Host for Anionic Guests
32 Bethany Ekiss Geomatics Using Mixed Reality to Design a Virtual Walk-through Model of the Geomatics UAS Lab
33 Garon Guidry Chemistry Design of Metal-organic Supramolecular Host for Capturing and Releasing of Molecular Guests
34 Hannah Guidry Nursing Implementations of VOCERA Smartbadge® at Hospital X
35 Alexandra Himel Biological Sciences Assessing Floridian Manatee Body Condition During an Unexpected Mortality Event Using Drone-based Photogrammetry
36 Andrew Le Marketing Beyond the Call of Duty: Esports Programs Impact on College Admissions, Retention, and Revenue
37 Maegan LeBlanc Biological Sciences Investigation of Nutrient Loading and Flooding Depth on the Survival and Growth of Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich.) and Schoenoplectus californicus (C.A. Mey.) Palla
38 Alyssa LeGaux Art Bisa Butler: What Makes a Tribute
39 Brody Marcotte Chemistry Development of Cu(II) Mediated C-N Bond Formation
40 Cori Matherne Biological Sciences How Does Thermal Fluctuation Impact Molting in the Neonate Daphnia magna?
41 Marcus Matherne Geomatics Using Hydrographic Data to Measure the Amount of Water that can Drain into the Nicholls Farm Canal
42 Daniel Moore Business Administration The Impacts and Advancements of Technology on Louisiana’s Economy
43 Saisiddharth Nandhakumar Computer Information Systems How Machine Learning and Data Science Can Help Local Businesses
44 Sarah Oubre Marketing An Analysis of the Cajun and Creole Subcultures Pertaining to Tourism Marketing, History, and Identity
45 Melba Parnell Chemistry Synthesis of Ruthenium(II) Complexes for Anion Binding Studies
46 Naomi Raeford Accounting Developing a Model to Analyze Food Security in Sub-Saharan African Countries
47 Mary Grace Robichaux Biological Sciences Analysis of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, Antibiotic Resistance Genes, and Contaminants in Sludge Following Hurricane Ida in Southeast Louisiana, USA
48 Jakeetra Ross Art WAKE UP
49 Brandon Silva Geomatics Mapping Oak Trees on Nicholls’ Campus Using Global Navigation Satellite Systems and Geographic Information Systems
50 Brandon Silva Geomatics An Analysis of the Parking Lots on Campus Using Surveying Techniques: A GEOM 440 Senior Seminar Project
51 Sylvie Songe Chemistry Isolation of Unique Retroelements in the Genomic DNA of Procambarus clarkii
52 Tristan Stokes Chemistry Analysis of Cyanide in Municipal Waste and Drinking Water
53 Taylor Thibodaux Biological Sciences Developing a Database in Collaboration with BOEM Focusing on Health Correlations with Oil and Gas Waste Facilities in Louisiana
54 Tina Verret Teacher Education The Messiah of the Waco Massacre
Faculty Posters
# Name College/Center/ Department Title of Project
55 Anna Broussard Mass Communication A Free Spinster: Jo March’s Asexual Possibility
56 Mehmet Celebi Sociology Double Trouble: Hurricane Ida and Its Effects on Mental Health
57 Deborah Cibelli Art Salviati’s Emblematic Imagery in the Palazzo Vecchio of Florence
58 Alaina Daigle Nursing Development and Testing of an Instrument to Measure Professionalism in Nursing
59 John Doucet Bayou Studies The Last Acadian Coast: Origin of the Wetlands Acadians of Louisiana
60 Cari Granier & Lauren Boudreaux Nursing Remote Clinical Skills Simulation for Nursing Students
61 Rajesh Komati Physical Sciences Binding Studies of Acridine Based Telomerase Inhibitors by Using MOE Software
62 Jason Ladd Music Historical Overview of the Texas UIL Band Music List
63 Gary LaFleur Bayou Studies Louisiana Amphibian Monitoring Program as Nicholls Service Learning for BTNEP, LDWF, and USGS
64 Shelly Matherne Nursing A Quality Improvement Project: Implementation of Universal Postpartum Depression Screening
65 Michelle Patterson Nursing M-O-M-S™ on the Bayou: An Intervention for Post Disaster Mental Health in Pregnancy – Caregiver and Childbearing Women’s Perspectives
66 Daniel Riesmeyer Art Modifying the Working Properties of Gouache with Honey
67 Kurt Stiegler & Paul Wilson History The Normandy Academy: Teaching Leadership through Study Abroad
68 Ashley Thibodeaux Nursing Incorporating Mindfulness Practices to Enhance Performance of Nursing Students: A Literature Review
69 Stuart Tully History “Sunday’s on the Way”: Carman’s Relationship with Carlton Pearson and its Impact on Contemporary Christian Music
70 Chadwick Young Physical Sciences Utilizing Drones in a First-year Physics Lab
71 Cong Xing Mathematics Finding Multiple Disjoint Shortest Paths in Scale-free Networks

LOCATION: Ballroom at the Student Union

Tuesday, 28 March
8:00 AM-12:00 Noon – Public Poster Viewing
1:30 PM-4:00 PM  – Competition Judging (Student Competitors Only)

Wednesday, 29 March
8:00 AM-4:00 PM – Public Poster Viewing

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Sisters Suites at the Student Union

Session One–High School Panel – 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM

First Place–The Mabel Bollinger Toups Award
Julia Lion – “The Storm of the Night.”
Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, LA

Third Place
Maleik Lewis – “The Shade of the Willow.”
Thibodaux High School, Thibodaux, LA

Honorable Mention
Kayden Martin – “The Legend of Germain.”
South Lafourche High School, Galliano, LA


Session Two – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Moderator: Arati Jambotkar “A.J.” Watson

Mark Hue – “Poor Norma: An Exploration into Depictions of Feminine Trauma in Andrew Dominik’s Blonde” 

Gabrielle Blanchard – “The Coens and Existentialism: The Bleak Worlds of Inside Llewyn Davis and A Serious Man

Taylor Mergist – “Call Me By Your Name: Dreams vs. Reality and Love vs. Obsession”


Session Three – 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Moderator: Dr. Deborah Cibelli

Madeline Cronan – “Answering the Questions of Martian Sovereignty and Defense: A Primer”

Timothy Seiler Jr – “Qualities of Good Government”  

Tabatha Daigle – “Propaganda in the Oldest of Places” 

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 

Session Four – 10:00 AM -11:30 AM – Moderator: Dr. Bryant Smith 

Clare Melvin – “Every Woman is an Anti-Mary, or: Christian Fundamentalism and Misogyny in American Literature as Seen in Stephen King’s Carrie

Diego Lazo – “Historicity of the New Testament”

Monday, 27 March
Danos Theater at Talbot Hall
7:30 PM-9:00 PM

In Order of Performance

Come Away, Come Away Death (Let Us Garlands Bring) – Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
Kyle Davis, baritone
Dr. Ying-Shan Su, piano

I’m a Poor Lil Orphan – Julia Perry (1924-1979)
Taree Nicholls, soprano
Dr. Ying-Shan Su, piano

Flute Sonata in B Minor, BWV 1030:  I. Andante – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Emma Gottschalk, flute
Dr. Ying-Shan Su, piano

Symphonie Espagnole:  II. Scherzando: Allegro Molto & III. Intermezzo: Allegretto non troppo – Edouard Lalo (1823-1892)
Isadora Candida, violin
Dr. Ying-Shan Su, piano

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major:  II. Scherzo Vivacissimo – Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Luhan Lucena, violin
Dr. Ying-Shan Su, piano

Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47:  I. Allegro Moderato – Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Abraham Ruiz, violin
Dr. Luciana Soares, piano

Wednesday, 29 March
LeBijou Theater at the Student Union
1:00PM-3:00 PM

In Order of Screening

Gabby BlanchardThinking Ball  (animation; 24 seconds) – George Oldman, a grumpy old ball, has his jaded worldview changed by a kind act from a chipper, young ball.

Ann-Marie RossSpace Helmet Adventure  (animation; 15 seconds) – A space helmet named Dr. Lunar travels on a rocket going on an adventure to another planet.

Steven JohnsonFritz’s Plight  (animation; 30 seconds) – Fritz tries to pull off the heist of a lifetime but has no idea that he’s in over his head.

Bryce WhittingtonCarriage Mules  (documentary; 7 min, 51 sec) – A brief exploration of the history of mules in the United States, featuring New Orleans carriage mules with their drivers.  The video is narrated by Gene Moll.

Kristen KortrightPuffrog  (animation; 10 seconds) – Boggerson is a domesticated puffrog from an alternate universe, and Robby is trying to catch him to keep him as his pet.  Being serious and reserved, Boggerson is annoyed at Robby’s attempts to play with him.

Kristen KortrightSativa  (animated comic book; 3 min, 23 sec) – The people of the kingdom of Aquaria live happily, using their ability of water manipulation to power the water wheel, which provides energy for the kingdom. The Aquarian people feel a strong sense of unity and pride as they work together to advance their society. However, one girl, Savita, is rejected by the Aquarian people. Savita cannot control water like everyone else. Instead, she has a secret ability which threatens to destroy the kingdom.

 Delaney LigoriThe Casket Girls  (documentary; 4 min, 45 sec) – A tour guide tells the story of vampires in New Orleans. European girls came to New Orleans and brought the vampire legend. Many rumors and cultures around the city are based on this vampire folklore. This documentary tells the story of the city housing these vampires.

Alexis KraemerOtlo  (animation; 11 seconds) – A little bunny rat who lives in a bright and bubbly forest, stumbles upon a portal one day. He inspects this portal and falls into a new, scarier world.