2021 Virtual Graduate Research Conference

Welcome to the 2021 Graduate Research Conference!

On behalf of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, I welcome you to the 2021 Graduate Research Conference. The GRC is an event that combines the primary missions of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research: The Office of Research Development and Administration and the Office of Research Compliance support and promote all research activities at EMU, including the GRC. Meanwhile, the Graduate School supports academic programs that emphasize the highest forms of intellectual development in each discipline, which includes the creation of the new knowledge that you see at the GRC.

This year’s GRC is EMU’s 22nd annual celebration and showcase of graduate student scholarly and creative activities. Over 115 students will deliver formal accounts of their work by way of 106 oral presentations and poster presentations. This year we are excited to present the GRC through a virtual experience featuring both live sessions (from 9am until 4:15pm) as well as recorded presentations.

The activities they describe took significant investments of time and were performed over countless hours outside the traditional classroom. These students and their work are sponsored by over 80 faculty who wisely guided the students’ activities and, in many cases, gave students access to their laboratories, studios, and specialized equipment.

This year GRC alumnus, Shawn T. Mason will present during the keynote speaker session from 12-1pm. Dr. Mason was a previous presenter at the Graduate Research Conference and earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from EMU. Today, Dr. Mason is the Director of Research & Outcomes at Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions.

I wish to thank the students and faculty mentors for their hard work in carrying out their projects and in preparing the presentations. I thank everyone who had a role in planning, promoting, and facilitating today’s activities. We thank Dr. Mason for his message. And, of course, we thank those who are attending today’s event who wish to support our students and to learn and experience something new.

Please take some time to browse the site and engage with the projects of our hard-working graduate students.

Wade Tornquist, Ph.D.

Associate Provost, and Associate VP for Graduate Studies & Research

Live Oral and Poster Session Schedule:



Full Presentation List

Abstracts, Listed Alphabetically

2021 GRC Presentation List.docx
2021 GRC Abstract List.docx


The Graduate Research Conference Team would like to thank our presenters, faculty mentors, moderators and attendees for their support on making this event possible each year.

The 2021 Graduate Research Conference Planning Team:

Wade Tornquist, Ph.D.

Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research (I)

Jill Dieterle, Ph.D.

Faculty Associate, The Graduate School

Tana Bridge, Ph.D.

Faculty Associate, The Graduate School

Sonia Chawla, Ph.D.

Research Compliance Officer

Jennifer Glass, Ph.D.

Research Development Officer, ORDA

Tracy Pytlak

Administrative Assistant (II),

The Graduate School

Phyllis Britton

Administrative Secretary,

The Graduate School

Macy Oteri

Communications Graduate Assistant,

The Graduate School