Apr 18, 2023

Dordt University's Ideafest showcases student academic achievement

Ideafest, an all-campus undergraduate research conference that celebrates student academic achievement and has been held at Dordt University since 2004, will take place on Thursday, April 27 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center. This event is open to the public.

There will be 22 student presentations, along with poster displays / exhibits. Student presenters for poster displays will be available from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

“As a Dordt community, we get together for music, theatre, and athletic events to see what work is being done, but when it comes to academics, we tend to stay within our own departments,” says Dr. Paul Fessler, history professor at Dordt and director of Ideafest. “Through Ideafest, students can share their ideas with one another and show the great things we’re doing academically. It’s a great time to see across each other’s borders.”

Here is a look at the student presentations that will take place on April 27:


Location (SB 1603)

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1:00 p.m.

Conducting the Wind Symphony by Julia Holleman

Japanese Language and Culture by Elise WennbergLong Scraggy Pond Restoration by Regan Syverson, Joseph Anderson, Jacob Brouwer, and Avery Den Herder
1:15 p.m.ChatGPT: Friend or Foe by Sherryl Mae RoweFault-Free and Simple Tilings with L-Trominoes by Anika HomanAlmond Fingers by Colin Reitsma, Noah Stueber, Glenn Rossi, and Brayden Farr
1:30 p.m.Travel Literature and the Role of Religion by Hadley AndersonIs Anyone Unbiased? Third Person Effect in Christian University Students Reading the News by Glory ReitzDrop Deck Trailer Assembly 2.0 by Isaac Todd Jasper, Taite Clark, Peyton Miller, and Kyle Fynaardt
1:45 p.m.Chemical Composition of Brown Dwarf Planets by Jocelyn ZonnefeldThe Finch and the Phoenix: Poetry Chapbook by Dallas JohnsonSmart Volleyball Court by Logan Van Italie, Eddie Mulder, Diego Benitez, and Megan Raszler
2:00 p.m.Almost Lifelong, a Senior Capstone Project by Sommer SchaapLife in the Early Stages of Colonization in Liberia and their Interactions with Natives by Isaac Baart7th Avenue Phase 2 by Luke Vander Horst, Mason Stolle, Derek De Jong, Isaac Bartels, and Keyshawn Nkonde Mpukuta
2:15 p.m.Diversifying Worship at Dordt by Jacob Brown, Haneul Choi, Anna Kerstetter, Nicole Mahoney, Deborah Cordeiro, and Seth Van GelderThe Myth of the "Traditional" Dutch Costume Among 19th Century Dutch-American Immigrants to Northwest Iowa by Kirsten BuiterGeothermal Greenhouse by Caleb Kulesza, Josh Van Hulzen, Dan Klassen, and Kendall Snyder
2:30 p.m.Extended Season Greenhouse by Bennett Marstall, Jonathan Slice, and Tabitha Verhage
2:45 p.m.Low Cost Air Quality Monitor by Chris Dyk, Sam Walhof, Tong Mu, and Seth Wagner
3:00 p.m.Recreation Area by Tyler Smith, Jeremy Niemeyer, Joshua Deines, and Rebecca Tjeerdsma
3:15 p.m.Sioux Center Bike Trail by Landon VanBerkel and Suvaco Hartanto

About Dordt University

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Located in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Times Higher Education, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review.

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