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Palmer Student Research Symposium

Last updated February 05, 2020

The 17th Annual Morningside College Palmer Student Research Symposium will be held April 15th, 2020. This event is a campus-wide celebration of student involvement in research. Students can present research, both empirical and non-empirical, completed in a class or completed as an independent project under faculty supervision. Students can request an oral presentation, a poster demonstration, or a panel discussion. Oral and poster presentations will be judged in similar categories. Students have the option of submitting fall and/or spring projects during the open submission period.

The 2019 program can be found here

A list of winners can be found here


Palmer 2020 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jeremiah Still 

"Employing Psychological Knowledge to Improve Cybersecurity Compliance and Awareness"

End-users’ compliance is key to successful cybersecurity. Dr. Still will highlight how psychological knowledge can produce better authentication designs (e.g., passwords, PINs). His human-centered design process exploits a user’s natural abilities and designs-out security issues. Two published, and patent-pending prototypes will be discussed. And, the talk recognizes our growing role as cyber defenders. He will highlight key cyber hygiene practices you ought to be following to be a more effective defender.


Jeremiah Still, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University. His is the principal investigator of the Psychology of Design (PoD) laboratory. His team explores the relationship between human cognition and technology; specifically, he is focusing on usable cybersecurity, visual attention, and intuitive design. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2009 with a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

Dr. Still has served at both teaching and research-focused academic positions since completing his Ph.D. The initial years were spent directing a human factors graduate program at Missouri Western State University. In that position, he co-founded and developed the first human factors graduate program in Missouri. He earned the Liberal Arts and Sciences Council of Chairpersons award recognizing his efforts towards developing a quality graduate program. Moreover, in Spring 2011, he received the university’s top researcher award. For the last few years, Dr. Still has been an assistant professor at Old Dominion University. He receives grant funding from NASA and other competitive internal summer fellowships. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious APA division 21 Earl Alluisi Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements made by an engineering psychologist within ten years of earning their Ph.D. He has co-authored over 40 papers in journals, edited books, and conference proceedings.

Dr. Still enjoys teaching and mentoring students. He has served as a student organization advisor for both Psi Chi and an award-winning HFES student group. Notably, he was awarded a distinguished teaching award from the department and a Shining Star award from the university. Recently, his graduate HCI course was able to publish a revised version of their final project assignment within an upcoming special issue of the Human Factors journal focusing on the science behind usability. 


Palmer 2020 Student Committee

Co-chairs: Jessy Huff (Biology and Biopsychology) and Teresa Renze (Social and Behavioral Science and Counseling Psychology)

Submission and Presentation Coordinators: Gage Dewsbury (Applied Agriculture and Food Studies) and Kelsey Diggins (Nursing)

Publicity Coordinator: Abby Koch (Mass Communications and Graphic Design)

Facilities and Media Coordinator: Kali Hill (Nursing)

Volunteer and Judge Coordinators: Kali Hill (Nursing) and Kaitlyn Smith (Nursing)

Editing: Elizabeth Roop (English and History)



Palmer Advisors

Jessica LaPaglia


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Kari Varner


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