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Palmer Student Research Symposium

Last updated April 13, 2018

The 15th Annual Morningside College Palmer Student Research Symposium was held April 11th, 2018. 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 program can be found here

The list of session winners can be found here.


Palmer 2018 Keynote Speaker

"The Impacts of Stress and Trauma on Human Development"

Dr. Darlene Kertes

In this talk, Dr. Kertes will discuss international research on prenatal exposure to maternal stress and war trauma, and its links to epigenetic changes, physical growth, and physiological stress responses in newborn infants. 

Darlene Kertes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and is affiliated with the University of Florida Genetics Institute. Dr. Kertes focuses on the antecedents and consequences of stress in health and development. Her research examines the role of life experiences and epigenetic processes on activity of a stress-sensitive neuroendocrine system, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical system. Dr. Kertes further studies the genetic and gene-environment interaction effects on stress-related emotional and health outcomes from childhood through adulthood, including effects on depression and alcohol dependence. Dr. Kertes completed a Ph.D. in child psychology from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota and an NRSA Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Kertes has received several nationally competitive awards to pursue her work, including awards from the National Science Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Kertes also served at the National Institutes of Health as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), where she was involved in launching the Genes, Environment and Health Initiative.


Palmer 2018 Student Committee

Co-chairs: Cody Hankerson (Biology) and Allyssa Stevens (Political Science and Social and Behavioral Science)

Submission and Presentation Coordinators: Alex Allen (Nursing), Jessy Huff (Biology and Biopsychology), and Elizabeth Roop (English and History)

Publicity Coordinator: Maddie Dotzler (Social and Behavioral Science)

Facilities and Media Coordinator: Shannon Miller (Nursing)

Volunteer and Judge Coordinators: Kelsey Diggins (Nursing) and Filipe Wolff Christiano (Business)


Palmer Advisors

Jessica LaPaglia


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Kari Varner


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