Students conduct research for symposium

Students from across campus disciplines presented research topics during the college's Research Symposium Friday.

Butterflies filled the air at Orange Coast College during the third annual Giles T. Brown Research Symposium Friday. Students had the opportunity to present research on numerous topics, with the winner taking home a prize of $1,000.

The grand winner of the symposium was Olivia Jäggi, who presented a poster entitled “A Comparative Study on Suicide Prevention.”

Students took on a variety of other research topics.

One poster presentation that stood out from the crowd was that of Amoure Lamonica, a 45-year-old culinary arts major. Instead of presenting a topic, doing research and presenting her findings, Lamonica opted to present a picture she painted herself. The painting was in black and white, using a style where the image is made up of hundreds of small dots of ink.

“I was able to express myself. It’s a really great medium to help push us forward,” Lamonica said.

OCC’s Horticulture Garden provided a picturesque background for the poster presentations and student presenters, while the oral presentations were given in a classroom in the Math, Business and Computing Center filled to the brim with students, professors and judges. Each student was given about 15 minutes to present their slideshow and give their speech with about five minutes after for any questions people had for the presenters.

Carlos Mogrovejo, an 18-year-old computer programming major, was able to keep the attention of everyone in a room over capacity with his oral presentation on the manifesto of mass shooters. Mere hours before Mogrovejo was up to present the New Zealand shooting happened, further showing how important of a topic this was to discuss. Mogrovejo was willing to give some advice for any students who might want to compete in next year’s symposium.

“Take your time when you’re doing it, research everything, try to get trusted resources, try to manage your time and really interact with your mentor, they’ll be a huge help,” he said.

The Horticulture Garden was the perfect size for the number of students who attended, filling the space with more than enough people to call it a success. Luke Aronson, a 21-year-old marine biology major was one of the students walking around observing the many different posters the symposium had to offer.

“It’s a really cool idea. It’s a way for students to delve into their majors, get funded and produce an in-depth report on a project. It also gives students who didn’t participate an opportunity to view a wide variety of the detailed reports,” Aronson said.

Symposium winners

Poster and Exhibition of Work Runner Up $100

Maher Hussein, Homemade Solar Cell Efficiency, Mentor: Taylor Fry

Oral Presentation: Original Research Runner Up $100

Laura Minor, The Light We Cannot See: Variation of Biofluorescence and Coloration of Captive Condylactis Gigantea Anemone, Mentor: Robert Ellis

Oral Presentation: Literature Review Runner Up $100

Trent Stradley, Proposal for Public Artwork on Campus, Mentor: Tyler Stallings

BEST Poster & Exhibition $500

Caitlin Bates, Mantle Xenoliths of the Mojave Desert, Mentor: Dr. E. Erik Bender

BEST Oral Presentation: Original Research $500

Alice Dang, Residential Segregation and the Effect on Education of High School Students in the Newport-Mesa School District, Mentor: Rachel Ridnor

BEST Oral Presentation: Literature Review $500

Matt Morton, How Deforestation Negatively Affects Local Climates, Mentor: Ulrike Green


Olivia Jäggi, A Comparative Study on Suicide Prevention,  Mentor: Ulrike Green

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