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  • Harrison Campus | Technical Education Center | 8:30am-1pm Tuesday, April 23
    • Awards presented to students at 12:30pm.
  • Mt. Pleasant Campus | Community Room | 10am-3pm Wednesday, April 24
    • Awards presented to students at 2:30pm.

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Join us at the Student Showcase as we celebrate exceptional student work.

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Please join us to discover the amazing work Mid students are doing. See the projects, speak with the students, and meet the instructors. Mid students are inspirational and energizing!

From scientific research to community service, state-of-the-art equipment demonstrations to works of art, Mid students never fail to inspire. We hope to see you on campus at the Student Showcase and we hope you are inspired!

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  • What presentation methods were the most engaging? Poster Displays, Speeches, Artistic Works?
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2024 Student Showcase Program

Aluminum Performance Qualifier | Metal Part

  • Student(s) Logan Swartzmiiller
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Nick Blackmer | WLD 127
  • Aluminum performance qualifier

Steel Performance Qualifier | Metal Part

  • Student(s) Wyatt Dole
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Nick Blackmer | WLD 127
  • Steel performance qualifier

Steel Performance Qualifier | Metal Part

  • Student(s) Tustyn Yarger
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Nick Blackmer | WLD 127
  • Steel performance qualifier

Stainless Steel Performance Qualifier | Metal Part

  • Student(s) Wyatt Van Buskirk
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Nick Blackmer | WLD 127
  • Stainless steel performance qualifier

3D Printed Thinker | Statue

  • Student(s) Noah Miller
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Eric Sander | CAD 217
  • A fully 3D printed, 50% scale representation of the famous Thinker Statue

Einstar 3D Scanner & Application | Video Demonstration

  • Student(s) Zack Bailey
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Eric Sander | CAD 217
  • At the college's upcoming showcase, I'll be presenting the Einstar 3D scanner, the new addition to the Harrison Tech Center. My demonstration will cover the scanner's operation, aimed to serve as a lasting instructional resource for current and future students. The display will feature the scanner, alongside pamphlets and a video monitor rolling a pre-recorded tutorial. Also highlighted will be examples of scanned objects paired with their 3D printed replicas. I plan to be present at the exhibit to engage with attendees, answer questions, and share the exciting possibilities this scanner introduces to our academic community.

Three Forms of 3D Design | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Jacob Bregenzer
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Eric Sander | CAD 210
  • This will be a showcase of the 3 areas of 3D design I have worked in. That being CAD, architecture, and character modeling. I want to show what can be done in 3D with multiple programs like Soildworks and Blender. I will have my designs on the laptop then a few of the designs 3D printed.

Engine and Transmission Restoration | Car and Slide Show

  • Student(s) Grace Dinsmore, Lee Risch, Micheal Drawe, Brett Risch, Brandon Prince, Neven White
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Richard Hollister | AMS 110, 206, 214, 222
  • This project is a collaboration of many classes. This is the restoration of a 1981 Chevrolet Elcamino. The engine has been rebuilt using parts from 1972 and marrying them with parts from 1999. The transmission has also been rebuilt using a 1982 corvette transmission and updating and programming this transmission to handle the abuse put to the drag strip. This project incorporates team work over multiple disciplines.

Exploring the Depths of 3D Modeling: Shipwreck Demonstrations | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Jess McBride
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Eric Sander | CAD 210
  • Utilizing 3D modeling for shipwrecks offers a remarkable opportunity to digitally preserve and study these underwater treasures. The technology allows for detailed reconstructions that can aid in historical research and educational purposes. This has been documented in recent history with many famous wrecks including the Titanic. Furthermore, it can provide valuable insights into the structural integrity of the wrecks, helping to protect these fragile sites for future generations.

A Deeper Look into the Brain! | Dissection and Computer Slide Show

  • Student(s) Kaylee Metcalf
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Marcia Wiseman | BIO 138
  • In this project, I will be dissecting a sheep's brian, the closest animal brain to a humans. We will be looking through the different sections of the brain, what they do, and why. The brain is the most important organ of the human body, so I think it’s important to have a better understanding of how it all works. So I am excited to take you through this in depth look into a sheep’s brain to further our knowledge of how it's all put together! The tools that I will be using are things such as scalpel, a probe, pins for identifying and scissors.

Cells and The Cell Membrane | Poster and Display

  • Student(s) Lisa Carlesimo
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Marcia Wiseman | BIO 138
  • Will an egg become hypertonic, hypotonic isotonic when in various solutions? This lab will show the permeability of the cell membrane. We can see how membranes can regulate a cell’s interaction with its environment.

The Effect of Different Substances on Bone Density | The Effect of Different Substances on Bone Density

  • Student(s) Stephanie Thaller
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Marcia Wiseman | BIO 138
  • The experiment shows how different substances alter the density of bones by removing certain minerals or proteins from the bone. I start by removing all meat and extras from the bone, so it is a bare bone. I then weigh the bone to get my initial weight and make observations about the strength of the bone and what it looks like. I then place one bone in each of the different solutions: water, bleach, and vinegar. Every day for 4 to 5 days I will remove the bone from the different solutions and dry it off and weigh them. I will also record my observations about the changes in density or looks of the bone. I will have a 4th bone that is not kept in a solution as a control for being able to note the changes that are being made. Knowledge of Technology & Equipment needs:I would be using 3 mason jars to hold the bleach, water, and vinegar solutions and 3 chicken bones of relatively the same size and shape. I would also need to use a weighing scale to be able to record the change in mass in grams.

Muscles of Human Body | Display and Slide Show Presentation

  • Student(s) Kenzie Gradisher
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Marcia Wiseman | BIO 138
  • My project demonstrates the muscles of the human body including the axial and appendicular skeletal. I will demonstrate both independent and groups of muscles. In this project I will include muscle name, insertion, origin, and innervations.

Tin Knocking | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Austin Lake
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ron Holmes | HRA 106
  • Learned how to bend and work with tin.

Vintage Lamp Project | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Caleb Pellerito
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ron Holmes | HRA 108
  • This project demonstrates basic soldering techniques as well as blending in some basic electrical.

Heating with Hydronics | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Jordan Hamel
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ron Holmes | HRA 105
  • How in floor, in wall, and baseboard finn tube heating applications work and how they benefit in their own way.

Folding Automobile Food Tray | Poster

  • Student(s) Dale Jameson
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Eric Sander | CAD 101
  • Eating in a vehicle is quite common in the United States, and most people do it to save time while they are away from home. In the United States a survey was conducted asking 1,000 people across the country who eats while driving. The result of the survey found that 56% of Americans eat in their vehicles on a semi-regular basis, and another 7% do this daily [1]. Eating while driving is distracted driving and can increase the chances of an automobile accident. A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 80% of all automobile accidents and 65% of near misses are caused by distracted drivers that were more focused on their eating than on the road [2]. It is believed that a folding automobile food tray will help reduce or eliminate the need for people eating while driving. In addition, if people are unable to eat in a restaurant due to the seating area being closed similar to the COVID-19 restrictions, or unable to eat outside due to inclement weather, they will be able to eat in their vehicle comfortably with a folding automobile food tray. This project aims to see if eating in a vehicle with a folding food tray is more comfortable than without. KEYWORDS: Distracted driving, food tray.

Beauty of the Florida Keys | Poster

  • Student(s) Cory Sheldon
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Trish Finerty | BIO 289
  • This presentation will include many photos taken during BIO 289 Biology of the Florida Keys, to showcase the beauty and diversity of different species in the Keys as well as fun facts for a few of the more interesting animals that call the Florida Keys home.

Guitar | Metal Art

  • Student(s) Jonathan Jehnzen
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Nick Blackmer | WLD 130
  • Guitar

Violin | Metal Art

  • Student(s) Logan Moss
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Nick Blackmer | WLD 130
  • Violin

Deer Head | Metal Art

  • Student(s) Emma Abbott
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Nick Blackmer | WLD 130
  • Deer Head

Prototyping With CAD | Display

  • Student(s) Josh Mason
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Eric Sander | CAD
  • CAD and CAM project displaying the advantage of prototyping with CAD through additive manufacturing (3D Printing) and then advancing the prototype with CAM and CnC through subtractive manufacturing. I will have examples of malformed or older versions of the parts that were produced along with printed technical drawings to show prototype progress. Prototype is a Gas Turbine Engine.

Tin Knocking | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Brenden Eckert
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ron Holmes | HRA 106
  • Shop replica with working with tin in HVAC fields.

HVAC/R Project | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Jake Shaw
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ron Holmes | HRA 108

The Practicality of 3D Printers | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Chase Regina
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Eric Sander | CAD 120
  • I will showcase the wide range of uses with a 3D printer. The first item I will showcase is a prototype end-of-arm tooling. I 3D printed and assembled with hardware for a company near Detroit. I will contrast this with a set of armor from The Mandalorian TV show that I have 3D printed. This shows the wide range of uses of a 3D printer, one item having a practical use in industry, contrasted by an artistic use of 3D printing.

Gear Box Assembly | Video & Demonstration

  • Student(s) Dale Betts
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Eric Sander | CAD 216
  • I will be presenting my 3D Printed Gear Box which is the minimum requirement for CAD 216. To increase the grade for the class students are required to print additional project to help them better understand the 3D printers and incorporate SolidWorks design concepts. From the beginning of the class, I decided I wanted to make my Gear Box functional. I also did not want to just print common trinkets so, for the additional 3D prints I design Sprockets, Shafts, Mounting Bases, Crank Handle, and a Printed in Place Functional ANSI #35 Roller Chain. During the same semester I was also enrolled in AIM 113, Basic Machining Programing course. Using my SolidWorks skills, I designed an aluminum plate to mount all of the components on and with the help from Nathanael Farrell it was machined on one of Mid’s HAAS Machining Centers on the Harrison Campus. My project is a great representation of accumulated skills and knowledge learned in the CAD Associates Program here at Mid Michigan Community College. This is my 38th year in manufacturing and my new skill sets are already showing benefits. It is also a great representation of how using newly gained skills can help enhance your career or when starting a new one. I now design most of the components my teams need during our custom machine installs. Before enrolling in the CAD Program, I had to wait for these to be completed. Now, I make the designs and have full control over any immediate necessary changes.

The Lucky Evaporator | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Levi Myers, Evan Coon
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ron Holmes | HRA 104
  • The refrigeration process of removing heat from one area and moving it to another.

SODDER MMCC | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Adam Dysinger
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ron Holmes | HRA 104
  • I will be soldering the MMCC.

Audie's Project | Display of Item

  • Student(s) Audie Hawkins
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ron Holmes | HRA 104

HVAC Project | Project Display

  • Student(s) Blayn Mitchell
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ron Holmes | HRA 104

Electrical Circuit | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Jason Sorensenl
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ron Holmes | HRA 104
  • Demonstration of how an electrical circuit operates.

Tin Knocking Man | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Sydney Williams, Jake Mathewson
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ron Holmes | HRA 104
  • Tin man made out of HVAC materials and processes.

Plenum | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Trevor Koch
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ron Holmes | HRA 104
  • Demonstrating my tin knocking skills that I've learned while I've been enrolled.

HVAC Project | Braze Project

  • Student(s) Jamyson Burch
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ron Holmes | HRA 104
  • Showcasing a proper braze and how to do it.

Cool Dude | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Jace Schuler, Trueman Wentworth
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ron Holmes | HRA 104
  • Created a evaporator to freeze 4 lbs of water in under 20 minutes. This shows how effective refrigeration is at removing heat from a space.

HVACR Project | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Eric Turney
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ron Holmes | HRA 104
  • A basic circuit showing how different parts of a HVAC system work along with how basic electrical works.

HVAC-R and Indoor Horticulture | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Eric Isaac
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ron Holmes | HRA 104
  • Informational demonstration touching on the importance of HVAC-R equipment and the sizing of the equipment in indoor commercial horticulture. Atmospheric conditions considering sensible and latent loads and how they effect conditions of the space and plants.

Tractor | Metal Art

  • Student(s) Wyatt Gee
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Nick Blackmer | WLD 130
  • Tractor

3D Printed Projects | Display & Demonstration

  • Student(s) Daniel Luft
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Eric Sander | CAD 210
  • 3D printing and CAD designs.

3D Printed Vehicle Accessories & Welding | Video & Demonstration

  • Student(s) Triton Lavigne
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Eric Sander | CAD 210
  • 3D printed vehicle accessories designed with Solid Works and vehicle modifications made with skills learned from welding at Mid Michigan College.

3D Printed | Demonstration

  • Student(s) Gavin Iseler
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Eric Sander | CAD 201
  • 3D printer applications

Vice Joint Project | PowerPoint Demonstration

  • Student(s) Kaeden VanDorn
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Eric Sander | CAD 201
  • This vice joint project was designed to create and develop a series of blueprints that a manufacturer might use to build an actual vice joint. The assignment gave us only pictures and diagrams of the part, and we were supposed to use AutoCAD software to create the blueprints of the vice joint. I made multiple AutoCAD drawings that would further assist the manufacturer which included a section view page which is what would be viewable if the part was cut into sections and viewed from the inside. Other drawings included a parts used page as well as an assembled parts viewable page. Through this project I developed greater confidence and pride in my AutoCAD skills.

Exposing Chicken Bones to Different Environments | Poster

  • Student(s) Kaylee Brown, Abby Needham
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Trish Finerty | BIO 138
  • In BIO 138, Human Anatomy and Physiology we studied bone formation and structure including conditions that affect bones, such as osteoporosis. During this experiment we exposed chicken bones to different environments (water, vinegar and bleach) and collected data on their mass and flexibility to see what effect these variables had on the bones. We found that water had no effect on the bone structure while vinegar made the chicken bone very flexible and spongy, and bleach made the bone very brittle and fragile.

Is it Love or a Trauma Bond? | Poster

  • Student(s) Brianna Wilhelm, Bryan Dunlop, Gavin Greenacre, Miranda Cornman
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Kelley Eltzroth | PSY 101
  • Our group, for a PSY 101 project, focused on the toxic relationships known as Trauma Bonds. In our research, we were able to identify the dynamics of what leads to a trauma bond between two people in a romantic relationship. We were able to compare the difference between authentic love and the patterns of these trauma bond connections. We included all the stages of a trauma bond, as well as the effects it could have on someone. By learning the stages of how these bonds form, we hope to help others avoid the negative effects on their physical and mental health that can result from these bonds. Trauma bonded relationships are a real issue that is not talked about enough. Our goal is to address the topic, while informing our audience about the seriousness of the topic.

Hunt the Good Stuff - A Positive Psychology Intervention | Poster

  • Student(s) Madelaine Cantrell
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Kelley Eltzroth | PSY 101
  • Using a single-subject experimental design, students serve as both subject and researcher. Pre-test and post-test measures were taken using the PERMA and PANAS scales. The intervention was a gratitude journal, daily listing 3 good things that had happened, and why they happened. In a final report, students present their data, analyze how to interpret their results, discuss reliability and validity of the data collection, and critique the limitations of our design.

Sheet Metal Hole Flare | Object

  • Student(s) Connor Christian
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Jess King | AIM 101
  • The tool/die I made in my dual enrolled class consists of a blank and a mold that are driven into each other via a 1/2 threaded rod. This die is placed on either side of a thin piece of sheet metal and using the handle, the die is tightened pressing against the sheet metal. As the tool compresses into the part (sheet metal) it will eventually sheer and flare a 2 inch hole into the part (sheet metal) adding structure and rigidity while removing weight from the part (sheet metal).

C-Clamp | Object

  • Student(s) Fabian Coon
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Jess King | AIM 101
  • First I had to make sure my block was square. Then, I had to start taking layers off so I could bring it to size. Then I have to stain it and scribe it. I would ten have to drill all the holes in and then I would have to tapper the 4 holes. Then I would have to camber all the holes and to grind it down to perfect size.

1-2-3 Block | Object

  • Student(s) Harvey Zelt
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Jess King | AIM 101
  • The 1-2-3 block is a high carbon steel block, 1 x 2 x 3 inches, with nine holes through it. First, I had to get the block squared and to .040 over size after cutting it off on the bandsaw. Then, using a mill, I drilled the four corner holes using a .406 inch drill bit. Then I drilled the remaining five holes using a 5/16 inch drill bit. In the four corners I also drilled only .406 down using a .625 inch drill bit. All of the holes are threaded. Lastly, we harden the block to make it go from .040 over to size.

C-Clamp | Object

  • Student(s) Jayden Stillion
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Jess King | AIM 101
  • I milled from scratch a C-clamp using 1018 mild steel and a aluminum 1-2-3 block which is 1" x 2" x 3" As the pieces come together, the C-clamp emerges as more than just a tool; it becomes a testament to the artistry and skill of its creator. From its sturdy construction to its smooth operation, every aspect reflects the passion and craftsmanship poured into its creation.

The Truth Behind the Eyes | Poster & Newsletter

  • Student(s) Jackie Bliven
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Lucia Elden | HUM 102
  • This newsletter has original art and discusses how eyes are depicted by Romantic and Surrealist artists.

Support Small Businesses Despite The Globalization of Products Through Large Companies | Paper/Trifold

  • Student(s) Caitlyn Aho, Emilie Marvel, Jessica Miller, Katie Cardenas
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Lucia Elden | HUM 200
  • This beautifully designed multi-genre essay combines personal business stories from Michigan within the context of the global economy and considers the ethics of global corporations.

What is the Real Price of Fast Fashion? | Poster

  • Student(s) Ryan Dziedzic
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ryan Dziedzic | ENV 200
  • This project exposes the tremendous environmental harm caused by the fast fashion industry, promoting more sustainable and eco-conscious fashion habits. Fast fashion is identified as a major source of pollution, responsible for a significant chunk of the world’s carbon emissions and water use, leading to a staggering amount of waste each year. It also highlights how fast fashion’s massive water use and CO2 emissions from discarded clothes are problematic and only growing more out of control every year. It names the worst materials for the environment and suggests better choices, recommending reputable brands that are true to their eco-friendly claims. Overall, the focus of the project is to raise awareness of the harmful effects of fast fashion. It encourages mindful consumerism and support of brands that are transparent about their environmental impact while contributing to reducing the fashion industry's heavy ecological footprint.

Psychology of Humor: Factors That Tickle Our Funny Bone | Poster (with laptop/ipad display)

  • Student(s) Sarah Wood
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Steve Ross | PSY 230
  • Have you ever wondered why you laugh at what you do, or why you prefer one comedian’s style of humor over another? What is it that makes something funny? The construct of humor has been a subject of intense interest and fascination for centuries. This project explored the influence of cultural and social norms surrounding humor, and how individual personality characteristics, cognition, and social status influence one’s preferred humor and comedic style. Studies have shown that humor use is a developmental process that occurs alongside our cognitive, behavioral, and physical growth. Our unique sense of humor is influenced by numerous factors, such as inborn personality and character traits, culture, gender, age, and life experiences, all of which determine how we express, understand, and communicate humor.

The Gradual Social Acceptance of Swearing is Natural | Poster

  • Student(s) Chloe Sprague
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Matthew Moffet | ENG 111
  • Swear words all have taboo meanings, which is what makes them inappropriate. This taboo that we have created gives the words social power. Many eastern cultures still have severe legal punishments in place for swearing, which is usually related to religion within their government. In contrast, swearing is prominent in western society.
    We swear on a regular basis for many different reasons, some of which are social. Swearing is an effective way to relieve stress. It is also a method of communication, which can be both positive and negative. Swearing is used to communicate our feelings, create a humorous environment, and can even increase group bonding. It can also be used to demean or exert dominance over others. Swearing is even common within the workplace, though it is more taboo in some professions than others. It is less acceptable for police officers and other people that work with the public to swear while on the job. Some other special circumstances include romantic relationships and the presence of children in the area.
    People disagree about whether or not we should be concerned about the rising use of swearing. Some say that all swearing is disrespectful, and continuing to make swearing more socially acceptable will cause the words to lose their meaning. Others say that increased swearing will allow more people to reap the benefits of stress relief and increased communication. I believe that increased swearing is a natural part of language evolution.

Manual Cost Accounting Process | Poster

  • Student(s) Sawyer Gerow, Taylor Benthem
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Ashlee Ritchie | ACC 231
  • Process of completing the entire accounting cycle in a manual format. Started with recording and posting transactions, and ended with financial statements and closing entries.

What's Most Important in a Family | Poster

  • Student(s) Carlee Krueger
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Matthew Moffet | ENG 111
  • What is considered to be the “normal” structure of a family can be up for debate and can be different for everyone. Which structure is best for children to grow up in may have changed over years and may not be a simple question. A family can look different and be any shape and size such as single parents, adopted children, same-sex couples, blended families, and many more. There is a lot of evidence for different types of family structure and how beneficial each one can be as well as the effects it can have on the children. But it could also come down to what age you are when you get married and other factors as well. It also comes down to if you are financially and mentally ready to have children. However we see that it may not be the structure of the actual family but instead the qualities of the relationship within the family that really matter more so than the actual structure.

Tensegrity – AntiGravity Device | Poster

  • Student(s) Elijah Dell
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Colin Alton | PHY 105
  • Tensegrity, is a structural principle based on a system of isolated components under compression inside a network of continuous tension, and arranged in such a way that the compressed members (usually bars or struts) do not touch each other while the prestressed tensioned members (usually cables or tendons) delineate the system spatially.

Risk Analysis using Calculus | Poster

  • Student(s) William Wiltse
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Colin Alton | MAT 126
  • The project will revolve around the various factors that go into this integral based equation that helps calculate the risk levels of possible insurance policy holders.

Ted Talked me into it Event | Poster

  • Student(s) Jamie Heleski
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Kelli Butler | AAP 236
  • The project was to plan an event for 200 Mid-Michigan College faculty members that would enlighten them on the impact of incorporating Ted Talks into their curriculums, by getting first-hand experiences of Ted Talk speakers in action. I was given a budget and a timetable to stick to. The rest I had to research and coordinate on my own. That included everything from venues, caterers, and presenters; to audio/visual equipment, prize incentives for the games, decorations, and everything in between. I strived to cover all the minor details that often times get overlooked including food preferences, lodging and travel accommodations, and safety protocols. Ultimately, I was able to plan an event that was structured, engaging, but also fun!

Cold Capping/Scalp Cooling Therapy, Saving Your Hair and Confidence | Display Board & Video

  • Student(s) Maggie Galan, Abigail Gates
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Alan Gamble | BIO 103
  • Since Chemotherapy targets rapidly growing cells, our hair follicles become damaged resulting in hair loss. With a loss of hair comes a loss of confidence for patients across the world. But, a treatment developed in Europe in 1998, named Cold Capping, has promising results for men and women. Cold caps reduce the hair loss caused by cancer treatments like chemotherapy by reducing the temperature of the scalp, making the blood vessels smaller and reducing the blood flow to your scalp. Thus, protecting your hair follicles against the damaging effects of cancer treatments. Cold capping is a process that takes around 3 to 4 weeks and is offered by 3 main companies: Penguin Cold Caps, Chemo Cold Caps, and Arctic Cold Caps. Typically, patients will wear the cap for 30 minutes before their chemotherapy treatments, throughout the chemotherapy session and for 90 to 120 minutes afterward. All in all, scalp cooling has an 89 per cent success rate in breast cancer patients, saving your hair and confidence.

Biotechnology in Forensics | Display Board & Video

  • Student(s) Makayla Schutt, Claire Peak, Emma Dugas
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Alan Gamble | BIO 103
  • Biotechnology in Forensics represents a powerful tool in the realm of criminal investigation. From the basic science of DNA to the latest biotechnological advances, this field continues to evolve and provide new ways to solve crimes. However, it is crucial to strike a balance between the power of this technology and the ethical concerns surrounding it. As biotechnology in forensics advances, so does the responsibility to use it wisely and ethically, ensuring that justice is served while protecting the rights and privacy of all individuals involved.

New Strategies to Save Coral | Display Board & Video

  • Student(s) Nolan Caszatt, Kam Williams
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Alan Gamble | BIO 103
  • Coral reefs make up some of the most diverse and interesting ecosystems on this planet; however, they are facing danger upon many recent events. Recently, data from many different organizations suggest that coral reefs’ ability to adapt to disturbances are being prevented, due to issues such as climate change, oil spills, pollution, and other human actions. If these issues continue to happen without a solution, it can lead to the destruction of reefs around the world that serve as a home to many marine lifeforms and even some fish. Luckily, biotechnology has given the future of coral reefs a positive outlook, as there are many different strategies being developed to save coral reefs.

Genetically Modified Livestock in the USA | Display Board & Video

  • Student(s) Will Wiltse, Kaleb Griffin, Jalen Brandenburger
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Alan Gamble | BIO 103
  • We are doing our project on Genetically Modified produce and livestock specifically within the United States. This was chosen because of the billions of dollars worth of investments and research going into this field every year. Informing the general public on the practices and the benefits of this scientific branch could improve how we consciously consume and influence our natural environments. The project will focus on the most influential livestock being scrutinized, such as pigs, goats, and bovine/cows. Having new methods of cultivation and breeding might improve the standard of living for our nation as a whole, just as the reintegration of nitrogen into our soil allowed us the ability to support almost a doubled worldwide population.

E-Fuels: The Promise and the Passion | Display Board & Video

  • Student(s) Alton Bailey, Jonathan Schwarzkopf, Landon Garcia
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Alan Gamble | BIO 103
  • This project will be an informational board about a type of biofuel called electrofuels -- E-fuels for short. This type of biofuel is starting to become more present in life today with examples in motorsports, diesel replacement, and other areas. This project will include how E-Fuels were created and their potential. How can we implement this into our own community? Are ethical issues involved? We intend to suggest a practical local application of the fuels and show how it is relevant to us in mid-Michigan since some can more cleanly replace racing and diesel fuels.

CRISPR: A Tale of Two Diseases | Display Board & Video

  • Student(s) Jackson Bendele, Cooper Sawyer
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Alan Gamble | BIO 103
  • CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) is a rapidly-spreading tool of biotechnology which can be used to edit the DNA of any organism. CRISPR uses a protein called Cas9 to “find and replace” specific sections of DNA. This is most effective with diseases like Huntington’s, or Sickle cell, where one mutation or repeat can severely affect a person’s life. CRISPR could remove the mutated section and replace it with something safe, getting rid of the disease. Whereas CRISPR has recently been approved by the FDA as a therapy for consenting adults with Sickle Cell Disease, the cost raises concerns. And Huntington’s Disease could only be “cured” through pre-implantation genetic testing or human genome editing of a non-consenting embryo. What is the fair and just path forward? Is it morally right to do this to one person but not another? Is it morally right to alter later bloodlines?

Waking Up the World: The Making of Decaffeinated Coffee | Display Board & Video

  • Student(s) Kaitlyn Klumpp, Aubrey Parker
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Alan Gamble | BIO 103
  • Many people need caffeine upon waking each morning; others like coffee’s flavor but don’t need or want the stimulation. Our project is going to be on how biotechnology is used in the production of decaf coffee. We will explore how traditional coffee plants themselves are genetically modified to remove the natural caffeine. Starting with the development of decaf coffee, we will show how it was industrialized and current research/application.

The Neverending Anguish of Theatre | Poster

  • Student(s) Cooper Sawyer
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Matthew Moffet | ENG 112
  • As my high school journey comes to an end, so does the theatre experience I’ve grown to love. Each show I’ve performed in leaves an unresolved sting on closing night where I struggle to know how to feel, and what to think. As closure for my feelings, I decided to write a sestina about it. My idea struck when a friend and I had a conversation about a previous director who always talked about closing night, and how every character played “dies”. Sometimes if you’re in the room and everyone is silent, you can hear the lines, songs, and jokes just as they were initially. Finding words to repeat and figuring out how to repeat was the biggest challenge. Using the English “theatre” and changing the pronunciation of “tears” were some of my favorite discoveries.

Shrouded Figure | Art Canvas/Painting

  • Student(s) Ashley Johnson
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Faith Freedom | ART 130
  • A study on lighting, motion, and emotion. Most of us hide what we feel inside; sometimes we present ourselves to the world as a figure shrouded in barriers and stoicism, with only the light of others to be our beacon in the dark.

DNA: The Strands of Life | Informative Speech

  • Student(s) Olivia Bass
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Anthony Sassin | COM 101
  • This speech will inform a general audience about fundamentals of DNA such as composition, the DNA copying process, and consequences of misinterpreting DNA.

What's the Point of your Eye? | Poster

  • Student(s) Kaleigh Sobanski
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Trish Finerty | BIO 138
  • This project will walk you through the anatomy of the eye and how it’s important. When looking at someone’s eyes you do not get to see how many different structures there are past the eyelids, or within the eyeball itself. Like the pupil, would you expect the pupil to be just a hole through the iris? There will be a labeled cow eyeball that has been dissected for viewing of the exact structures of the eye. Pictures with information will be posted for reading and viewing while talking about how the eye is important for many reasons. Something interesting to me is although serious damage to the eye is likely not to be fixed, certain things can be corrected, for example with farsightedness. This can be corrected with the curvature of the cornea by corrected lenses specifically for that eyesight. Learning about the eyeball has been very interesting to me, it’s not just a circle that gives us vision. It’s much deeper than that. Learn with me through this experience of studying the eyeball.

Heart Dissection | Poster

  • Student(s) Baylee Planey, Carlie Hafelein, Taylor Meskill
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Trish Finerty | BIO 138
  • As part of BIO 138, Human Anatomy and Physiology, we learned about the structure and function of the cardiovascular system. It plays one of the most important roles in our body, which is the circulation of our blood and much more. Our presentation will include a dissected animal model of the heart as well as an anatomical model to demonstrate the blood flow through the heart and knowledge on the names for structures but also the function and a comparison of the dissected version to the anatomical model. We found it very beneficial to dissect the heart as well as use the anatomical model to get the most knowledge on how this body system truly works and to see the differences between them.

The Vital Journey | Poster

  • Student(s) Kimberly Hill
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Trish Finerty | BIO 138
  • This project was compelted at part of online Human Anatomy and Physiology. This lab was from the module in which we learned all about the heart, blood, and blood vessels. This study will compare the differences in vitals, including heart rate, blood oxygen level, and blood pressure in subjects. The independent factors considered were the subjects’ age, height, weight, gender, temperature, BMI, and substance use. The procedures for taking these vitals will also be presented along with what these numbers mean and what the ideal ranges would be. In my experiment, I found that those who are either older or overweight had higher blood pressure and that children had higher heart rates. Due to small sample sizes, I was unable to come to any conclusions about the impact of the use of alcohol and tobacco.

Feminist Epistemology: Examination of “A Question of Silence” | Poster

  • Student(s) Mackenzie Clark
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course James VanderMey & Klayton Silverpen | PHL 201
  • This paper provides an epistemological examination of the Dutch film, “A Question of Silence,” directed by Morine Gorris. Analyzing this film through the lens of four philosophers' theories on how we gain our knowledge, and specifically the feminist epistemological concept that our standing within society allows us to possess a unique understanding, enhancing the film's underlying critiques of the patriarchal power structure. This film is centered around three women who committed a murder, their court-appointed psychiatrist, and the sought-after truth behind their motive; this invites the question “Can the male court and jury ever fully ‘know’ the motive of the women who committed the murders?” Through the use of essays written by John Locke, David Hume, Uma Narayan, and Agnes Callard, I conclude that an individual's standing within a societal structure influences the knowledge they are able and unable to possess. This implies within the context of the film that the male members of the court may not ever get the “true” answer to the motive they are seeking.

New Advances in Prosthetics | Display Board & Video

  • Student(s) Olivia Toth, Ava Ferrenburg, Laney Beltinck
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Alan Gamble | BIO 103
  • Prosthetics have significantly improved quality of life by restoring mobility and function to individuals who have lost limbs due to injury, illness, or congenital conditions. Advanced prosthetic technologies, such as myoelectric limbs and bionic prostheses, offer greater dexterity, control, and comfort, enabling users to engage in daily activities more seamlessly. Additionally, advancements in materials and design have led to lighter, more durable prosthetic devices, enhancing comfort and reducing physical strain on users.

The Movie “Groundhog Day,” and How Our Perspective Affects Our Knowledge of Reality | Poster

  • Student(s) Damian Gerace
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course James VanderMey & Klayton Silverpen | PHL 201
  • The nature of knowledge, and the level of trust that we put in our understanding of reality, is a topic that has been written about by many philosophers. The greatest limitation of humanity in fully understanding our reality comes from uncertainty in our senses and the sheer abundance of things and concepts that are constantly changing. This interest in the topic can be seen in cinema as well, resulting in many philosophical concepts being represented in film. The movie “Groundhog Day” asks what would happen if we were able to live a day over, with the knowledge we received still being available to us, and gives the audience a character that, while flawed, is relatable in ways to many people. Through Phil Connors, questions about the seemingly unanswerable nature of our knowledge, the revealing of one’s character when given a more complete understanding of reality, and the ways that our grasp of reality are limited by our own reception of knowledge are considered.

Biotech in Pet Breeding & Drugs - Longer Lives and Fewer Allergens | Display Board & Video

  • Student(s) Hannah Seeburger, Maddie Wieferich
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Alan Gamble | BIO 103
  • Scientific researchers have long been looking for a way to extend the lives of human’s best friends – dogs. Currently, the main focus is on large breed dogs because they tend to live shorter than small breed dogs. The companies Rejuvenate Bio and Loyal are working on bringing longevity drugs to market. Loyal’s LOY-001 interacts with a growth hormone IGF-1. By lowering IGF-1 levels, the mortality risk of the animal is also lowered. Loyal’s drug is an injection that is to be given every three to six months by a veterinarian. We may also present new genetic applications in cats.

Developing Allergy-Free Foods | Display Board & Video

  • Student(s) Sophie Schafer, Tristan Leonard
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Alan Gamble | BIO 103
  • Scientists and farmers have been genetically modifying crops for hundreds of years, creating natural pest-resistant crops and even new crops entirely. By only changing certain genes in certain plants, scientists can modify important parts of the plants, even the allergens in them. Through CRISPR editing the genes which cause allergic reactions can be subdued or deleted altogether. With the growing number of food allergy cases on the rise in the United States and worldwide, the development of CRISPR and GMO foods can be a welcomed remedy for people with these susceptibilities or a total eradication of the genes which cause them..

Cloning Mammals: How and Why? | Display Board & Video

  • Student(s) Anjelina Reyes, Rachel Yunker
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Alan Gamble | BIO 103
  • Our project is about cloning and its applications. One of the most famous examples of cloning is the first mammal: Dolly the sheep in 1996, but there have been numerous advancements in this field since then. We will present about the new applications of cloning and how the process is done. The goal of our project is to educate about the process of cloning, the ethics involved and how this field of biotechnology is important and can help people.

Poetry Reflection and Explication | Posters

  • Student(s) Gabby Martinez, Emily Newland, Mariah O'Dell, Joseph Rohling, Nadine Rumptz, Olivia Findlay
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Shauna Lester | ENG 122
  • Completed by concurrent ENG 112 students from Marlette High School, these posters illustrate parallels and syntheses between various selections of poems and other genres of literature. This is based upon a required ENG 112 paper called a ""Poetry Reflection and Explication Essay"", wherein students are required to build in-depth analyses and syntheses between various works. Also required was a reflection based upon one's personal point of view and judgment of the primary source. Students displayed themes, cited lines, and made mostly visual connections between the pieces. Each student based completed an individual poster, connecting one poem from the text and with 2 other professional works to connect with. This is done largely through images, using very few words.

Walkcycle (Ethel’s version) | Video

  • Student(s) Mara Melter
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Allyssa Shawboose | ART 253
  • Building a unique walkcycle starts with character exploration and development. After the mechanics of Ethel was figured out, Mara applied them to the 5 main poses of a walkcycle to bring her zombie character to life.

The Importance of Non-Verbal Communication in Law Enforcement | Informative Speech

  • Student(s) Emma Brown
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Anthony Sassin | COM 101
  • This speech will inform a general audience about the use and importance of non-verbal communication in the field of law enforcement.

Citizen Science: Reef Surveys in Belize | Poster

  • Student(s) Meghan Howard, Rebecca Ball
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Trish Finerty | BIO 299
  • Belize, boasting the world's second-largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef system, offers a stunning ecosystem for exploration. In this captivating marine environment, our class had the privilege to encounter a diverse range of life, including the endangered West Indian Manatee, sea turtles, sharks, and tropical fish rarely seen in the United States.
    A significant aspect of our learning experience focused on REEF surveys, a form of citizen science conducted by volunteer divers and snorkelers to monitor coral reef health and ecosystem dynamics. Engaging in this hands-on research was particularly fascinating due to the variety of species we encountered and documented. Following data collection, and online submission procedures, coupled with thorough computer and human error checks, ensured the utmost accuracy. This emphasis on marine life conservation underscores the collaborative effort of volunteers dedicated to sustaining ecosystem health, which provides vital insights into reef conditions.
    Beyond academic enrichment, this class offered a unique opportunity for cultural immersion. Exploring Belize's culinary delights and embracing local customs broadened our perspectives, enriching our understanding of both marine conservation and global diversity.

Queen Conch Marine Research that makes you want to say, "Shell-yeah!" | Poster

  • Student(s) Marhea Fay
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Trish Finerty | BIO 299
  • Mid Michigan College Marine Science Research in Belize students learned about the Queen Conch: it's life cycle, the important role it plays in the food web of marine life as well as a native staple and culinary history. Queen Conch has major economic impacts as it is one of Belize's major exports. Mid Michigan College students were tasked with identifying and measuring shells in order to establish nursery environments and submit the research to the Belizean government to establish protected zones.

Exposing Chicken Bones to Different Environments | Poster

  • Student(s) Kaylee Brown, Abby Needham
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Trish Finerty | BIO 138
  • In BIO 138, Human Anatomy and Physiology we studied bone formation and structure including conditions that affect bones, such as osteoporosis. During this experiment we exposed chicken bones to different environments (water, vinegar and bleach) and collected data on their mass and flexibility to see what effect these variables had on the bones. We found that water had no effect on the bone structure while vinegar made the chicken bone very flexible and spongy, and bleach made the bone very brittle and fragile.

Morphing Time | Video accompanied by the physical animation

  • Student(s) Adam Bentley
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Allyssa Shawboose | ART 253
  • In this Traditional Animation, we utilized specific bond paper, a peg bar and a light box to create one object morphing into the next! This project focused heavily on pose to pose animation and how to breakdown each object into the next. To achieve a fluid motion without having to shoot the entire animation under a camera, Adam had to use a rolling method between each drawing to see the motion in real time!

Autism Spectrum Disorder | Poster

  • Student(s) Andrew Kelsey, Hannah Rohde, Samantha Passalacqua, Lesly Scharaswak
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Kelley Eltzroth | PSY 101
  • With this group project, the students wanted to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In an in-class poster session, other students learned about the reason autism is now considered a spectrum diagnosis, a history of our understanding of ASD and its current definition, symptoms of ASD, and types of treatment approaches. They also found famous examples of people diagnosed with ASD, and common comorbid diagnoses.

Bipolar Disorder | Poster

  • Student(s) Avery Spell, Harmony Young
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Kelley Eltzroth | PSY 101
  • In this group project, Harmony and Avery chose to learn more about bipolar mood disorder. In a class poster session, they taught their fellow students about the types of bipolar mood disorder, the common symptoms, and the different explanations of and treatment approaches of this often misunderstood disorder.

Observing a Life | Poster

  • Student(s) Rue Bardy
  • Faculty Sponsor & Course Kelley Eltzroth | PSY 212
  • In the developmental journal, I created a fictional person with traits determined from a random die roll. I then tracked, observed, and analyzed that person’s life from birth to death in a series of journal entries, assumed from a developmental psychologist’s point of view. Using random die rolls, I continued to decide on factors that may influence the person's development, such as the possibility of another child entering the family, or chance of divorce within the family. With these decisions made, I then was able to decide how these changes would affect the person at different stages of life, and ultimately what the outcome would be from it. Throughout the project I continued to develop this person’s life and ongoing list of characteristics that they have earned since birth, which ultimately helped me decide how the characteristics interact with the person's daily life and development.
"I was very impressed by all the projects and particularly enjoyed conversing with students about them. I look forward to meeting new student presenters and seeing a diverse representation of presentations from all of the College's departments."

Ryan Dziedzic, Mid Faculty

“While at the Showcase, I was able to walk around looking at other students’ projects, and they were very interesting. I had a great time. I was able to have conversations about my project with faculty members and other students. I was able to speak with President Hood in detail about my project as well. I was awarded the President's Award—I never in a million years thought my project would win and I felt so honored. There were so many great projects to see!"

Tara, Student

"As I watched faculty and students discuss projects and witnessed students engaging with each other throughout the showcase, I thought, 'This is college.'"

Lucia Elden, Mid Faculty

Questions? Contact the Student Showcase Committee!

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