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The Nick Novakowski Senior Project Conference

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University

3 April, 2019

Grenfell Campus Memorial University

Dr. Nick Novokowski


This student conference is in memory of Dr. Nick Novakowski, a colleague, mentor, friend, and excellent researcher.

It is fitting that Dr. Novakowski be honoured in this way in that he was known to be one of the most supportive and popular professors.

His door was always open to students and colleagues alike, and he readily engaged in any number of topics.

This conference is a celebration of student research across the campus which was something that Dr. Novakowski championed during the sixteen years that he was a part of the Grenfell community.

His own legacy as a researcher is indicative of the high standards he expected of students and of himself.

We are pleased to welcome students to share their research with the entire Grenfell Campus community and the general public in this forum, in the spirit of Dr. Novakowski’s dedication to research excellence.

General information The conference will start at 1515h in the atrium with a welcome by Dr. Jeff Keshen followed by a set of concurrent oral presentation sessions in various rooms round the Arts and Science Building and Annex. A nutritional break and poster session will take place from 1700h-1730h in the Atrium and Airport Lounge areas of the Arts and Science Annex. The conference will move to the Fine Arts Building at 1900h for the Silent Art Auction and Senior Theatre Production.

Oral Presentations Length of the oral presentations has been set by each student’s program. Presentations should be compatible with the computer systems in the Grenfell lecture rooms and delivered to your session moderator on a USB thumb drive or by email ahead of time to allow for uploading.

Poster Presentations Posters should be hung in the designated areas of the Atrium and Airport Lounge on Wednesday afternoon before the conference begins. Presenters should consult with their program chair/advisor regarding poster size specifications. Poster presenters should bring their own materials (tape, sticky tack, etc.) to hang their posters. Poster presenters are expected to attend their poster during the poster session/nutritional break (1700h – 1730h). Some programs may require poster presenters to attend their posters for more time than is allotted in the schedule. Please remove your poster when the conference ends.

Breaks A nutritional break will be held from 1700h-1730h in the Arts and Science building Atrium and Airport Lounge areas. Though coffee cups will be provided, we ask that you please bring your own re-usable beverage container.

Program Schedule


Campus and building maps


Arts and Science Ground Floor


Arts and Science Upper Floor


Oral Presentation Schedule 

Poster Presentations

Brittany Andrews
The Impact of Technology on Children's Attention, Achievement, and Cognition in the Classroom

Jessica Anthony
From Best Friend to Therapist: Benefits of an Emotional Support Animal on Stress

Kera Brake
What Mental Health Services Should be Available to University Students?

Hannah Breen-Hepditch
Do They Exist and Can I Use Them? Perceptions of Availability and Accessibility of Mental Health Resources in NL

Matt Colbourne
To What Degree Do Sleep Quality, Sleep Quantity, and Sleep Schedule Impact a Student?

Carolyn Dumaresque, Kelsey Jewer, Robert Tobin
The Role of Bone Marrow Fat Index and Kidney Fat Index on Caribou Health and Survival: A Comparison Between Merasheen Island and Insular Newfoundland Herds. 

Jennifer Fraser-Smith
Attachment in the Digital Age

Bethany George
Mindfulness In The 21st Century

Jonathan Guy
Long Term Cognitive and Behavioral Effects of Sport Concussions

Julia Halfyard, Felicia Hillier, Kelsey White
Prenatal Weather Conditions in Relation to Caribou (Ranigfer tarandus tarandus) Jawbone Length 

Kayla Hanrahan-Potter
Mental Illness: Media Portrayals, Our Perceptions, Consequences and Change

Danika Henstridge
Are Children at Developmental Risk when their Parent(s) have a Psychiatric Disorder?

Emily Hynes
Alzheimer's Disease: Impact and Support for Family and Caregivers

Roxanne Kleinveldt, Nirisha Kowlessur, Robin Evans-Taylor
Analysis of back fat changes and how it indicates overall health of the Merasheen caribou.

Pei Yu Lee and Maisha Maliha Shaheed 
Health Condition of Male and Female Caribou on Merasheen Island, NL

Carly MacIsaac
Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Aging Cats and Dogs: A Syndrome Analogous to Alzheimer's Disease in Humans

Janelle Marchand, Keshav Ramdhan, Spencer Wright
Caribou Antler Points: A Visual Indicator of Caribou Body Fat on Merasheen Island.

Carolee Martinez
Sociopathic Tendencies: Factors That Influence These Behaviours

Jessica Mcleod
The Effectiveness of Attachment Styles in Couple Therapy

Tori Moguel
Let The Music Hit You: The Reciprocal Relationship Between Music and Emotions

Keira Munn
Growing Up in a Military Family: The Impact On Children and How the Military Can Support Them

Kryston Munnings
Psychological Stress Experienced by International Students in Post-Secondary Institutions

Lorna Osmond
Examining the impacts of technological interventions on communication for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Robyn Redlin
Child Interviewing and the Accuracy of Memory Recall

Amiee Reid
The Role Parents Play in the Development of Aggressive Behaviour in Children

Teya Ricketts
Preventative Measures for Postpartum Depression

Miranda Sheppard
Coping Strategies: Healthy and Non-healthy

Charliza Slusher
Adolescence and Aggression

Taylor Smith
Filling in the Blanks: Can Research on PTSD in Military Personnel Be Applied to First Responders?

Zachary Thomas
An Analysis of the Relationship between Sleep and the Abnormal Brain

Vannessa Williams:
The Moral Influence of Lyrics

Sandi Yates
Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention: Does it Help?

Jacob Westcott
Agricultural policy and bee health in Newfoundland