Student Research and Assessment

Student standing in front of her research poster.

Student Projects

First and second year students in the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) MS program work with professional staff in the Division of Student Affairs (and in other campus departments) to complete research/assessment projects during their 4-course sequence of research and assessment classes. Learn more about our students' projects.

Professional staff interested in submitting topics for study for the 2019-20 academic year, should contact Dr. Nicole West.

SAHE Assessment Symposium

Each year the SAHE program, in partnership with the Division of Student Affairs, hosts an Assessment Symposium for the University, where 1st year SAHE students present posters describing their research proposals, and 2nd year SAHE students deliver oral presentations to share their assessment proposals.

The 2020 SAHE Assessment Symposium will be held on Thursday, March 26th in the Robert W. Ballroom (West) inside Plaster Student Union.

Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum

Each year the Missouri State Graduate College and the Graduate Student Senate host the Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum, which showcases graduate student research and creative works through oral, poster, and performance presentations. Abstracts are submitted by 1st year SAHE students to present the findings of their completed research projects and by 2nd year SAHE students to present the findings of their completed assessment projects.

The 27th Annual Frank Einhellig Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020, in the Robert W. Ballroom inside Plaster Student Union.

Publications & Presentations

As a result of their work with SAHE faculty and campus staff, the following students have had the findings of their research and/or assessment projects accepted for publication or presentation.

Publications

  • Coleman, E. R. (in press). Breaking the silence of struggle: Experiences of students facing food insecurity. Journal of Student Affairs.
  • Mathewson, M. L. (in press). The impact of social media usage on Missouri State University students’ mental health.  Journal of Student Affairs.
  • Wagner, M. M. (2018-19). Build the pyramid: A best practices literature review for living-learning communities. Journal of Student Affairs28, 153-162.

Presentations

  • Bourgeois, N. A. (2019, October). True Colors: A tool for student supervision and advising. NASPA IV-W Regional Conference, Fargo, ND (refereed).
  • Coleman, E. R. (2019, May). Experiences and perceptions of students facing food insecurity at Missouri State University. 2019 Impact Summit: College Student Mental Health Conference, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO.
  • Coleman, E. R. (2019, October). Experiences and perceptions of students facing food insecurity at Missouri State University. NASPA IV-W Regional Conference, Fargo, ND (refereed).
  • Hash, K. M. (2019, April). The college search process for students from low-income rural backgrounds. Missouri Association of College Admission Counseling (MOACAC) Conference, St. Charles, MO.
  • LaRoue, K. R. (2019, October). Inclusion beyond academics: Disability support in student affairs. NASPA IV-W Regional Conference. Fargo, ND.
  • Mathewson, M. L. (2019, May). The impact of social media usage on Missouri State University students’ mental health. 2019 Impact Summit: College Student Mental Health Conference, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO.
  • Qian, Y. (2020, May). Narratives related to acculturative stress among Chinese international students. Educational session at the 2020 Impact Summit: College Student Mental Health Conference, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO.
  • Williams, A. J. (2019, October). Students as the heroes of their stories: Adjusting our advising approach. NASPA IV-W Regional Conference, Fargo, ND (refereed).
  • Wilson, D. (2019, May). Providing invisible accommodations: Faculty perceptions of student accessibility needs. Missouri Association of Higher Education and Disability (MO AHEAD) Conference, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO.