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 2021-22 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 projects, and 2nd year SAHE students deliver oral presentations to share their assessment projects.

The 2021 SAHE Assessment Symposium will be held virtually on Thursday, March 25th from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., with a break for lunch from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Click here to access the schedule for the day, including the student projects that will be presented.

Please email SAHE@MissouriState.edu for the Zoom link (be sure you have installed that latest Zoom update prior to the event). 

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 2021 Annual Frank Einhellig Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum will be held on Saturday, May 1st. 

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

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.
  • West, N. M., Smith, M. D., Alston, A. D., Coleman, E. R., & Williams, A. J. (2020, March). Developing an AER toolkit to make your statement in student affairs [Session/travel cancelled due to COVID-19]. Undergraduate Student Pre-conference at NASPA Annual Conference, Austin, TX (refereed).​​​​​​​
  • 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.