John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference
The John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference was established as an annual event
in 1990. Held in April each year, the conference provides an opportunity for students
who are pursuing individual research projects to present those projects in a public
forum. Research projects pursued by students at any level - freshman through senior
- and in any academic program throughout the university, are eligible to participate.
Research can be presented either in a poster session format, or in a (15-min) oral
The 2022 John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference will be held on April 9,
The 2022 John Wesley Powell Keynote Speaker
Dr. Gabriel "Joey" Merrin, Ph.D.
Gabriel "Joey" Merrin, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Human
Development and Family Science at Syracuse University. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational
Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and completed a postdoctoral
fellowship in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria in British
Columbia. He also attended Illinois Wesleyan University, where he majored in Sociology.
Dr. Merrin is an early career prevention scientist whose primary line of research
seeks to clarify the developmental processes through which adolescent's experiences
with their families, peers, schools, and communities influence (mitigate or exacerbate)
the development of problem behaviors (e.g., aggression, delinquency, substance use)
and experiences with identity-based harassment and victimization throughout adolescence
and the transition to young adulthood. Dr. Merrin has extensive expertise in conducting
school-based research and has worked with students, teachers, superintendents principals,
and parents to help address the diverse needs of students. He has evaluated several
school-based prevention programs, including Second Step, the WITS program (Walk away,
Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help), Boston vs. Bullies, and Sources of Strength. His
work has a strong focus on translating and mobilizing knowledge by using applied research
designs to inform and evaluate prevention and intervention efforts to improve the
healthy development of young people.
The John Wesley Powell 2022 Student Research Conference Schedule is available at the
following link. https://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/jwprc/2022/
The conference typically attracts more than 100 undergraduates, who showcase research
projects from a variety of University departments and programs, including: psychology,
economics, political science, biology, mathematics, chemistry, English, theatre, and