Every student at Maryville College completes a year-long research project called the Senior Study, whether the student’s major is Business & Organizational Management, Psychology, Biology, Art or any of the other 40 major fields of study. These studies vary from laboratory experiments to forms of creative expression, and all Senior Study projects feature a student and faculty mentor working together in discipline-specific scholarship. Select a major from the dropdown menu to view examples of recent Senior Study titles.

Student Name Major Title Supervisor
Kenzi Sawyer '17 Business
Physical Education, Health and Recreation

The Misleading Nature Of The United States Food Industry

Rebecca Glenn '17 Business


Clay Shwab
Gabrielle Billstrom '16 Exercise Science

Maryville-Alcoa Greenway: A Descriptive Epidemiology of Users and Physical Activity Behaviors

Dr. Jeremy Steeves
Sean Hagstrom '16 Exercise Science

Physical Activity and Military Performance: The Impact of Carrying Various Loads on Heart Rate Response, Accelerometer Measured Vector Magnitude, and Rated Perceived Exertion During Jogging

Dr. Jeremy Steeves
Ryan Haley '16 Chemistry

Evaluation of a Colorimetric Assay for the Detection of Arsenic in Water

Dr. Mary Turner
Kenzi Sawyer '16 Business
Physical Education, Health and Recreation

The Misleading Nature of the United States Food Industry

Dr. Traci Haydu
Elizabeth A. Burnham '16 Biochemistry

Determining the Antioxidant Capacity of an Invasive Plant: An Evaluation of Hedera Helix Extracts

Dr. Nathan Duncan & Dr. Angela Gibson
Stevie Gleason '16 Exercise Science

The Effects of a Nature-Based Physical Activity Setting for Children with Disabilities

Dr. Traci Haydu
Joel Thornton '16 History

9/11, A Biography

Dr. Dan Klingensmith
Natalie Stanley '16 Psychology

Effects of Person and Organization Collectivist Orientation on Job Satisfaction

Dr. Chad Schrock