Academic conferences are open to all members of the Mira Costa community in celebration of professional, academic pursuits here on campus—submissions will be evaluated and accepted not only from students, but also from alumni, teachers, staff, and administration in the pursuit of fostering a collaborative approach to life-long learning. While there is a theme for this conference, presentations and sessions may range on a variety of topics in order to present a diverse set of perspectives in varying educational fields.
Submissions from students, alumni, teachers, faculty, administrators, and staff interested in these topics are welcome. Submissions on other topics of academic professional interest will also be considered.
Submissions are closed at this time; please return in the Fall for information about the 2022 Academic Conference theme and submission process.
More detailed information about session presenters, presentation content, as well as access recordings, registrants may access the Virtual Conference Hub, which will remain open until the end of Fall.
Avery Boisvert (2022): "Spinal Cord Injuries in Professional Offensive Linemen"
Griffin Daviduk (2022): "You Must Construct Additional Pylons; The Issues of the North American Esports Industry "
Madison Feng (2022): "The Perpetuation of Gender Inequality by Sports Media "
Christian Huang (2022): "Sports Parenting: An ethical analysis on whether parents should push their kids to play sports."
Teagan Owen (2022): "Female Athletes and High School Sports"
Lillian Richardson (2022): "The Physical Effects Plant Based Diets have on Professional Women Athletes"
Valentina Roca (2022):
Nicholas Stavropoulos (2022): "Nationalism, Tribalism, and increased violence in international soccer events. "
Walker Watson (2022): "Racial Gatekeeping and the Role of Sports Journalism"
9:30 am - 11:00 am Featured Concurrent Sessions
2A. Exploration: Scientific Inquiry and Human Value
Ethan Greenberg (2022), Hrishikesh Krishna (2023): "The Effect of Sugar Type on Yeast Fermentation"
Kaila Bush (2021): "Relationship between mTOR signaling and cancer in Planarians and possible applications to human tumor suppression."
Blake Shaffer (2022): "A Little Problematic: Humans in Space for Long Periods of Time"
[chaired by: Dan Debevec]
2B. Current Impacts and Future Implications
Safa Beg (2021): "COVID Impacts on California College Students"
Ava Moffett (2021): "The Financial Impacts of the 360 Deal on Major Record Labels"
Valerie White (former Costa Art Teacher): "Strategic Planning: Redesigning, Collaborating, and Advocating for your Specialized Programs"
[chaired by: Lisa Cook]
2C. Language and its Role in Private and Public Life
Soren Schauer (2021): "The Law and Language within the United States Public Defense System"
Megan Shintaku (2021): "The Public Persona, the Private Persona, and the Role of Intention behind Actions and Words"
Lindsey Valbuena (English Teacher/Yearbook Advisor): "Alternative Style, Visual Rhetoric, and Social Media"
[chaired by: Stacy Cabrera]
11:15 am - 12:45 pm Featured Concurrent Sessions 3A. Our Environment and Ourselves on Choice and Outcomes
Atra Shahryari (2021): "How We Get There"
Emma Clarke (2021): "The Relationship Between Intergenerational Relationships and personal ageists beliefs toward the older adult community"
Fiona Pink (2022): "The Associations Between CA Prop. 64 and Substance Use Among Students in High School"
[chaired by: Lindsey Valbuena] 3B. 'Mind over Matter?' Cognition, Neurology, and Psychology
Cassandra Kellum (2021): "Freeing from Perfectionism: Exploring the role of perfectionism in psychological well-being"
Karina Parikh (2021): "The Meaning Behind Working Too Hard: An Analysis of the Psychological Effects of Overtraining in Potential Collegiate Athletes"
Max Riley (2021): "The Path to Student Failure: How Kids Learn and Why Some Don't"
[chaired by: Lisa Cook]
3C. The Power of Story and Historical Ethicality
Katrina Boren (2021): "Ancient Mythology: Every Story is Connected"
Tabitha Lamberg (2021): "The Characterization of Women within Horror Novels"
Stacy Cabrera (AP Capstone Advisor): "The Ethics of History-as-Storytelling"
[chaired by: Valerie White] - lunch break -
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Closing Address: A Dialogue from an West-meets East Perspective Eric Horne, Congressional Affairs Assistant, FDA / Washington D.C. Mira Costa alum
AP Capstone Program Prospective Students, Info-session hosted by Stacy Cabrera, AP Capstone Advisor Session included general information about the program, the special topics, task and scoring requirements, benefits and opportunities, as well as review of the application and registration process for the 2021-2022 school year.