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Helix: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Research

Helix is a publication of undergraduate and graduate research from across all disciplines at Southeast. The journal is intended to provide students with the opportunity to develop researched writing skills and to gain experience in preparing and submitting manuscripts for publication. Students of all levels, including graduating seniors, are encouraged to submit their researched writing for consideration. Helix is published annually each fall semester

Submission Deadline for Volume 18: June 1, 2021
  • Undergraduate submissions should be 1000-3000 words in length; graduate submission should be 3000-5000 words in length.
  • Shorter or longer papers will be considered provided the author sends a query letter that includes the essay's specifications and receives permission to submit.
  • Submissions should follow the style and bibliographic requirements of the field in which they are written. If they do not, the author will be expected to make the corrections should they be
  • chosen.
  • Submissions should be publishing ready, only minor proofreading needed.
  • An individual may submit only one manuscript for consideration.
  • There should be no identifying information (name, course, etc.) on the essay itself.
  • Download and send the submission form along with your essay (in Microsoft Word for Windows, preferably) as separate attachments in the same e-mail to
  • Students retain the rights to their work. Southeast Missouri State University receives first publication rights only.

For further information about Helix, email Jennifer Weiss ( at the Center for Writing Excellence.

Volume 1 (2001)

  • Debra Kaye Bibb — "Digital Alzheimer's: Are We Flatlining Cultural memory in the Information Age?"
  • Leon Cluck — "Doctor Faustus and the Morality Play: A New Twist on an Old Tale"
  • Daisey Diederich — "Regional Familiarity of Idioms"
  • Andrea Holloway — "Romantic Perfectionism and Both Attachment and Affect"
  • Chris Holloway — "Expectations of Privacy regarding Computers"
  • Vineendra Vira Jain — "Intercultural Dynamism: A Cross-Cultural Approach to International Management"
  • John Lanman — "Thoreau: The Enigma and the Hero"
  • Nicholas J. Watts — "Spinoza's Ethics and the 19th-Century Transcendentalists"

Volume 2 (2002)

  • Pamela Acker — "The Quest for Justice in Guatemala"
  • Dawn Ernst — "Progression of Women in Congress"
  • Vernon Graveley — "The Undying (Commercial) Appeal of Batman"
  • Kathy L. Keller — "Intergenerational Aging-Education"
  • Jeffrey Overbey — "Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the American Office"
  • Brett Price — "All Aboard!"
  • Amanda Richardet — "Teachers Leave Them Kids Alone"
  • Christopher Taylor — "Privacy Rights Under the Fourth Amendment"
  • Nicole Trokey — "Our Mothers' Lives: Individual Experience and Feminist Commentary in Julianna Baggott's This Country of Mothers"

Volume 3 (2003)

  • Hope Diamond and Janese Jones — "Plant Aquaporins: How Watewr Moves Into and Out of Plant Cells"
  • Nadia Georgieva — "Characteristics of Semiconductor Diode Laser"
  • Nathan Hertz,  Angela Kolve, and Jeffrey Overbey —  "Optimizing Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Through Mathematical Morphology"
  • Susanne Kranz — "German Women's Movements in the Nineteenth Century"
  • Brett Price — "When Art Imitates Life: Autobiographical Influence in the Films of Francois Truffaut"
  • Pamela Watson — "Putting Christ Back in Christmas"
  • Shannon Willis — "The Wonderful World of Chocolate"

Volume 4 (2005)

  • Candace Anthony — "Lemon and Its Effect on the Encoding and Retrieval Processes"
  • Kimberley Chronister — "Using Children's Literature in the Middle School and High School Classroom"
  • Heather Conger — "Omega-3 and the Brain"
  • Stan A. Jackson — "Prisoner Sexual Assaults and Civil Liability"
  • Kenndis Joy — "Relationship Between Parental Attachment and Parenting Styles"
  • Garret B. Kremer-Wright — "Buildings of Stone"
  • Brett Price — "Ethnography of a Midwestern College Theater Actor Community"
  • Jon Riley — "The Impact of Athletic Participation on Academic Performance Among College Athletes"
  • Natalie Watts — "Levi's: An American Legacy"

Volume 5 (2006)

  • Danielle A. Anderson — "Quality Assurance Measures"
  • Heather Renee Fitzgerald — "Optometry Research Experience"
  • Cassandra Ivy — "The Design and development of Interactive Multimedia (IMM) Using Macromedia Flash"
  • B.A. Johnson and I. Jung — "Simulation of Cadmium Zinc Telluride Detectors in C++"
  • Mariah Mcnail — "Where We Live: Examining the Impact of Urbanicity on Voting Behavior"
  • Kristi Murray — "Exploring the Quotidian Technique Used in the Works of Frank O'Hara"
  • Audra Pulis — "Prototypic Definition of Psychological Maturity: Self-Report Assessment and Initial Correlates"
  • LaKendra Robinson-Alford — "Password-based Authentication for Networked Security on College Campuses"
  • Lisa Schaefer — "College Education Attitudes as Influenced by Religious Fundamentalism and Gender"
  • Michael Simelton — "Non-Technical Skills in a Diverse Workforce"
  • Shonda White — "Fraudulent Activities in Commercial Banking"

Volume 7 (2007)

  • Jennifer Topper — "Celtic Faith"
  • Dawn Stricklin — "From Malinowski's Revolution to Ruth Behar's Body Cast: Objectivity, Post-Modernism, and the Modification of Ethnographic Writing"
  • Amanda M. Pratt — "Ladyleggers and Whisper Sisters: Lawless Women of the Prohibition Era"
  • Daniel L. Huff — "The Effects of Free-Arm Mowing on Thalia Dealbata"
  • John A. Casebolt — "Approaching the Speed of Light"

Volume 8 (2008)

  • Katie Carson — “Barbarian, Neanderthal, Goblin: Finding a Name in Lessing’s The Fifth Child
  • Marjorie R. Cavey — “Hardrock Mining Reclamation and AMD: Implications for the Biotic Community and Sustainability”
  • Julie Hill — “Translation: An Imperfect Practice”
  • Amelie Morgan — “The Performer’s Heartbeat: Let Blood Flow Make the First Move”
  • Molly Wickenhauser — “The Powerful Media and Criminal Trials”

Volume 9 (2009)

  • Richard Jackson — “Marvel Comics and the Cold War”
  • Brenna Kiser — “Total Domination? How Emerson Attempts to Raise Man Above Nature”
  • Timothy R. Mayfield — “Impact of Attachment Style on Forgiveness of Self, Situation, and Others”
  • Amy Christine Nickless — “T. E. Lawrence: Fighting for Arab Freedom”
  • Brooke A. Privett — “A Literature Review of the Impact of Music Education on Student Achievement”
  • David Schmitz — “Ancient Hebrew Holy Wars: Divine Overkill or Godly Justice?”

Volume 10 (2011/2012)

  • Kimberly Donovan — “Learning with LEGOS: Reactions to an Experiential Exercise”
  • Anthony Fouts, Rachel Blunt, and Rajvi Pandya — “The Fall of the Celtic Tiger: The Cause and Effects of Ireland’s Financial Crisis”
  • Laura L. Herrejon Ayala — “Gender and Religious Differences in Perceptions of Relationship Violence”
  • Chris Kinder — “The Major at Elmwood”
  • Mark E. Moore — “Neuroticism, Test Anxiety, Goal Orientation, Self Efficacy, and Attributions About Test Performance”
  • Amy Christine Nickless — “A Society Changed: Effects of the Italian Risorgimento in the Mezzogiorno”
  • Elizabeth Rogers — “Eating Behaviors in Individuals with Dementia: A Study on Quality of Life”
  • David Schmitz — “Peter Elbow: Apostle of Freewriting”
  • Katherine Schwartz — “Finding a Voice”
  • Rakeem R. Shelby — “Resistance of Various Metals as a Function of the Area of Cross Section”
  • Kathleen E. Welker — “To Stay or Not to Stay: Positive Work Environments and Organizational Commitment”
  • Elizabeth A. Zeilenga — “The Effects of Religious Fundamentalism, Priming Secure Base Schema and Mortality Salience on the Evaluation of Out-Groups”

Volume 11 (2013)

  • Kayla Vasbinder"Coloring Music"
  • Amanda Meyer — "Exploitation of Slave Suicide for the Abolitionist Cause
  • Jessica Grenard — "Society's Views on Animal Welfare"
  • Nathaniel Butler — "Network Security Awareness in Higher Education"
  • Austin Evans — "Sustainability at Southeast"
  • Christopher Kinder — "The Efforts of Henry Miller in the Development of Southeast Missouri's Swampland"
  • Sharon Berry — "Human Trafficking in the United States"

Volume 12 (2014)

  • Marybeth Niederkorn — “Aristotelian Aspects of Wile E. Coyote’s Eternal Pursuit of the Road Runner”
  • Carrie Walker — “The Collapse of Hyperreality As Seen in Oryx and Crake
  • Brittany Colbert — “The Functions of the Fairy Tale”
  • Matthew Sissom — “Where’s the Soul, Lebowski? Walter, Donny, and The Dude as Plato’s Soul
  • Daniel Wilkens — “Technology and the Evolving Classroom”
  • Clare Paniccia — “‘I cannot be a man with wishing, therefore I will die a woman with grieving’: The Conflict of Feminine Free Will and Respect in Much Ado About Nothing
  • Lindsey Rudolph — “The Fallacy of Eugenics”
  • Stacey Chicora — “Roller Skate Plates”
  • Bao Nguyen — “E-Sports—It’s Not Just ‘In the Game’”
  • Ronald Illert — “Psychological Disturbances in Post-Divorce Families: A View of Parental Alienation”
  • Chloe Corleto — “Apple’s Product Placement: Macintosh”
  • Nathan Carrington — “Live and Let Die: The Legal Right to Euthanasia”
  • Tyesha Bunting — “Determining the Accessibility of Prison Visitation Policies: An Analysis of State Correctional Websites”
  • Renelle Theard — “Social Communication and Quality of Life in Older African American Adults”
  • Joshua Mitchell — “Morality in Government”

Volume 13 (2015)

  • Sarah Vohsen—“The Impending Failure of Literal and Symbolic Relationships in Waiting for the Barbarians”
  • September Hinkle—“‘The Clerk’s Tale’ through Theology”
  • Jessica Koon—“The Youth in the Prince of Denmark: Searching for Maturity in Shakespeare’s Hamlet”
  • Rakeda Biggers—“The Down Low: Homosexuality and Homophobia within the Black Community”
  • Katherine Longmeyer—“prnted wrd iz imprtnt”

Volume 14 (2016)

  • Cassandra Daugette—“Time Management in Fiction Writing”
  • Haley Albert—“Contemporary Critical Theory and Legos: Applying Haraway and Foucault to The Lego Movie”
  • Brandi Holder—“Federal Housing Policy: There Goes the Neighborhood”
  • Stephen Furlong—“Heritage: An Origin Story of the Writing of Linda Hogan and Louise Glück”
  • Karen Holman—“Facing the Past: Healing in Beloved and Joe”
  • Georgia Hrissikos—“Principles of Defying History: An Investigative Look into 1970s Counterculture”
  • Lydia Cameron—“Play and the Creativity Crisis”
  • Ashley Bankston—“Understanding How Participation in WIC’s (Women, Infants and Children) Prenatal Education Classes Affects Birth Weight Outcomes of African American Infants in Missouri”
  • Haleigh Givens—“Franz Marc and Kandinsky”
  • John Carter—“An Assessment of Socio-Economic and Political Motivations during the Pilgrimage of Grace”
  • Kevin Windham—“Cornered: The Unethical and Systematic Degradation of St Louis’ African American Community”
  • Vanessa Pendergrass—“Dropping the Drinking Habit: Russia’s Alcohol Epidemic”

Volume 15 (2017)

  • Andy Dodson—“Express Yourself: Good Advice for the Dance Floor and FYC”
  • Derek Campbell—“The Impact of Stories”
  • Nesar Uddin—“Reading Challenges and Coping Strategies of American Midwest University ESL Learners”
  • Zachary Hunn—“The Other Elephant in the Room: Political Socialization in Classic and Contemporary Disney Films”
  • Peyton Cope—“The Starving Society”
  • Jo Nell Cougill—“Tackling Concussions: Qualitative Analysis of Concussion Information Available to Parents of High School Athletes in Missouri”
  • Sahap Eckici—Non-Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Arousal Disorders in Children and Adolescents”
  • Haleigh Givens—“The Frick Collection”
  • Keana Jacqueline Henderson—“Improving the Self-Esteem of Adolescents with Physical Disabilities: The Role of Occupational Therapists”
  • Krystal Johnson—“The Effects of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Skills Training on Social Work Students’ Knowledge of the Communication Process”
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