TASDC Research Symposium and Competition – 2023

TASDC Research Symposium and Competition – 2023

April 06, 2023

A Virtual Conference

Organized by

Tennessee Association of Science Department Chairs

Walters State Community College, TN

Sponsored by

Virginia Research Institute, USA

Please submit your registration to receive our zoom link to connect to the conference.

Registration Link


Format for Full Paper Submissions

Instructions for Contributors:

To access the journal, you need to receive permission. Please email,  registrar@virginiaresearchinstitute.org

Submission Requirements

Papers must be submitted in a suitable form for publication. This includes standard word processor formats. Of these, the preferred format is the latest version of Microsoft Word. The documents may incorporate figures or attach separate figures with clear references. Figures are required as bit-mapped images in GIF, TIFF or JPEG format, or original photographs or printed figures can be scanned for a small charge.

The suggested scan formats for different types of image are:

Color photographs and drawings – 24-bit color saved as a JPEG image

Black-and-white photographs – 8 bit grey scale saved as a JPEG image

Black-and-white drawings – 1-bit monochrome saved as a GIF image

Please note that any animation, video and sound files may take a very long time to load and a decision on the suitability of such material for publication will be made by the editorial board. There is no limit to the number of words/pages per paper. The editorial board reserves the right to request changes or reduction. Your paper should be e-mailed to the Chairman of the Editorial Board with a covering note stating your affiliations and a statement confirming that the paper has not been published elsewhere or submitted for publication in any other journals. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that all permissions are received from relevant parties including co-authors before the submission.

Zoom link for the conference



Thursday 06, April 2023

8:00 am – 8:05 am: “Introduction” - Dr. Eugenie de Silva FRSA – Coordinator, Tennessee Association of Science Department Chairs, TN

8:05 am – 8:20 am: “Welcome” - Dr. Donna Seagle Ph.D. - Vice President for Academic Affairs, Walters State Community College

8:20 am – 8:40 am: “TASDC Vision” - Dr. Eugene de Silva, Ph.D. FRSA - President Tennessee Association of Science Department Chairs, TN

8:40 am – 9:00 am: “Our Commitment to Research” - Dr. Matthew Smith Ph.D. – Dean of Natural Sciences, Walters State Community College, TN

9:00 am – 9:20 am: “Importance of Multidisciplinary and Impactful Research in the Modern World ” – *Guest of Honor* - Prof Waqar Ahmed, B.S., Ph.D. CEng, CCHEM, SFHEA, FIMMM, and FRSC (Dalhousie, Canada), C. Chem., F.I.Chem.C. – President of Institute of Chemistry, Sri Lanka, Retired Senior Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

9:20 – 9:40 am: “Inter-relationship Between Self-Perceived Body Image, Self-Esteem and Depression: Is Self-Esteem a Mediator? A Cross- Sectional Study Among Young Adults” – *Invited Special Guest* – Ms. Harini Jayawardene B.S. (Honors – Psychology), National Innovation Center, Colombo, Sri Lanka   

9:40 am – 10:00 am: “Perspectives of Teachers about an Effective Professional Development Program” * Invited Postgraduate Student Speaker* – Ms. Chathurya S. Munindradasa B.S. – University of Missouri, Missouri, US.

Undergraduate Student Speakers

10:00 am – 10:20 am: “Cultivating Positive Responses from Students with Plants” – Kyra Jenkins – Walters State Community College, Morristown, Tennessee, USA


10:20 am – 10:40 am: “The Emerging Technology of Additive Manufacturing” – Logan N. Branham – Walters State Community College, Morristown, Tennessee, USA


10:40 am – 11:00pm: “Last Plane from Kabul: The Significance of the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan” – Malloy Peek -Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


11:00 noon – 11:20 pm: “The Importance of Maintaining Psychological Health in Modern Society” - Lydia R. Capps - Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

11:20 pm – 11:40 pm: “Evaluation of the Impact of Nurse Specialization on Quality of Care” Becca J. Resnik – Chattanooga State Community College, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA


11:40 pm – 12:00 noon: “My Dams Essay on Soil Erosion” - Kayla D McFarland - Northeast State Community College of Blountville, Tennessee, USA


12:00 noon – 12:20 pm: “Tracing the Silhouette of Greek Tragedy” - Kristin Dowen, Motlow State Community College, Smyrna, Tennessee, USA


12:20 pm – 12:40 pm: “The Benefits of Martial Arts for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Raymond K. Morton - Motlow State Community College, McMinnville, Tennessee


12:40 pm – 1:00 pm: “Criminal Justice Reform”- Seth McDaniel - Dyersburg State Community College, Covington, Tennessee, USA

1:00 pm – 1:20 pm: “A Novel Singleton Actinobacteriophage” – Jess Lampley – Columbia State Community College, Columbia, Tennessee, USA

1:20 pm – 1:30 pm: “Vote of Thanks” – Dr. Lisa Eccles, Ph.D., M.S., DLM(ASCP), C(ASCP), TN e-Campus Developer and Mentor, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor.

Judges: Ms. Elena Owen, Dr. Mary Griffin