Kansas Undergraduate Research Day

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Check out our Facebook page to see all the photos from the 2016 Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol.

The Council of Chief Research Officers (COCRO) of the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR)   organizes the Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol event to share students' research experiences with state lawmakers in Topeka.  This years' event is  Wednesday, February 15, 2017. 

This event will showcase the work of up to 40 Kansas undergraduate students representing each of the state's eight public 4-year institutions.  The purpose of this event is to demonstrate the unique opportunities undergraduate students have to participate with faculty members in research at all state institutions. This event will also emphasize higher education's role in developing educated citizens and preparing a workforce with the necessary skills to further the economic growth of the state.  The general public is invited to attend.

Undergraduates from all disciplines are encouraged to submit applications.  For more information click here. Applications are due Monday, January 23, 2017, by 4pm.  To apply, please click here.  Please contact URE@fhsu.edu for more information.  This event will not be an adjudicated poster competition with prizes.  All participants will be recognized equally for the honor of participating in this event.      


Congratulations to the students selected for the 2016 Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol!

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Lia Boese (KAMS - Freshman - Ottawa, KS) - "Effect of Triclosan Concentration on Growth Rate of Lemna minor." Research Mentor: Dr. Brian Maricle

Joshua McDowell (Criminal Justice - Senior - Lebanon, KS) Co-Investigators Madison Bainter and Abigail Hammeke- "Undergraduate Perceptions of Interpersonal Violence" Research Mentor: Dr. Tamara J. Lynn

Hannah Speer (Agriculture - Senior - Dighton, KS) - "Pig Growth and Development Based on Differing Swine Rations." Research Mentor: Dr. Robert Keener

Chelsea Wheeler (Psychology and Criminal Justice - Senior - Hays, KS)   - "Perceptions and Decisions Made by Jury Members on Educator-Student Sexual Abuse."  Research Mentor: Dr. John Raacke.

Taylor Willits (Psychology - Junior - Ozawkie, KS)  Co-Investigator Arianne Fisher- "Facial Recognition of Dark Triad Traits and the Link to Prenatal Androgen Exposure." Research Mentor: Dr. Trey Hill

2015 Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol Winners

Topeka Poster Day 2015

Jennafer Ball (Biological Sciences - Junior)  Co-Investigator Whitney Mulder - "Bioprospecting for Antimicrobial Producing Organisms in Soil."  Research Mentor: Ms Joanna Fay.

Laura Regnier (Management and Marketing- Senior) - "Why do People Donate?: An Empirical Investigation on Donor’s Motivations towards Charities." Research Mentor: Dr. Emi Moriuchi

Georgie Tauber (Physics - Freshman) - "Hydraulic Fracturing Wells and Earthquakes in Harper County Kansas." Research Mentor: Dr. Paul Adams

MaRyka Smith (Agriculture - Sophomore) - "Myth Vs. Fact: Misconceptions Between Consumers and Midwestern Producers." Research Mentor: Dr. Bob Keener

Brianne Little (Geosciences- Freshman) - "PH Levels of Precipitation in Relation to Mount St. Helens 1980 Eruption." Research Mentor: Dr. Paul Adams

2014 Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol Winners


Keri L. Caudle, senior majoring in Biology; Hays; “Effects of extreme drought on photosynthesis and water potential of Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem) ecotypes in common gardens across Kansas” investigated how drought affects prairie grasses; research mentor: Dr. Brian Maricle, Department of Biological Sciences.

Michael Cory, KAMS sophomore; Wichita; “The Effects of Copper Exposure on Mammal Cells,” examined the way copper leads to cell death; research mentor Dr. Thomas J. Wiese, Department of Chemistry.

Kayce Feldkamp, KAMS freshman; Seneca: “Effect of Nine Volt Direct Current Charge Applied to Radishes and their Growth” investigated the effect of electricity on radishes; research mentor: Dr. Paul Adams, Departments of Physics and Teacher Education.

Seth Gooding, senior majoring in chemistry; Hays; “Implications of Local Cultural Variations for the Strategic Use of Legal Flexibilities in China” interviewed international managers and lawyers in China; research mentor: research mentors Dr. Justin Evans and Dr. Tony Gable, College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

Jessica Havice, senior majoring in communication sciences and disorders; Abilene; “Sound Intensity Measurements of a University Marching Band during Rehearsals” found that prolonged exposure to the sound levels generated by the marching band  may cause hearing loss; research mentor: Dr. Fred Britten, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Xining Li, KAMS freshman; China; "Terminal Velocity of Meteorite" used a wind tunnel experiment to determine that the shape of a meteorite impacts its terminal velocity; research mentor:  Dr. Paul Adams, Department of Physics and Teacher Education.

 Xiaoying Lin, KAMS freshman; China; “The Impact of Population Density on the Intensity of Urban Heat Island Effect in Manhattan, New York and Saratoga Springs, New York from 1960 to 2012” explored the relationship between population density and historical temperature data; research mentors; Dr. Paul Adams, Departments of Physics and Teacher Education and Dr. John Heinrichs, Department of Geosciences.

Leah Piper, senior majoring in communication studies; St. Marys; “A Closer Look at the Costa Concordia” analyzed the types of image restoration strategies used following the cruise ship disaster; research mentor: Dr. Leslie Reynard, Washburn.

MaRyka Smith, KAMS freshman; Hoyt; “The Relationship of the California Horse Population and Grassland in the Sierra Nevada Eco Region” investigated the relationship between wild horses and grassland environment; research mentor; Dr. Paul Adams, Departments of Physics and Teacher Education and Dr. John Heinrichs, Department of Geosciences.

Adam Wilbur, senior majoring in graphic design; Wichita; “The Role of the Entrepreneurial Lawyer in Small Firms in China” analyzed the legal environment in China for small firms; research mentors Dr. Justin Evans and Dr. Tony Gable, College of Business and Entrepreneurship.


2013 Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol Winners

    Watch the 2013 video!  

 Ten Fort Hays State University students attended Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in the rotunda of the Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.  

 Jeff Carter, Biological Sciences—Carter presented his research project “Changes in the migration timing of twelve passerine species over a 45-year interval in the High Plains.” 

 Faculty mentor—Dr. Greg Farley 


 Keri Caudle, Biological Sciences--Caudle presented her research project "Effects of flooding on photosynthesis and root oxygen stress in plants of different flooding tolerance” 

 Faculty mentor--Dr. Brian R. Maricle


 Brad Leupold, Biological Sciences/KAMS—Leupold presented his research project “Effects of high-energy Beta radiation in the upper atmosphere on antibiotic resistance in Escherichia coli.” 

  Faculty mentor—Dr. Sam R. Zwenger 


 Katharine Goebel, Geosciences/KAMS—Goebel presented her research project “The correlation between climatic factors and malaria rates in Ghana.”  

 Faculty mentor—Dr. John Heinrichs 


 Laura Rook, Geosciences/KAMS—Rook presented her research project “The annual increase of carbon dioxide in relation to the frequency of major hurricanes in the Pacific Ocean (1992 – 2009).” 

 Faculty mentor—Dr. Paul Adams 


 Ryan White , Geosciences—White presented a group research project “Sea ice dynamics in Northern Baffin analyzed using ICESat and MODIS.” 

 Faculty mentor—Dr. John Heinrichs 


 Laura Rokey, Health and Human Performance and Communication Sciences and Disorders/KAMS—Rokey presented her research project “Warning: Exercise may be hazardous to your health.” 

 Faculty mentors—Dr. Jeff Burnett and Dr. Fred Britten 


 Melanie Mabrey,  Psychology—Mabrey presented a group research project “Examining the connection between Facebook wall posts and romantic relationships.” 

 Faculty mentor—Dr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke 


 Hayley Disney and Quentin Aker, Biological Sciences/KAMS—Disney and Aker presented their research project “Effects of drought on Kansas turf grass.”  

 Faculty mentor—Dr. Brian R. Maricle 


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