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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.
More than 80 Kansas students
representing each of the state’s 4-year public universities displayed
scientific posters illustrating their undergraduate research projects.
Participants were selected through a competitive application process held at
Sponsored by the Council of
Chief Research Officers of the Kansas Board of Regents, the event provided a
forum for students to share their research experiences and demonstrate the
importance of faculty-mentored research at state institutions.
“Institutions in several states
incorporate a Capitol event day on their annual calendars,” said Dr. Tim
Crowley, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Music Theory and
Composition at FHSU. “The value for public, tax-assisted institutions is
Fort Hays State University
students from the departments of biological sciences, geosciences, health and
human performance, communication disorders, and psychology were selected to participate.
Students spent the day
discussing research on a wide array of topics with legislators, legislative
staff members, government office workers, members of the Kansas Department of
Education, alumni and other visitors.
“Legislators and staff members
who see what these young students are working on quickly learn the value
undergraduate research lends to the state in the development of intellectual
capital,” said Crowley. “In particular, students who are working on research
projects that align with the concerns of the state are of interest to these
Representative Sue Boldra, Hays,
spent time visiting with students in the rotunda, according to Keri Caudle, a
junior in Fort Hays State University’s department of biological sciences.
Caudle presented her research project
“Effects of flooding on photosynthesis and root oxygen stress in plants of
different flooding tolerance” at the event. Under the direction of Brian
Maricle, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences, Caudle is investigating how
plants respond to the environment.
“Learning how plants function
under stress is of great importance when trying to understand how our
environment will benefit future generations,” said Caudle. “I was able to
discuss my research with Kansas legislators and explain the available benefits
these data had to offer the state in agricultural development.”
Caudle, who plans to pursue a
doctorate degree in the field of plant biology, enjoyed meeting and discussing
research with students from the other public universities.
“It was a positive experience to
have a collection of Kansas undergraduates showing the importance of research
to their legislators,” Caudle said. “The event was an amazing opportunity to
help legislators understand how research benefits our future career paths.”
Joining Caudle at the capitol
were the following FHSU students:
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
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
Goebel, Geosciences/KAMS—Goebel presented her research project
“The correlation between climatic factors and malaria rates in Ghana.”
Faculty mentor—Dr. John
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
White , Geosciences—White
presented a group research project “Sea ice dynamics in Northern Baffin
analyzed using ICESat and MODIS.”
mentor—Dr. John Heinrichs
Rokey, Health and Human Performance and Communication
Disorders/KAMS—Rokey presented her research project “Warning: Exercise may be
hazardous to your health.”
Faculty mentors—Dr. Jeff Burnett
and Dr. Fred Britten
presented a group research project “Examining the connection between Facebook
wall posts and romantic relationships.”
Faculty mentor—Dr. Jennifer
Disney and Quentin Aker, Biological Sciences/KAMS—Disney and
Aker presented their research project “Effects of drought on Kansas turf
Faculty mentor—Dr. Brian R.
ABOUT THE KANSAS UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH DAY:
The Council of Chief Research Officers (COCRO) of the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) organized the inaugural Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol event to share students' research experiences with state lawmakers in Topeka. Originally scheduled for February 20, 2013, the event was rescheduled twice due to winter weather.
This event showcased the work of up to 80 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.
Undergraduate students who have been significantly involved in the research enterprise of the university either with their own project or through meaningful involvement with a faculty project participated.
To qualify for this event, participants must:
· be undergraduates during the 2012-2013 academic year,
· have completed research under the guidance of a Kansas 4-year public institution faculty mentor,
· follow the methodology of the appropriate academic discipline,
· be of sufficient quality to be presented at a professional academic meeting,
· have the skills, resources, and capacity to produce a professional academic poster,
· agree to undergo presentation training and rehearse their presentations prior to the Capitol event.
Participants must be able to convey their experience and enthusiasm to state representatives, senators, and other state officials in a poster session. Projects from a broad range of disciplines are encouraged - especially posters that relate to the state of Kansas and issues important to the state legislature (e.g. education, health, agriculture, aviation, biotechnology, energy, transportation, manufacturing, environment, and social services). Up to ten participants will be selected from each institution. Institutions are encouraged to select participants based in part upon geographical distribution across the state.
Each institution screened and selected participants. Submissions were accepted from student teams; however only one student will be able to go to the Capitol. The designated student should be listed as the Principal Investigator. The entire research team will be recognized in the program booklet and related materials.
Please contact Leslie Paige firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Application deadline was January 11, 2013.
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