Kansas Undergraduate Research Day
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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.
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 2017 Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol!
Madison Bainter (Criminal Justice - Senior - Hays, KS) -
"Understanding the Impact of Participation in Religious Activities for Reducing Criminality and Incarceration." Co-Investigator: Casey Higgins Research Mentor: Dr. Tamara Lynn
Megan Bergstrom (Agriculture - Junior - Lindsborg, KS) -
"Pig Growth and Development Based on Differing Swine Rations." Co-Investigator: Kacey Rieger Research Mentor: Dr. Robert Keener
Chelsea Marcotte (Psychology - Senior - Hays, KS) -
"Attitudes Toward Law Enforcement Officers Seeking Mental Health Treatment." Co-Investigator: Andrea Jamiel Research Mentor: Dr. Trey Hill
Luke Rijfkogel (Geosciences - Senior - Hays, KS) -
"Characterization of Cyclotherms in the Eastern Edge of the Cherokee Basin." Co-Investigator: Muhammad Karim Research Mentor: Dr. Hendratta Ali
Carol Whaley (Geosciences - Senior - Baldwin City, KS) -
"Using Geochemical Data to Determine the Influence of Elemental Content and Mineralogical Composition within the Cherokee Basin in Southeast Kansas." Co-Investigator: Andrew Christiano Research Mentor: Dr. Hendratta Ali
2016 Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol Winners
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.
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
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
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
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;
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.