Students to present research at Capitol


01/27/16 sry
Hays, Kan. -- Ten students have been selected to represent Fort Hays State University at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit, Tuesday, Feb. 2, and Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, Thursday, Feb. 18, in Topeka.

Participants share their research posters with state legislators and members of the Kansas Board of Regents.

The top graduate presenter from each university will receive a $500 scholarship sponsored by the participating institutions. BioKansas also awards a scholarship to the top research poster presenter.

The five graduates representing FHSU are listed by hometown, poster title and advisor:

Kaitlin Moore, Concordia, "Isolation of Soil Bacillus (spp) with Inhibitory Effects on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)" Dr. Eric Gillock, professor of biological sciences.
Thomas Buskuskie, Hays, "Osteohistology of Nibrarasaurus Coleii," Dr. Laura Wilson, associate professor of geosciences.
Cory Keehn, Hays, "Qualities and Strategies of Fort Hays State University Peer Mentors," Dr. Brent Goertzen, professor of leadership studies.
Brendon McCampbell, Hays, "Organismal Composition and Photosynthetic Traits of Biological Soil Crusts in Prairie Ecosystems of the Great Plains," Dr. Brian Maricle, associate professor of biological sciences.
Andrew Christiano, Vancouver, Wash., "A Stratigraphic Description of Cambrian-Pennsylvanian Deposits Using Geophysical Well Logs -- Well Cutting Analysis," Dr. Hendratta Ali, assistant professor of geosciences.

Undergraduates who will represent FHSU are listed by hometown, classification, poster title and research mentor:

Hannah Speer, Dighton, senior, "Pig Growth and Development Based on Differing Swine Rations," Dr. Robert Keener, associate professor of agriculture.
Chelsea Wheeler, Hays, senior, "Perceptions and Decisions Made by Jury Members on Educator-Student Sexual Abuse," Dr. John Raacke, associate professor of criminal justice.
Joshua McDowell, Lebanon, senior, "Undergraduate Perceptions of Interpersonal Violence," Dr. Tamara J. Lynn, associate professor of criminal justice, and co-investigators Madison Bainter, Hays, junior, and Abigail Hammeke, Great Bend.
Lia Boese, Ottawa, freshman, "Effects of Triclosan Concentration on Growth Rate of Lemna Minor," Maricle.
Taylor Willits, Ozawkie, junior, "Facial Recognition of Dark Triad Traits and the Link to Prenatal Androgen Exposure," Dr. Trey Hill, associate professor of psychology, and co-investigator Arianne Fisher, Plainville, senior.

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