September 11, 10am – 2pm Student Research Exposium – 33 posters!

Celebrate summer undergraduate research.  Nearly 70 students from all across ISU have been conducting research during summer 2019.  On September 11, from 10am to 2pm, that work will be displayed in the Library Events Area. Posters (and maybe some art) will be available all day and authors and creators will be there for an hour throughout the day.   Come see what summer research our students conducted.  It’s worth it!  Plus, we will have an audience favorite competition – So remember to vote and tell your friends! 

SCHEDULE OF AUTHORS, POSTER TITLES AND ABSTRACTS

10-11am

TEJAS KANDHARKAR: A SCREEN TO IDENTIFY TARGETS OF THE FORKHEAD/FOX PROTEIN JUMU THAT MEDIATE CARDIAC PROGENITOR CELL DIVISION

Forkhead (Fkh/Fox) transcription factors (TFs) mediate multiple cardiogenic processes in both mammals and Drosophila. Our prior work has shown that the Drosophila Fkh gene jumeau (jumu) mediates three distinct categories of cardiac progenitor cell division—asymmetric, symmetric, and cell division at an earlier stage. However, the significant enrichment of Fkh TF binding sites in the enhancers of cardiac genes suggests that jumu may be utilizing additional downstream target genes to regulate cardiac progenitor cell division. To assess their potential cardiogenic role, we have started phenotypic analysis of a prioritized subset of Jumu-regulated candidate genes using amorphic or hypomorphic alleles. Of these genes, several have shown cardiac progenitor cell division defects, attributing them as potential elements of cardiogenesis.

MIRIAN ALVAREZ-DUBON:    HIGH-THROUGHPUT GENE EXPRESSION ANALYSIS OF IN VITRO AND INVIVO MAMMALIAN CARDIOGENESIS IDENTIFIES COMMON DEVELOPMENTAL GENE EXPRESSION SIGNATURES

The development of the embryonic heart requires the step-wise activation of a complex gene regulatory network that guides the specification and differentiation of pluripotent cells to cells of the heart.  Published high-throughput gene expression data sets of mouse embryonic heart development and human in vitro cardiomyocyte differentiation provides us the opportunity to investigate important biological processes.  We have identified early developmental and early cardiac gene expression signatures that are shared between the two experimental systems: the mouse heart and in vitro cardiomyocyte differentiation.  Using our CarDGEA (Cardiac Development Gene Expression Analysis) tool, we have created early embryonic and early cardiac gene lists that comprehensively identify gene expression during the early stages of cardiomyocyte differentiation.

We are helping our collaborators identify and quantify alkaloids from the skin secretions of poison dart frogs using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Gas chromatography separates compounds in the gas phase. Mass spectrometry ionizes molecules and measures the mass to charge ratio of the resulting ions. We use electron impact to produce fragments and use the pattern to identify alkaloid classes.  We then use chemical ionization to confirm our molecular weight from the [M+H]+ ion. Once we confirm the identity of the alkaloid, we use the integration for the most abundant ion to quantify and report the data to our collaborators.

MYKENZIE KOSTA & CLAIRE SUM:  SEARCH FOR STREPTOCOCCAL GENES LINKING C-DI-AMP AND SPEB EXPRESSION THROUGH TRANSPOSON MUTAGENESIS

A significant virulence factor of Streptococcus pyogenes, a human pathogenic bacterium, is the secreted protease SpeB. It was recently discovered that cyclic di-AMP, the second messenger in S. pyogenes, regulates SpeB expression. Without DacA or Pde2, the c-di-AMP synthase and a hydrolase respectively, SpeB is not expressed. In this study, we search for genes that mediate c-di-AMP and SpeB expression by performing transposon mutagenesis. The DacA or Pde2 mutant was electroporated to introduce the pMGC58 plasmid carrying the TnΩKm2 transposon. Colonies displaying the wild-type protease activity were collected. The transposon-inserted genes in the chromosomes will be identified by sequencing. The long-term goal of this research is to determine how the genes regulate SpeB expression.

LYNDSEY MOORE: COMPARISON OF SENSATION AND POSTURAL CONTROL BETWEEN REPEATED SELF-MWMS WITH MOVEMENT AND JOINT MOBILIZATIONS IN INDIVIDUALS WITH CHRONIC ANKLE INSTABILITY

Those with chronic ankle instability (CAI) suffer from motion, strength, balance, and plantar cutaneous sensation (PCS) impairments. Joint mobilizations have demonstrated efficacy in the improvement of motion within this population, but little research exists regarding their effects on PCS and static balance. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare the effects of self-mobilizations and clinician-mobilizations on PCS and static balance. Six individuals with CAI participated in a two-week intervention of a prescribed joint mobilization condition. Before and after they completed the intervention, PCS and eyes-open and eyes-closed balance testing were completed. Results indicated that no changes occurred in PCS (p>0.266) or eyes-open balance (p>0.174). Some eyes-closed balance changes (p<0.031) were identified for each group that warrant further investigation.

GREGORY DODD: “Q DEEP LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION ON A SINGLE MACHINE ENVIRONMENT”

Artificial intelligence (A.I.) has had many advances within the world of technology in the last decade. A.I. can now be built and implemented all on a single, basic machine. That is exactly what this research set out to do. A simple A.I. was built and given a Q Learning module to test if having an A.I. learn a task on a basic machine was viable. The second aspect of our research was to test the A.I.’s learning rate. Our team then bench-marked and adjusted the A.I to streamline its learning to the quickest possible rate we could achieve on a basic machine.

COURTNEY NUYEN:        COPPER-CATALYZED SILYLATIONS OF ALDEHYDES

In organic synthesis, carbon nucleophiles serve as useful tools that can be added to various functional groups to build molecular complexity. Organosilanes represent unique carbon nucleophiles because of their high selectivity and mild reactivity. Currently, the most efficient methods for developing organosilanes utilize expensive heavy-metal catalysts like platinum and palladium and silylboranes that are expensive and air/water sensitive. Our methodology, alternatively, uses a copper metal catalyst and disilane silicon source. This research aims to develop catalytic silylations of aldehydes to produce the corresponding α-silyl alcohols. Attempts to characterize the product revealed the presence of a competing transformation, the Brook Rearrangement. A less electron-deficient disilane may decrease the likelihood of the Brook rearrangement and favor formation of the α-silyl alcohol.

JARET POSZ:        ACCESSIBLE SYNTHESIS OF ORGANOFLUOROSILICATES

Organotrifluoroborate salts have enjoyed substantial success over the past several years. This is, in part, due to their easy synthesis, high reactivity, and benchtop stability. However, the analogous synthesis of organotetrafluorosilicates has not been developed. The first organofluorosilicates were prepared by treating phenyltriaminosilanes with water-free hydrogen fluoride in ether solution. Several research groups have reported on the synthetically useful electrophilic cleavage reactions of the carbon-silicon bond, however, organfluorosilicates have not received much attention. Here, we present an accessible synthesis of potassium organofluorosilicates. Tetrafluorosilicates are expected to have quite different reactivates when compared to neutral organosilicon compounds. Future work will focus on using organofluorosilicates in varies reactions to produce products with increased value.

CHARLIE FROMM:  PROMOTER ACTIVITY OF COMMUNITY-ASSOCIATED METHICILLIN RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS USA300_1759

Community-associated methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA MRSA) strain USA300 is the most common dangerous strain in the US. This research will focus on the hypothetical protein SAUSA 300_1759 that, when tested, caused apoptosis in keratinocytes and other mammalian cells. To further our understanding of the hypothetical protein USA 300_1759, we are studying the promotor activity by cutting out the promoter from a USA 300_1759 knockout and taking GFP from the pJB38 plasmid by polymerase chain reaction. We will ligate them together and insert it into our knockout mutant. As we continue to move forward with research into the promotor of USA 300_1759, it will help us further understand how this toxin helps cause severe, difficult to treat, infections.

PAUL WELLS:         THE EFFECTS OF HYPERPHOSPHORYLATED TAU PROTEINS THROUGH THE BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER USING MOLECULAR DYNAMICS SIMULATIONS

Tau proteins are proteins that stabilize microtubules that are abundant in neurons. When Tau is hyperphosphorylated, it dissociates from microtubules and aggregates into paired helical filaments (PHFs) which create Neurofibrillary Tangles (NFTs). Tau Neurofibrillary Tangles can be found in the brains of patients with dementia and correlates with Alzheimer’s disease progression. Through the use of Charmm-Gui, Gromacs, and VMD the effects of different isoforms of Tau proteins and the hyperphosphorlation of tau proteins cross the blood brain barrier were researched. It was found that all isoforms of tau can create deformation of Blood Brain Barrier as well as the phosphorylation of tau lowers the pull force needed for the tau protein to move across the Blood Brain Barrier.

11am-noon

JAKE WILKINSON:         COPPER-CATALYZED SYNTHESIS OF ACYLSILANES

Intermediate functional groups are powerful tools in organic synthesis, serving as waypoints to build complexity. Silanes are useful intermediate functional groups because they exhibit mild reactivity and high functional group compatibility. Current methods for synthesizing silanes are expensive and/or air and water sensitive. Our proposed solution to these issues is to use disilanes as the silicon source and copper as the catalyst. This research focuses on the synthesis of acylsilanes while attempting to circumvent toxic, dangerous, and expensive reagents used in current methods. Two methods are proposed: the first involves the oxidation of an α-silyl alcohol and the second involves substitution using a carbonic anhydride. Progress and challenges of these methods will be discussed further.

SARAH WEBSTER:          GENERAL PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS ON THE OPIOID CRISIS

Objective: This study was intended to investigate the perceptions of the opioid crisis among community members and where these perceptions come from. Design: A 23-question survey was given to adults regarding media usage in relation to opioid perception as well as personal experience and opioid knowledge. Setting: Public locations in Jennings County, Indiana. Participants: 208 respondents with an average of 28.2 years lived in Jennings County. Results: In the study, it was also found that the higher the education level, the higher the score on the knowledge quiz. Females scored higher than males on the knowledge quiz. Those who indicated that they did not use a local source to gain information regarding the opioid epidemic, were found to have statistically significant higher knowledge scores. Those with personal attachment to the epidemic, were found to be associated with a statistically higher knowledge score. Overall, the general public’s perception is that opioid abuse is a major problem in Jennings County, but they do not have an outstanding amount of knowledge about opioids as a whole. The perceptions most likely come from traditional media and social media, as well as more personal experiences.

CLAUDIA COZADD:       REVISITING SOIL LEAD SPATIAL VARIABILITY AT AN URBAN COMMUNITY GARDEN

The purpose of this research is to re-assess the ISU Community Garden to evaluate the impact of gardening practices on the distribution of lead in soils. Previous research focused on surface soils only, but this project includes sampling at a depth of 6 inches throughout the garden. The garden was divided into 200 areas. Two soil samples from each area were collected (surface and 6 inches) using a soil auger and analyzed via portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF). Samples were initially analyzed wet after collection and then dried and re-analyzed using pXRF. Initial results have identified areas with elevated soil lead, which will be communicated to the gardeners. Ongoing work includes evaluating lead bioavailability in the collected soil samples.

KYLIE WERTZ:       OPTIMIZING REACTION CONDITIONS FOR SILYLATIONS OF IMINES

Silylamines are useful intermediate groups that may be used in a number of transformations. This research focuses on silylation of imines using an economical copper catalyst and a disiliane as the silicon source. Current methods for synthesizing silanes use silylboranes. However, these are air/water sensitive and expensive. In order to optimize the silylation reaction, several different ligands were used.  The order of addition of reagents, solvent, alcohol additive, and temperature were also altered and formed very little product. Future work will continue exploring different ligands as well as other imine substrates in order to achieve the desired silylamine.

 

RAVIN GAINES:                DETAILED PHOSPHORUS GEOCHEMISTRY ON SEDIMENTS COLLECTED FROM LAKE TANGANYIKA

Lake Tanganyika is the world’s second oldest and the, – deepest- freshwater lake on the planet. This transboundary lake is a vital resource for Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Zambia. Future climate scenarios predict that Africa will experience changes in surface temperatures and water resources. To better predict how climate change might affect the natural resources associated with Lake Tanganyika, we can study past intervals of climate change using long lake records. Our purpose is to use detailed phosphorus geochemistry in lake sediments to explore the relationships between productivity, nutrient availability, and climate change. For example, the lake experiences a semiannual shift of wet and dry seasons. We are investigating WHETHER THIS WET-DRY SEASONAL SHIFT MIGHT BE AMPLIFIED BY WET-DRY CLIMATE SIGNALS.

 JACOB RAY, JONATHAN GOODMAN & WYATT HERTEL:                                 

SYSTEMATIC STUDY ON FABRICATING RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVICES BY DEVELOPING UHV RF SPUTTERING SYSTEM

Over the summer our team has developed an Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) RF sputtering system that was built to house and for the use of a RF magnetron sputtering system. Initial approaches were made by creating simple dye sensitized solar cells and simplified microchips, such as a diode. Eventually leading to the creation of more complex objects, such as advanced transistors, MOS (metal-oxide-semiconductor) devices, and photovoltaic devices.

Initially research was done on the assembly, purpose and use of vacuum chambers as well as magnetron sputters. Following that, we worked on designing a set up for the system that would suit our needs. For our purposes we would need a system that could withstand UHV pressures of 10-9 Torr and had to plan our design around that. Once a sufficient understanding of the project was reached, the team split up to focus on the three different sections of the building process, the chamber system, the pump system and the gas system. From there we went about building the system over the duration of the summer.

Based on the knowledge that we had gained by researching what can be created by the magnetron sputters, we fabricated TiO2 dye sensitized solar cells and measured photo-generated current. Furthermore, we engaged in community outreach by educating groups of elementary students from all over Terre Haute school districts about some of the great things that renewable energy technology can achieve. We showed them how to make solar cells by hand, as well has how they worked. In doing so we solidified our knowledge on the subject for when we eventually use the sputter guns to make much more efficient versions of solar panels.

SAMANTHA TRENCH & DAMIA RIZWAN:

 GENE FUNCTION IN HEART DEVELOPMENT can be experimentally investigated through the directed differentiation of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) into cardiomyocytes. The evolutionarily-conserved zinc-finger transcription factor no ocelli (noc) is required for normal embryonic heart development within the fruit fly. However, the function of the human ortholog, ZNF503, has yet to be investigated in mammalian heart development. We have created three stably-transformed hiPSC lines that express a shRNA directed against ZNF503 thereby reducing gene expression. To determine ZNF503 knockdown efficiency, we have used reverse transcriptase quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) to identify the ZNF503 shRNA hiPSC line possessing the most robust knockdown; this cell line will be used to study the gene’s function in future experiments.

 

GARRET MAAG & KENDYL GARTON:         CHANGES IN PALEOCEANOGRAPHY AND PALEOCLIMATE IN SOUTH AFRICA: USING ELEMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY OF SEDIMENTS DEPOSITED IN THE MOZAMBIQUE CHANNEL

The Zambezi River has a mean outflow of 3000 m3/s, making it the largest single source of suspended sediment supply to the Mozambique Channel. These sediments provide the opportunity to look at regional changes in paleoceanography and paleoclimate in South Africa over the last 200,000 years, as well as changes to hydrological conditions of the African precipitation belt. The International Ocean Discovery Program drilled in the western Mozambique Channel at site U1477 and recovered approximately 500m of sediment in 1.9 days. We used an X-ray Fluorescence Analyzer to determine elemental geochemistry of the sediments. Next, elemental ratios were used to evaluate changes in the provenance and to evaluate the productivity of the ocean and the South African climate.

DREW RATLIFF:    MOLECULAR DYNAMICS SIMULATION OF AMYLOID BETA IN ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Amyloid beta (Aβ) peptides are formed during improper cleavage from the amyloid precursor protein; these peptides aggregate together to form neurotoxic oligomers and eventually develop into plaques. The Aβ ion channel hypothesis theorizes that oligomers can lead to pore formation in the neuronal membrane; furthermore, this leads to ion imbalance and cell death by apoptosis—I am taking that hypothesis to be axiomatic. My ongoing research is concerned with finding conformations of Aβ likely to be involved in pore formation. I employ GROMACS to simulate Aβ interactions with the neuronal membrane to determine the affinity Aβ has with that membrane. The first portion of my research was replicating simulations showing a strong affinity the amine terminus had to the membrane.

EVELYN MCGUIRE:         A SCREEN TO IDENTIFY TARGETS OF THE FORKHEAD/FOX PROTEIN JUMU THAT MEDIATE CARDIAC PROGENITOR CELL DIVISION

Forkhead (Fkh/Fox) transcription factors (TFs) mediate multiple cardiogenic processes in both mammals and Drosophila. Our prior work has shown that the Drosophila Fkh gene jumeau (jumu) mediates three distinct categories of cardiac progenitor cell division—asymmetric, symmetric, and cell division at an earlier stage. However, the significant enrichment of Fkh TF binding sites in the enhancers of cardiac genes suggests that jumu may be utilizing additional downstream target genes to regulate cardiac progenitor cell division. To assess their potential cardiogenic role, we have started phenotypic analysis of a prioritized subset of Jumu-regulated candidate genes using amorphic or hypomorphic alleles. Of these genes, several have shown cardiac progenitor cell division defects, attributing them as potential elements of cardiogenesis.

 

HILARY HOWARD, BLAKE BANTLE, ADDISON BLAYDES, CLAUDIA COZADD, & KATYA DRAKE:   THE HETEROGENEITY OF THE UNDERLYING VEGETATION INCREASES ARTHROPODA DIVERSITY

We analyzed the diversity of pollinators and their habitats at four locations with varying age in organic production. We expected to find a higher biodiversity where organic practices were used longer. The sites included the ISU community garden, a conventional agricultural site, White Violet Center’s organic farm, and a pollinator habitat. Observations of arthropoda and plants were recorded through iNaturalist by five observers for three days each week for atleast two hours for twenty-four days. Biodiversity for arthropoda was calculated using Shannon’s index. The community garden had the highest arthropoda biodiversity, followed by the organic farm, then pollinator habitat, and the conventional agriculture site having the least. The heterogeneity of plants at a site increased the biodiversity.

CYNTHIA RAMAZANI:  DIFFERENTIAL ANALYSIS OF THE METABOLOME AND MICROBIOME IN THE MURINE COLON

 Recent studies have detected significant differences in microbiota profiles in the three different segments of the murine colon: the proximal colon (PC), the medial colon (MC), and the distal colon (DC). Other studies have also highlighted the importance of assessing samples that contain the tumors, which may reflect more closely the microbiome environment of the tumor than commonly assessed fecal samples. We examined the microbiome and metabolome composition across the three anatomical locations of the colon of female C57BL/6N mice to further examine differences of microbes and metabolites by colonic location (PC, MC, and DC). These mice were fed a control diet (C), an energy-restricted diet (E), or a high-fat diet (H) diet from 3-21 weeks, injected with azoxymethane (a colon cancer inducer) between 16-21 weeks, and switched to one of the three above-mentioned diets from 21-60 weeks. Principle components analyses (PCA) of these samples before and after normalization reveal clear differences in metabolite abundances between colonic location. Significantly altered metabolites across different locations were subsequently determined by ANOVA (p-value < 0.05 and log2 fold change >= 1.5). Further investigations will consist in an analysis of the microbiome data and an evaluation of the correlation between microbe-metabolite pairs.

Noon-1pm

AHMAD AHMAD:    COMPUTATIONAL STUDY OF THE DISSOCIATION OF CYCLOHEXANOL USING NATURAL BOND ORBITAL ANALYSIS

We are interested in using natural bond orbital (NBO) methods to predict the dissociation pathways that are responsible for the distribution of radical cation fragments and intensities in mass spectra.  In this project we use high-level computational chemistry methods to examine the fragmentation of cyclohexanol, C6H5OH.  Features of the reaction energy profile, including numerous equilibrium structures and several transition states, are reported.  Natural resonance theory (NRT) analysis of the equilibrium structures reveals significantly diminished bond orders for the bonds that homolytically cleave during fragmentation.  These bonds are compromised when beta (spin-down electron) bonding density delocalizes into a vicinal “hole” that is left when an electron is ejected from the parent molecule

HANNAH VELDHUIZEN:          MICROPLASTICS INGESTED BY FRESHWATER PLANKTIVORES IN THE WABASH RIVER FROM 1963-2010

Microplastics are abundant in many freshwater ecosystems, and the ingestion of microplastics has been reported in 600 aquatic taxa. Although present-day microplastic ingestion is well known, little is known about its historical record. Our work seeks to investigate the abundance of microplastics in several species of fish collected from the Wabash River from 1963 to 2010. Twenty-nine fish stomach samples were examined under a stereo microscope and categorized using type, color, shape, and size. Results show that various types of microplastics are present within the digestive tracts of Wabash River fish species, including fish collected in the 1960’s. On average, 7.4 (± 4.6) microplastics per fish were found, and the most abundant microplastic type ingested was microfibers (80%).

WYATT HERTEL:   SYSTEMATIC STUDY ON FABRICATING RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVICES BY DEVELOPING UHV RF SPUTTERING SYSTEM

Over the summer our team has developed an Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) RF sputtering system that was built to house and for the use of a RF magnetron sputtering system. Initial approaches were made by creating simple dye sensitized solar cells and simplified microchips, such as a diode. Eventually leading to the creation of more complex objects, such as advanced transistors, MOS (metal-oxide-semiconductor) devices, and photovoltaic devices.

Initially research was done on the assembly, purpose and use of vacuum chambers as well as magnetron sputters. Following that, we worked on designing a set up for the system that would suit our needs. For our purposes we would need a system that could withstand UHV pressures of 10-9 Torr and had to plan our design around that. Once a sufficient understanding of the project was reached, the team split up to focus on the three different sections of the building process, the chamber system, the pump system and the gas system. From there we went about building the system over the duration of the summer.

Based on the knowledge that we had gained by researching what can be created by the magnetron sputters, we fabricated TiO2 dye sensitized solar cells and measured photo-generated current. Furthermore, we engaged in community outreach by educating groups of elementary students from all over Terre Haute school districts about some of the great things that renewable energy technology can achieve. We showed them how to make solar cells by hand, as well has how they worked. In doing so we solidified our knowledge on the subject for when we eventually use the sputter guns to make much more efficient versions of solar panels.

ISHMEET KAUR:   HIGH-THROUGHPUT GENE EXPRESSION ANALYSIS OF IN VITRO AND  IN VIVO  MAMMALIAN  CARDIOGENESIS  IDENTIFIES  COMMON  DEVELOPMENTAL GENE EXPRESSION SIGNATURES

The development of the embryonic heart requires the step-wise activation of a complex gene regulatory network that guides the specification and differentiation of pluripotent cells to cells of the heart.  Published high-throughput gene expression data sets of mouse embryonic heart development and human in vitro cardiomyocyte differentiation provides us the opportunity to investigate important biological processes.  We have identified early developmental and early cardiac gene expression signatures that are shared between the two experimental systems: the mouse heart and in vitro cardiomyocyte differentiation.  Using our CarDGEA (Cardiac Development Gene Expression Analysis) tool, we have created early embryonic and early cardiac gene lists that comprehensively identify gene expression during the early stages of cardiomyocyte differentiation.

1pm-2pm

 MARCUS VOGES:  TERRITORIAL BOUNDARIES TEND TO INCREASE COMFORT.

Previous research has indicated that those in the military with clear boundaries tended to get along better. However, this was contradicted in another study in college dorms which found the opposite true. The goal of this study was to determine if college students tended to view others more favorably when there are clear boundaries as opposed to not having boundaries. Participants drew as many symbols as they could that represented personal connections to ISU on a shared table with a confederate with varied boundary conditions and then rated the confederate. While respondents showed no difference in perceptions of the confederate as a function of the boundaries, participants may have created one by leaving space between their drawings and the confederate’s.

BRYAN WALKER:            THE ROLE OF ELECTRICAL INTERACTION AND CHARGE TRANSFER IN COINAGE METAL-CARBENE COMPLEXES

We use computational chemistry methods with natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis to examine the influence of electrical (electrostatic and polarization) interactions and charge transfer on the stabilities of metal-carbene complexes.  Carbenes are formally hypovalent compounds that are electron deficient at one carbon atom.  Carbenes form strongly bound, by 40-80 kcal/mol, organometallic complexes.  We focus attention on heterocyclic carbenes and examine how the dissociation energies of the metal-carbene complexes depend on (i) the identity of the metal atom (Cu, Ag, Au), (ii) the identity of the halide bound to the metal atom (Cl, Br), (iii) the identity of the heteroatoms (N, P, As) in the cyclic carbene, and (iv) the influence of ring saturation.

SKYLER GILLMAN:          ANALYSIS OF FRACTION ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION WORD PROBLEMS IN ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS TEXTBOOKS

Although many factors affect students’ learning of fractions, curriculum materials play a vital role in shaping students’ experiences with fractions. Currently, little is known about how U.S. elementary standards-based and conventional textbooks address and develop the meanings of fraction addition and subtraction. Thus, the purpose of this study is to examine how fraction addition and subtraction is presented in Saxon Mathematics and Everyday Mathematics. More specifically, this study will contribute to our understanding of (1) the frequency of fraction addition and subtraction word problems, (2) the levels of cognitive demands related to fraction addition and subtraction tasks, and (3) the meanings of fraction addition and subtraction word problems provided by the Saxon Mathematics and Everyday Mathematics curriculum materials.

KATYA DRAKE:    REVISITING SOIL LEAD SPATIAL VARIABILITY AT AN URBAN COMMUNITY GARDEN

The purpose of this research is to re-assess the ISU Community Garden to evaluate the impact of gardening practices on the distribution of lead in soils. Previous research focused on surface soils only, but this project includes sampling at a depth of 6 inches throughout the garden. The garden was divided into 200 areas. Two soil samples from each area were collected (surface and 6 inches) using a soil auger and analyzed via portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF). Samples were initially analyzed wet after collection and then dried and re-analyzed using pXRF. Initial results have identified areas with elevated soil lead, which will be communicated to the gardeners. Ongoing work includes evaluating lead bioavailability in the collected soil samples.

JOHN REIMONDO:              A PROPOSED METHOD FOR JCAP PROGRAM EVALUATION

This poster is documentation of the work and research conducted at a local Health Department for a summer undergraduate research program, or RICOH. Direct, clinical, or hands-on research was unable to be run, like originally planned, but significant strides were made in developing a program evaluation method for the Montgomery County Jail Chemical Addictions Program. This paper begins with analysis of academic papers and published studies of programs and jail therapeutic communities across the nation, discussion of Method followed, Results and Discussion pieces, and a call to action to why the proposed program evaluation should be pursued.

BRYCE CURREY:            ELECTROCATALYSIS

Electrochemistry has been a well-developed branch of science since the 1800’s. Being that it is simply the study of electron transfers, nearly all chemists will come across it in redox reactions. This field has been revived by cutting-edge testing equipment and emerging demand in alternative renewable energy sources. With this revival, we approach our research with our state-of-the-art potentiostat and paired rotating electrode setup. With this setup we can run a multitude of voltammetry measurements along with durability tests for hydrogen evolution reaction catalysts. It should be noted however, our work is simply a foundational stepping stone for our future work on things such as discovery new catalytic compounds, and in-depth kinetics studies

MATTHEW SINER: MAKING PHYSICS TOYS

A new one semester physics undergraduate laboratory course introducing students to the design and programming of an Arduino programmable microcontroller has been designed.  Several laboratory projects were designed and tested to teach students to assemble and operate different components and sensors, in addition to writing the programs.  The course culminates in a multi-week solar panel project.  Data is presented from a test run of this culminating project.  It requires students to mount a solar panel and write the necessary code to retrieve data from it.  This data will be from three methods of solar tracking: static, timed, and tracking. They will then interpret their data to reach a conclusion on the best method.

ALEXANDER HARRIS:    THE RURAL VERSUS URBAN OPIOID TREATMENT IDEOLOGIES OF A SOUTHERN INDIANA COUNTY

Using an in-person online survey and top down question approach, this study sought to answer whether or not there is a correlation between a persons’ sociogeographic status and their preferred opioid use disorder treatment method. Participants were asked several questions including their age, sex, sociogeographic area, preferred opioid use disorder treatment method, position on funding for opioid use disorder treatment, and whether or not the participant knew someone with opioid use disorder. Asked to choose between rural, suburban, and urban sociogeographic categories, participants in all three category said they wanted “whatever [treatment] is most effective” to be more widely available.

MICHAEL BENNETT:       TWO SCRIPTS FOR MAPPING AND MUTATION TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR BINDING SITES TO STUDY GENE REGULATION

 Enhancers are stretches of DNA that are recognized and bound by particular combinations of sequence-specific DNA binding transcription factors (TFs) to regulate the cell-specific or tissue-specific expression of enhancer-associated genes.  Utilizing known binding affinities to all possible 8-mer DNA sequences for specific TFs obtained from protein binding microarrays (PBMs), we designed a script to map potential TF binding sites in any given enhancer.  We developed a second script using PBM data that suggested alternative sequences that these TF binding sites could be mutated into to prevent TF binding.  These scripts facilitate the construction of appropriate transgenic enhancer-reporter constructs to empirically examine the effects of TF binding on enhancer activity, thereby enhancing our understanding of transcriptional regulation and gene regulatory networks.

 

 

 

April 30 – May 3: HONORS COLLEGE POSTER PRESENTATIONS


GH 401 Research Presentations will be held in the Library Events Area. Come in and view the research. Talk with the student researchers! Enjoy oral presentations as well as poster sessions.

 ~~~~~ Schedule ~~~~~

 Oral Presentations 

(Time) is when the students will present

Session 1, Tuesday April 30, 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
  • (9:00 AM) Lindsey Cowan, Exercise Science: The Efficacy of Homeopathic Medicine in Adolescents
  • (9:10 AM) David Drummond, Economics: Software Update Available: Using Nonmonetary Incentives to Increase Productivity
  • (9:20 AM) Juan Nysschen, Chemistry: Stereo Electronic Effects in Mechanistic Pathways
  • (9:30 AM) Adam Palmer, Political Science & Legal Studies: Does Crime Rate Have an Impact on Police Force Funding?
  • (9:40 AM) Cecilia Soto, English Teaching: Integrating Young Adult Literature into the Secondary Classroom​

Session 2, Tuesday April 30, 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM
  • (2:00 PM) Allison Crick, Accounting & Marketing: Investigation of Employee Preference Based Typology for Adaptive Leadership
  • (2:10 PM) Olamiposi Famuditimi, Economics: The World’s Superpower: Will the United States continue to lead or will the mantel be passed to China
  • (2:20 PM) Ope Famuditimi, Communication: Female Vampires and Werewolves in Cinema
  • (2:30 PM) John Myles Hesse, English & Theater: Queer Eye for the Playwright: The Otherness of Queer Playwrights
  • (2:40 PM) Kush Patel, Anthropology: Processed Foods and the Obesity Epidemic
  • (2:50 PM) Shantel Rodgers, Recreation and Sports Management: Sex, Gender, and Sport: Fighting Back Against Inequality
  • (3:00 PM) Garrett Short, Communication: Pressure on the Press: An Analysis of the Adversity Modern Media Faces
  • (3:10 PM) Takoda Sons, Biology: Personalized Medicine: A Review of Current Literature

Poster Presentations

Session 1, Wednesday May 1, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Cassie Bice-Dunmoyer, Social Work: The United States Criminal Justice System: Punishment or Rehabilitation?
  • Helena Bierly, Earth and Environmental Science: A Catalyst for a New Climate Conversation: Analyzing Climate Variability and Agricultural Yield in the Midwest
  • Sarah Ewigleben, Criminology: Dancing To Be Thin: Study of Eating Disorders in the Dance World
  • Julia Linton, Accounting: Eliminating Single Use Plastic Packaging in America: Operational and Environmental Impacts
  • Taylor Mann, Baccalaureate Nursing: Common Concerns With Vaccinations: Why We Need Them
  • Aaron Meyer, Aviation Management: Rules Written in Blood
  • Kylee Moody, Biology: The Many Faces of Abortion: Protecting Women and Future Generations
  • Sarah Parker, Health Sciences: The Keto Diet: Is it Healthy and Safe for the Human Body?
  • Julie Schubert, English Teaching: The Effects of Varied Censorship Forms in Educational Settings
  • Shelby Small, Elementary Education: Why Public Schools are Switching to Uniforms

Session 2, Wednesday May 1, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Rebecca Bettridge, Art—Graphic Design: Individualism in Art: Exploring the Influence of Art History on Current Visual Creations
  • Kade Carter, Mechanical Engineering Technology: Addressing the Skills Gap in Manufacturing
  • Chandler Hoskins, Chemistry: Irreversible Enzyme Inhibitor: Penicillin Blocks the Bacterial Cell Wall
  • Arika Kemp, Chemistry: The Chemical Aspect of Vaccination
  • Bansari Modhera, Biology: Benzodiazepines: Abuse, Addiction & Gender Differences
  • Cierra Natt, Biology: A Survey of the Implications of Leadership Methods
  • Samantha Paloma, Baccalaureate Nursing: Violence in the Workplace: A Nurse’s View
  • Emily Rogers, Recreation and Sport Management: Putting the Brakes on Sex Trafficking in the United States
  • Evan Rogers, Insurance and Risk Management: Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Our Everyday Lives
  • Brooke Schafer, Elementary Education: School Safety: How a Safe School Affects a Child’s Education
  • Braelyn Wence, Speech-Language Pathology: The Effects of Dance on the Human Body and Mind
Session 3, Wednesday May 1, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Laura Cochran, Biology: Gene Regulation in Heart Development in Pluripotent Stem Cells
  • Sierra Gale, Science Education: The Benefits that the Arts Bring to the Science Classroom
  • Tyler King, English & Psychology: The Impact of Cognition on Linguistic Development and Rehabilitation
  • Nathaniel Koehler, Marketing: Marketing Data: Whose Information is it?
  • Robert Pawlak, Athletic Training: Worth of Athletic Training Services Provided by a Division 1 Collegiate Basketball Athletic Trainer and Athletic Training Student
  • Briana Sheehy, Baccalaureate Nursing & Language Studies: The Undeniable Truth: Substance Abuse within the Nursing Profession
  • Claire Silcox, Communication: The Correlation Between Changes in Women’s Fashion Trends and Women’s Societal Roles
  • Ryan Stenger, Marketing: Major League Marketing: An Analysis of an MLB Franchise’s Potential in Indianapolis
  • Joseph Twitdy, Psychology: The Foundation of Empathy: Mirror Neurons and Their Implications
  • Phillip Williams, Mechanical Engineering Technology: Alternative Fuel Solutions for Transportation

Session 4, Thursday May 2, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Ashley Angulo, Mechanical Engineering Technology: Women in STEM: The Journey of Intellectual Women, Rate of Women in the Workforce, and Upping the Numbers
  • Liam Brown, Chemistry: Animations of Electron Rearrangement in Pericyclic Reactions
  • Courtney Ferguson, Insurance & Risk Management—Finance: How Natural Catastrophes Impact the Insurance Industry
  • Kristal Garcia, Civil Engineering: OSHA Regulations and the Safety of Construction Workers on Jobsites
  • Karli Hall, General Studies: Understanding the Complexities of Food Allergies
  • Elizabeth Hobbs, Elementary Education: Chronic Absenteeism in the American Classroom
  • Gabrielle Horrall, Exercise Science: Sensory Processing Disorder: Perception of Sensations and Lack of Integration
  • Hillary Johnson, Geology: Tracking an Invasive Diatom in the Greater Mississippi River Basin through Space and Time
  • McKenna Jones, English Education: The Dark Tower Looms: An Investigation of Literary Connections in Stephen King’s Magnum Opus
  • Priyadharshini Manikandan, Biology: Feminine Hygiene Products: A Lack of Accessibility and Education
  • Maren Milbourn, Baccalaureate Nursing: The Detrimental Effects of Mental Health:  Understanding The Intricate Details of Anxiety and Major Depression and Its Effects on Various Aspects of a Person’s Life
  • Noah Runyon, Athletic Training—Applied Medicine: Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic
  • Haylee Sigmon, Operations and Supply Chain Management: Evaluating How Companies React to Environmental Disasters
  • Emily Taylor, Human Development and Family Studies: A Critical Analysis of Holocaust Education

Session 5, Thursday May 2, 2:00 PM – 4:00
  • Brandon Ball, Management: The Effects of Colors in Marketing
  • Seth Biggs, Business Management: The Automotive Buying Process: Past and Present
  • Katherine Forness, Health Science: Minding the Gap: Investigating Pay Equity and Gender Discrimination
  • Kelsie Gee, Language Studies—Spanish Teaching: The Effectiveness of TPRS in Foreign Language Classrooms
  • Bailey Goff, Speech—Language Pathology: Benefits of Equine Therapy On Mental Illnesses: An Alternative To Traditional Treatment In Rural Communities
  • Nathan Guth, Safety Management: An Examination of American Politics and Economics in the Absence of Adolf Hitler
  • Sydney Hamker, Criminology: The Effects of Concussions in Athletes
  • Madison Henry, Marketing: Successful Practices of the Walt Disney World Company
  • Caroline Ann Kinderthain, English: Unraveling Consensual Non Monogamy
  • Mateo Nino, Psychology: The Effects of Media on the Mental Health Profession
  • Josie Rakes, Accounting & Financial Services: Social Media Use and Social Conformity: Investigating the effects on Millennials and Generation Z

Session 6, Friday May 3, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Sarah Ahmer, Fine Art: How College Builds Key Skills for Employment (With a Focus on Art Students)
  • Alathia Bowden, Social Work: Anxiety and Depression: The Effects on Students
  • Kyle Collins, Finance—Insurance: Solving Climate Change: The Value of the Stock Market
  • Logan Dawson, Health Administration: Videogames: The Impact on Society
  • Jacob Harmon, Mechanical Engineering Technology: An Analysis of the History and Design of Umbrellas
  • Emma Hayward, Elementary Education: STEM Education at the Elementary Level
  • Makayla Herring, Insurance and Risk Management: Financial Literacy and Independence: The Need for Educational Reform
  • Jacob Kissick, Insurance and Risk Management—Financial Services: Drones in the Insurance Industry: Implications, Use, and Affects
  • Tanner Mead, Computer Science: The Electronic Controversy: How Video Games Affect Your Health
  • Shannon O’Connor, Accounting: Breaking the Stereotype: The Media’s Influence on the Fraternity and Sorority Community
  • Whitney Peters, Biology: The Limits of Empathy: Critical Analysis of Compassion Fatigue Among Nursing Healthcare Professionals
  • Emma Walker, Anthropology & History: Two-Spirited Native American peoples: Who They Are and How They Help Us Understand Native American Culture

Session 7, Friday May 3, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Kaitlyn Booker, Business Education: Impact of Differentiated Teaching Instruction
  • Gretchen Burkhart, Finance: Can Likability Be Learned?
  • Caleb Dosch, Economics: How Did the Golden Age Capitalism Occur and was it Worth it?
  • David Green, Information Technology: Artificial Intelligence and its Implications
  • Kaleb Guess, Marketing: Recruitment and Development in Motorsports: iRacing Service as an Alternative to Traditional Recruitment, Training, and Practice
  • Karlyn Hart, Criminology: Serial Killers: Born or Made?
  • Kaitlyn Malek, Biology—Pre-Med: Radial Artery versus Saphenous Vein for Coronary Artery Bypass Procedure
  • Bryanna Mathews, Biology: Sediment and Water Quality Determination of the Otter Creek Watershed, Indiana
  • Austin Montgomery, Athletic Training—Clinical: Glenohumeral Internal Rotational Deficit and its Effects on a Pitcher’s Body
  • Payton Nemeth, Recreation and Sports Management—Recreation Therapy: Genealogy’s Impact on Daily Life
  • Madison Robinson, Elementary Education: The Effects of Poverty on Children
  • Haley Viewegh, Baccalaureate Nursing: Patient Violence Against Nurses: The Impact on Staffing Retention and Hospital Liability

Photo credit: students in images from previous Honors College poster sessions, photographer Marsha Miller, Library Marketing Committee

Dec. 5 – Dec. 7 Honors Thesis Poster Sessions

Wednesday, December 5 – Friday, December 7

GH 401 students will be presenting their thesis research during poster sessions in the Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area. Sessions will be from 8:30am -11:00am, 12:30pm-2:30pm, and 2:30pm-4:30pm each day. The public is invited to attend and interact with the student researchers!

Photo from May 2, 2018 Poster Session

Session 1, December 5, 8:30 – 11:00 AM
  • Bryce Carpenter, Accounting: Factors Contributing to the Gender Wage Gap in Professional Sports
  • Garrett Moody, Mechanical Engineering Technology: Military Aircraft and their Ability to Defend our Nation
  • Taylor Morris, Accounting: Limiting the Effects of Crime on Businesses
  • Sarah Placke, Elementary Education: Mental Health Services in Elementary Schools
  • Michaela Rausch, Communication; Criminology: Female Police Officer Presence and Police-Citizen Encounters: A Look into Use of Force and Social Control Theory
  • Nicholas Scott, Aviation Management & Unmanned Aerial Systems: Aeronautical Safety: Then and Now
  • Amber Stinson, Interior Architecture Design: Color: Is It Impactful?
Session 2, December 5, 12:30 – 2:30 PM
  • Andrew Case, Communication: Tuckman’s Small Group Development: Application in New Student Orientation Teams
  • Angela Johnson, Biology; Science Education: Investigating Gender Inequality in STEM: What Can Be Done?
  • Jak Kramer, Insurance and Risk Management: The Greek War: Are Fraternities and Sororities Positive or Negative Impacts on Undergraduates’ Lives?
  • Olivia Neese, Biology: Effects of Propofol on Efflux Transporters in a Human Stem Cell Derived Model of the Blood Brain Barrier
  • Aireon Owsley, Social Work: Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Kelly Ronan, Mathematics; Mathematics Teaching: Getting the Right Angle on Pythagoras: Exploring Literary Works Throughout the Ages
  • Olivia Sacopulos, Biology: Gender Differences in Pain: Is Research Skewed Toward One Gender?
  • Justina Shupperd, Baccalaureate Nursing: Worldwide Suicide:  A Rising Concern among Today’s Youth
  • Ben Vertelney, Professional Aviation Flight Technology; Unmanned Systems: Two Iconic Airliners and Their Impact on the Aviation Industry
Session 3, December 5, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
  • Jennifer Cantin, Speech—Language Pathology: Implementation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices in the Pediatric Population
  • Kimberly Clifford, Health Administration: The Ins and Outs of Human Trafficking
  • Maxwell Cooper, Accounting: Business Valuation Approaches: Exploring Methodologies, Effective Utilization, and Market Impact
  • Hallie Durall, Speech—Language Pathology: Early Intervention and Autism: A School Speech Pathologist View
  • Kathleen Gaines, Music Education: Performing Musicians and the Injuries that Affect Them
  • Madison Gruenert, Mathematics; Mathematics Teaching: School Culture: Grade Level Differences
  • Hannah Mann, Baccalaureate Nursing: Trauma Systems in Rural Healthcare Systems
  • Madison Michalic, Elementary Education: How Autism Affects Socializing and  Friendships in Elementary Aged Children
  • Chinonye Olumba, Chemistry: Are Smoking Alternatives Safer than Cigarettes?
  • Abigail Simon, Elementary Education: Modern Technology and its Impact on the Modern Child
Session 4, December 6, 8:30 – 11:00 AM
  • Brookelyn Bunch, Criminology; Social Justice: Exceeding the Goals of Punishment
  • Katherine Burger, Music Education: Assessment in Music: It’s More Than Participation
  • Emily Davis, Communication-Public Relations: Initiating Conversations After not Succeeding: A Further Investigation of Communicative Behaviors Following Failure
  • Jacob Gay, Music Education – Instrumental: The University Funding Crisis in Ireland: An Analysis of the Cassells Report and Parallels to the United States
  • Madison Igleheart, Language Studies; Speech-Language Pathology: English Language Learners in the Education System
  • Taylor Mills, Interior Architecture Design: Creative Space: How Surroundings Affect Emotions
  • Abigail Ness, Elementary Education: School Uniforms: The Impact of School Uniforms in a Public School
  • Alec Nirtaut, Accounting: Evaluating The Audit Practice in a Blockchain-Driven Society
  • Seirra Nobbe, Music Education: From Kindergarten to Senior High: The Development of the Child’s Voice
  • Quentin Pierce, Exercise Science: The Role of Alcohol Intake In Exercise—Related Injuries
  • Jessica Van Liew, Interior Architecture Design: Sustainable Building in Developing Countries
  • Delaney Williams, Exercise Science: Chronic Pain with a Focus on Psychosocial Issues
Session 5, December 6, 12:30 – 2:30 PM
  • Ali Bennett, Athletic Training – Applied Medicine: Radiology: History, Limitations, & Advancements
  • Stacy Galletta, English Teaching: Secondary Special Education: Are Future Teachers Prepared?
  • Hunter Gill, Chemistry: Interaction between the Human Microbiome and Host MiRNA Expression in Carcinogenesis
  • Tyler Jenkins, Computer Science; Physics: Amyloid Beta: Structure, Behavior and Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Star Leonard, Biology: Correlation between Gastrointestinal Microbiota and Depression and Anxiety
  • William Stone, Exercise Science: Finding Food: The Impact of a Plant-Based Diet
  • B. Noah Woods, Political Science: The Modern Manifest Destiny: An Analysis of Neocolonialism in US-Latin American Relations
  • Taylor Yates, Operations & Supply Chain Management: Affirmative Action and Its Relevancy in the 21st Century
Session 6, December 6, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
  • Mollie Borcherding, Athletic Training: Tactical Athletes: Injuries, Rehabilitation, and Injury Prevention
  • Emily Brana, Biology; Science Education: How Education Philosophy Changed American Instruction Methods Through the Twentieth Century
  • Joslyn Dietzen, Baccalaureate Nursing: The Effect of Social Media on Vaccination Compliance
  • Andrew Gerard, Biology: The Consequences of Cesarean Section Mode of Delivery on the Gastrointestinal Microbiota of Infants
  • Kathryn Gilbert, Chemistry: An Integrative Approach to Vaccine Adherence: Addressing the Public Concern
  • Caleb Harrison, Athletic Training – Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation: Prescription Drug Abuse in America: The Current Epidemiology
  • Destiney Hughes, Biology; Science Education: How Educational Policy Shapes Teaching Effectiveness: An International Analysis
  • Trevor Leuck, Communication: Mental Illness Depictions in Films
  • Elizabeth Mauder, Communication: The Representation of Domestic Violence within the Media and its Effects on Society
  • Corey Maxedon, Finance: Financial Options: History, Computational Analysis, and Future Significance
  • Anne Watson, Health Sciences-Public Health: Bridging the Gap of Age and Awkwardness: Improving Geriatric Sex Education
  • Jayla Watson, Athletic Training: Awareness and Prevention for Exercise in Extreme Environments: Heat, High Altitude, and Cold
Session 7, December 7, 8:30 – 11:00 AM
  • Megan Beehler, Marketing: Factors Influencing Impulsive Buying Behavior
  • Abigail Belich, Human Resource Development: The Effects of Businesses Collaborating with their Employees to Impact Communities
  • Whitney Brown, Interior Architecture Design: How Surface Treatments Change the Aesthetics and Structure of Aluminum
  • Dylan Carroll, Business: Amazon and Its Obstruction of Greatness
  • Cole Donaldson, English: A Creative Writer’s Perspective on the Importance of Video Games in Modern Society
  • Amie Fortman, Theater: Not in My Perfect Mind: Mental Illness in Shakespeare’s Tragedies
  • Maci Hiser, Psychology: Mental Health Stigmas
  • Mitchel Kemp, Biology: Ocular Diseases: Causes, Treatments, and Their Link to the Rest of the Body
  • Wyatt Lawson, Fine Art: Expressions of Queer Identity: An Analysis of Francis Bacon
  • Melika Madani, Biology: Human Impacts on the Gulf of Mexico’s Dead Zone
  • Joshua Mans, Recreation and Sports Management: LeBron James and His Impact on Local Economies
  • Sarah Neeley, Human Resource Development: Save the Turtles! Is a Plastic-Free Ocean a Real Possibility?
  • Maureen Schroeder, Baccalaureate Nursing: The Antibiotic Resistance Crisis
  • Jacqueline Smith, Chemistry: Vaccines: A Comparison of the United States and the United Kingdom
  • Meghan VanWanzeele, Biology: The Effects of Matcha Tea on the Growth of Cancer Cells
Session 8, December 7, 12:30 – 2:30 PM
  • Britney Arnold, Baccalaureate Nursing: Deviations in Care Among Healthcare Clients and the Risks for Workers
  • Emily Barber, Baccalaureate Nursing: Animal-Assisted Therapy: What is it and How Does It Help Patients Heal?
  • Sidney Eckert, Mathematics: Artificial Intelligence’s Growing Role: Advancements Imply New Trends in Jobs
  • Tequilla Howard, Elementary Education; Special Education: Children, Poverty, and Education
  • Rebecca Howe, Health Sciences: The Importance of Quality Management in Healthcare: The Impact on the Patient Experience
  • Livinus Isioma, Political Science: Social Media Regulation By Government: A Plausible Consideration
  • Kaelyn Robertson, Criminology & Criminal Justice: Implications of Radicalization: How Individuals Emerge into Terrorists
  • Gabrielle Smith, Communication: The Importance of Understanding Depression and Its Effects on College Campuses: An Informational Study
  • Zackary D. Taylor, Mathematics; Mathematics Teaching: The History of Calculus: A Debacle for the Ages
  • Jordan Thorpe, Operations & Supply Chain Management: Adoption of New Business Opportunities in the Bottom of the Pyramid
  • Hannah Toptsi, Language Studies: Influencer Advertising and a Culture of Overconsumption
  • Emily Weber, Speech—Language Pathology: A Child’s Environment and Their Language Development
Session 9, December 7, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
  • Zoe Bales, English: Literature as a Coping Strategy
  • Chalen Chambers, Science Education: Supporting the Achievement of Special Education Students in the High School Chemistry Class
  • Alexis Fortman, Art: Fan-Art and Its Impact on American Culture
  • Margaret Glowinski, Elementary Education: Myths, Misconceptions, and Misdiagnosis of Endometriosis
  • Colton Hooper, Professional Aviation Flight Technology; Operations & Supply Chain Management: Up in the Air: Dynamic Aviation Industry Future Uncertain with Pilot Shortage
  • Peter “Jacob” Panagouleas, Accounting: How Will a Tax Return Completed Last Year Compare to This Year?
  • Victoria Ross-Frost, Economics: Declining Federal Funding for Workforce Development Programs and Its Impact on Local Workforce Systems
  • Tori Sanders, Biology: The Importance of Spaying/Neutering on Pet Overpopulation
  • Harjas Singh, Developmental Biology: The role of Jumu, a Forkhead domain transcription factor, in mediating the proper positioning of cardiac cells by regulating extracellular matrix proteins
  • Matthew Spahn, Computer Engineering Technology: Feasibility of City-Wide Solar Power Adoption for the City of Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Cassidy Zehnder, Language Studies: The Negative Effects of 20th Century U.S. Involvement in Central America and the Caribbean

Photo from May 2, 2018