10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ~ Library Events Area

Please attend as Fall Exposium celebrates the work of undergraduate students participating in summer research and creative experiences.

These 10 week intensive programs are the epitome of experiential learning. Come see what ISU students accomplished through “learn by doing.”

Sponsored by Center for Student Research and Creativity. Question: contact Tom Steiger

May 3-5: Honors Poster Sessions: Complete schedule

Wednesday, May 3


  • Sarah Anderson: Effective strategies in mathematics education: Striving to put students first
  • Ell Arnold: History and applications of Unmanned Systems and the coordination of traffic management
  • Caitlyn Coalter: Overfishing and how it’s affecting the environment
  • Sydney Dickerson: Undocumented Mexican immigration: Putting popular belief on trial
  • Taylor Doran: Are treatment plans and therapeutic methods for individuals with severe schizophrenia effective and successful in allowing individuals to function adequately in modern society?
  • Ashton Henderson: Major factors that affect student success in the classroom: In the early ages and years to follow
  • Shannon Hibdon: Potential in Instagram use for businesses
  • Trent Lunsford: The business of sport: An all-inclusive analysis of a dynamic global industry
  • Alethia Marrero: Nationalism and race: The aftermath of colonialism in Puerto Rico
  • Abigail Suhre: Teacher evaluation process: Making better educators
  • Darian Williams: Stricken: A deeper look into poverty in the U.S., Russia, and Panama


  • Kendra Carlson: École-Maternelle
  • Dakota Clarke: The future of flight: Unmanned Systems’ use in the present day
  • Darcie Fritz: The impact of gluten-free diets on various populations
  • Hailey Lubbehusen: Social work theories: Age and relevancy
  • Danielle Muse: Effects of pre-performance routines on athletic performance
  • Aaron Schaidle: A critical examination of voluntourism
  • Katie Schmidtke: Communication within family units
  • Steven Thompson: Water quality across the world
  • Tulsi Vaid: Hippocrates: The importance of climate and seasonal changes


  • Audrey Bedwell: Medical implications of the DASH Diet
  • Elyse Eagleson: What are the effects of pharmacogenomics on disease and nursing care?
  • Reagan Elston: German automobile industry impact on American economy and the consumer behavior behind buying foreign branded cars
  • Morgan Chaney: Pair retention and divorce rates in white-throated sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis)
  • Melissa Greiman: Exploring gender bias in the Emergency Room
  • Taylor Nobbe: Using art to revitalize an urban neighborhood: Ryves Neighborhood, Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Kourtney Vanwey: The importance of simulation in healthcare
  • Kyle Varble: Blue skies or turbulence ahead?  Global sourcing and procurement in the aerospace industry

Thursday, May 4


  • Katherine Clifford: Effectiveness of education with diabetes and the cost effectiveness of prevention
  • Adam Crouch: The “hard hitting” truth of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
  • Linda Garza: Drosophila cardiogenic regulators and their influence on cardiogenesis
  • Nikole Higgins: Death of the written word: How the internet has influenced the way we communicate
  • Kayla Lindsay: Airbnb: Making an impact
  • Landon Meek: Bacteriophages: Their applications in medicine and other fields
  • Kynedi Nalls: How the advancement of technology has affected today’s society
  • Samara Shackleton: Legalizing prostitution: Benefitting victims, law enforcement, clients, and sex workers themselves
  • Brittany Wiebenga: Creating a serial killer


  • Olamide Adebogun: Stigma in mental illness: Schizophrenia
  • Brooke Barber: Harry Potter transcends time
  • Alisa Clark: Gender differences in depression
  • Beth Fox: Medical TV dramas and their perception on the medical field
  • John French: Are we winning the war on drugs?
  • Hannah Green: The postwar housewife: How the media influenced women’s domesticity in 1950’s America
  • Brennan Hadley: Allopathic vs. osteopathic physicians: The similarities and differences in their training, background, and effectiveness
  • Sampson Levingston: TBA
  • Elizabeth Rogers: Accuracy of Voice Use Estimation in young adults
  • Jon Sagarsee: ACL reconstruction procedure and graft comparison
  • Sierra Stein: Nonmonosexual Individuals’ Attitudes Towards Counseling: Reaching our LGBTQIA+ Clients
  • Emily Turner:  How different types of OCD affect the lives of men vs. women, and young people vs. older people
  • Samuel Wallace: The usefulness of Basal Metabolic Rate 

Friday, May 5


  • Evan Alexander: The potential sources of the increasing prevalence of Celiac Disease
  • Kylie Atkinson: The importance of music in education
  • Markanda Baugh: Best parenting practices for transgender youth
  • Noah Cacovski: Debunking Racism: Analyzing the Arguments of Modern White Nationalism
  • Candice Hawkins: Prescription drugs abuse and the alternate solutions
  • Amani Jackson: Athletic training in youth sports
  • Alethia Marrero: Nationalism and race: The aftermath of colonialism in Puerto Rico
  • Logan Mead: The evolution of surgery and anesthesia
  • Cassidy Moye: Junk food effects on the body: How it destroys the image on the outside and the inside
  • Reed Pringle: The evolution of the role of helicopters in warfare
  • Ethan Sands: The functional consequence of Eosinophilic Extracellular Traps and their potential role as a secondary line of defense again parasitic and fungal infections
  • Hannah Summitt: The impact of TurboVote on student voting experience


  • Shannon Anderson: Drivers of successful ERP implementations
  • Jaylin Banks: Massage effects on perceived pain levels and tissue properties
  • Tyler Bouslog: Benefits and applications of Six Sigma in manufacturing
  • Kennedy Camden: The role of genes in heart development in Drosophila Melanogaster
  • Leah Carter: An RNA interference screen to identify cardiogenic genes regulated by Forkhead domain transcription factors
  • Shelby Frensemeier: The search for the perfect English Language Learner program: Does it exist?
  • Joseph Frey: Thermoelectric generators and their use as heat siphons
  • Haleigh Hinkel: Academic probation at Indiana State University
  • Evan Jennings: The influence of big data on business practices and performance
  • Monica Morris: Technology in the mathematics classroom
  • Zachary Pygman: Estate planning within public accounting
  • Allen Rhodus: Be kind to that Roboto: Integrating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles into society
  • Megan Veeneman: Communication in an IEP meeting


  • Brayden Angermeier: America’s growing drug problem: Drugs and the Dark Web
  • Nathan Bedecki: The computational analysis of the formation of water using an Yttrium catalyst
  • Kayleigh Bordner: The Order of Fifinella
  • Bethany Collins: Terre Haute Brewing Co. Marketing Plan
  • Christopher Davis: An analysis of the evolution of concussion and CTE diagnosis and management
  • Joshua Grady: The effects and ethics of Erythropoietin
  • Haley Gravely: Who Knows What?: A study of cardiovascular disease knowledge at Indiana State University
  • Dawnetta Henzman:  Gender neutrality in America
  • Logan Hornberger: Tissue Plasminogen Activator, worth the risk?
  • Austin Matherly: Firearm safety and public awareness
  • Chineze Onu: The progress of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in Africa
  • Emily Turner: How different types of OCD affect the lives of men vs. women, and young people vs. older people


April 18: Dr. Marisa Korody on The Frozen Zoo

Library Events Area, 7pm, April 18

ISU Alum Dr. Marisa Korody (GR 2006’, Ph.D, ’13) will discuss her Northern White Rhino Stem Cell Project.

Dr. Korody serves San Diego Zoo Global as a Postdoctoral Associate in Conservation Genetics.

From Tribune-Star article, April 13:

“It’s always great when alumni come back to ISU to talk about what they are up to now. It shows our current students what you can achieve with an ISU degree,” said Rusty Gonser, professor of biology and director of Indiana State’s Center for Genomic Advocacy. “Marisa is on the cutting edge of conservation biology. The Frozen Zoo and the northern white rhino stem cell project are in itself interesting in combating loss of diversity, as we are now in the sixth global extinction of animal species on the planet.”

During her time as a student, Korody was able to work on a similar project with white-throated sparrow project at State — an experience that inspired Korody to seek a career with San Diego Zoo Global.

The sparrow project focused on differences in the behavior and genetics of the white-throated sparrow. This polymorphic species has chromosomal differences that are linked to behavioral differences, allowing her to examine the genetic basis for aggression, song and promiscuity.

ISU was a good fit for me. I enjoyed the smaller campus, classes and biology department,” Korody said. “I wouldn’t have had nearly as good of an experience at a larger school where I would have been lost in the crowd or only saw my advisor once a quarter.”

Korody and a team of biologists are working on a project called The Frozen Zoo, which is a collection of living cells that have been cryopreserved in suspended animation.

They have preserved the cell lines from about 10,000 individuals and more than 900 species and sub species. The goal is to save as much genetic diversity from animals now before they are so endangered that they have lost that variability.

Korody’s latest mission has been to use their findings from The Frozen Zoo in their preservation of the northern white rhino. The team is exploring alternatives, such as artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer to develop northern white rhino embryos and implant them in female southern white rhinos at the San Diego Zoo. All of this can be achieved with the help of the DNA stored in The Frozen Zoo.

 The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is the world’s leader in white rhino breeding. However, the zoo population is no longer self-sustaining because of limited reproduction in females born at the institution and others around the globe.

Korody continues her research with the rhinos as well as the collection of DNA, blood and tissue samples of thousands of animals. These samples are valuable assets for researchers worldwide and also can be used for assisted reproduction of these organisms.

When Korody is not in the lab as a researcher, she is sharing her wealth of knowledge with other researchers and educators so that others can benefit from her work.

“We also hold workshops to teach our techniques to other researchers. The goal is to have other scientists starting their own biobanks around the world. There are species going extinct all the time, and we need to save as many as possible. By sharing our techniques with others we hope that many more species will be saved.”

Korody continues to expand her knowledge to best serve those around her. “You will never know everything, learning that and not being afraid to ask questions is important for success later.”

Story link 1 – Story link 2

April 18: Celebrate EARTH DAY – The Science of Climate Change: A Public Lecture by Amanda Shepherd


9:30-10:45 in Library Events Area

Climate economists have described Climate Change as “The Mother of All Externalities.”  Shifts in global ecosystems resulting from the industrialization of human economies will affect virtually all of humanity and will require broad international policy cooperation if we are to avoid their worst potential consequences.  It is both extremely complex and extremely controversial.

Amanda Shepherd is well qualified to present a public lecture on the science of Climate Change.  She graduated from the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems at Indiana State University, earning both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in geology.   Her research experience includes studies in paleooceanography and paloeclimatology.

Amanda is the Hoosier Environmental Council’s Outreach Coordinator. She leads HEC’s efforts at engaging grassroots volunteers and building grasstops contacts in order to build the organization’s ability to better the lives of people, animals, and the environment in Indiana. Amanda develops multi-platform educational materials, researches information regarding legislative districts across the state, heads HEC’s Greening Your Community Initiative, and manages our Environmental Advocate volunteer program. Amanda’s professional experience includes work in the private sector, teaching, and scientific research. Her voluntary work includes serving as a regional coordinator for Sustainable Indiana 2016 and advancing a unique grassroots effort around climate change. Amanda has a B.S. and M.S in geology from Indiana State University, where she performed research in the fields of paleoceanography and paleoclimatology.

Amanda is reachable at and (317) 685-8800, ext. 109

Ms. Shepherd’s visit to Indiana State University is sponsored by the Hoosier Environmental Council, the Indiana State University Department of Economics and Cunningham Memorial Library.

[info reprinted from ISU News]