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Awards presented at 41st Annual WKU Student Research Conference

The 41st Annual WKU Student Research Conference was the biggest in the eventʼs history with 135 paper presentations and performances as well as 80 poster presentations and exhibits March 26 at Gary A. Ransdell Hall.

A total of 149 undergraduate students and 66 graduate students were primary authors this year and an additional 112 students were co-authors. The undergraduate participants included 61 Honors College students and 29 students from the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky.

A total of 124 faculty members served as mentors, and 33 departments from all colleges were represented among the conference participants.

The conference program is available online.

Student Research Conference session winners included the following:

Graduate Papers

  • Josh Gilliland of Fowler, Ohio, A Climatology of High-Winds Events from Post-Tropical Cyclones during 1951-2009, Best Graduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 1
  • Matthew Constant of Owensboro, One-to-One Laptop Project: Perceptions of Teachers, Parents, and Students, Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences, Session 2
  • Carly Sinderbrand of Bowling Green, Examining the Dominance-Stress Hypothesis in the Domestic Horse, Best Graduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 3
  • Yan Fen Li of Bowling Green, Synthesis, Structures and Photocatalytic Properties of Novel Hybrid Solids from Keggin Ions and Metal Coordination Complexes, Best Graduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 4
  • Aditya Stanam of Bowling Green, Epigenetics and Asthma in Children: A Review, Best Graduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 5
  • Shana Wilson of Bowling Green, The Relationship between Superstitious Behaviors of Sports Fans, Team Identification, Team Location, and Game Outcome, Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences, Session 6
  • Vivek Badwaik of Bowling Green, Molecular Level Interaction of the Human Acidic Fibroblast Growth Factor with the Angiogenic Drug Capped Gold Nanoparticles, Best Graduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 7
  • Kristin Eller of Bowling Green, Perverse Grotesqueries: Inverting the Black/White Binary in Poe and Oates, Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities, Session 8

Undergraduate Papers

  • Madalyn Schreiner, a junior from Alvaton, Exposing the Cracks in the Masks, Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities, Session 1
  • Matthew Vaughan, a senior from Wayne, Pa., Fair Trade Education and Awareness at WKU,  Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences, Session 2
  • Maggie Wilder, a senior from Berea, Prescribed Fire Effects on Summer and Fall Herbs in Eastern Mesic Forests, Best Undergraduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 3
  • David Evans, a senior from Somerset, Analysis of Vegetation Health and Density within the Makalu Barun National Park, Nepal Using Supervised Classification of Remotely Sensed Data, Best Undergraduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 4
  • Sarah Schrader, a Gatton Academy student from Bowling Green, Genomic Analysis of TT9, a Novel Mycobacteriophage, Best Undergraduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 5
  • Daniel Hinson, a senior from Greenbrier, Tenn., Synthesis of Some Group VII Pyridazine Complexes, Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences, Session 6
  • Colleen Wynn, a senior from Louisville, Hopelessly Disadvantaged Like You: A Comparative Study of Disadvantaged Youth in Mobile and Medellin, Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences, Session 7
  • John Jennings, a senior from Bowling Green, Ortho-Metalation of Para-Bromo and Para-Iodoanisole Utilizing Ortho-Lithiodimethylben-zylamine, Best Undergraduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 8
  • Kayla Herchenrader, a senior from Louisville, Barren River Sports Center, Best Undergraduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 9
  • Mark Bailey, a senior from Cold Spring, The Coney Island Mall, Best Undergraduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 10
  • Amar Patel, a senior from Russellville, Poly(3-hexyl thiophene) and Perylenediimide Functionalized Siloxane and Bridged-Siloxane Nanoparticles, Best Undergraduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 11
  • Whitney Tyree, a senior from Smiths Grove, A.R.T.E.M.I.S Double Prime, Best Undergraduate Paper in the Natural Sciences, Session 12
  • Kasey Vaught, a senior from Versailles, The Moral Lapses of Men: Justice Defined by Watchmen, Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities, Session 13
  • Leigh Gaskin, a senior from Bowling Green, Gales Point Cemetery Restoration, Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities, Session 14

Graduate Posters

  • Mitchell Gaines of Bowling Green, An Analysis of WRF Physics Parameters for the January 29-30, 2008 Ohio Valley Squall Line Event, Best Graduate Poster in the Natural Sciences, Session 1
  • Shrada Vasa of Bowling Green, The Effect of Three-Day Interval Runs to Exhaustion on Lymphocyte Subset Count, Lymphocyte Apoptosis and Lymphocyte Migration in College-Aged Males, Best Graduate Poster in the Social Sciences, Session 2
  • Pragati Gole of Bowling Green, Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among Immigrant and Non-immigrant Women Served by WIC in South-Central Kentucky: A Needs Assessment, Best Graduate Poster in the Social Sciences, Session 3

Undergraduate Posters

  • Wren Burnett, a senior from Bowling Green, Contemporary Design Collaborations, Best Undergraduate Poster in the Humanities, Session 1
  • Rachael Baumgardner, a senior from Bonnieville, Art Deco Jewelry, Best Undergraduate Poster in the Humanities, Session 2
  • Chasen Igleheart, a senior from Central City, Salo, Best Undergraduate Poster in the Humanities, Session 3
  • Sean Shannon, a senior from Beavercreek, Ohio, Identification of Candidate Basement Membrane Degraders Using Drosophila Genetics, Best Undergraduate Poster in the Natural Sciences, Session 4
  • Owen Gaulle, a sophomore from Nashville, Tenn., Evaluating the Lyrid Stream from a High Altitude Balloon Experiment, Best Undergraduate Poster in the Natural Sciences, Session 5
  • Virginia Martin, a senior from Bardstown, Synthesis and Characterization of Analogs of the Anticancer Drug Oxaliplatin, Best Undergraduate Poster in the Natural Sciences, Session 6
  • Shelby Rader, a senior from Irvine, Synthesized Crystalline Materials and Ion Exchange, Best Undergraduate Poster in the Natural Sciences, Session 7
  • John Wilson, a senior from Hickman, Predictability Time of an Einstein Klein-Gordon Cosmology, Best Undergraduate Poster in the Natural Sciences, Session 8
  • Kathryn Carpenter, a senior from Owensboro, SKy Teach vs. the Traditional Teacher Education Program: Why Is the Quality of Learning of Educational Psychology Content Different?, Best Undergraduate Poster in the Social Sciences, Session 9
  • Curtlyn Kramer, a Gatton Academy student from Ashland, The Effect of Sexual Context on Moral Decision Making in Men and Women, Best Undergraduate Poster in the Social Sciences, Session 10

Contact: Rodney King, (270) 745-6910.

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