Students and faculty show off research at undergraduate forum

During the presentations located in the atrium in the Clark Student Center, Nov 16, 2017. Andrew Norwood, special education junior , asked thoughtful and insightful questions concerning the Stress of Collegiate Athletes for a class of his.

Students, there for extra credit or for a presentation, filled the Clark Student Atrium in the early hours of the day, milling around at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum forum on Nov. 16. Students presented their research projects they worked on all semester to their peers, faculty and staff.


Alexandria Weiskircher, geoscience senior | “I choose to participate because I feel like research is actually fun for me. I did it for one semester and I just wanted to keep going. Also with my major it is really nice to have this research for going to graduate school, it is not required but it is looked at and preferred.”

Luke Bryant, nursing freshman | “We came as extra credit but it is actually pretty interesting. There are some cool research projects so it was definitely worth attending and as far as coming back next year, I would for sure but I would like to see some more interactive projects.”

Rebekah Bratton, social work senior | “I had an international friend that I lived with last year and she mentioned that she felt a lot of stress and pressure from her parents back home. Stressed about having to get high grades and a good job here in the US, so we decided to conduct research to compare the perceived stress levels of international and US students. Our results were actually opposite than what we thought, using a perceived stress scale, US students rated higher in perceived stress levels in education, finances and work avenues than international students.”

Anika Proctor, political science junior | “I attended this forum because it was offered as extra credit for my geology class. It was worth attending because it’s an easy 10 points for a quiz grade in the class.”

Alexis Martinez, dental hygiene sophomore | “I like to go every time to see what different studies the students are doing and it’s pretty interesting  because each year they’re always different. It’s worth attending because it’s nice to see new stuff.”

Abigail Reyes, mechanical engineering junior | “I chose to participate because I was first introduced to this project by my professor who I was having at the time and then he was needing somebody to do this project and I decided ‘why not?’ It’s definitely fun, you meet new people, you get to learn about different majors that probably didn’t know that much about.”

Rita Salomon, social work senior | “I’m going to school for social work so this projects resonated with me. I learned how to research as far as the random sampling method goes. It pushed me to get out there and ask questions.”

Madison Hooper, nursing sophomore | “Some of the projects are interesting and I found one study that relates to me.”

Alexandria Weiskircher, geoscience senior | “I participated because I actually did this for three semesters. I started in fall 2016, and I really like doing research, so I wanted to continue with it. What I got out of the research was how you can start with one thing, but completely move in a different way. It was actually fun to do, and I just really enjoyed doing it.”

Kevin Oney, geoscience freshman | “I attended this presentation because my friend wanted to bring me here. I thought it was worth attending because I was able to see some of the studies of my major and what I may be doing one day for my career.

Matthew Matlock, accounting senior | “It is a wonderful opportunity to be apart of research and allows you to work cross platforms.”

Joe Randall, mechanical engineer | “I’m thinking about participating in EURECA and wanted to get an idea of what others have done.”

Shadai John, geoscience senior | “I got experience and I feel like I know what to expect when researching and I’ve learned about how hard the methodology is.”

Giselle Crooke, accounting freshman | “The information was informative, topics were very interesting and I am currently in macro economics, so the information was relatable.”

Mireya Gonzalez, social work sophomore | “I participated because I felt this was a subject that affects many people and we can be a voice for people who can’t speak out for themselves.”

Kimberley Telenacque, mechanical engineering senior | “I attended because I was receiving extra credit, however when I came here it was more than that because I was actually interested in the presentations. It was worth attending because the presentations added a lot to my knowledge.”

Alexandria Weiskircher, geoscience senior | I participated because I’ve  been doing this since fall 2016 and i feel like research is actually fun for me after doing it one semester. in my major it was actually something they love at applying for grad school.

Jacqueline D’ Inglanni business management pre law senior | I participated because my mentor is awesome and learn how to research at a higher level.

Sheldon Walsh | I participated for research experience incase I wanted to further my studies.

Wendy Samuels | I came to the presentations for extra credit but some of the topics of the posters are being discussed in my statistics course so I am actually able to understand a little better what I am looking at.

Linda Drake, social work junior | It was shocked to find out that until this day, it is still thought that the way victims dress is the reason why they get sexually assaulted

Shanley Paul, mechanical engneering junior | I came because one of my classes was giving extra credit

Rojitha Goonesekere, mechanical engineering senior | I chose to participate because research is a great extension off the classroom. It really helps you go beyond the classroom and others could make use of what has been learned. I learned a lot about circuits and electronics. I got to learn at a deeper level.”

Mercy Yermo, exercise physiology sophomore | In all honesty, I came because it counts as extra credit for one of my classes. It was worth it because it was very educational, eye opening, and I get to see what other students on campus are researching.”

Carlyse Wallace, mechanical engineering junior |I chose to participate because I want to do an internship this summer. I’m a junior in college and I want to get more background in the practical work in my field and so I chose to join Eureca to learn how to research incase I have to research for the summer as a program and certainly I did it because I want to have something to put on my resume and improve my job prospects. I got t learn more about petroleum engineering because I am not taking the petroleum certificate even though it’s offered here at MSU, but I’m learning more about the oil industry and the different ways you can improve and extract oil.

Mi’Kyle Percentie, mechanical engineering junior|I attended because I wanted to see what engineers were going to present and also for the extra credit. It was worth attending because I got to learn some interesting stuff.

Connie Jennings, special education senior | It’s an awesome opportunity to get my name out there and learn more about research. I want to get my masters and doctorates and so learning those strategies early on is good.

Julia Orozco, exercise physiology freshman | I enjoyed coming because there is a lot of information I didn’t know about before. They are very detailed and had information on things I would have never thought about.

Aaron Devaul, Psychology senior | This was a  perfect opportunity to learn and grown and how to thoroughly research.

Alyson Beard, exercise physiology freshman | “I attended this event because I noticed that there were a lot of people in here reading the posters. It was worth attending because I learned a lot and there were interesting topics to read about. I looked mostly at the science-related ones because I like science. It was cool to see research about bacteria because that’s what were talking about in my biology class.”

Connie Ginnings, special education senior | “This was a good way for me to get my foot in the door to understand how research really works, and I got to help little kids learn how to read better. It was definitely a win-win situation. I learned that research is hills and valleys, meaning that you have really productive days but other days you want to pull your hair.”

Emilie Harris, education senior | “I came to support a classmate, and it was worth attending because her presentation was about how karaoke affects reading comprehension. I found this useful because I can use this method in my own classroom.”

Luke Saunders, psychology and sociology senior | “I chose to participate because it’s part of a senior requirement for the honors program, and I’m applying to graduate school so it will look good on my resume. It was stressful because I did it all by myself, but it’s rewarding to see everything complete and how it all came together.”

Meaghan Rose, biology senior | “I love bacteria i’ve always been interested in bacteria and I know they have a lot of potential roles. Just by getting into the research I wanted to get my hands dirty learning how to grow them, learning how to identify them. I really think it’s gonna help me in my future career.”

Venus Sherazey, sophomore at Hirschi High School | “It was definitely one of the coolest things i’ve ever done. Just the experience to work in a high-tech lab and learning from the undergrad students. Being able to work with them and connect even though there is a large age gap between us that was super sweet.”

Logan Wilkins, radiology sophomore | “The Bolin section over there was interesting. I didn’t know half the stuff here, so it was interesting to see it.”

Zeltzin Reyes, mechanical engineering senior | “My presentation has been ongoing research and I thought it was very interesting. Not a lot of people know about it and I think that the topic is really cool. I can quantify the things that I got out of this project including new circuits and printing them out and working with new software.”

Lexi Malone, early childhood education senior | “I attended it to see my friend’s presentation and to learn more. I think this event is really interesting because its actually students teaching the material rather than superior.”

Jawane Williams, kinesiology sophomore | “Strictly for extra credit. Extra credit.”

Shaila Botllo | “Extra credit. Yea, it was pretty interesting. Some things were over what we are learning in class.”

Leo Gonzalez, digital media mass communication junior |”For extra credit and yes because this can make a change of one letter grade.”

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story referred to the event as the EURECA Forum. It’s not. It’s the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum. The Wichitan apologizes for the error.

At the undergraduate research presentations located in the atrium in the Clark Student Center, many students gather about the hub to sign in for thier different classes, thursday,Nov 16, 2017. Photo by Sara Keeling

Fall 2017 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum Results

Dillard College of Business Administration

  • Best Oral Presentation | Courtney Waldron, Ashley Baird, Chappell Whyms, Utility of Religious Goods
  • 2nd Best Oral Presentation | Matthew D. Matlock, Crystal Williams, Hotter ‘N Hell Study: Quantitative Phase Final Results
  • Best Poster Presentation | Jacqueline D’Ingianni, Glass Ceiling for Women: A Review of Legal Cases
  • Most Interdisciplinary Oral | Courtney Waldron, Ashley Baird, Chappell Whyms, Utility of Religious Goods
  • Most Creative Oral | Courtney Waldron, Ashley Baird, Chappell Whyms, Utility of Religious Goods
  • Most Interdisciplinary Poster | Jacqueline D’Ingianni, Glass Ceiling for Women: A Review of Legal Cases
  • Most Creative Poster | Jacqueline D’Ingianni, Glass Ceiling for Women: A Review of Legal Cases

College of Science and Mathematics

  • Best Oral Presentation | Duli De Alwis, Brett Scheffe, Jocelyn Brown, Improving Plate Heat Exchanger Design to Increase the Pressure Tolerance Limit
  • Second Best Oral Presentation | Bethany Russell, Combatting Antibiotic Resistance Through the Reversion of Chromosomal Erythromycin Resistance in Escherichia coli
  • Most Interdisciplinary Oral Presentation | Kenneth Griffin, Mpathi Nzima, Intelligent Robotics Using Computer Vision
  • Most Creative Oral Presentations (a 3-way tie) | Kenneth Griffin, Mpathi Nzima, Intelligent Robotics Using Computer Vision; Aaron Stewart, Colton Kowalick, Victor Juarez, Jason Hill, Automated Pneumatic Stamping Cycle; Colton Dorion, William Hendrickson, Kennan Marino, Kevin Tracy, Development of a Lizard PBT Data Collection Apparatus
  • Best Poster Presentation | Rojitha Goonesekere, Abigail Reyes, Control of Asymmetric Periodic motions in a Duffing Oscillatory Circuit
  • Second Best Poster Presentation | Alexandria Weiskircher, Continued Mineral and Textural Assessment of the Quanah Margin Granites in the Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma
  • Most Interdisciplinary Poster | Anthony Enem, Ali Khalid, High Performance DNA Sequencing
  • Most Creative Poster | Rojitha Goonesekere, Don Wijesinghe, Search and Rescue Drone Network Using Neural Networking Methods

Gunn College of Human Services and Health Sciences

  • Best Poster Presentation | Breanna Dial, Kristi Bustamante, Sandra Contreras, Aspyn Derebery, Parents’ Divorce and Fear of Intimacy Among College Students
  • Second Best Poster Presentation | Linda Drake, Mireya Gonzalez, Brittney Huff, Glendonna Johnson, Perceptions of Sexual Assault Among College Students
  • Most Interdisciplinary Poster (2-way Tie) | Alishia Johnson-Early, Mallory LeDoux, Jennifer Joss Kalyn Johnson,  Stress Among Student Athletes; Linda Drake, Mireya Gonzalez, Brittney Huff, Glendonna Johnson, Perceptions of Sexual Assault Among College Students
  • Most Creative Poster | Alishia Johnson-Early, Mallory LeDoux, Jennifer Joss, Kalyn Johnson, Stress Among Student Athletes

Prothro-Yeager College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Best Oral Presentation | Nicole Longo, Unnecessary Aggression
  • Second best Oral Presentation | Luke J. Saunders, Protest and Survive: The Sociology of British Hardcore Punk
  • Most Interdisciplinary Oral Presentation | Herbert McCullough, Natalia Zamora Garcia, Gender Violence and Displacement: Assessing the Transit State Security Gaps for Women and Girls in the Northern Triangle and Syrian Refugee Crises.
  • Most Creative Oral Presentation | Luke J. Saunders, Protest and Survive: The Sociology of British Hardcore Punk
  • Best Poster Presentation | Luke J. Saunders, Outcomes of Internet Mindfulness Training
  • Second Best Poster Presentation | Aaron D. DeVaul, Disparate Conditions & Perceptions in British Prisons Along Racial & Ethnic Lines  
  • Most Interdisciplinary Poster | Aaron D. DeVaul, Disparate Conditions & Perceptions in British Prisons Along Racial & Ethnic Lines  
  • Most Creative Poster | Luke J. Saunders, Outcomes of Internet Mindfulness Training

West College of Education

  • Best Oral Presentation | Nikki Bussue, Co-Teaching Model: Making a Difference for Teaching and Learning
  • Second best Oral Presentation | Hailey Morris, Educational Reach Gone Wrong
  • Most Interdisciplinary Oral Presentation | Hailey Morris, Educational Reach Gone Wrong
  • Most Creative Oral Presentation | Hailey Morris, Educational Reach Gone Wrong
  • Best Poster Presentation | Connie Ginnings, Karaoke and Its Effect on Reading Comprehension
  • 2nd Best Poster Presentation | Montserrath Garay, Frida Arredondo, From Margin to Center: Multicultural Picture Books for Math, Science, and Social Studies
  • Most Interdisciplinary Poster | Connie Ginnings, Karaoke and Its Effect on Reading Comprehension
  • Most Creative Poster | Connie Ginnings, Karaoke and Its Effect on Reading Comprehension

EURECA 2017

Veronica Molina, education junior, works on her extra credit for her Classroom Assessment course and Concepts of Science course at the EURECA Forum held in the Clark Student Center Atrium Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Veronica Molina, education junior, works on her extra credit for her Classroom Assessment course and Concepts of Science course at the EURECA Forum held in the Clark Student Center Atrium Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Shari Smith, management and finance senior, works on her assignment for her media writing and reporting class at the EURECA Forum, Thursday Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Shari Smith, management and finance senior, works on her assignment for her media writing and reporting class at the EURECA Forum, Thursday Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Emily McDonald, English senior, registers for extra credit at the EURECA Forum Thursday Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Emily McDonald, English senior, registers for extra credit at the EURECA Forum Thursday Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Mireya Gonzalez, social work sophomore, presents with her group about Perceptions of Sexual Assault amount on college students during the EURECA Forum on Thursday Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Mireya Gonzalez, social work sophomore, presents with her group about Perceptions of Sexual Assault amount on college students during the EURECA Forum on Thursday Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Johnny Dang, pre-med freshman, and Timon Varner, global studies sophomore, look at the poster presentations for EURECA forum in the Clark Student Center Atrium, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Johnny Dang, pre-med freshman, and Timon Varner, global studies sophomore, look at the poster presentations for EURECA forum in the Clark Student Center Atrium, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Hannah King, psychology junior, works one of the extra credit tables at the EURECA Forum Thursday Nov. 16, 2016. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Hannah King, psychology junior, works one of the extra credit tables at the EURECA Forum Thursday Nov. 16, 2016. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Chiedza Tokonyai, engineering senior, talks about the hybrid design with their drone at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum in the Clark Student Center, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez
Chiedza Tokonyai, engineering senior, talks about the hybrid design with their drone at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum in the Clark Student Center, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez
Nicholas Jaramillo, engineering senior, explains the forces acted on their drone and how they went around the issues during the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum in the Clark Student Center, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez
Nicholas Jaramillo, engineering senior, explains the forces acted on their drone and how they went around the issues during the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum in the Clark Student Center, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez
Nicholas Jaramillo, engineering senior, and Rojitha Goonesekere, engineering senior, explain the formulas used to allow the drone to submerge underwater during Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum in the Clark Student Center, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez
Nicholas Jaramillo, engineering senior, and Rojitha Goonesekere, engineering senior, explain the formulas used to allow the drone to submerge underwater during Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum in the Clark Student Center, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez
Ryan Fidlar, engineering senior, explains the components of the Raspberry Pi 3 and what is can measure during the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum in the Clark Student Center, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez
Ryan Fidlar, engineering senior, explains the components of the Raspberry Pi 3 and what is can measure during the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum in the Clark Student Center, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez
Ryan Fidlar, engineering senior, explains the components of the Raspberry Pi 3 and what is can measure during the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum in the Clark Student Center, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez
Ryan Fidlar, engineering senior, explains the components of the Raspberry Pi 3 and what is can measure during the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum in the Clark Student Center, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez
Rojitha Goonesekere, engineering senior, Nicholas Jaramillo, engineering senior, Ryan Fidlar, engineering senior, and Chiedza Tokonyai, engineering senior, present their drone under their Deep Sea Exploration Using an Intelligent Unmmaned Drone Fleet. During the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum in the Clark Student Center, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez
Rojitha Goonesekere, engineering senior, Nicholas Jaramillo, engineering senior, Ryan Fidlar, engineering senior, and Chiedza Tokonyai, engineering senior, present their drone under their Deep Sea Exploration Using an Intelligent Unmmaned Drone Fleet. During the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum in the Clark Student Center, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez

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