2014 FRS Colloquium

 

The 2014 FRS Colloquium (April 18) was a celebration of scholarship featuring thirty-six presentations from the 2013-14 Freshman Research Scholars. With refreshments and live music provided by OSU students Carlton and Friends in the beautiful Edmon Low Library Browsing Room, the colloquium was a lively, engaging event for students, faculty mentors, friends, family and the greater OSU community to share in the joy of discovery.


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A team of fourteen OSU graduate student judges gave the Best Overall Presentation Award to Macy Gleason (Secondary Education), who will represent OSU at next year’s National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Honorable Mention was awarded to Austin Warner (Mathematics) and Samantha Grider (Zoology), each of whom will receive $200 cash prizes courtesy of the Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research.

Research Posters

Utilizing Artificial Wasp Nests to Enhance Entomology Research Safety
By Matheus Barbosa (Stillwater, OK)
College: Engineering, Architecture & Technology
Major: Structural Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Charles I. Abramson
Research Question: Can artificial nests be used to lure, capture, and eventually experiment on wasps?

 

The Effect of Candidate’s Gender on Media Coverage During Political Campaigns
By Lauren Bellatti (McKinney, TX)
College: Arts & Sciences
Major: Political Science
Faculty Mentor: Rebekah Herrick
Research Question: How does the gender mix of candidates affect the media coverage given to different political issues and candidate traits?

 

Plate Waste Inter-rater Reliability Test
By Haley Billings (Melissa, TX)
College: Human Sciences
Major: Nutritional Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Deana Hildebrand
Research Question: Why is Inter-rater reliability important?

 

Characterization of Putative Staphylococcus aureus Ethanol Mutants
By Mariah Burris (Cushing, OK)
College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty Mentor: John E. Gustafson
Research Question: Do ethanol reduced-susceptibility mutants exhibit phenotypes similar to previously isolated household disinfectant and tea tree oil reduced susceptibility mutants of S. aureus?

 

Cloning Proteins DotM and DotL from the Type 4B Secretion System
By Mallory Cole (Broken Arrow, OK)
College: Arts & Sciences
Major: Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Edward Shaw
Research Question: Can the proteins DotM and DotL be used to assist in understanding the Type 4B Secretion System of Coxiella burnetii?

 

Determining the Expression of Melanocortin Receptors in the Pancreas and Pituitary Glands of Horses
By Melissa Dandy (Chelsea, MI)
College: Arts & Sciences
Major: Zoology
Faculty Mentor: Dianne McFarlane
Research Question: Are the receptors for two hormones, α-MSH and CLIP, present in horses’ pancreases?

 

Voter Perception of Political Candidates Based on Facial Width to Height Ratio
By Courtney Daniel (Muskogee, OK)
College: Arts & Sciences
Major: Political Science
Faculty Mentor: Jeanette Mendez
Research Question: Is the electability of a candidate positively correlated to the candidate’s facial width to height ratio.

 

Testing the Char Effect on Different Polymers in Order to Reduce the Heat Release Rate
By Crandel Fenton (Overland Park, KS)
College: Engineering, Architecture & Technology
Major: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Qingsheng Wang
Research Question: Can different polymers provide a char layer to retard the flammability of the substance

 

Collecting Data in Severe Storms with the Use of Dropsondes
By Nicholas Foster (Edmond, OK)
College: Engineering, Architecture & Technology
Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Jamey Jacob
Research Question: What can dropsonde technology teach us about severe storms?

 

A Cell’s Response to Damaged Proteins
By Chelsea Garner (Arlington, TX)
College: Human Sciences
Major: Nutritional Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Steve Hartson
Research Question: When proteins that fix stressed cells are inhibited, what does the cell do?

 

Impact of a Science Methods Course on Pre-Service Science Teachers’ Understanding of Nature of Science
By Macy Gleason (Mannford, OK)
College: Education
Major: Secondary Education (Science)
Faculty Mentor: Julie Angle
Research Question: How will a science methods course with a research component impact pre-service science teachers’ understanding of Nature of Science?

 

Mice at Work: Comparative Burrow Architecture in Sympatric Species of Mus
By Samantha Grider (Shawnee, OK)
College: Arts & Sciences
Major: Zoology
Faculty Mentor: Polly Campbell
Research Question: Do Mus Spicilegus and Mus Musculus have significantly different burrowing habits?

 

An Investigation in the Phenotypic Characteristics of Putative Ethanol Reduced Susceptibility Mutants of Staphylococcus aureus
By Alex Hall (Bristow, OK)
College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty Mentor: John E. Gustafson
Research Question: How will putative isolated ethanol reduced susceptibility mutants differ or not differ from their parent strain in growth, autolysis, and antimicrobial resistance?

 

Investigating Anesthetics Used in Swine Castration
By SaraJane Koehler (Houston, TX)
College: Arts & Sciences
Major: Zoology
Faculty Mentor: Michelle S. Calvo-Lorenzo
Research Question: Is ethyl alcohol a novel and practical method of pain relief for piglet castration?

 

Acoustic Analysis of Electrical Propulsion Systems in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
By Logan Kunka (Owasso, OK)
College: Engineering, Architecture & Technology
Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Jamey Jacob
Research Question: How much noise do electrical propulsion systems in unmanned aerial vehicles produce?

 

Studying the Effect of Calcium on Pseudomonas aeruginosa Virulence by UsingCaenorhabditis elegans Killing Assay
By Allison Lawson (Broken Arrow, OK)
College: Arts & Sciences
Major: Physiology
Faculty Mentor: Marianna Patrauchan
Research Question: How does calcium effect the virulence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in an animal model?

 

Analysis of Microalgae as a Biofuel Feedstock
By Christian Ley (Broken Arrow, OK)
College: Engineering, Architecture & Technology
Major: Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Nurhan Dunford
Research Question: Microalgae has been determined to be a potential feedstock for biofuel production, does the microalgae strain, SP 23, possess the characteristics of a quality feedstock?

 

Causes of Abnormal Infant Growth: A Case Study Approach
By Victoria Litterio (Wantage, NJ)
College: Human Sciences
Major: Nutritional Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Tay Kennedy
Research Question: What Causes Growth Delays in breastfed infants?

 

Cattle Shed and How it Relates to Meat Quality
By Kate McKinney (Hondo, TX)
College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Major: Animal Science
Faculty Mentor: Megan Rolf
Research Question: How does cattle shedding affect meat quality?

 

Proton Therapy and the Effect of Low Energy Secondary Neutrons
By Kyle Morisset (Quapaw, OK)
College: Arts & Sciences
Major: Mathematics
Faculty Mentor: Eric Benton
Research Question: Do low energy secondary neutrons pose a threat for secondary cancer in proton therapy patients?

 

The Effects Common Charcoals Would Have in Bioretention Cells Helping Eliminate Nitrates in Ground Water
By Baylor Morris (Choctaw, OK)
College: Engineering, Architecture & Technology
Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Glenn Brown
Research Question: What all types of common charcoals mixed into Bioretention Cells would help reduce nitrates from entering our water sources?

 

Economic Impacts of Purchasing Medicines: A Cross-Country Comparison
By Rachel Nichols (Tulsa, OK)
College: Spears School of Business
Major: Finance
Faculty Mentor: Dursen Delen
Research Question: What are the economic impacts of purchasing common medications in high, middle, and low-income countries?

 

Rapid Prototyping of Probes for Use in Measuring Meteorological Parameters
By Tate Roberson (Oklahoma City, OK)
College: Engineering, Architecture & Technology
Major: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Jamey Jacob
Research Question: How do we reduce both the cost and manufacturing time of 5-hole probes?

 

Alpha Synulcein Levels in the Pars Intermedia of Healthy Equine
By Julia Sealock (Rockwall, TX)
College: Arts & Sciences
Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Dianne McFarlane
Research Question: Does α-synuclein expression in the dopaminergic neurons of the pars intermedia of healthy horses changes with season?

 

Is it Viable to Have More Than One Person Count Flies For Conclusive Data?
By Will Shaffer (Carthage, MO)
College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Animal Science
Faculty Mentor: Megan Rolf
Research Question: Will having multiple people count flies add to the strength of the data, or will the counters have standards that are different enough to throw the data?

 

Isolation of Ethanol Reduced-Susceptibility Staphylococcus aureus Mutants
By Ashley Simenson (Howard Lake, MN)
College: Human Sciences
Major: Nutritional Sciences
Faculty Mentor: John E. Gustafson
Research Question: Can Staphylococcus aureus be manipulated to demonstrate reduced susceptibility to ethanol?

 

Transport of Solutes Through a Vegetative Filter Strip Under Shallow Groundwater Conditions
By Hailie Snyder (Lawton, OK)
College: Engineering, Architecture & Technology
Major: Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Garey Fox
Research Question: Are the dilution and sorption rates of contaminates affected by the vegetative filter strip? Will the height of the water table cause a difference in dilution and sorption rates?

 

The Implications of Aging Building Materials and Their Effect on Toxin Levels Within our Environment
By Nicole Turvey (Sand Springs, OK)
College: Arts & Sciences
Major: Zoology
Faculty Mentor: Jason Belden
Research Question: Do aging building materials heighten our exposure to carcinogens and other toxins?

 

The Creation of Cyclodextrin Networks to Purify Substances
By Cameron Villines (Bartlesville, OK)
College: Engineering, Architecture & Technology
Major: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Jeff White
Research Question: Can these Cyclodextrin Networks be created and are they effective at refining solutions?

 

The Effects of the Menstrual Cycle on Voice Production
By Rebecca Walters (Owasso, OK)
College: Arts & Sciences
Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Faculty Mentor: Cheryl Giddens
Research Question: How does the menstrual cycle affect vocal production in women?

 

Engineering Exposure: Public Schools vs. Technical Schools
By Ashton Walton (Washington, OK)
College: Engineering, Architecture & Technology
Major: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Karen High
Research Question: Are public schools or technical schools in Northeast Oklahoma giving high school students more exposure to engineering?

 

Understanding Algebraic Structures Related to Graphs
By Austin Warner (Edmond, OK)
College: Arts & Sciences
Major: Mathematics and French
Faculty Mentor: Christopher Francisco
Research Question: What is the structure of the minimal free resolution of cover ideals?

 

Mass Evacuation Model for Hospitals
By Bailey Whitman (Vernon, TX)
College: Engineering, Architecture & Technology
Major: Industrial Engineering and Management
Faculty Mentor: Sunderesh Heragu
Research Question: What is the most efficient method of evacuating patients from hospitals?