18th Annual CBU
Student Research Poster Session 
2014 Research Poster Session Tuesday, 15 April 2014
11:00 am --1:50 pm

Sabbatini Lounge (East Lounge) 
2nd floor Thomas Center

Poster numbers, titles, authors listed below
2014 Program (pdf)

Photo Gallery   (Bio Group)

Sponsored by CBU's chapter of Alpha Chi, the national honor society.

  • Research Posters on display: 11:00 am --1:45pm, Tuesday, 15 April 2014
  • Student authors present at their posters according to the following schedule:
    • Even numbered boards: 12:30 --1:00 pm
    • Odd numbered boards: 1:00 --1:30 pm
    • 2014 Program (pdf).
  • Reception for faculty, students, and mentors: 12:30 -- 2:00 pm
  • Participating Courses and Professors
  • Presentation of the School of Sciences Dominic Dunn Award by Dr. Johnny Holmes: 12:45 pm  (pictured below).
  • Photo Gallery      (Bio Group)
2014 Dominic Dunn Award
Above left: Dr. Holmes presents the 2014 Dominic Dunn Award to Anna Birg (BIOCHEM).

Student Research Posters ~ 2014 ~ Program   2014 Program (pdf)
1 BIOL Effects of Ailanthus altissima allelopath on the nodulation and growth of Coronilla varia. Catherine Thorne and James Moore
2 CHEM Neurological basis for individual differences in punishment sensitivity Erika Yates, WenLin Sun, and Olga ZaBirnyk
3 MATH Using Differential Equations to Model Crime Eddie Gallarno
4 ECE SoutheastCon 2014 Hardware Competition Jay Counce, Cody Crow, and Brennan Powers
5 CHEM Use of MOE 2011.10 to Test Potential Docking Site for Physiological Steroids on the β1 Subunit Esha Thakore, Anna Bukiya, and Alejandro M. Dopico
6 PSYC The relationship between religion and terror management Carly Geis and Joshua Butler
7 BIOL Detection and occurance of Bactrachochytrium dendrobatidisin amphibian populations of eastern Arkansas and western Tennessee D. Smith, J. E. Moore, S. M. Hanlon, J. L. Kerby, M. J. Parris, W. Peterson, and E. Berg
8 CHEM An Examination of the Factors that Influence Iron Oxide-Gold Core-Shell Nanoparticle Growth Yusef Akibik and  Xiaohua Huang
9 ECE Escape from the Minefield Shilpa Appurubugatha, Sean Dantis, and Matthew Winters
10 PSYC Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Homosexuals Anna Liley, Cortez Johnson, and Jasmine Williams
11 CHEM Effects of Cranberry Components on Hepatocyte Growth Factor Production by Human Gingival Fibroblasts in Response to IL-1β and LPS Melanie Saunders, Alecia Hatten, David Tipton, and Jegdish Babu
12 BIOL Burrowing habits and morphology of salamanders in genus Ambystoma Megan Mosier, Marie Ryall, and Lynda Miller
13 ME CBU Eco-Bike Yuki Namba and Caleb Smith
14 CHEM Measuring and Comparing the Elasticity of Cake with Gluten and with Gluten Substitutes Sarah Welch
15 ECE Project Engage Kaitlin Howle
16 PSYC Attitudes toward dating violence and a need for control Talisha Frazier and Sarah McClain
17 CHEM Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production by a Molecular Cobalt Complex Yuan Chen and Xuan Zhao
Analysis of expression patterns of tuberin and hamartin in mice with high fat diets Elton Banks, Deborah Azzi-Nogueira, A.C Rodrigues, A.S Torrão, L. A Haddad and L.R.G Britto
19 CHEM Effects of Gelsolin on Macrophage Inflammatory Responses to Implant Wear Debris Shannon Jean McDonald, Michael Mihalko, Lev Djenderendjian, Paramjeet S. Cheema, and Richard A. Smith
20 PSYC Perception of cultures Maria Fernanda Fallas Rodriguez
21 CHEM A Whole Genome Enhancer/Suppressor Screen for Ube3a Interacting Genes Involved in Autism Kelsey Coolican, Addison Jezek, and Lawrence T. Reiter
22 ECE Quad Rotor RC Helicoptor Drone John Vo 
23 BIOL Fibrosarcoma cells expressing CD9 increase matrix metalloproteinase 9 production - a process regulated by epidermal growth factor receptor Jessica F. Jameson, Michael J. Herr, Scott E. Mabry, and Lisa K. Jennings
24 PSYC Self-esteem, distortion of the truth, and gossip Daryl Stephens and Diana Lockett
25 CHEM Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Photothermal-Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer  Duy Nguyen, M. D. Nadim, Kevin Liao, Natalie Wright, and Xiaohua Huang
26 ECE Iphone Controlled Dalek Josh Swillum
27 BIOL A comparison of letter vs. continuous text contrast sensitivity testing Kristen Davis, and Marc B. Taub
Visual Acuity and Genetic Classification of Subjects with Either Type I or Type II Oculocutaneous Albinism John D. Wolfe, Ronaldo Y. Sano, Einat Hauzman, Daniela M.O. Bonci, Malinda Fitzgerald, and Dora F. Ventura
29 PSYC The relationship between volunteerism, conscientiousness, and empathy Kristian DeRidder and William Higdon
30 BIOL SD-OCT scanning of the optic nerve in diagnosis of glaucoma Cale Baskin and Eric Sigler
31 CHEM Making efficient eggs through varying specific heat RaKesha Gray
32 ECE The Smart Cube Solver Adam Tekle and Vietminh Tong
33 PSYC Exposure to guns and attitudes toward gun control Jessica Hefner and Sarah Abdellat
34 CHEM A Computational Investigation of M-Ga-F Triatomics with Row 3 Metals (M = Sc….Zn) Shesha Shah and Nathan DeYonker
35 ME SAE Mini Baja Car Jeremie Gruber, James LaRue, Joey Ferris, Cali Copsey, and Connor Martin
36 BIOL Preclinical assessment of gemcitabine as an effective new treatment of Ependymoma Hope Gilbertson, Nidal Boulos, Jason Dapper, and Richard Gilbertson
37 CHEM Reverse Spherification: Measuring the Rate of Diffusion Through Varying Time and Concentration Julia Kueter
38 MATH Continuous Quantum Walks on Graphs Rebekah Herrman and Travis Humble
39 PSYC The relationship between the Big Five characteristics and music preferences Camry Ivery and Tory Brandon
40 CHEM The Science of Ceviche Tiffany Rice
41 ECE Lost in the Jungle Charmaine Cooper and Mitchell Moorehead
42 PSYC Internet use and impulsive behavior Caitlin Coney and Erica Cofield
43 BIOL Diet, not body weight, electrically remodels hypothalamic circuits controlling apetite Kevin Pham, Alana Smith, and Kristen O'Connell
44 CHEM Synthesis of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles from Iron Oleate Complex, Oleic Acid, and 1-Octadecene Natalie Wright and Xiaohua Huang
45 PSYC The relationship between knowledge on the effects of marijuana and attitude towards legalization Lindsey Allen and Jazmyn Broady
46 BIOL Anxiety exhibited in mice Eric M. Joe, Scott Lattimer and Kristin M. Hamre
47 CHEM Synthesis of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles of Various Sizes and Shapes Christine Nguyen and Xiaohua Huang
48 PSYC The relationship between personality and college dormitory life Kierica Barnett and Gina Mvc
49 BIOL How demographic factors influence the cortisol levels of infants and young children Stephanie Allen-Winters and Anand Kanwaljelt
50 CHEM Receptor Agonist Mediated Response of IL-6 and cAMP in Human Bronchial Smooth Muscle Cells  Anna Birg, Amy Bogard, and Rennolds Ostrom
51 ME Fatigue Testing of Overhead Transmission Lines Michael Kist
52 PSYC Study habits and peer pressure Maria Garcia and De'ricka King
53 CHEM To Synthesize an IONP Kevin Liao and Xiaohua Huang
54 BIOL High throughput screening for protection of hair cell within the organ of Corti against Cisplatin Ototoxicity Russell Higgins, Tal Teitz, and Jian Zuo
55 PSYC Student burnout related to procrastination Antwa'nae Briars
56 CHEM Altering Time, Temperature, Sugar, and Elasticity to Create the "Perfect" Snickerdoodle Lauren Jeu
"Learning is intense when one is doing research. In the pursuit of primary data, one acquires skills that cannot be found in books, including time-management techniques and the ability to think quickly and solve difficult problems." Halaby, Reginald.  2001.  Promoting Undergraduate Research in Science. The Scientist 15[8]:35, Apr. 16, 2001.

Participating Courses and Professors - 2014

BIOL Honors Herpetology Biol369      Ms. Lynda Miller
BIOL Independent Research Biol  461 Dr. James Moore
BIOL Mentored Research Biol 465 Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald
CHEM Chemistry of Cooking Chem 105 Dr. Anthony Trimboli
CHEM Senior Research Chem 429 Dr. Dennis Merat
ECE Electrical and Computer Engineering ECE 410 Dr. John Ventura
MATH Senior Seminar Math 482 Mrs. Cathy Grilli
ME Mechanical Engineering 408 Dr. Ray Brown
MHIRT Minority Health International Research Training Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald
PSYC Psychological Methods Psyc 354 Dr. Beth Nelson/ Dr. Maureen O 'Brian

Special thanks to all the Mentors and Funding Agencies.
Thanks to Alpha Chi Honor Society for sponsorship.
Photo Gallery (click to see a larger image)

2014 Poster Session
2014 Poster Session
2014 Poster Session

"Undergraduate students' enthusiasm and ingenious approaches to research problems can be very stimulating to the research program.  Working with student and faculty collaborators on research problems of common interest is rewarding, intellectually satisfying, and best of all, fun."  Halaby, Reginald.  2001.  Promoting Undergraduate Research in Science. The Scientist 15[8]:35, Apr. 16, 2001.


Thanks to all the Mentors

who directed student research projects.

"You learn to become a scientist by doing science, not by studying science in textbooks. Undergraduate research experiences lead to better prepared and motivated individuals (graduate student, professional school student, educator)." Halaby, Reginald.  2001.  Promoting Undergraduate Research in Science. The Scientist 15[8]:35, Apr. 16, 2001.

The Research Poster Session is sponsored by CBU's chapter of Alpha Chi, the national honor society.
The Annual CBU Student Research Poster Session is hosted by the CBU Biology Department; 
the Session Program was arranged by Dr. Randel Price and Mrs. Leah Allen. 

CBU Biology students presented their research papers at the
TAS Collegiate Div. Western Regional Meeting
held at CBU on 5 April 2014.
TAS 2014
CBU Biology Department Student Research
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