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MSU Home :: 2014 Celebration of Student Scholarship Observed

Celebration of Student Scholarship observed

4/28/2014

Morehead State University held its Ninth Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship on Wednesday, April 23, at the Adron Doran University Center.

Once again, the event spotlighted MSU as a premier destination for all who desire the world-class education that is catalyzed by the dedicated mentorship of a world-class faculty.

President Wayne D. Andrews has said that “when considering the accomplishments at this year’s Celebration, I am confident that through the continued efforts of all those involved, our University will indeed become a primary destination for students who wish to become both active partners in the process of discovery and exceptional citizens of our increasingly challenging world.” 

The 2014 Celebration featured 199 presentations (92 oral and 107 poster) spotlighting the outstanding efforts of 277 undergraduate and graduate student authors and their 107 faculty mentors.  Awards were made for presentations of Merit and Exceptional Merit, as recommended by a panel of 108 faculty and staff judges.

Chief photographer Tim Holbrook has put together a photo gallery of the 2014 Celebration of Student Scholarship.

Although most awards at the Celebration are decided by faculty /staff judges in accordance with an official judging rubric, the Peoples’ Choice Award is chosen by the vote of all participants (students, faculty, staff and visitors) on the basis of perceived scholarly impact & overall quality of presentation.  Those 2 awards and those presentations receiving awards of Exceptional Merit for both oral presentation and poster in each college and for the Graduate School received a $150 cash award to be shared by the student presenters.   

Awards for the Ninth Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship were as follows:

Peoples’ Choice

Oral Presentation

CS – 62

*Yen H. Tran, Dr. Ali Ahmadi and Dr. Bo Shi, Mentors, School of Business Administration, College of Business and Public Affairs

Impacts of macroeconomic factors on industries' equity returns

Poster Presentation

P - 30

*Demi Jacques, Dr. Elizabeth B. Perkins, Mentor, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology, Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Porn culture in the U.S.

Graduate School

Oral Presentations - 3 awards

Merit

CS 77

+Valerie Paige Hale, Dr. John Curry, Mentor, Department of Foundational and Graduate Studies in Education, College of Education

Facts influencing graduate student membership in the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)

CS 70

+Kelsey Koontz, Dr. Edna O. Schack, Mentor, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education, College of Education

Developing early numeracy


Exceptional Merit

CS 73

+Stephanie Gebka, Dr. Kimberely Nettleton, Mentor, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education; Professional Partnership Network, College of Education

Co-Teaching: Effects on student achievement

Graduate School

Poster Presentations - 3 awards

Merit

P – 43

+Brandon J. Combs, Dr. Jeannie Justice, Mentor, Department of Foundational and Graduate Studies in Education, College of Education

Distance education in law enforcement: Exploring Kentucky's barriers

P – 50

+DeAnna L. Proctor, Dr. Jeannie Justice, Mentor, Department of Foundational and Graduate Studies in Education, College of Education

Does proximity of post-secondary institution influence college choice?

Exceptional Merit

P – 103

+Kayla D. Nichelson, Glenn T. Harris, Evan S. Rollins, Kayla M. Sizemore, Dandan  Li, Dr. Shari L. Kidwell, Mentor, Department of Psychology, College of Science and Technology

Depression as a negative predictor of parenting sensitivity: A seven year follow-up

 

Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Oral Presentations – 4 awards

Merit

CS – 8   

*Sarah Kadish, John Flavell, and Tim L. Creekmore, Mentors, Department of Communication, Media and Leadership Studies, Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Living in Between, a documentary            

CS - 10

Andrew R. Kuchenbrod, Dr. Joy L. Gritton, Mentor, Department of Art and Design, Interdisciplinary Appalachian Studies Program, Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Understanding the process of identifying community needs through the Haldeman after-school program

CS – 22

*Jessica Farrell, Dr. John Hennen, Mentor, Department of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Legal Studies, Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

The historical foundations of contemporary worker cooperative networks in the United States

Exceptional Merit         

CS -4

*Benjamin D. Caldwell, Dr. Glen Colburn, Mentor, Department of English, Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Freedom, happiness, and the general will: Rousseau’s philosophy on individual happiness

 

Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Poster Presentations – 5 awards

Merit

P – 23

*Brannah Hamilton, Kelly E. Collinsworth, Mentor, Department of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Legal Studies, Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Students’ perspectives on service learning through a pro se divorce clinic

P - 34

*Montana Hobbs, Dr. Joy L. Gritton, Mentor, Department of Art and Design, Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Traditional music alive in “new Appalachia”

P – 32

*Sara S. Brooks, Dr. Jeanne Petsch, Mentor, Department of Art and Design, Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Discovering identity through art: Working with “at-risk” middle school students

P – 30

*Demi Jacques, Dr. Elizabeth B. Perkins, Mentor, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology, Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Porn culture in the U.S.

Exceptional Merit

P – 20

*Dakoda Trenary, Carter Kozar, Karla Aleman, Mentor, Camden-Carroll Library, Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Finding character in our collections: Investigating library material usage and subject coverage

College of Business and Public Affairs

Oral Presentations - 2 awards

Merit

CS - 64

*Cody Murphy, Murray S. Y. Bessette, Mentor, School of Public Affairs, College of Business and Public Affairs

The Lincoln Douglas Debates and the Test of Statesmanship

Exceptional Merit         

CS - 61

*Alyssa Franklin, Dr. Karen Taylor Mentor, School of Business Administration, College of Business and Public Affairs

Static Vs. Dynamic Routing: A look into the DSD models of a fortune 500 company

College of Business and Public Affairs

Poster Presentations – 3 awards

Merit

P - 7

*Sarah George, *Kelsey Kuessner, Dr. Janet Ratliff and Dr. Beverly McCormick, Mentors, School of Business, College of Business and Public Affairs

A comparison of entrepreneurial perspectives between middle school students and college students

P - 1

*Donald James Burns, Dr. Christine Emrich, Mentor, School of Public Affairs, College of Business and Public Affairs

The influence of bordering nations on country political risk

Exceptional Merit

P- 3

*Madyson Elizabeth Hutchinson, Dr. Michael W. Hail, Mentor, School of Public Affairs, College of Business and Public Affairs

Federalism and the regulation of sin: Intergovernmental regulatory power and the constitution

College of Education

Oral Presentations – 3 awards

Merit

CS - 71

*Heather Travis, Maggie Horton, Dr. Mee-Ryoung Shon, Mentor, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education, College of Education

Preschool children’s fine motor development through paper folding activity

CS - 74

*Amy Clausen, *Olivia Fulton, Dr. Sarah Hawkins-Lear, Mentor, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education, College of Education

Using constant time delay to teach discrete skills to individuals with significant disabilities

Exceptional Merit

CS - 72  

*Kristen Stacy, Dr. Karen Taylor, Mentor, Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education, College of Education

Addition by inscription: Strategies for incorporating writing into the math classroom and the associated benefit

 

College of Education

Poster Presentations – 3 awards

Merit

P – 38

*Amy Clausen, Dr. Sarah Hawkins-Lear, Mentor, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education, College of Education

The attitudes of pre-service physical education teachers toward teaching individuals with disabilities

P – 47

*Maria Leeanne Kallas, Dr. John Curry, Mentor, Department of Foundational and Graduate Studies in

Education, College of Education

Trends in student perceptions of one-to-one iPad implementation           

Exceptional Merit

P - 39

*Annie O’Brien, Dr. Melinda Willis, Mentor, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education, College of Education

Using standards-based pre- and post- reading assessments to design targeted instruction in elementary

classrooms

College of Science & Technology

Oral Presentations – 7 awards

Merit

CS – 65

*Travis Miller, Dr. Benjamin Malphrus, Mentor, Department of Earth and Space Science, College of Science and Technology

Rapid prototyping of spacecraft structures at the space science center

CS – 25

*Kyle Bradley, Dr. Doug Chatham, Course Instructor, Randy Ross and Richard Blanton, Mentors, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics, College of Science and Technology

High school curriculum designed to avoid remedial math in college

CS – 36

*Matthew Marcum, Dr. Manuel Probst, Mentor, Department of Health, Wellness, and Human Performance, College of Science and Technology

The correlation between the Wingate Anaerobic Test and sprinting

CS – 43

*William M. Holbrook II, Dr. R. Duane Skaggs, Mentor, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics, College of Science and Technology

A depreferential attachment model and an inverse preferential attachment model for geometric graphs

CS – 78

*Steve Collier, Dr. Kent Price, Mentor, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics, College of Science and Technology

Improving hot mirror design to increase halogen capsule efficiency

CS – 28

*Bryan Allen Conn, Dr. Jennifer Birriel and Dr. Ignacio Birriel, Mentors, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics, College of Science and Technology

A model to reduce light pollution on MSU’s campus

Exceptional Merit     

CS – 69

*Chayce Swafford, Dr. Kent Price, Mentor, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics, College of Science and Technology

Quantum efficiency of nano rod CdS implanted in CdTe photovoltaic cells 

College of Science & Technology  

Poster Presentations – 8 awards

Merit                               

P – 106

*Laura J. Secord, Nolan R. Williams, Dr. Laurie L. Couch, Mentor, Department of Psychology, College of Science and Technology

Coping with loneliness for those sensitive to rejection

P – 71

*Emily Nickell, Cory Tackett, Dr. Nathan Coker, Mentor, Department of Biology and Chemistry, College of Science and Technology

The synthesis and characterization of various salts of [Au(SCN)2]- and analogue of  [Au(CN)2]

P – 62

*Michael Blake Cantrell, Dr. Mark T. Blankenbuehler, Mentor, Department of Biology and Chemistry, College of Science and Technology

Novel organic compounds as possible selective cyclooxygenase inhibitors

P-73      

*Kathryn Renyer1*, Qian Wang2, Paul Chiarelli2, 1Department of Biology and Chemistry, College of Science and Technology, 2Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Investigation of novel environmental chlorinated pollutants via triple quadrupole mass spectrometror

P – 65

*Zachary J. McKinley, Taylor L. Gasser, Dr. Sean T. O’Keefe, Mentor, Department  of Biology and Chemistry, College of Science and Technology

Preliminary comparison of yellow pan traps vs. pitfall traps as an assessment of spider diversity

P 82

*Amber Kirchner, Dr. Timothy O’Brien, Mentor, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics, College of Science and Technology

Horsing around

P-74

*Travis A. Witkowski, Alison N. Grice, Dr. Janelle M. Hare, Mentor, Department of Biology and Chemistry, College of Science and Technology

Identifying the role of DdrR in the Acinetobacter baylyi DNA damage response

Exceptional Merit

P 100

*Macy T. Kootz, Nolan R. Williams, Dr. Laurie L. Couch, Mentor, Department of Psychology, College of Science and Technology

The green-eyed monster: Jealousy’s link to relational self-efficacy and emotional intelligence

 

Camden-Carroll Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

Todd Blevins

Owingsville on Fire – The Second Great Awakening and the Birth of Small-Town Evangelism

 

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      • Morehead State University's 21st Century Education Enterprise has been awarded a $149,999 grant from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education's Improving Educator Quality program for its project titled "Engineering Authentic Experiences in the Next Generation Science Classroom.” Click here for more information.
      • Dr. Alison Hruby, Assistant Professor of English, has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Her project, titled "The effects of frequent reading on the reading comprehension abilities of tenth grade struggling readers in rural Kentucky," aims to improve the reading comprehension of tenth grade students placed in a remedial English class by increasing the students' reading time by at least 100 minutes per week. The outcome of the project will be measured using the students' reading scores on the Spring 2015 Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test. For more information about the project, please contact Dr. Hruby at 606-783-2732 or via e-mail.
      • The National Institutes of Health has renewed the Kentucky IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (KBRIN) Program. Headed by the University of Louisville, KBRIN aims to develop a network of support, infrastructure and capacity for biomedical researchers and educators within the Commonwealth. The total award to Morehead State University totals $463,845, which includes neuroscience laboratory renovations in Reed Hall. For additional information, please contact Dr. Bruce Mattingly, KBRIN Program Coordinator, at 606-783-2544 or via e-mail.
      • Dr. Kurt Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Biology, has received a $319,346 award from the National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) program. Dr. Gibbs' proposal, titled "miRNA expression after spinal cord compression injury in Xenopus laevis," aims to determine how developmental changes in microRNA expression affect the ability of Xenopus frogs to regenerate their spinal cords, which in turn can increase understanding of the genetic regulation associated with recovery from spinal cord injury and generate new therapeutic targets to promote recovery in humans. For additional information, please contact Dr. Gibbs at 606-783-2932 or via e-mail.
      • Early Child, Elementary and Special Education Professor Edna Schack has been awarded more than $154,000 from the National Science Foundation's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program for a collaborative project focused on developing prospective teachers' professional noticing skills with respect to children's mathematical thinking. The three-year project, titled "Collaborative Research: TECHNO: TECHnology-Centered Mathematical NOticing," is a collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Thomas (Northern Kentucky University), Dr. Molly Fisher (University of Kentucky), and Dr. Cindy Jong (University of Kentucky). The project builds upon previous work by further developing previously successful materials, and includes a new focus on early algebraic thought. For additional information, please contact Dr. Schack at 606-783-2501 or via e-mail.
      • The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded MSU a $500,000 grant to continue the Appalachian Rural Dental Educational Program, an initiative started in 2011 with the University of Kentucky and the University of Pikeville to increase the number of practicing dentists in Appalachia, and provide a campus-based oral health awareness program. For more information, click here to view the official news release.

       

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