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MSU students shine at Posters-at-the-Capitol

Students researchers form Morehead State presented their research at Posters-at-the-Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. 

A total of 15 posters from MSU were displayed with 17 students presenting.  

“Our posters represent a wide range of disciplines and I think that, collectively, they represent some of the highest quality of student research that we have ever presented at the event,” said Dr. Michael Henson, associate vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School.  

Student research presentations include: 

  • Nathaniel Baker; Dr. Adrian Mandzy, associate professor of history; “The U.S. Army Air Service and the Battle of Blair Mountain." 
  • Hannah Brewer of Pine Ridge; Dr. Robert D. Boram, professor of physics and science education and Dr. Wilson Gonzalez-Espada, professor of physics and science education; “Factors Associated with Students Leaving Quantitative STEM Majors: A Case Study."  
  • Susie Chaney of Hazard, Blake Smith of Nicholasville and Andrea Howard of Grayson; Suzie White, associate professor of nursing; “An Evidence-based Protocol for Eliminating Errors Associated with Intravenous Medication Errors.” 
  • Tessa Collins of Morehead; Dr. Tom Kiffmeyer, associate professor of history; “Feminism in Appalachia: Origins and Evolution."  
  • Jorden Crowe of Versailles, Emily Lush of Richmond, Vanessa Jones of Olive Hill, Sydney Young of Hawesville and Abigail Mohr of Winchester; Dr. Greg Corso, psychology department chair; “FDA Labeling and Consumer Effects." 
  • Anna Gdovka of Lexington; Dr. Steve Chen, professor of sport management; “Collegiate Athletic Fans Perception of the Use of Social Media in Marketing."  
  • Sydney Gordon of Lexington; Dr. Michael Fultz, professor of biology; “Inhibition Efficiency of Lactobacillus acidophilus Bacteria on Candida albicans Growth;" Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics
  • Caitlyn Haggard of Crittenden; Dr. Bernadette Barton, professor of sociology; “Men’s Understanding of Toxic Masculinity."  
  • Christian Hensley of Magnolia; Dr. Steve Chen, professor of sport management; “Females Serving as the Head Coach of Competitive Elite Male Sports.” 
  • Shelby Hester of Shepherdsville; Dr. Tom Kiffmeyer, associate professor of history; “100 Years of Women’s Suffrage: from Laura Clay to Hillary Clinton."  
  • Miranda Johnson of Falcon; Dr. Michele Paynter Paise, visiting assistant professor of music; “The Effects of Music and Breathing Exercises in Tic Frequency."  
  • Lori Porter of La Grange; Dr. Thomas Pannuti, professor of astrophysics and space science; “XMM Newton and VLA Observations of the Galactic Supernova Remnants G5.9+3.1 and G32.4+0.1;" Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics
  • Kelsey Purdum of Gallipolis, Ohio; Dr. Kimberlee Sharp, associate professor of education; “Elementary Teachers Experience Using Informational Texts to Teach Social Studies in Eastern Kentucky."  
  • Luke Sizemore of Ashland; Dr. Kouroush Jenab, assistant professor of engineering and technology management; “Automatic Catheter Irrigation System (ACIS)." 
  • Allie Skaggs of Grayson; Dr. Cheng Cheng, assistant professor of engineering and technology management; “A Multi-Variable Sensing Platform for Water Quality Monitoring in the Distribution Network.”  
  • Annuet Soehnlen of Morehead and Ann Wilkinson of Lexington; Dr. Jen O’Keefe, professor of geology and science education; “Toward Fingerprinting Kentucky Honey: Melissopalynology." 
  • Joshua Webb of Oil Springs; Sherif Rashad, associate professor of computer science; “Design and Implementation of an Innovative System for Automatic Recognition of ASL Using Machine Learning.” 

Posters-at-the-Capitol, an event hosted collaboratively by Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University, is intended to help members of Kentucky’s legislature and the governor better understand the importance of involving undergraduates in research, scholarly, and creative work.   

It provides undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in scholarship, research, and creative work that is important to their educational experience and professional development.   

For more information about research opportunities at MSU, contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at 606-783-2010 or visit  

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