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Morehead State students display research at Posters-at-the-Capitol

embedded-news-posters-at-the-capitol-2024.webpMorehead State undergraduate students presented their hands-on research to state legislators and the governor at Posters-at-the-Capitol on Thursday, March 7, at the State Capitol in Frankfort.

Posters-at-the-Capitol is an event hosted collaboratively among eight higher education institutions: Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University. It allows undergraduate students to engage in scholarship, research, and creative work important to their educational experience and professional development.

MSU had 12 research posters at the event, including contributions from The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics. This year's Posters-at-the-Capitol also featured Lightning Talks, where each participating institution presented one poster in the Rotunda in front of an audience. Landon Fitch, a senior computer sciences major from Catlettsburg, was Morehead State's presenter. Alexis Mathews, coordinator of undergraduate research, said MSU also had 40 abstract submissions this year, the most they have had in years.

"Posters-at-the-Capitol is meant to showcase the importance of undergraduate research to state legislators who are responsible for higher education funding," Mathews said. "It's also a great opportunity for our students to meet their legislators and share their research with audiences. Engaging in undergraduate research is helping them build career skills that employers are looking for. And with this event they get that presentation experience as well, which will help them when they're looking to present at other conferences."

Research presentations include:

  • Meg Akers of Winchester; Stephanie Perry of Louisa; Dr. Bernadette Barton, professor of sociology and gender studies; "Mythbusting: Transgender Truths."
  • Madison Beam of Mt. Sterling; Dr. Lisa Shannon, professor of social work; "Examining The Difference in Maternal Health for Women Based on Distance from Hospital."
  • Alexandria Black of Butler, Dr. Wilson González-Espada, professor of physics and science education; "Experimental comparison of simulated decay curves using dice and centicubes: Implications for teaching radioactivity and half-life in Kentucky."
  • Marissa Blair of Morehead; Dr. Zachary Lee, assistant professor of chemistry; Dr. David A. Dixon, professor of chemistry, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; "Predicting the Reactions of CS2, OCS, and CO2 with Group IV and Group VI Transition Metal Oxides."
  • Sam Darbyshire of Frankfort; Jaxson Brewer of Georgetown; Dr. Timothy Hare, professor of anthropology; "Visualizing Mayapán's Outlying Centers and Regional Distribution."
  • Landon Fitch of Catlettsburg; Tyler Ward of Flatwoods; Dr. Kouroush Jehab, associate professor of engineering and technology; Dr. Jorge Ortega-Moody, assistant professor of engineering and technology; "Enabling Smart Agriculture with Computer Vision."
  • Landon Palmer from Mt. Sterling; Dr. Steve Shih-Chia Chen, professor of sport management; "Athletic Recruitment Management in Higher Education."
  • Dalton Hensley of Hatfield; Dr. Heba Elgazzar, assistant professor of computer science; "Spiral: A New Novel Programming Language for Software Development."
  • Dakota Murphy of Louisa; Sara Lakes of Cynthiana; Dr. Rachel Rogers; assistant professor of Research/Craft QEP for the Craft Academy; "The Hazel Green Academy Revitalization Project."
  • Nic Robbins of Morehead; Michele Paynter Paise, music education coordinator/associate professor of music; "Helping Band Students Succeed: Autism and the Music Classroom."
  • Grace Stubblefield of Ashland; Johnna Brown of Winchester; Jaden Yates of Henderson; Madison Cornelius of Danville; Cassandra Westwood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Megan Leonard of Edgewood; Dr. Gregory Corso, professor of psychology; "Convergent creative problem-solving in the context of working memory and field dependence/independence."
  • Jason White of Prestonsburg; Deidra L. Robinson, instructor of social work; "Collateral Consequences of College Admissions: Exploring the Attitudes and Experiences of Students in Recovery."

To learn more about MSU's undergraduate research opportunities, contact the Center for Career Development and Experiential Education at or 606-783-2233.

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Photo: Morehead State and Craft Academy students, faculty and staff traveled to present research at this year's Posters-at-the-Capitol in Frankfort.

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