Thirteen Pittsburg State University undergraduate students and six PSU graduate students will join their peers from universities across Kansas at the state Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 12, where they will showcase their research for state lawmakers. The event is sponsored by the Kansas Board of Regents.
The Regents initiated the Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol last year as a way to illustrate the wide range of research opportunities available to undergraduate students at the state’s Regents universities. The Masters Research Day was added this year.
The event runs from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda.
The PSU students, their hometowns, academic departments, research topics and faculty mentors are:
Ashley Warner; Girard, Kan.; Teaching and Learning; “Five Pre-service Teachers’ Observation, Analysis, and Reflection;” Dr. Sunghee Choi.
Samantha Young; Pittsburg, Kan.; Biology; “Ecological Notes and Seasonal Activity of Sand Flies in Kansas;” Dr. Neil Snow.
Christopher Ward; Arma, Kan., Biology; “Biochemical Kinetics in Characterization of Recombination Activation Gene 1;” Dr. Mandy Peak.
Matthew Reddick; Pittsburg, Kan.; Chemistry; “Design and Synthesis of Novel Polymeric Nanotheranostics for the Targeted Imaging and Treatment of Cervical Cancer;” Dr. Santimukul Santra.
Elias Mitchell; Baldwin City, Kan.; Chemistry; “Nanofibers of Hydroxyapatite Embedded Polylactic Acid for Biomedical Applications;” Dr. Ram Gupta.
Juan Diego Gaucin; Purdy, Mo.; Chemistry; “FTIR Investigation of the Role of acid-base sites over Doped TiO2-nanomaterials;” Dr. Dilip Paul.
Krystal Davis; Sarcoxie, Mo.; Geography; “Assessing and Evaluating Environmental Literacy of University Freshmen;” Dr. Catherine Hooey.
Kathleen Bishop; Hanna City, Ill.; Sociology; “The Gift of Life:
An Empirical Examination of Altruism, Social Distance and Material Incentives Among International Nurse’s Motivation for Non-Directed Kidney Donation;” Dr. Harry Humphries.
Shannon Jesberg; Spring Hill, Kan.; Social Work; “Evaluation of Head Start Center’s Family Support Services;” Dr. Brad Cameron.
Whitney McCready; Weir, Kan.; Social Work; “Evaluation of Head Start Center’s Family Support Services;” Dr. Brad Cameron.
Austin Feuerborn; Ottawa, Kan.; Automotive Technology; “PSU Mini Baja;” Trent Lindbloom.
Nick Praderio; Leawood, Kan.; Automotive Technology; “PSU Mini Baja;” Trent Lindbloom.
Jacob Sanders; Erie, Kan.; Automotive Technology; “PSU Mini Baja;” Trent Lindbloom.
Master’s Degree students
Grace Anderson; Idaho City, Idaho; Biology; “Charcoal rot resistance in transgenic soybeans with glucanase gene expression;” Dr. Dan Zurek.
Hillary D. Dickey; Pittsburg, Kan.; Health, Human Performance, and Recreation; “Comprehensive Fitness Assessments in College Aged Males and Females;” Dr. Mike Leiker and Dr. Mike Carper.
Lindsey Gordon; Carl Junction, Mo.; Health, Human Performance, and Recreation; “Comprehensive Fitness Assessments in College Aged Males and Females;” Dr. Mike Leiker and Dr. Mike Carper.
Samantha Meneely; Shawnee, Kan.; Biology; “Changes in Phosphorylation for Estrogen Receptor Alpha (ser 104/106, ser118, ser 167) in Lupus Patients;” Dr. Virginia Rider.
Amrutha Varsha Tamanam; Kothagudem, India; Engineering Technology; “Development of an FPGA-based Adaptable Peak Current-mode Control;” Dr. Erik Mayor.
Paige S. Boydston; Pittsburg, Kan.; Psychology and Counseling; “Effect of Perceptions of Autism on Participation in Parent Training;” Dr. Sean Lauderdale.
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