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KU, KUMC students to present work at Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

Friday, February 12, 2016

LAWRENCE — Undergraduate researchers from the Lawrence and Medical Center campuses will present their research projects Feb. 18 at the Kansas Capitol for the Kansas Undergraduate Research Day.

KU and KUMC undergraduate students will join their peers from other Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) public four-year universities in Topeka from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the first-floor rotunda of the state Capitol. Students will give brief poster presentations to students, faculty, KBOR members, state lawmakers and members of the public from across the state of Kansas. The event is intended to raise awareness of the research being conducted by undergraduate students at state universities.

Additionally, this event highlights the importance of these transformational educational opportunities available to students at these institutions.

“Undergraduate research is a proud tradition here at KU that we know has a strong impact on students’ educational engagement and future academic and professional outcomes,” said John Augusto, director, Center for Undergraduate Research.

The presenters are listed below by name, year of study, major, hometown, mentor and title of research project.

From KU Lawrence

Sydney Bolin, senior in biology; Wichita; mentored by James Thorp, ecology & evolutionary biology; “Microplastic Ingestion in Aquatic Invertebrates, A Method for Detection.”

Jacob Chamberlin, senior in psychology; Wichita; mentored by Mary Fry, health, sport, and exercise sciences; “High School Athletes’ Perceptions of the Motivational Climate in Their Off-Season Training Programs.”

Nicole Humphrey, senior in political science and public administration; Lawrence; mentored by Shannon Portillo, public affairs & administration; “Who and What Matters: Conceptions of Social Equity from Chief Administrative Officers.”

Annie Lynn, senior in chemical engineering; Overland Park; mentored by Liang Tang, molecular biosciences; “Engineering Capsomers of Hepatitis C Virus for Vaccine Development via Fusion to the Shigella Bacteriophage Sf6 Capsid Protein.”

Eileen Vander Velden, senior in speech-language-hearing: sciences and disorders; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; mentored by Kostas Kokkinakis, speech-language-hearing: sciences and disorders; “Better Ear for Better Speech Understanding in Noise.”

From KU Medical Center

Diana Arroyo & Kelsey Davis, seniors majoring in health information management; Emporia and Topeka; mentored by Murad Moqbel, School of Health Professions: health information management; “Factors Affecting the Intent to Vaccinate Children.”

San Long Chan & Danielle Governale, seniors in respiratory care; Lawrence and Prairie Village; mentored by Dave Burnett, School of Health Professions, Department of Respiratory Care; “Exercise Induced Bronchoconstriction in College Student-Athletes.”

Alejandra Maldonado, senior majoring in nursing; Lenexa; mentored by Sharon Kumm and Karen Tarnow, School of Nursing; “Auscultating Through a Patient Gown.”

Julie Schiller, senior majoring in nursing; Leavenworth; mentored by Kelly Bosak, School of Nursing; “Testing Text Messages to Deliver an Exercise Intervention in Midlife Adults.”


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