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

Monday, February 12, 2018

LAWRENCE — Student researchers from the University of Kansas and KU Medical Center will present projects this week as part of Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol.

Students will join their peers from other Kansas Board of Regents public four-year universities from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the first-floor rotunda of the Capitol building, Topeka. Students will give brief poster presentations to students, faculty, KBOR members, state lawmakers and members of the public. The event is intended to raise awareness of the research by undergraduate students at state universities.

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

"Many students on KU's campuses dedicate their time outside of class to pursuing a research project," said Nikki Perry, assistant director with the Center for Undergraduate Research. "I'm excited for these students to be able to share the results of their hard work."

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

From KU:

Connor Armstrong, senior in geology, from Lincoln, Nebraska, mentored by Chi Zhang, geology: “Near Surface Geophysical Monitoring of Organic Contaminants.”

Emily Casteen, junior in behavioral neuroscience from Topeka, mentored by Bruce Liese, psychology: “Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Kansas: It Begins with Professional Continuing Education for Health Care Professionals.”

Matthew Dunn, senior in history & European studies from Overland Park, mentored by Andrew Denning, history: “Re-Imagining the Community: Fostering a Belgian Identity Through the Clandestine Press During World War I.”

Alix Fisk, sophomore in applied behavioral science with a specialty in community health & development and public administration from Topeka, mentored by Vincent Francisco, applied behavioral science: “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Adult Health Outcomes.”

Shea O'Sullivan, senior in history and political science from Hutchinson, mentored by Jonathan Hagel, history: “‘Associated Women Sycophants’: Sorority Women and Changing Gender Roles at the University of Kansas, 1950s-1970s.”

From KU Medical Center

Abdulrahman Alsulaiman, Minahal Baig and Mohammed Bin Daeag, Overland Park, and Kikelomo Ojo, Lenexa, all seniors in respiratory therapy, mentored by Karen Schell, School of Health Professions: “Art Speaks.”

Rebecca Cates, senior in nursing from Roeland Park, mentored by Martha Baird and Carol Buller, School of Nursing: “Assessing the Mental Health of Refugees Relocated to the Kansas City, Kansas, Area Using the Refugee Health Screener-15 (RHS-15).”

Mary Katherine Kancel, senior in nursing from Leawood, mentored by Janet Pierce and Qiuhua Shen, School of Nursing: “Optimal Digital Capillary Puncture for Use in Point-of-Care Instrumentation.”

Ashley Sage, senior in nursing from Georgetown, Delaware, mentored by Heather Nelson-Brantley, School of Nursing: “Organizational Sources of Joy and Meaning in Work Among Nurses Working in Acute Care Hospitals.”

Megan Wagner, senior in nursing from Overland Park, mentored by Jill Peltzer, School of Nursing: “Acceptability and Use of Apps for Psychological Wellbeing among HIV-Infected African American Women.”


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