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2016 Outstanding Presentation Winners

by   |  04.11.16  |  Uncategorized

Outstanding Poster Presentation in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Gender and Double Standards in Easy A

Kimberly Martinez

Public Perception of SNAP Benefits: Implications for Policy and Practice

Chelsea Fordham

Engagement and Productivity in Gendered and Non-Gendered Toys in Girls Ages 8-11

Claire Tyrrell & Bree Foster

Outstanding Poster Presentation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Antibiotic Resistance and Biosynthetic Potential of Microbes Isolated from Sorcerer’s Cave, Texas

Jeffrey Wooliscroft

The Role of Histone Deacetylase 3 in Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma

Tina Johnson

The Role of Chronology in Analyzing Introductory Programming Assignments

            Kayla Holcomb

Outstanding Oral Presentation in the Arts and Humanities

Elders in Black and White: J.S. Winston and the Impact of Institutional Racism on Church Leadership

Ian Nickerson

Clash of Civilizations: Fact or Myth?

Kendra Oregon

Morality and the Horror Film: Towards a Greater Understanding of the Problem of Evil

James Churchill

Outstanding Oral Presentation in the Social Sciences

Moral Foundations of Presidential Primaries: An Analysis of Partisan Campaign Language

Courtney Tee, Barrett Corey, & Wesley Robbins

Australian Aborigines

Deanna Tuttle

Community-based Social Work in Haiti: Reunifying Homeless Families

Brie Heinrich

Outstanding Oral Presentation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Osmium-Containing Chemotherapeutic Drugs

David Marolf

Elucidating the Mechanism of Cadaverine in the Nitrosative Stress Response of Uropathogenic Escherichia coli

Kristen Clemons

Relationships between small mammal assemblages and land management in the southeastern Rolling Plains

Catherine Longest, Jamie Thompson, Daisy Gomez, Leneka Hagins, Nathan Neill, Reece   Wells, & James Nix

Check Out Some Photos from the 2015 Research Festival

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2015 Research Festival Program

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2015 Research Festival Program

Photos from the 2014 Undergraduate Research Festival

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Outstanding Presentation Award Winners 2014

by   |  04.01.14  |  Prizes

Outstanding Oral Presentation in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Synthesis of an Osmium-Organic Framework

Audrey Fikes

Mentor: Greg Powell

Exploring the Proton’s Spin at PHENIX

Andrew Miller

Mentor: Rusty Towell

Investigation of Transient Interactions between Mevalonate Pathway Enzymes in E. faecalis using FRET Spectroscopy

Maxwell Moore

Mentor: Autumn Sutherlin


Outstanding Oral Presentation in the Social Sciences

By the People, For the People?: The Effect of Area Median Income on Political Connectedness

            Caleb Orr and Alex Gabriele

Mentor: Suzie Macaluso

Can There Be Too Much Choice? Empirical Explorations of Theoretical Predictions

            Levi Ritchie

Mentor: Ryan Jessup

Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Feminist Literature

            Brandy Rains

Mentor: Jeanine Varner


Outstanding Oral Presentation in the Arts and Humanities

Exploring the “Strong Female Character”: An Analysis of Audience Attitudes Towards Gender On-Screen

Toni Maisano

Mentor: Lynette Sharp Penyz


Equality in Ephesians Household Codes

            Darren Hughes

Mentor: Trevor Thompson

Social Subversion and Shakespearian Drag

            Erik Ringle

Mentor: Joe Stephenson


Outstanding Poster Presentation in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Texas Children’s Hospital Design As Therapy

Kaitlin Pegoda

Mentor: Lauren Lemley

The relationship between gendered toys and stereotype threat in girls

Caitlyn Spain

Mentor: Jennifer Shewmaker


Outstanding Poster Presentation in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Microwave Synthesis of Osmium (I) Acetylene Complexes

Erin Fry

Mentor: Cynthia Powell

End Group Functionalization of Di-block Polymers Used in Making pH-Activatable Nanoprobes

Nigel Gwini

Mentor: Greg Powell

The tapY1 Gene and Natural Transformation in Aeromonas

Christina Lee

Mentor: Jennifer Huddleston

Eligibility for Undergraduate Research Festival


by   |  12.30.13  |  FAQs

1. Applicants must be current undergraduates enrolled in a college or university or are a recent (December 2013) graduates. Only current undergraduates may compete for prizes.

2. Presentations must feature undergraduate research carried out during April 2013-April 2014. If students are participants in a multi-year project, their presentations should focus on their own contributions to the project during that time frame. As you write your proposal, consult your department head and the person who mentored you in your research. They will be asked to validate your proposal after it is received.

3. If your research is collaborative, you and your teammates will submit one joint proposal for the project. Students are limited to two proposals, namely one for a paper presentation and one for a poster presentation. Each proposal must be on a different topic. Being included in a group presentation counts as one of the proposals, whether or not the student is the lead presenter.


2013 Outstanding Presentation Winners

by   |  04.05.13  |  Uncategorized

Fourteen awards were given in 5 categories.

Outstanding Poster Presentation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Blaine Smith, Senior Biology major – “Klotho protects lung epithelial cells against oxidant DNA damage”

Ben Cobb, Freshmen Biology major – “Chemotherapy’s Major Flaw: Revealing Stress’ and Dexamethasone’s Counter-Productivity in Chemotherapy”

Zack Morgan, Senior Biology Major – “Establishing recA as a Gene Involved in Natural Transformation among Aeromonads”

 Outstanding Poster Presentation in Social Science, Arts and Humanities

Stephanie Fink, Senior Art major – “Lagniappe: an unexpected gift”

Elizabeth Ellery, Senior Psychology major – “Social Modeling in Media from Aardvarks to Zombies:  A comparison of prosocial and aggressive themes in  Mattel’s Monster High and Public Broadcasting System’s Arthur”

 Outstanding Oral Presentation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Andrew Miller, Senior Physics major – “PyCBC: A Toolkit for Advanced-Detector Era Gravitational Wave Data Analysis”

Adam Simpson, Senior Physics and Mathematics major – “Imaging sound to measure thermal contact between AlN and Si”

David Reynolds, Senior Mathematics major – “Bridges on a Tile Floor”

 Outstanding Oral Presentation in Social Science

Kholo Theledi, Junior Family Studies and Gerentology major – “Analysis of Political Inequality”

Dylan Brugman, Senior Political Science and Sociology major – “Examining Gender Relations in the Book of Twilight.”

Kaitlyn Howell, Senior Education major, and Ellen Smith, Senior English – Teaching major – “The role of reading response in two elementary classrooms: A comparative case study”

 Outstanding Oral Presentation in Arts and Humanities

Rebekah Horton, Senior English and Marketing major – ‘Epiphanies as a Structure in “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’”

Heather Kregel, Senior English major – “Physicians in the Literature of Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson: Portraying the Icons of Changing Times”

Toni Maisano, Junior Communicaion major – “More Than Just a Piece in Their Games: A Rhetorical Analysis of Identification in ‘The Hunger Games’”


by   |  02.19.13  |  General Announcements, Prizes

There are two categories of prizes.

The first are Outstanding Presentation Awards in the categories of

  • Arts and Humanities Oral Presentation
  • Social Science Oral Presentation
  • STEM Oral Presentation
  • Arts, Humanities or Social Science Poster Presentation
  • STEM Poster Presentation

Each of these awards are accompanied by a $100 prize.

The second category of prizes are door prizes drawn at random for any presenter who achieved all 3’s and above on their presentation. You must be present at the dinner to win a door prize.

Poster Tips and Tricks


by   |  02.18.13  |  Conference Tips, Poster Presenations

You can print your poster at several professional copy centers in town. One good option is through CopyCat in the library.

1. Size – Your poster should be 32″ high by 40″ wide.  At the poster session, the posters will be fixed to a mounting board that is 32″ X 40″ using  binder clips.  Posters larger than this size may be creased in the process.

2. Editing – Be sure an edit your poster. Be sure and have someone else edit your poster.

3. References  – Don’t forget your references.

4. Double check the color – Make sure that the colors you are using work together and are readable. You might print your poster out on a single piece of paper on a color printer. When you print select “Scale to Fit.” Printer colors often look slightly different than screen colors, so you want to double check.

5. Use Powerpoint or Photoshop – If you would like your poster printed for free, use PowerPoint or Photoshop. If you use PowerPoint use the Poster Template for URF and save the file as .ppt. If you use Photoshop save the file as .pdf.

6.  Check out these winning posters from last year.

Oral Presentation Tips and Tricks

by   |  02.18.13  |  Conference Tips, Oral Presentations

Oral presentations should 12 minutes long with 2 minutes for questions. In order to keep the room on schedule, hosts will stop the speaker after 14 minutes.

A computer with PowerPoint and a projector will be available for all oral presentations.  For the sake of efficiency on the day of the conference, the PowerPoint presentations should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Research by 5 PM  on Friday, March 28.

The ACU Speaking Center is available to help presenters prepare their talks and their slides. You can schedule an appointment on the Speaking Center Blog.


1. Practice your talk. It is best to practice with your mentor listening, they will be the best at catching the detailed issues. Practice in front of your roommates, friends, and/or significant other. They will be able to tell you what doesn’t make sense to a non-expert. The more you practice, the more relaxed you will be the day of the Research Festival.

2. Proofread your slides. You don’t want to be up in front of people when you realize that there is a mistake on one of your slides. Have your mentor or a friend read them too.

3. Make sure your slides are readable. Remember that projectors usually aren’t as bright as computer screens. Small fonts and low contrasting colors make it hard for your audience to read the slides. It is better to use boring readable colors than cool unreadable colors.

4. Avoid wordy slides. Try to only put key words, key phrases, and/ or images on your slides. Make your slides, practice your talk, then delete half or more of the words on your slides. It is boring to read along during a talk.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice. It is worth saying again.