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Undergradaute Research Mentors of the Year

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Faculty Mentor | Comments Off on Undergradaute Research Mentors of the Year

These professors are nominated and chosen by ACU students for their exemplary work as mentors to undergraduate researchers. The winners are announced each year at the Undergraduate Research Festival.

2015-2016 Mentor of the Year Winners:

  • Dr.  Michael Daugherity, Department of Engineering and Physics
  • Dr. Christopher Hutson, Department of Bible, Missions, & Ministry
  • Dr. Anita Broxson, School of Nursing

2014-2015 Mentor of the Year Winners:

  • Dr. Josh Brokaw, Department of Biology
  • Dr. Richard Beck, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Ron Morgan, Department of History & Global Studies

2013-2014 Mentor of the Year Winners:

  • Dr. Suzie Macaluso, Department of Communication & Sociology
  • Dr. Greg Powell, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Dr. Mikee Deloney, Department of Language & Literature

2012-2013 Mentor of the Year Winners:

  • Dr. Brian Cavitt, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Dr. Lauren Lemley, Department of Communication & Sociology
  • Dr. Stephen Baldridge, School of Social Work
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2015-2016 Undergraduate Research Mentors of the Year

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Faculty Mentor, Feature | Comments Off on 2015-2016 Undergraduate Research Mentors of the Year

Each year, 3 professors involved in research are chosen by ACU students to receive the Mentor of the Year Award.

This year the winners were Dr. Michael Daugherity, Dr. Christopher Hutson, and Dr. Anita Broxson.

  • Dr.  Michael Daugherity, Department of Physics
    • This mentor was nominated by his students for his enthusiasm and devotion to research and the students that he works with. His extraordinary teaching as well as his character inspires students to pursue their interests and passions. He is experienced in his field of study and relates information effectively and efficiently, helping to develop student interest in research. Dr. Daugherity has helped his students shape and form projects that have expanded their knowledge and intellect. One student said that this professor is someone that they admire and will never forget. 
  • Dr. Christopher Hutson, Department of Bible, Missions, & Ministry
    • This mentor was nominated by his students because he is an unwavering source of support and encouragement for his students’ research endeavors. His encouragement has given students the confidence to continue their projects with renewed motivation and persistence. He is excellent at communicating with his students through every stage of the research process and takes a personal interest in their work. One student said this professor has given him confidence to stay motivated throughout the research process because he has learned it can produce magnificent results. 
  • Dr. Anita Broxson, School of Nursing
    • This mentor was nominated by her students for her contagious passion and enthusiasm for research. She helps her students discover their own passion for research and encourages them to think critically and view things from different perspectives. She takes a personal interest in her students and helps them discover and develop their talents with patience and understanding. She inspires a spirit of integrity in everything as she encourages her student to seek Christ in every aspect of their work. Her role as a mentor goes far beyond her research projects. She cares not only about her students’ education but their mental and spiritual well being as well. 

Congratulations to these professors for their exemplary role as mentors!

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Spring Conferences 2016

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Conferences, Feature | Comments Off on Spring Conferences 2016

ACU students have been traveling all over the United States presenting their research. Some of the conferences include:

American Chemical Society National Conference, Alpha Chi National Convention, Eastern Communication Association Conference, Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium, National Association of Social Work Baccalaureate Program Directors Annual Conference, National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, Texas Academy of Science.

We are so proud of all of these students, but some items of note include:

The School of Social Work taking 31 students to their conference.

At the Alpha Chi National Conference, Kristen Brehm won 1st place for her presentation in the chemistry division. Jeffrey Wooliscroft won a regional Alpha Chi scholarship, and Tina Johnson and Hailey Yamada both received chapter scholarships.

Jamie Thompson and James Nix placed 2nd overall among over 75 undergraduate posters at the Texas Academy of Science meeting.

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2016 ACU Undergraduate Research Festival

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Activities, Conferences, Feature | Comments Off on 2016 ACU Undergraduate Research Festival

The ACU Undergraduate Research Festival is an annual conference at which ACU undergraduate students present research they have done in the last year. The 8th Research Festival was April 5, 2016. Read more about the Festival and award winners at

blogs.acu.edu/researchfest

The 9th Research Festival will be April 4, 2017.

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SPUR Travel Grants

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Activities, Grants, Student Researcher | Comments Off on SPUR Travel Grants

With the financial support of the Student Association, the Student Panel on Undergraduate Research awards travel grants to undergraduate researchers. These awards help students travel to professional conferences to present their work.  The awards are awarded based on a rubric.

2016 SPUR Travel Grant Awardees

  • Kristen Brehm (Chemistry and Biochemistry) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Andrew Brown (International Studies) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Luke Cooksey (Biochemistry) Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Symposium
  • Megan Cromis (Engineering) National Conference on Undergraduate Research
  • Angela Fogle (Bible, Missions, and Ministry) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Chelsea Fordham (Social Work) National Association of Social Work Baccalaureate Program Directors Annual Conference
  • Mackenzie Harrington (Communication and Sociology) Eastern Communication Association Conference
  • Bre Heinrich (Social Work) National Association of Social Work Baccalaureate Program Directors Annual Conference
  • Savannah Hipes (Psychology) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Tina Johnson (Biology) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Kimberly Martinez (Communication and Sociology) Eastern Communication Association Conference
  • Chelsea Peer (History) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Kathryn Preston (Biology) Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Symposium
  • Rachael Schaad (Bible and Ministry) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Amanda Stephens (Accounting) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Julia Taylor (Biochemistry) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Jaime Thompson (Biology) Texas Academy of Sciences
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Dr. Stephen Baldridge – School of Social Work

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Faculty Mentor, Feature, Social Sciences | Comments Off on Dr. Stephen Baldridge – School of Social Work

Kaitlin Pegoda and Dr. Stephen Baldridge

Kaitlin Pegoda and Dr. Baldridge

Name: Dr. Stephen Baldridge

Department: School of Social Work

Research Interests:

Nutrition and food security
Childhood behavior
Learning pedagogy
Instructional technology

Why are you involved in undergraduate research?

I believe that involving students in undergrad research benefits them in several concrete ways. First of all, it gives them an advantage in graduate school. It also gives them something unique to include on a resume/application. I believe understanding the research process helps them to become lifelong learners and helps them think more critically or on a higher level.

Conferences Attended with Undergraduate Students:

  • NCUR
  • Counsel on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting
  • National Social Work Baccalaureate Program Director’s Annual Conference
  • North American Christians in Social Work’s Program Meeting
  • National Social Science Association Technology Conference
  • Western Social Science Annual Conference
  • Lubbock Christian University Healthy Families Conference

Papers:

  • Baldridge, S.N., Roberts, A., Reed, A., & Ellard, A.C. (2015). The use of mobility and social media to improve student involvement. Conference Proceedings: First International Conference on Advances in Higher Education.
  • Baldridge, S.N., McAdams, A., Reed, A., & Knettle, A. (2013). Mobile classrooms: Using mobile devices to enhance BSW education. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work. 18, 17-32.
  • Hamm, S., LeNea, B., Perkins, S., Saltsman, G., & Baldridge, S. (2013). A Mobile Pedagogy Approach for Transforming Learners and Faculty, in Berge, Z.L., & Muilenburg, L.Y. (Eds). Handbook for Mobile Learning. Routledge. Andover, United Kingdom.
  • Baldridge, S.N., Moran, A, & Herrington, W. (2011) Evaluation of the use of mobile technology in the social science classroom. National Social Sciences Technology Conference Proceedings.

Awards/Honors:

  • 2014: Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Division of Distance Learning (DDL) Distance Education Book Award. (contributed chapter in edited book) Hamm, S., LeNea, B., Perkins, S., Saltsman, G., & Baldridge, S. (2013). A Mobile Pedagogy Approach for Transforming Learners and Faculty, in Berge, Z.L., & Muilenburg, L.Y. (Eds). Handbook for Mobile Learning. Routledge. Andover, United Kingdom.
  • 2013: Article of the year: Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work Baldridge, S.N., McAdams, A., Reed, A., & Knettle, A. (2013). Mobile classrooms: Using mobile devices to enhance BSW education. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work. 18, 17-32.
  • 2013: ACU Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year
  • 2012: ACU Undergraduate Researcher of the Year (Alexandra Moran)
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Abstract Submission for the 2016 Research Festival is Open!

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Announcement, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM, Student Researcher | Comments Off on Abstract Submission for the 2016 Research Festival is Open!

Abstract submission for the 2016 ACU Undergraduate Research Festival is now open.

Undergraduate students who have performed research between April 2015 and April 2016 may submit their abstracts through the Abstract Submission form.  Abstract submission will close Jan 29.

For tips on abstract writing and to learn how the abstracts will be evaluated go to the Research Festival Blog at blogs.acu.edu/researchfest. For questions contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at uresearch@acu.edu.

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