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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, Student Researcher, STEM, Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities | 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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Research Festival T-Shirt Design Contest – $50 Prize

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Announcement, Activities, Conferences | Comments Off on Research Festival T-Shirt Design Contest – $50 Prize

The Student Panel on Undergraduate Research (SPUR) is soliciting an original design to print on the Research Festival t-shirt to be sold at the 2016 Undergraduate Research Festival. Profits from the t-shirt sales will go toward funding student travel to external conferences. If your design is chosen by SPUR you will receive a prize of $50 and, of course, a free t-shirt. You must be an ACU undergraduate student to participate.

We suggest that the design represent more than one area of research. You may if you wish incorporate the Undergraduate Research Crest on the t-shirt. Please email uresearch@acu.edu if you would like copy of the crest.

The design must include the elements:
1. The text “ACU Undergraduate Research Festival”
2. The current year, 2016
3. One color for the printed design

You retain ownership, but grant the ACU Office of Undergraduate Research rights to use your art. Please submit your design electronically to the Office of Undergraduate Research at uresearch@acu.edu. The office may also be contacted with questions regarding designs and this contest, in general. Submissions are due by 5 PM Friday, February 5. We look forward to seeing your work! 

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ACU Undergraduate Researchers Presented at a Variety of Conferences this Fall

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Student Researcher, Feature, STEM, Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities, Conferences | Comments Off on ACU Undergraduate Researchers Presented at a Variety of Conferences this Fall

ACU undergraduate researchers have been traveling to conferences this fall.

Ryan Wilson traveled with Dr. Darby Hewitt of the Department of Engineering and Physics to present his work at the Frontiers in Optics/ Laser Science Conference.

Hannah Lowry, Kristen McNally, Austin Lemmons, and Jake Hall presented at the 2015 CSOTTE Conference: Emerging Scholars Track.

Hannah Choquette and Dr. Stephen Baldridge presented at the North American Christians in Social Work Conference in Grand Rapids, MI.

Bre Heinrich, Kennedy Morrison and Dr. Stephen Baldridge presented at the Lubbock Christian University Healthy Families Conference.

Tyler Salter presented from his McNair Scholars research at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Several faculty and students from the Department of Engineering and Physics attended and presented at the 2015 Fall Meeting of the American Physics Society of Nuclear Physics in Santa Fe, NM. Rueben Byrd, Hannah Hamilton, Cecily Towell, Paul Carstens, Lauren Slensky, and Zhaojia Xi all received scholarships to present their work at the conference.

Fourteen McNair scholars presented at McNair Conferences at the University of New Mexico or the University of Wisconsin. Read about the conference at UNM on the McNair blog.

Twenty seven students traveled to the Texoma Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference to compete in Oklahoma City with Dr. Rick Piersall and Dr. Julie Pruett. Among the students were Megan Lewis, Mikalia Bradberry, Jasmine Washington, Teonna Murphy, Kendall Stubblefield, Kristen Gillis, and Keely Smith.

Caitlin Norquist sang the role of Casilda at the Utah Vocal Arts Academy/Utah Lyric Opera festival.

 

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Recent ACU Undergraduate Publications

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Announcement, Student Researcher, STEM, Social Sciences, Journal Articles | Comments Off on Recent ACU Undergraduate Publications

“Assessment for the Masses: A Historical Critique of High-Stakes Testing in Reading” – Elizabeth Rockwell (With lead author, Dr. Andrew Huddleston) Texas Journal of Literacy Education (Summer 2015)

“Di- and tetraosmium carbonyl complexes with dicarboxylato ligands serving as intramolecular rings and intermolecular bridges” A. G. Fikes, N. Gwini, S. H. Yoon, V. N. Nesterov, and G. L. Powell, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry.

“Blogging Ferguson in Black and White” The Journal of New Media and Culture. Doug Mendenhall and 47 undergraduate that were enrolled in Media Issues, the introductory course within the ACU Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. The students were supervised by Jessica Clark.

Nine articles published with ACU undergraduates published by faculty and students from the Nuclear Physics Group in Physical Review C and D in the last year. Current and former undergraduates include A. T. Basye, K. Gainey,  K. R. Andrews, T. Jones, A. J. Miller, R. Pinson, D. Thomas, M. Towell, R. Towell, R. M. Wright, D. S. Jumper,  R. M. Wright, K. Gainey, N. A. Sparks, and J. P. Wood.

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Undergraduate Research Dinner Fall 2015

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Activities, Feature | Comments Off on Undergraduate Research Dinner Fall 2015

2015 Undergraduate Researcher of the Year finalists: Marc Gutierrez, Bre Heinrich, and Soo Hun Yoon. (Not pictured Caleb Orr, Kristen Clemons, and Hannah Hamilton)

2015 Undergraduate Researcher of the Year finalists: Marc Gutierrez, Bre Heinrich, and Soo Hun Yoon. (Not pictured Caleb Orr, Kristen Clemons, and Hannah Hamilton)

Thursday, October 30, ACU undergraduate researchers and their mentors got together to celebrate research done by ACU students in the past year. Dr. Richard Beck and student Marc Gutierrez talked about the importance they saw in undergraduate research.

Undergraduate Researcher of the Year Finalists and Winners were announced in two categories: STEM and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The finalists in STEM were Hannah Hamilton (Engineering and Physics), Kristen Clemons (Biology) and Soo Hun Yoon (Chemistry and Biochemistry). Soo Hun Yoon was named 2015 STEM Undergraduate Researcher of the Year.

The finalists in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences were Caleb Orr (Communication and Sociology and Political Science), Bre Heinrich (Social Work), and Marc Gutierrez (Music).  Caleb Orr was named the 2015 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Researcher of the Year.

The mentors for these students in order as listed above were Dr. Rusty Towell, Dr. Jennifer Huddleston, Dr. Greg Powell, Dr. Suzie Macaluso, Dr. Stephen Baldridge and Dr. Rick Piersall.

 










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Mackenzie Sanderson- Political Science

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Student Researcher, Social Sciences | Comments Off on Mackenzie Sanderson- Political Science

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Name: Mackenzie Sanderson

Major: Political Science

Classification: Sophomore

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Mentor: Carmen Price

Why I’m interested in research: As a Political Science major, I enjoy studying the leaders, governments, and people of the world around me. I am specifically interested in international relations and comparative politics. I love to learn about how and why countries and cultures function differently, especially as a result of past history and tradition influencing modern life.

 

 

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