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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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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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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 Social Sciences, Student Researcher | 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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