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Spring Conference Travel

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Arts, Conferences, Feature, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM | Comments Off on Spring Conference Travel

This spring more than 30 ACU Undergraduate Researchers and 16 Faculty Mentors traveled to conferences across the country to present their research and creative works. These conferences include:

  • 4th Annual Cultural Inclusion Conference
  • Alpha Chi National Conference
  • American Advertising Awards & DSVC National Student Show and Conference
  • American Chemical Society National Conference
  • American Educational Research Association
  • College Band Directors National Association Conference
  • National Conference of Chemical Education
  • NYC Senior Showcase
  • South-Central Renaissance Conference
  • Southwestern Psychological Association
  • Texas Academy of Science Annual Meeting
  • Texas Branch American Society for Microbiology Spring Meeting
  • Texas Music Educators Association Conference
  • Texas Society of Mammalogists
  • Western Social Science Association Annual Conference

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Fall Conferences 2016

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Activities, Arts, Conferences, Feature, Grants, Social Sciences, STEM | Comments Off on Fall Conferences 2016

ACU undergraduate students and their mentors presented their work at conferences this fall across the US and in Canada. Conferences at which students presented include:

  • Texoma region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference
  • Quadrennial Physics Conference
  • North American Christians in Social Work Annual convention
  • Evolution 2016
  • University of New Mexico McNair Research Conference
  • 2016 Fall Meeting of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics
  • 2016 Developing Excellence Forum: WASH Summit
  • Literacy Research Association
  • National McNair Research Conference in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  • Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education
  • Optical Society of America Frontiers in Optics:The 100th OSA Annual Meeting and Exhibit/Laser Science XXXII
  • Association for the Sociology of Religion

 

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2016 Summer Research Round Up

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Arts, Feature, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM, Student Researcher | Comments Off on 2016 Summer Research Round Up

ACU students participated in a wide variety of research experiences at ACU and around the World.

Researching Across the World

David Marolf, senior chemistry major, did a chemistry research internship with a group in Mainz, Germany. While there he worked on making nanoparticles.

Seniors Maya Feller and Daisy Gomez traveled with Dr. Tom Lee, chair of the Biology Department, to Ecuador to study the ecology of Ecuador and try to study new species.

Physics senior Hannah Hamilton traveled with Dr. Josh Willis to Hannover, Germany to work at the Albert Einstein Institute for Gravitational Physics.

Researching Across the US

Senior Chemistry and Physics major James Johnstone participated in the Research Experience for Undergraduates internship in the Chemistry department at Texas A&M.

Five engineering and physics majors traveled with Drs. Michael Daugherity and Donald Isenhower to Chicago to work at the Fermilab.

Four engineering and phsyics majors traveled with Dr. Rusty Towell to New York to work at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Researching Across Campus

Seventeen student performed research as part of the McNair Scholars Program in departments all across campus. Read more about McNair Scholars on the McNair Scholar blog.

In the department of Music, Geoffrey Driggers and Cole Spears worked with Dr. Brandon Houghtalen on redesigning the music technology in the Williams Performing Arts Center.

Nine undergraduates worked with five faculty faculty members in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. They ended the summer with a mini-conference with research students from McMurry University.

While some of the department off doing research in Germany, New York, and Illinois. Other members of the department of Engineering and Physics, were working hard performing research back in Abilene. Five engineering and physics majors worked with three faculty members on projects from water purity to lasers.

In the biology department, besides Dr. Lee’s trip to Ecuador, three biology majors worked with two faculty members.

 

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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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ACU Undergraduate Researchers Presented at a Variety of Conferences this Fall

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Arts, Conferences, Feature, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM, Student Researcher | 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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