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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.

Fall 2016 SPUR Travel Grant Awardees

  • Mikalia Bradberry (Music) National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • Sonia Cyuzuzo (Engineering and Physics) PhysCon
  • Clint Taylor (Engineering and Physics) WASH Summit
  • Cecily Towell (Engineering and Physics) PhysCon
  • Megan Cromis (Engineering and Physics) PhysCon
  • Chelsea Fordham (Social Work) North American Christians in Social Work Annual Convention
  • Lauren Selensky (Engineering and Physics) PhysCon
  • Zhaojia Xi (Engineering and Physics) 2016 Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics
  • Courtney Tee (Communication and Sociology) Association for the Sociology of Religion

Spring 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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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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Recent ACU Undergraduate Publications

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Announcement, Journal Articles, Social Sciences, STEM, Student Researcher | 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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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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Tina Johnson- Biology

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in STEM, Student Researcher | Comments Off on Tina Johnson- Biology

 

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Name: Tina Johnson

Major: Biology

Classification: Senior

Hometown: Fairfax, Virgina

Mentor: Dr. Josh Brokaw

Why I’m interested in research:I do research because I enjoy learning about things in great depth–truly exploring the ins and outs of something. Research also gives me perspective on life. It allows me to accept my mistakes and failures and keep moving forward. Basically, research is 25% ideas and 75% perseverance.

What I study: During my time at ACU, I have worked with Dr. Josh Brokaw studying the evolutionary and molecular biology of a plant species known as Mentzelia monoensis. Outside of ACU, I have had the privilege of studying apoptotic stress in the endoplasmic reticulum at Pepperdine University and the epigenetics of Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma at the Mayo Clinic.

Conferences Attended:

  • NCUR 2015
  • Alpha Chi National Convention 2014-2015
  • ACU Undergraduate Research Festival 2013-5
  • American Society of Cell Biology 2015
  • MBB Undergraduate Research Symposium (UTHSCSA) 2015
  • Meeting for the Society for Integrated and Comparative Biology, 2014
  • The Evolution Conference, 2013

Awards:

  • ACU Undergraduate Researcher of the Year—Office of Undergraduate Research 2014
  • 2nd Place Poster Presentation— UT Health Science Center 2014
  • MBB Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • ACU Biology Researcher of the Year—Department of Biology, 2014
  • The Blake and Trish Janutolo Prize in Organismal and Ecological Biology—2014
  • Alpha Chi National Convention

Publications: 

“Edaphic Specialization in the cryptic species Mentzelia monoensis (loasaceae).” Madroño, April 2015

 

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Andy Wiggins- Sociology

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Social Sciences, Student Researcher, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Andy Wiggins- Sociology

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Name: Andy Wiggins

Major: Sociology

Classification: Junior

Hometown: Princeton, TX

Mentor: Suzie Macaluso/Krista Masci

Why I’m interested in research:I do research because I am always asking questions about the world around me. I really enjoy being able to ask a question, investigate that question, and write about my findings. Research gives me a sense of satisfaction and helps me to continue to think critically about the society I live in.

What I Study:In the past year, I have been interested in researching biracial identity salience. I want to know what external factors affect the way a person is able to combine two different cultures into one cohesive sense of self, and if these factors change over time.

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