Office of Undergraduate Research
Pages Navigation Menu

Supporting Undergraduate Research at Abilene Christian University since 2009

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.

 

Read More

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.

Read More

Summer Research Round Up 2015

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Activities, Arts, Feature, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM, Student Researcher, Summer Research Opportunities | Comments Off on Summer Research Round Up 2015

ACU Undergraduate Researchers were busy this summer working on a variety of projects. Over 50 students from more than 15 departments have participated in research this summer. Seventeen students participated in research through the McNair Scholars program. Other students and faculty were supported by Pursuit Research Grants and Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Stipend Grants.

Here are some of the things we know about (let us know what we are missing):

McNair Scholars: The McNair Scholars Program had a successful Summer Research Internship! 17 students with 12 different majors did research with 15 mentors. They will be presenting their work at national McNair conferences in the coming months.

Biology: In Dr. Jennifer Huddleston’s lab, Jeffrey Wooliscroft worked on determining levels of antibiotic resistance in bacteria isolated from cave samples. Jamie Thompson, Isabel Laiseca-Ruiz and Kristen Brehm worked with Dr. Rebecca Hunter in trying to determine if local queen and monarch butterflies were infected with two common bacterial parasites that are known to adversely affect butterflies in a number of ways. Kyle Stainsby, Savannah Vincent, Wipawee Songsang, and Dr. Qiang Xu studied the house-keeping genes in the Horn Fly.

Chemistry and Biochemistry: Eight students and 3 faculty members participated in on-going research projects in biochemistry and organometallic synthesis. Projects included studying modified yeast, Synthesis and X-ray Crystal Structure of Asymmetrical Diosmium Sawhorse Complexes, and Synthesis and Structural Characterization of New Trinuclear and Hexanuclear Osmium Carbonyl Cluster Complexes.

Engineering and Physics: This summer the Nuclear Physics Research Group worked with 8 ACU students.  Four students worked on FNAL E906/SeaQuest at Fermilab with Dr. Donald Isenhower, Dr. Michael Daugherity, and Shon Watson.  Four other students worked on PHENIX and sPHENIX with Dr. Rusty Towel at Brookhaven National Lab.

Dr. Darby Hewitt worked with Ryan Wilson, Sydney Shelstead, and Candace Brooks. Candace worked on computer-controlling a 1960s-era monochromator, and Ryan and Sydney investigated fluorescence properties of Thallium-doped CsI under 405nm laser excitation. Megan Cromis worked with Dr. Tim Kennedy on a project that looked at the Ability of the BioSand Filter to remove Organic and Inorganic contaminants from water. Students worked with Dr. Matthew Steele on developing and constructing an operational lab scale anaerobic sequencing batch reactor.

Teacher Education: Hannah Lowry, Cathy Ford and Dr. Andrew Huddleston worked to understand how first year teachers make decisions about the reading assessment and instructional practices they use in their classrooms.

Theatre: Will McInerney and Dr. Adam Hester workshopped an original musical “After Zoey” in New York City. Will helped created and performed a new character “The Boyfriends” in this work written by Dr. Hester.

Check out pictures of Summer Researchers (that were shared with us.)

 

Read More

Fall 2015 Travel Grants Due Soon!

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Faculty Mentor | Comments Off on Fall 2015 Travel Grants Due Soon!

The deadline for Travel Grants from Pursuit and the Office of Undergraduate Research is January 20 at 5 PM.

Pursuit Travel Funds are available for student travel with a faculty member to a conference to present and showcase scholarship. Funding has a maximum of $2,000 ($1,000 for the faculty mentor and $1,000 for the student researcher(s)). To apply for Pursuit Travel Funds go to the Pursuit Travel Grant Application. For more information visit blogs.acu.edu/qep.
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) funds up to $500 for student travel to a conference to present and showcase scholarship. To apply for OUR Travel Funds go to the OUR Travel Grant Application. For more information go to the grants tab and then choose travel grants.

– See more at: https://blogs.acu.edu/undergradresearch/2015/01/12/travel-and-internal-grant-deadlines-are-coming-soon/#sthash.v9rEh7GH.dpuf

Read More

Social Science External Summer Research Opportunities Jan 2015

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Student Researcher, Summer Research Opportunities | Comments Off on Social Science External Summer Research Opportunities Jan 2015

The MCHC/RISE-UP Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health training to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity. Students can participate in this program in three areas: 1. Clinical/Community, 2. Community Enhancement/ Engagement and 3. Research.

The Smithsonian has a variety of opportunities application is due March 1 (although some places say March 2 since March 1 is a Sunday.) Currently there are opportunities in the following areas:

American Food History Internship
Archives Center
Assoc Director, Management & Museum Services
Blogging Editorial Assistant
Collections Management
Conservation – Costume
Conservation – Object
Conservation – Paper
Conservation – Textile
Curatorial – Armed Forces History
Curatorial – Culture & the Arts
Curatorial – Home, Community & Life
Curatorial – Medicine & Science
Curatorial – Numismatics (Currency) Collection
Curatorial – Political History
Curatorial – Work & Industry
Daily Programs
Development (Fundraising)
Director’s Office Intern
Exhibition Design
Graphic Production
Historic Theatre Intern
Music – Jazz Appreciation Month
Music – Jazz Researchers
Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO)
Office of Programs and Strategic Initiatives (OPSI)
Program in African American Culture
Program in Latino History and Culture
Public Affairs
Spark!Lab Interns
Special Events
Technology Services – Information Technology
Web Design Assistant

*These are all non-paid internships
**In order to see more information about these opportunities you can go to:
NMAH Internship Overviewhttp://americanhistory.si.edu/getinvolved/internship
NMAH Department – roles of each department –http://americanhistory.si.edu/about/departments

 

Read More