Susan Campbell
Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity office assistant, 308.865.8894.

UNK- Winning students and their faculty mentors were recently announced for
the 12th annual University of Nebraska at Kearney Student Research Day,
which featured poster sessions and oral presentations by nearly 100

Outstanding faculty mentors were also named from each of the colleges, and
four graduate students received UNK Thesis Awards.

“The UNK Student Research Day is an annual celebration of a wide range of
research and other scholarly projects that UNK students do,” said Dr. John
Falconer, UNK Sponsored Programs director.

Award recipients are listed below by categories:

Undergraduate Awards:

College of Fine Arts & Humanities

First place
Kearney- Travis Schott. A Content Analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian
Conflict.” Dr. Carol Lomicky, communication.

Behavioral & Social Science

First place
McCook- Charles Sepers. “Parental Influence on Child Weight Loss: Initial
Three-Week Results from a 12-week Pediatric Intervention.” Dr. Todd Bartee,
health, physical education and recreation.

Second place
Coleridge- Christyne Leapley, Coleridge; Stephanie Cunningham, South Bend;
John McCrory, Amherst; and Nick Volpe, Kearney. “GIScience and Elementary
School Planning: Incorporating Spatial Analysis Tools in the Decision
Process.” Dr. Paul Burger, geography.

Third place
Omaha- Jacob McGlade. “A Geographic Analysis of eBay’s Antique Sales in the
United States.” Dr. H. Jason Combs, geography.

Natural & Physical Sciences

First place
Miller- Roxanna Fees. “Epizoochory in Cattle: Different Rates Between Cows
and Calves and Implications for Plant Dispersal.” Dr. Keith Geluso,

Second place
Ravenna- Britni Hervert. “Cu-Gd Complexes for use as Potential PET/MR
Imaging Agents.” Dr. Cheri Barta, chemistry.

Third place
Clay Center- Anna Barber. “Genetic response of soybeans to soybean aphids
at advanced damage time points.” Dr. Paul Twigg, biology.

Professional/Applied Sciences – Education

First Place
Gering- Bradley Peters. “The effect of temperature on elementary recess
time.” Dr. Erin Holt, health, physical education and recreation.

Graduate Studies & Research

First Place
Wausau- Tim Feit. “Interference Potential of Personal Lubricants and
Vaginal Medication on Thinprep Pap Test.” Dr. Debra Mowry, biology.

Second place (tie)
Duluth – Sue Finstick. “Genetic Analysis of Thermophilic Microorganisms
Collected From Thermo Hot Springs, Beaver County, Utah.” Dr. Julie Shaffer,

Second place (tie)
Oswego- Meghan Ruebel. “Outcomes of a 12-week Family Based Pediatric
Obesity Program: Preliminary Findings.” Dr. Kate Heelan, health, physical
education and recreation.

Oral Presentation

First Place Undergraduate
Kenesaw- Lacey Mack. “The Matrimonial Politics of King Henry VII.” Dr.
Roger Davis, history.

First Place Graduate Studies
Kearney- Andrew Hermes. “Final Resolution: The Soviet Invasion of
Afghanistan.” Dr. Carol Lilly, history.

Faculty Mentor Awards

College of Business and Technology – Dr. Steven Hall, accounting
and finance.
Fine Arts and Humanities – Dr. Darleen Mitchell, music.
College of Education – Dr. Greg Brown, health, physical education
and recreation.
Natural and Social Sciences – Dr. Krista Forrest, psychology.
Graduate Studies – Dr. Kim Carlson, biology.

UNK Thesis Award recipients and their advisers:

Cambridge- Ross Huxoll. Dr. Mark Ellis, history.
Kearney- Doreen Pfost. Dr. Barbara Emrys, English.
Kearney- Fiona Denge. Dr. Brad Ericson, biology.
Omaha- Megan Costello. Dr. Kate Heelan, health, physical education and