Student Research Symposium 1-5P.M. Sunday (Oct. 24) in UNK Nebraskan Student Union

Dianne M. Holcomb
assistant director, Office of Sponsored Programs, 308.865.8481

UNK- Thirty-six University of Nebraska at Kearney students will present their research findings Sunday (Oct. 24) at the annual Fall Student Research Symposium,  Original projects . . . Extraordinary students,  on the campus.

The symposium will take place from 1-5 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room. Presentations begin at 1:20 p.m., with each presentation scheduled for 20 minutes. The symposium is free and open to the public. Students who are presenting either did research as part of the Summer Student Research Program, were Undergraduate Research Fellows, or have been working with faculty member on a project. Students are giving either an oral presentation or poster display.

“Twenty-five percent of students do undergraduate research, and this shows evidence on how well students can apply what they learn in classes. This program really separates Kearney from big institutions,” said Dr. John Falconer of the UNK Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.

The Fall Student Research Symposium provides an opportunity for students to showcase research and creative work accomplished outside of the classroom. According to Dr. Falconer, a survey of leading institutions in Nebraska and other states noted that UNK students report more involvement in out-of-class research than their peers in other institutions.

For more information on any of the UNK research programs, visit the Undergraduate Research Web site at

Students who will present their work through oral presentations and poster displays are listed below, according to their scheduled presentation time:

Ponderosa 238C:

1:20 p.m. Danielle Larsen, Grand Island, 
Lenin:  1917—Marxist Revolutionary or Opportunist?

Mentor:  Dr. Carol Lilly, History

1:40 p.m. Charles Sepers, Kearney, 
Efficacy of Two Theory-Based 12-Week E-mail-Mediated Walking Programs:  A Pilot Study

Mentor:  Dr. R. Todd Bartee, HPERLS-Exercise Science

2 p.m. Leanna Brase, St. Paul, 
Effects of Religiosity on Young Adult Sexual Behavior

Mentor:  Dr. Jody VanLaningham, Social Work

2:20 p.m. Katlyn Heiserman, Manchester, Iowa
Comparison of EMG activity in the rectus abdominis and rectus femoris during supine un-weighted abdominal crunch exercise and a seated abdominal crunch exercise weight machine

Mentor:  Dr. Greg Brown, HPERLS-Exercise Science

2:40 p.m. Sada Hotovy, Lincoln, 
Discovering Character with Sandburg:  New Territory in an Annotated Transcription

Mentor:  Dr. Kate Benzel, English

3 p.m. Collin Grimes, Grand Island, 
A Tale of Two Towns:  The Roots of Trust and Mistrust in Two Communities

Mentor:  Dr. John Anderson, Political Science

3:20 p.m. Jared Krejci, St. Paul, 
House Committees and Leadership:  Autonomy versus Collective Action

Mentor:  Dr. Joan Blauwkamp, Political Science

3:40 p.m. Caitlin Jacquot, Valentine, 
Fluorescent Sensors of Mercury (Hg)

Mentor:  Dr. Cheri Barta, Chemistry

4 p.m. Heather Towndrow, Holdrege, 
A Descriptive Analysis of Burnout in the Social Work Fields Using the Maslach Relationship to Work Inventory

Mentor:  Dr. Tobi DeLong, Social Work

4:20 p.m. Thomas Webber, Kearney, 
Synthesis of Iron Pyrite and Tin(VI) Sulfide Nanoparticles for Potential Application in Solar Cells

Mentor:  Dr. Christopher Exstrom, Chemistry

4:40 p.m. Benjamin White, Grand Island, 
Characterization of 
Panicum virgatum ascorbate binding constant using chromatography
Mentor:  Dr. Frank Kovacs, Chemistry

Ponderosa 238D:

1:20 p.m.  Eliot Wondercheck, Orchard, 
Active Love Against Ivan’s Madness.

Mentor:  Dr. Thomas Martin, Philosophy

1:40 p.m. Alice Berryman, Malcolm, 
Bridging the Gap Between Traditional and Digital Illustration 

Mentor:  Dr. John Stanko, Art-Visual Communication & Design

2 p.m.  Kelli Garwood, Atkinson,   
Lanthanide-containing Pharmaceuticals: Chemical Bone Growth Agents for the use in Bone Fusion Surgeries

Mentor:  Dr. Cheri Barta, Chemistry

2:20 p.m. Taylor Hyatt, Lexington,  
Philosophy and Science:  Foundation and Investigation

Mentor:  Dr. David Rozema, Philosophy

2:40 p.m. Justin Zyla, Omaha, 
An Examination of Temperance in the History of Philosophy

Mentor:  Dr. David Rozema, Philosophy

3 p.m. Markeya Dubbs, Wood River, 
Correlations Between Disgust Sensitivity, Personality Characteristics, and Birth Order

Mentor:  Dr. William Wozniak, Psychology

3:20 p.m. Pamela Thindwa, Blantyre, Malawi 
Christian Missionary Influence in Colonial Malawi

Mentor:  Dr. James Rohrer, History

3:40 p.m. Jeremy Eggleston, Loup City, 
Layers; Color Theory Project

Mentors:  Dr Victoria Goro-Rapoport & Mark Hartman, Art & Art History

4 p.m. Jeff Sacco, Concordia, 
Waterboarding:  An American Dilemma

Mentor:  Dr. Joseph Carlson, Criminal Justice

4:20 p.m. Josh Moravec, Seward,  
Analysis of the Positional Distribution of Gamma Ray Bursts

Mentor:  Dr. Aaron Clark, Mathematics & Statistics

Room 310:

1:20 p.m. Jess Lammers, Holdrege, 
Rainfall and cool weather do not effect activity of N. americanus

Mentor:  Dr. Wyatt Hoback, Biology

1:40 p.m. Yao (Chuanyao) Zheng, Shanghai, China
How International Students Can Be More Involved And Achieve Success on UNK Campus

Mentor:  Dr. Suzanne Maughan, Sociology

2 p.m. Viridiana Almanza Zavala, Grand Island; Lisa Kent, Kearney; Jed Dush, Elba; and James Keating, Omaha, 
Human Rights And Democracy: Field Study Research In Columbia

Mentor:  Dr. William Aviles, Political Science

Students who will present their work through poster displays in Ponderosa 238E are listed below: 
Laura Slaymaker, Atkinson, Chemistry

Jalin Ballou, Beaver City, Family Studies & Interior Design

Jaicee Post, Bridgeport, Chemistry

Jeff Shaw, Edgar,  Biology

Matt Ingersoll, Kearney, Chemistry

Matthew Jensen, Kearney, and  Britni Hervert, Ravenna, Chemistry

Nathan Hoffman, North Platte, Chemistry

Karissa Marble, Prosser, Communication Disorders

Kassie Johnson, Fort Calhoun, and Joni Veldkamp, Wayne, Communication Disorders