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

Twenty-seven University of Nebraska at Kearney students will present their findings on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Fall Student Research Symposium.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, provides an opportunity for students to showcase research and creative work accomplished outside of the classroom. Presentations will take place from 1-5 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room.

Before the student research presentations, Dr. Jane Renner Hood, former executive director of the Nebraska Humanities Council, will give the 2012 Maxine Morrison Lecture Series address to the students and their mentors. Now in its fourth year, the Maxine Morrison Lecture Series is designed to bring leaders of industry, education and politics to the UNK campus to share their experiences with the next generation of leaders. The series was established by Maxine and Frank Morrison’s daughter Jean Galloway through a gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Dr. Hood has taught history and American studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Creighton University and Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She has written and spoken on educational reform, women in history, philanthropy and American life, and the humanities and public policy.

Further, Dr. Hood has served on the board of directors of the Chicago Women in Philanthropy, Illinois State Historical Society, Federation of State Humanities Councils, the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, Nebraska Public Radio Foundation, the Willa Cather Foundation, the Cooper Foundation, the E.N. Thompson Forum Program Committee, and is a member of Downtown Rotary and Round Table.

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

Ponderosa Room 238C

1 p.m. Mary Stuart, Kearney,

A Comparative Analysis of Foreign Language Teaching Strategies in American and Peruvian Schools

Mentor: Dr. Chris Jochum, Modern Languages,


1:15 p.m. Michael Florance, Papillion,

Actions and the Shaping of Professionalism: An Analysis of the Big Four Firms

Mentor: Dr. Laurie Swinney, Accounting and Finance, Disciplinary


1:30 p.m. Wesley Edson, Farnam,

Jail Time or Waste of Time

Mentor: Dr. Joseph Carlson, Criminal Justice


1:45 p.m. Laura Brockhaus, Humphrey,

The Achievement Gap in Mathematics:  A Survey of Midwest Teachers of Diverse Students

Mentor: Dr. Jane Strawhecker, Teacher Education


2 p.m. Travis Stewart, Kansas City, Mo.,

The New Visual Narrative

Mentor: Dr. John Stanko, Art & Art History


2:15 p.m. Christina Rice, Kearney,

Motivations Behind Academic Dishonesty Among College Students

Mentor: Dr. Theresa Wadkins, Psychology


2:30 p.m. Kiley Anderson, Cozad,

Comprehension Improvement in Students Using the FRAME Routine

Mentor: Dr. Linda Crowe, Communication Disorders


2:45 p.m. Parker Jolly, Ft. Collins, Colo.,

Long After the Final Whistle—Advocacy for Compensation and Rehabilitation Programs for Injured College Athletes

Mentor: Dr. Peter Longo, Political Science


3 p.m. Nathaniel Bryan, Katy, Texas,

The Inescapable Reality for Arab Authoritarianism:  An evaluation of the origins of the Arab Spring and the prospect of Islamic democracy

Mentor: Dr. Peter Longo, Political Science


3:15 p.m. Liz Hudec, Fontanelle,

Fine Art Kiosk

Mentor: Dr. Richard Schuessler, Art & Art History


3:30 p.m. Vincent Carter, Omaha,

Touch Screen Kiosk

Mentor: Dr. Richard Schuessler, Art & Art History


3:45 p.m. Lingyun Yang, Kearney,

Synthesis and Spectral Investigation of a Fluorescence Sensor with High  Affinity to Cu2+

Mentor: Dr. Haishi Cao, Chemistry


4 p.m. Lacey McPhillips, Lindsay,

Going International: The Voice of the Irish

Mentor: Robert Ficociello, Jill O’Mahoney (Waterford Institute of Technology), Music & Performing Arts


4:15 p.m. Jonathan Danforth, Columbus,

Joseph’s premonition

Mentor: Dr. Darleen Mitchell, Music & Performing Arts

Ponderosa Room 238D


1p.m. Kirsten Lipps, Algona, Iowa,

Synthesis of Anisotropic Gold Nanoparticles by Oxalate Reduction for Potential Applications in Biosensors

Mentor: Dr. Chris Exstrom, Chemistry


1:15 p.m. Brandon Drozd, Genoa,

Collegiate Greek Leadership Influence on Professional Success

Mentor: Dr. Amber Messersmith, Communication


1:30 p.m. Adam Kahle, Dorchester,

Electromyography in the Gastrocnemius and Tibialis Anterior, and Oxygen Consumption, Ventilation, and Heart Rate During Minimalist Versus Traditionally Shod Running

Mentor: Dr. Greg Brown, Exercise Science


1:45 p.m. Jacob Beck, Gothenburg,

Acoustic Vocal Synthesis

Mentor: Dr. John Hastings, Computer Science


2 p.m. Kendra Harbison, Cozad,

Bacterial Isolates of Kokjohn Pond in the Western Nebraska Sandhills

Mentor: Dr. Julie Shaffer, Biology


2:15 p.m. Amanda Hagstrom, Hickman,

Effects of handling time on corticosterone production in nestlings Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Mentor: Dr. Letitia Reichart, Biology


2:30 p.m. Kyle Gibbens, Cozad,

Effects of cigarette smoke on uterine wall contractions in non pregnant Long Evans rats.

Mentor: Dr. Janet Steele, Biology


2:45 p.m. Corey Willicott, Blue Hill,

Optimizing Extraction of Atrazine from Various Sample Types

Mentor: Dr. Annette Moser, Chemistry


3 p.m. Hayley Rudder, Greenwood,

The environmental effects of the Keystone XL Pipeline on the threatened and endangered species of Nebraska

Mentor: Dr. Paul Twigg, Biology


3:15 p.m. Rebecca Swenseth, Lincoln,

Athletics Attendance at UNK: Determining Factors That Affect Students’ Decisions Regarding Attending UNK Sporting Events

Mentor: Dr. Greg Broekemier Marketing


3:30 p.m. Nathan Klatt, Columbus,

Vocation and the Individual

Mentor: Dr. David Rozema, Philosophy


3:45 p.m. Nathan Brady, North Platte,

The Orbital Hall Effect of Light

Mentor: Dr. Liubov Kreminska, Physics


4 p.m. Sean Nelson, Kimball,

Using Electrotactile Stimulation of the Tongue to Rehabilitate Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis

Mentor: Biology