Student Research Symposium features 29 students

UNK Communications

KEARNEY – Nearly 30 University of Nebraska at Kearney students will present research Thursday (Oct. 30) at the Fall Student Research Symposium.

The symposium, free and open to the public, provides an opportunity to showcase research and creative work accomplished outside of the classroom.

Presentations will take place beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Rooms and the Sandhills Room.

Over 30 percent of UNK students engage in original, mentored scholarly activity. Many of them have their work published in peer-reviewed journals and present at academic conferences.

Students can earn funding for their research through UNK’s Undergraduate Research Fellows Program and the Summer Student Research Program. The Undergraduate Research Council also awards grants for scholarly projects by students.

Each student is responsible for the design, conduct and dissemination of the project. Students work closely with faculty mentors to complete their research.

At Thursday’s event, students will present research and projects on art, biology, chemistry, criminal justice, computer science, social work, history, political science, modern languages, English and music.

Presentations and projects include how poverty facilitates gang affiliation in youth, analysis of ankle sprains of UNK athletes, a comparison of technology in rural and urban schools and plant diversity along the Platte River.

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

Sandhills Room
2:30 p.m. – Andrew Poinsette – Plant Diversity of Riparian Systems Along the Central and Eastern Platte
2:45 p.m. – John Paul Lempke – Final Stages in Compositional Process of Large-Scale Ontario
3 p.m. – Miguel Verdugo, Jr. – Code Geass, Lelouch of the Rebellion: A Discourse Analysis
3:15 p.m. – Aaron McCauley – Physical Attraction Among Homosexual Men Ages 19-25
3:30 p.m. – Miranda Neumann – Immobilization of Branched Gold Nanoparticles for Biomedical Sensor Devices
3:45 p.m. – Will Pettit – Drones and the Military Industrial Complex Affecting American Opinion
4 p.m. – Stefani Perez-Zamarippa – Home is Where the Social Capital Is
4:15 p.m. – Jessica Miner – We the People: The Supreme Court Remains Watchful
4:30 p.m. – Geoffrey Streeter – The Contagion Effect in Athletic Performance
4:45 p.m. – Danielle DeTurk – The Influence of Parenting Styles on Risky Behaviors in Young Adults

Ponderosa Room C
2:30 p.m. – Kyleigh Skaggs – The Development of Content Management and Responsive Data Software
2:45 p.m. – Alyssa Blair – Human Serum Albumin Interactions with Atrazine Metobolites
3 p.m. – Open
3:15 p.m. – Yesenia Lopez – How Poverty Facilitates Gang Affiliation in youth
3:30 p.m. – Danielle Bartels – The Indigenous in Peruvian National Identity
3:45 p.m. – Hongyue Yao – Analysis of Trends in the Banking Systems: U.S. and China
4 p.m. – Whitney Schroer – Analysis of Ankle Sprains in the UNK Basketball and Volleyball Teams
4:15 p.m. – Tara Bjorklund – Generating and Characterizing the Nickel-Binding Domain of a Metallochaperone known as SlyD
4:30 p.m. – Bobi Albrecht – Investigation of Inter-individual Variation in Plasma Metabolites
4:45 p.m. – Rachel Flaugh – Determination of Force Magnitudes present in Low Ionic Strength Gels

Ponderosa D
2:30 p.m. – Holly Hartman – Determining the Role of Transaldolases in Salmonella Pathogenesis
2:45 p.m. – Haley Houtwed – Synthesize Fluorescence Sensor for Detection of H2S
3 p.m. – Kari Harbison – Friendship
3:15 p.m. – Natalie Hall – I Told Him/Her/It/Them?: The Evolution of Pronoun Usage
3:30 p.m. – Brittany Hurst – A Fraction Intervention: Linking Concepts and Procedures
3:45 p.m. – Rachel Nozicka – Religious Borderlands: The Intersection of Faith and Fiction in 18th Century Literature
4 p.m. – Alecia Friedel – An Analysis of ELL Programs in Area Schools
4:15 p.m. – Danielle Kluver – Musical and Cultural Significance in Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915
4:30 p.m. – Nolan Pribnow – Claude Debussy’s Children’s Corner: A Musical/Technical Guide to Performance
4:45 p.m. – Jesse Yentes – Technology in Rural and Urban Schools: A Comparison Study


Source: John Falconer, 308.865.8702,
Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529,

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