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2015 SFASU Undergraduate Research Conference Top Scholars and Finalists

Undergraduate Research Conference 2015
Top Scholars and Finalists

 


NELSON RUSCHE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS


Top Scholar:

 

Vanessa Arasin, Cody Ressler, and Quinton Nunn
Nacogdoches Livability Project: Image of University Mall

   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Joe K. Ballenger (Management, Marketing, and International Business)


Finalists:

 

Oluwadarasimi Adebayo
Does the Ultra-DOW (DDM) Accurately Perform According to The Objective Stated in its Prospectus?

 
   

Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Ryan Phelps and Dr. Emiliano Giudici (Economics and Finance)

 

Vanessa Arasin, Caitlin Frazier, Eric Nambo, Joanna Temple, and Henry Wilson
SFA Alumni Association: Marketing Plan

"SFA Alumni Association: Marketing Plan"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Marlene Kahla (Management, Marketing, & International Business)

 

Donna Bledsoe, Ashley Lasater, and Detrick Jones
Access 2013 Database Designed for Dad Property Management

"Access 2013 Database Designed for DAD Property Management"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Marsha L. Bayless (Business Communication & Legal Studies)

 

April Broomfield
Perceptions of Campus Safety at Stephen F. Austin State University

 
   

Advisor: Dr. Ryan Phelps (Economics and Finance)

 

Daniel Canterbury, Amy Murphy, and Jamie Graham
Follow Me to the Top (FM3T Program)

"Follow Me to the Top (FM3T Program)"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Judith Biss (Business Communication & Legal Studies)

 

Halee Morehead
Analysis of Accounting Wages within the Largest Cities of Texas

"Analysis of Accounting Wages within the Largest Cities of Texas"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ryan Phelps (Economics and Finance)

 

Kathryn Taylor, Drew Hurst, Patty Collins, and Gerald Davis
Employee Benefit & Leadership Program

"Employee Benefit & Leadership Program"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Judith Biss (Business Communication & Legal Studies)

 
 


JAMES I PERKINS COLLEGE OF EDUCATION


Top Scholar:

 

Kasey Acosta
Creative Computations: A Case Study Regarding Mathematics Pedagogy

   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jane Long (Mathematics and Statistics)


Finalists:

 

Umeki I. Earl
Treehouse Design

 
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Mitzi. R. Perritt and Leisha Bridwell (School of Human Sciences)

 

Katherine Fraser
Exploring Reading Attitudes of College Students

 
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Deborah J. Williams (Elementary Education)

 

Kerry Mourning
Literacy Project

"Literacy Project"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Paula Griffin (Elementary Education)

 

Kara Sandford and Brinda Villarreal
Addressing Social-Cognitive and Maladaptive Academic Motivational Theories in Secondary Education

"Addressing Social-Cognitive ad Maladaptive Academc Motivational Theories in Secondary Education"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kenneth R. Austin (Secondary Education and Educational Leadership)

 

Lindsay Shipley
Elementary Students’ Visual Representations of Text

 
   

Faculty Sponsor: Carolyn Stufft (Elementary Education)

 

Savanna Tutt
Investigating the Impact of Webquests on Middle Level Social Studies Learning: An Action Research Study

 
   

Faculty Sponsor: Carolyn Stufft (Elementary Education)

 

Loriann Whitman
WATER We Learning? Water Conservation! Examining Fourth Grade Students Water Conservation Awareness, Behavior and Knowledge

"WATER We Learning? Water Conservation! Examining Fourth Grade Students Water Conservation..."
   

Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Vicki Thomas, Dr. Tingting Xu, and Dr. Alan Sowards (Elementary Education)

     


COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS


Top Scholar:

 

Samantha Donnell
Piccolo Masterclass Preparation: A Musical Perspective

   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Christina Guenther (School of Music)


Finalists:

 

Robert Joshua Coe
Mass Appeal: A Study of Music and Theology

"Mass Appeal: A Study of Music and Theology"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jamie Weaver (School of Music)

 

Kaylea Fleming
Appalachian Music of the Mountains: An Exploration of Appalachia Guided by the Dulcimer

"Appalachian Music of the Mountains: An Exploration of Appalachia Guided by the Dulcimer"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Staci Spring (School of Music)

 

Shelby Gilliam
Playing Hecuba

"Playing Hecuba"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Rick Jones (School of Theatre)

 

Lauren Ella Kylberg
The Music of Taizé: Its Effect on Young People

 
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jamie Weaver (School of Music)

 

Caitlin Spence
A Critical Analysis of Sophocles’ Antigone from a Feminist Standpoint

"A Critical Analysis of Sophocles' 'Antigone' from a Feminist Standpoint"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Rick Jones (School of Theatre)

 

Kaydee Wolter
Photography As Art

"Photography As Art"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Johanna Warwick (School of Art)

     


ARTHUR TEMPLE COLLEGE OF FORESTRY AND AGRICULTURE


Top Scholar:

 

R. Brad Henley
Hickory Creek Orchard Feasibility Study

   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. I-Kuai Hung (Forestry and Agriculture)


Finalists:

Victor Chavez, James McMullen, Cheryl Scott, Quentin Silva
Measuring the Concentration of Benzene in Gasoline Vapors in Nacogdoches, TX

   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Sheryll B. Jerez (Environmental Science)

"Measuring the Concentration of Benzene in Gasoline Vapors in Nac, TX
 

Andrew Coty, Josh Harris, Zach Jones
Partnerships in Service Learning: Port of Jefferson History and Nature Center

   

Faculty Sponsors: Dr. David Kulhavy and Dr. Dean Coble (Forestry and Agriculture)

 

Ashley Johnson, Nicole Fernung, Sarah Bohlen, Emma Wilson, and Tyler Slovaceh
Monitoring Visitor Experience and Compliance in Yellowstone National Park

   

Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Pat Stephens Williams and Dr. Ray Darville (Anthropology, Geography, and Sociology)

 

Whitney Johnson
Effects of Aerobic Sewage Treatment Systems on Soil Chemical and Physical Properties

   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kenneth Farrish (Environmental Science)

 

Jill Pickett
Soil Contamination with E. coli Bacteria at the Nacogdoches Dog Park

 
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kenneth Farrish (Environmental Science)

 

Sam Rhodes, Ryan Grisham, Nate Casebeer, Jared Gregory, Conor McInnerney
Monitoring Visitor Impact in Bridger-Teton National Forest Designated Wilderness

   

Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Pat Stephens Williams and Dr. Ray Darville (Anthropology, Geography, and Sociology)

 

Krista Rouse, Brandon McBride, Chance Collins, Katie Hudgens, and Connor Audesirk
Environmental Quality Assessment of the Neches River, Cherokee County, TX: Ernest Anderson Crossing

"Environmental Quality Assessment of the Neches River, Cherokee County, TX: Ernest Anderson Crossing"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Sheryll B. Jerez (Environmental Science)

     


COLLEGE OF LIBERAL AND APPLIED ARTS


Top Scholar:

 

Bethanie Sterling
Inverted: The Reversal of the Master-Slave Relationship in Benito Cereno

   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Steve Marsden (English)


Finalists:

 

Erika Bazaldua, Alex Bellini, Ryan Carrathus, Preston Dendy, Khakie Holland, and Kaley Masters
SFA TV’s JackTalk

   

Faculty Sponsor: Sherry Williford (Mass Communication)

 

Kristina Brooks
The Asian Indian Culture

"The Asian Indian Culture"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Kristin Bailey-Wallace (Social Work)

 

Chad Huckaby
Voter Turnout in America: Are Christians More Likely to Vote?

   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Lee W. Payne (Government)

 

Bethany Krawietz
Gender Bias in the Perception of Physicians

   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Lauren E. Brewer (Psychology)

 

Caitlin Lee
Good Housekeeping and Good Patriots: How the American Women’s Magazine Industry Aided the War Effort in World War II

Good Housekeeping and Good Patriots..."
   

Faculty Sponsor: Carolyn White (History)

 

Melissa Smoot
Genetics and the Practice of Adoption in America

"Genetics and the Practice of Adoption in America"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Thomas Segady (Anthropology, Geography, and Sociology)

 

Zak Tharp
Sensemaking by Narratives: How Organizing Occurs through Mentoring Relationships

"Sensemaking by Narratives: How Organizing Occurs through Mentoring Relationships"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. R. Tyler Spradley (Languages, Cultures, & Communication)

     


Best Freshman paper:

 

Hannah Russell
The Boundary Line: A Comparison on the Feminist Efforts of Deborah Sampson and Abigail Adams

"The Boundary Line: A Comparison on the Feminist Efforts of Deborah Sampson and Abigail Adams"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Carolyn White (History)


COLLEGE OF SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS


Top Scholar:

 

Megan Jenkins
The Origin of Sulfur Content in the Mineral Springs of Lampasas Texas

   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Alyx S. Frantzen (Chemistry and Biochemistry)


Finalists:

 

Tania Benavides, Greg Hanson, and Phillip Sharp
Baseline Water Quality for Lanana Creek within the Nacogdoches Area

"Baseline Water Quality for Lanana Creek within the Nacogdoches Area"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Michael Janusa (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

 

Emily Benton
Bees of the Stephen F. Austin State University Gardens (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Apiformes)

 
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Dan Bennett (Biology)

 

Jeffrey Downs
Crime Rates on College Campuses in Texas

"Crime Rates on College Campuses in Texas"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kalanka Jayalath (Mathematics and Statistics)

 

Jasmine Moreland, Marianne Burnett, and Amey Gonzalez
Biotransformations: Reaction Conditions, Antimicrobial Properties, and Enzyme Isolation

"Biotransformations: Reaction Conditions Antimicrobial Properties, and Enzyme Isolation
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Michele R. Harris (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

 

Chelsey Price
The Genetics of the Visual System of Pupfish

   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jennifer Gumm (Biology)

 

Amanda Raley
The Use of Microwave Heating for Biodiesel Synthesis via Potassium Carbonate- Catalyzed Transesterification

 
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Russell J. Franks (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

 

Stephen E. Scribner
Evolution of Facial Stripes in Birds

"Evolution of Facial Stripes in Birds"
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. D. Brent Burt (Biology)


REGIONAL COLLEGES

 

 

 

Cole Beckham
A Conceptualization and Analysis for the Aesthetic Design of the Zero Reel

 
   

Faculty Sponsor: Chris Stewart (Tyler Junior College – Art)

 

Carlos Cordero
The Evolution of Supermassive Black Hole Formation Theory: Collapse, Accretion & Merging

 
   

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Tom Hooten (Tyler Junior College – Physics)

 

Gavin Dass
The Bacchanalia: How Wine Set the Stage

 
   

Faculty Sponsor: T. J. McLemore (Tyler Junior College – English)

 

Mikenna Denton
Religion and Premarital Sex

 
   

Faculty Sponsor: Clint Selman (Tyler Junior College – Psychology)

 

Mariah Martin
Visualization in Mathematics on High-Stakes High School End-Of-Course Exams

 
   

Faculty Sponsor: Chris Chappa (Tyler Junior College – Mathematics)

 

Amanda Tucker
Social Media and Its Relation to Increasing Suicide Rates in American Youth

 
   

Faculty Sponsor: Clint Selman (Tyler Junior College – Psychology)

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