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View the 2023 URC Top Scholars and Finalists

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Presentations from 4 to 7 p.m.
Twilight Ballroom and Theater in the Baker Pattillo Student Center

SFA's Undergraduate Research Conference is an annual competition that celebrates excellence in undergraduate scholarship among the East Texas community. Spanning a range of disciplines, the URC showcases the work of undergraduate scholars from SFA’s six colleges as well as other East Texas area institutions of higher education. The event features presentations and performances by seven top undergraduate scholars in addition to a diverse poster presentation by student finalists. Submissions are evaluated and chosen by a committee of university professors.

2023 Schedule of Events

All events are held in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Event Schedule

Time Event Location
4 p.m. Opening announcements: Eric Jones BPSC Movie Theater
4:10 p.m. Presentation of awards to Faculty Mentor and Top Scholars: Lorenzo Smith, provost, executive vice president for academic affairs BPSC Movie Theater
4:30 p.m.

Holly Gibson
Reflections: A Dancer's Self Image in Modern America
Faculty Sponsor: Heather Samuelson (School of Theatre and Dance)

BPSC Movie Theater
4:42 p.m.

Veda Allen
Comparative Calling Phenology of Anurans Across Geographic Gradients
Faculty Sponsor: Jessica Glasscock and Christopher Schalk (Forestry)

BPSC Movie Theater
4:54 p.m.

Madison Kelsey
Mixed Reality Real Time Closed Captions System
Faculty Sponsor: Faculty Sponsor: Jeremy James Becnel (Department of Computer Science)

BPSC Movie Theater
5:06 p.m.

Sabine Welsh
Why the Real Housewives Franchise is a Positive Learning Tool for Women
Faculty Sponsor: Cassandra Hayes (Department of Mass Communication)

BPSC Movie Theater
5:18 p.m.

Matthew Smith
Men's Mental Health: A Comparative Analysis of Stigmas against Seeking Help
Faculty Sponsor: Andrea Hathcote (Tyler Junior College)

BPSC Movie Theater
5:30 p.m.

Leroy Bolden
The Influence of Different Modes of TABATA on Post-Exercise Metabolic Recovery
Faculty Sponsor: James Rowe, Jr. (Department of Kinesiology and Health Science)

BPSC Movie Theater
5:42 p.m.

Tanzi Stafford and Samantha Hall
Why Has The Dropout Rate at SFA Increased?
Faculty Sponsors: Wenjing Li (Department of Management and Marketing)

BPSC Movie Theater
5.55 p.m. Poster Presentations of Finalists, refreshments served BPSC Twilight Ballroom

College Representatives

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

Dr. David Kulhavy
Laurence Walker Professor of Forestry

College of Fine Arts

Lauren B. Selden
Professor of Art, School of Art

James I. Perkins College of Education

Dr. Sarah Straub
Assistant Professor, Education Studies

College of Liberal and Applied Arts

Dr. Leslie Cecil
Professor of Anthropology

Nelson Rusche College of Business

Dr. Ryan Phelps
Associate Professor of Economics

College of Sciences and Mathematics

Dr. Alyx Frantzen
Associate Professor of Chemistry


Executive Committee, SFA Undergraduate Research Conference

Dr. Michael Tkacik

Dr. Leslie Cecil

Dr. Eric Jones