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View the 2022 URC Top Scholars and Finalists

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Presentations from 4 to 7 p.m.
Twilight Ballroom and Theater in the Baker Pattillo Student Center
Deadline to submit: February 11, 2022

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.

2022 Schedule of Events

Download the event program.

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.

Kyla S. Gray
Geologic and Geomorphological Interpretation of the Mare Orientale Impact Basin Region of Earth’s Moon
Faculty Sponsor: Melinda Shaw Faulkner (Geology)

BPSC Movie Theater
4:42 p.m.

Garrett Parker Jones
A Comparison of Running Economy Across Seven Carbon-Plated Racing Shoes
Faculty Sponsor: Dustin Joubert (Kinesiology and Health Science)

BPSC Movie Theater
4:54 p.m.

Haley Farmer
Contributing Factors to Self-Perception Issues in Technically Trained Dancers
Faculty Sponsor: Andrea R. Hathcote (Tyler Junior College)

BPSC Movie Theater
5:06 p.m.

Andrea Musick, Cecilia Garner, Micaela Ramoz, Dusti Johnson and Samantha Brownell
East Texas Coalition For Change
Faculty Sponsor: Kristin Bailey-Wallace (School of Social Work)

BPSC Movie Theater
5:18 p.m.

Linh Le
Factors That Impact the Net Expense Ratio of ETFs
Faculty Sponsor: Emiliano Giudici (Economics and Finance)

BPSC Movie Theater
5:30 p.m.

Samantha Altamirano
A Reimagining of The Seven Sins
Faculty Sponsor: Eden Collins (School of Art)

BPSC Movie Theater
5:42 p.m.

Siena Stassi
Microplastic in Surface and Sediments of Rural-Urban Streams in East Texas: Distribution, Abundance, and Diversity
Faculty Sponsors: Carmen Montana-Schalk (Biology) and Sheryll Jerez

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