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April 13, 2021
4 to 7 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater, Twilight Ballroom

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.

2021 Top Scholars and Finalists

Our 2021 virtual conference was a great success! View the work of our Top Scholar and Finalist participants on our 2021 conference page.

2021 Conference Schedule

4 p.m. (BPSC Movie Theater) - Opening announcements, Dr. Eric Jones
4:10 p.m. (BPSC Movie Theater) - Presentation of awards to Top Scholars and faculty mentor, Provost Dr. Steve Bullard
4:30 to 5:55 p.m. (BPSC Movie Theater) - Top Scholar presentations

  • 4:30 p.m. - Lucas Kahn
    Microplastics: A New Reported Item in Stomach Contents of Fishes in Local Streams in East Texas
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Carmen G. Montaña-Schalk (Biology)
  • 4:42 p.m. - Emily Latta
    The Effects of Pre-Workout Caffeine Supplementation on Post-Exercise Hypotension
    Faculty Sponsor: Dustin Joubert (Kinesiology and Health Science)
  • 4:54 p.m. - Deshona Jernigan
    Analyzing the Development of Artificial Organs for the Benefit of Patients on the Transplant Waitlist
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ryan Button (Tyler Junior College)
  • 5:06 p.m. - Amelia Kleiber
    “It Raineth Every Day”: Overcoming Challenges by using Performance Pedagogy to Teach Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Elizabeth Tasker-Davis (English and Creative Writing)
  • 5:18 p.m. - Rachel Rucker
    County Level Changes Alone Predicted Biden Win in Both Pennsylvania and Wisconsin
    Faculty Sponsor: Ryan Phelps (Economics and Finance)
  • 5:30 p.m. - Jay Teamer
    The Underrepresentation of Black and African-American Composers in the Standard Music History Curriculum
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Margaret Fay (School of Music)
  • 5:42 p.m. - Kasey Jobe
    Song Diversity in East Texas Bachman’s Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis)
    Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Christopher Schalk (Forestry)

5:55 - 7 p.m. (Twilight Ballroom, President's and Regents' Suites) - Poster presentations of finalists

Refreshments served​

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. Eric Jones
Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science

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