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Welcome to the Research Symposium 2021 virtual event on april 12 - 16 open to all students, faculty, staff, and the community

Georgia Southern University Research Symposium

2021 Research Symposium Award Winners

Congratulations to this year’s awardees for best oral and poster presentation categories. First place awards winners receive $75 with a gift package and a certificate. Second place receives $50, a gift package and a certificate. Third place winners receive $25 and a certificate.

Undergraduate Oral Presentation

First place

Mackenzie Miller

“People with disabilities just want to feel good too: Female consumers that use mobility aids satisfaction with retail selection and garment design characteristics”

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Faculty mentor: Dr. Addie Martindale

Second place

Joel Varghese

“A Student Perspective on Using Monte Carlo Simulation as a Tool to Predict Equity Target Prices: How Important are the Length of Input Periods and Sectors?”

Parker College of Business

Faculty mentor: Dr. Axel Grossmann

Third place

Maria Gonzalez Bocanegra

“Convolutional Neural Network-Based Disaster Assessment Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”

Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty mentor: Dr. Rami Haddad

Undergraduate Poster

First Place

Mikayla Murphy

“Perceptions of COVID-19 in college students: Effect on emotional well-being”

Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

Faculty mentor: Dr. Joanne Chopak-Foss

Second Place

Katherine Barrs

“Impacts of chronic disease and mobility patterns on elderly populations during a global pandemic”

College of Science and Mathematics

Faculty mentor:  Dr. Meimei Lin

Third Place

Lauren Akers

“Exploring Factors that Influence Teaching Moves and Rationales in Preservice Elementary Mathematics Teachers”

College of Education

Faculty mentor: Dr. Montana Smithey

Graduate Oral

First Place

Katherine Fallon

“Keeping our schools safe: Examining perceptions of crisis frequency and preparedness of educators in a statewide online charter school”

College of Education

Faculty mentor: Dr. Juliann McBrayer

Second Place

Megan Small

“The Effects of Different Types of Restrictions on Decision-Making in Humans”

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Faculty mentor: Dr. Jonathan Friedel

Third Place

Ireyimika Alabi

“Comparison between particulate matter emissions from 3D printers of different models”

Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

Faculty mentor: Dr. Atin Adhikari

Graduate Poster

First Place

Shalom Emmanuel

“Comparing Particulate Matter, Carbon monoxide and Formaldehyde Exposures During Two Work Shifts in a Large University Dining Commons Kitchen”

Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

Faculty mentor: Dr. Atin Adhikari

Second Place

Chandler Ligget

“Materials Characterization of Short Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composite Fabricated via 3D Stereolithography”

Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty mentor: Dr. Mahmoud Baniasadi

Third Place

Hayley Houseman

“Performance Monitoring and Self-Control”

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Faculty mentor: Dr. Janie Wilson

About the Symposium

The Research Symposium is a showcase of student undergraduate and graduate research and creative activity across all campuses. The symposium is a virtual, week-long event occurring in the spring semester, to celebrate the outstanding work of students. Join us to learn about the scholarly projects occurring on all three campuses! This event includes oral and poster presentation sessions as well as keynote speakers and side events for student research development.

This year, a total of 140 students from all disciplines will be presenting their scholarly and creative work. Presentations include a variety of topics from COVID-19 to gender studies. Not presenting? No worries! All oral, poster presentations and performances will be prerecorded, ready to watch anytime, and available for Q&A via Youtube throughout the week.
Presenters, please visit the guidelines tab while preparing your presentations.

Please send any queries to the Office of Research at researchsymposium@georgiasouthern.edu.