David Moore presented at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers South East Conference in Charlotte, NC in March of 2017. David enjoyed his experience at IEEE immensely; this was his first professional conference. He appreciated the time he spent with his professors and other professionals in a more relaxed and social environment. David presented with a fellow student, Collin Daly on the first day of this conference. His favorite session to attend during the conference was given by Texas Instruments, Inc; the subject matter was “Internet of Things.” The presenters handed out TY launchpads for the audience to explore and learn to use during the presentation. David hopes to give more presentations in the future to a larger audience.
In April, 2017 Lalar Hannas attended the national Conference on Undergraduate Research that was held in Memphis Tennessee. the research that she presented was titled “Effective Learning Styles and Perceptions of Success in Millennials.” Lalar studied the body of research that states millennials learn differently than baby boomers. She took this information and created a survey to measure prefferred learning strategies. Lalar found that the majority of millennials are kinesthetic learners. At the conference, Lalar was excited to see how many students and professors were interested in her research. Traveling to this conference to present her research has inspired Lalar to continue on with her research topic and attempt to explore new variables!
In April 2017, Rebecca-Rose Hill travled to Memphis, Tennessee to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. While in Memphis, Rebecca-Rose had an awesome time exploring the city. She also loved getting a tour of the University of Memphis, where the conference was hosted. Rebecca-Rose said this opened up the potential of attending graduate school for her at UM. Rebecca-Rose presented alongide a group of students and said ths opportunity was so important because they all want to publish research in their future. The Undergraduate Research fund made this trip possible for Rebecca-Rose and she is thrilled she was able to present at her first professional conference!
Mikaela Shupp, Human Ecology
In the 1960’s, Walter Mischel performed a series of delayed gratification studies by offering a child the choice to be given one marshmallow immediately or to be given two marshmallows if the child waited until the experimenter returned. With the help of Dr. Maurer and Dr. Kropp, I am hoping to recreate this experiment with the children at the child development center on campus. However, we are using Wrigley, an animal assisted therapy (AAT) dog, to model good behavior for the experimental group. The utilization of a model, specifically a therapy dog, has never been attempted in relation to delayed gratification studies. We are hoping to make an impact on AAT and delayed gratification research.
Michael Melvin, Chemistry
Gold nanorods are an attractive material for medicinally driven applications owing to their interesting optical properties, long-term stability, and non-cytotoxicity. My current work centers around the conjugation of derivatized porphyrins to the gold nanorod surface resulting in a novel cancer fighting composite. Under irradiation at the appropriate wavelength these composites significantly heat up resulting in death of temperature labile cancer cells. In parallel I am working on improving the efficiency of our synthetic approach for the preparation of gold nanorods.
Briana Miller, Biology, COUR Scholar 2013
Briana Miller, senior biology major, presented her research findings at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas in January 2014. This experience was funded by the COSM COUR Fall 2013 Travel Awards program. The research she completed was done in Juneau, Alaska through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. This is a ten week summer internship funded by the National Science Foundation. Her project allowed her to study the concentrations of ecdysteroids and vitllogenins in the three sexual stages of the spot prawn (Pandalus platyceros) under the direction of faculty mentor Dr. Sophie George.
Kyle Mahoney, Human Ecology
I am analyzing the responses from physics and child and family development students to a pre/post-test questionnaire regarding the extent to which they committed to personal learning commitments and how those commitments affected their overall learning experiences. I am analyzing these responses qualitatively using open and axial coding in an attempt to find a teaching method that would best benefit the students by helping them identify which areas they need to address academically.
Vanessa Arendt, Chemistry, COUR Travel Scholar
My research consists of the carbon analysis of the soil samples in which switchgrass seeds were planted with and without pine trees. The analysis consisted of a Total Organic Carbon Solid Sample Module at Georgia Southern University in addition to an isotopic analysis that preformed on the Thermo Flash elemental analyzer coupled to a ThermoFisher Delta V plus isotope ratio mass spectrometer at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah. With the help of COSM COUR funds, I presented this work at the 46th Annual Southeastern Undergraduate Regional Conference (SURC) at Knoxville, TN in January of 2014.
Alexius Coleman, Child & Family Development
My name is Alexius. I am a senior Child and Family Development major. This summer, I worked along with Dr. Hall in collecting data at the local summer camp, Camp Adventure. The purpose of the research was to see if children’s perceptions of program staff changed over time and if their perceptions were related to program quality. Our findings were that the younger (Pre-K) children had more positive perceptions of the program, whereas the older children (4th and 5th) were more average. This implies that the staff should try harder to connect and build relationships with the older children, whom may have attended previous summers.
Helen Barrett – Nursing
I, Helen Barrett, am conducting analysis on qualitative data using a Grounded Theory approach. The 2012-2013 FYE: Animal Assisted Therapy class was required to write blog posts about their service-learning experiences with either therapy dogs and their handlers or a therapeutic horseback riding program. Through analysis of the students’ individual and collective experiences, I am finding three possible truths: 1) Service-learning provided the students with the knowledge to identify the influences of animal-assisted therapy on human rehabilitation, 2) Blog post writing forced students to recall the details of what they had learned through their experiences outside the classroom, and 3) Animals themselves can be utilized as therapy mechanisms.
Lillian Morgado, Foreign Languages
Dr. Amarie and I are analyzing the Jacques Roubaud’s collection of unconventional sonnets. In our paper we try to find an underlying structure to how the book is arranged. I look at it from the game and mathematical view, and Dr. Amarie looks at it from a more narrative and literary view. I hope to present the paper at the Council on Undergraduate Research Conference this summer.
Alyssa Hutcheson, Psychology
The Belmont Report was created to ensure ethical conduct while conducting research, and at universities, institutional review boards (IRBs) evaluate the ethics of proposed studies. Based on prior research on ethics and gender, we would expect proposals by female researchers to be rated as more ethical than those by male researchers.
To’Meisha Edwards, Psychology
In the present study, participants reviewed one of four fabricated IRB proposals that had either a female or male researcher and either contained references or no references within the literature review (as an indication of thorough research for the proposal). After reading the proposal, participants rated several aspects of their perceived ethics of the study and indicated whether or not they would approve the study. We predicted that the proposal with references and a female researcher would be perceived as the most ethical. Indeed, participants were more likely to view projects as ethical when written by female researchers. When references were used, the male-female effect was eliminated. Our results indicate that IRB proposals should be blind-reviewed to remove bias. In addition, the use of references likely indicates a well-researched proposal and abolishes the effect of researcher gender.
Julie Odom-Dixon, Psychology
Dr. Nicholas Holtzman and Julie Odom-Dixon have teamed up to study the relationship between personality and the way people present themselves. More specifically, the research team aims to answer a simple question: Compared to someone with a less deviant personality, will a person with a more deviant personality be more inclined to “dress to impress”?
Glorhea Sherman, Psychology
I am Glorhea Sherman, undergraduate Psychology major. I am enrolled in Research Experience under Dr. Amy Hackney. Currently, I am working with two students in the doctoral program here at Georgia Southern University under Dr. Hackney. Through working with them, I have discovered a new interest in understanding perceptions of marital rape in jury decision making. My research will include factors that influence these jury perspectives such as age, gender, social class, religion, culture, experience and other potential factors. I intend to begin by observing and getting a general idea of attitudes toward marital rape from my peers and then my next step is to create the survey. My goal is to gain an understanding of how marital rape cases would generally be ruled in court and why.
Natasha Laballe, Psychology
Dr. Nielsen and I are currently in the process of devising the methodology for a research project examining the benefits of religious fundamentalism. The research will allow for us to study religious fundamentalism as it relates to participants’ doubt, optimism, locus of control, and other valuable components of their personal experience. We are intending to use experimental conditions to manipulate the fundamentalist mindset of participants so as to better establish causation rather than merely correlation. Our current research will hopefully contribute to a better understanding of religious fundamentalism, which is a subject that has become particularly relevant in our times.
During the summer of 2014 I was granted the opportunity to take part in the National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research in Green Engineered Transportation Technologies (NSF REU URGENTT) at the Georgia Southern University Campus under Dr. Valentin Soloiu. For those who know Dr. Soloiu, it is no surprise that the experience exceeded all my expectations.
Over the course of about two months, I was introduced to an abundance of technologies and methodologies that have opened my eyes to the world of automotive engineering. As a student whose career path is still open to many possibilities, gaining experience in a multidisciplinary, professional engineering environment has been one of my favorite aspects of the program. The hands-on experience provided to both undergraduate and master’s students at GS is a rarity and something I have come to truly appreciate. The experience I have gained from working with all the students and faculty involved in the program has reawakened my desire to learn as much as I can about the world around me.
I must also mention the great group of people I met over the course of the program. I can honestly say I have never met such an amazing group of students and I look forward to maintaining the friendships I have developed with them. Finding professors, who are as dedicated to their students as Dr. Soloiu is, will be a difficult task. I hope that the future students who have the opportunity to engage in this program are able to appreciate the great opportunity that the NSF REU URGENTT program has to offer at Georgia Southern.