Festival celebrates undergraduate research

Posted April 08, 2013

On April 4, 102 students from ACU gave presentations at the fifth annual Undergraduate Research Festival. The festival featured research posters and speeches from every academic field at the university. Research topics ranged from nuclear physics to theology to children's literacy. A team of faculty and staff judges evaluated presentations, giving 14 awards in five categories to students.

Outstanding Poster Presentation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

  • Blaine Smith, senior biology major – “Klotho protects lung epithelial cells against oxidant DNA damage”
  • Ben Cobb, freshman biology major – “Chemotherapy's Major Flaw: Revealing Stress" and "Dexamethasone's Counter-Productivity in Chemotherapy”
  • Zack Morgan, senior biology major – “Establishing recA as a Gene Involved in Natural Transformatin among Aeromonads”

Outstanding Poster Presentation in Social Science, Arts and Humanities

  • Stephanie Fink, senior art major – “Lagniappe: an unexpected gift”
  • Elizabeth Ellery, senior psychology major – “Social Modeling in Media from Aardvarks to Zombies: A comparison of pro-social and aggressive themes in Mattel’s Monster High and Public Broadcasting System’s Arthur”

Outstanding Oral Presentation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

  • Andrew Miller, senior physics major – “PyCBC: A Toolkit for Advanced-Detector Era Gravitational Wave Data Analysis”
  • Adam Simpson, senior physics and mathematics major – “Imaging sound to measure thermal contact between AlN and Si”
  • David Reynolds, senior mathematics major – “Bridges on a Tile Floor”

Outstanding Oral Presentation in Social Science

  • Kholo Theledi, junior family studies and gerontology major – “Analysis of Political Inequality”
  • Dylan Brugman, senior political science and sociology major – “Examining Gender Relations in the Book of Twilight”
  • Kaitlyn Howell, senior education major, and Ellen Smith, senior English/teaching major – “The role of reading response in two elementary classrooms: A comparative case study"

Outstanding Oral Presentation in Arts and Humanities

  • Rebekah Horton, senior English and marketing major – “Epiphanies as a Structure in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”
  • Heather Kregel, senior English major – “Physicians in the Literature of Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson: Portraying the Icons of Changing Times"
  • Toni Maisano, junior communication major – “More Than Just a Piece in Their Games: A Rhetorical Analysis of Identification in The Hunger Games”

In addition to student awards, three faculty members were recognized for their efforts in encouraging student research and named “Mentors of the Year” at the awards dinner. These faculty members were nominated by their students and selected by the ACU student panel on undergraduate research. 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year

  • Dr. Brian Cavitt, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year

  • Dr. Lauren Lemley, Department of Communication 

Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year

  • Dr. Stephen Baldridge, School of Social Work

Learn more about Undergraduate Research at ACU


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