ACU students chosen for national research conference

Posted January 27, 2015

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research has selected five students from Abilene Christian University to attend and present their research on April 16-17 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.

More than 3,700 submissions were sent to the conference.

The ACU students conducted a variety of research projects from different disciplines.

Marc Gutierrez, senior music education major from Cedar Park, will present research in the form of a lecture recital titled “An analysis and comparison of ‘Come Away, Death’ from Twelfth Night as set to music by Roger Quilter and Gerald Finzi.” Gutierrez is a McNair Scholar at ACU, and his research was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Rick Piersall, assistant professor and director of the ACU Opera.

Tina Johnson, junior biology major from Fairfax Station, Va., will present a project on “Inhibition of ER Ca2+ release or the p38 SAPK inhibits UPR signaling and apoptosis activation during moderate ER stress.” Her research was conducted with Dr. J.L. Brewster of Pepperdine University.

Dulce Mancine, senior nursing major from Abilene, will present “Nurses’ Role in Tobacco Counseling: Ending an Epidemic.” It was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Anita Broxson, assistant professor in the ACU School of Nursing. Mancine is also a McNair Scholar.

Kaitlin Pegoda, senior social work major from Abilene, worked on a project titled “Biopsychosocial factors impacting positivity and resilience in individuals undergoing cancer treatment.” Pegoda is a social work major. Her supervising professor was Dr. Stephen Baldridge, assistant professor in the ACU School of Social Work.

Joyce Schuster’s paper, “Women’s Rights in Iran’s Legislative Documents: A Critical Analysis of the Constitution, Civil and Penal Code,” was also selected for the conference. Schuster, a senior from North Richland Hills, is a composite interdisciplinary major with a political science emphasis. Her work was performed under supervision of Dr. Neal Coates, professor in the ACU Department of Political Science.

For several years, hundreds of ACU students have presented original research in the annual ACU Undergraduate Research Festival, held each spring. Students from ACU also submit papers to a variety of conferences nationwide and perform research at national laboratories each year.


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