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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Undergraduate Research Center

Proceedings 2011

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/urc/proceedings/ursproceedings2011.html

Table of Contents

Art

Chemistry & Geology, Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology, and Geography

Accounting & Business Law

Communication Studies, Ethnic Studies, Family Consumer Science, Gender & Women's Studies, Health Science, Human Performance, Psychology, Special Education, and Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Services

Psychology

Mathematics & Statistics

Accounting & Business Law

Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Geology, and Physics & Astronomy

Psychology

Automotive Engineering Technology

Gender & Women's Studies and Sociology & Corrections

Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology, Iron Range Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics, and Mechanical & Civil Engineering

History

English and Human Performance

Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Mechanical & Civil Engineering

Economics

Anthropology, Elementary & Early Childhood Education, Ethnic Studies, and Scandinavian Studies

Government

Monday, April 4 Presenters

Oral Session 1 9:00 – 10:30 CSU 201

Art

[PDF] Artistic Pyrotechnics (632 KiB)
Lisa Friedrich (Department of Art)
Elizabeth Miller, Faculty Mentor (Department of Art)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Large Grant

[PDF] National Museum of Iraq: Curating a New Identity (395 KiB)
Ajay S. Kapadia (Department of Art)
Curt Germundson, Faculty Mentor (Department of Art)

Combing Printmaking Process with Ceramic Materials
Colin J. Klimesh (Department of Art)
Todd Shanafelt, Faculty Mentor (Department of Art)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

A New Artform Combining Glass and Ceramics
Kristin J. Harsma (Department of Art)
Todd Shanafelt, Faculty Mentor (Department of Art)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

[PDF] A Contemporary Spin on Tradition: Xu Bing’s Cultural Exploration (712 KiB)
Karen Obermeyer-Kolb (Department of Art)
Alisa Eimen, Faculty Mentor (Department of Art)

[PDF] Life Cycles and Order (3 MiB)
Hope Thier (Department of Art)
Brian Frink, Faculty Mentor (Department of Art)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

[PDF] The Art of Being: A Study of the Relationship Between Daoism and Art (733 KiB)
Jessica Ortis (Department of Art History)
Alisa Eimen, Faculty Mentor (Department of Art History)

Oral Session 2 9:00 – 10:30 CSU 204

Chemistry & Geology, Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology, and Geography

Pleistocene Glaciation and Climate of the Little Prickly Pear Watershed, Western Montana
Tyler D. Boley (Department of Chemistry and Geology)
Chad A. Wittkop, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry and Geology)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Large Grant

[PDF] Optimization of Reactive Ion Etching (RIE) Parameters for Selective Removal of MOSFET Gate Dielectric and Evaluation of its Physical and Electrical Properties (1 MiB)
Hojoon Lee (Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology)
Samuel C. Wood (Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology)
(All researchers participated equally)
Muhammad A. Khaliq, Faculty Mentor (Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology)

Suitable Locations for Photovoltaic Solar Panels at Minnesota State University
Benjamin Mackedanz (Department of Geography)
Fei Yuan, Faculty Mentor (Department of Geography)

Oral Session 3 9:00 – 10:30 CSU 284A

Accounting & Business Law

Text Messaging While Driving:  Is it time to make a change?
Jeffrey Boland (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Cody Bergendahl (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Suman Bhattarai (Department of Electrical Engineering)
Zac Bleninger (Department of Information Technology)
Vicki Luoma, Faculty Mentor (Department of Accounting & Business Law)

Constitutionality of Obama’s Mandate
Matt Kortuem (Department of Finance)
Gihanthi De Silva (Department of Communication Studies and Management)
Laura Larsen (Department of Marketing and Management)
Jon Monson (Department of Construction Management)
Vicki Luoma, Faculty Mentor (Department of Accounting & Business Law)

Assisted Suicide
Joshua Quittem (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Adnan Rafiq (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Julian Ramirez (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Jacklyn Rasmussen (Department of Marketing & International Business)
Vicki Luoma, Faculty Mentor (Department of Accounting & Business Law)

Death Penalty Comparison study of China and the U.S.
Micheal Thielen (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Nadia Sultana (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Michael Tilton (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Alisha Wakefield (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Penny Herickhoff, Faculty Mentor (Department of Accounting & Business Law)

Poster Session A 9:00 – 10:30 CSU 253/4/5

Communication Studies, Ethnic Studies, Family Consumer Science, Gender & Women’s Studies, Health Science, Human Performance, Psychology, Special Education, and Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Services

1 - Communication and Web Design- A Critical Look at the Communicative Process of Web Design
Mahamadou Tahirou (Department of Communication Studies and Information Technology)
Kristen Cvancara, Faculty Mentor (Department of Communication Studies)
Kristen Treinen, Faculty Mentor (Department of Communication Studies)

2 - Communication Audit: Evaluating Communication Strategies for the INROADS Greater Lake Regions of Chicago, Minneapolis/St.Paul, Indianapolis and Milwaukee                   
Brittany Alexander (Department of Mass Communications)
Kebba Darboe, Faculty Mentor (Department of Ethnic Studies)       

3 - Race and Psychiatric Services in Africa
Nasra Moalim (Department of Ethnic Studies)
Kebba Darboe, Faculty Mentor (Department of Ethnic Studies)

4 - What Do Students Know About Food and Nutrition and How Does That Affect Their Food Intake?
Chelsea Gauer (Department of Family Consumer Science)
Ashley Bohn (Department of Family Consumer Science)
Merideth Lamberger (Department of Family Consumer Science)
Sue Fredstrom, Faculty Mentor (Department of Family Consumer Science)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

5 - Runaway services and their shortcomings: Addressing the need for greater awareness of girl runaways in Minnesota
Danica Das (Department of English)
Katherine Day (Department of Gender & Women’s Studies)
Allison Matthews (Department of Mass Communications)
Dawn Rae Davis, Faculty Mentor (Department of Gender & Women’s Studies)

6 - Inconsistency of Law Enforcement in Minnesota: How the System Fails Victims of Domestic Violence
Katrina Culhane (Department of Social Work)
Brandon Kuphal (Department of Sociology)
Alesha Sullivan (Department of English)
(All researchers participated equally)
Dawn Davis, Faculty Mentor (Department of Gender & Women’s Studies)

7 - Obesity Among Latino Adolescents: The Role of Acculturation
Paulina Manzo (Department of Health Science)
Judith Luebke, Faculty Mentor (Department of Health Science)

8 - Prospective mothers’ awareness and knowledge of environmental impacts upon pregnancy
Amanda M. Vang (Department of Health Science and Biological Sciences)
Judith K. Luebke, Faculty Mentor (Department of Health Science)

[PDF] 9 - Does cold water immersion improve recovery of strength, power, and endurance following exhaustive exercise? (328 KiB)
Kelsey Picha (Department of Human Performance)
Adam Scofield (Department of Human Performance) 
(All researchers participated equally)
Patrick Sexton, Professor (Department of Human Performance)

10 - A Window into the Classroom: The Influence of A Virtual Window Environment on Attention
Britten Block (Department of Psychology)
Karissa Borchert (Department of Psychology)
(All researchers participated equally)
Karla Lassonde, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Large Grant

11 - Examining the Characteristics of School Psychology Programs Accredited by the American Psychological Association
Carissa A. Borchardt (Department of Psychology)
Amber L. Sanz (Department of Psychology)
Carlos J. Panahon, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

12 - A Historical Job Analysis for Steward Position at a State Mental Hospital
Tony Cooley (Department of Psychology)
Andrea Lassiter, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)

13 - Objective Measurement of Functional Analysis Data
Jessica A. Day (Department of Psychology)
Brianna D. Smith (Department of Psychology)
Carlos J. Panahon, Faculty Member (Department of Psychology)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

14 - Lie Detection: The Role Likability Plays on the Liar and Truth Teller
Matthew Duggan (Department of Psychology)
Emily Stark, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)

15 - Services Provided in Residential Treatment Centers for Children
Amanda Hurlbutt (Department of Psychology)
Nicole Draheim (Department of Psychology)
Eric Kuehn (Department of Psychology)
Carlos J. Panahon, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)

16 - From Insane Asylums to Treatment Centers: Some Historical Points
John Grooms (Department of Psychology)
David Deaconson (Department of Psychology)
(All researchers participated equally)
Andi Lassiter, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)

17 - Urinary Incontinence among College Athletes
Sarah Marsh (Department of Psychology)
Brianna McLaughlin (Department of Psychology)
Britta Fiksdal, Graduate Research Assistant (Department of Psychology)
Daniel Houlihan, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)

18 - Mental Illness Diagnosis and Treatments of the Past and Present
Christopher L. Newman (Department of Psychology)
Andrea Lassiter, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)

19 - Decision Making and Personality
Megan Petersen (Department of Psychology)
Amber Schramm (Department of Psychology)
(All researchers participated equally)
Emily Stark, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)

20 - An In-Depth Exploration of the 1880 Fire at the Minnesota State Hospital for the Insane.
Amber L. Sanz (Department of Psychology)
Andi Lassiter, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)

[PDF] 21 - Evaluating Teacher Perceptions of Rewards (234 KiB)
Jaime J. Schroeder (Department of Psychology)
Amy Rempher (Department of Psychology)
(All researchers participated equally)
Kevin J. Filter, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

22 - A Review of Two Potential Risk Factors Among Gifted Students
Melissa M. Sowers (Department of Psychology)
Brooklynn J. Fredericksen (Department of Psychology)
Carlos J. Panahon, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)

23 - Reasons for Insanity and Admission to Insane Asylums in Late 1800s Minnesota
Casandra Warman (Department of Psychology)
Andi Lassiter, Faculty Member (Department of Psychology) 

24 - Intervention use of the Changing Criterion Design within Schools
Brianna D. Smith (Department of Psychology)
Jessica A. Day (Department of Psychology)
Alexandra Panahon, Faculty Mentor (Department of Special Education)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

25 - Selective Language Skills of an Individual with Moebius Syndrome
Sarah A. Chapman (Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitative Services)
Bonnie Lund, Faculty Mentor (Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitative Services)

26 - Selected Language Skills of an Individual with Down Syndrome
Kristin Folk (Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitative Services)
Bonnie Lund, Faculty Mentor ((Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitative Services)

Oral Session 4 11:00 – 12:30 CSU 201

Psychology

Differences in Mindset and Motivation among Athletes and Non-Athletes
Angela Caban (Department of Psychology)
Emily Stark, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology) 
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

A Comparison of Risk-Taking Measures
Brittany Lang (Department of Psychology)
Dawn Albertson, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

Violence Exposure, Self-Esteem and Alcohol Consumption in Adolescents
Leah Neubert (Department of Psychology)
Sarah Sifers, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)

The Effects of Similarity, Accuracy & Adaptability of Shared Mental Models on Performance
Matt Schumann (Department of Psychology)
Andi Lassiter, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)

Oral Session 5 11:00 – 12:30 CSU 204

Mathematics & Statistics

Ising Model and its Applications
Nicholas Compton (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)
In-Jae Kim, Faculty Mentor (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)

Modeling the Spread of Johne’s Disease in Cattle and the Effects of a Hypothetical Vaccine
Adam Edwinson (Department of Biological Sciences)
Kirsten Amberg (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)
Namyong Lee, Faculty Mentor (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)

Classification of Childhood Cancer Subtypes from Microarray Data
Katie Groskreutz (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)
Namyong Lee, Faculty Mentor (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

Mathematical Modeling of Caffeine Dependence Dynamics
Eric Olsen (Department of Psychology)
Casey Stamereilers (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)
Namyong Lee, Faculty Mentor (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)

What does the network structure of power grids tell us about blackouts?
Jordan Tait (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)
In-Jae Kim, Faculty Mentor (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)

Oral Session 6 11:00 – 12:30 CSU 284A

Accounting & Business Law

The Restricted Use of Cell Phones in Vehicles
Elizabeth Dornfeld (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Patrick Dockendorf (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Dan Felt (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Brandon Hayes (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Penelope Herickhoff, Faculty Mentor (Department of Accounting & Business Law)

City, state, and federal laws regarding civilians’ rights in stops and searches in traffic stops
Beau Illikainen (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Katelyn Fletcher (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Anne Huebner (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Barrett Herrig (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Vicki Luoma, Faculty Mentor (Department of Accounting & Business Law)

Arizona Immigration Law
Travis Nelson (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
David Perez (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Benjamin Morgan (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Patrick Mooney (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Vicki Luoma, Faculty Mentor (Department of Accounting & Business Law)

Status
Jeremy Sudbeck (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Michael Steinkam (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Dillon Robinson (Department of Accounting & Business Law)
Penelope Herickhoff, Faculty Mentor (Department of Accounting & Business Law)

Poster Session B 11:00 – 12:30 CSU 253/4/5

Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Geology, and Physics & Astronomy

1 - Rubidium uptake in rat heart tissue
Stacy DeBaere (Department of Biological Sciences)
Emma Grossi (Department of Biological Sciences)
Hayley Olson (Department of Biological Sciences)
Michael Bentley, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)

2 - Determination of Strontium Incorporation in Bone
Cassandra Fischer (Department of Biological Sciences)
Danielle Kral (Department of Biological Sciences)
(All researchers participated equally)
Michael Bentley, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

3 - Isolation of phytochelatin synthase and metallothionein-like protein cDNA from the cattails Typha latifolia and Typha angustifolia
Dustin Hack (Department of Biological Sciences)
Jordan Gurter (Department of Biological Sciences)
Daniel P. Toma, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
Zachary W. Bateson, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Large Grant

4 - Microvasculature of Transgenic Mouse Hearts Lacking Actin Capping Protein
Leah Michaels (Department of Biological Sciences)
Kyle Sonnabend (Department of Biological Sciences)
(All researchers participated equally)
Michael Bentley, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

5 - The effect of sub-lethal concentrations on Bacillus cereus
Adeline Ngum (Department of Biological Sciences)
Dorothy Wrigley, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)

6 - Coelomocyte control of bacteria population by phagocytosis in Eisenia fetida
Anna B. Novak (Department of Biological Sciences)
Dorothy Wrigley, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

7 - Implications of Eating Habits, Social Class, and Lifestyle to Make Diabetes Less Prevalent in African American Culture
Julian Phipps (Department of Biological Sciences)
Edward Williams, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
Michael Bentley, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)

8 - Effect of Water and Methanol Extracts of Common Buckthorn Berries on the Germination and Growth of Lettuce and Native Grass Seeds
Jordy Veit (Department of Biology Sciences: Environmental Science)
Beth Proctor, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)

9 - Investigation of the Anatomical Role of Schlemm’s Canal and Collector Channels in the Eye
Betlehem A. Semahge (Department of Biological Sciences)
Michael Bentley Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)

10 - Effect of Increased Water Temperature on Warm Water Fish Feeding Behavior and Habitat Use
Eric M. Walberg (Department of Biological Sciences)
Shannon J. Fisher, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

11 - Preparation of some new Aryl Diethyl Phosphate and their use in Metal- Catalyzed Reaction
Emmanuel Asamou (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
Michael Lusch, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)

12 - Exploration of the Interaction between Benzaldehyde in Almonds and Our DNA
Megan Geitz (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
Danaé Quirk Dorr, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

13 - Exploring Potential Chemopreventive Properties of the Natural Food Derivative Curcumin
Keely Hamann (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
Danae Quirk Dorr, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

14 - The Effect of Lowered Aldosterone on the Expression of Mineralocorticoid Receptor Isoforms α,
β and γ
Lyndee Heidecker (Department of Chemistry and Geology)
Theresa Salerno, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry and Geology)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

15 - Cycloaddition of an isomuchnone compound and stilbene
Patrick Hovda (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
Michael J. Lusch, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)

[PDF] 16 - NMR Study of Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) Reactivity toward Nucleosides of DNA (381 KiB)
Cameron Hovey (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
Danaé Quirk Dorr, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)

17 - Using Q-PCR To Measure Effects of Nitrogen Supplementation on the Expression of Lipoxyenase Isoenzymes in Soybeans
Hyuck Jin Lee (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
James Rife, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

18 - The Effect of Wounding And Methyl Jasmonate on the Expression of Lipoxygenase in Soybean Leaves
Kayo Kurahashi (Department of Chemistry & Geology Department)
Minh Nhat Hoang (Department of Chemistry & Geology Department)
(All researchers participated equally)
James Rife, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)

19 - Exploration of the Mesabi Iron Range
Ryan Rague (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
Steven Losh, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)

20 - Quantifying Sedimentary Iron Mineral Abundance with X-Ray Diffraction
Brady L. Lubenow (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
Chad A. Wittkop, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

21 - Differentiating ABO Genotypes by Using qPCR Genotyping Methods
Kristirose Renwick (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
Theresa Salerno, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)

22 - Cellulosic Ethanol from Cattail Leaves
Daniel Sanchez (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
James Rife, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

23 - Expression of Lipoxygenase (LOX) 1 Ps: 5 and LOX G in Pea Leaves after Mechanical Wounding
Sandra Tambi (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
Theresa Salerno, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

24 - Investigation of the Effects of Cinnamaldehyde and Vanillin on 2'-Deoxyguanosine and 2'-Deoxyadenosine
Katelyn Taylor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
Danaé Quirk Dorr, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

25 - Identification and stability of fluoroquinolone antibiotic complexes involving heavy metals, ciprofloxacin, and phenolic degradation products: Relevance in ground and waste
water systems
Indumini A. Weeramantri (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
Trent P. Vorlicek, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

26 - Laboratory exercise demonstrating systematic error in instrumental analyses: Aberrant atomic absorption spectroscopy of cadmium
Derek Whitaker (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
Trenton Vorlicek, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

27 - Isomorphous substitutions of Calcium by dysprosium in the structure of synthetic vanadate apatite
Jin-Ho Yun (Department of Biological Sciences and Chemistry & Geology)
Lyudmyla Ardanova, Faculty Mentor (Department of Chemistry & Geology)

28 - Production of 13N for Radiotracer Synthesis
Christopher Prokop (Department of Physics & Astronomy)
John Clymer (Department of Physics & Astronomy)
Nick Compton (Department of Physics & Astronomy)
Henry Dam (Department of Physics & Astronomy)
Adam Hanson (Department of Physics & Astronomy)
Justen Pautzke, Graduate Research Assistant (Department of Physics & Astronomy)
Andrew Roberts, Faculty Mentor (Department of Physics & Astronomy)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

Oral Session 7 1:30 – 3:00 CSU 201

Psychology

Student Attitudes Towards Online Testing and Preparedness in Relation to Exam Performance
Kayla Genelin (Department of Psychology)
Kristie Campana, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)

Most People Use Only 10% of Their Brain Power: Misconception Identification & Revision in Psychology Students
Sarah Gilbert-Schwarck (Department of Psychology)
Samuel Erickson (Department of Psychology)
(All researchers participated equally)
Karla Lassonde, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

[PDF] Surveying College Students About Their Perceptions of Test Accommodations (277 KiB)
Amber L. Sanz (Department of Psychology)
Carlos J. Panahon, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

Does Gender Affect How Participants Perceive a Professional’s Intelligence?
Katie Schwartz (Department of Psychology)
Kristie Campana, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)

Recovery from Work-Related Strain: The Influence of Technology Use and Proactive Personality
Kate Wilson (Department of Psychology)
Lisa Perez, Faculty Mentor (Department of Psychology)

Oral Session 8 1:30– 3:00 CSU 204

Automotive Engineering Technology

Maximizing the Efficiency of an E-85 Fueled Single Cylinder Engine
Bill Foley (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)
Colter Marcks (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)
Bruce Jones, Faculty Mentor (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

E85 Ethanol Efficiency in an Automotive Engine. Utilization of Direct Injection using General Motors EcoTec Engine.
Justin Kunz (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)
Courtney Roberts (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)
Jonathan Kay (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)
Bruce Jones, Faculty Mentor (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)

Small Engines Ethanol Research
Kyle Swensen (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)
Kevin Shutrop (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)
Gary Mead, Faculty Mentor (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

Research and Testing of a CNG-Diesel Dual Fueled Engine
Matt Taylor (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)
Satish Nakarmi (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)
Bruce Jones, Faculty Mentor (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)

Research and Testing of Emissions Reductions and Fuel Economy for a Small On-Road Diesel Engine in a Hybrid Vehicle
Zach Zurbey (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)
Steve Loewen (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)
Timothy Werts (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)
Bruce Jones, Faculty Mentor (Department of Automotive Engineering Technology)

Oral Session 9 1:30 – 3:00 CSU 284A

Gender & Women's Studies and Sociology & Corrections

The United States’ Food System From an “Outsider’s” Perspective: International Residents of the United States’ Accounts of the Intersection of Food and Gender
Maggie Freeman (Department of Gender & Women’s Studies)
Maria Bevacqua, Faculty Mentor (Department of Gender & Women’s Studies)

The Cultural Acceptance of Male Contraception and its Implications in Reproductive Justice
Sarah Gilbert (Department of Psychology)
Cybill Okitikpi (Department of Biological Sciences and Gender & Women’s Studies)
(All researchers participated equally)
Dawn Rae Davis, Faculty Mentor (Department of Gender & Women’s Studies)

Increasing Awareness of LGBT Rights in the Workplace in Minnesota
Sydney Piras (Department of Psychology)
Jennifer Stenzel (Department of Management)
Dawn Rae Davis, Faculty Mentor (Department of Gender and Women’s Studies)

Employment Opportunities for Ex-offenders: An Employers’ Perspective on Hiring and Retaining Exoffenders
Sahara Leonard (Department of Sociology & Corrections)
Sherrise Truesdale-Moore, Faculty Mentor (Department of Sociology & Corrections)

Finding Success and Stability in Long Lasting Marriages
Lacey Theodorson (Department of Sociology & Corrections)
Emily Boyd, Faculty Mentor (Department of Sociology & Corrections)

Poster Session C 1:30– 3:00 CSU 253/4/5

Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology, Iron Range Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics, and Mechanical & Civil Engineering

1 - Morphological Characterization of Transgenic Mice Hearts
Derek Anderst (Department of Biological Sciences)
Jennifer Heibel (Department of Biological Sciences)
(All researchers participated equally)
Marilyn Hart, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
Michael Bentley, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

2 - Evaluation of Specimen Preparation Methods for Characterization of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis Biofilms
Jose A. Barriga (Department of Biological Sciences)
Timothy Secott, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)

3 - The Novel Polyglutamine Protein KIAA1946 Localizes to Cytoplasmic Vesicles
Anita K. Becker (Department of Biological Sciences)
Geoffrey M. Goellner, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

4 - Determination of the Localization Patterns of the Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 Subunits of Actin Capping Protein
Samantha A. Buss (Department of Biological Sciences)
Raeann L. Kragenbring (Department of Biological Sciences)
Marilyn C. Hart, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

5 - Creation of a Reporter Gene Fusion Vector for the Localism of Mycobacteria Proteins
Adam Edwinson (Department of Biological Sciences)
Timothy Secott, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

6 - Effectiveness of disinfectants on dormant Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis
Jessica M. Jurovich (Department of Biological Sciences)
Timothy Secott, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

7 - The Effect of Renal Perfusion Pressure on the Baroreflex Response to High Blood Pressure
Tyler Kabes (Department of Biological Science)
Meredith Lovaas (Department of Biological Science)
(All researchers participated equally)
Penny Knoblich, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)

8 - Localization of the Novel Polyglutamine Protein KIAA1946- Using A Multi Tissue Western Blot
Toni M. Kopachek (Department of Biological Sciences)
Geoffrey M. Goellner, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

9 - A Possible Screening for the Development of Uterine Cancer in Obesity
Jennifer L. Lamoreux (Department of Biological Sciences)
Steven D. Mercurio, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

[PDF] 10 - Analysis of Polyglutamine Tract Length Polymorphism within the Novel Protein KIAA1946 (614 KiB)
Han Lee (Department of Biological Sciences)
Geoffrey M. Goellner, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

11 - The Effect of Reduced Aldosterone and Voluntary Exercise on High Blood Pressure in Spontaneously Hypertensive Female Rats   
Yusuf Opakunle (Department of Biological Sciences)
Kristen Oldenburg (Department of Biological Sciences)
(All researchers participated equally)
Penny Knoblich, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

12 - Evaluation of Dormancy Modeling Systems for Consistent Viability of Dormant Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis
Nicholas Ramberg(Department of Biological Sciences)
Timothy Secott, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

13 - Effects of an Anticancer Agent on Brain Development of Mice on Regular and High Fat Diets
Moriamo Sulaiman-Ifelodun (Department of Biological Sciences)
Steven D. Mercurio Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of NorthStar STEM Alliance Award

14 - Effects of reduced aldosterone secretion on hypertension development in the Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat (SHR) as measured by remote monitoring.
Crystal Taylor (Department of Biological Sciences)
Susan Gerbensky (Department of Biological Sciences)
(All researchers participated equally)
Penny Knoblich, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

15 - Effects of Extracts of Alternative Chinese Herbal Pain Medicines on Nerve Conduction
Daniel C. Widman (Department of Biological Sciences)
Steven D. Mercurio, Faculty Mentor (Department of Biological Sciences)                                              

16 - Smart User Interfaces:  Building Easier to Use Software through Dynamic User Interfaces
Tyler Chester (Department of Computer Science)
Rebecca Bates, Faculty Mentor (Department of Computer Science)

17 - The Use of Information Retrieval for a Searchable Database of Audio Teachings
Adedayo E. Ologunde (Department of Computer Science)
Rebecca A. Bates, Faculty Mentor (Department of Computer Science)
*Recipient of NorthStar STEM Alliance Award

18 - Analysis of Learning Styles of Undergraduate Science, Engineering, and Technology Students
Sarah M. Painter (Department of Mathematics and Statistics)
Rebecca A. Bates, Faculty Mentor (Department of Computer Science)

[PDF] 19 - Construction Of Autonomous Vehicle for the SparkFun Competition (538 KiB)
Kokouvi S. Ketika (Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology)
Vincent Winstead, Faculty Mentor (Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

20 - Assessment of Pattern Recognition Using Lasers with CMOS Imaging Arrays
Erik Morness (Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology)
Dexter Jenson (Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology)
William Hudson, Faculty Mentor (Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

[PDF] 21 - Differentiation of Sidewalk and Other Image Features via Multiple Image Processing Methods (544 KiB)
Nadia Sultana (Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology)
Vincent Winstead, Faculty Mentor (Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering & Technology)

22 - Experiment and analysis of a combustion fueled Tesla turbine
Matthew Hudson (Iron Range Engineering – MNSU)
Nicholas Esler (Iron Range Engineering – MNSU)
Tom Happy (Iron Range Engineering – MNSU)
Eric Schaupp (Iron Range Engineering – MNSU)
Dan Ewert, Faculty Mentor (Iron Range Engineering – MNSU)
Ron Ulseth, Faculty Mentor (Iron Range Engineering – MNSU)
Andy Lillesve, Faculty Mentor (Iron Range Engineering – MNSU)

23 - Coexistence of Multi-allelic Polymorphism with Migration and Selection
Andrew J. Flick (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)
Namyong Lee, Faculty Mentor (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)

24 - Using Logistic Regression Model to Analyze Student Satisfaction Data
Amanuel Tsegaye (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)
Deepak Sanjel, Faculty Mentor (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)

25 - Antibiotics and disinfectants effect on septic treatment
Ryan Birdsall (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
Nripendra Bastola (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
Adimoraegbu Frances Ngozi (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
Hyunjung Lee (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
Jerry Schimmel (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
Stephen Druschel, Faculty Mentor (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

26 - Combating Fecal Coliform Growth with a Diluted Chlorine Bleach Solution
Steven Muir (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
Shaun Bulfer (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
Cassandra Orcutt (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
Maria Tiegs (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
Ashley M. Veldkamp (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
Stephen Druschel, Faculty Mentor (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

27 - Algal Filtration for Excess Nutrient Removal
Mark Origer (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
Anthony Adams (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
Kyle Bruender (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
Sriya Panta (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
Kristopher Roppe (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
Stephen J. Druschel, Faculty Mentor (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)

Oral Session 10 10:00 – 12:00 CSU 284A

Tuesday, April 5 Presenters

History

US Intervention in Russia 1918-1920: the Forgotten Mutiny
Austin Lee (Department of History)
Matthew Loayza, Faculty Mentor (Department of History)

African Women in Politics: A Case Study of Liberia Women, 19th century to the Present
Florkime Paye (Departments of International Relations and Psychology)
Agnes A. Odinga, Faculty Mentor (Department of History)

Squaw Valley 1960: Sport, Politics, and Nationalism
Joe Schiller (Department of History)
Matthew Loayza, Faculty Mentor (Department of History)

Causes for Child Abandonment in Eighteenth-Century France
Emily Timm (Department of History)
Christopher Corley, Faculty Mentor (Department of History)

Oral Session 11 9:00 – 10:30 CSU 204

English and Human Performance

Dorothy Wordsworth: Lyrical Poet
Nathan Robertson (Department of English)
Mary Susan Johnston, Faculty Mentor (Department of English)

The Horrors of Frankenstein
David Wild (Department of English)
Mary Johnston, Faculty Mentor (Department of English)

The Will to Run: Mental Strategies Used by Recreational Marathon Runners
Amy Harris (Department of Human Performance)
Cindra Kamphoff, Faculty Mentor (Department of Human Performance)
Suzannah Armentrout, Faculty Mentor (Department of Human Performance)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

Women Coaches in High School Sport: A National Study
Inge E. Milius (Department of Human Performance)
Cindra Kamphoff, Faculty Mentor (Department of Human Performance)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

Oral Session 12 9:00 – 10:30 CSU 284A

Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Mechanical & Civil Engineering

A Dialog System to Supplement Student Advising
Brian McMahan (Department of Computer Science)
Rebecca Bates, Faculty Mentor (Department of Computer Science)

Network Propagation and Related Algorithms
Joe Wagner (Department of Computer Science)
In-Jae Kim, Faculty Mentor (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)

Mathematical Modeling and Optimal Control of Chemotherapy applied to HIV
Daniel R. Branscombe (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)
Namyong Lee, Faculty Mentor (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

Minimum rank, zero forcing number and network propagation
Moyang Chen (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)
In-Jae Kim, Faculty Mentor (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)

Mathematical Modeling of Vehicular Carbon Emissions
Evan Vidden (Department of Mathematics and Statistics)
Jin-ho Yun (Department of Biological Sciences)
Namyong Lee, Faculty Mentor (Department of Mathematics and Statistics)

Impedance Tests to Assess Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete
Tim Setala (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
Allison Stanek (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
(All researchers participated equally)
Farhad Reza, Faculty Mentor (Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

Oral Session 13 11:00 – 12:30 CSU 201

Economics

A Study on the Use of Sex, Violence, and Profanity to Increase Revenue in the Motion Picture Industry
Amanda Helget (Department of Economics)
Christina Lotton (Department of Economics)
(All researchers participated equally)
Ihsuan Li, Faculty Mentor (Department of Economics)

An Analysis of the Impact of Affirmative Action on Gender Wage differential
in the United States
Guncha Jumakuliyeva (Department of Economics)
Ihsuan Li, Faculty Mentor (Department of Economics)
*Recipient of Undergraduate Research Conference Small Grant

Does financial aid help reduce crime rate?
Yuyoung Park (Department of Economics)
Ihsuan Li, Faculty Mentor (Department of Economics)

Oral Session 14 11:00 – 12:30 CSU 204

Anthropology, Elementary & Early Childhood Education, Ethnic Studies, and Scandinavian Studies

Assessment of Hand Hygiene Habits of Employees in an Adult Day Care Center
David P. Wilson (Department of Anthropology)
Kathryn “Jay” Elliott, Faculty Mentor (Department of Anthropology)

Change in Cultural Competency among Students During an Intentional Human Relations Experience (EEC 222W)
Samantha Tupy (Department of Psychology)
Camille McNabb (Department of Psychology)
(All researchers participated equally)
Elizabeth Sandell, Faculty Mentor (Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education)
*Recipient of Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation Grant

Social Challenges of African Americans at Minnesota State University, Mankato
Ifedi Obidiegwu (Department of Ethnic Studies)
Kebba Darboe, Faculty Mentor (Department of Ethnic Studies)

Gender and Monarchy: The Case of “King” Christina
Jenna Tatro (Department of Scandinavian Studies)
Suzanne Martin, Faculty Mentor (Department of Scandinavian Studies)

Oral Session 15 11:00 – 12:30 CSU 284A

Government

Recent Health Reforms: in Turkey and Mexico
Abdihakin Abdi (Department of Government)
Tomasz Inglot, Faculty Mentor (Department of Government)

A Comparative Analysis of Health Care Reforms in France and Germany
Melissa Do (Department of Government)
Tomasz Inglot, Faculty Mentor (Department of Government)

Health Policy Reform in Germany and the United States: A Cost Containment Approach
Derek Eiden (Department of Government)
Tomasz Inglot, Faculty Mentor (Department of Government)