Undergraduate Research

Student Research Day

UNK’s Student Research Day is an annual event held each spring for students in all disciplines to present their scholarly work. Students’ research accomplishments and the important role faculty play as mentors are both highlighted. Any undergraduate UNK student engaged in collaborative or independent research is eligible and encouraged to participate, even if their work was not funded through UNK.

Presentations include poster sessions, oral presentations, musical performances, and art exhibitions. Poster and oral presentations are judged and awards are given at a reception at the end of the event. Student Research Day 2015 will be April 15. Application forms are available in the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity in Conrad Hall Room 115, and must be submitted by February 27, 2015.

2014 Student Research Day Award Winners

Natural and Physical Sciences Poster Awards
1st Place
Derek Kleier, Primary Presenter
Co-Presenter: Jordanna Glock
Department: Biology
Advisor: Dr. Dawn Simon
Title: Intron Degeneration in the Lichen Fungi Teloschistes

2nd Place
Tara Bjorklund
Department: Chemistry
Advisor: Dr. Amanda Glass
Title: Characterizing the Metal Binding and Stability of Peptide 1 from the Metal-binding Domain of Metallochaperone SlyD

3rd Place
Aspen Clements
Department: Chemistry
Advisor: Dr. Mahesh Pattabiraman
Title: Gamma Cyclodextrin Mediated Cross Photocyclication of Substituted Alkenes

Behavioral and Social Sciences
1st Place:
Chelsea Atkins
Department: Psychology
Advisor: Dr. Krista Forrest
Title: I didn't do it: Alibi Prototypes for a Love-Triangle Murder Scenario

2nd Place
Zach Davidson
Department: Geography & Earth Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Jason Combs
Title: College Student Debt by Region in the United States

3rd Place
Renming Liu
Department: Psychology
Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Anderson
Title: Different Perception of Facial Attractiveness between American and Chinese

Fine Arts & Humanities
1st Place
Hanna Jorgensen
Department: Communication
Advisor: Dr. Derrick Burbul
Title: Restoring the Native America Spirit

2nd Place
Nolline Omollo
Department: English
Advisor: Dr. Marguerite A. Tassi
The Relationship Between Media Exposure and Eating Disorders—Anorexia and Bulimia

Professional & Applied Studies
1st Place
Shelby Zimmerman, Primary Presenter
Co-Presenter: Danielle Perry
Department: Kinesiology & Sports Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Kate Heelan
Title: The Impact of Nutrition Point of Decision Prompts in a College Cafeteria

2nd Place
Tricia Young, Primary Presenter
Co-Presenter: Ashley Pearson
Department: Kinesiology & Sports Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Gregory Brown
Title: Effects of Changes in Resting Metabolic Rate and Diet Due to Stress throughout a Semester of College

3rd Place
Bridgette Schneekloth
Department: Kinesiology & Sports Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Gregory Brown
Title: Kinect™ Zumba Fitness compared to Zumba Fitness with a Human Instructor for Physical Activity

Graduate Research Posters
1st Place
Mitchell Sasek
Co-Presenter: Brook Wolfe
Department: Kinesiology & Sports Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Zainab Rida
Title: The Impact of Team Nutrition Curriculum on Third Grade Students in Emerson Elementary School

2nd Place
Adrienne Conley
Department: Biology
Advisor: Dr. Wyatt Hoback
Title: Trap and Relocate for Burying Beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae: Nicrophorusspp.) and its Implications for Conservation of the American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus Americanus)

3rd Place
Kate Hannon
Department: Kinesiology & Sports Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Kate Heelan
Title: Changes in Obesity Prevalence among Kindergarten Students

Undergraduate Oral Presentation
1st Place:
Breanna Carman
Co-Presenters: Stacey Johnson and Brandi Hill
Department: Psychology
Advisor: Dr. Krista Forrest
Title: The Effects of Law and Order on Perceptions of Police Interrogations

Graduate Oral Presentation
1st Place:
Brittany Musil
Department: History
Advisor: Dr. James Rohrer
Title: Righteous Reprobation