Kansas Undergraduate Research Days to Feature 5 Fort Hays State Students



HAYS, Kan. – The 2022 Kansas Undergraduate Research Days event is scheduled for March 1-3 in an online format.

Undergraduate students from Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) four-year public universities — including five from Fort Hays State University — are working on 40 different projects.

The event is free and can be viewed at https://symposium.foragerone.com/kansas-undergraduate-research-days anytime between 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 1 and midnight Thursday, March 3.

Dawn Tallchief, coordinator of this year’s event, said Undergraduate Research Days showcase undergraduate research in Kansas, providing a forum for undergraduates across Kansas to present their research to our legislators. of State and to other guests visiting the website. Tallchief is assistant director of student programs at the University of Kansas Center for Undergraduate Research, this year’s sponsor of the annual Research Days event.

The Kansas Undergraduate Research Days website will feature student posters and videos describing research projects. Visitors will be able to comment and ask questions of the student presenters. Students, faculty, KBOR members, state legislators, and the public from across the state are invited to participate. The event aims to raise awareness of research conducted by undergraduate students and highlight the transformational educational opportunities available to students at each KBOR university.

The participating students in the FHSU research, in alphabetical order, are:

Titilayo Egbebi will present “Hidden curriculum of an outdoor school.” Titilayo is a senior from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania who specializes in teacher training. Dr. Matthew Clay, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, served as the faculty’s research sponsor.

Jersey Garoutte will present “Fundamental rate resetting in people with Parkinson’s disease.” Jersey is a sophomore from Pueblo, Colorado, majoring in communication sciences and disorders. Dr. Qiang Li, Assistant Professor of Communication Science and Disorders, served as the faculty’s research sponsor.

Jenna Howard will present “Microbial Isolation and DNA Analysis of Natural Oil Seep from Turner Hall Woods on the Island of Barbados.” Jenna is a senior from WaKeeney majoring in geosciences. Dr. Jeanne Sumrall, a geoscience teacher, served as the faculty’s research sponsor. Michael Shinkle and Micayla Gutierrez, biology, will be co-presenters.

Haley Pfeifer will present “All-Atom Simulations Reveal Structural and Dynamical Differences Between Human and Full-Length Chicken STINGs in Membrane Systems.” Haley is a sophomore from Great Bend who is a student at the Kansas Academy of Math and Sciences. Dr. Masakatsu Watanabe, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, served as the faculty’s research sponsor. Lyly Le, chemistry, will be co-presenter.

Megan Shepard will presentRural Disparities in Intimate Partner Violence Services – A Review of the Current Literature.” Megan is a Kinsley junior majoring in sociology. Dr. Ziwei Qi, assistant professor of criminal justice, served as the faculty’s research sponsor.


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