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Funded Projects Summer 2013

Summer 2013
  • Student Research Grants
    • Rabin Adhikari and Dr. Sara Taylor (faculty mentor), Department of Medical Laboratory Science: Effect of statins on hippocampal synaptogenesis.
    • Chelsea Taylor and Dr. T. Wayne Schwertner (faculty mentor), Department of Animal Science and Wildlife Management: Habitat utilization and demographics of Crested Guineafowl (Guttera pucherani) in Mlawula, Swaziland.
  • Student Travel Grants
    • Chelsae Hay, Department of English/Foreign Languages: It's All in the Ending: Target Shifts in Tragedy and Restoration Comedy. To be presented at the 2013 Conference of International Society for Humor Studies in Williamsburg, VA (faculty mentor: Dr. Jeanelle Barrett).
    • Jeri Martin, Department of English/Foreign Languages: Language in Stand-Up Comedy: Expanding Society's Acceptance of Taboo. To be presented at the 2013 Conference of International Society for Humor Studies in Williamsburg, VA (faculty mentor: Dr. Jeanelle Barrett).
    • Sarah McKamie, Department of Environmental and Agricultural Management: Effect of Condensed Tannins on Microbial Types in Dairy Cow Manure and Subsequent Effect on Stable Fly Development. To be presented at the 57th Livestock Insect Workers Conference in Nebraska City, NE (faculty mentor: Dr. David Kattes).
    • Carolynn Ordiway-Thiem, Department of English/Foreign Languages: Humor Competence in ESL Learning. To be presented at the 2013 Conference of International Society for Humor Studies in Williamsburg, VA (faculty mentor: Dr. Jeanelle Barrett).
    • Caitlin Schlagal, Department of Environmental and Agricultural Management: The Attraction of Various Mineral Compounds to Spinose Ear Ticks. To be presented at the Livestock Insect Worker's Conference in Nebraska City, NE (faculty mentor: Dr. David Kattes).
    • Billie Shine, Department of Environmental and Agricultural Management: Effect of Storage Methods on Manure as a Substrate for Filth Fly Development. To be presented at the Livestock Insect Worker's Conference in Nebraska City, NE (faculty mentor: Dr. David Kattes).
    • Drew White, Department of Animal Science and Wildlife Management: Vegetation Sampling at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. To be presented at the C2S2 Annual Meeting in Front Royal, VA (faculty mentor: Dr. Jeff Breeden).
    • Ross Wyatt, Department of Animal Science and Wildlife Management: Evaluation of Carcass Washing Technologies in a Commercial Slaughter Facility and Mechanical tenderization can alter fresh muscle characteristics of steaks from the beef round. To be presented at the AMSA 66th Reciprocal Meat Conference in Auburn, AL (faculty mentor: Dr. Jason Sawyer).
  • Undergraduate Research Assistantships
    • Tiana Blackmon, Department of Animal Sciences and Wildlife Management: Effects of simulated and actual herbivory on plant secondary defense compound tissue concentrations (faculty mentor: Dr. Barry Lambert).
    • Audra Cozart, Department of Mathematics: Math/Science/Language Camp: Investigating the interaction of the acquisition of math and science content and skills with the acquisition of English language in recent immigrants of elementary age (faculty mentor: Dr. Katherine Horak-Smith).
    • Winston Edwards, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies: Investigating the Efficacy of a Basic Online Informed Consent Process in Educational Research (faculty mentor: Dr. Lesley Leach).
    • Chelsea Gadoury and Eva Sepeda, Department of Social Sciences: Social Change: Three Maya villages in Belize (faculty mentor: Dr. Carol Key).
    • Weston Green, Department of Animal Science and Wildlife Management: Comparison of drop nets and walk-in traps for capturing helmeted and crested guineafowl in Swaziland (faculty mentor: Dr. T. Wayne Schwertner).
    • Jennifer Halbert, Carla Bernal, Miranda Byrom, and Kelci Thomas, Department of Curriculum and Instruction: Leading and Teaching in the Digital Age: An Exploratory Analysis of the NETS within Texas Public Schools (faculty mentor: Dr. Laurie McAdams).
    • Diana Piña, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice: Immigration Needs Assessment (faculty mentor: Dr. Deneece Ferrales).
    • Caitlin Pyle, Department of Biological Sciences: Evolutionary Consequences of mitochondrial-nuclear interactions in island snakes (faculty mentor: Dr. Jesse Meik).
    • Tanner Blake Roberson, Department of Chemistry, Geosciences and Environmental Science (faculty mentor: Dr. Rajani Srinivasan).
    • Heather Rowe, Department of Chemistry, Geosciences and Environmental Science: Effect of plant derived polymers as drug/gene delivery systems on cell toxicity - In vitro study (faculty mentor: Dr. Rajani Srinivasan).
    • Caitlin Schlagal, Department of Environmental and Agricultural Management: Management of the Spinose Ear Tick at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (faculty mentor: Dr. David Kattes).
    • Shaquita Scott, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice: Prevalence of Bullying (faculty mentor: Dr. Edward Randle).
    • Billie Shine, Department of Environmental and Agricultural Management: Sustainable Filth Fly Management in Confined Animal Operations (faculty mentor: Dr. David Kattes).
    • Molly Stewart, Department of Social Sciences: Life at Home in Texas (faculty mentor: Dr. Leslie Stanley-Stevens).
    • Jared Tabor, Department of Engineering and Physics: Removal of Pharmaceuticals from Drinking Water Using Laboratory Developed Sorbent and Powdered Activated Carbon (faculty mentor: Dr. Sudarshan Kurwadkar).
    • Brittani Thomas, Cassandra Whitfield, and Lyndsey Garcia, Department of Curriculum and Instruction: Pre-Service Teachers Self-Efficacy Perceptions of Instructional Technology: A Pilot Study (faculty mentor: Dr. James Gentry).
    • Eli Wilson, Department of Engineering and Physics: Cognitive Graphs for Machine Learning: Implementation in a Real Robot (faculty mentor: Dr. Mircea Agapie).