FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153
Twenty-six Marshall University students presenting posters at 7th annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University will join 12 other colleges and universities as participants in the 7th annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston on Thursday, Jan. 28.
Twenty-six Marshall students will be presenting 17 discoveries. Undergraduate Research Day runs from 8:45 a.m. to noon in the Capitol Rotunda. In all, 101 students will be presenting discoveries. Other colleges and universities participating include:
Alderson-Broaddus College, Bluefield State College, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Shepherd University, the University of Charleston, West Liberty State College, West Virginia University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Wheeling-Jesuit University and WVU Institute of Technology.
Students will present their discoveries in poster format and talk to legislators about their findings. The projects are original research and the posters have been designed for a general audience.
The posters will be in the areas of anthropology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, communications, computer science and information technology, criminal justice, economics, engineering, English, environmental studies, geography, geology, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology and sociology/social work.
Michael Castellani, professor and chair of Marshall’s chemistry department and co-chair of the event’s organizing committee, said the level of interest legislators have in higher education in West Virginia is clear on Undergraduate Research Day.
“The state officials really enjoy this special day visiting with these outstanding students and listening as they enthusiastically discuss their projects,” Castellani said. “We enjoy observing the interaction between the students and the legislators. Since we’ve been here for a number of years, many of the legislators anticipate our event and plan in advance to visit the students. I think it’s something they really look forward to doing each year.”
Castellani said that the 26 students from Marshall represent “the most broad-based group of students we’ve ever brought to the Capitol.”
The following is a list of Marshall University’s participants, along with their home counties or cities, disciplines, research posters and advisors:
Laurel Ackison, Fayette County (Biology) – “The Non-Lethal Prediction of Soft Tissue Mass for the Freshwater Mussel, E. complenata.” – Jeff Kovatch, advisor
Austi Sergent, Mason County, Michael Adams, Kanawha County, and Sarah Lilly, Raleigh County (Chemistry) – “Exploring the Photochemistry of Chlorinated Hydrocarbons.” – Laura McCunn, advisor
Rachel Blake, Cabell County, and Emily Beckelhimer, Cabell County (Biochemistry) – “Quantification of Galactated Albumin by Gas Liquid Chromatographry.” – Menashi Cohenford, advisor
Sarah Sexton, Mercer County, and Logan Boone, Cabell County (Biology) – “The Effect of UV on Templated Mutagenesis in Bacteriophage T4 Involving Imperfect Direct or Indirect Sequence Repeats.” – Gary Schultz, advisor
Maggie Chenoweth, Cabell County (Mathematics) – “Radial Basis Function Approximation Methods.” – Scott Sarra, advisor
R. Carl DeMuth, Pamplin, Va. (Anthropology) – “The Efficacy of Controlled Surface Collection in Archaeological Research.” – Nicholas Freidin, advisor
Joan Gallion, Lincoln County (Psychology) – “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Clinical Personality Disorders that Correlate with the Onset of Combat Stress.” – Mark Lindberg, advisor
Rajia Hassib, Logan County (English) – “The American Dream in Modern Literature.” – Jane Hill, advisor
H. Matt Hedrick, Cabell County (Biology) – “Alterations in Bacterial Populations at Habitat Improvement Structures in the Great Kanawha River.” – Charles C. Somerville, advisor
Vanessa Rogers, South Point, Ohio, Danielle Horn, Putnam County, and Josh March, Kanawha County (Psychology) – “Investigation into Eating Disorders as an Addiction.” – Marc Lindberg, advisor
Jennifer Sword, Wayne County, and Brett Jarvis, Wayne County (Economics) – “An Extended School Year is Going to Cost Me What?” – Ralph McKinney, advisor
Michaela Kissell, Hostetter, Pa., and Julian Neal, Cabell County (Economics) – “Waxman Markez Effects on the WV Economy.” – Ralph McKinney, advisor
Shawn Weaver, Mason County, and Amanda Leonard, Mason County (Psychology) – “Coping with Pain.” – Marc A. Lindberg, advisor
Chad Pyles, Cabell County (Geography) – “A Spatial Analysis of Violent Crime and Alcohol in Huntington, WV.” – James Leonard, advisor
Matthew Sowards, Cabell County (Political Science) – “Do Americans Trust the Government?” – Marybeth Beller, advisor
Gregory S. Sammons, Mingo County (Biology) – “Stem Cells Isolated from Adult Blood for Parkinson’s Disease Therapy.” – Elmer Price, advisor
Rachel Nixon, Proctorville, Ohio – Designed the front cover of the 7th annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol program. – Mary Grassell, advisor
For more information on Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, contact Castellani at 304-696-6486.