FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153
32 Marshall students among participants in Undergraduate Research Day
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Thirty-two students from Marshall University will be among 106 students from throughout West Virginia who will present their discoveries in poster format in the 9th annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston on Thursday, Jan. 26.
The event, which takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Capitol rotunda, helps members of the state Legislature and the executive branch understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students who produced these projects. The projects are original research and the posters are designed for a general audience.
“This is a fun event for both students and members of the Legislature,” said Dr. Michael Castellani, professor and chair of Marshall’s chemistry department, and co-chair of the event’s organizing committee. “Students engage in original research projects for as long as four years and this event provides them a chance to share their work with delegates and senators.”
The posters will be in the areas of biochemistry, biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, communications, computer science/information technology, economics, engineering, English, environmental sciences, environmental studies, geology, mathematics, physics and psychology.
In addition to Marshall, the other 14 universities and colleges represented are Alderson-Broaddus College, Bluefield State College, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Ohio Valley University, Shepherd University, the University of Charleston, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Wheeling Jesuit University and WVU Institute of Technology.
“Descriptions of some projects are distributed worldwide and much of the work is on par with that done at the best universities in the country,” Castellani said. “This event provides a unique opportunity for members of the Legislature to see an aspect of higher education that is normally hidden from public view, but is one of the most important tools for developing students for entry into the workplace or postgraduate education.”
The following is a list of Marshall University’s participants, along with their home counties or cities, disciplines, research posters and advisers:
Chris Akers, Kanawha County (Geology), “Is There a Link between Meteorite Impacts and Landslides in Valles Marineris?” – Andrew Schedl, adviser
Devin Albrecht, Cabell County (Computer Science/Information Technology), “Multimedia Web-based Lab Equipment Training and Tracking Application System” – Jonathan Thompson, adviser
James Blackburn, Mingo County, and Jasmine Norwood, Cabell County (Psychology), “Treating Addicts with Preoccupied Attachment” – Marc Lindberg, adviser
Mark Carroll, South Point, Ohio, and Matt Ferguson, Cabell County (Computer Science/Information Technology), “RSS with TTS” – Venkat Gudivada, adviser
Allison Combs, Mercer County, and Sara Lilly, Raleigh County (Chemistry), “Exploring the Molecular Structure of Methyl Pyruvate” – Laura McCunn, adviser
David Facemyer, Putnam County (Physics), “Hybrid Phonoriton in Organic-Semiconductor Heterostructures” – Que Huong Nguyen, adviser
Daniel Kissel, Cabell County, and James Figler, Cabell County (Computer Science/Information Technology), “Code, Compile, and Chat Client” – Hyoil Han, adviser
John Fowler, Putnam County (Art & Design), program cover design – Mary Grassell, adviser
Nitish Garg, Cabell County, and Tim Hall, Cabell County (Computer Science/Information Technology), “Spotection” – Paulus Wahjudi, adviser
Joseph Hall, South Point, Ohio (Computer Science/Information Technology), “Document Retrieval to Identify Evidence of Protein Roles” – Hyoil Han, adviser
Kristen Keown, Wayne County, and Courtney Hatten, Wayne County (Chemistry), “Exploring the Structure of 2-Chloroallyl Alcohol” – Laura McCunn, adviser
John Lilly, Mercer County, and Cecil Rappold, Kanawha County (Computer Science/Information Technology), “MUBuddy” – Jonathan Thompson, adviser
Jessica Parsley, Cabell County, and Kathleen Pletka, Cabell County (Psychology), “Treating Addicts with Anxious Resistant Attachments” – Marc Lindberg, adviser
Duong Thach, Cabell County, and Luu Pham, Cabell County (Computer Science/Information Technology), “An Interactive System for Personalized eLearning” – Venkat Gudivada, adviser
Britni Ross, Putnam County, Amy Whitt, Cabell County, and Megan Powell, Cabell County (Psychology), “Avoidant Attachment Style” – Marc Lindberg, adviser
Katelyn Sheler, Manchester, Mich., and Heather Stewart, Cabell County (Psychology), “Careers Study” – Paige Muellerleile, adviser
Stephen Turley, Kanawha County, and Warren Shelton, Proctorville, Ohio (Computer Science/Information Technology), “Lockout” – Hyoil Han, adviser
Sean Sovine, Cabell County (Mathematics), “The Implicational Logic” – Carl Mummert, adviser
Edwin Warnick, Proctorville, Ohio (Computer Science/Information Technology), “CRES – Cyber-security Research and Education System” – Paulus Wahjudi, adviser
For more information on Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, contact Castellani at 304-696-6486.