|Twenty-one Black Hills State University students presented their research at the 2011 National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. Erin Murtha, senior psychology major from Parkston, discusses her poster presentation to a conference attendee.
Twenty-one Black Hills State University students presented their research at the 2011 National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.
NCUR, an annual conference dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study, is the largest professional research symposium of its type. Each year approximately 3,000 undergraduate students from all fields and disciplines gather to share the knowledge they have gained through their research projects. Student presenters also have the opportunity to publish their work in the Conference Proceedings, which are distributed across the nation.
BHSU was one of 250 institutions from across the country that participated in this year’s conference.
Dr. Vincent King, professor of humanities, and Dr. Aris Karagiorgakis, assistant professor of psychology, who praised the students for their dedication to research, accompanied the group to NCUR.
"This was an eye-opening experience for all students. It was a perfect forum for the exchange of intellectual ideas, and this experiential learning opportunity will undoubtedly better prepare them for graduate school," noted Karagiorgakis.
The BHSU students attending the conference presented research across nine disciplines – biology, communications, education, English, environmental studies and sciences, geography and earth sciences, literature, political science, and psychology.
- Krista Shaykett, sophomore biology major from Belle Fourche, orally presented her research in biology entitled “The Efficacy of Hops (Humulus Lupulus) to Control Saprolegnia Fungal Infections in Aquaculture”
- Li-Ting Sun, senior mass communication student from Rapid City, Yiran Liu, senior mass communication student from Spearfish, and Erin Burke, senior mass communication major from Whitewood, orally presented in communications their research entitled “Social Media: Does Facebook Pull People Together or Push People Apart?”
- Presenters in English included: Blake Caffee, junior English major from Rapid City, orally presented “Model American”; Amylee Caffee, junior English major from Custer, orally presented “Community of Love”; Anna Rose Goodman, sophomore English major from Chamberlain, orally presented “Chuck Berry and Mozart Would Not Have Been Drinking Buddies”; Samantha Nelson, biology major from Wall, orally presented “Half Truths: A Discussion on the Importance of an Insignificant Character in Annie Hall”; and Miranda Schumacher, junior business administration major from Hot Springs, orally presented “Alvy Singer: Learning How to Run”
- Anna Hafele, junior outdoor education major from Newell, and Taylor Schoemaker, sophomore mathematics education major from Faith, presented a poster in education entitled “Exploring Students Understanding of Atoms and Radiation with the Atom Builder Simulator”
- Amity Halan, senior environmental physical science major from Lead, presented a poster in environmental studies and sciences entitled “Relating Hawaiian and Strombolian Eruptive Styles Using Preliminary Data Collected from Montaña Colorada at Lanzarote, Canary Islands”
- Leann Harrington, senior environmental physical science major from Rapid City, presented a poster in geography and earth sciences entitled “Exploration of Early Geologic processes of the Black Hills Through XRF Analysis of Yates Member Core from the Sanford Underground Laboratory, Lead, South Dakota”
- Samantha Yenger Cremean, junior English major from Spearfish, orally presented research in literature entitled “’When the Obscene Becomes the Acceptable’: Fictional Rape Victims Reclaiming their Narratives”
- Samuel Goldberg, sophomore political science major from Spearfish, orally presented research in political science entitled “Media Ownership Trends and Press Freedoms in the United Kingdom and Romania”
- Psychology presenters included: James Hellekson, senior psychology major from Faith, presented a poster entitled “Early Life Stress Associated with Time Perception Deficits”; Danielle Malone, senior psychology major from Salem, presented a poster entitled “Do Less Clothes=More Tips? The Effects of Attire on Tipping”; Erin Murtha, senior psychology major from Parkston, presented a poster entitled “Sociocultural Pressure and Body Image: Do Women of Diversity See Themselves Differently?”; Ava Sauter, senior psychology major from Custer, presented a poster entitled “The Relationship Between Adolescent Trauma and Risky Sexual Behaviors in Adulthood”; Jordan Thayer, junior psychology major from Ranchester, Wyo., and Levi Munyon, junior psychology major from Pierre, presented a poster entitled “Operation Packmule: The Effect of Gender on Compliance Behavior Among Students at Black Hills State University”; Paul Wilson, senior psychology major from Bruce, presented a poster entitled “The Effects of Gender on Comfort and Distraction as it Relates to Violations of Personal Space”; and Jessica Solstad, senior psychology major from Rapid City, along with Wilson presented a poster entitled “Gender Labels and The Pressure to Socially Conform: What Door Will You Walk Through?”