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Students Receive Research Awards

Picture: Elaine Fun, Economics, 3rd Place Undergraduate Research Colloquium; Emily Walters, Biology and Mathematics, 2nd Place Undergraduate Research Colloquium; Yury Kuzmichev, (not pictured) Biology and Chemistry, 1st Place Undergraduate Research Colloquium; Erin Carland, Psychology and Counseling, Distinguished Thesis; Mohamed Radwan, Physics, Graduate School Research Colloquium 1st Place.

 

 

 

The PSU Research Colloquium, held April 8-9, included 10 graduate and undergraduate students who made presentations about research they have been conducting. Research projects included independent research conducted by students as well as research conducted in collaboration with faculty at Pittsburg State University and other universities. 

The students that participated were:  Gabe Spurgeon, physics and mathematics; Mohamed Radwan, physics; Rhonda Egidy, biology; Elaine Fun, economics; Yury Kuzmichev, biology and chemistry; Emily Walters, biology and mathematics; DongQing Huang, physics; Blake Allen, physics and chemistry; Nanjia Zhou, chemistry; and Kim Welch, communication. Cash prizes were given for first place in the Graduate School Division and the top three places in the Undergraduate Division. 

Radwan, winner of the Graduate School, conducted applied research titled "Shielding Calculation Problem - Varian 2100C." This research reviewed the radiation shielding for the therapy room in Mt. Carmel Cancer Center.

Kuzmichev received first place in the Undergraduate Division for his research project "Rational Design of Sequence-Specific Primers for Quantification of Natural Killer Cell Receptors in Rhesus Macaques." Kuzmichev spent the summer of 2008 assisting Dr. Paul Johnson at the New England Primate Research Center, Division of Immunology, Harvard Medical School. Natural killer cell receptor research is conducted as a vital part of finding a cure for HIV.

Walters received second place in the Undergraduate Division for her research project "Estrogen Upregulates the Interferon-a Pathway in T Cells of Women with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus." She assisted Dr. Virginia Rider in the PSU Biology Department in conducting National Institute of Health sponsored research to find the reason Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is gender-biased.

Fun received third place in the Undergraduate Division for her research project "The Effect of Small Business Administration Loans on Economic Growth in Missouri." The research analyzed how SBA loans affected employment rates in the counties of Missouri and which counties benefited the most and least from SBA loans.

The Pittsburg State University Distinguished Thesis Competition also took place in April. Graduate students who completed a thesis in the past year were eligible to participate.

Students that participated were Byron Johns, technology studies; Charles Ibe, engineering technology; Bruce Shields, English; Lori Martin, English; Nisreen Shumayrikh, chemistry; Erin Carland, psychology and counseling; and Kevin Elliott, curriculum and instruction. Carland was awarded the 2009 Distinguished Thesis Award for her thesis "Childhood Emotional Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior Among Community College and University Students."

The Distinguished Thesis Award winner and Research Colloquium Award winners were honored at the Pittsburg State University Graduate Student Awards Banquet held on April 29.

Judges for the Research Colloquium were Dr. Sean Lauderdale, psychology and counseling; Dr. Greg Belcher, technology studies; Dr. Dindo Cortez, Economics, Finance and Banking; Dr. Julie Samuals, Curriculum and Instruction; Dr. Serif Uran, physics; and Dr. Barbara McClaskey, nursing. The judges for the Distinguished Thesis Award were Dr. Stephen Timme, biology; Dr. Lynn Murray, management and marketing; Dr. Ray Willard, curriculum and instruction; and Dr. Brian Sandford, technology studies.


Picture: Elaine Fun, Economics, 3rd Place Undergraduate Research Colloquium; Emily Walters, Biology and Mathematics, 2nd Place Undergraduate Research Colloquium; Yury Kuzmichev, (not pictured) Biology and Chemistry, 1st Place Undergraduate Research Colloquium; Erin Carland, Psychology and Counseling, Distinguished Thesis; Mohamed Radwan, Physics, Graduate School Research Colloquium 1st Place.