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31 Carthage students present research at national conference


Amerin Idell ’17

May 02, 2017

Blues, barbecue, and business suits was the theme for 31 Carthage students who presented individual research projects at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 6-8 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Carthage professors Dennis Munk, Deborah Tobiason, and Daniel Miller joined students for the conference in the city that’s often called the home of the blues. The three-day conference consisted of poster and oral presentations, along with graduate school information sessions.

Each oral presenter gave a 15-minute talk, followed by a five-minute session for questions. The talk Ryeshia Farmer ’17 gave on American social movements interested a University of Memphis professor, which turned it into a professional networking opportunity for Ryeshia.

Carthage student Nicki Foley presented her research, “An Analysis of Human Perception of Black ...Carthage student Nicki Foley presented her research, “An Analysis of Human Perception of Black Bears in Relation to Distribution Changes,” at NCUR 2017. Credit: Amerin Idell ’17Poster presenters gathered in a large lecture room for an hour to discuss their projects with the public. Environmental science major Nicki Foley ’17 exhibited a poster titled, “An Analysis of Human Perception of Black Bears in Relation to Distribution Changes,” featuring research inspired by her internship at the North American Bear Center in Ely, Minnesota — one she obtained through Carthage connections.

Established in 1987, NCUR is the largest U.S. conference dedicated to undergraduate research. English and Spanish major Mary Weir ’17 appreciated the intellectual environment.

“It’s not every day you get to be in a position with so many talented and intelligent students from all across the country who are doing incredible research” she said.

This year’s location at the University of Memphis encouraged Carthage students to explore a city where a reference to Elvis Presley can be found on nearly every block. Adam Pugh ’19 enjoyed Memphis’ unique culture.

“Being a couple blocks from Beale Street … we got to eat at a different BBQ place every night and hear live jazz music,” he said. “I would definitely go back if I had the opportunity.”

In 2018, NCUR will take place at the University of Central Oklahoma. What research will next year’s Carthaginians present?

Carthage students Kelsy Nilles and Breanna Glaeser presented their research project, “Partial ...Carthage students Kelsy Nilles and Breanna Glaeser presented their research project, “Partial Reinforcement During Signaled Lever-Press Avoidance Training Is Less Detrimental to Learning in Behaviorally Inhibited Wistar-Kyoto Rats Compared to Sprague Dawley Rats,” at NCUR 2017.

2017 NCUR Participants

Here is the full list of Carthage students who presented at NCUR 2017:

  • Anthony Bellasario – A Long Way Back to the Top: A Realist Approach to Russian Foreign Policy
  • Benjamin Boren – The Detection of Mutated Human GNAQ in Transgenic Zebrafish Model of Uveal Melanoma
  • Stephanie Bradshaw – The Spatial Relationship Between Lightning and CAPE
  • Anesce Dremen – Escapee Veiled in a Secluded Suicide: Achieving Autonomy in Lin Yutang’s “Moment in Peking”
  • Amanda Ehlert, Laura Krings, Cara Hull – A Study of the Antioxidant and Caffeine Content in Tea
  • Ryeshia Farmer – U.S. Social Movements: Where Political and Social Arenas Overlap
  • Mardell Fisher – A Voice of Her Own: Jane Austen’s “Mansfield Park”
  • Nicki Foley – An Analysis of Human Perception of Black Bears in Relation to Distribution Changes
  • Erin Ganzke – Assessing the Affect of Flow Rate on Three Aquaponics Systems
  • Tristan Grams – Isolation and Analysis of Bacteriophages Collected from the International Space Station
  • Carthage student Peter Whitman ’17 presented his poster, “Developing a Habitat Suitability Mo...Carthage student Peter Whitman ’17 presented his poster, “Developing a Habitat Suitability Model to Increase the Accuracy of Buckthorn Detection in Minnesota,” at NCUR 2017.Amerin Idell – Woher Kommst Du Wirklich? Where Do You Really Come From? A Qualitative Study of Afro-German Identity
  • Shay King – Gendered Self-Knowledge and Disempowering Laughter: A Feminist Examination of Humor Dynamics in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”
  • Abigail Kirby – The Education of the Monster
  • Michael Knaak – Sanctions: Imprisoning the Nuclear Genie
  • Kelsy Nilles, Breanna Glaeser – Partial Reinforcement During Signaled Lever-Press Avoidance Training Is Less Detrimental to Learning in Behaviorally Inhibited Wistar-Kyoto Rats Compared to Sprague Dawley Rats
  • Lauren Prather – Causes of Unintentional Segregation in Low-Income Charter Schools
  • Katelyn Risch – Inspiration and Imitation: The Role of the Poet in the Paradox of Creation
  • Daniela Rodriguez – Familial Relations in “The Oresteia”: Breaking Categories in the Struggle for Power
  • Maria Salerno, Adam Pugh – Portrayal of Millennials in the Public Sphere: A Data Comparison Across Generations
  • Kelsey Schaeflein – That Which We Kindle: Sparks of “Fahrenheit 451”
  • Quinn Stevenson – What Drives Real Estate Prices in the City of Milwaukee?
  • Rachel Utt – Trophic Cascades and Conservation: Analyzing the San Juan National Forest as a Potential Extension of the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program
  • Alanna Varnas – Training Volume and Performance Relationships in Female Cross Country Runners: A Recipe for Success
  • Mary Weir – Virtue Over Convention: How Language Encourages Change in Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”
  • Peter Whitman – Developing a Habitat Suitability Model to Increase the Accuracy of Buckthorn Detection in Minnesota
  • Paige Whitney – Destroy to Create: The Young Female Artist’s Formation of Personal Identity
  • Heather Zima – Performing Identity in Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

NCUR 2017 was held at the University of Memphis.NCUR 2017 was held at the University of Memphis.