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University's Developing Scholars to share research at annual symposium

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


MANHATTAN — Undergraduate research will take center stage at Kansas State University's 15th annual Developing Scholars Program Research Poster Symposium from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in the K-State Student Union's Ballroom.

The event is free and the public is welcome. The program will include remarks at 2 p.m.

The Developing Scholars Program, offered through the university's Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry, provides underrepresented students opportunities to research projects with a faculty mentor. Students receive academic, social and financial support while participating in the discovery and creation of new knowledge at Kansas State University. Participating students are from the university's Manhattan and Salina campuses.

"Undergraduate research has long been the tradition at K-State, and today research is becoming even more crucial for undergraduates preparing for the next step, whether that be graduate programs or professional job positions," said Anita Cortez, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry. "Undergraduates in research are prepared to be innovative thinkers and problem-solvers. We encourage all undergraduates to seek out research opportunities while they are at K-State and surrounded by so much faculty expertise."

The following Developing Scholars will make presentations at the symposium:

Tayler Christian, senior in sociology, Baldwin City, "Brewing Coffee Party Activism in Tea Party Territory: Faith and Politics in Rural America"; Samantha Estabrook, sophomore in regional & community planning, Buhler, "Cognition, Creativity and the Embodied Mind with Emphasis on Architecture and the Millennial Generation"; Logan Joos, senior in chemical engineering, Columbus, "Membrane Contact Reactors for the Valorization of Lignin Model Compounds"; Delia Hernandez, senior in microbiology, Deerfield, "Transcriptome Analysis of Cells Sensitive and Resistant to Macrophage Cytotoxicity."

From DodgeCity: Eduardo Acosta, senior in life sciences, "Riding the Fungal Highway: Motility of Bacteria on Rhizoctonia solani Fungal Hyphae"; Jennifer Delzeit, junior in biology, "Regenerative Potential of Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stromal Cells"; Armando Marquez, senior in electrical engineering, "Wildcat Wind Power"; Larry Rodriguez, senior in biochemistry, "The chemistry of sex games: Why do male crickets transfer large amounts of dopamine to females during copulation?"; and Michael Zuniga, sophomore in biology, "The expression of Cytokines in Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (UCMSCs) after activation."

Brian Neuman, senior in biochemistry, Elkhart, "Synthesizing Affordable and Efficient Biofuels"; Thuy Cao, senior in biochemistry, Garden City, "Expression of ACEL in Molting Fluid of Manduca sexta"; Thuan Daniel Quach, senior in biochemistry, Garden City, "The Effect of Cryopreservation Storage Time and Freezing Extenders on Rat Sperm Cryosurvival Rate."

From Greater Kansas City: Branden Brown, sophomore in computer engineering, Kansas City, "Implementation of Thin-film Transducers in Space-suits"; Marco Loma-Jasso, freshman in mechanical engineering, Kansas City, "NextGen Air Traffic Control"; Monica Diaz-Serrano, junior in psychology, "The Relationship between Theory of Mind and Social Reasoning"; Tayler Scott, junior in animal sciences and industry, Leawood, "Epitope Mapping of the ASFV P-54 gene"; Kelsey Castinado, master's program in interior architecture & product design, Overland Park, "3-D Printing Animal Bone Fractures through Experimental Applications in Digital Fabrication"; Emmalee Laidacker, freshman in business administration, Overland Park, "Developing Methods to Market 3-D Printers to Women"; Jourdan LeBeau, freshman in sociology, Overland Park, "Criminals or Victims: Explaining Overrepresentation of American Indians in the U.S Criminal Justice System"; Geordy Williams, sophomore in computer science, Overland Park, "Global Sensitivity Analysis of Dam Erosion Models"; and Arisa Yamashita-Taylor, sophomore in animal sciences and industry, Overland Park, "Melatonin 1A Receptor’s Potential Influence on Seasonal Breeding in Sheep."

Mark Mathis II, junior in civil engineering, Hays, "Variation in water quality between urban and rural portions of Wildcat Creek"; Abigail Agnew, junior in marketing, Haysville, "Aspects of Cross-Cultural Relationships of Buyer/Suppliers and Sales Managers/Sales Persons"; Navanté Peacock, sophomore in psychology, Haysville, "Propensity versus Prototypes: Factors that Influence Attributions to Prejudice"; Mattie Bieberly, freshman in biology, Hutchinson, "Condition-Dependent in Xiphophorus hellerii"; Alyssa Baquero Garcia, freshman in nutritional sciences, Junction City, "Fruit and Vegetable Consumption associated with Cardiovascular Disease."

From Liberal: Jose Covarrubias, senior in chemistry, "Synthesis and Evaluation of Acid-Modified Fe/Fe3O4 Nanocatalysts for the Conversion of Soy Oil and Waste Fat to Biodiesel"; Carolina Garcia, senior in biology, "Effect of Indole-3-Carbinol on Gap Junction Intercellular Communication in Colorectal Cancer Cells"; Emmanuel Garcia, senior in kinesiology, "Exercise, blood flow, and tumor models of prostate cancer: Location, Location, Location"; Trevin Garcia, sophomore in English, "News Aggregation Approaches"; Socorro Martinez, senior in animal sciences and industry, "Bilingual Training of Feedlots and Dairies to Ensure Food Safety and Animal Well-Being"; Noe Nunez, sophomore in biological systems engineering, "Establishing biomass growth and lipid and protein productivities for Chlamydomonas reinhardtii"; Dalia Sanchez, senior in chemistry, "Reniochalistatin E Tri-Peptide Coupling from the Marine Sponge Reniochalina stalagmitis"; Yubisela Toledo, junior in biology, "Synthesizing Dendrimers for the Delivery of Prodrugs To Solid Tumors and Metastases"; and Obdulia Covarrubias Zambrano, non-degree graduate in biology, "Quantitative associations between Tomato spotted wilt virus accumulation, transmission, and expression of heat-shock protein genes in the insect vector, Frankliniella occidentalis, at elevated temperatures."

Kyle Bayliff, senior in physics and chemistry, Maize, "Equilibrium Solubility of Gold Nanoparticles."

From Manhattan: Edson Alfaro, junior in biochemistry, "Preparation of Peptide Nanotubes using Double Stranded Oligo-Nucleotides as a Template": Erwin Chege, sophomore in business administration, "African-American Women in Media"; Daniel Dissmore, junior in history, "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X: Truths and Misconceptions"; Alex Fees, junior in nutritional sciences, "Post-Occlusive Hyperemia: Effects on Skeletal Muscle Capillary Hemodynamics"; Patrick Guvele, freshman in biological systems engineering, "Silver Nanoparticles Interaction with Human Cells"; Jacobo Jacquez, senior in animal sciences and industry, "Effects of Standardized Ileal Digestible Valine: Lysine Ratio in Low Crude Protein and Low Lysine Diets on Finishing Pig Growth Performance from 70 to 100 lb"; Miriam Macedo, senior in biology, "Evaluation of CXCR4 Expression by Mouse Neural Stem Cells"; Jeffrey Murray, senior in physics, "Visual Cues and Outcome Feedback Influencing Physics Problem Solving in an Online System"; Sterling Muse, sophomore in marketing, "Internal and External Roles on College Choices for Multicultural Students"; Daniel Perez, senior in kinesiology, "Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity between the Early, Middle and Later portions of Recess Sessions among Preschool-Aged Children"; Samantha Pratt, senior in communication studies, "Motivations to Volunteer with Children; Perception’s from Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Volunteers"; Micke Ramirez, junior in animal sciences and industry, "Development of an assay to detect African Swine Fever Virus specific antibodies"; Melissa Riley, freshman in animal sciences and industry, "15 deoxy-PGJ2 Stimulates Porcine Vas Deferens Epithelial Anion Secretion via EP2/EP4 Receptors"; Sophia Sabates, senior in biology, "Agriculture production impacts on Cerrado Biodiversity: a land use analysis"; Roberto Sanchez, junior in agricultural economics, "Effects of Sorghum Processing on the Efficacy of Feed Grade Enzyme for Broilers"; Kseniya Sheshukova, sophomore in biological systems engineering, "System Development for Efficient Extraction of Recombinant Human Serum Albumin(rHSA)"; Jenae Tate, senior in chemical engineering, "Electrochemical Characterization of 3-D Nanocarbon-Based Electrodes for High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries"; Sharon Wilson, freshman in music education, "Importance of Spanish Song Study in Vocal Music Education."

Tera Brandt, freshman in animal sciences and industry, Paola, "The association between Addison’s disease and a thin intestinal tract lining."

From Salina: Timothy Bruner, senior in aeronautical technology, "Validation of the ASTM F38 Standards as a Certification Basis for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)"; Amarrah Campbell, freshman in American ethnic studies, "Community Oral History: Theory and Practice"; and Trevor Witt, junior in aeronautical technology, "Potential Implications of Section 333 Exemptions."

Alan Caro, junior in electrical engineering, Satanta, "Mia Solé Thin-Film Photovoltaic Array Performance at Variable Temperatures and Substrates"; Daniel Buyanovsky, junior in food science and industry, Spring Hill, "Effect of Protein and Lactose Concentrations on Bleaching of Whey Using Ozone"; Breyana Ramsey, junior in biology, Topeka, "What influences incubation behavior and nest success in Grasshopper Sparrows(Ammodramus savannarum)?"; Alejandro Marquez, senior in biology, Ulysses, "Creating 3-D Cell Cultures in Decellularized Matrix"; Marissa Follette, senior in chemical engineering, Wamego, "Gas Phase Infiltration of Carbon Nanotubes in Nickel Nanofoam for Improved 3-D Electrode Performance in Lithium-Ion Batteries."

From Wichita: Benjamin Archibeque, sophomore in physics, "Finding What Impacts Learning in Introductory Physics"; Olivia Baalman, freshman in computer science, "Visualization in Big Data Analytics"; Kiera Brown, sophomore in psychology, "Connecting Incarcerated Mothers and their Children: An Exploration of Contact Maintenance Programs"; Denise Durham, junior in management, "Higher education teaching and learning centers’ participation with and uses of Twitterjcal_449"; Raquel Ortega, junior in chemistry, "Studying the Protease Expression of Triple Negative Breast Cancer"; and Cipriana Sapien, sophomore in accounting, "The Effects of Green Initiatives on Initial Public Offerings."

From out of state:

Megan Cantu, junior in architecture, Crown Point, Indiana, "Environmental and Energy Evaluation of Manhattan Area Habitat for Humanity Affordable Housing Prototypes"; Marcus Dominguez, junior in sociology, Sycamore, Indiana, "'New Destinations' Immigration, Legislation, and Agriculture in Kansas"; Ramone Armstrong, sophomore in business administration, Kansas City, Missouri, "Spatial Distance and Construal Levels of Consumers’ Decision Process"; Michael Cesena, sophomore in mechanical engineering, Kansas City, Missouri, "Natural Hazards on Buildings"; Hannah Gray, sophomore in social sciences, Kansas City, Missouri, "Experiences of Low Trauma Disclosure Participants and Their Partners"; Sergio Ortiz, junior in electrical engineering, Kansas City, Missouri, "The Unicycle (Single Wheel Self-Balancing Robot)"; Daijah Porchia, sophomore in theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, "Colorism as Experienced by Students at Kansas State University and Beyond"; Halle Sparks, sophomore in biology, St. Louis, Missouri, "Evolution of multicellularity by co-opting cell-cell adhesion genes"; Keiteyana Parks, freshman in open option, Lincoln, Nebraska, "Analyzing the expression of NR2B: The role of the amygdala and hippocampus in the acquisition of fear in differentially reared rats"; Izabella Carmona, junior in animal sciences and industry, Glen Gardner, New Jersey, "Pharmacokinetics of Terbinafine in Horses"; Stephanie Martin, junior in animal sciences and industry, Parsippany, New Jersey, "8Ôˇø\\ÜÂ\00271"">Inactivation of Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) during PCR amplifica-tion"; German Cuevas, junior in biology, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, "Functional Characterization of a Baculovirus Gene with Homology to Intron-encoded Endonucleases on Virus Replication"; Denisse Dominguez, senior in mathematics, Booker, Texas, "Hexagrid Puzzles"; Kara Evans, junior in kinesiology, The Woodlands, Texas, "Acute Vitamin C Supplementation Effects on Airway Function during Exercise in Exercise Induced Asthmatics"; Dominic Deleon, sophomore in marketing, Waco, Texas, "Factors Associated with Different Forms of Cyberloafing"; and Maira Cotton-Caballero, senior in animal sciences and industry, Williamsburg, Virginia, "Expression Analysis and Immunoreactivity of Rift Valley Fever Virus Structural Proteins."

From out of country: Yichao Zhang, senior in chemical engineering, China, "Lagunamide C: Total Synthesis and Cytotoxicity Investigations for Personalized Colon Cancer Therapy"; and Norma Varona, sophomore in industrial engineering, Mexico, "Arm and Calf Blood Pressure Changes after Physical Activity."


Anita Cortez


Developing Scholars Program

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Beth Bohn

At a glance

The 15th annual Developing Scholars Program Research Poster Symposium at Kansas State University will be 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in the K-State Student Union's Ballroom.