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University's Developing Scholars to share research at annual symposium

Monday, April 11, 2016


MANHATTAN — Undergraduate research will take center stage at Kansas State University's 16th annual Developing Scholars Program Research Poster Symposium from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 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 is an undergraduate research program that provides opportunities for highly motivated students from diverse backgrounds to participate in 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. Developing Scholars is housed in the university's Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry.

"The Developing Scholars Symposium has become an anticipated spring tradition at K-State where the campus and community come together to celebrate the diverse contributions of Kansas State undergraduates and their faculty research mentors," said Anita Cortez, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry. "Their research ranges from cutting edge cancer research to prison reform to food insecurity in Kansas to marketing of toys to girls. We encourage all undergraduates to seek out research opportunities while they are at K-State surrounded by so many gifted faculty. K-State's faculty are well known for their generous support of undergraduates in research."

The following Developing Scholars and six guest undergraduate researchers will make presentations at the symposium:

Ryan Clark, senior in biological systems engineering, Abilene, "Assay Development for Determining Enzymatic Activity of the Autolytic Enzyme Produced by the Microalgae C. reinhardtii"; Tayler Christian, senior in sociology, Baldwin City, "Reviving the Democratic Frontier in Kansas"; Samantha Estabrook, junior in regional & community planning, Buhler, "Urban Design Governance in Low-Density American Cities: Emerging Institutions in Kansas City, USA"; and Delia Hernandez, senior in microbiology, Deerfield, "Effects of protein kinase A mediated phosphorylation on surface expression of SLC5A8."

From DodgeCity: Jennifer Delzeit, senior in biology, "Study of the effect of pulmonary surfactant on cationic nanoparticle-based gene transfection in lung cancer cells"; Edgar Duarte, freshman in chemical engineering, "The Role of Gene CDR20291_1070 in Peptoclostridium difficile"; Carolina Fonte, senior in biochemistry, "Novel Electric Field Decoupler for Electrochemical Detection in Microfluidic Devices"; Miriam Macedo, senior in biology, "Nanoparticle Uptake and Toxicity on Neural Stem Cells and Monocyte Cells"; Armando Marquez, senior in electrical engineering, "Wildcat Wind Power"; Faith Rahman, senior in biochemistry, "Sensing and Measuring Biomarkers of Lung Inflammation Using Smartphone-Based Technology"; and Michael Zuniga, junior in biology, "The expression of Cytokines in Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (UC-MSCs) after activation."

Brian Neuman, senior in biochemistry, Elkhart, "A Novel Designer Polymer for Application in the Life Sciences"; and Rafael Garcia, sophomore in mass communications, Emporia, "A Case Study of La Voz Latina, a Rural Hispanic Newspaper."

From Garden City: Dursitu Hassen, freshman in biochemistry, "Synthesis of Nanobiosensors for Point-of-Care Devices for Asthma Detection"; Maria Martinez-Rosales, junior in psychology, "Role of HDAC Inhibition and Environmental Condition in Altering the Reinstatement of Drug-Seeking Behaviors; and Daniel Perez, senior in kinesiology, "Nutritional Content in Nutritionally Focused vs Standard Menu of the National School Lunch Program for Adolescents in Grades 9-12."

From Greater Kansas City: Marcos Aleman, freshman in environmental design, Gardner, "The Meadow Project"; Branden Brown, junior in computer engineering, "Implementation of Thin-film Transducers in Space-suits," Kansas City; Marco Loma, sophomore in mechanical engineering, "Enhanced Pool Boiling at Elevated Pressures," Kansas City; Ana Simental, sophomore in microbiology, Kansas City, "Role of Polyamine Synthesis Pathway in Glutamine Addiction of Vaccinia Virus Infection"; Chelsea Turner, freshman in communication science and disorders, Kansas City, "Compliance in stuttering treatment: A qualitative analysis"; Jaasiel Duarte, freshman in environmental design, Mission, "Contemporary Architectural Form"; Diane Collard, senior in chemical engineering, Olathe, "Functionalized Boron Nanoparticles: Characterization of Thiol-ene Click Chemistry"; Brooks Ryan, senior in geology, Olathe, "The effects and changes of localization and speciation of Arsenic in cooked rice grains"; Seth Castinado, sophomore in business administration, Overland Park, "Food Insecurity in Kansas"; Emmalee Laidacker, sophomore in business administration, Overland Park, "Toy Marketing: The Impact of Consumer Constellations on a Girl's Career Choice in STEM"; Jourdan LeBeau, sophomore in sociology, Overland Park, "An Exploration of Contemporary and Cultural Animation"; Geordy Williams, junior in computer science, Overland Park, "Global Sensitivity Analysis of Dam Erosion Models"; Arisa Yamashita, junior in animal sciences and industry, Overland Park, "The Effect of Postmortem Aging on Tenderness and Protein Degradation from the Semitendinosus and the Longissimus lumborum"; and Megan Richards, junior in biological systems engineering, Stilwell, "Evaluation of Thermal Injury to Gastroesophageal Targets by Catheter-based Microwave Antennas."

Navanté Peacock, junior in psychology, Haysville, "Perceptions of Anti-Black and Anti-White Racism: Not Two Sides of the Same Coin"; Mya Masterson, freshman in biology, Hutchinson, "Labeling Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Nucleoprotein Using Immunohistochemical Methods."

From Junction City: Alyssa Baquero, sophomore in nutritional sciences, "Girl Scouts Troop Meetings as Health Promotion Opportunities"; and Antonio Carter, sophomore in mechanical engineering, "The Design and Construction of a Compact Inverted Pendulum Cart."

Eric Charboneau, sophomore in women's studies, Lebo, "Expression of cytokines in Wharton's jelly-derived mesenchymal stromal cells."

From Liberal: Jose Covarrubias, senior in chemistry, "Superhydrophobic Polysilazane Designer Polymers"; Carolina Garcia, senior in biology, "Nova in vitro approach to measure antibody against adherence of Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) to human intestinal cell lines"; Emmanuel Garcia, senior in kinesiology, "Tumor Host Tissue Vasoreactivity"; Trevin Garcia, sophomore in English, "Latino English in the Heartland"; Jessica Martinez, junior in social work, "Intimate Partner Violence"; Ricardo Nava, senior in kinesiology, "Structure and function analyses of Vibrio cholerae VceA MDR efflux pump protein"; Noe Nuñez, junior in biological systems engineering, "Effects of temperature sensitivity of hHela and hFB cells on proliferation and viability rates"; Yesenia Perez, junior in communication science and disorders, "Parents' Ability to Report Developmental Speech and Language Patterns of Young Children"; Zaira Ruiz, senior in the humanities, "El Immigrante"; Yubisela Toledo, senior in biology, "Synthesizing Dendrimers for the Delivery of Prodrugs To Solid Tumors and Metastases"; Jose Torres, junior in physics, "Actinide breeding simulation in the TRIGA (Training, Research, Isotopes, General Atomics) Mark II Nuclear Reactor"; and Salvador Valdez, junior in biochemistry, "Efforts towards the total synthesis and final structural elucidation of Lagunamide C."

From Manhattan: Amara Ehie, freshman in biochemistry, "Degrading Textile Dyes with Phytoremediation"; Samantha Gameros, freshman in biology, "Localization of Drosophila Importin7 (Dim7) in contractile muscle tissue"; Patrick Guvele, sophomore in biological systems engineering, "Effect of the Biocorona Formation on Gold Nanoparticle Size Distribution and Cellular Uptake"; Katie Rose McKinley, junior in biochemistry, "The Salt Survival and Azo Dye Degradation of Saltcedars"; Sterling Muse, junior in marketing, "Financial Stress, Self-Efficacy, and Financial Help-Seeking Behaviors of College Students"; Samantha Pratt, senior in communication studies, "Motivations among Men to Volunteer: Persuasive Volunteer Messages"; Melissa Riley, sophomore in animal sciences and industry, "Prostaglandins Stimulate Anion Secretion via Apical Membrane Receptors in Porcine Vas Deferens Epithelial Cells"; Jenae Tate, senior in chemical engineering, "Kinetic Study of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis using Nanocarbon-Supported Catalysts"; James Walters, sophomore in chemical engineering, "Fluorescent Molecules in Catalytic Reactions"; and Sharon Wilson, sophomore in music education, "Importance of Spanish Song Study in Vocal Music Education."

Tera Brandt, sophomore in animal sciences and industry, Paola, "Poor Diabetic Control is Associated with Chronic Hypertonicity in Cats"; Amarrah Campbell, junior in American ethnic studies, Salina, "Manhattan Seen Through the Organization of African American Churches"; Alan Caro, senior in electrical engineering, Satanta, "Assessing Southwest Kansas Plots to Determine Potential Wind Turbine Profit"; Alex Garcia, senior in biochemistry, Spearville, "Insect Cuticle Sclerotization."

From Wichita: Anahi Arce-Gross, sophomore in business administration, "Effect of Unequal and Equal Incentives in Teams"; Benjamin Archibeque, sophomore in physics, "The Effect of Teaching Method and Institutional and Classroom Factors On Student Learning In Introductory Physics"; Kiera Brown, junior in psychology, "The Revitalization of the Maternal Bond: An Exploration of the Women's Activity and Learning Center"; Kathlyn Gomendoza, junior in biology, "Identifying substrates of a baculovirus sulfhydryl oxidase"; Evelyn Lucio, freshman in open option, "National Immigration Policies and Ethnic Succession in Kansas, 1860-2010"; Raquel Ortega, senior in chemistry, "Designer Polymers for the Design of Better Mesoporous Silica Particles for Drug Delivery"; Cipriana Sapien, junior in accounting, "Habit Formation and The Underlying Theories"; Sarah Stevenson, senior in mechanical engineering, "Electrodeposition of Uranium for Micro-Pocket Fission Detectors (MPFDs)"; and Mia Taylor, sophomore in kinesiology, "Barriers to Healthy Behaviors Among Military Spouses."

From out of state:

From Missouri: Ramone Armstrong, junior in business administration, Kansas City, "Spatial Distance and Construal Levels of Consumers' Decision Process"; Michael Ceseña, junior in mechanical engineering, Kansas City, "The Design and Construction of a Compact Inverted Pendulum Cart"; Maria Fernanda De La Torre, junior in computer science, Kansas City, "The Effects of Blur/Clarity on Selective Visual Attention"; Sergio Ortiz, senior in electrical engineering, Kansas City, "The Design and Construction of a Compact Inverted Pendulum Cart"; Alexandra Mesias, freshman in environmental design, Lee's Summit, "Comparison of In-Situ Methods to Measure Heat Flow in Building Envelopes"; Halle Sparks, junior in biology, St. Louis, Missouri, "Evolution of multicellularity by co-opting cell-cell adhesion genes."

Keiteyana Parks, sophomore in psychology, Lincoln, Nebraska, "Effects of differential rearing on voluntary ethanol consumption in adolescent rodents."

Jake Jimenez, sophomore in biology, Turpin, Oklahoma, "Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in Pepgel.

From Texas: Denisse Dominguez, senior in mathematics, Booker, Texas, "Solving the pentomino puzzle using a computer"; Rachael Cano, junior in engineering, Perryton, Texas, "Emotion Estimation Through Brain-Computer Interface"; Ryan Dillon, junior in music education, Plano, Texas, "Improving Social Skills Through Song"; and Dominic Deleon, junior in marketing, Waco, Texas, "Comparing the Different Types and Severities of Cyberloafing in the Workplace."

Maira Cotton-Caballero, senior in animal sciences and industry, Williamsburg, Virginia, "Expression of Recombinant Nucleocapsid (N) and Spike (S1) Proteins of Avian Infectious Bronchitis Virus and Their Assessment as Diagnostic and Subunit Vaccine Antigens."

From China: Youwei Yang, senior in agricultural economics, "The Impact of U.S. Beef Exports on U.S. Domestic Beef Price"; and Yichao Zhang, senior in chemical engineering, "Synthetic Work Toward Lagunamide C-Pentapeptide Unit Efforts."


Anita Cortez


Developing Scholars Program

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