Students to present at Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

Friday, February 15, 2019

LAWRENCE — Undergraduate researchers from the University of Kansas will present their research projects at the Kansas statehouse Wednesday, Feb. 20, as part of Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol.

Students from the Lawrence and KU Medical Center campuses will join their peers from other Kansas Board of Regents public four-year universities in Topeka from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first-floor rotunda of the state Capitol building. Students will give brief poster presentations to students, faculty, KBOR members, state lawmakers and members of the public from across the state of Kansas. The event is intended to raise awareness of the research being conducted by undergraduate students at state universities.

“The research done by these undergraduates not only helps enrich their educational experience at KU, it helps enrich and improve the lives of many around the state,” said Alison Olcott, director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and an associate professor in geology. “I am excited that the students have this opportunity to share the results of their hard work with so many people across the state.”

The presenters are listed below by name, year of study, major, hometown, mentor and title of research project:

From KU Lawrence

Jacob Asherman, senior in atmospheric science from Kansas City, Kansas; mentored by Justin Stachnik, assistant professor of geography & atmospheric science: “Investigating the Impacts of Hail Parameterizations on Idealized Supercells in the Weather Research and Forecasting Model.”

D'Arlyn Bell, senior in public administration from Merriam; mentored by Charles Epp, University Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs & Administration: “Poverty Governance: Neoliberal Economics in Kansas Welfare Policy.”

Zoe Lai, junior in biochemistry from Wichita; mentored by Brittany Melton, assistant professor  of pharmacy practice: “Use of an iPad Program to Improve Access to Physical Therapy Services for the Management of Chronic Low Back Pain.”

Will Moore, senior in chemistry from Prairie Village; mentored by James Blakemore, assistant professor of chemistry: “Designing a Catalyst to Make Useful Chemicals from Renewable Energy.”

Bridget Rennard, senior in speech-language-hearing from St. Louis, and Anna Schauer, senior in speech-language-hearing and linguistics from Topeka; mentored by Jonathan Brumberg, assistant professor of speech-language-hearing: “BCI & Imagined Movements.”
 

From KU Medical Center

Josephine Baker, senior in nursing from Lawrence; mentored by Cara Busenhart, clinical assistant professor of nursing, and Cindy Whitney, clinical assistant professor of nursing: “Guidelines for Educating Psychiatric Mental Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (PMH-ARPNS) in Telemental Health (TMH).”

Ashlee Jacobson, senior in nursing from Lawrence; mentored by Kelly Bosak, associate professor of nursing, and JoAnn Peterson, clinical assistant professor of nursing: “Pilot Testing Adherence Surveys with Heart Failure Patients.”

Emily Razavi, senior in nursing from Kansas City, Kansas; mentored by Heather Nelson-Brantley, assistant professor of nursing: “Nurses’ Experience of Providing Care across Nursing Unit Types in the United States.”

Tylar Lock, senior in nursing from Lenexa; mentored by Moya Peterson, clinical associate professor of nursing: “The Relationship between Celiac Disease or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Mental Health Changes in Adults with Down Syndrome.”

Erin Howat, senior in nursing from Olathe; mentored by Pamela Barnes, associate dean of nursing: “Exploring Interprofessional Education Learning Transfer to First-Year Nursing Practice.”