Meet the following student panelists for this year's academic conference!
I am currently a double major at the Minnesota State
University-Moorhead, studying secondary English education and psychology. Since
my freshman year, I have been working closely with psychological and
developmental research in the Baby Lab. Since then, I have become very involved
within the Psychology Department: coordinating for the Baby Lab and fulfilling
the role of president for Psychology Club. I co-presented two years ago at the
Student Academic Conference and I am presenting my own research this year. My
current research explores how mothers’ different attachment patterns affect her
and her infants’ eye gaze patterns when looking at emotional expressions. I
plan to graduate in 2015. As of right now, I am undecided whether to go to
graduate school; If I were to attend graduate school, I will be looking for
something close to home in the Midwest.
As a current Art Education major at
MSUM, I am passionate about the arts and about students. I am currently
pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education with a Minor is
Psychology. I have lived in North Dakota my whole life and spent most of
my childhood in Bismarck. I have never been a part of the Student
Academic Conference before and I am excited to have the chance to present with
my peers. Last semester, one of my education classes sparked the desire to do
more research on homelessness in the school age population. Since then I have
been involved at Churches United for the Homeless and I am attempting to learn
ways in which we can foster growth and independence in the students there. This
year I will be presenting on collaborative art projects done by at-risk and
homeless youth which give them the tools to by catalysts for social
change. After I graduate, I hope to continue working with at-risk youth
and gain experience in the teaching field. Eventually I would like to attend
graduate school to become a licensed Art Therapist and continue to actively
participate in my future communities.
Thorwick, College of Business & Industry
I am currently a senior at MSUM pursing a degree in Business
Administration with an emphasis in Management.
Although I studied copious areas of business, I prefer the
organizational and instructional role above all others. I am originally from Maplewood, Minnesota,
but have since adjusted to living in a significantly smaller area up north. My
love of sports has allowed me to be a participant on the Women’s Division II
Soccer team for the past two years. Along with sports, I have a passion for
research. I have never participated in the Student Academic Conference,
although I have worked alongside business faculty members on research projects
through my Honor’s Apprentice Scholarship. This year, I collaborated with Dr.
Lumb with research on Chinese tour managers and guides and their perceptions of
inbound tourism. Eventually, Dr. Lumb wishes to submit our research for
publication. I am thrilled to be joining Dr. Lumb this May on the China
Business Trip, where I will be able to meet her contacts in China firsthand. I
am looking forward to the experience abroad, as I am looking to gain
international experience for the future.
Ramstad, College of Arts & Humanities
I am a junior English major
with an emphasis in literature. Because of my interest in dramatic
literature, I have worked in conjunction with the Theatre department on my two
previous presentations at this conference. My first presentation,
"The Merry Wives of Windsor: Adapting Shakespeare for Contemporary
Audiences," served as a starting point for "The Merry Wives of
Wahpeton," a script I adapted and directed at the Fargo-Moorhead Community
Theatre. I developed the second presentation, "Othello:
Cross-Disciplinary Teaching in English and Theatre," during my year
as a Teaching Assistant in the Theatre department. This year I'll be
presenting "Stones, Streams, and Strings: Metaphors in Sarah Ruhl's
'Eurydice.'" After completing my bachelor's degree at MSUM, I will
pursue my doctorate to become a college English professor.
Dr. Lumb is a Professor of Marketing in the School of Business, Minnesota State University Moorhead and also a Professor in the School of Management, Xi'an University of Science and Technology, China.
Dr. Lumb's major research interest is globalization and its effect on consumers and countries. Many of her published articles are in this area. Dr. Lumb recently received a research grant from the Chinese Government to further enhance her research related to the effects of globalization on China. She was the first international professor at Chongqing Technology & Business University, China and set up the curriculum for their School of Business. Dr. Lumb has developed exchange programs at Xi'an University of Science and Technology and Chongqing Technology & Business University both in China. She developed the first Virtual Classroom for the School of Business between students from MSUM and Xi'an University of Science and Technology. Dr. Lumb has developed and conducted workshops for the Federal Government of China, served as a consultant to China International Trade & Investment Corporation and is a former partner of a Sino-American joint venture.
Dr. Lumb received her PhD from Louisiana State University and her MBA and BA from Moorhead State University.
The Transformative Power of Student Academic Research in Today's Era of Globalization
I believe that all students should be given a chance to be engaged in opportunities that stimulate curiosity about the world. We need to provide students with the skills to live and work successfully in today's complex global environment. The goal at MSUM is to expand and enhance the programs that have the greatest potential to develop citizens who are able to make sense of today's complex global environment and prepare them to succeed in today's highly competitive era of globalization. One avenue to achieve this is through student academic research, a student-centered learning opportunity where students play a crucial role in the success of their learning experience.
This year, 2014, marks the 16th annual Student Academic Conference at MSUM. Since its inception there has been a technological revolution that has made it possible to partner in collaborative research projects, not only with students from other universities throughout the country, but also with students from universities throughout the world. Student participants from previous Student Academic Conferences indicate that their participation in research projects and the Conference have positively transformed their lives. Today, these collaborative student research projects and the dissemination of the information obtained are having a transformative effect not only on the individual student but have the potential to make a difference around the world.
Iwnetim Abate, Yi Chu, Evangeline Holley, and Clarice Wallert will be travelling to St. Paul on February 26th to present their scholarly work to Minnesota legislators under the golden dome of the Capitol Rotunda. This event is designed to draw attention to the excellent undergraduate research and scholarly activity that is being conducted at MSUM and across the other MnSCU institutions.
Name, Picture, Quote or interesting fact
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in MnSO4+H2O
Abate and Ananda Shastri, Ph.D Department of Physics and Astronomy,
Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN 56563
A major obstacle to
the study of fundamental properties of candidate cathode materials is the
morphological complexity of the electrode-electrolyte interface in fuel
cells. This complexity prevents a true determination of the catalytic
mechanisms. To address this challenge, photolithography patterning technique
has been used to make considerably simplified and well-defined electrode
geometries. However, the time required for such fabrication is extreme. In
this work, we employ a simple shadow-mask-patterning method to fabricate a
perovskite oxide-metal composite structure. First, a dense thin film of SrCo0.9Nb0.1O
3 (SCN) is grown on a Y0.16Zr0.84O1.92
(YSZ) single crystal substrate by pulsed laser deposition. Patterned metal
layers are subsequently deposited by DC sputtering with a shadow mask.
Thermal stability and electrochemical properties of the fabricated composite
cathodes are investigated by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy
and AC impedance spectroscopy (ACIS).
Iwnetim Abate: Tim has taken advantage of the many partnerships
available through MnSCU. In addition
to completing undergraduate research at MSU Moorhead, he has completed two
summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) at CalTech, he will
also be completing a dual degree program (physics at MSU Moorhead and
Material Science and Engineering at U of Minnesota).
Bioscience and Chemistry
and Biochemistry Department, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead,
Calcineurin B homologous protein isoform 1(CHP1) is
expressed in nearly all human tissues. Calcineurin B homolgous protein
isoform 2 (CHP2) is primarily expressed in cancer cells. CHP1 and CHP2 are
essential cofactors for the Na+-H+ Exchanger isoform 1
(NHE1), a key protein involved in the transformation of a normal tissue to a
malignant tumor. PSN cells over-express NHE1, while PS120 fibroblasts do not
express NHE1. Thus these two cell lines are used as positive and negative
NHE1 binding controls for CHP1 and CHP2.
The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between CHP2
expression and binding to NHE1 and progression of non-small cell lung cancer.
By transiently transfecting cells with a GFP-CHP fusion protein, we will
assess and measure the location of CHP in cells with and without NHE1
expression. This work will determine the mechanism CHP1 and CHP2 interact
with NHE1 and how this interaction affects cell proliferation and migration.
Clarice Wallert says, “While working with a research team I have also
learned to understand and respect other’s personalities and capabilities
while also being able to utilize and blend everyone’s skills and talents.
This is important for when I start my career and need to work as a team with
my coworkers and employer.”
Katrina Brekke, Chu Yi and Donna Brown
Counselling and Student
University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN 56563
Studies have shown that by having a significant understanding of
diversity and culture, students can appreciate cultural pluralism and
increase awareness toward social inequalities. Possessing this knowledge
benefits individuals as well as communities and has the potential to cause
positive changes in society. By researching examples from universities in the
U.S., analyzing current organizational structure and programs of the
institution, and conducting qualitative and quantitative research, this study
examines the feasibility of implementing an optional "proficiency in
diversity understanding" endorsement at MSUM.
Predictability of food supply, but
not ration, increases exploratory behavior
of Biosciences, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Individual zebrafish (Danio rerio) were assayed for exploratory
tendency in a serial open field test before and after being maintained on one
of the four diet treatments that differed in ration and in predictability of
food delivery. Zebrafish became more exploratory after being maintained on a
diet with a predictable delivery schedule. There was no effect of ration.
Thus, exploratory behavior is inducible by environmental influences
independent of genetic predisposition or social interactions. These results
have implications for management of correlated behavioral syndromes of
exploratory/boldness of animals reared in captivity for later release into
Evangeline Holley: Like several MSU Moorhead students before her, Evangeline’s research
has moved beyond a graduation requirement and has become part of the body of
knowledge in her field, as her manuscript titled
“Predictability of food supply, but not ration, increases
exploratory behavior” is to be published in the Journal of Fish Biology.
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