IUPUC Student Research Exhibition set for April 16th

The Office of Student Research at IUPUC is holding its ninth annual Student Research Exhibition on April 16 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Columbus Learning Center. The exhibition brings together the work of 24 students and 13 faculty mentors to showcase 12 research projects selected for the academic year.

Each student-faculty team received a $1,000 grant from the Office of Student Research to fund their project. To earn a grant, students submitted detailed project proposals, passed a vetting process by a review committee, and then completed their projects with direction and guidance from a faculty mentor.

“These innovative research projects have important impacts on various target populations and communities. Completing the work has been an excellent opportunity for students to integrate their academic knowledge with professional research,” explained Dr. Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, who is a professor of English at IUPUC. “Intensive research adds to the overall academic experience for our students and elevates the quality of learning throughout the region.”

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Descriptions of the funded projects, along with the names of the student researchers, their majors, and their hometowns follow.

1. Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Influence in the Modern World. After attending the Jane Austen Society of North America’s 10th annual festival, the student researchers identified the value this beloved author holds with her devoted fanbase and explored why she is still widely celebrated.
— Abigail Alderdice | English (Nashville, IN)
— Eden Alderdice | Communications (Nashville, IN)

2. The Role of Movement in Social Perception. This study focuses on how effectively people can rate extraversion, valance, dominance, and arousal by viewing biological movement data presented in the form of point light display videos.
— Isaac Mauricio Garcia Rojas Aguilar | Mechanical Engineering and Psychology (Columbus, IN)

3. Makeup Use and Self-Esteem in Women. This study examined the correlation between makeup use and self-esteem.
— Hannah Ballard | Psychology (Greenwood, IN)

4. Unforgetting Poland’s Forgotten Victims: Critical Reflection on Survivor Narratives. This project is a collection of first-person narratives in a web-folio format that captures previously unrecorded stories of Polish Holocaust survivors.
— Elzbieta Antonina Bidwell | General Studies/Arts & Humanities (Columbus, IN)

5. Synthesizing Crystals to Model Crystalline Structures in Introductory Chemistry Classes. This research project synthesizes crystals in the chemistry lab to demonstrate the real-world examples of crystalline and lattice structures.
— Nicole Bodi | Biology (Elizabethtown, IN)
— Adrienne Shea | Mechanical Engineering (Columbus, IN)

6. ASIST for Jackson County. This student project will partially fund the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) training program for police officers and other first responders in Jackson County.
— Anthony Cox | Nursing (Columbus, IN)
— Brooke Ebbing | Nursing (Brownstown, IN)
— Kylee Hollenbeck | Nursing (Columbus, IN)
— Danielle Shelley | Nursing (Seymour, IN)
— Jerrica Wischmeier | Nursing (Brownstown, IN)

7. Pressure Ulcer Prevention Among Residents at a Long-Term Care Facility in South Central Indiana. The purpose of this research project is to provide education to staff members at a long-term care facility in South Central Indiana to enhance their knowledge on the use of Mepilex dressing for pressure ulcer prevention and how to correctly use the Braden score.
— Alex Day | Nursing (Scipio, IN)
— Michelle Fitzsimmons | Nursing (Columbus, IN)
— Elizabeth Leech | Nursing (Columbus, IN)
— Kailee Lynn | Nursing (Indianapolis, IN)
— Lauryn Stephens | Nursing (Columbus, IN)

8. How Well Can Toddlers Self-Regulate? Comparing Temperamental, Attentional, and Behavioral Predictors of Self-Regulation. In this research project, the researchers are measuring the ability of toddlers to postpone gratification.
— Asher Denny | Psychology (Columbus, IN)

9. How Paper and Digital Children’s Books Support Student Understanding. The purpose of this research project is to explore the impact of paper and digital children’s books on civic science conceptual learning for early readers.
— Payten Ewing | Elementary Education (Greensburg, IN)
— Kayla Pride | Elementary Education (Brownstown, IN)
— Maycie Asher | Elementary Education (Hope, IN)

10. Ergo-Can: A Better Way to Take Out Your Trash. The objective of this project was to design a trash can to make this household chore easier, specifically for those with back problems.
— Maya Garcia | Mechanical Engineering (Shelbyville, IN)
— Elizabeth Lynch | Mechanical Engineering (North Vernon, IN)

11. Characterization of a Key Acinetobacter baumannii Iron Scavenging Protein. The purpose of this Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) approved project is to characterize the EntA protein from A. baumannii.
— Ciara Phares | Biology (Columbus, IN)

12. Small Scale Weather and Climate Change Study in Columbus, Indiana. This study involved observing the effects of varying amounts of precipitation, sunlight, and temperature on grassy soil located in the recently built Student Experiment & Research Enclosure.
— Ciara Phares | Biology (Columbus, IN)