S&T undergraduates exhibit research results to state legislators

MissouriSTlogo-green-web.pngOn Tuesday, March 4, 17 undergraduates from Missouri University of Science and Technology will travel to the state’s capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., to exhibit their latest research projects to the state’s top legislators.

These students, who work on research projects under the direction of faculty advisors, will be participating in the annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, an event that welcomes undergraduates from all four campuses in the University of Missouri System. The event is designed to inform Missouri’s lawmakers about research that is occurring at Missouri universities.

Missouri S&T places an emphasis on providing research opportunities to undergraduate students. The following students will appear in Jefferson City to represent Missouri S&T:

Brittney Abel, a senior in psychology from Republic, Mo., and Jordan Verslues, a senior in mining engineering from Rocheport, Mo. — “Optimal Number of Factors for Choice Experiments in Mining Community Consultation,” directed by Dr. Brandi Klein, assistant professor of psychological science at S&T.

Melissa Buechlein, a senior in environmental engineering from St. Louis — “Methamphetamine Exposure from Contaminated Clothing,” directed by Dr. Glenn Morrison, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at S&T.

Melissa Elder, a senior in environmental engineering from Waynesville, Mo. — “Assessing Transpiration Rates of Full-Scale Phytoremediation,” directed by Dr. Joel Burken, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at S&T.

Brianne Heisinger, a senior in nuclear engineering from Florissant, Mo. — “Development of a Flat-Panel X-ray Source,” directed by Dr. Hyoung-Koo Lee, chair and associate professor of nuclear engineering at S&T.

Amanda Holmes, a junior in applied mathematics from Rolla, Mo. — “Full-Scale Phytoremediation: In-planta Monitoring Approach,” directed by Dr. Joel Burken, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at S&T.

Sahitya Injamuri, a junior in biological sciences from Ballwin, Mo. — “Mathematical Analysis of Sleep and Wake Transitions in Drosophila Melanogaster,” directed by Dr. Matthew Thimgan, assistant professor of biological sciences at S&T.

Kathryn Koerperich, a junior in biological sciences from Kansas City, Mo., Lindsay Koerperich, a junior in biological sciences from Kansas City, Mo., and Caitlin Wilkes, a junior in biological sciences from Independence, Mo. — “Energy Tradeoff Between Growth and Maintenance Under Food Restriction,” directed by Dr. Chen Hou, assistant professor of biological sciences at S&T.

Thanh Nguyen, a senior in information science and technology from Chesterfield, Mo. — “Environmental Presence in Virtual Environments: Antecedents and Impacts,” directed by Dr. Nick Lockwood, assistant professor of business and information technology at S&T.

Chidiebere Onukogu, a senior in petroleum engineering from Florissant, Mo. – “The Effects of Curing in In-Situ Condition on Oil Well Cements Properties of CO2 Sequestration Injection Wells,” directed by Dr. Runar Nygaard, assistant professor of petroleum engineering at S&T.

Natasha Stoneking, a senior in psychology from Kearney, Mo. — “Generalization of Stereotype Threat Interventions in Women,” directed by Dr. Brandi Klein, assistant professor of psychological science at S&T.

Anthony Tedeschi, a sophomore in nuclear engineering from Rolla, Mo. — “Nanoporous Metals for Energy Applications,” directed by Dr. Nicholas Leventis, Curators’ Professor of chemistry at S&T.

Samuel Turpin, a senior in applied mathematics from Jefferson City, Mo. — “Statistical Methods for Detection of Differential Methylation in Human Disease Studies,” directed by Dr. Gayla Olbricht, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics at S&T.

Laura Welsh, a senior in history from Lee’s Summit, Mo. — “The Promotion of Las Vegas by Local Newspaper Editors, 1905-1950,” directed by Dr. Larry Gragg, Curators’ Teaching Professor and chair of history and political science at S&T.