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Students present at National Conference of Undergraduate Research

Anna Bruesewitz presents her research on the taxonomy of science learning behaviors during a poster session at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Ithaca, NY.
Anna Bruesewitz presents her research on the taxonomy of science learning behaviors during a poster session at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Ithaca, NY.
St. Catherine University

Students of St. Catherine University present at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research held at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

Students of St. Catherine University presented their research abstracts at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, March 31-April 2.

“NCUR is a national conference that provides an opportunity for undergraduates from across the United States to present their scholarship,” said Lynda Szymanski, Ph.D., LP, the Associate Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

Szymanski was in Ithaca, NY, on Thursday — along with Exercise and Sports Science Assistant Professor Mark Blegen, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of Biology Marcie Myers, Ph.D. The faculty were on location supporting nine students who were chosen to present at the conference.

“These nine students conducted collaborative research with their mentors in Art, Biology, Communication Studies, Exercise Science, and Psychology during the summer of 2010 as part of St. Kate’s new program in undergraduate collaborative research,” said Szymanski. “It is wonderful to see our bright, motivated students interacting with peers and impressing faculty from across the country. We are enormously proud of these Katies and their mentors.”

While three teams of students would be presenting posters, four students were slated to give oral presentations during the conference. The participating students and their corresponding research projects included:

Oral Presentation by Jenna Schaude — Werther’s Original, 2010, Digital Narrative. Schaude worked with Todd Deutsch on her scholarship.


Oral Presentation by Melvina Kpanquio — Was Heat Retention Important in Determining Homo Infant Limb Lengths. Kpanquio conducted research with Anna Heithoff and Marcie Myers.

Oral Presentation by Anna Myhre — Where to Carry Kids? A Comparison of Women and Men during Walking. Myhre conducted research with Melvina Kpanquio, Laura Stearns, Kelsey Boeff, and Marcie Myers.

Oral Presentation by Milan Wilson-Robinson and Amanda Vance — RadioHere: Conception, Establishment, and Development of Internet-Based College Radio. The students conducted their scholarship with Joshua Haringa.

Poster Session by Anna Bruesewitz — Taxonomy of Science Learning Behaviors: Cross Validation and Behavioral Comparisons among Majors. Bruesewitz conducted her research with Kate Milner ’10, Erin Ring '09, and Andrea Olson and Jamie Peterson.

Poster Session by Nicole Neumann and Jessica Arechigo — Perceived Status and Food Consumption. The students conducted research with Blegen.

Poster Session by Laura Stearns — Can Sex Differences in Muscle Strength Explain Observed Differences in Child Carrying Positions? Stearns conducted her research with Marcie Myers.

St. Kate's students participated in poster sessions throughout the conference. Schaude was the first from St. Kate's to give her oral presentation at the conference on Thursday in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. Both the teams of Myhre and Wilson-Robinson and Vance presented in the oral session beginning Friday morning. The presentation on Where to Carry Kids? A Comparison of Women and Men during Walking took place in Friends Hall, and the presentation on RadioHere: Conception, Establishment, and Development of Internet-Based College Radio took place in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. The last oral presentation featured Kpanquio early Friday evening in Friends Hall at Ithaca College.

Established in 1987, the National Conference of Undergraduate Research is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Attendance at the 2011 conference marked the largest in the history of NCUR, bringing more than 3,380 participants to Ithaca, NY, from colleges and universities across the U.S.

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April 4, 2011 by Melissa Kaelin

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