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Undergraduate students in the College to present research at Capitol

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas students from the Lawrence campus and KU Medical Center will join their peers from other Kansas Board of Regents public four-year universities in Topeka for the first annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the rotunda of the Capitol building. Participating students will present their undergraduate research projects to legislators and the general public.The purpose of this event is to demonstrate the unique opportunities undergraduate students have to participate with faculty members in research at KBOR universities.

KU undergraduate presenters in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are listed below by level in school, major, hometown, high school, brief description of the project and faculty mentor(s).

From the Lawrence campus:

Clint Jensen, senior majoring in psychology; Lawrence; “Do You See Me?: Using the iPad as a Tool for Assessment and Learning for Children with Cortical Visual Impairment,” an investigation of the learning impact of iPads among children from infancy to age 3; research mentor: Evangelia Chrysikou, Department of Psychology.

Megan Nelson, junior majoring in economics; Manhattan; Manhattan High School; “Tipping: An Economic Anomaly,” an exploration of the variables that lead to higher or lower tips in the service industry; research mentor: Neal Becker, Department of Economics.

Daniel Nicholson, senior majoring in sociology; Lawrence; Lawrence High School; “God and Mammon: Class and Religion and the Impact on Political Support for Conservatism,” an exploration of the impact of class and religion on voting behaviors; research mentors: David Smith and Tracey LaPierre, Department of Sociology.

Casey Pederson, junior majoring in psychology; Clay Center; Clay Center Community High School; “The Impact Of Parenting In The Associations Between Child Aggression And Conduct Problems,” an examination of the way that different subtypes of aggression uniquely relate to conduct problems in children and the parenting factors that may buffer and/or contribute to their development; research mentor: Paula Fite, Clinical Child Psychology Department.

Rubie Peters, senior majoring in psychology; Garden City; Garden City High School; “Locus of Control as a Significant Personality Trait When Examining Evolutionary Attitudes and Literacy,” an exploration of the relationship between locus of control, religion and belief in evolution; research mentor: Patricia Hawley, Department of Psychology.

Paul Thomas, sophomore majoring in anthropology and classical antiquities; Ottawa; Ottawa High School; “Archaeological Survey of Center Chapel, Franklin County Kansas,” an archeological investigation of the ruins of a small Kansas chapel built around the year 1900; research mentor: Philip Stinson, Department of Classics.

Zhoudunming Tu, senior majoring in physics and mathematics; Guangzhou, China; “ZDC and FSCs on Proton Lead Collision at LHC, CERN,” a study of relativistic heavy ion collisions; research mentor: Michael Murray, Department of Physics and Astronomy.