Center For Student Research And Creativity

Fall Exposium      Spring (Virtual) Exposium is Coming April 6-8, 2021

Get ready to Celebrate a year of student research.  There is a lot of research and creativitiy to celebrate, with undergraduate reserach, graduate research leading to theses, Honor's projects and more.  Beginning April 6  from 10am to 4pm, research posters will be available virtually.  There are some oral presentations, too.  Information about how to attend is below.  A preliminary schedule is below (updated daily).  When you arrive at the virtual Exposium, you will be greeted with a schedule for that hour of the day.  Come see what ISU students produced!  It's worth it!  

Schedule of Presentations (updated daily)

April 6, 10-11am

Confirmation of the partner-preference paradigm in a polymorphic passerine with alternative reproductive behaviors.  Nick Gabry & Dr. Rusty Gonser

Effect of biotic factors on Haemosporidians prevalence in a polymorphic bird species.  Zoé Delefortrie and Rusty A. Gonser

April 6, 1-2pm

Primary Care: Utilization of Occupational Therapy Practitioners.  Grace Anders, Austin Lessentine, Tricia Moffatt, Sydney Ogle , Kira Wadsworth, Brandi Andreae

Benefits to Caregivers of Preventative Education Provided by Occupational Therapists: Case Study Report.  S. Cameron, G. Horrall, M. Kempf, H. Limper, K. Snapp, B. Andreae 

Integrating Visual Arts Training into Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Curricula to Enhance Clinical Skills.  E. French, B. Johns, K. Mitchell, S. Siddons, T. Ziegler, P. Jarrard

Who Are You Without Your Substance? Transforming Occupational Time Use in Recovery.  Sadie Cunningham, Paxton Granda,, Paige Harker, Taylor Lannan, Kristine Price, Paula Jarrard

Reliability of Occupational Therapy Students Scoring the Rapid Entire Body Assessment for Ergonomic Risk Analysis.  M. Workman, N. Smallwood, E.Miller, M. Buffington, K. Kamminga, P. Bakshi

Analysis of Factors Influencing Compliance with Driving restrictions with shoulder immobilization.  Samuel Scott, Jade leDocq, Katherine Hoppe, Rachel Thompson, Trevor Hetrick, Priya Bakshi

NCUR PRESENTER     Wearable Sensors to Healthcare.  Cara Lawrence and Dr. Maria Javaid


April 7, 10-11AM

"The COMPASS-like complex members Ptip and Trr regulate cardiac cell development in the Drosophila melanogaster embryo"  A. J. Farmer (AJ), A. J. Kump, M.j Panta,  S. M. Ahmad, and   K. Schwab.

April 7, 1-2PM

Bioaccumulation of metal pollutants in freshwater using biotic indicators.  Jenna Hinkle

Palladium-catalyzed coupling of organotetrafluorosilicate salts and aryldiazonium salts under mild conditions  Gabrielle Brown, Peyton Abbott, & Ryan Van  Hoveln

April 7, 2-3pm

Drugs and Drug Market in Morocco: Understanding the Supply Reduction Strategies.  Taylor Pierce & Arif Akgul

(Oral Presentation) "COVID-19 Pandemic and Employee Mental Health: Leadership and HRD Intervention" Chanel Novack and Dr. Szufang Chuang

April 7, 3-4pm

(Oral Presentation) “Developing Youth Leaders of Tomorrow” Michael Curley, Sophie Henley, and Emmie Drake

April 8, 10-11AM

NCUR PRESENTER:  "Linear Modeling to Assess the Influence of Diet on the Colon Metabolomic Profile in Association with Aberrant Crypt Foci in C57BL/6N Mice".  Cynthia Emeraude Ramazani

Pollution in Indiana Rivers Using Macroinvertebrate Assemblages as Bioindicators of Ecosystem Health. Katelyn Rusiniak, Kathryn Mudica, Jennifer Latimer


April 8, 11am-noon 


NCUR PRESENTER:  “ (Oral Presentation) "Media and parental influences on sexual and religious identity: A qualitative study of LGBT emerging adults' identity unification.“  Kayli Worthey &                                                                                    Kacey Titzer

Selective Reduction of Aldehydes and Ketones Using Disilane as a Terminal Reductant”.   Alec Harris 

April 8, 12-1PM

NCUR PRESENTER:  "From Plagues and Flus to Covid-19; an Expose on Human Response to the Spread of Disease".   Melanie Johnson

April 8, 1-2PM

NCUR PRESENTER:  (Oral Presentation) Predicting Drug-Gene Interactions via Graph Structure  Kayla Bennett

Evolution of Body size on Gobiiformes(gobies)   Niladri Mondal and Dr Hugo Gante

(Oral Presentation) Optimize the Drill Case by Measuring Vibration.  Cara Lawrence, Austin Harlan, Dr. Maria Javaid, and Dr. Sheikh F. Ferdous

April 8, 2-3PM

Hormonal Stress Response in the Polymorphic White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)   Ray G. Peck II

“Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Recycling at ISU.”   Corey Vail and Dr. Debra Israel

Generation of a Transgenic Line of African Cichlids for Studying Pigmentation Evolution and Development.  Peyton Blount and Hugo Gante PhD

"Oxidation of organotetrafluorosilicate salts to form new carbon-heteroatom bonds".  Courtney Hoene & Ryan Van Hoveln

April 8, 3-4pm

NCUR PRESENTER:  Notating Philosophical Suicide: Absurdist Realization and the Works of John Cage.  Sarah Kindley

(Oral Presentation) Structural Analysis of a Race Car Chassis-Formula SAE  Ankit M Saxena and Dr. Kristina Lawyer


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NCUR 2021@Home

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is the largest conference on undergraduate research in the country. Each year, approximately 4,000 undergraduates from all over the country present their scholarship as posters, oral presentations, performances, and works of art. It is a great opportunity for students to present their research and network with other undergraduate researchers.

Normally, ,a university hosts the conference and that is still true, but the conference will be virtual,  That means "costs" are reduced and perhaps more Sycamore undergraduate researchers can attend.  Save the date! NCUR2021@Home will happen April 12-14, 2021. You can submit your abstract now through 

  • Early Decision* Abstract Submission Deadline: November 1, 2020  (this is encouraged because the registration fee is less)
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: December 1, 2020

IMPORTANT:  Since its founding in 2012, the CSRC has been committed to fully funding the costs of attendance for ISU students who present at NCUR.  The CSRC will cover all registration costs.

                  For more Information Click Here    When submitting your abstract please use Tom Steiger as the institutional contact



Video about ISU's Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE).   


Fall Exposium      Spring Exposium is Coming in April

Get ready to Celebrate a year of student research.  There is a lot of research and creativitiy to celebrate, with undergraduate reserach, graduate research leading to theses, Honor's projects and more.  Beginning April 6, and continuing to the 7th and then on the 9th from 10am to 3pm, research posters will be displayed in the Library Events Area. Posters (and maybe some art) will be available all day and authors and creators will be there for an hour throughout the day.   Come see what ISU students produced!  It's worth it!  To register, click on the Exposium link  in the right hand column on the screen.


How are Sycamores aiding research?


Indiana State undergraduate students have ample opportunity to contribute to the world’s growing body of knowledge, while at the same time honing important skills and bolstering their resumes.

As she prepared to observe her first autopsy, Allie Christian felt a bit apprehensive.

But as the procedure got underway, Christian began to relax and take in all the hands-on knowledge she could from local forensic pathologist Roland Kohr.

“Throughout the autopsy, when Dr. Kohr was showing us the heart and the kidneys, I realized they didn’t really look like they did in the textbook,” said Christian, now a third-year nursing student at Indiana State. “It’s cool to put those connections together and see what you learned about on a real person and exactly how it affects them.” 

Intrigued by the reactions and learning outcomes of students like Christian, nursing professors Emily Cannon and Renee Bauer set out to study the value of using autopsies as educational tools. The findings of their research were recently published in the Journal of Forensic Nursing.

Across campus, students are benefitting from their involvement in faculty research projects, both as subjects and as co-researchers. At Indiana State, students have ample opportunity to contribute to the world’s growing body of knowledge, while at the same time honing important skills and bolstering their resumes.

“The exposure to and participation in various stages of research is incredibly beneficial,” Cannon said. “Our students are able to examine research studies, perform some stages of research and, at times, serve as research subjects. The experiences that are provided to our students show them that research is not difficult and that they can study anything that is interesting to them.”

To continue reading the article click HERE

Sycamore lands a research fellowship through the National Science Foundation and helps scientists learn more about barred owls.

Indiana State Honors student Esther Perisho, 18, knows more about the barred owl than most college students — thanks to her research experiences at the California Academy of Science last summer.

It was a conversation with her advisor about getting a leg up on graduate school that prompted Perisho to apply for a Research Experience for Undergraduates through the National Science Foundation’s website. Research Experience for Undergraduates is a paid undergraduate research fellowships that allows students to gain real-world experience in their respective fields.

“A lot of subjects within the field of biology interest me, but my passion lies within conservation biology and so I focused on institutions that offered conservation research projects,” Perisho said. “After a month of writing application essays and applying to 10 different places, I got accepted into the California Academy of Sciences.”

To continue reading the article click HERE

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