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Undergraduate Research Awards are March 15

Undergraduate Research Awards are March 15

Twenty-four McNeese State University students from departments across campus will receive recognition and a cash award at the 7th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Award ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in Parra Ballroom in the Student Union Annex.

The Undergraduate Scholars Program is sponsored annually by the McNeese Alumni Association as a way of promoting research and scholarly activity by undergraduate students, with the support and guidance of faculty mentors. 

The student research proposals will be on public view from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the McNeese Alumni Center. The students and their faculty mentors will be present and will be interviewed by a team of judges.
The top five oral presenters and the top five poster presenters will then participate in the statewide Academic Summit April 19-20 being hosted by the University of Louisiana System on the McNeese campus.  Students, faculty and staff from the nine universities in the UL System will attend this event that will include an entire day focused on undergraduate research, as well as a day focused on service-learning and a reception featuring a juried student art exhibition.
"The McNeese Alumni Association has invested more than $125,000 in research projects since the program began in 2005," said Joyce Patterson, alumni director.  "The Undergraduate Scholars Program was established to encourage research and to support a student's inquiry or investigation into a topic that will make an original intellectual or creative contribution to that student's field of study."      

This year's projects crossed the various disciplines at McNeese and investigated everything from the erosion of coastal highways and levees to the effect of television on Senate discourse and from the impact of trace metals in oysters to a way to control salt water soil damage in plants.

The following are student recipients, departments, faculty mentors and projects for 2012:
  • Sonia Adtani and Pratik Koirala, physics, Dr. Anil K. Kandalam, "Origin of the Unusual Properties of Au3Ox."
  • Lane Everett Blocker, engineering, Dr. Ning Zhang and Dr. Zhuang Li, "Evaluation of Erosion for Coastal Highways and Levees"
  • Lane Everett Blocker and Olanrewaju Kwam Adiro, engineering, Dr. Ning Zhang,  "Measurement of Unsteady Water-Surface Elevation in Lake Charles Using a GPS Depth Finder"
  • Ervin Cutright II, engineering, Dr. Zhuang Li, "Road-tire Noise and Sound Absorption Properties of Ash Roadways"
  • Catherine Brooke David, social sciences, Dr. Thomas Laehn, "The Effect of Television on Senate Discourse"
  • Sonja Renee' Davis, history, Dr. Janet Allured, "The Jupiter Chemical Company Incident, January 15, 1976, Lake Charles"
  • Jesse Freeman, mass communication, Dr. Tracy C. Standley, "The Representation of OCD in Film"
  • Jared Matthew Fusilier, engineering Dr. Jay Uppot, "Research on the Effects of Crumb Rubber on the Permeability of Soil and Fly Ash"
  • Jessica Nicole Hargrave, agricultural sciences, Dr. David Kee, "Plant Response to Controlling Salt Water Soil Damage with Industrial Wastes"
  • Taylor Hood, chemistry, Dr. Mark Merchant, "Characterization of Serum Phospholipase A2 Activity in Three Diverse Species of West African Crocodiles"
  • Rachel Key, mass communication, Dr. Tracy C. Standley, "Effects on Viewers Watching American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Commercials"
  • Lauren Nicole Lewis, health and human performance, Stephanie Boudreaux, "Case Study of a Right Shoulder Injury in a Division-I Collegiate Track Athlete"
  • Amy Locklin, health and human performance, Stephanie Boudreaux, "Hidden in Plain Sight"
  • Heather Nordberg and Jennifer Veillon, agricultural sciences, Dr. C. Edward Ferguson,  "Use of Used CIDRs on Day 3 to 5 Post-Estrus to Improve Pregnancy Rates in AI-Bred Beef Heifers"
  • Shreedu Pradhan and Anjela Manandhar, chemistry, Dr. Omar E. Christian, "Prenylated Benzophenones from Native Louisiana Species of Hypericum Hypericoides"
  • Caitlin B. Richard, biology and health sciences, Dr. Mark Wygoda, "Lack of Effect of Dehydration on Cutaneous Resistance to Evaporative Water Loss in Green Tree Frogs (Hyla cinerea)"
  • Ginger Robertson and Rebecca Edwards, nursing, Kermit Troy Thompson, "Patients Can STOP Pressure Ulcers: If They Know the Signs"
  • Anne Louise Robicheaux, mass communication, Dr. Tracy C. Standley, "Times Are A-Changing: An Assessment of the Technology and Activity Related Reading Habits of College Students"

  • Cari Samletzka, biology and health sciences, Dr. Juliana Hinton, "Urban Ecology of Water Bears in Southwestern Louisiana"
  • Erik Justin Sneddon, chemistry, Dr. Ron W. Darbeau, "Continued Study of Trace Metals in Oysters by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometry"