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Students Present Research Findings at Muskingum University Science Week

Muskingum University students presented their research findings at the science division’s Science Week, held April 18-22 on the campus.

The week features two events: The James Bradford Colloquium and the Homer S. Anderson Lecture. At the colloquium, students speak on their research projects to their peers and faculty members, each with a strict 15-minute time limit that emulates a professional science conference.  Those presentations are then judged and ranked by the faculty, and awards are granted to the top three presenters.

The following students received top honors for their colloquium presentations:

Aliyah ByronFirst place was awarded to Aliyah Byron ’16 who presented The Link between Sympathetic Activation, Creativity, and Schizotypy.

Second place went to Dylan Sayre ’16 who presented Determining the Densities of White Tailed Deer (Odocoileus Virginianus) at The Wilds.

Third place was awarded to Trevor Basham ’16 who presented Logistic Regression Modeling of Landslide Susceptibility in a Region of Muskingum County, Ohio, Using GIS and SPSS.

The following students also made presentations at the colloquium:

Jennifer Hastings ’16 presented A Comparison of Warm vs. Cool Habitat Reclimation Preferences for Obligate Grassland Bird Species on The Wilds.

Rylee Holman ’16 presented Modification of Nafion with 1-Decyl-3-Methylimidazolium Chloride in Varying Molar Ratios to Enhance Mass Transport While Maintaining Cationic Selectivity.

Madelyn Moss ’18, Harrison Raub ’17, Anna Sharier ’18, and Camille Walker ’18 presented Abundance of Grassland Birds on a Surface Mine (The Wilds) Reclaimed across a Chronological Sequence.

Katie Snider ’16 presented You vs. Yourself: Personality as a Predictor of Self-Objectification.


At the Homer S. Anderson Lecture, students make poster presentations of their research in a manner that is typical of a professional science conferences. Each student is expected to be available to answer questions about their poster from their peers and faculty members.

The Anderson Lecture included a presentation by Muskingum alumnus Richard Buckalew ‘06, who currently is a probability and game theory instructor and postdoctoral fellow at The Ohio State University. His lecture was titled The Value of Liberal Arts in Science.

The following students presented posters at the Anderson Lecture:

Miranda Allen ’17, Erika Baum ’17, Emily Carney ’17, Julie Fobes ’17, Ashley Jones ’16, Julie Kelley ’16, Emily Knowlton ’16, Gracie Lowe ’16, Mckenzey Shell ’17, and Tyler Ward ’16 presented “Back” to Caring.

Dylan Applegarth ’16 presented Modeling Lahar Composition and Stream Channel Impact in Small-Scale.

Kennedy Barnett ’16 presented The Relationship between Anxiety and the Emotional Stoop Task.

Trevor BashamTrevor Basham ’16 presented Logistic Regression Modeling of Landslide Susceptibility in a Region of Muskingum County, Ohio, Using GIS and SPSS.

Landis Bates ’18, Jeremy Gerdau ’18 and Ian McGougan ’18 presented How Petroleum was Stored in the Squirrel Sandstone.

Aliyah Byron ’16 presented The Link between Sympathetic Activation, Creativity, and Schizotypy.

Michael Carnes ’16 presented Bystander Effect and Gender Differences.

Marcus Correa ’16, Brandon Ryan ’16 and Guozhu Zhu ’16 presented Remote Operation of Smoke Detectors via Mobile Application.

Jennifer Hastings ’16 presented A Comparison of Warm vs. Cool Habitat Reclimation Preferences for Obligate Grassland Bird Species on The Wilds.

Rylee Holman ’16 presented Modification of Nafion with 1-Decyl-3-Methylimidazolium Chloride in Varying Molar Ratios to Enhance Mass Transport While Maintaining Cationic Selectivity.

Kimberly Holmes ’16 presented The Effect of Monomer Ratio and Temperature on Methacrylate Resins.

Raven Horn ’16 presented Facial Attractiveness and Effects on Self Esteem.

Tyler Lynn ’16 and Milan Patel ’16 presented Preparation and Characterization of a Theromo-Sentive Poly(Vinyl Alcohol)-Based Hydrogel Loaded with Pharmaceutical Compound Ibuprofen.

Anna Mayo ’17 presented Determination of Rhodamine B in Cosmetics via Column Chromatography, Ultraviolet Spectrophotometry, and Fluorescence Spectroscopy.

Sara McGeeSara McGee ’16 presented The Effects of Art Therapy Methods on Stress.

Madelyn Moss ’18, Harrison Raub ’17, Anna Sharier ’18, and Camille Walker ’18 presented Abundance of Grassland Birds on a Surface Mine (The Wilds) Reclaimed across a Chronological Sequence.

Sarah Seidel ’16 presented Alcohol Consumption between Greeks, Athletes, and Greek-Athletes.

Katie Snider ’16 presented You vs. Yourself: Personality as a Predictor of Self-Objectification.

Kelli Stack ’16 presented Uptake and Release of Naphthalene Derivatives in Metal Organic Framework Compounds.

Paige Taylor ’16 presented Coping with Student Loan Debt Stress: Problem Focused vs. Emotion Focused Coping Strategies.