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Dear TU community,

Our university community should be proud of our students’ performance in the recent joint meeting of the 22nd Annual TU Student Research Colloquium and 17th Annual OU-Tulsa Research Forum. This is the seventh time our TU students went to the Schusterman campus to participate in the poster competition. Congratulations to our winners and participants, as well as our session chairs and judges.

There were a total of 176 oral, poster, and video presentations made during the meeting.

At the Awards Banquet, the winners of the Research Colloquium awards for each presentation category were announced. The competition was keen and all students did a wonderful job; 28 TU students received colloquium awards this year, demonstrating the high participation seen this year in oral and poster presentations. For a list of this year’s award winners see below.

Our students are to be commended for more than their personal performance; this is a student-led function with committee members: Indreesh Badrinarayanan, Marjorie Bontemps, Emily Caselman, Shuddha Chowdhury, Ryley Johnson, Melissa Miller, John Ostrander, and Spenser Pulleyking, determining the overall organization of the Colloquium. Additionally, graduate and undergraduate students serve as session chairs and judges. I also greatly appreciate the faculty and staff that judged and therefore helped make this event a success. A total of 83 judges and 28 session chairs covered all the oral presentation sessions.

In addition to the general contributed paper sessions, we also had a number of people step forward to organize special topic symposium. We had 9 special topic symposia included in this year’s event, 4 of which was organized by a TU student and 5 by TU faculty or staff. For a full list of the included presentations and the titles of this year’s special topic symposia, please see the meeting program here.

Please congratulate all student participants, judges, session chairs, and co-chairs as well as the faculty and staff judges for a job well done.

Sincerely,
Janet A. Haggerty
Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School

Awards

Oral Presentations:

1st Place:

Bart Ford, Biological Sciences (doctorate)

T-CELL SUBSETS ASSOCIATED WITH CYTOMEGALOVIRUS AND FAMILY HISTORY OF MOOD DISORDER

2nd Place:

Francisca Trujillo, Nursing Practice (doctorate)

CULTURALLY-ADAPTED DIABETES SELF MANAGEMENT EDUCATION

3rd Place (tie):

Gail Ellis, English (master’s)

SOCIETAL TRENDS AND POLITICAL COMMENTARY IN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY FORTUNE TELLING LITERATURE

 

Alan Abad, Petroleum Engineering (bachelor’s)

EFFECT OF TUBING PERTURBATIONS OVER LIQUID LIFT PERFORMANCE IN GAS WELLS

 

Honorable Mentions:

Jordan Hoffmeister, Clinical Psychology (doctorate)

NEUROBEHAVIORAL CORRELATES OF EUPHORIC AND DYSPHORIC MOOD IN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

 

Lydia Prebish, History (bachelor’s)

FLU JULIA: ONE WOMAN’S CRIMES DURING THE 1918 FLU EPIDEMIC IN CHICAGO

 

Dulanjani Wijayasekara, Biological Sciences (doctorate)

BIOLOGICAL AND MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION OF A WILD MAIZE DWARF MOSAIC VIRUS IN JOHNSON GRASS IN OKLAHOMA

 

Austin Lignieres, Chemical Engineering (bachelor’s)

A COMPARISON OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS IN MENDOZA, ARGENTINA AND TULSA, OK, USA

 

Samantha Barber, Psychology (bachelor’s)

A QUALITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF TEAM LEARNING

 

Julianne Clark, Fine Arts (master’s)

FLORA: A HISTORY OF WOMEN AND PLANTS

 

Emily Tran, Mechanical Engineering (bachelor’s)

A MECHANICAL BUBBLE MACHINE FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

 

Maureen Haynes, Biology/Sociology (bachelor’s)

“STRUGGLING SILENTLY IS NOT ENOUGH:” THE POWER OF OKLAHOMA TEACHER EXPERIENCES AND PROTESTS

 

Margaret Johnson, Psychology (bachelor’s)

EVALUATING THE ROLE OF UNICEF IN COMBATING MALNUTRITION

 

Tabor Kvasnicka, English (bachelor’s)

THE EMANATING THEME OF MORTALITY IN FAULKNER’S AS I LAY DYING

 

Geoffrey Simpson, Computer Science (doctorate)

BUSINESS EMAIL COMPROMISE: DATA ANALYSIS FROM THE FBI’S INTERNET CRIME COMPLAINT CENTER

 

Josie Sorelle, Museum Science and Management (master’s)

APACHE GAAN MASKS: OBJECTS OF CULTURAL PATRIMONY UNDER NAGPRA

 

Benjamin James, Computer Science (bachelor’s)

MESHCLUST2: APPLICATION OF ALIGNMENT-FREE IDENTITY SCORES

 

Vaidheeshwar Ramasubramanian, Chemical Engineering (doctorate)

EFFECT OF ADDITION OF K, RH, AND FE OVER MO/HZSM-5 ON METHANE DEHYDROAROMATIZATION UNDER NON-OXIDATIVE CONDITIONS

 

Megan Sinik, Exercise Sport Science (bachelor’s)

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION USE AND SUFFOCATION FEAR

 

Luis Juarez, Chemical Engineering (bachelor’s)

WATER EFFECTS ON ROOM TEMPERATURE IONIC LIQUIDS (RTILS) DURING ELECTROCHEMICAL REDUCTION PROCESS OF CRYSTALLINE SILICON (C-SI) FROM SILICON DIOXIDE (SIO2)

 

Guan Wang, Geosciences (doctorate)

A COMBINED GRAZING AND FIRE MANAGEMENT MAY REVERSE WOODY SHRUB ENCROACHMENT IN DESERT GRASSLANDS

 

Natalie Hmeluk, Biochemistry (bachelor’s)

GREEN TEA REGULATION OF SUGAR METABOLISM

 

Daniel Moses, Mechanical Engineering (master’s)

SELF HEALING IN POLYMER SEALS VIA LAMINATED VASCULAR NETWORKS

 

Philippe Bled, Applied Mathematics (master’s)

DECISION MODEL FOR APPLICATION OF MACHINE LEARNING METHODS IN FRAUD DETECTION

 

Community Service:

Caden Luper, Chemical Engineering (bachelor’s) and Margaret Holtmann, Chemical Engineering (bachelor’s)

TU INTERNATIONAL SANITATION PROJECT

 

TU Video:

Chee Yang Ng, Chemical Engineering (bachelor’s)

CARBON ENCAPSULATED IRON NANOPARTICLES FOR REMOVAL OF HEAVY METALS FROM AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS

 

TU Poster*:

Daniel Lienhard, Chemical Engineering (bachelor’s)

Development and Characterization of Promoted Catalysts Used in MDA

 

*Congratulations as well to the following TU students who placed in the OU-Tulsa Research Day awards:

Biomedical

3rd Place – Bart Ford, Biological Sciences (doctorate)

4th Place – Ritvik Ganguly, Biochemistry (bachelor’s)

Engineering

1st Place – DJ Lienhard, Chemical Engineering (bachelor’s)

3rd Place – Gopi Adhikari, Physics (doctorate)

5th Place – Saroj Thapa, Physics (doctorate)