The Undergraduate Research Office is excited to announce the winners of the Oswald Competition for Fall of 2012. A luncheon was held on Dec 3 for the winners and their mentors along with the reviewers of the competition.
The Oswald Research and Creativity Program was established in 1964 by then-President John Oswald with the express purpose of encouraging research and creative activities by undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky. The objectives of the program are: (1) to stimulate creative work by undergraduate students, and (2) to recognize individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement. This recognition emphasizes the importance the University places upon academic excellence. Although these objectives have remained the same throughout the years, the number of categories has increased to include Biological Sciences; Design, including architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design; Fine Arts, including film, music, photography, painting, and sculpture; Humanities, from creative and critical-research approaches; Physical and Engineering Sciences; and Social Sciences. All submissions are sent anonymously to faculty reviewers in related fields and are judged based on a rubric.
This year’s award winners are:
Honorable Mention: Christopher Karounos, Biology Junior, A Tragedy Exposed? Clear Growth Medium Reveals Roots Competing
Second Place: Aman Shah, Biology Senior, RNA Degradation is Elevated with Age-, but not Disuse-Associated Skeletal Muscle Atrophy
First Place: Alexandra Tsoras, Chemical Engineering Junior, Development of Three-Dimensional Lung Multicellular Spheroids in Air and Liquid Interface Culture for the Evaluation of Anti-Cancer Therapeutics
Second Place: Thomas Wortman, Landscape Architecture Senior, Land Feature Design Firm
First Place: Jared Kaelin & Justin Menke, Landscape Architecture Seniors, Falmouth
Honorable Mention: Ben Norton, Topical Studies: Film, Television, & Digital Media and Spanish Junior, PSY’s Gangnam Style Parody
Second Place: Zak Norton, Topical Studies: Film, Television, & Digital Media and Kinesiology: Exercise Science Junior, Rhuem
First Place: Ashley Thacker, Art Studio Senior, It Can’t Rain All the Time
Honorable Mention: Lindsay Oberhausen, English and Spanish Senior, The Evolution of a Love Long Gone
Second Place: Valerie Pfister, English and International Studies Junior, Breaking Routine (A Short Fiction)
First Place: Heather Sims, Art Studio and English Senior, Elephant Memories: A Set of Poems
HUMANITIES: CRITICAL RESEARCH
Second Place: Kelly King, English and Philosophy Senior, Exchange in Aristotle’s “Polis” and Adam Smith’s “Market”
First Place: Lindsay Oberhausen, English and Spanish Senior, Maternal Masochism: Self-Degradation of the Mother in Morrison’s “Beloved”
PHYSICAL & ENGINEERING SCIENCES
Honorable Mention: Josiah Hanna, Computer Science Junior, Summer 2012 LIP6 Write-up
Second Place: David Spencer, Chemical Engineering Senior, Multiple Macromer Hydrogels for Multiphase Drug Release
First Place: Lindsay Gray, Chemical Engineering Junior, An Improved in vitro Model for the Study of Endothelial Cells Using Micropatterned Surfaces
Honorable Mention: Sarah Stromberg, Psychology and Mathematics Senior, Diaphragmatic Breathing and its Effectiveness in the Management of Motion Sickness
Second Place: Carter Daniels, Psychology and Philosophy Senior, Do Pigeons Develop Mental Representations when Demonstrating Transitive Inference?
First Place: Elina Matveeva, Psychology Junior, Two is Company, Three is an Envious Crowd: Effects of a Third Party Evaluator on Expressions of Envy According to Lacanian