University of Kentucky Undergraduate Student Researchers Present at the 2013 Posters-at-the-Capitol

University of Kentucky Undergraduate Student Researchers Present at the 2013 Posters-at-the-Capitol

There’s all the grueling work – the long hours and personal sacrifice, the moments of doubt, the proving and re-proving to yourself the study was done using the best possible methods and the outcomes are sound, and then…..there’s the joy, even elation, at telling the story proudly.  This is what 16 top students from The University of Kentucky will be doing on Thursday, Feb. 21, in Frankfort, KY at an annual event called Posters-at-the-Capitol

Posters-at-the-Capitol, an event hosted collaboratively by Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University, is intended to help members of Kentucky’s legislature and the Governor better understand the importance of involving undergraduates in research, scholarly, and creative work.

Organized by Jody Cofer of Murray State University, and a team of individuals from each of the KY institutions of higher education listed above, Posters-at-the-Capitol provides a venue for undergraduate student researchers to present their data in poster format to KY representatives and others on a day dedicated to undergraduate research.  In many cases, these projects focus on issues critical to the advancement of Kentuckians.

UK President Eli Capilouto plans to be present to cheer on UK students and all participants, as will many other administrators form colleges and universities across the state.

The table below shows the names of the student presenters, along with their majors, faculty mentors, and project titles.  Good luck to all participants and congratulations!

Sarah Barney Nat Res/Env Sci Junior Jason Schmidt, James Harwood, Mark Williams The Effects of Management Practices on Functional Diversity in Organic Cucurbit Production Systems
James Crouch Psychol/


Senior Melody Carswell, Ryan Hargrove, Bob Sandmeyer Form vs Function: the Impact of Aesthetic Design on the Usability of Bus Shelters
Emerson Dick Anat/ Neurosci   Luke Bradley, Robert Houtz Utilization of a Calmodulin Lysine Methyltransferase Co-expression System for the Generation of a Combinatorial Library of Post-translationally Modified Proteins
Talia Henkle Bio/


Soph David Horohov, Charles Issel Comparison of Immune Gene Expression Between Virulent EIAV and an Attenuated Vaccine Strain
Marquiana Jusma Anat/Neurosci Senior Andrew Deane Revisiting Incisor Allometry and Diet (Again): New 2D and 3D Approaches to an Old Question
Amanda Kaiser Biology/Psychol Junior Susan Barron Adding Insult to Injury: Hypoxia Following Ethanol Exposure Produces Multiplicative Damage in Vitro
Elina Matveeva Psychol Junior Richard Smith Two is Company, Three is an Envious Crowd: Effects of a Third Party Evaluator on Expressions of Envy According to Lacanian Psychoanalytic Perspective
Kellie Owen Ag Econ Junior Alison Davis Measuring the Economic Impact of the Agriculture Industry in Fayette County
Aman Shah Biology Junior Esther Dupont-Versteegden RNA Degradation is Elevated with Age-, but not Disuse-Associated Skeletal Muscle Atrophy
R. Stratton Hatfield Nat Res/Env Sci Senior John Cox Population Dynamics of the African Lion (Panthera leo L.) within the Maasai Mara Region of Southern Kenya
Kunal Sunthankar Biology Junior Luke Bradley Dependence of Volume of Distribution on Gel Strength for Convection Enhanced Delivery of Drugs to the Brain
J. Wesley Urian Psychol Junior Susan Barron A Model to Explain Learning Deficits Following Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Victoria Votaw Psychol Soph Susan Barron An Explanation for Hyperactivity following Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Jacob Welch Anthro Junior Scott Hutson Measuring Maya Politics: Demographic Research on Ancient Community Relations
Rebecca Wente Ag Bio


Junior James Harwood Effects of Intraguild Cues of Ground-dwelling and Foliage-dwelling Spiders on Lady Beetle Oviposition and Aphid Suppression
Whelan, Sarah Biology Junior Jeramiah Smith Vasa: Understanding Genomic Rearrangement in Lamprey

About Evie Russell

Evie Russell Assistant Director & Editor, Kaleidoscope The Office of Undergraduate Research Phone: (859) 257-6420 Fax: (859) 257-8734 “The point of research is not to rehearse what we know, but to explore and extend the boundaries of our ignorance.” Thomas Dochert, Professor of English
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