Don’t miss Sean Walsh at the FRS Colloquium on April 18, 2014

Sean Walsh (Yukon, OK) will present “Sustainability’s effects on customer service in campus dining” at this year’s Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium on April 18, 2014.

Project Question

By practicing sustainability in campus dining, is customer satisfaction going to be higher?

Project Description

In our project, we have been analyzing whether or not there is a correlation between OSU’s Campus Dining customer satisfaction and the sustainability implications that they have initiated in the last years. We hope that by completing this research, it will help us and our colloquies in the field better understand sustainability’s impacts on dining. The project has been mentored by Dr. Lisa Slevitch, who has extensive research in the fields of marketing and management.

Project Mentor

Lisa Slevitch


Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium
Friday, April 18, 2014 | 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Edmon Low Library Browsing Room, Stillwater, OK 74078
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Don’t miss Nicholas Foster at the FRS Colloquium on April 18

Nicholas Foster (Edmond, OK) will present “Collecting Data in Severe Storms with the Use of Dropsondes” at this year’s Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium on April 18, 2014.

Project Question

What can dropsonde technology teach us about severe storms?

Project Description

Dropsondes are specialized light weight systems that contain a number of sensors that record data of the surrounding elements. Aircraft will fly over a desired testing area during an impending storm and deploy these sondes that proceed to descend with a parachute into the storm collecting data to then be analyzed at a later date. Currently, dropsondes are used to obtain meteorological data of hurricanes in order to allow forecasters to predict the future of the storm. The dropsondes created in this project will be used in collecting data over developing tornado systems.

Project Mentor

Dr. Jamey Jacob


Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium
Friday, April 18, 2014 | 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Edmon Low Library Browsing Room, Stillwater, OK 74078
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Don’t miss Mallory Cole at the FRS Colloquium on April 18, 2014

Mallory Cole (Broken Arrow, OK) will present “Cloning Proteins DotM and DotL from the Type 4B Secretion System” at this year’s Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium on April 18, 2014.

Project Question

Can the proteins DotM and DotL be used to assist in understanding the Type 4B Secretion System of Coxiella burnetii?

Project Description

Coxiella burnetii is an obligate intracellular pathogen in nature and causes a flu-like illness called Q fever. During infection of host cells, C. burnetii uses a Type 4B Secretion System (T4BSS) to secrete effector proteins into the host cell that manipulate it in a variety of ways. Another bacteria, Legionella pneumophila, has the best characterized T4BSS and it is proposed that in L. pneumophila the T4BSS proteins DotM and DotL interact with effector proteins prior to secretion through the T4BSS (Sutherland, Nguyen et al, 2012). In order to clone and express these proteins from C. burnetii, methods such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), gel electrophoresis, DNA purification, ligation, and transformation are used. Once cloned, purified C. burnetii DotM and DotL can be used to determine when and how these important proteins function during infection.

Project Mentor

Edward Shaw


Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium
Friday, April 18, 2014 | 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Edmon Low Library Browsing Room, Stillwater, OK 74078
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Don’t miss Austin Warner at the FRS Colloquium on April 18, 2014

Austin Warner (Edmond, OK) will present “Understanding Algebraic Structures Related to Graphs” at this year’s Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium on April 18, 2014.

Project Question

What is the structure of the minimal free resolution of cover ideals?

Project Description

Graphs are basically a combination of lines and dots. They can represent many things and can solve problems like: by what degree of separation do I know Burns Hargis? How can I model this computer network? or How can I most efficiently place cell phone towers? We studied the properties of these models in their pure algebraic and combinatorial state.

Project Mentor

Dr. Christopher Francisco


Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium
Friday, April 18, 2014 | 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Edmon Low Library Browsing Room, Stillwater, OK 74078
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Don’t miss Elise Marie Amundson at the FRS Colloquium on April 18

Elise Marie Amundson (Garber, OK) will present “Evaluation of Ethical Behaviors in Spears School of Business Students” at this year’s Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium on April 18, 2014.

Project Question

Are different majors in the business school indicative to ethical decisions of students?

Project Description

We composed short vignettes to be placed in a survey sent out to business students. Scenarios were described, and students provided an answer to scale, from “never” to “always”. The data was collected and a comparison of different majors was made by analyzing the ethical behaviors of each student.

Project Mentor

Dr. Carol Johnson


Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium
Friday, April 18, 2014 | 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Edmon Low Library Browsing Room, Stillwater, OK 74078
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Don’t miss Nicole Turvey at the FRS Colloquium on April 18, 2014

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Nicole Turvey (Sand Springs, OK) will present “The implications of aging building materials and their effect on toxin levels within our environment” at this year’s Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium on April 18, 2014.

Project Question

Do aging building materials heighten our exposure to carcinogens and other toxins?

Project Description

As buildings age the building materials used in the original construction begin to degrade. The project centers around ten samples taken from older buildings on Oklahoma State’s campus. These samples were tested for levels of known carcinogens and other harmful toxins know to be related to decaying building materials.

Project Mentor

Jason Belden


Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium
Friday, April 18, 2014 | 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Edmon Low Library Browsing Room, Stillwater, OK 74078
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Don’t miss Bailey Whitman at the FRS Colloquium on April 18, 2014

Bailey Whitman (Vernon, TX) will present “Mass Evacuation Model for Hospitals” at this year’s Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium on April 18, 2014.

Project Question

What is the most efficient method of evacuating patients from hospitals?

Project Description

This project uses a supply and demand model to find the most efficient way to move patients from evacuating to receiving hospitals. The model optimizes moving four different types of patients from hospitals found in Oklahoma City. Lingo software was used to find the optimal solution, which was then modeled in a set of matrices.

Project Mentor

Sunderesh Heragu


Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium
Friday, April 18, 2014 | 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Edmon Low Library Browsing Room, Stillwater, OK 74078
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Don’t miss Samantha J. Grider at the FRS Colloquium on April 18

Samantha J. Grider (Shawnee, OK) will present “Mice at Work: Comparative Burrow Architecture in Sympatric Species of Mus” at this year’s Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium on April 18, 2014.

Project Question

Do Mus Spicilegus and Mus Musculus have significantly different burrowing habits?

Project Description

Mus Musculus Musculus, the house mouse, and Mus Spicilegus, the mound-building mice, are two species of mice that share habitat space in eastern Europe. M. Spicilegus is known for building elaborate mounds and burrow systems for overwintering, while M. Musculus is not. For this project, with the help of Dr. Campbell, lab specimens of each species were allowed to burrow under controlled conditions. After a period of 63 hours, the mice were removed, and a cast was taken of the burrow. These casts were then measured for several criteria and compared.

Project Mentor

Dr. Polly Campbell


Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium
Friday, April 18, 2014 | 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Edmon Low Library Browsing Room, Stillwater, OK 74078
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Don’t miss Haley Billings at the FRS Colloquium on April 18, 2014

Haley Billings (Melissa, Texas) will present “Plate Waste Inter-rater Reliability Test” at this year’s Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium on April 18, 2014.

Project Question

Why is Inter-rater reliability important?

Project Description

For this project, I used a plate waste study from a previous project conducted by OSU to establish a relationship between table time and nutrient intakes of school lunches. I was given a select sample of the plate waste photographs to determine the amount eaten by each student. Using SPSS, we complied a spread sheet to determine inter-rater reliability.

Project Mentor

Deana Hildebrand


Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium
Friday, April 18, 2014 | 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Edmon Low Library Browsing Room, Stillwater, OK 74078
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Don’t miss Crandel Fenton at the FRS Colloquium on April 18, 2014

Crandel Fenton (Overland Park, KS) will present “Testing the char effect on different polymers in order to reduce the Heat Release Rate” at this year’s Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium on April 18, 2014.

Project Question

Can different polymers provide a char layer to retard the flammability of the substance?

Project Description

Working with Dr. Wang and graduate students there were three parts to the project. The first part was researching different polymer blends and the different thermodynamic experiments. The second part was mathematical modeling of the heat release rates of the polymers in order to cut down on costs of materials to run the cone calorimeter. The final part of the project was learning how to operate and run the cone calorimeter.

Project Mentor

Dr. Qingsheng Wang


Freshman Research Scholars Colloquium
Friday, April 18, 2014 | 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Edmon Low Library Browsing Room, Stillwater, OK 74078
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