2015-16 Exhibition

The Office of Student Research funded 12 student-faculty projects during the 2015-16 acadeimc year.

Belize Entomological Survey

STUDENT: David Cool
COUNTY: Jennings County
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: BA Biology

FACULTY MENTRO: Dr. Luke Jacobus

ABSTRACT: David’s project is part of an entomological survey of Belize that is being hosted by The University of California-Davis. His plan is to travel to Belize to join in group bio-blitzes of two different areas: low lying land and upslope forest. These should produce different types of species of Ephemeroptera, the insect group known as mayflies. David’s background research, documenting the current state of knowledge of Belize mayflies, has been presented at the Indiana Academy of Science meeting in March.

Project Poster

David Cool

Cost of Capital; Offering a New Method of Calculating the Cost of Capital

STUDENT: Ashley Dieter
COUNTY: Bartholomew
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: Business with a Concentration in Finance

FACULTY MENTOR: Dr. Ryan Brewer

ABSTRACT: Estimation of the cost-of-capital is vital to understand investment values. To date, published, accepted methods of assessing the cost-of-capital are either complex or arbitrary, leaving financial analysts without a consistent technique for conducting intrinsic valuations. Our new method of COC would impact and affect anyone working in some capacity within the business sector.

Project Poster

Ashley Dieter

Rusev! Crush!: American Nationalism, Russian Antagonism, and the WWE

STUDENT: Michael Foist
COUNTY: Marion
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: Communication Studies

FACULTY MENTOR: Dr. Ryan Neville-Shepard

ABSTRACT: This project explores the evolution of foreign villains in media, specifically in professional wrestling. As wrestling characters become more three-dimensional, foreign characters are framed as villains despite illustrating heroic characteristics, but their American opposition is cheered, despite becoming villainous, one-dimensional portrayals of American xenophobia.

Project Poster

Michael Foist

Conservation Status of Siphloplecton Mayflies in Northern North America

STUDENT: Tania Herbert
COUNTY: Decatur
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: Biology

STUDENT: Sabrina Schipper
COUNTY: Bartholomew
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: Biology and Pre-Veterinary

STUDENT: Jenna Wells
COUNTY: Johnson
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: Biology

FACULTY MENTOR: Dr. Luke Jacobus

ABSTRACT: Three species from the genus Siphloplecton have been found in northern North America, with two of these three occurring in Indiana; these species are seldom encountered, and so it is thought they require conservation protection. What little we know of their biological requirements is based mainly on studies from Florida and the Southeast. We will study these species in the Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers in Indiana to assess their current conservation status and to learn about their biological needs here.

Project Poster

HerbertShipperWells

A Phenomenological Study of the Impact of FASB/PCC Changes on Small and medium Private Companies

STUDENT: Swarooparani Hurli
COUNTY: Bartholomew
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: Accounting

STUDENT: Yibing Wang
COUNTY: Bartholomew 
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: Accounting

FACULTY MENTOR: Dr. Larita Killian

ABSTRACT:Both public and private businesses follow the same set of accounting standards. However, for small private businesses, these accounting standards are perceived as complex and burdensome. To simplify financial statement preparation and alleviate perceived financial burden for small private businesses the Financial Accounting Standard Board (FASB) brought several changes to the accounting standards. The purpose of this research is to evaluate these new initiatives in relation to the perceived needs of small and medium, private companies in a Midwestern region.

Project Poster

HurliWang

Assessing the Needs of People Living With HIV and AIDS in Rural Indiana

STUDENT:Brandon Million
COUNTY: Decatur
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: Sociology

FACULTY MENTOR: Dr. Joan Poulsen

ABSTRACT:

When southern Indiana experienced the outbreak of HIV in early 2015, through which over 170 people were infected, it became apparent that this topic demands research aimed specifically at local and regional impact. The objectives of Brandon’s research were targeted specifically for persons who are HIV‐positive or have AIDS in rural Indiana. For example:

1. Determining the current social, financial, medical, and emotional support systems currently available.

2. Determining some of the challenges people face in obtaining support.
3. Understanding what additional supports and/or resources does this population need to sustain a higher level of self‐care.
4. Determine the association/correlation between access to resources and better self‐care.

Project Poster

Brandon Million

Anomie in The Bell Jar: The Sociology of the Literature by Sylvia Plath

STUDENT: Emily Pedigo
COUNTY: Bartholomew County
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: English with a concentration in Literature, Sociology, Minor in Women’s Studies

FACULTY MENTOR: Dr. Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick

ABSTRACT: Emily’s thesis statement for this project was: The sociological imagination and sociology theories will further enhance the study of suicide in the novel The Bell Jar. Her project used the sociological imagination in order to sociologically analyze Sylvia Plath’s work.

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Emily Pedigo

Daily Habits and Overall Health

STUDENT: Makaili Shoultz
COUNTY: Jennings
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: Psychology

FACULTY MENTOR: Dr. Kimdy Le

ABSTRACT: This project was based on an online survey examining how exercise was related to increased self-regulation. Makaili found that individuals who engaged in exercise over long periods of time were also higher on self-regulation than those who didn’t. This could potentially impact interventions to help individuals delay short-term gains for long-term goals.

Project Poster

Makaili Shoultz

Naturally Observed Behaviors and Ostracism

STUDENT:Samantha Skirvin
COUNTY: Johnson
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: Psychology

STUDENT: Carissa Walls
COUNTY: Johnson
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: Psychology, Minor in Sociology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Joan Poulsen and Dr. Kimdy Le

ABSTRACT: This research project gathered data on public observable behaviors from children ages 5-11 years in their natural formed play groups. The goal was to find an association between certain behaviors and ostracism within this age group.

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SkirvinWalls

Does Diversion Therapy as a Non-Pharmacologic Intervention Reduce Pain in Children?

STUDENT: Mindy Talkington
COUNTY: Jennings
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: Nursing

FACULTY MENTOR: Dr. Cheryl Crisp

ABSTRACT: Mindy studied the effects of play on children’s pain levels after they endure a painful procedure in the hospital setting. Children are often vulnerable in these high-stress settings and experience heightened fear and anxiety, which can increase pain perception. Mindy’s hope from this study is that healthcare workers would be more aware of children in these situations and would take charge to help reduce their pain and anxiety during those stressful times.

Project Poster

Talkington

Recognition of First-Person Action in Children II: Exploring Early Knowledge of Optic Flow with Body Movement

STUDENT: Megan Taylor
COUNTY: Bartholomew
STUDENT MAJOR: Psychology

FACULTY MENTOR: Dr. Mark Jaime

ABSTRACT: The objective of this ongoing research project was to learn more about how children perceive and recognize their own movements. A small chest-mounted action camera was utilized to record and then present a first-person perspective video of participant’s actions. Participants were shown two videos and asked to judge which one belongs to them.

Project Poster

Megan Taylor

Assessing Media as a Gateway to Information for Young People Regarding HIV/AIDS

STUDENT:Brandon Million
COUNTY: Decatur
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: Sociology

STUDENT: Emily Pedigo
COUNTY: Bartholomew County 
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: English with a concentration in Literature, Sociology, Minor in Women’s Studies

STUDENT: Nick VanBurkleo
COUNTY: Johnson
STUDENT MAJOR and/or MINOR: Sociology

FACULTY MENTOR Aimee Zoeller

ABSTRACT: Through qualitative and quantitative research of college students, our research team intends to identify how college students access information about the prevalence, transmission, and prevention of HIV/AIDS. We intend to compile data, discover and analyze relationships between the data, and deliver the information to Positive Link so that they can use the information to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people.

Project Poster

VanBurkleo