Author: Sydney Woodward

Meet the Researcher – Sabrina Truong

Sabrina Truong is a sophomore Graphic Design Major at UCO whose Faculty Mentor is Amanda Horton. Truong was invited to present her research “Columns Through Greek and Modern Times” at NCUR 2020. Her research studies how Ancient Greek architecture has created a segment of design for the later times to adapt to, one of which being columns that were built with the monumental buildings. Their influential design goes throughout the region and all across time as others began to adapt to the style of the ancients. Truong got into this subject because of an appreciation of how historical architecture not only shapes the future but also inspires it.

Meet the Researcher – Selena Romero and Ashley Salim

Selena Romero and her Co-Presenter Ashley Salim were invited to present their research at NCUR 2020. Selena Romero is a Senior General Business major with a double minor in Entrepreneurship and Contemporary Music Business. Romero and Salim first got involved in their research, “Does the Remote-Control ‘Control’ Our Future?”, during an in-class project for Dr. Patricia Blevins, their Faculty Mentor. A year later, Dr. Blevins reached out to Romero and Salim to present their research at Oklahoma Research Day and NCUR 2020. 

The concept of using an actual remote device to change a channel revolutionized the television industry and unlocked other uses of a remote device. This research explores the advancements of remote-control technology and tries to determine the direction of device usage in the future. Specific focus is placed on the dependency of repeated use and the variety of devices utilized, predicting phones are replacing all remotes in general.

Meet the Researcher – Beth Anderson

Beth Anderson is a Senior History major here at UCO. Her faculty advisor is Dr. Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen. Anderson was invited to NCUR 2020 to present her research “Propaganda Techniques During the Second World War: The ‘Other’ in Japanese and American War Posters”. Her project for NCUR compares propaganda being made by the Japanese and the Americans during the Second World War. She examined the medium, the message, and delivery. She took a deeper look at the racist stereotypes coming from both sides as practiced through cartoons and paintings. As an artist, Anderson is constantly looking at artists through history and how they are useful in different social and economic situations like war, peace, diseases, civil rights and so forth.

Meet the Researcher – Carlie Crutchfield

Carlie Crutchfield is a Senior Elementary Education major at UCO. She got involved with her research after meeting with her faculty advisor, Dr. Darlinda Cassel, and discussing how to help 8th grade students become more fluent in multiplication. She was invited to present her research “Using Engaging Mathematical Activities for Fluency in Middle School Students” at NCUR 2020. Crutchfield’s research project is a case study involving 8th grade remedial math students. She implemented engaging and worthwhile multiplication tasks and tracked their progress through a period of four sessions. The results concluded dramatic improvements in her student’s multiplication skills.

Meet the Researcher- Liv Parkinson

Liv Parkinson is a Junior Exchange Student here at the University of Central Oklahoma with Dr. Patricia Loughlin as her faculty advisor. She took Dr. Loughlin’s “History of Women in the American West” class during her first semester at UCO. The long running project for this was in collaboration with the National Cowboy and Heritage Museum, helping research the roles of women in the American West to inform their exhibitions in celebration of the centenary of women’s right to vote. The museum’s rodeo exhibit sparked her interest as it made reference to Bonnie McCarroll as a competitor and many other women as Rodeo Queens, but not much information on how and why this shift happened.

Meet the Researcher – Kaylan Peterson

Kaylan Peterson is a Senior Forensic Science and Criminal Justice Major at UCO. Peterson got involved in research in 2018 when Professor Steven Dunn, her Faculty Advisor, approached her with a research idea he had been curious about investigating for several semesters. 

Kaylan Peterson was invited to NCUR 2020 to present her research, “Reflective Quizzes and Personal Development.” The purpose of this study is to determine the impact reflective writing quizzing might have on a person’s self awareness, self compassion, and grasp of autonomy.

Meet the Researcher – Nierouz Alrashdan

Nierouz Alrashdan is a Junior Psychology Major who was invited to present at NCUR 2020. Her faculty mentor is Steven Dunn. Her research project is titled “Tribalism In Our Society”. For Nierouz, “tribalism had a huge impact on my day-to-day life; therefore, I conducted this research to figure out how and why”. Tribalism is a moral bias in which one lacks self-awareness and views their group as superior to others. It is a bias that has caused tension in politics, individuality (or the self-concept), cultural belonging, and family relatedness. With the help of multiple surveys, this research is made to see if people can become aware of this bias within themselves and ways to reduce it from influencing future opinions.

Jones Harris Endowed Scholarship

The mission of the Jones/Harris Public Service Scholarship is to select a student with strong leadership potential and a commitment to enrolling in a graduate or professional school that will assist in pursuing a career in public service. This is a highly competitive scholarship with the winner receiving up to a one year, $10,000 award.

Meet the Researcher – Gabriella Oliver

Gabriella Oliver, a senior Mathematics-Statistics major, co-presenting with Ethan Bruegel and Ren Jian Lee were invited to present their research at NCUR 2020. Their faculty advisor was Dr. Tyler Cook. Gabriella has been a part of SCHOLAR (Statistical Consulting Help for Organizational Leaders and Academic Researchers) since Fall of 2017. Gabriella Oliver, Ethan Grugel, and Ren Jian Lee are continuing their research via ZOOM. Their research project was titled “Analyzing the Influence of Evening Exams on Success in General Chemistry.” This experiment was conducted during the 2018-2019 academic year where students in certain sections of General Chemistry took exams at two different times.