13th annual Ranger Research Day winners announced
• Oklahoma Research Day set for March 8, 2019
November 23, 2018
Northwestern Oklahoma State University's Alva campus hosted the 13th annual Ranger Research Day in the Student Center Ballroom where 31 projects were entered with 47 participants having the opportunity to display, share and discuss their research with peers, professors and the Alva community.
Graduate and undergraduate students created poster presentations or prepared oral presentations of academic research papers conducted in one of their classes. All presenters are encouraged to attend Oklahoma Research Day on March 8, 2019, which Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford will host. Registration for Oklahoma Research Day is now open at http://www.oklahomaresearchday.com.
Student poster entries were critiqued and eligible for awards. Winners with classification, hometown, research project name and sponsor include:
First place in the psychology category went to Cynthia A. Conrad, senior psychology major from Hillsboro, Missouri, for her project titled, "Bereavement Support Group Involvement: Its Impact on the Healing Process." Taylor Randolph, instructor of psychology, was Conrad's sponsor.
Second place went to Britani Laken Gunther, senior psychology major from Enid, for her project titled, "Enhancing Athletes' Performance Through Mental Imagery." Randolph was Gunther's sponsor.
Third place went to Pabitra Tamang, senior psychology major from Kathmandu, Nepal, for her project titled, "Bullying and Depression." Randolph was Tamang's sponsor.
First place in the history category was a tie and went to Timothy Atakora, senior history major from Edmond, for his project titled, "Realism vs. Idealism." Jana Brown, instructor of history, was Atakora's sponsor. Also receiving first place is Jacque Ruhl, junior political science major from Alva, for her project titled, "The Legacy of Emperor Constantine (c. 272-337)." Dr. Eric Schmaltz, professor of history, was Ruhl's sponsor.
In the biology category, first place went to Taylor Munsell, senior health and sports science major from Arnett, for her project titled, "Rapid, Simple, and Non-invasive Screening for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome." Dr. Cynthia Pfeifer-Hill, professor of biology, was Munsell's sponsor.
Maxwell Archer, sophomore chemistry major from Tulsa, and Katrina Betz, senior chemistry major from Norman, won first place for their project titled, "Study of an Iodine Distribution in Western Oklahoma Brine Waters." Dr. Jason Wickham, professor of chemistry, was their sponsor.
In the nursing category, first place went to Teirna Adair, senior nursing major from Carmen, and Cheney Bird, senior nursing major from Alva, for their project titled, "No Nits, Ands, or Buts." Dr. Jennifer Mahieu, assistant professor of nursing, was their sponsor.
Second place in nursing went to Sandra Colby, senior nursing major from Enid; Mallory Stubbs, senior nursing major from Enid; and Jessica Weidner, senior nursing major from Enid, for their project titled, "Stress and Coping in Nursing." Dr. Krista Tilley, assistant professor of nursing, was their sponsor.
Third place in nursing went to Penny Bice, senior nursing major from Enid; Savannah Hill, senior nursing major from Lucien; and Rylee Spencer, senior nursing major from Enid, for their project titled, "Pitocin Rates for Laboring Mothers." Dr. Leslie Collins, assistant professor of nursing and assistant chair of the division of nursing, was their sponsor.
Patricia Pixler, senior psychology major from Waynoka, also gave an oral presentation on her research paper. She won first place for her paper titled, "Human Darkness: Montresor in the 'Cask of Amontillado." Dr. Roxie James, assistant professor of English, was Pixler's sponsor.
Holliday said he believes students and community members who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree should participate in Ranger Research Day as well as Oklahoma Research Day because research is an integral part of graduate studies.