Research Week

UNK’s Research Week is an annual event held each spring for students in all disciplines to present their scholarly work. Students’ research accomplishments and the important role faculty play as mentors are both highlighted. Any UNK student engaged in mentored research or creative activity is eligible and encouraged to participate, even if their work was not funded through UNK.

Presentations include poster sessions, oral presentations, musical performances, and art exhibitions. Poster and oral presentations are judged and awards are given at a reception at the end of the event. Graduate students will present on April 2, and undergraduate students will present on April 3.

Research Week 2020 Schedule

Research Week Outline:

Tuesday, March 31 - New Frontiers Reception
Description: The reception will include the unveiling of the 2020 magazine faculty spotlights including food and drinks.
Location: UNMC Health Sciences Atrium (Kearney, NE)
4:00 – 6:00pm             Brief presentation at 5:00 pm

Wednesday, April 1 - New Frontier Faculty Presentations
Description: Faculty featured in New Frontiers 2020 will present their work on two moderated panels.
Location: Antelope Room
12:00 - 5:00pm             Oral Presentations

Thursday, April 2 - Graduate Student Research Day
Location: Student Union (Ponderosa)
8:00 – 12:00pm           Poster setup
1:00 – 2:00pm             Poster Judging
1:00 - 4:00pm              Oral and Poster Presentations

Friday, April 3 - Undergraduate Research Day
Location: Student Union (Ponderosa)
7:30 – 9:00am             Poster set up
9:00 – 11:00am           Poster judging
12:00 – 1:15pm           Luncheon for student presenters and mentors
1:30 - 3:30pm              Oral and Poster Presentations
3:30                             Closing ceremony & Presentation of Awards

Registration - Graduate and Undergraduate students will register using NURamp. Click on the Research Week 2020 Outline and Registration Information.
Registration Deadline - February 29, 2020

Students participating in oral presentations are eligible to submit a manuscript/paper for the writing competition. All manuscripts/papers are due March 20th. Submissions are to be turned in to the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, Conrad Hall #115.

For additional questions:
Matthew R. Bice (
Mark R. Ellis (     
Richard Mocarski (

2016 Student Research Day Award Winners

Natural and Physical Sciences Poster Awards
1st Place:
Karissa Finke
Department: Chemistry
Advisor: Dr. Allen Thomas
Title: Substituted Amino Acids as LAT-1 Substrates For Use in Drug Delivery

2nd Place:
Becca Best
Department: Biology
Advisor: Dr. Kim Carlson
Title:  Pathogenicity of Nora virus in germ-free Drosophila melanogaster

3rd Place:
Jocelyn Dolphin, Primary Presenter
Matt Moore and April Maschmann, Co-Presenters
Department: Chemistry
Advisor: Dr. Kristy Kounovsky-Shafer
Title:  Development of 3D Printed Devices to Extract DNA Molecules

Behavioral and Social Sciences
1st Place:
Andrew Fields
Department: Political Science
Advisor: Dr. Satoshi Machida
Title:  The Effects of the Modern Indian Caste System on Christian Evangelism

2nd Place:
Shelby Study
Department: Psychology
Advisor: Dr.  Megan Strain
Title:  More than Purity: Exploring Feminine Honor as a Complex Construct

3rd Place:
Fletcher Sheridan
Department: Geography & Earth Science
Advisor: Dr.  Paul Burger
Title:  If You Build it Will They Come: Using a GIScience Gravity Model to Estimate Retirement Community Demand in Salt Lake City, Utah

Fine Arts & Humanities
1st Place:
So-Young Chun
Department: Music & Performing Arts
Advisor: Dr.  Sharon Campbell
Title:  Cinderella: The Madang Nori

2nd Place:
Amanda Slater
Department: English
Advisor: Dr. Marguerite A. Tassi
Title: Love, Otto Frank: Understanding a Father’s Editorial Judgments

Professional & Applied Studies
1st Place:
Alexa Kasl
Department: Kinesiology & Sports Sciences
Advisor: Dr.  Kazuma Akehi
Title:  Thigh muscular architecture changes during season-long college soccer participation

2nd Place:
Meghan Rockefeller
Department: Family Studies & Interior Design
Advisor: Dr.  Mickey Langlais
Title:  How SnapChat Behaviors Influence Relational Conflict

3rd Place:
Brian Szekely
Department: Kinesiology & Sports Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Gregory Brown
Title:  The Effects of Creatine, Sodium Bicarbonate, and Caffeine on Blood Lactate Concentrations During a Wingate Bicycle Test

Graduate Research Posters
1st Place:
Marissa Bongers
Department: Kinesiology & Sports Sciences
Advisor: Gregory Brown
Title: Dietary Habits and Nutrition Knowledge in Female Collegiate Distance Runners

2nd Place:
Tabitha Rasmussen
Department: Counseling & School Psychology
Advisor: Carmelo Callueng
Title: Family Involvement, Life Satisfaction, and Academic Achievement of Children

3rd Place:
Haley Strobel
Department: Counseling & School Psychology
Advisor: Tammi Ohmstede
Title: Using High-Stakes Assessment to Evaluate System-Wide Improvement Plan of A Rural Midwestern School District

Undergraduate Oral Presentation
1st Place:
Anna Wagemann
Department: English
Advisor: Dr.  Michelle Beissel Heath
Title:  The Monstrous, The Mysterious, and The Mystic: Reanimating Childhood Classics through The Feared City

2nd Place: 
Anthony Donovan
Department: Chemistry
Advisor: Dr. Annette Moser
Title:  Measuring Binding Interactions Between HSA And Deisopropylatrazine Using High Performance Affinity Chromatography

Graduate Oral Presentation
1st Place:
Kaley Hodgen
Department: Management
Advisor: Dr. Srivatsa Seshadri
Title:  Organizational Audit: Honors Program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney

2018 Student Research Day Award Winners

Behavioral and Social Sciences
1st Place:
Samanthat Baumert, Primary Author
Caitlyn Graf, Co-Author
Advisor: Krista Fritson
Title: The Effects of Mindful Meditation via Mobile App on Graduate Students

2nd Place: 
Lacey Johnson
Advisor: William Wozniak
Title: Effects of Types of Distractor on Performance in a Driving Course

3rd Place: 
Connor Gosnell
Advisor: Paul Burger
Title: Locating a Community Garden Using GIScience in Omaha's Food Dessert

Natural and Physical Sciences
1st Place:
Megan Hunke, Primary Author
Wuilian Martinez, Co-Author
Advisors: Surabhi Chandra & Mahesh Pattabiraman
Title: Antineoplastic Properties of Cinnamic Acid Dimers and Cinnamic Acid Dimer Derivatives in Breast Cancer Cells

2nd Place: 
Evan Folk
Advisor: Jeremy Armstrong
Title: Harmonic Oscillator's Utility in Predicting Vibrational Spectroscopy 

3rd Place: 
Drew Thompson, Primary Author
Joshua Lallman, Co-Author
Advisor: Kristy Kounovsky-Shafer
Title: Determination of Electroosmotic and Electrophoretic Mobility of Dyes in Kelcogel F for a Dynamic Range of Ionic Strength Solutions

Professional/Applied Sciences
1st Place:
Callen Maupin
Advisor: Scott Unruh
Title: Outcome Measure for Post-Surgical Shoulder Rehabilitation 

2nd Place:
Stephanie Paulson, Primary Author
Dakota Waddell, Co-Author
Advisor: Gregory Brown
Title: Comparing the Effects of Coffee to a Pre-Workout Drink on Resting Metabolic Rate

3rd Place:
Danielle Tilley
Advisor: Megan Adkins
Title: The Evaluation of Home School Physical Education Participant Perceived Versus Actual Level of Physical Activity

Fine Arts and Humanities
1st Place:
Emily Hemmer
Advisor: Marguerite Tassi
Title: Religion in Game of Thrones and Shakespeare's First Tetralogy

2nd Place:
Tiffany Vavricek
Advisor: Susan Honeyman
Title: The Adventurous Monster

Graduate Studies and Research
1st Place:
Ava Coughlin
Advisors: Todd Bartee, Kate Heelan & Paul Burger
Title: Analysis of Cancer Survivor's Accessibility to Exclusively Tailored Exercise Programs in Nebraska

Undergraduate Oral Presentation
1st Place:
Tatiana Moore
Advisor: Jeff Wells
Title: One Man, the Media, and Morale: S.Sgt. Hugh Benson and the Kearney Army Air Field 

2nd Place: 
Caleb Capellen, Primary Author
Jose Ortega & Jane Morwitzer, Co-Authors
Advisors: Surabhi Chandra, Matthew Dunworth & Robert A. Casero Jr.
Title: Polyamine Pathway as a Player in Breast Cancer Cell Proliferation in Diabetic Conditions 

Calvin T. Ryan Research Award
Shelby Hinrichs 
Advisor: Whitney Schneider-Cline
Title: Screening Speech, Language, and Reading Abilities of Home-Schooled Children

Diversity Award
Graduate Student:
John Rech
Advisor: Megan Adkins
Title: Motivated to Move: An Application of Older Adults and Motivation to be Physically Active

Undergraduate Student:
Miranda Ketteler
Advisor: Christina Sogar
Title: Faculty and Student Views of Accomodation Policies

2019 Student Research Week Award Winners

Behavioral & Social Sciences

1st Place:
Karla Carrillo, Primary Author
Kendra Hoffert, Co-Author
Advisor: Julie Lanz
Title: The Effects of Mindful Meditation Using a Mobile App
2nd Place:
Braydon Conell
Advisor: Satoshi Machida
Title: Media Slant in Immigrant-related News Stories
3rd Place:
Rene Ingersoll
Advisor: John Bauer
Title: The Spacial Arrangement of Shinto Shrines
Natural & Physical Sciences

1st Place:
Emma Raders
Advisor: Bryan Drew
Title: Hybridization of Turkish Salvia
2nd Place:
Hannah Schmitz
Advisor: Haishi Cao
Title: Hydrogen Sulfide Detection Using 1,8-naphthalimide Based Fluorescence Sensors
3rd Place:
Kaitlyn Schultis
Advisor: Nick Hobbs
Title: Effect of Dietary Protein Content on the Response to Over-Marks and Androgen Receptor Expression in Mice
Professional & Applied Studies

1st Place:
Jennifer Nolda
Advisor: Bryce Abbey
Title: Collegiate Supplement Use, Knowledge & Motivation
2nd Place:
Kylie Johnson
Advisor: Michelle Fleig-Palmer
Title: An In-Depth Analysis of Adult Vaccination Rates in the Two Rivers Public Health District
3rd Place:
Justine Bauer
Advisor: Sharon Obasi
Title: Volunteering: A Catalyst for Change
Fine Arts & Humanities

1st Place:
Tierney Casper
Advisor: Sharon Campbell
Title: Swimming Lessons, Autism, and the Benefits of Music
2nd Place:
Theodore Degner
Advisor: Rebecca Umland
Title: Luderature: And Emerging Medium’s Ascension to Artform
Undergraduate Oral Presentations

1st Place:
Parker Witthuhn
Advisor: Jeff Wells
Title: World War I: The Soldiers of Kearney State Normal School
2nd Place:
Cannon Marchand
Advisor: Mark Ellis
Title: Students in Service
Graduate Studies

Poster Presentation:
Elaina Eddy
Advisor: Philip Lai
Title: Speech and Gesture Differences in Individuals Based on Levels of Task Difficulty
Oral Presentation:
David Blakely
Advisor: Douglas Biggs
Title: Mormon Church Participation in the Great War Effort: The Coming of Age of a Nineteenth Century Religion
Diversity Awards

Undergraduate Student:
Laura Fisher
Advisor: Julie Lanz
Title: Applicant Reactions to Social Media Screening: Individual Differences and LGBT Views of Affecting Organizational Attractiveness
Graduate Student:
Jacob Sandman
Advisor: Douglas Tillman
Title: Global Partnerships: Bringing the Worlds to Your University