Georgia Southern University

Student research is focus of April 20 Phi Kappa Phi Symposium

Thirty Georgia Southern students will present their yearlong research projects at the University’s annual Phi Kappa Phi Research Symposium on Friday, April 20. The event, which includes both presentations and a poster session, begins at 8:30 a.m. in Room 3301 of the College of Information Technology Building and concludes at 2:30 p.m. Both the University community and the public are invited to attend.

The symposium committee has approved 19 research projects with topics that vary from ‘In Defense of the Peripheries: The Genesis, Resolution, and Impact of the Darby Case” to ‘A Qualitative Analysis of Dating Practices and the Shift over Time” to ‘A Molecular Modeling Study of the Aluminum Chloride-Promoted Reduction of Benzylidene Acetals.” The students’ research presentations will begin at 9:45 a.m. and continue until 1:15 p.m.

The symposium committee has also approved 11 research projects for poster sessions. From 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., students will display posters and be available to discuss their research in Room 3301. A list of presentations and posters is below.

Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and largest collegiate honor society dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all disciplines. Since its founding in 1897, more than 1 million members have been initiated. Phi Kappa Phi has chapters on nearly 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.

Presentations at the April 20 Phi Kappa Phi Symposium at Georgia Southern University:

Primitive Na+/ H+ Exchangers in Fish
Author: Amanda M. Fischer – Faculty Mentor: Dr. J.B. Claiborne

Distribution of Grunt and Snapper Populations in a Mangrove Atoll at Multiple Scales of Habitat
Author: Perry Hampton Harbin -Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bret S. Danilowicz

A Molecular Modeling Study of the Aluminum Chloride-Promoted Reduction of Benzylidene Acetals
Author: Javoris Hollingsworth (McNair Scholar) -Faculty Mentor: Dr. K.T. Welch

Simulation and Analysis of a Clinical Trial
Authors:  Changlu Liu –  Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karl E. Peace, Shrikrishna Shroff, Jiehui Zhu

Case Study: Starbucks ‘Corporate Social Responsibility
Author: Monica Galvan Burgueno –  Faculty Mentor: Dr. Pamela Bourland-Davis

Genocide and Semantics: Projection as a Reflection
Author: Rebekah R. Lovell –  Faculty Mentor: Dr. Chris B. Geyerman

A Qualitative Analysis of Dating Practices and the Shift over Time
Author: Christy Curry -Faculty Mentor: Dr. Beverly Graham

Primetime Desperate Housewives Compared to Daytime Soap Opera
Author: Rachel Sampson – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Beverly Graham

Theoretical Dynamics of Competing Values: European Integration and Turkish Accession
Authors: Danielle L. Smith – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Charles Crouch, Maureen E. Wilson

In Defense of the Peripheries: The Genesis, Resolution, and Impact of the Darby Case
Author: Stephen M. Smith – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jonathan O’Neill

Art of the World War II Era and Holocaust
Author: Maggie P.  – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Julie McGuire

The Great Debate: An Analysis of Judicial Campaigns and Judiciary Independence
Author: Ashley L. Scruggs (McNair Scholar) – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rebecca Davis

Anxiety on the Strip: An Examination of Predictors of Precompetitive State Anxiety in Epee Fencers
Author: Elizabeth Athanas – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Johnathan N. Metzler

Perceived Job Satisfaction, Job Stress and its Effect on Health: A Pilot Study of Women in the Workplace

Author: Jenna N. Pinkston (McNair Scholar) – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joanne Chopak-Foss

Understanding the Career-ending Injury: A Phenomenological Analysis
Author: Christina Rapp – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Daniel R. Czech

An Examination of the Experience of Music in Sport among NCAA Division I Athletes: An Existential Phenomenological Investigation
Author: Lacey M. Sorenson – Faculty Mentors: Dr. Daniel R. Czech, Dr. Jim Klein, Dr. Tony Lachowetz

WebCt Changing GSU
Authors: Jo-El Rowell – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph Barjis, Sidney Parker Newton, Michael Hamilton, Nick Brown, Jeff Martin

Comparison of Anticipation Times among College Students when Provided Optimistic, Pessimistic, and Neutral Feedback
Authors: Christina Rapp – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Daniel R. Czech, Marlena Kincaid, Gina Sterchi, Dana Jones, Courtney Jennings, Justin Smith, Erik Wilder

The Experience of Preshot Routines among Professional Golfers: An Existential Phenomenological Investigation
Author: Allison K. Yancey – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Daniel R. Czech, Dr. Barry Joyner, Dr. Drew Zwald

1:00-2:30 PM: Poster Sessions IT 3301

Exploration of Raman Spectroscopy
Author: Thomas Anderson –  Faculty Mentor: Dr. James M. LoBue

A Preliminary Examination of Caoches’ Perceptions and Experiences of Spirituality in Sport: A Mixed Methodological Study
Author: Erin S. Bullett –  Faculty Mentor: Dr. Daniel R. Czech

Health Behaviors and Cancer Screening Knowledge in Six Georgia Counties: A Pilot Investigation
Author: Kelley G. Chester – Faculty Mentors: Dr. Gerald Ledlow, Dr. Laura H. Gunn

Genome Sequence of NHE2A in the Long Horned Sculpin
Author: Catherine Hall – Faculty Mentor: Dr. J.B. Claiborne, Dr. Andrew Diamanduros

Modeling the Dynamics of Mixtures of Bose-Einstein Condensates
Authors: Laura Halmo – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mark Edwards, Charles Holcombe

The Octagon: A Qualitative Study of the UFC
Author: Matthew Harpold – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Daniel R. Czech

Rh Glycoproteins
Authors:  Jamie E. Phillips – Faculty Mentor: Dr. J.B. Claiborne

Response Time Differences within the Game of Soccer: An Applied

Intervention Investigation
Author: John Scott – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Daniel R. Czech

Synthesis of PNPG
Author: Derick J. Sharpe – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael O. Hurst

Optimism-Pessimism and Achievement Motivation Levels in Youth

Tennis Players: A Cross Cultural Study
Author: Eleanor Shearman – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Daniel R. Czech

Analyzing the Assessment of Optimism in Sport
Author: Samuel J. Whalen – Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jonathan N. Metzler

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