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LCU Students to Present at NCUR MeetingJan. 23, 2013

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research meeting will take place in April and LCU will have eight students making presentations.

The annual NCUR meeting will take place April 10-14 in LaCrosse, WI and this year's event will mark the fourth year that Lubbock Christian University will have students and mentors attending the event.

When students received notification that they would be among approximately 3,000 students that were accepted, the following was included:

"Chosen from more than 3,500 submissions, your abstract demonstrates a unique contribution to your field of study, and we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to present your work to your peers, faculty and staff from around the world."

From the first group of five students in 2010, LCU's representation has grown each year. Students from the LCU campus have a strong reputation as participants at the conference each year and their efforts to develop relationships with other students from different universities around the world is an emphasis each year. The students also make it a point to attend other presentations as well. One quality that LCU students always seem to share is that of being inquisitive participants as they seek out people making presentations, ask good questions and they are always able to answer any questions that come their way.

"NCUR is an exciting conference because you see about 3,000 of the best and brightest of our nation's college students discussing their work and getting to know each other," said Dr. Susan Blassingame, Dean of the Hancock College of Liberal Arts and Education. "Watching the conversations and the interactions ... it's hard not to feel confident about our future."

Dr. Stacy Patty, director of Lubbock Christian University's Honors program and a longtime member of the Council on Undergraduate Research, was the first to see how LCU's participation at NCUR could help students as they pursue graduate work and jobs in the field."NCUR provides the nation's largest interdisciplinary research venue for excelling undergraduates," Dr. Patty stated. "Students not only present their own projects, but also explore across other academic disciplines, realizing their own abilities and excellence of quality. LCU's students stand easily as equals among presenters from Texas Tech, Harvard and Pepperdine."

Here are this year's LCU students accepted to present at the NCUR this spring:

John McCrady (Biology, Honors) - "Testing Stress: The Effects of High-Stakes Testing on Salivary Cortisol Levels in Science Students" (Faculty Mentor - Dr. Andy Laughlin)

Nicole Kemei (Biology) - "Effects of Desiccation and Temperature on the Survival of Escherichia coli in Canada Geese Fecal Samples" (Faculty Mentors - Dr. Bart Durham and Lucy Porter)

Gary Head (Youth and Family Ministry, Honors) - "Under the Influence: Proposing a Sociological Theor of Adolescent Development" (Faculty Mentor - Dr. Steven Bonner)

Jordan Meuse (Youth and Family Ministry, Honors) - "An Adolescent Developmental Deficiency Caused by the Shift from Community to Individual Faith" (Faculty Mentor - Dr. Steven Bonner)

Josh Thomas (Humanities/Chemistry) - "Genetic Profiling of Echerichia coli Isolated from Canada Geese Fecal Matter and Urban Playa Lake Water" (Faculty Mentors - Dr. Julie Marshall and Lucy Porter)

Kristen Vander-Plas (Humanities, Honors) - "Fact, Fiction, and Fear: Exploring America's Use of Propoganda During the Cold War" (Faculty Mentor - Dr. Kregg Fehr)

Nolan Rutherford (Biology, Honors) - "Antibiotic Resistance of Escherichia coli Isolated from Canada Geese Feces and Urban Playa Lake Water" (Faculty Mentors - Dr. Bart Durham and Lucy Porter)

Kim Stunkard (Nursing) - "Testing of Modified Early Warning Scoring (MEWS) Tool" (Faculty Mentor - Dr. JoAnn Long)

Devon Langford (Music, Honors) - "Neo-Impressionism in the Choral Works of Eric Whitacre" (Faculty Mentor - Dr. Ruth Holmes) ... note: Devon has declined her invitation to participate

There will be opportunities to hear more about the presentations of these students in the coming weeks and months on the LCU campus. Chapel for January 29th will be about undergraduate research as former NCUR presenter Samantha Lack, now a member of the LCU Library staff while attending graduate school at Texas Tech, organizes the presentation, along with other students and faculty. Also, the NCUR students are all being urged to make their presentations during the annual Scholar's Colloquium that is scheduled on campus April 17-19.

Last Updated: Aug 05, 2014