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Arts and Sciences | Business and Industry | Featured | Health Education and Human Sciences | NewsApril 18, 2024

Winners Announced for 17th Annual Student Research Symposium

Written By: Ian Silvester

On April 5, 2024, over 80 University of Arkansas 鈥 Fort Smith students, of whom 66% are first-generation, presented research projects from disciplines ranging from accounting to dental hygiene and Latino Studies to theatre at the 17th Annual Student Research Symposium. Individuals and teams presented more than 45 oral and poster research projects. Fourteen of them were declared winners.

Research projects at the Student Research Symposium covered presentations from accounting, biology, chemistry, computer science, dental hygiene, electronics, engineering, English, geology, geoscience, history, Latino Studies, literature, music, nursing, political science, psychology, public transportation, and theatre. Students presented their findings to fellow 91免费福利网 students, faculty, staff, and a panel of judges.

It was the first time sophomore biomedical professions students Armonii Dixon and Kiara Thomas, presented at the Student Research Symposium, and they shared that the experience not only formed a bond between them but had implications for the future.

鈥淚 learned that it鈥檚 not as hard as it looks,鈥 Armonii said. 鈥淪tarting this research now can potentially help with my research for med school,鈥 Kiara said.

Armonii and Kiara explored evolutionary biology with their poster presentation entitled 鈥淧hylogenetic Analysis and Molecular Adaptation Events in Whales and Dolphins.鈥

A biology major, Peri Tygart, didn鈥檛 present this year but attended to support her sorority sister, Jenny Kindle, who presented 鈥淭he Evolution of Dental Radiology Safety鈥 with Samantha Baughman and Parker Lemley.

鈥淚t鈥檚 cool to see (Jenny鈥檚) schooling go into this,鈥 Peri said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 awesome to see her progress in her career, and I鈥檓 proud of her.鈥

Monetary awards were given to 29 students composed of team and individual presentations selected by the judges.

The winners of the 17th Annual Student Research Symposium were:


鈥淎 Benchtop Model of Piezometers Used to Determine the Vertical Flow of Groundwater鈥

Presented by the team of Kendal Dixon of Siloam Springs and Juan Lopez of Fort Smith. The team鈥檚 faculty sponsor was Dr. David Mayo.


鈥淎 Comprehensive Evaluation of Fluoride鈥

Presented by the team of Skye Haagenson of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, Mackenzie McBride of Bentonville, and Alissa Owens of Pocola, Oklahoma. The team鈥檚 faculty sponsor was Roxy Reed.


鈥淎 Study of Crime Relations to Public Transit Commuting in Pre-COVID America鈥

Presented by Dalton Oxford of Mena, through the support of faculty sponsor Dr. Bun Song Lee.


鈥淐ut, Curate, Costuming: A Costume Designer鈥檚 Process鈥

Presented by Gavin Garrett of Fort Smith, through the support of faculty sponsor Dr. Elizabeth Momand.


鈥淒igitization of Earth Gradient Cable Fault Localization Methods鈥

Presented by Joshua Bean of Fort Smith, through the support of faculty sponsor Dr. Kiyun Han.


鈥淟a educaci贸n de hogar como fuerza sin fronteras (Homeschooling as a Force Without Borders)鈥

Presented by Marlene Toledo of Fort Smith, through the support of faculty sponsor Dr. Mary Sobhani.


鈥淟and-use and Diffuse Pollination: A Look at the Greenwood City Lake鈥

Presented by the team of Analise Black of Van Buren, Anna Carden of Maumelle, and Christopher Edwards and Camelia Vela of Fort Smith. The team鈥檚 faculty sponsor was James Brandli.


鈥淟ook Out Fluoride, There鈥檚 a New Amino Acid in Town!鈥

Presented by the team of Dulce Gutierrez of Russellville, Leslie Guerra of Van Buren, and Amy Le and Abigail Mussett of Fort Smith. The team鈥檚 faculty sponsor was Roxy Reed.


鈥淢olecular Dynamics Study of Organochlorine Ligand Interaction with Human Serum Albumin鈥

Presented by Sully Sanford of Prairie Grove, through the support of faculty sponsor Dr. Archana Mishra.


鈥淣umaFARM: An Autonomous Robotic System for Sustainable Farming Using Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, and Deep Learning鈥

Presented by the team of Josue Martinez of Fort Smith, Marco Garcia Montes of Berryville, Michael Resendiz of Fort Smith, and Cameron Taylor of Alma. The team鈥檚 faculty sponsors were Andrew Mackey and Israel Cuevas.


鈥溾橮ride and Prejudice and Zombies鈥: The Unmentionable Parody Adaptation鈥

Presented by Gabbie Stokes of Ozark, through the support of faculty sponsor Dr. Cammie Sublette.


鈥淭esting the Accuracy of Polycam庐 3D Scanning Software on LiDAR and Optical Photogrammetry Devices in Field Research鈥

Presented by Abigale Kelly of Siloam Springs and Perla Romero and Matt Van Hook of Fort Smith. The team鈥檚 faculty sponsors were Dr. Maurice Testa and Lisa Cady


鈥淭he Interconversion of Cobalt Ammine Complexes that are Linkage Isomers鈥

Presented by Khuong (Peter) Ta of Cantho Ninh Kieu, Vietnam, through the support of faculty sponsor Dr. David J. Burkey.


鈥淭he Physiological Process of Emotions and Trauma鈥

Presented by the team of Taylor Hartsfield of Greenwood and Gabrielle Travis of Fort Smith. The team鈥檚 faculty sponsor was Dr. Nicha Otero.

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