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2014

5th Annual Student Showcase

Over 485 students presented 238 projects at the 5th annual Student Showcase on May 2, 2014. Abstracts of the projects are available in the Student Showcase 2014 Proceedings

The Student Showcase is an annual event highlighting student work, involving creativity, discovery, research, innovation and/or entrepreneurship, presented by the Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College undergraduate students.

Congratulations to the 2014 Winners and to their Faculty Sponsors

Mathematics & Computer Science

Track 1A - Computer Science
THERMABOT - REMOTE TEMPERATURE MONITOR SYSTEMS
Presenter(s): Jesse Blagg, Paul Jensen, Chrystal Keane
Faculty Sponsor: Warren MacEvoy

Track 1B - Computer Science
LISTER
Presenter(s): Cody Herrick, Kyle Parker, Sophat Sem, Samuel Van Pelt
Faculty Sponsor: Waren MacEvoy

Track 1C - Mathematics
THE UNKNOWN MATHEMATICS OF ECONOMICS
Presenter(s): Allison Theobold
Faculty Sponsor: Phil Kavanaugh

Biological Sciences

Track 2A
A PRELIMINARY STUDY OF POPULATION GENETIC DIFFERENTIATION IN A MARINE SPECIES: EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF COASTAL RESERVES
Presenter(s): Kiley DeSanto
Faculty Sponsor: Aparna Palmer

Track 2B
MOLECULAR IDENTIFICATION OF CONIATUS SPP. POPULATIONS USING CYTOCHROME OXIDASE I DNA SEQUENCING AND INSIGHT INTO ITS LIFE CYCLE
Austin Hadley, Katharyn Woodard
Faculty Sponsor: Zeynep Ozsoy

Track 2C
SELF AWARENESS IN AVIAN SPECIES
Presenter(s): Laken Hyson, Andrzej Ogrodny, Andreas Schmalz
Faculty Sponsor: Susan Longest

Physical & Environmental Sciences

Track 3A
SYNTHESIS OF A SELECTIVELY IODINATED ISOQUINOLINE CARBOXYLIC ACID
Presenter(s): Erin Nissen
Faculty Sponsor: Joe Richards

Track 3B
RESTORATION OF URANIUM MINES IN SOUTHWESTERN COLORADO
Presenter(s): Jared Emmert, Tyge Larson, Tyra Monger, Danielle Wolff
Faculty Sponsor: Deborah Kennard

Track 3C
USING MAGNETO-HYDRODYNAMICAL COMPUTATIONAL METHODS TO SIMULATE THE INTERSTELLAR GAS CLOUD G2 AS IT ENCOUNTERS THE SUPER MASSIVE BLACK HOLE AT THE CENTER OF OUR GALAXY.
Presenter(s): Thomas Morrison
Faculty Sponsor: Jared Workman

Track 3D
ALKALIC EPITHERMAL GOLD MINERALIZATION, SOUTHWESTERN PLATORO CALDERA, CO
Presenter(s): Jeffrey Hrncir
Faculty Sponsor: Andres Aslan

Track 3E
PROVENANCE AND AGE OF THE BROWNS PARK FORMATION AND BISHOP CONGLOMERATE BASED ON NEW DETRITAL ZIRCON STUDIES, NORTHWEST COLORADO
Presenter(s): Douglas Nichols
Faculty Sponsor: Andres Aslan

Professional Programs

Business - Track 4A
THE ETHICAL AND REGULATORY COMPONENTS OF THE 2008 FINANCIAL MELTDOWN
Presenter(s): Chad Davis, Tyler Ellsworth, Christopher Hedges, Jacob Raymond, Xujing Zhang
Faculty Sponsor: Suzanne Lay

Business - Track 4B
MOVIN' ON DATABASE
Presenter(s): Heidi Gruber, Ruth Schramm
Faculty Sponsor: Gayla Slauson

Business - Track 4C
THE DICHOTOMY OF CAPITAL STRUCTURES IN THE GLOBAL SPORTS EQUIPMENT & APPAREL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
Presenter(s): Justin Malloy, Jason Parise, Emily Pritchard, Kade Robinson, Landon Vermeer
Faculty Sponsor: Morgan Bridge

Business - Track 4D
ELEMENTS OF COLORADO WINERY
Presenter(s): Tyler Geerdes, Laurel Kasel
Faculty Sponsor: Deborah Parman

Business - Track 4E
SHOULD ORGANIZATIONS DEAL WITH SUBCULTURES?
Presenter(s): Brooke Lucas, Tela Robinson
Faculty Sponsor: Donald Carpenter

Health Sciences - Track 4F
BENEFITS OF EARLY END-OF-LIFE EDUCATION: FAMILIES OF PEDIATRIC HEART TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS
Presenter(s): Lindsey Cox, Erika Winkenhofer
Faculty Sponsor: Courtney Kasun

Health Sciences - Track 4G
THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER AND EFFICIENT NURSE-NURSE SHIFT REPORT
Presenter(s): Liam Harrell, Paige Markley, Colleen Thliveris
Faculty Sponsor: Genell Stites

Kinesiology - Track 4H
THE EFFECTS OF AMBIENT TEMPERATURE ON OXYGEN UPTAKE IN SUBMAXIMAL CYCLING
Presenter(s): John Dawson, Keonimana Shigematsu, Ryan Teal
Faculty Sponsor: Gerald Smith

Mass Communication - Track 4I
CINEMATIC COMIC CULTURE & CULTIVATION THEORY
Presenter(s): Kelsey Burns, Stephanie Cochran
Faculty Sponsor: Jessica Peterson

Teacher Education - Track 4J
THE ANALYSIS AND ASSESSMENT PROCESS OF LITERACY
Presenter(s): Tabitha Butterbaugh, Karlie Euler, Amy Hurshman
Faculty Sponsor: Cynthia Chovich

Teacher Education - Track 4K
THE FIELD OF TEACHING FROM CURRENT EDUCATORS
Presenter(s): Laura Andersen
Faculty Sponsor: Jennifer Daniels

Teacher Education - Track 4L
THROUGH THE EYES OF A TEACHER
Presenter(s): Cassandra Park
Faculty Sponsor: Jennifer Daniels

Languages, Literature, & Social Sciences

Track 5A - English
PAST PLACES: PERSONAL STORIES OF THE YOUNG AMERICAN
Presenter(s): Rachel Boschen
Faculty Sponsor: Rhonda Claridge

Track 5B - English
GRAPPLING WITH DEATH: MORTALITY IN THREE EPICS
Presenter(s): Amy Hollingsworth
Faculty Sponsor: Jason Reddoch

Track 5C - Spanish
THE LITERATURE OF "LO FANTASTICO" AND THE LITERARY TRANSLATION
Presenter(s): Torrey Steves
Faculty Sponsor: Mayela Vallejos Ramirez

Track 5D - Social Sciences
THE PROJECTED FRONTIER: THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WESTERN FILM
Presenter(s): Claire Kempa
Faculty Sponsor: Steve Schulte

Track 5E - Social Sciences
GENDER NONCONFORMITY IN CHILDREN
Presenter(s): Jean-Louise Reichman
Faculty Sponsor: Brenda Wilhelm

Track 5F - Social Sciences
ENGAGING IN ROMANTIC AND SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS: INFLUENCING FACTORS FOR COLLEGE AGE ADULTS
Presenter(s): Brittney Barks, Erin Holl, Sarah Zwetzig
Faculty Sponsor: Jake Jones

Honors

Track 6
THE VIRTUES OF ALPHA CHI IN THE LIVES OF ITS MEMBERS
Presenter(s): Clarissa Blackmer
Faculty Sponsor: Adam Rosenbaum

Fine & Performing Arts

Track 7A - Music, Art, & Theatre
"CARBON" - FOR PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
Presenter(s): Joseph Moher
Faculty Sponsor: Darin Kamstra

Track 7B - Theatre, Dance
"LIKE IT HERE"
Presenter(s): Ethan Knowles
Faculty Sponsor: Jeremy Franklin

Track 7C - Theatre, Dance
EXCERPTS FROM "THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES"
Presenter(s): Jordan Hoyle
Faculty Sponsor: Jeremy Franklin

Career & Technical Education

Track 8A - Culinary Arts, Visual Communications
TESS AND SAGE DESTROY A CITY
Presenter(s): Jessica Malone
Faculty Sponsor: Dan McClintock

Track 8B - Manufacturing Technology
USING PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLER FOR INDUSTRIAL PROCESSING
Presenter(s): Ryan Menapace, Clinton Pruitt
Faculty Sponsor: Martin Chazen

Mechanical Engineering

Track 9A - Senior Design
MESA COUNTY ENERGY INITIATIVE
Presenter(s): Steven Beaulieu, Skyler Ogden, Kristopher Sharpe
Faculty Sponsor: Francisco Castro

Track 9B - Open Design
BSM IN-LINE VISCOMETER
Presenter(s): Sean Bizer, Oscar Madrid, Ty Sickels
Faculty Sponsor: Francisco Castro

Track 9C - Open Design
EFFECT OF A RANGE OF VARIABLE STIFFNESS FOOTWEAR DESIGNS ON EXTERNAL KNEE ADDUCTION MOMENT DURING WALKING
Presenter(s): Alex Zemezonak
Faculty Sponsor: Scott Bevill

Track 9D - First-Year Design Expo
MINI STEAM POWER PLANT
Presenter(s): Alain Bucio Barrios, Keenan Jewkes, Jack MacDonald, Lance Matosky, Joshua McGarity
Faculty Sponsor: Ruth Powell

Track 9E - First-Year Design Expo
AUTONOMOUS MULTI-ROTOR SUPPORTS UNMANNED VEHICLE APPLICATIONS
Presenter(s): Jack Bryan, Jake Chiddix, Daniel Lionberger, Cesar Reyes, Cameron Seele
Faculty Sponsor: Frank Kustas

2014 Student Showcase Planning Committee
Andres Aslan, Physical and Environmental Sciences
Jessie Barnett, Academic Affairs
Scott Bevill, Mechanical Engineering
Blake Bickham, Teacher Education
Lisa Driskell, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics
Carol Futhey, Academic Affairs
Suzie Garner, Art
Jennifer Hancock, Languages, Literature and Mass Communication
Kristin Heumann, Kinesiology
Darin Kamstra, Music
Cindy Lueb, Sponsored Programs
Beverly Lyne, Health Sciences
Bill McCracken, Manufacturing Technology, Western Colorado Community College
Deborah Parman, Business
Brian Parry, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Timothy Pinnow, Theatre
Steve Werman, Academic Affairs; Biological Sciences