Students Receive Undergraduate
Eleven students at West Texas A&M University are spending the summer working with faculty mentors as recipients of Undergraduate Research Awards. Projects range in subjects from history to agriculture.
Research proposals for the undergraduate awards were reviewed by the Killgore research committee. The committee looked at numerous proposals and chose the 11 winners based on the potential for valuable information gleaned from the research as well as the valuable research experience provided for each student.
Funding for the research awards was provided by Dr. J. Patrick O’Brien, WTAMU president. Last year’s funding totaled $20,000, and this year O’Brien provided more than $30,000 in funding.
“The goal is to get our undergraduate students involved in research,” Dr. Timothy Atchison, interim dean of Graduate School and Research, said. “Research is a valuable tool in the preparation for a graduate education, and we are very thankful to our faculty and their willingness to mentor these students.”
The 11 research proposals selected for the Undergraduate Research Awards include:
• Binod Baniya, a junior biotechnology major from Canyon—Characterization of Additive and Synergistic Odor Effects for Volatile Organic Compounds at Animal Feeding Operations. Faculty mentor is Dr. David Parker, professor of agriculture and environmental science;
• Stephanie Bowden, a senior history major from League City, and William Grant James, a senior history major from Amarillo—Violence in the American West Revisited: West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Faculty mentor is Dr. Stephen Bogener, assistant professor of history;
• Griselda Estrada, a senior biology major from Dumas—Cytological Assessment of Different Doses of Antibiotic on Plant Systems. Faculty mentor is Dr. Nabarun Ghosh, associate professor of biology;
• Joseph Froeschle, a senior mechanical engineering major from Amarillo—Heat Transfer Experimental Investigations for a Nuclear Waste Storage Facility Prototype. Faculty mentor is Dr. Matt Jackson, assistant professor of engineering;
• Sterling Gorter, a freshman environmental science major from Canyon—Influence of Burning on the Biomass of an Insect Community. Faculty mentor is Dr. Bonnie Pendleton, associate professor of agriculture;
• Jacquilyne Hatfield, a senior political science major from Amarillo—Comparative Study on the Formation of Political Identity. Faculty mentor is Dr. Reed Welch, head of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice;
• Emily Herb, a senior biology major from Abilene—Accuracy and Reliability of the Mobile-Eyes Device as a Biometric Recognition System. Faculty mentor is Dr. Neal Latman, associate professor of biology;
• Michael Neill, a junior mechanical engineering major from Canyon—Development of Wind Vortex Shedding Coefficients for an Octagonal Shape. Faculty mentor is Dr. Byungik Chang, assistant professor of civil engineering;
• Christian Ridner, a junior biology major from Canyon—Use of Root Tumors in Sugar Beet to Allow for Better Water Retention. Faculty mentor is Dr. Nabarun Ghosh, associate professor of biology;
• Hattie Webb, a junior agriculture education major from Amarillo—Prevalence of Salmonella Populations among Culled and Healthy Dairy Cattle. Faculty mentor is Dr. Guy Loneragan, associate professor of animal science; and
• Lucas Wieck, a senior chemistry major from Canyon—Optical Fiber Sensing of Ammonia Concentrations in Feedlots. Faculty mentor is Dr. Shiquan Tao, assistant professor of chemistry.