Winners Announced for the 2019 WT Student Research Conference

April 24, 2019

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Winners Announced for the 2019 WT Student Research Conference

CANYON, Texas—More than 120 students participated in the 25th Annual Student Research Conference on April 16 at West Texas A&M University. Graduate and undergraduate students presented their work in either paper, oral or poster presentations. The 2019 event was sponsored by the WT Graduate School and Research, Campus to Community (C2C) and Attebury Honors. This annual event gives students at WT as well as those from other educational institutions an opportunity to showcase their research and creative projects in professional venues. Students competing for cash awards are judged and critiqued by a panel of faculty members.

The winners of this year’s Student Research Conference are listed by category, classification, major and winning entry.


Oral Presentations
1st— Hannah Seiver, graduate student in Animal Science from Canyon

“Antibody response, lesions, and performance do not differ between injection site (ischiorectal fossa or neck) after multivalent modified-live virus vaccination in Jersey steers”

2nd—Dexter Tomczak, doctoral student in Agriculture from Hygiene, Colo.

“Performance, rumination and rumen pH responses to different dietary energy density and feed management strategies in auction derived feedlot cattle”

3rd – Christine Dorsett, graduate student in Psychology from Amarillo

“Locus of Control Among Undergraduate Students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions”


1st—Mitchell Minyard, senior Math major from Amarillo

“A Semiring from Nothing – How Numbers Work”   

2nd—Meghan Holland, freshman Communications major from Amarillo

“How Use of Color Photography Influences Perception of Media”

3rd – Deborah Howard, senior Communications major from Hedley

“The Only True Myth:  A Narrative Criticism of The Gray Haven’s Song ‘This is My Soul’” 


1st—Jordan Trees, graduate student in Agriculture from San Antonio

“Impact of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum haplotypes on seed potato sprouting”

2nd —Zachary Salcido, graduate student in Environmental Sciences from Odessa

“Laboratory Studies of Ice-Nucleating Particles in the Atlantic Sector of the Southern Ocean:  Tackling Polar Amplification”

3rd Tie—Marissa Brady, graduate student in Communication Disorders, from Dumas

“Compared Long-Term Effects of Two Voice Therapy Approaches in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease”

3rd Tie—Madison Ward, graduate student in Communication Disorders, from Weatherford, Okla.

“Speak Out! And Intelligibility in Down Syndrome”


1st —Krista Caldwell, senior Biology major from Amarillo

“High Heel Kinematics and Gait Changes in Healthy Women”

2nd—Cheyanne Rodriguez, junior Environmental Science major from San Antonio  

“Implications of Precipitation Particle Properties for Improved Understanding of Artifical Rain Enhancement and Hail Prevention in West Texas”

3rd—Lyndsey Vande Streek, senior Biology major from Austin

“A Study on the Cytological Basis of the Genotoxicity Induced by the Atrazine Based Herbicide on Allium Cepa”


Research Papers
1st—Cuong Nguyen, graduate student in Business from Danang, Vietnam

“The Credit Risk Evaluation Models: An application of Data Mining Techniques”

2nd—Shayna Chewning, doctoral student in Agriculture from Old Town, Fla.

“The effect of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and a controlled-release intramuscular thyroxine injection on serum insulin concentrations in horses”

3rd—Kelsey Knight, graduate student in Communications from Clovis, N.M.

“Atypical Library: An Analysis of Harry Potter – A History of Magic Using Metaphoric Criticism” 


1st—Travis Whitacre, senior Economics major from Fort Worth

“Gender Ineqality and the Solow Model”

2nd—Holly Johnston, senior Music Education major from Friona   

“Teaching Teachers – Integrating Music Into Elementary Curriculum Instruction”

3rd—Jonathon Williams, junior English Education major from Amarillo

“Utilizing McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses as High Interest, Culturally Responsive Literature for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students”



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