Research Week 2018 is a multidisciplinary annual event sponsored by the Graduate School, the Center for Research and Scholarship, and the Jerry Falwell Library. This event is designed to highlight excellent research and scholarship produced by Liberty University students.

Research Week 2018 Results

Research Week 2018 Program and Full Schedule


Thank you for your participation in Research Week 2018. All participants will get an email with their specific score and feedback in a week or two. We will be announcing winners immediately following the conclusion of Research Week 2018. The award winners for each category will be invited to attend the following award ceremony with the Provost, your Dean, and Faculty Sponsor. Date: Thursday, April 19 Time: 3:15pm – 4:15pm Location: Provost’s Conference Rm (Green Hall 2656)

Submission Information

Submissions will be accepted from both residential and online students (Graduate or Undergraduate) with the approval of faculty sponsor (required). The approval process for your self-selected faculty sponsor is imbedded in the submission portal which will be available here when the call for submissions opens. Students must submit a proposal using this proposal template through the Research Week submission portal for the following presentation types. Researchers may compete in physical poster, oral, and/or performing arts presentations as detailed here:

  • A Physical Poster Presentation (Residential or Online Students)

    Print poster presentations must conform to these templates and guidelines for graduate students and undergraduates. Please follow the templates provided. Please choose landscape orientation or portrait orientation. templates. Students must be physically present to compete. Please be prepared to select one of the following five research subtypes when submitting your proposals: Basic, Applied, Textual or Investigative, or Creative and Artistic (descriptions below).

  • An Oral Presentation or Creative Work Presentation (Residential Students)

    PowerPoint presentations must be created following these guidelines and using any of the 16x9 PowerPoint background slides. Presentations should be limited to 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions and answers. Please be prepared to select one of the following five research subtypes when submitting your proposals: Basic, Applied, Textual or Investigative, or Creative and Artistic (descriptions below).

  • A Remote Oral Presentation (Online Students)

    Remote presenters must have access to these technological requirements . PowerPoint presentations must be created following these guidelines and using any of these 16x9 PowerPoint background slides. Presentations should be limited to 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions and answers. Please be prepared to select one of the following five research subtypes when submitting your proposals: Basic, Applied, Textual or Investigative, or Creative and Artistic (descriptions below).

  • Performing Arts Presentation (Residential Students)

    A music performance, theatre performance, or film. The music performance may be an existing composition or a new composition. The theatre performance may be based on an existing script or a new script. The film must be a new original film. The performance or film may be up to 15 minutes in length, with 5 additional minutes for questions. All presentations must follow these guidelines. All presentations will be judged based on the Performing Arts Rubric.

  • Three Minute Thesis Competition (Residential Graduate Students Only)

    An 80,000 word Ph.D. thesis would take 9 hours to present. Your time limit... 3 minutes. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT® ) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. This will be an opportunity for doctoral and master’s level students to concisely summarize and clearly communicate a well-conceived thesis/dissertation project, compelling data collected, and a novel story to share. The ability to do this in three minutes or less allows the student to develop academic, presentation and research communication skills. The rules and judging criteria that the judges will be using can be found here. Students must be near to or already completing a thesis or dissertation. They must also be physically present to compete.

    Submissions will be accepted for oral and poster presentations based on the following five research subtypes (descriptions provided), and will be judged based on corresponding rubrics.

    1) Basic Rubric
    Research in this area seeks to identify and develop a fundamental research question regarding the nature of one’s field of study (e.g., human behavior or genetic manipulations of E coli). These studies successfully experiment with one or more manipulated variables, then analyze the collected information to answer the research question. Typically, these studies will employ the experimental method and are often conducted in a controlled, laboratory environment.

    2) Applied Rubric
    Applied research studies aim to better understand or solve real world problems. They employ quantitative, qualitative, or mixed research designs to answer a research question. These studies often utilize quasi-experimental, correlational, qualitative, or case study research designs and will lead to implications for practical application.

    3) Theoretical Proposal Rubric
    Theoretical research provides a synthesis of guiding theories and extant empirical literature, artifacts, or other evidence to develop new frameworks for future research. Theoretical proposals may include basic, applied, textual or investigative, creative and artistic research. Research has not been conducted in this category, but suggestions for future areas of research should be included.

    4) Textual or Investigative Rubric
    Research that investigates texts, artifacts, and documents without changing any variables. Typically this research critically engages texts, artifacts, or documents to prove a thesis, association, pattern, relationship, or previously unobserved significance. Sample fields may include History, Philosophy, English, Biblical Studies, Humanities, Theology, Journalism, Law, and Government.

    5) Creative and Artistic Rubric
    Research that discovers and critically evaluates source material in an artistic project for a public audience. Researchers typically work systematically to create new forms of articulation and expression. Sample fields may include Digital Arts, Worship, Music, Cinematic Arts, FACS, Theater, and Communications.

    Click here watch a video detailing how to prepare a professional poster.


    SUBMISSION PORTAL FOR PRESENTATIONS
    Submit and manage your research week submissions through the above link. The deadline to submit your proposals is March 5. The final product (presentation slides, poster template, etc.) is due March 15.

Schedule

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2018
Monday, April 9th
1:00 PM

A Mediation Model Linking Divine Struggles, Seeing God as Cruel or Distant, and Depression

Christopher Floyd, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

A Moderation Model Associating BAS and Emotional Intimacy with Stress Among Bi-Sexual and Heterosexual Women

Clark Eaton, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

A Preliminary Investigation of the Taxonomic Status of Desmognathus Monticola Jeffersoni

Rachael Glavin, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

An Exploratory Analysis of the Role of Self-Compassion and the Relationship Between Attachment and Body Appreciation

Carrie Logie, Liberty University
Rebekah Morris, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

An Exploratory Analysis of the Role of Self-Compassion and the Relationship between Religiosity and Depression

Elizabeth Van Doren, Liberty University
Grant Barkley, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

An Exploratory Analysis on Self-esteem and Body Appreciation by the Moderation of Self-compassion

Mikalah Beveridge, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

An Exploratory Examination of Police Shooting Data

My Viet Ha Nguyen, Liberty University
Joshua Brendible, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

An Exploratory Study of the Role of Interpersonal Religious and Spiritual Struggle in the Relationship of Sexual Attraction and Religious Committment

Bethany Fox, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Antimicrobial Activity of Modified Oregano Oil-based Compounds

Greta Penix, Liberty University
Katlin Wildeman, Liberty University
Estefany Orellana, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Atomic Layer Deposition for Undergraduate Laboratory Curriculum

Heather Wilson, Liberty University
Drake Donaldson, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Autism Researched and Autism Lived: A Shifting Paradigm

Zoe Sargent, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Characterization of the interactions between the resident microbial flora and chytridimycoses in Desmognathus fuscus communities of Central Virginia

Micah Burnham, Liberty University
Casey Mahoney, Liberty University
Catherine Twomey, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Characterization of the Peaks of Otter Salamander Microbiome as an Innate Defense against Emerging Infectious Disease

Katherine Bronson, Liberty University
Haakon Nelson, Liberty University
Bethany Wildeman, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Comparing Antibacterial Resistance in the United States, Sweden, and Syria

Derek Lillestolen, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Complexes of Cellular Protein HAX-1 and Protein PA of the Influenza RNA Polymerase

Kimberly Hamilton, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Complexes of Cellular Protein HAX-1 and Protein PA of the Influenza RNA Polymerase

Kimberly Hamilton, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Density-Functional Theory (DFT) Computations on Organic Semiconductors

Paul Savas, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Design and Synthesis of Non-estrogenic Bisphenol A Mimics from Renewable Feedstocks

Alec Basile, Liberty University
Israel Parish, Liberty University
Joshua Hankey, Liberty University
Samuel McIntyre, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Designing New Cell-Membrane Permeable Fluorescent Dyes

Lauren Kapteyn, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Detection of Tetrahydrozoline in Urine by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry

Louis Paone, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Electrocardiograph Effects of Acute Airway Obstruction

June Gill Park, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Examining the Negative Impacts of Political Polarization: A Theoretical Approach to Elitism and Preemption

Savannah Nalls, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Gene deletion in Cryptococcus neoformans using In-Fusion™ Technology

Kristen John, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Genetic Variation Between Populations of Plethodon hubrichti

Jesse Hughes, Liberty University
Olivia de Araujo, Liberty University
Joshua Twiddy, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Glasses Project

Corey Messer, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

How the Sexual Revolution Led to Abortion and a Loss of Emphasis on the Doctrine of the Image of God

Sarah Stewart, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

HPLC Analysis of Amino Acids in Algae

Thomas Walker, Liberty University
Addie Lauder, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Implementation of UAVs in Wilderness Search and Rescue

Leon Edwards, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Inhibition of CYP3A4 and CYP2D6 by diosmetin in acaí berry

Ramzi Abbasi, Liberty University
Caleb Morgan, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Investigation of Estrogenic Nature of BPA Derivatives by a Yeast Assay and Structure-property Relationship Development of the Resultant Epoxy-resins

Levi Schiefer, Liberty University
Albert Mutesa, Liberty University
Lauren Clines, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Magnetic Flux Density Sensor Analysis

Wei Wang, Liberty University
Peter Potecha, Liberty University
Tanner Moore, Liberty University
Jared Haugen, Liberty University
Logan Martin, Liberty University
Jacob Outten, Liberty University
Esteban Alvarez-Cespedes, Liberty University
Ethan Berry, Liberty University
Yicheng Cui, Liberty University
Eric Howard, Liberty University
Luke Biernacki, Liberty University
Danielle Corrigan, Liberty University
Cameron Streeter, Liberty University
Honglin Gong, Liberty University
Matthew Reynolds, Liberty University
Tyrelle Slack, Liberty University
Nehemiah Pratt, Liberty University
John Ford, Liberty University
William Day, Liberty University
Austin Rafoss, Liberty University
Alfonso Ochoa, Liberty University
Andrew Glover, Liberty University
Rebecca Hall, Liberty University
Richard Hernandez, Liberty University
Muyembe Mangi, Liberty University
Joshua Torre, Liberty University
Jason Tellers, Liberty University
Kameron Rummel, Liberty University
Luke Stacey, Liberty University
Julianna Wiseman, Liberty University
Tyler Keen, Liberty University
Stephen Liederbach, Liberty University
Matthew Detroye, Liberty University
Luca Monacelli, Liberty University
Hannah Defries, Liberty University
Benjamin Schmidt, Liberty University
Jackson Hedgpeth, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Migration Dynamics of Northern Saw-whet Owls in the Inner Piedmont of Central Virginia

Ethan Chapmon, Liberty University
Jacob Drane, Liberty University
Alexis Valdes, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Parameter Analysis of an Adaptive, Fault-Tolerant Attitude Control System Using Lazy Learning

Matthew Russell, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Peaks of Otter Salamander (Plethodon hubrichti) Condition Declines along an Elevational Gradient

Jesse Hughes, Liberty University
Liam Cusack, Liberty University
Olivia de Araujo, Liberty University
Joshua Twiddy, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Potential Pro-Carcinogenic Suppression of Cytochrome P450 1A1 via the Açaí Berry

KaseyJo Wright, Liberty University
Noelle Addair, Liberty University
Loghan Goins-Phillips, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Prevalence and Infection Intensity of Fungal Pathogen Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis in the Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) in Relation to Seasonal Change

Nicholas Eisele, Liberty University
Caleb Kellam, Liberty University
Megan Duggins, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Pyruvate

Nhat Quang Truong, Liberty University
Er Yearn Jang, Liberty University
Jorge Tovar Castro, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Socioeconomic Status and Barriers Influencing Healthcare Access among Hispanics in Central Virginia

Dominique Richburg, Liberty University
Olushola Olaitan Ogunleye, Liberty University
Bethany Schaeffer, Liberty University
Leslie Omoruyi, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Student Population Awareness and Utilization of University Provided Mental Health Resources

Connor Weisman, Liberty University
Julia Jackson, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tesla Hairpin Circuit

Estaban Alvarez-Cespedes, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Cryptococcus neoformans pyruvate kinase PYK1 influences pathogen interaction with host immunity

Hannah Phlips, Liberty University
Emily Oglesby, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Development of a Fluorescent Calcium Indicator

Anna Huebner, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Effect of Personality as Indicated by the Myers Briggs Type Indicator on an ASL to English/English to ASL Interpreted Product

Madison Groat, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Effects of Curcumin on Aspergillus flavus, an opportunistic fungus that causes Invasive Aspergillosis

Ruth Nair, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Influence of Self-Esteem on the Relationship Between Perceived Addiction to Pornographic Materials and Spiritual Doubt

Arielle Driggers, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Mystery of the Cone Head Mummies: Human or Aliens?

Kristin Jones, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Positive and Negative Impacts of Sports on Collegiate Student Athletes

Karis Hicks, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tolerating Ethical Ambiguity and Social Work Education

Dayna Johnson, Liberty University
Michaela Frantz, Liberty University
Lauren Kenley, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Use of Themed Occupational Therapy to Treat Assisted Living and Nursing Home Patients as an Alternative to Traditional Rehabilitative Therapy

Caleb Alley, Liberty University
Mariam Asper, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Visible Light Communication Systems

Hannah Defries, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Weight Perception Among Rural Middle-School Children, Gratiot County, Michigan, 2015; Associations with BMI and Weight Goal

Martha Eden Mabiala, Liberty University
Olushola Olaitan Ogunleye, Liberty University

Esbenshade, Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Why the M1911 is the most dominant pistol of the 20th century

Tom Roberts, Liberty University

Esbenshade Lower Atrium

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM