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Congratulations to Our 2019 Winners!
T he 2019 Library Undergraduate Research Award would not have been possible without the generous support of the following Schools and individuals:
Funding: School of Arts & Humanities, the School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Mathematics and Sciences
Planning: Brad Bauer, Ian MacDonald, Carol Seitz, & Ryane Strauss
Reflection Essay Judges: Jay Kibby, Roseann Marlett, Kate Moss, & Pete Osterhoudt
Poster/Interaction Judges: Cailin Brown (Communications), Mary Cosgrove (Science Problem-Based Learning Coordinator), Chenique Rowe (Social Work), & Peter Young (Mathematics)
Award Organizers: Pete Osterhoudt & Young-In Kim
Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences
Title of Research Project: The Vulnerability to be Loved Scale: Scale Development and Initial Validation
Vulnerability to be loved (VL) is how open someone is to love; this study examined a new measure of this. Participants in two samples (N=309) completed the VL scale and measures of compassionate love, self-esteem, well-being, (to examine convergent validity) and social desirability (to examine discriminant validity). The factor analyses suggest two facets of VL: Conceal Self and Openness to Intimate Relationships. Correlational results showed VL scores were positively related to all other measured variables.
Faculty Sponsor: Nancy Dorr, Psychology
Research Project Title: Self-Advocacy, Activism, and Transgender Microcelebrities
The internet is presently the most effective form of broadcasting one’s voice and presence. This can be especially valuable for minority groups, whose voices are often not heard and lack major representation in media. It has allowed minority groups to start social movements, for instance #blacklivesmatter and #metoo. Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals are highly stigmatized, so having a platform to self-advocate to compensate for not having prominent, positive advocates in media and politics allows them to reach a wider audience in hopes of destigmatizing their existence. Two prolific transgender individuals, Blaire White and Natalie Wynn, have utilized YouTube and Twitter to share their thoughts and ideas and serve as ambassadors for the transgender community, even if they did not intend to be. Through similar microcelebrity techniques, Natalie and Blaire have advocated for the transgender community from different perspectives.
Faculty Sponsor: Jin Kim, Communications
*Kyle's poster will be available May 2020
Research Project Title: Impact of Alkali Halide Salt Ions on Hydrogen Bonding at the Air-Water Interface
We present a computational study of the effect of various ions on hydrogen bonding at the water-air interface. Molecular dynamics simulations were performed using the CHARMM force field and TIP3P water. Simulations explored the impact of temperature and concentration on hydrogen bonding near the liquid-vapor interface of aqueous NaCl, KCl, RbCl, and CsCl solutions. Average coordination number was found to increase linearly with NaCl concentration, but decrease linearly with KCl, RbCl, and CsCl concentrations for several temperatures between 10-80˚C. Density profiles across the liquid-vapor interface, water molecule orientations at this liquid-vapor interface, and surface tensions were calculated for each system.
Faculty Sponsor: Brad Bauer, Chemistry
Gregory M. John
Research Project Title: Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Small Hydrophobes in H2O Using CHARMM
The interactions between small hydrophobes in water were examined using molecular dynamics simulations via CHARMM. The hydrophobes investigated resembled He, Ar, and Kr and were simulated over a range of concentrations from 0.5 to 6.5 molal. Radial distribution functions showed trends at high concentrations which were different from those seen at low concentrations. The concentration at which the transition from one trend to the other takes place was found to correlate negatively with the size of the hydrophobe. This effect was investigated additionally via Gibbs free energy plots and visualization snapshots rendered with VMD.
Faculty Sponsor: Brad Bauer, Chemistry
Award winners Frank Houser, Kyle Humphries, and Lauren Zakrzewski.
Award winner Gregory M. John Interacting with Award judges.