Undergraduate Research

Student Research Day Schedule:

8:00 am to 9:00 am Event Registration   Gardner Ballroom
9:00 am to 9:20 am  Intro Carole Grady   Gardner Ballroom
9:30 am to 11:30 am Poster Session Gardner Ballroom
9:30 am to 11:00 am Session 1  Conference Rooms B, and C
11:30 am to 11:50am  Keynote Speaker James D’Arc Gardner Ballroom
11:50 am to 12:30 pm Reception  Gardner Ballroom
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm  Session 2 Conference Rooms B, and C

Gardner Center Ballroom:

Poster Session: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM:

1. Jade McCombs: Satisfaction in Decision Making Among Children

2. Adriana May Christensen: Identification of a New Blood-born Bacteria in the Human Body

3. Bryan James Adam, MiKayla Stokes: We Rise and Fall Together: A Study of the Relationship between hTR and hMRP
4. Camille McKae Migliori, et al.: Synthesis of Topical Antimicrobial Materials Based on Room-temperature Ionic Liquids

5. Jace R. Melessa: Synthesizing Your Future

6. Christina Collins, Mikaylen Hudson: "Guten Tag" to Good Afternoon

7. Hiu Yu Tang: The Effect of Physical Attraction and Employment Decision

8. Sarah Hendricks: Implicit Racial Bias and Memory: The Effects of Racial Salience on Jurors Memory

9. Ashleigh Brinkerhoff: Somatic Symptom Disorder in DSM-5: Misdiagnosing Biological Causations of Mental Illness and Devaluing the Functionality of Pain

10. Cassie Shurie Demke: Applied Behavioral Analysis Intervention: Improving the Social Functions of Patients with Dementia

11. Dustin Reidhead: Characterization of Mineral Soil Samples: Surfactant Composition

12. Austin King Fackler: The Effect of Self-assembly of Organic Matter on the Water Repellency of Soils

13. Angel Beltran: Modeling Cholera Dynamics with Environmental Limits

14. Mckenzie Rose Barry, Erica Briseno: Does a Combination of High Heat, High Ultraviolet (UV) Rays, and Low Humidity Disable Chytrid Fungus in the Lab?

15. Camille McKae Migliori: Design of Ionic Liquids as Topical Antimicrobial Materials

16. Darren Stapleton: Ionic Liquids as Green Extractants of Biofuels from Microorganisms

17. Victoria Willard: A Scientific Study Determining Variables Affecting Metal Oxide Oxidation States Coloring High Fire Ceramic Art Glazes

18. Joshua McArthur: Investigating the Degradation Products of Pitocin

19. Matt Blanchard: Interaction of Lipids with Natural Surfactants from Soil

Morning Sessions:

Conference Room B:

9:30-9:45 Jeremy v Scritchfield, Haley anderson, Christine fiscer, Lyndsey Craig, barbara tortella balbas, Ronjai Z. Staton: More Than a Feeling: An Evaluation of Pitocin Use in Obstetrics

9:45-10:00 Thora Elisebeth Lieby Moore:  Dracula, the Gothic Gospel

10:00-10:15 Bailee Christiansen: The B is Silent: The Portrayal of Bisexuality in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

10:15-10:30 Jeremy Scritchfield:  More Than a Feeling: An Evaluation of Pitocin Use in Obstetrics

10:30-10:45 Joshua LeBaron McArthur: Investigation the degradation products and impurities in Pitocin

10:45-11:00 Whittni Nicole O’Brien, Aleksei Valeryevich Ananin: Hurricane Fault: Activity Patterns and Topography

11:00-11:15 Lyndsey Craig, Christy Fiscer, RonJai Staton, Michelle Hammon, Jeramy Schritchfield, Sam Passey, Barbara Tortella: I Want You to Want Me: Attachment and Pornography Use in Relationship Satisfaction

Conference Room C:
9:30-9:45 Patrick Lynch: An Application of Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth to non­-Western European Myths

9:45-10:00 Joshua Kaneversky: Facebook and the Iowa Caucus: Analysis of Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s Social Media Campaigns

10:00-10:15 Kyle Shaw: A Recommendation Report: Updating Dixie State University’s Professional and Technical Writing Program to Provide Students with Current Business Standards and Background Experience

10:15-10:30 Heather Karns: Atticus the Segregationist

10:30-10:45 Sam Passey: Creating A Monster: Attachment Theory in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

10:45-11:00 Camilynne Basile: Shifting Teacher Identity in the Culturally Responsive Classroom

11:00-11:15 Nicholas Redmon, Carrie Heaton:  Strategies for the Classroom: Integrating Disruptive, Gifted Students to Reduce Distractions

Afternoon Sessions:

Conference Room B:
12:30-12:45 Jake Rowley: Not Just Play: The Effects of Play Deprivation on Development and Society

12:45-1:00 Billie Jergins, Ronjai Z. Staton, Christine Fiscer: Police Response to Domestic Violence: A Review of Psychological Literature

1:00-1:15 Amy Harmon, Sam Passey, Lyndsey Craig, Jeremy V. Scritchfield, Christine Fiscer,: Stress and Coping: PlayBased Therapy in Hospitalized Children

1:15-1:30 Christine L Fiscer, Jeremy Scritchfeild, Desiree Irvine, Lyndsey Craig, Barbara Balbas : Seen But Not Heard: Coercion in Labor and Delivery

1:30-1:45 Uriah Hernalsteen: Current and Future U.S. Immigration

Conference Room C:
12:30-12:45 Susanne Arlette Crawford: William Tyndale’s Translation of the Bible and Its Effect on the English Language

12:45-1:00 Rebecca Rose Harrison: Exploration of Expression, as depicted by Sandra Cisneros in Woman Hollering Creek

Missy Jessop: Drowned Desert: Glen Canyon in Memory and Imagined Space

1:15-1:30 Kelsey Jetter: The Liminal Gutter: The Literary Impact of Memoir Graphic Novels

1:30-1:45 Lesayah Hinojosa: Hybridity: How Being A part of Two Cultures Means Being A Part of None in Sandra Cisneros’s Woman Hollering Creek


Dixie State Undergraduate Research encourages all students to participate in scholarly research and creative projects.

What is undergraduate research?

The Council on Undergraduate Research defines undergraduate research as “An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.”

Therefore, undergraduate research is any scholarly research or creative work that is conducted as an undergraduate student, that is, before they receive a Bachelor’s degree.


Dixie State will host the ninth annual Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) on February 27, 2015. All students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to attend.

How to fund your research:

The Dixie State University Student Senate Association (DSUSA) allocates funds to students who wish to conduct academic projects that enhance a student’s educational goals. This year, DSUSA will allocate up to $20,000 dollars toward students’ academic goals.
Types of projects funded:

  • Senior Capstone
  • Academic conferences
  • Travel reimbursement
  • Workshops
  • Research expenses


Contact a senator:

Students interested in funding should contact the senator who represents their academic school. Senators will help students draft a bill that will go before the entire Senate for approval. For more information, email your senator. Each senator is listed by academic discipline: DSUSA.