NDSU Undergraduates Present at National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

Nine NDSU undergraduates recently presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) conference. Held virtually April 12-14, 2021, the students and their faculty mentors joined more than 3,400 undergraduate researchers from across the globe in presenting their research through posters, oral presentations, visual arts, and performances for the event.

The NDSU Office of Research and Creative Activity (RCA) paid for student and faculty fees for this year’s event. RCA has supported NCUR participation in previous years as well.

NDSU students presented topics this year from an array of disciplines including biology; engineering; microbiology; health, exercise, and nutrition science; and apparel merchandising, interior design, and hospitality management.

Application of Microbiology Concept Inventories to Identify Student Misconceptions and Improve Programmatic Curriculum

Students: Madeline Schroeder and Macy Rennpferd
Faculty mentor: Danielle LJ Condry, PhD, Microbiological Sciences

Evaluating the Shear Strength of Overconsolidated Clays

Student: Mohammed Mohammed
Faculty mentor: Beena Ajmera, PhD, PE, Civil Engineering

Experimental Evaluation of Scaled, Prototype, Heat Exchanger Configurations to Provide Refugia for Trout

Student: Sarah LaVallie
Faculty mentor: Adam Gladen, PhD, Mechanical Engineering

Exploring the Relationship Between Sleep and Body Composition in Young, Healthy Adult Females in North Dakota

Student: Zach Johnson
Faculty mentor: Sherri Stastny, PhD, Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences

Hotel Managers' Perceptions of and Attitude Toward the Application of AI Service Robots

Student: Kaija Dockter
Faculty mentors: Jeongdoo Park, PhD, and Kwangsoo Park, PhD, Apparel, Merchandising, Interior Design, and Hospitality Management

Machine Learning to Develop Algorithms to Predict Strength Degradations Resulting from Cyclic Loading

Student: Tiffany Meeks
Faculty mentor: Beena Ajmera, PhD, PE, Civil Engineering

Novel Ferroelectric Nanomaterial, K2W7O22, for Breath Acetone Detection in Diabetes

Student: Anna Marie Schornack
Faculty mentor: Danling Wang, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Effects of Incubation Temperature on Metabolic Physiology in Temperature Sex Determined Reptile Species: Eublepharis macularius

Student: Twyla Gross
Faculty mentor: Matthew Smith, PhD, Biological Sciences

NCUR is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study through the annual conference. NCUR is a partner to the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), which has focused on providing high-quality and collaborative undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activity opportunities for faculty and students since 1978.

CUR supports faculty development for high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. More than 700 institutions and more than 13,000 individuals belong to CUR.

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