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Undergraduate Research

Each semester the Department of Curriculum and Instruction hosts an “Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Fair” to enable undergraduate students in the department to share the research they have conducted over the course of the semester. To engage in a research project an undergraduate student needs to have a research interest and a faculty member to serve in an advisory or collaborative role. These projects can then result in articles or presentations for professional organizations. For more information on how to get involved in research, contact your academic advisor.

Spring 2017
Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Fair

  • Michael Meador
    Accurate Bond Angles in Molecular Models
    Kimberly Staples, Faculty Advisor
  • Jackson Alex
    Visualizing the Phospholipid Bilayer
    Kimberly Staples, Faculty Advisor
  • Matthew Lundy
    Modeling Atomic Orbitals in Chemistry
    Kimberly Staples, Faculty Advisor
  • Ryan Swift
    Not So Puzzling Reactions
    Kimberly Staples, Faculty Advisor
  • Stephanie Goering, Logan Caywood, Elias Gillespie, Shelby Goss,
    Talia Falcon, and Alicia Jackson

    Humans, Not Heroes: Teachers' Implementation of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in Music Classroom
    Ruth Gurgel, Faculty Advisor
  • Christa Grider
    The Ancient Lyre in Greek and Roman History
    Ruth Gurgel, Faculty Advisor
  • Sharon Wilson
    Importance of Spanish Study in Vocal Music Education
    Ruth Gurgel, Faculty Advisor
  • Eric Koehlmoos
    Agriculture Teacher Perceptions of Student Agriscience Research and the Kansas FFA Agriscience Fair
    Gaea Hock, Faculty Advisor
  • Zachary Callaghan
    Kansas Agriculture Teacher Perceptions of the FFA Affiliate Fee Program
    Gaea Hock, Faculty Advisor
  • Tiffani Lawrence
    Interdisciplinary Pirouettes: Combining Teacher Education Techniques with Dance
    Lori Goodson, Faculty Advisor
  • Courtney Davis
    Philosophies of Education in America
    Laura Tietjen, Faculty Advisor
  • Rebecca Hunt
    Teaching Huichol Culture through Children’s Literature
    Trina Harlow, Faculty Advisor
  • Hannah Peterson
    The PISA; The USA vs Other Countries
    Laura Tietjen, Faculty Advisor
  • Zachary Smith
    The Brain (and Pinky)
    Laura Tietjen, Faculty Advisor
  • Emily Wilson
    Forming Meaningful Relationships between Teachers and Students
    David Thompson, Faculty Advisor
  • Alexia Antunez
    The Swedish Partnership Project: Creating Global-Ready Teachers and Students
    Lotta Larson, Faculty Advisor
  • Kelsi Briggs and Joe Weakland
    Music and the Mind
    Leah McKeeman, Faculty Advisor
  • Emily Dierksen
    Feedback and Reflection: Utilizing Digital Tools to Support Pre-service Teacher Growth
    Jill Wood, Faculty Advisor
  • Creative Projects (Trina Harlow, Faculty Advisor)
    • Art Course Members, Art for Elementary Schools
      Addyson Howard, Alli Snapp, Chiann Carothers, Christa Grider, Francesca Matrone
    • Tradigital Art
      Kyle Van Vogelpoel, Autumn Bullock, Alexis Manes, Sarah Bisping, Michaela Strahm

Fall 2016
Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Fair

  • Rylee Shea
    Investigating the Different Uses and Effects of Music in the Classroom
    Ruth Gurgel, Faculty Advisor
  • Melissa Smith
    Science of Sound (Creating Instruments with the Students)
    Ruth Gurgel, Faculty Advisor
  • Blake Madsen
    Teaching Heroism Literature in a Diverse Classroom
    Dr. Lori Goodson, Faculty Advisor
  • Adam Schmitz
    Teaching Plate Tectonics in a Seventh-Grade Earth Science Classroom
    Dr. Lori Goodson, Faculty Advisor
  • Lucia Scott
    Communication and Diversity: Gender Neutral Pronouns in the Classroom
    Dr. Tonnie Martinez, Faculty Advisor
  • Tiffani Lawrence
    Star-Gazing at the Center of the World
    Kelly Briggs, Advisor
  • Peter Fisher
    The Effect of Student Involvement in Building Models to Learn the Structure of Ionic Compounds
    Dr. Kimberly Staples, Faculty Advisor
  • Jenny Karr
    Designing Instruction to Affect Student Engagement and Motivation in Middle Level Science
    Dr. Kimberly Staples, Faculty Advisor
  • Nicole Kraly
    The Role of L1 in L2 Learning
    Dr. Leah McKeeman, Faculty Advisor
  • Mellisa Wiltrout
    Culturally Responsive Literacy Lesson
    Dr. Leah McKeeman, Faculty Advisor
  • Meredith Clark
    Rural Arts Day: A University/High School Partnership Celebrating Identity through the Integration of Music and Writing
    Dr. Vicki Sherbert, Faculty Advisor
Creative Projects:
  • Art Education Majors: Shannon Miller, Mallory Schneeberger, Mayci Agler, Autumn Bullock, June Dougherty
    • Trina Harlow, Faculty Advisor
  • Art Course Members, Art for Elementary Schools, Elementary Education Majors: Whitney Raider-Wexler, Michelle Franco, Matalyn Mahan, Katelyn Myers, Abigail Kohake, Keeley Phillips-Golden, Abby Pelfrey, Brittanie Miller
    • Trina Harlow, Faculty Advisor
  • Music Performance: Brett Butler, Kirsten Votaw, Jakob Dunlap, Hunter Sprong, Jeremey Reynolds
    • Dr. Phil Payne, Faculty Advisor

Spring 2016
Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Fair

  • Creative Projects:
    • Joseph Fedrizzi
      Selections
      Music Education – Senior Music Project
    • Brooke Kuehny, Taylor Holthaus, and Jonathan Atteberry
      Art Education – Senior Art Projects
      Trina Harlow, Faculty Advisor
  • Honors Projects:
    • Emily Tilden
      Nature Integration and the Student's Environmental Perspective
      Dr. Laura Tietjen, Faculty Advisor
    • Elizabeth Hix
      Manuscripts Developed During Study Abroad
      Dr. Todd Goodson, Faculty Advisor
    • Daniel Patterson
      Instructional Electronic Gaming in Social Studies:
      An Evaluative Rubric for Judging Games

      Dr. Brad Burenheide, Faculty Advisor
  • Rural Outreach Project:
    • Chiun (June) Dougherty, Jonathan Atteberry, and Shannon Miller
      Syracuse Rural Art Workshop
      Trina Harlow, Lou Ann Getz, Dr. Vicki Sherbert, Dr. Phil Payne, and Dr. Todd Goodson, Faculty Advisors
  • Action Research Projects:
    • Dora Denton
      National Board Certification: What is It and Why Does It Matter?
      Dr. Vicki Sherbert and Dr. Tood Goodson, Faculty Advisors
    • Caleb Roth and Jordyn Holle
      Knowledge Brokering
      Dr. Sally Yahnke, Faculty Advisor
      Megan Klozenbucher, Clinical Instructor
  • Content Reading Projects:
    • Amanda Braun
      Addressing Culture Through Human Population Growth
      Dr. Lori Goodson, Faculty Collaborator
    • Ronald Atkinson
      Teaching Writing Through Culture and Music for
      ESL/Non-ESL Students

      Dr. Lori Goodson, Faculty Advisor
    • Dylan Owings
      Science Has No Boundaries
      Dr. Leah McKeeman, Faculty Advisor
  • Block C International Project:
    • Paige Gasper, Hunter Sherretts, and Ryan Smallwood
      The Swedish Partnership Project: Teaching and Learning
      with Technology

      Dr.Lotta Larson, Faculty Collaborator

Fall 2015
Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Fair

  • Creative Projects:
    • Brooke Kuehny, Taylor Holthaus, Maria Alarcon Aldrete,
      Kaycee Niermeier, and Chole Enfield

      Art Education – Senior Art Projects
      Trina Harlow, Faculty Advisor
  • Honors Program Papers:
    • Emily Stolfus
      Exploring Ethiopian NGO’s
      Dr. Mary Tolar, Faculty Advisor
    • Alexis Manes
      Interdisciplinary Artwork on Education
      Dr. Kay Taylor, Faculty Advisor
    • Dan Zhang
      Chinese International Students and the Writing Center
      Dr. Stacia Gray, Faculty Advisor
    • Bridgett Kelly
      Learning the Language of Logic
      Dr. Laura Tiejen, Faculty Advisor
    • Amanda Braun
      Variation in Phlox Pulvinata
      Dr. Carolyn Ferguson, Faculty Advisor
  • Intern Action Research:
    • Dylan Hinrichs
      A Better Reflection
      Internship Site: Ware Elementary, Fort Riley
      Dr. David Allen, Faculty Advisor
      Jennifer Ruffley, Clinical Instructor
    • Amanda Morgan
      Engagement: Overcoming Challenges
      Internship Site: Ware Elementary, Fort Riley
      Dr. Laurie Curtis, Faculty Advisor
      Jennifer Ruffley, Clinical Instructor
    • Michele Rickner
      Figuring Out Fluency
      Internship Site: Ware Elementary, Fort Riley
      Dr. Tiana Pearce, Faculty Advisor
      Jennifer Ruffley, Clinical Instructor
    • Jessica Steele
      Write it Down
      Internship Site: Ware Elementary, Fort Riley
      Jennifer Ruffley, Clinical Instructor
    • Jordan Kennedy
      Behavior Intervention
      Internship Site: Central Elementary, Wamego
      Dr. Lori Levin, Faculty Advisor
  • Collaboration with Faculty:
    • Dylan Hinrichs, Jessica Steele, and Elizabeth Steinbock
      Through New Eyes: Pre-Service Teachers’ Perceptions of
      Military-Connected Learners

      Dr. Vicki Sherbert, Faculty Collaborator

Spring 2015
Undergraduate Action Research Poster Sessions

  • Jordan Brown – How Does the Implementation of a Behavior Bunny Increase the Amount of Student A's on Task Behavior?
    Tresse Keplinger – How Does the Implementation of a Self-monitored Behavior Chart Increase Student A's Active Listening?
    Lincoln Elementary School
    Allison Rothwell, Clinical Instructor and Action Research Mentor
  • Nicole Childs – How Does the Implementation of a Daily Behavior Chart Decrease the Amount of Student A's Hands On and Shouting Out in the Classroom?
    Jessica Bolte – How Does the Implementation of a Behavior Punch Card Increase On Task Student Behavior During Whole Class Instruction?
    Elliott Pattison – How Does a Daily Classroom Challenge Increase the Amount of On Task Behavior During Transitions?

    Brittany Abell – How Does Working Toward a Daily Goal with Rewards Decrease the Amount of Shouting Out on the Carpet?
    Emily Schadler – How Does Increasing Positive Teacher/Student Interactions Improve a Student A's On Task Behavior?
    Sheridan Elementary School
    Allison Rothwell, Clinical Instructor and Action Research Mentor
  • Tess Ostermiller – Reminder Sticks for Kindergartens
    Jessie Jones – Independent Start for a Dependent Student
    Annelise Collins – Stopping Behavior Before it Escalates
    Justine Dlabal – Interrupting Comments
    Morris Hill Elementary School
    Anna Haffner, Clinical Instructor and Action Research Mentor
  • Erica Rohr – Don't Pop the Bubble
    Shaunita Lester – Let's Make a Necklace
    Kristin Showalter – Point for Me, Point for You
    Dakota Smith – Scoring Points to Success
    Taylor Eads – Burstin' the Blurtin' Bubble
    Chantay Caron – Time's Up
    Ware Elementary School
    Jennifer Ruffley, Clinical Instructor and Action Research Mentor
  • Sally Dreher, Jackie Brand, Arielle Jarrell, Amber Finn, Audrey Ochampaugh, Haley Cady, and Grant Stucky
    Whole Brain Teaching
    Bergman Elementary School
    Mindy Sanders, Clinical Instructor and Action Research Mentor
  • Justine Sperber – The Road to Success is Always Under Construction
    Sara Smucker – Earning the Golden Ticket
    Jacey Holliday – Right on Time

    Riley County Grade School
    Jeni VanSickle, Clinical Instructor and Action Research Mentor
  • Caitlyn Olson – Goal Setting for At-Risk Students
    Ashley Steuwe – Clean Up in the Art Room
    Aaron Crawford – The Application of the Quizlet Study Guide App and Student Test Scores
    Kara Schnake – Accommodations for Dyslexia: Strategies for Helping a Student with Dyslexia in Science
    Anthony Middle School
    Lou Ann Getz, Clinical Instructor and Action Research Mentor
  • Ben Morrow, Clancey Livingston, Dana Hilton, Kayla Moylan, Maria Eck, Megan Douglas, Meredith Meier, Sherry Brown, and Tyler Vela
    The Retention of Novel Vocabulary as an Effect of Individual Reading and Comprehension Strategies
    Manhattan High School
    Adrian Walker, Clinical Instructor and Action Research Mentor

Fall 2014
Undergraduate Action Research Poster Sessions

    • Emma Brann, Dallas Jones, Michelle Kretzmeier, Ai Mackay, Christian Maude, and Chelsey Wineinger
      The Impact of Grouping on Student Achievement
      Manhattan High School
      Adrian Walker, Clinical Instructor and Action Research Mentor
    • Mattithyah Tillotson – Case Study: Autism and Visual Cues
      Anthony Middle School
      Lou Ann Getz, Clinical Instructor and Action Research Mentor
    • Becky Edmunds – My Dog Ate My Homework
      Jessica Pflughoeft – Reach for the Sky
      Riley County Grade School
      Jeni Van Sickle, Clinical Instructor and Action Research Mentor
    • Laura Lafnitzegger – Response Opportunities: Grade 5
      Emily Hartwick – Response Opportunities: Grade 4
      LaCrisha Woods – Executive Functioning: Grade 3
      Morris Hill Elementary School
      Anna Haffner, Clinical Instructor and Action Research Mentor
    • Kaci Wells, Jenny Welker, Dakota Kaufman, and Cassandra Wood
      How Does the Use of Student Checklists Increase Student Focus?
      Lincoln and Sheridan Elementary Schools
      Allison Rothwell, Clinical Instructor and Action Research Mentor
    • Sara Annis – Beat the Clock
      Karen Hay – 3, 2, 1, We're Ready to Learn
      Ware Elementary School
      Jennifer Ruffley, Clinical Instructor and Action Research Mentor
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