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Travel Award Recipients

2019

Justin Huffman (Chemistry major from Talcott, WV) presented his SURE research at the Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Denver, CO in July 2019. Justin won a prize for his presentation at this international conference.

Brittany Smith (Public Health major from Bluefield, WV) presented her research internationally at the 26th Annual International Society for Research on Identity (ISRI) Conference in Naples, Italy in May 2019. 

WVU Steel Drum Band: Nick Delancey, Dimitri Georgantonis, Peter Handerhan, Nataniel Kaniecki, Jacob Kiehl, Joseph Lucey, Braden Macchia, Raymond Mason, Elizabeth Rockwell, Brandon Russi, Timothy Scheuvront, Robert Shamblen, & Drew Simonette presented their performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Indianapolis, IN.

Hunter Moore (Aerospace Engineering) presented Optimization of Vicon Motion Capture Maker Placement Distribution Using Computational Symmetry at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Laurel, MD.

Carlie Ramsayer  (Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering) presented Quantifying United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Using Greenscope Indicators at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Orlando, FL.

Caitlin Mickles (Immunology and Medical Microbiology) presented Classification of Chemical Hypersensitivity Potential Based on Gene Expression Profiles at the 2019 Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Nation Diversity in STEM Conference, Honolulu, HI.

Mya Vannoy (Immunology and Medical Microbiology) presented Septic Extracellular Vesicles Accelerate Onset and Severity of Alzheimer’s-Like Pathology at the 2019 Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Nation Diversity in STEM Conference, Honolulu, HI.

Alexandre Ziegelmeier (Chemistry) presented Broadening the Understanding of Selective Microwave Heating on the 1,2-Meisenheimer Rearrangement at the 71st Annual Southeastern Regional Meeting of American Chemical Society, Savannah, GA.

Lauren Giesler (Psychology) presented Frontal Traumatic Brain Injury Reduces the Reinforcing Effects of Auditory Cues in Rats at the 2019 Society for Neuroscience Conference in Chicago, IL.

Hannah Cohen (Biomedical Engineering) presented Scaling of Muscles in Young Adults While Experiencing External Disturbances During Sit-to-Stand Motion at the 2019 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Bethany Wager (Wildlife & Fisheries Resources) presented Using Sex Ratios of Brook Trout to Identify Population Resilience and Spawning Adult Size Structure at the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society 2019 Joint Annual Conference, Reno, NV.

Brittany Smith (Public Health) presented Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma in Females Who Misuse Substances and Their Children: A Case-Control in West Virginia at the 24th International Summit on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma, San Diego, CA.

Carlie Ramsayer (Chemical & Biomedical Engineering) presented Quantifying United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Using GREENSCOPE Indicator at the Enterprise and Infrastructure Resilience Conference, Cincinnati, OH.

Sydney Hull (Psychology) presented Evaluating Performance Feedback to Teach Classroom Management at the Wisconsin Association for Behavior Analysis (WisABA), Milwaukee, WI.

Justin Huffman (Chemistry) presented Development of Enzyme Responsive Spin Probes for NonInvasive Imaging of Enzyme Activity by EPR at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance, Denver, CO.

Mariah Murray  (Chemistry) presented C-H Trifluoromethylation of N8-Quinolinylbenzamide via Nickel Catalysts at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Saratoga, NY.

Sarah Cokeley (Industrial & Mechanical Engineering) presented Application of Autonomous Drones in Warehouse Inventory Management at the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Brittany Smith (Public Health) presented Negative Life Events and School Connectedness n Positive Identity Formation at the 26th Annual International Society for Research on Identity (ISRI) Conference, Naples, Italy. 

Nathan Shull (Environmental Geoscience) presented Change in Vegetation Greenness and its Impacts on Near-surface Climate Conditions in SouthCentral Appalachia at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Zachery Donnellan (Chemistry) presented Kinetic investigations of the gas phase reaction between the CH radical and cyclopentadiene at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Maxwell Reese (Chemistry) presented Influence of a second coordination sphere borane on rhodium (I) oxidative addition of chelating aldehydesa at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Lynsey Soule (Biology) presented Panelist for Towards a More Beautiful Clinic: Narrative Medicine and Expressive Arts at WVU Medicine at the 2019 Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Asheville, NC.

Neel Rao (Sport & Exercise Psychology) presented Using Technology to Deliver Mind Body Interventions: Benefits, Challenges and Future Directions at the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM) 40th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, Washington, D.C. 

Alix Gondringer (Psychology) presented Psychosocial Support and Professional Development among Female Undergraduate STEM Majors at the Eastern Psychological Association 2019 Conference, New York City, NY . 

Amal Khan (Psychology), presented The Effect of Mentorship on Women’s Self Efficacy at the Eastern Psychological Association 2019 Conference, New York City, NY. 

Julie Gilmore (Psychology) presented Associations Between Psychological Control and Adolescent Depression: The Role of Organized Activities at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Conference, New York City, NY.

Kelsey Barton (Psychology) presented Personality Predicting Changes in Alcohol Consumption during the First Year of College at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Conference, New York City, NY.

Sarah Whiteman (Psychology) presented Personality Traits Predict Change in Depression Levels During the Transition to College at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Conference, New York City, NY.

Samantha Mehnert (Forensic & Investigative Sciences, Chemistry) presented Development of a Flexible Algorithm for Substance Identification Using Mass Spectrometry at the American Academy of Forensic Science’s 71st Annual Scientific Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Jordan Vance (Immunology and Medical Microbiology) presented Changes in Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cell function during neonatal sepsis at the Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting, Wintergreen, VA.

Kelsey Kinnamon (Sport & Exercise Psychology) presented Usage, Feasibility, And ShortTerm Outcomes of a MultiBehavioral Mobile Health Application Using Guided Imagery for Pregnant Women at the 29th Annual Midwest Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium, Lexington, KY.

Eva MacFarland (Psychology & Biology) presented Social Integration Moderates the Effect of Intergroup Contact on Prejudice Reduction at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference, Portland, OR.
2018

Alexa Harris presented Low Back Pain Treatment Recommendations in Primary Care at the National Rural Health Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA 

Krisha Redillas presented An Examination of Best Practices of Public Space Design in Pediatric Healthcare Environments at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference in Blacksburg, VA 

Kayley Morrow presented Mothers’ and Children’s Depressive Symptoms are Linked through Children’s Attachment Security at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, Washington, D.C.

London Orzolek presented You Keep Using That word. I Don’t Think It Means What You Think It Means: Defining College-Going Culture and Student Success at the 117th Annual Meeting of the Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA

Luke Neal presented Kinetic Equilibrium Solution to the Vlasov Equation in Cylindrical Geometry at the 60th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, Milwaukee, WI

Andrew Jemiolo presented Electromagnetic Instabilities Driven by Ion Thermal Anisotropy in Helicon Plasmas at the 60th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, Milwaukee, WI

Jacob McLaughlin presented Enhancement of Ion Thermal Anisotropy in Helicon Plasmas at the 60th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, Milwaukee, WI 

Phillip Carman and Paradise Hudson presented In the Shadows of Mass Incarceration: How Prisoner Wives and Romantic Partners Build Community at the 2018 American Society Criminology Conference, Atlanta, GA 

Trinity Shaver presented Methylphenidate Treatment Impairs Risk-Based Decision Making Without Affecting Impulsivity After Controlled Cortical Impact at the NeuroTrauma 2018: 3rd Joint Symposium of the International and National Neurotrauma Societies, Toronto, Canada

Kevin Tennant  presented Electroactive Polymer Actuator Arrays for Soft Robotic Movement at the Materials Science and Technology Annual Conference, Columbus, OH

Lauren (Risser) Dirkman presented Intimate Partner Violence Screening in Acute Care Centers: Procedures and Patient Preferences at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN

Alexa Harris presented Low Back Pain Treatment Recommendations in Primary Care at the National Rural Health Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA

Jacqueline Spiropoulos presented Cultural Perceptions of Cancer Among a College-Educated Population in North Central West Virginia at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA

Phi Alpha Theta Delta Nu Chapter: Elena Dugan, Elizabeth Satterfield, Haleigh Posey, and Jordan Riggs, and Madelynn Lawrence presented The Black Hand and the Rise of Organized Crime in Northern West Virginia: 1908- 1923; Swiss Settlement in Randolph County, West Virginia: A Study of Land Deals, Policies, and Immigration in Helvetia; The Role of Letters During the Napoleonic War; The Draw of Darkness: Visitor Experiences at Auschwitz an Majdanek; The Trial and Subsequent Accusations of a Confessed Salem Witch at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference, Grove City, PA

Kiara Cogar presented Disgust Sensitivity, Social Conservatism, and Prejudicial Attitudes Toward Arab-Americans and Muslims at the Society of Personal and Social Psychology Convention, Atlanta, GA

Mykal Manswell presented Athletic Identity and the Transition from Division 1 Football: From Athlete to Adult at the Association of Applied Sport Psychology’s Midwest Student Regional Conference, Oxford, OH 

John (Drew) Gatlin presented Undergraduate Transportation Engineering Student Attitudes Towards the TRB’s Research Needs Statement Database at the 2018 Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting, Washington, DC 

2017

Rachel Wattick presented Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE): Phase II at the Science of Dissemination & Implementation Conference, Arlington, VA

Deja Clement presented Pain Responsivity in Black and White Adults: Stimulus Intensity, Instructional Set, and Implications for Acutely Painful Medical/Dental Procedures at the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies Conference and Convention in San Diego, CA

Erin O’Leary, Isabella Tennant, & Summer Krantz presented License to Tutor: Defining and Communicating the Writing Center’s Purpose at the International Writing Centers Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

Sierra Ciccone  presented Nickel-Catalyzed Oxidative Decarboxylative Coupling Reactions: Exploring the Role of Silver at the Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Charlotte, NC

Natalie Marquart presented Discovering the Best Consumer Complaint Strategies to Gain Compliance from Financial Institutions at the Society for Marketing Advances, Louisville, KY

Samantha Isaac presented Changing Dynamics of Single InGaAs Quantum Dots Under Resonant Excitation at the American Physical Society Mid-Atlantic Section Meeting, Newark, NJ

Allyson Brezler presented Modeling and Optimization of Ion Transport Membranes for Oxygen Separation from Air at the 2017 AIChE Undergraduate Student Conference, Minneapolis, MN

Mikal Dufor presented Diagnosis of Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence, and Heating at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society, Division of Plasma Physics, Milwaukee, WI 

Holly Pettus presented Petrography and Geochemistry of Megacrystic K-Feldspars from a Granitoid Intrusion, Northwestern NV at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA 

Autumn Downey  presented Sandstone Springs as Contributors to Karst Aquifers in the Valley and Ridge Province at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA 

Andrew Jemiolo presented Optimization of Confocal Laser Induced Fluorescence for Long Focal Length Applications at the 59th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, Milwaukee, WI

Amanda Barbarossa presented Towards Virtualized Transradial Prosthesis with Simulated Dynamics and Surface EMG Interface at the 2017 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ 

Samuel Gary presented Novel Apigenin and Genkwanin Derivatives as Potential Cancer Growth Inhibitors at the Southeast Regional IDeA Conference, Morgantown, WV

Steven Black presented Measurement of the Marcellus Shale properties at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Eastern Regional Meeting, Lexington, KY