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Nine Earn Honors at Centenary College Student Research Forum

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Nine students received first- or second-place awards in four divisions during the 13th annual Student Research Forum at Centenary College of Louisiana on April 16. All students received certificates and cash awards. Divisional winners for oral/research project or presentation are:

First place — Kate Howell, art major from Winston Salem, N.C., for "Lesbian Pulp Fiction Cover Art and the Defining of the American Lesbian" with research adviser Dr. Lisa Nicoletti.

Second place — Kristin Cochran, English major from Texarkana, Texas, for "The Declaration of Sentiments and Its Influence on the Development of Feminism in the 19th-Century" with research adviser Dr. Kim VanHoosier-Carey.

Natural Sciences:
First place — Christina Taylor, chemistry major from Lumberton, N.J., for "Fire Safety: Analysis of aerosols from smoldering electronics components and insulation materials" with research advisers Dr. Thomas Ticich and Randall VanderWal.

Second place — Addie Dickson, biology major from Shreveport, La., for "Cell Cycle Synchronization in Arabidopsis thaliana" with research adviser Dr. John Larkin, and Erin Watson, biology major from Alexandria, La., for "A Comparative Analysis of T-Lymphocytes in Healthy and Inflamed Mice" with research advisers Dr. Beth Leuck and Dr. David Stafford.

Social Sciences:
First place — Stuart McMahen, sociology major from Springhill, La., for "Where Do All the Dreams Go? Aspirations, Agency, and Opportunity of Working Class Teens" with research advisers Dr. Michelle Wolkomir and Dr. Christopher Ciocchetti

Second place — Adam Dufour, accounting major from Mansfield, La., for "Too Many Tables: The Impact of Casino Gambling & Tourism on the Restaurant Industry of Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana" with research advisers Dr. Barbara Davis and Dr. Helen Sikes.

Research Posters:
First place — Devon Castleberry, biology major from Sulphur, La., for "The Effects of an Impoverished Environment on Metabolic Rates of Crawfish in Relation to Temperature" with research adviser Dr. Beth Leuck.

Second place — C. Sean Hauser, biology major from Shreveport, La., for "Effects of Environmental Flow Rate on the Upper Critical Temperature of the Mosquitofish Gambusia affinis" with research adviser Dr. Beth Leuck.

The annual Student Research Forum allows students to present the results of their independent research before an audience of faculty and peers. Faculty judges evaluate presentations based on style, performance, communication/organization, content, objectives, difficulty/effort, originality/creativity, results and significance. A total of 38 research papers and posters were presented during this year's forum.

Judges this year were Dr. David Bieler, geology; Dr. Scott Chirhart, biology; Dr. Maureen Murov, Spanish; Dr. Ross Smith, music; and Dr. R. Matthew Weeks, psychology. The Centenary Muses and the Office of the Provost and Dean of the College sponsored the event.

For further information, contact the director of the forum, Dr. Alfred McKinney, at 318-869-5194, or email Dr. McKinney at amckinne@centenary.edu.

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