Twelfth annual Ranger Research Day winners announced, Oklahoma Research Day set for March 9, 2018

November 29, 2017


Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Alva campus played host to the 12th annual Ranger Research Day in the Student Center Ballroom where 38 projects were entered with 46 participants having the opportunity to display, share and discuss their research with peers, professors and the Alva community.

Graduate and undergraduate students created poster presentations or prepared oral presentations of academic research papers conducted in one of their classes. All presenters are encouraged to attend Oklahoma Research Day on March 9, 2018, which Northwestern will host at Enid’s Central National Bank Center. Registration for Oklahoma Research Day is now open at www.oklahomaresearchday.com.

Student poster entries were critiqued and eligible for awards. Winners with hometown, classification, research project name and sponsor include:

Psychology category first place went to Shanely Russo, senior psychology major from Cherokee, for her project titled, “Stress in College: How Each Gender is Affected by Stress in Different Aspects of Life.” Randolph Taylor, instructor of psychology, was Russo’s sponsor.

Second place for psychology went to Whitney Hake, senior psychology major from Enid, for her project titled, “Interactions between Number of ACE Exposure, Treatment Effects, and Teenage Pregnancy.” Taylor was Hake’s sponsor.

Third place for psychology went to Kaylen McCary, senior psychology major from Enid, for her project titled, “Life Satisfaction and Pet Ownership.” Taylor was McCary’s sponsor.

First place in the category of History went to Brandy Hinesley-Chambers, senior general studies major from Shawnee, for her project titled, “The Greenwood Massacre.” Dr. Eric Schmaltz, professor of history, was Hinesley-Chambers’ sponsor.

Second place for history went to Clinton Shelton, junior social sciences major from Henderson, Kentucky, for his project titled, “The Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth): A Case Study of Manipulation and Indoctrination of German Youth, 1926–1945.” Schmaltz and Jana Brown, instructor of history, were Shelton’s sponsors.

In the Biology category, first place went to Willow Gahr, senior biology major from Carmen, for her project titled, “Rattle Me This: One Trial Learning in Rattlesnakes.” Dr. Aaron Place, professor of biology, was Gahr’s sponsor.

Second place for biology went to Audrey Estes, senior biology major from Alva, for her project titled “Bacteria and Spice Correlation.” Dr. Venkata Moorthy, professor of biology, was her sponsor.

For the Physics category, Gahr won first place for her project titled, “AI: Arduino Investigation.” Dr. Steven Maier, professor of physics, was her sponsor.

For the Nursing category, first place went to Ashley Putnam, senior nursing major from Ponca City, and Taylor Kennedy, senior nursing major from Fairfax, for their project titled, “Alternative Therapy in Decreasing Preeclampsia.” Dr. Leslie Collins, assistant professor of nursing and assistant chair of the Division of Nursing, was their sponsor.

Second place in nursing went to Whitney Johnson, senior nursing major from Lamont, and Tanya Karnes, senior nursing major from Beaver, for their project titled, “Fighting the Prevalence of Heart Failure Readmission.” Collins was their sponsor.  

Third place in nursing went to April Troop, senior nursing major from Enid, and Jada LaFosse, senior nursing major from Garber, for their project titled, “Quantifying Blood Loss in Postpartum Hemorrhage.” Collins was their sponsor.

Students gave oral presentations on research papers and those eligible for awards, with hometown, classification, research paper title and sponsor include:

In the English category, first place went to Ashley Wilson, graduate student in the Master of Arts in American Studies program from Freedom, for her paper titled, “Human Nature and the Western Frontier: Exposing the Inevitability of Groupthink and Vigilante Justice in Walter Van Tilburg Clark’s The Ox-Bow Incident.” Dr. Shawn Holliday, associate dean of graduate studies, a professor of English and director of the Master of Arts in American Studies program, was Wilson’s sponsor.

Second in English is Cortney Emerson, sophomore English major from Enid, for her paper titled, “Challenging Society: How Kate Chopin Changed Society’s View of Women.” Dr. Kathryn Lane, associate professor of English and Chair to the English, Foreign Language and Humanities Department, was Emerson’s sponsor.

In the History category, first place was awarded to Hinesley-Chambers for her research paper titled, “The Greenwood Massacre,” which was also entered as a poster presentation. Schmaltz was her sponsor.

Holliday said he believes students and community members who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree should participate in Ranger Research Day as well as Oklahoma Research Day because research is an integral part of graduate studies.

For more information on Ranger Research Day, visit www.nwosu.edu/ranger-research-day or contact Holliday at (580) 327-8589 or spholliday@nwosu.edu.

 Brandy Hinesley-Chambers of Shawnee, won first place in the History category of poster presentations and first place in the History category for research papers on her research project titled, “The Greenwood Massacre.”  Shanely Russo of Cherokee, won first place in the Psychology category of poster presentations on her research topic, “Stress in College: How Each Gender is Affected by Stress in Different Aspects of Life.”

Shanely Russo won first place in the Psychology category of poster presentations on her research topic, “Stress in College: How Each Gender is Affected by Stress in Different Aspects of Life.”

Brandy Hinesley-Chambers won first place in the History category of poster presentations and first place in the History category for research papers on her research project titled, “The Greenwood Massacre.” 

Ashley Putnam and Taylor Kennedy won first place in the nursing category

Ashley Putnam (left) and Taylor Kennedy (right) won first place in the Nursing category of poster presentations for their project titled, “Alternative Therapy in Decreasing Preeclampsia.” 

Willow Gahr won first place in the Biology category of poster presentations for her project titled, “Rattle Me This: One Trial Learning in Rattlesnakes.”

Willow Gahr won first place in the Physics category of the poster presentations for her project titled, “AI: Arduino Investigation.” 

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