The Ohio State University at Newark

Student Research Forum

13th Annual Student Research Forum

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
The John Gilbert Reese Center
1209 University Drive, Newark campus

  • 1-3:00 p.m. Oral presentations
  • 2-4:00 p.m. Poster presentations
  • 4:00 p.m. Guest speaker
  • 4:20 p.m. Awards ceremony

This annual event is open to all students of all disciplines conducting work under the direction of an Ohio State Newark faculty member or lecturer. The forum aims to increase collaborative, student-faculty research endeavors at the Newark campus, to encourage participation in honors research, and to further the goals of the OSU Denman Undergraduate Research Forum and the OSU Undergraduate Research Office at the Newark Campus.

This forum is an opportunity for students to present their school-funded research before a divers panel of judges.

First place winners in each category will receive a $200 cash prize; second place winners will receive a $100 cash prize.

2017 Call for Abstracts

Deadline for Abstracts: February 13.

Abstract Submissions Must Include:

A Title (please keep brief)
Name of student presenter(s) and contact information; we will assume the first author is presenting unless you indicate otherwise.
Name and department of faculty sponsor
Presentation category:

  • Proposal, Poster
  • Completed Research, Poster
  • Proposal, Oral
  • Completed Research, Oral

A 300 word (max*) abstract that includes, as appropriate:

  • Background information/problem addressed
  • Method/approach
  • Results/predicted results

*Please note that abstracts that exceed 300 words will be edited due to space restrictions in the program.

Abstracts can be submitted here and any questions about submissions should be directed to Nathaniel Swigger at

The benefits

Undergraduate Research defined - “An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to the discipline....” - The Council on Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research requires an educational collaboration between students and faculty members. Research experiences may be initiated by students who seek out faculty supervision for their projects or by faculty members who involve undergraduate students in their research teams.

Research can culminate in a written or oral presentation as a means of making the body of academic knowledge or creative exploration accessible to other investigators in the field, as well as to the general public.

Participation in undergraduate research benefits students educationally, professionally and personally.

Educational benefits include:

  • Working closely with a faculty mentor
  • Learning about issues, methods, and leaders in students’ chosen fields
  • Applying concepts learned in coursework to “real life” situations
  • Sharpening problem-solving skills
  • Reading primary literature

Professional benefits include:

  • Exploring and preparing for future careers
  • Developing marketable skills
  • Enhancing professional communication skills
  • Collaborating with others and working effectively as part of a team

Personal benefits include:

  • Growing as a critical, analytical, and independent thinker
  • Meeting challenges and demonstrating the ability to complete a project
  • Discovering personal interests
  • Developing internal standards of excellence

12th Annual Student Research Forum Winners

Oral Presentation, Completed Research

First Place - Wesley Barnhart, Reward Processing and Risky Decision Making in Disordered Eating
Second Place – Jessica Parker and Krysten Chadwick, Examining Cardiac and Behavioral Responses in a Modality Dominance Task

Oral Presentation, Proposed Research

First Place - Nikki Cotton, Sunrise to Sunset: Reproductive and Longevity Technologies in Science Fiction and Medicine
Second Place - Ben Betulius, Quantum Mechanics, Determinism, and Pseudoscience

Poster Presentation, Completed Research

First Place - Krysten Chadwick, External Influences on Risk-Taking Behavior
Second Place - Jessica Parker, Effects of Auditory Input on Spatial Serial Response Time Task

Poster Presentation, Proposed Research

First Place - Riane Paige, A Participatory Action Research Project of Parole Board Decisions for “Old Law” OffendersSecond Place - Tom Crook, Gamer Grit: Does Experience in a Game Give Frequent Video Game Players More Confidence in Completing Real-World Tasks?


11th Annual Student Research Forum Winners

Event held Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
Newark campus, John Gilbert Reese Center

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First place: Carolyn Dunifon, "Heart Rate Variability Associated with Attentional Control in High-Load Flanker Tasks"

Second place: Amanda Hunt, "Adolescent Literature for Young Adults vs. for Adults"

Oral Presentation, Proposed Research:

First place: Ashley Theodore, "Maintaining Black Culture through Mardi Gras Indian Suits"

Second place: Torah Silvera, "Mardi Gras Indians: Exploring the Intersection of History, Community, and Culture in a Unique Tradition"

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Poster Presentation, Completed Research:

First place: Krysten R. Chadwick, "Prosodic Processing by Individuals with Williams Syndrome"

Second place: Lindsey Rike, "The Cross-Domain Priming of Language and Motor Rate"

Poster Presentation, Proposed Research:

First place: Michael Madson, "Spectral Lags of Swift GRBs with Prompt Optical Emission"

Second place: Austin Hulse, "Spectral Lags of Swift Gamma-Ray Bursts with Precursor Emission"

To learn more about the Student Research Forum or about student research at Ohio State Newark, contact Nathaniel Swigger, Assistant Professor, Political Science at

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