The Ohio State University at Newark

2017 Student Research Forum Winners Announced

NEWARK, Ohio, March 16, 2017 - Twenty-three students at The Ohio State University at Newark showcased their research at the 13th Annual Student Research Forum held March 8 in the John Gilbert Reese Center.

Student participants gave poster presentations as well oral presentations followed by question and answer sessions. Both were judged in separate categories divided between students presenting completed research and students who are proposing research topics.

Organizer of the event, Associate Professor Nathanial Swigger said, "I am thrilled at the number of students who are participating in the forum this year. Every year we have increased our number of participants and to me that is a very exciting factor about the interest our students have about the research opportunities here at Ohio State Newark."

The full list of winners follows :

Oral Presentation, Completed Research

First Place - Robert Burkhart: "Testing the Utility of Stable Isotopes for Analyzing Bee Foraging Patterns"

Second Place - Coryn Coleman and Khadijah Mbai: "Identifying Achievements and Barriers of ESL Immigrant Students in Order to Support Their Success"

Poster Presentation, Proposed Research

First Place - Carrie Bowlby: "Information Processing and Humor Development"

Second Place - Brittany Myers: "Investigating Precursor and Prompt Emission of Gamma-ray Bursts (GRBs)"

Poster Presentation, Completed Research

First Place - Coryn Coleman and Brandon Porter: "The Effect of Rate Priming on Information Processing" and "The Effect of Prosody on Decision Making in Adults and Children: Speech Rate Influences Speed and Quality of Decisions"

Second Place - Jacob Brower: "Project Wild Coshocton: A Camera-Trapping Program to Monitor Bobcats (Lynx Rufus) in Coshocton County, Ohio.

L to R: Brandon Porter, Brittany Myers, Carrie Bowlby, Coryn Coleman, Dr. Nathanial Swigger and Jacob Brower; absent from photo: Robert Burkhart and Khadijah Mbai

1st place award winners received a $200 cash prize; 2nd place award winners received a $100 cash prize.

To learn more about the Student Research Forum or about student research at Ohio State Newark, contact Nathaniel Swigger, associate professor of political science, at

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