The Ohio State University at Newark


Student Research Forum

14th Annual Student Research Forum Call for Abstracts

This annual event is open to 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 Ohio State University Denman Undergraduate Research Forum and The Ohio State University 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.
The date for presentations and awards is:

March 21, 2018
Presentations: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Awards Ceremony: 4:15 p.m.

Winning presentations will be awarded cash prizes.
Each category receives $200 for first place and $100 for second place.

Deadline for Abstracts: March 1

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:

  1. Background information/problem addressed
  2. Method/approach
  3. Results/predicted results

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

Abstracts should be submitted to http://go.osu.edu/newarkstudentresearch by Thursday, March 1.

Questions? Contact Nathaniel Swigger, Assistant Professor, Political Science at swigger.1@osu.edu.

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


13th Annual Student Research Forum Winners


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

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.

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

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?

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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 swigger.1@osu.edu

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The benefits of participation

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