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April 18, 2014

IUPUC student research to be showcased

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Faculty mentor:

Dr. Kate Baird | Assistant professor of science education (Columbus)

5. POLYMER COMPOSITES BASED ON CHITEN FROM UNDERUTILIZED SOURCES

Chitin is an extremely abundant natural polymer found in insect shells, crustaceans, and fungi cell walls. Even though it is used commercially in a wide range of applications, most chitin is obtained from just a few sources (mostly fungi and shrimp). This project investigated other sources of chitin besides shrimp and fungi. Extracted chitin was used to make composites with other, more common, plastics. The student researcher presented the project in March at the American Chemical Society convention in Dallas.

Student researcher:

Heather Jean Johnson | Elementary education major (Elizabethtown)

Faculty mentor:

Dr. James Mendez | Assistant professor of chemistry (City)

6. FEMINIST INTERPRETATIONS OF THE WORKS OF SYLVIA PLATH AND LISA SEE

The researchers will analyze literature written by women and critique them using feminist theories, demonstrating the importance of studying women in minority groups, and why it is important to write about the female body to expand knowledge on these two subjects to better understand our society. The two student researchers presented their findings at the Indiana University Women’s & Gender Studies Conference in South Bend in April.

Student researchers:

Makayla Knight | Secondary education major (Hope)

Lindsay Montgomery | Secondary education major (Shelbyville)

Faculty mentor:

Dr. Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick| Associate professor of English (Indianapolis)

7. POLICE OFFICERS’ STRESS: THE FEELING OF NOT FEELING

Police officers’ stress is extremely powerful. It is intense and never stops. As a result, this project predicts that as the daily stressors of the calls and pressure of the different situations increase, emotional numbness, and burnout will increase as well.

Student researcher:

Adriana Marciano | Psychology major (Columbus)

Faculty mentor:

Dr. Joan Poulsen | Associate professor of psychology (Columbus)

8. COMMUNICATION OF INTERPERSONAL CONFLICT IN THE WORKPLACE

Conflict can lead to negative consequences for the employees and the organization: research suggests conflict can decrease employee motivational levels, or an individual’s willingness to work at tasks. Some research has also illustrated that conflict can cause individuals to engage in dissent with the organization. This research study sought to understand the potential effects of interpersonal conflict on employee motivation and perceptions of organizational dissent. The student researchers presented their work during an oral presentation at the Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference in Indianapolis and as a poster presentation at the Central States Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Conference in Minneapolis in April.

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