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  •    2011 Graduate Research Forum

    • The complete Graduate Research Forum proceedings from 2011, including abstracts (available only in the Interactive version) for all poster presentations can be found here.

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      Congratulations to the 2011 Best in Category Graduate Research Forum Winners

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      Business Administration 

      Rebeca Perren, Business Administration PhD
      Electronic Service Quality: A New Scale That Allows Comparison to Traditional Service Settings
      Mentor — Carolyn Massiah, PhD
      Co-authors — Carolyn Massiah, PhD and Ronald Michaels, PhD 

      Education 

      Deana Deichert, Education PhD, Math Education PhD track
      Reducing the Mathematics Achievement Gap in Middle Schools
      Mentor — Monifa Beverly, PhD
      Co-author — Mark Lemon 

      Matthew Lavery, Education PhD
      Student Perceptions of Care: Is Race, Culture, Ethnicity, Grade Level, or Socioeconomic Status Significant?
      Mentor — Michele Gill, PhD

      Engineering, Computer Science, Optics, Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Modeling and Simulation

      Silki Arora, Physics PhD
      Volume and Structural Changes in Single Red Blood Cell Investigated by Direct Optical Imaging and Spatially Resolved Absorption Spectroscopy
      Mentor — Alfons Schulte, PhD
      Co-authors — Sanghoon Park, Jennifer Mauser, Debopam Chakrabarti, PhD and Alfons Schulte, PhD

      Kristina Kraakmo, Mathematics PhD program
      Numerical Simulations for Cratering Effects of Rocket Exhaust on Soil
      Mentor — Brian Moore, PhD
      Co-authors — Brian Brennan, and Whitney Keith

      Astha Malhotra, Chemistry PhD
      Buffer-Stable Fluorescent Chitosan-PGA Hybrid Nanoparticles
      Mentor — Swadeshmukul Santra, PhD
      Co-authors — Xiaolei Zhang, Padmavathy Tallury, James Turkson, PhD and Swadeshmukul Santra, PhD

      Mark Miller, Mechanical Engineering MSME, Thermo-Fluids track
      Heat Transfer in a Coupled Impingement-Effusion Cooling System
      Mentor — Jay Kapat, PhD
      Co-authors — Greg Natsui, Roberto Claretti, Mark Ricklick

      Fine Arts and Humanties

      Antonia Sheel, Education PhD
      Re-Presenting the Black Image: An Examination of the Black Image in Film and the Social Construction of Blackness
      Mentor — Anthony Major

      Life and Health Sciences 

      Rebecca Boohaker, Biomedical Sciences PhD
      BAX Maintains Mitochondrial Bioenergetics in Colon Cancer Cells
      Mentor — Annette Khaled, PhD
      Co-authors — Ge Zhang; Adina Loosley Carlson, Kathleen Nemec, PhD and Annette Khaled, PhD 

      Carley Glass, Biomedical Sciences PhD
      Embryonic Stem Cells Overexpressing TIMP-1 and miR-1 Enhance Cardiac Repair and Regeneration in the Infarcted Myocardium
      Mentor and Co-author — Dinender Singla, PhD 

      Social Sciences

      Daniel Bowman, Public Affairs PhD, Criminal Justice PhD track
      Ready for Change? A Look at the Relationship Between Age and Readiness for Change in a Recently Incarcerated Population.
      Mentor —Roberto Potter, PhD
      Co-author — Ashley Reid

      Joanna Fletcher, Anthropology MA
      Monitoring the Applicability of Ground-Penetrating Radar on Detecting Shallow Graves Using Proxy Cadavers
      Mentor — John Schultz, PhD
      Co-authors — John Schultz, PhD and William Hawkins

      William Hawkins, Anthropology MA
      Monitoring the Long-Term Applicability of Ground-Penetrating Radar Using Proxy Cadavers
      Mentor — John Schultz, PhD
      Co-authors — John Schultz, PhD and Joanna Fletcher

      Tazeen Siddiqui, Public Affairs PhD
      The Average State of Global Basic Well-Being, from 2000 Through 2007, Is Unchanged or Worse
      Mentor — Thomas Wan, PhD 

  •    2010 Graduate Research Forum

    • The complete Graduate Research Forum proceedings from 2010, including abstracts (available only in the Interactive version) for all poster presentations can be found here.

      We are pleased to announce the Seventh Annual Graduate Research Forum Best in Category Award Winners. Awards given for best poster presentation in each category were selected based on feedback from a team of faculty judges.

      Please select the following links to see images from the Graduate Research Forum and the Student Research Week Breakfast.

      Best in Category Award Winners 2010

      Congratulations to the following winners:

      BUSINESS AND HOSPITALITY

      Robert Cascio
      The Effect of Marketing Innovation on Firm Performance: Construct Re-Conceptualization and Research Model
      Mentor — Jai Ganesh, PhD

      EDUCATION

      Janet Proly
      Exploring Students' Perception of Evidence-Based Practice
      Mentor — Barbara Ehren, EdD

      Kimberly Murza
      Speech-Language Pathologists' Adoption of a District-Wide Innovation
      Mentor — Barbara Ehren, EdD

      ENGINEERING, COMPUTER SCIENCE, OPTICS, PHYSICAL SCIENCES, MATHEMATICS, MODELING AND SIMULATION

      Calvin Stewart
      An Improved Anisotropic Tertiary Creep Damage Formulation
      Mentor — Ali P. Gordon, PhD

      Scott Keller
      An Experimental Routine for Delayed Stress Corrosion
      Mentor — Ali P. Gordon, PhD

      Jordan Anderson
      Fuel Cell Electrodes Modified with Pt/Au/ceria for the Oxidation of Methanol and Ethanol
      Mentor — Diego Diaz, PhD

      Othmane Benafan
      Design, Implementation and Testing of a Variable Length Heat Pipe Switch for Thermal Management on the Lunar Surface
      Mentor — Raj Vaidyanathan, PhD

      Juliet Norton
      Exploring Strategies and Guidelines for Developing Full Body Video Games Interfaces
      Mentor— Joseph LaViola, PhD and Charles Hughes, PhD

      FINE ARTS AND HUMANITIES

      David Moran
      Setting the Record Straight: An Ethnographic Case Study of the Local Gay History in Orlando, Florida
      Mentor — Natalie Underberg, PhD

      Brittany Kemp
      The Learned Ladies
      Mentor — Huaixiang Tan

      LIFE AND HEALTH SCIENCES

      Ethan Nash
      Co-Authors — Linda Walters, PhD; Eric Hoffman, PhD; Kimberly Schneider, PhD
      Can Mytella charruana, A Non-Native, Subtidal Mussel, Invade Florida's Intertidal Oyster Reefs?
      Mentor — Linda Walters, PhD

      Rosanna Tursi
      Co-Authors—Phillip Hughes and Eric Hoffman, PhD
      Taxonomic Status of the Endangered Lower Keys Marsh Rabbit, Sylvilagus palustris hefneri
      Mentor — Eric Hoffman, PhD

      SOCIAL SCIENCES

      Lauren Novack
      Sexual Dimorphism of the Posterior Pelvis of the Robert J. Terry Anatomical Collection and William M. Bass Donated Skeletal Collection
      Mentor — John Schultz, PhD

      Amy Larner Giroux
      Mea Familia: Ethnic Burial Identifiers in St. Michael's Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida
      Mentor — Diane Z. Chase, PhD

      Denise Crisafi
      The Response of Administrators and Instructors in the Orange County, Florida Public High School System to Dating Violence Prevention Programs: Recommendations for Program Development and Implementation
      Mentor — Jana Jasinski, PhD

  •    2009 Graduate Research Forum

    • The complete Graduate Research Forum proceedings from 2009, including abstracts (available only in the Interactive version) for all poster presentations can be found here.

      The Graduate Research Forum features poster displays representing UCF's diverse colleges and disciplines. Abstracts for all poster presentations are now available in the interactive version, see link above.

      The Research Forum is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty judges. Awards for best poster in each category are given and all participants receive recognition.

      A special thanks to all the presenters, volunteers, faculty and staff who made our Sixth Annual Graduate Research Forum a huge success!

      Best in Category Award Winners 2009

      We are pleased to announce the 2009 Sixth Annual Graduate Research Forum Best in Category Award Winners. Awards given for best poster presentation in each category were selected based on feedback from a team of faculty judges.

      Congratulations to the following winners:

      LIFE AND HEALTH SCIENCES

      Mary Beth Majerovic
      A Tale of Two Tactics: How Male Reproduction Is Influenced by Behavior and Physiology
      Mentor – Jane Waterman, PhD

      Melinda Donnelly
      Recruitment, Growth and Survival of the Exotic Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) at Resorted Mosquito Impoundments in Mosquito Lagoon, Florida
      Mentor – Linda Walters, PhD

      Katherine Grablow
      Co-authors: David Jenkins, PhD, Roberts Virnstein, Seagrass Ecosystems Analysts
      Recovery and Restoration of Halodule Wrightii Seagrass after Boat Propeller Scar Damage in Mosquito Lagoon, Florida
      Mentor – Linda Walters, PhD

      EDUCATION

      Janet L. Proly
      Co-authors: Jessica Rivers, Kara Delaney, Chad Nye, PhD, Jamie Schwartz, PhD
      Graphic Organizer Use with Elementary through Post-Secondary Students for Reading Comprehension of Expository Text
      Mentors – Chad Nye , PhD, Jamie Schwartz, PhD, Barbara Ehren, PhD

      Didem Akyuz
      Co-authors: Erhan Haciomeroglu, PhD, Sirin Coskun
      An Empirical Investigation into Prospective Teachers' Use of Different Representations
      Mentor – Erhan Haciomeroglu, PhD

      BUSINESS

      Jason Chen
      The Accuracy of Financial Report Projections of Environmental Capital Expenditures: A Second Look
      Mentors – Robin Roberts, PhD, Sean Robb, PhD

      FINE ARTS AND HUMANITIES

      Elizabeth Brendel
      Aphra Behn's “The Rover” A Study of Feminism and Class
      Mentor – Megan Alrutz, PhD

      ENGINEERING, COMPUTER SCIENCE, OPTICS, PHYSICAL SCIENCES, MATHEMATICS, MODELING AND SIMULATION

      Christopher Lorscher
      Co-authors: Aniket Bhattacharaya, PhD, Tapio Ala-Nissila Polymer Translocation Induced by a Bad Solvent
      Mentor - Aniket Bhattacharaya, PhD

      Scott Keller
      Critical Fracture Experiments of Mercury Liquid Embrittlement
      Mentor – Ali Gordon, PhD

      Hari Paudel
      Co-authors: Archana Dubey, PhD, R.H. Cheiber, Uppsala University Sweden, S.R. Badu, R.H. Pink, T.P. Das, SUNY Albany
      Test of Current Variational Procedures for Electronic Properties of Multi-Center Systems by Application to Atomic Systems
      Mentor – Archana Dubey, PhD

      Benjamin Pearman
      Co-authors: Nahid Mohajeri, PhD, Marianne Rodgers, PhD, Darlene Slattery, PhD;, Leonard Bonville, Russell Kunz, PhD, James Fenton, PhD Effect of Solvent on the Proton Conductivity of PFSA Membranes
      Mentors – Diego Diaz, PhD, Darlene Slattery, PhD

      SOCIAL SCIENCES

      Sarah Kindschuh
      Sex and Ancestory Detemination of the Hyoid of the Robert J. Terry Anatomical Collection
      Mentor – Tosha Dupras, PhD

      Cristina Berrios
      Co-Authors: Katrina Daniels, Valynn Sala-Diakanda, Claudine Hawthorne, Maria Augustin, Beverly Tuitt It Takes a Village: Building the Capacity of Community-Based Nonprofit Organizations
      Mentor – Naim Kapucu, PhD

      Gail Humiston
      Victim Services by Illinois Prosecutors: An Analysis of Loose Coupling
      Mentor – Karol Lucken, PhD

  •    2008 Graduate Research Forum

    • The complete Graduate Research Forum proceedings from 2008, including abstracts (available only in the Interactive version) for all poster presentations can be found here.

      The Graduate Research Forum features poster displays representing UCF's diverse colleges and disciplines. Abstracts for all poster presentations are now available in the interactive version, see link above.

      The Research Forum is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty judges. Awards for best poster in each category are given and all participants receive recognition.

      Best in Category Award Winners 2008

      We are pleased to announce the 2008 Fifth Annual Graduate Research Forum Best in Category Award Winners. Awards given for best poster presentation in each category were selected based on feedback from a team of faculty judges.

      Congratulations to the following winners:

      LIFE AND HEALTH SCIENCES

      Tonya Speight
      Quantifying Nesting Responses to Hurricane Erosion: A Unique Application of LiDAR Remote Sensing
      Mentor – John Weishampel, PhD

      Laurie Stark
      The Assessment of Cultural Diversity in Measuring Quality of Life in Women with Breast Cancer: A Literature Review
      Mentor – Angeline Bushy, RN, PhD

      Mary Beth Majerovic
      Consequences of Promiscuity on Ejaculate Characteristics and Immune Function
      Mentor - Jane Waterman, PhD

      EDUCATION

      Wendi M. Kappers
      Gender and Math Achievement When Utilizing Educational Video Games
      Mentor - Atsusi Hirumi, PhD

      Bridget Steele
      Undergraduate Students' Perceptions of Financial Literacy
      Mentor – Juli Dixon, PhD

      BUSINESS

      Robert Cascio
      The Effect of Security, Product Involvement, and Price Sensitivity on Online Retailer Satisfaction
      Mentor – Carolyn Massiah, PhD

      HUMANITIES

      Deborah Bauer
      Female Archetypes in Eighteenth-Century British Florida: Women and the Creation of Colonial Society on a Borderlands Frontier
      Mentor – Rosalind Beiler, PhD

      ENGINEERING, COMPUTER SCIENCE, OPTICS, PHYSICAL SCIENCES, MATHEMATICS, MODELING AND SIMULATION

      Xiong Liu
      A One Step Homogenous Immunoassay for Cancer Biomarker Detection Using Gold Nanoparticles Coupled with Dynamic Light Scattering Technique
      Mentor - Qun Huo, PhD

      Atul Asati
      Synthesis of Biocompatible Dextran-Coated Nanoceria with pH-dependent Antioxidant Properties
      Mentor – J.M. Perez, PhD

      Paul Stokes
      Local-gated Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Field Effect Transistors Assembled by AC Dielectrophoresis
      Mentor – Saiful Khondaker, PhD

      SOCIAL SCIENCES

      Ali Unlu
      Social Capital as a Preventive Measure in Response to Youth Substance Use
      Mentor – Naim Kapucu, PhD

      Toshio Murase
      Leadership Research Methodology: The State of the Science
      Mentor – Leslie DeChurch PhD

      Graham Cage
      The Caspian Sea's Key Position in International Terrorism
      Mentor – Houman Sadri, PhD

      Carol Thornson
      Perceived Instrumentality of an Intervention: How Important is Metacognitive Feedback
      Mentor - Robert Pritchard, PhD

      Elizabeth Wack
      Relationships between Video/Computer Game Play and Aspects of Psychosocial Functioning Among College-Aged Men
      Mentor – Stacey Tantleff-Dunn, PhD

      A special thanks to all the presenters who made our Fifth Annual Graduate Research Forum a huge success!

  •    2007 Graduate Research Forum

    • The complete Graduate Research Forum proceedings from 2007, including abstracts (available only in the Interactive version) for all poster and oral presentations, can be found here.

      Best in Category Award Winners 2007

      We are pleased to announce the 2007 Fourth Annual Graduate Research Forum Best in Category Award Winners. Awards given for best oral presentation and best poster presentation in each category were selected based on feedback from a team of faculty judges.

      Congratulations to the following winners:

      ORAL PRESENTATION

      BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT

      Amy Hageman
      Regional Diffusion Theory and the Adoption of Anti-PIC Statutes
      Mentor: Sean Robb, Ph.D.

      EDUCATION

      Jennifer Tobias
      Preservice and Inservice: Teachers' Understanding of Fractions
      Mentor: Juli Dixon, Ph.D.

      ENGINEERING, COMPUTER SCIENCE, OPTICS, PHYSICAL SCIENCES, MATHEMATICS, MODELING AND SIMULATION

      Subhaashree Sridharan
      Multi-Scale Instrumented Indentation Studies of Deformation in Zr-Based Bulk Metallic Glasses
      Mentor: Raj Vaidyanathan, Ph.D.

      FINE ARTS

      Laurie Melnik
      Applied Playwriting: Infusing Playwriting across Fourth Grade Curriculum
      Mentor: Megan Alrutz, Ph.D.

      HUMANITIES

      Alexandra Hill
      Dangerous Women in Elizabethan Popular Print
      Mentors: Elliott Vittes, Ph.D., David Boote, Ph.D.

      LIFE AND HEALTH SCIENCES

      Michelle Alvarez
      Age Determination: The Identification of Biological Age Using Messenger RNA Profiling Analysis
      Mentor: Jack Ballantyne, Ph.D.

      SOCIAL SCIENCES(Co-winners)

      Julia Fullick
      Goal Orientations and Traits: Illuminating the Effects of the Three-Factor Model of Goal Orientation on Personality Traits and Academic Performance
      Mentor: Kimberly Jentsch, Ph.D.

      Minna Grantham
      Ties That Bind: On Ethnic Culture Maintenance
      Mentor: Tracy Dietz, Ph.D.

      POSTER PRESENTATIONS

      BUSINESS, HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT AND HUMANITIES

      Monica Carpenter
      A Critical Literature Review of Technology and Travel Agents
      Mentor: Young Soo Choi, Ph.D.

      EDUCATION

      Deirdre Englehart
      Research on the Development of Science Teaching Ideas and Skills through an Undergraduate Course
      Mentor: Lynn Hartle, Ph.D.

      ENGINEERING, COMPUTER SCIENCE, OPTICS, PHYSCIAL SCIENCES, MATHEMTICS, MODELING AND SIMULATION(Co-winners)

      Jose Cunado
      Control and Stabilization of Tin-Doped Droplet for Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography
      Mentor: Qun Hoa, Ph.D.

      Luis Ono
      In-Situ Gas Phase Catalytic Properties of Size and Shape-Selected Gold Nanoparticle
      Mentor: Issa Batarseh, Ph.D.

      LIFE AND HEALTH SCIENCES

      Carlos Anderson
      Computer-Aided Identification of Individual Polar Bears
      Mentor: Jane Waterman, Ph.D.

      SOCIAL SCIENCES 

      Jacqueline Alfonso
      Using Feedback to Reduce Alcohol Use: A Meta-Analytic Review
      Mentor: Michael Dunn, Ph.D.


 

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