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13 February 2009


College of Arts and Sciences
Holds Student Research Symposium

The College of Arts and Sciences held its annual student research symposium on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 10 and 11, on the eleventh floor of Houston Cole Library. Over thirty presentations of student research were presented and judged.

The following winners were selected by the judges from among the presentations:

- Falynn Cartmill (Jan Case, mentor), Mathematics, "Success Rate of JSU Transfer Students vs. Native Students;"
- Kristin Shirey (James Rayburn, mentor), Biology,"Toxicity of Venom from Two Tarantula Species;"
- Jennifer Brown (Nixon Mwebi, mentor), Physical and Earth Sciences, "Effect of Padding Milk on the Antioxidant Potential of Teas;"
- Kayla Ogura (Heidi Dempsey, mentor), Psychology, "Can Self Efficacy and Social Support Serve as Buffers of College Related Stress and Distress;" and
- Johnna Traffanstedt (Nancy Stewart, mentor), Social Work, "Organizational Climate Project."

Also, the winners of the program cover design competition received an award. These students were Paige Jenkins, Amanda Crawford, Jonathan Taylor, and Jonathan Schmidt. Winners received their awards at a 4:30 awards ceremony on Wednesday.

The College of Arts and Sciences Student Research Symposium, begun in 1995, provides an opportunity to highlight the research and creative activities of students in all departments within the college and to publicly acknowledge the best work of students in the college. This year's symposium committee, chaired by Jan Case of the Department of Mathematical, Computing and Information Sciences, included David Thornton (MCIS),Gloria Horton (English), Karen Henricks (Art), Ron Mellen (Criminal Justice), Eryn Oft (Music), Heidi Dempsey (Psychology), Gena Christopher (English), Monic Trifas (MCIS), Nagarajan Vasumathi (Physical and Earth Sciences), and Valene Singleton (College of Arts and Sciences).

Congratulations to all those who participated in this year's symposium.


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