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RMC’s 3rd Annual Arts and Sciences Research Symposium set for April 15

BILLINGS, April 1, 2015 – Rocky Mountain College is honored to announce the 3rd annual Arts and Sciences Research Symposium, which will be held on April 15, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Fortin Auditorium (Room 102) of the Fortin Education Center on the RMC campus.

“This research symposium is a chance for undergraduates to present what they have learned through their research experiences,” said RMC’s Assistant Professor of Psychology Ambrin Masood. “It also provides a forum for students, faculty, and the public to discuss cutting-edge research topics.”

The RMC symposium will consist of two segments: an oral presentation, which will run from 12:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m., and a poster presentation, which will be held from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

“The symposium is unique this year, as our faculty will also be presenting their research,” added Professor Masood. She also explained that this year’s symposium will consist of 25 presentations, with more than 50 presenters.

The symposium includes research from all disciplines and allows students to learn from each other about a wide range of research topics. “Our research symposium is not only an event to celebrate and recognize the outstanding scholarly accomplishments of our faculty and students, it’s also a wonderful opportunity for our undergraduate students to meet peers and faculty from other disciplines and learn about how research is conducted,” said Professor Masood.

“All RMC undergraduate students and faculty are invited to attend, whether they are presenting their projects or are simply wanting to learn more about undergraduate research,” added Professor Masood. “Parents, friends, research mentors, and anyone else who is interested in undergraduate research are also invited to attend the symposium.”

The symposium will begin with opening remarks by RMC President Bob Wilmouth. The oral presentations will include the following research topics:

  • Dr. Derek Sjostrom (Geology): “Why Is the Gobi Dry? An Ongoing Study of the Cenozoic Climatic Evolution of Central Asia”
  • Aaron Timian, Jade Pierce, Sean Flynn, Annastacia Anderson, Tyler Kethley, and Mathew Ruppenthal (with mentor Dr. Luke Ward, Environmental Science/Environmental Management & Policy): “Land Cover Change, Fire, and Urbanization in Montana – A Remote Sensing Perspective”
  • Anne Wylie, Payton Robertson, Sky Gabel, Paytyne Leischner (with mentors Dr. Cristi Hunnes, Dr. Faraz Masood, Amanda Crandall, and Dr. Ambrin Masood, Biology, Billings Clinic & Psychology): “The Effect of Substance Abuse Education on Crow Middle School Youth”
  • Jakota Schatz (with mentor Professor Susan Duncan, Sociology): “Does Personality Matter: An Examination Personality and Its Influences on Social Media Use”
  • Michaela Shifley (with mentor Professor Susan Duncan, Sociology): “Ideal Beauty: Factors Affecting Body Image at Rocky Mountain College”
  • Dr. Emily Geraghty Ward (Geology): “A Collaborative Approach to the Design of Place-Based Geoscience Assessment”
  • Blake Brightman and Sean Flynn (with mentors Dr. Luke Ward, Dr. Megan Poulette, and Professor Kayhan Ostovar): “Surveying for Rare and Elusive Carnivores in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Montana”
  • Caitrin Smith (with mentors Dr. Tim Lehman, Professor Susan Duncan, and Dr. Stephen Germic, History and Political Science): “Intersectionality and Revolutionary Socialism: Class Consciousness in an Era of Reform”
  • Linnea Warlick (with mentor Professor Kayhan Ostovar, Biology and Environmental Science): “Osprey Hematological Study”
  • Blake Brightman and Renee Seacor (with mentors Dr. Tim Lehman and Dr. David Strong, History and Environmental Studies): “Historical Bounty Records of Grey Wolf and Other Predators in the State of Montana”
  • Dr. Holly Basta (Biology): “Discovery and Characterization of Viruses”
  • Dr. Gavin Kirton (Chemistry and Chemical Biology): “Photochromic Molecules and Nanoparticles: Coatings, Writing With Silver Particles, and Novel Detergents Controlled by UV Light Activation”
  • Maryrose Milkovich (with mentors Dr. Tim Lehmen and Dr. Matthew O’Gara, History and Political Science): “Abandoning the American Revolution: The Structure of the American Constitution and Its Reversal of the Spirit of the American Revolution”
  • Josiah Hamilton (with mentor Dr. Holly Basta, Biology): “Enterovirus D-68”
  • Daniel Parod (with mentors Dr. Toby Anderson and Dr. Ulrich Hoensch, Physics): “Playing Dice With God”

The Poster Presentations will include the following research topics:

  • Dan Bentley, Jacob Gosman, Stacy Hendricks, Kyler Johnson (with mentors Dr. Derek Sjostrom and Dr. Emily Geraghty Ward, Geology): “Stratigraphic Correlation and Fracture Analysis of the Northern Bighorn Basin, Montana”
  • Daniel Kuske and Mallory Kelley (with mentor Dr. Holly Basta, Biology): “Biochemical and Functional Characterization of a Potential 2’, 3’-cyclic-nucleotide 3’-phosphodiesterase (CNPase) Found in Tumorigenic Fish Retroviruses”
  • Stephen Torna and Josiah Hamilton (with mentor Dr. Holly Basta, Biology): “Sequencing and Characterization of Canine Viruses”
  • Bobbi Parod (with mentor Professor Susan Duncan, Sociology): “The Effect of Working While in College on Academic Success"
  • Baylee Ostrom (with mentor Professor Amy Neuman, Equestrian Studies): “Equine Osteochondrosis Dissecans”
  • Keturah Stahl (with mentor Dr. Ambrin Masood, Psychology): “Personality Traits of Prosecuting Attorneys as Assessed by MBTI”
  • Kaitlyn McAdams (with mentor Dr. Ambrin Masood, Psychology): “An Observational Case Study Examining a Child With the Co-Morbid Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Prenatal Methamphetamine Exposure”
  • Tiffanie Pope (with mentor Dr. Ambrin Masood, Psychology): “A Child’s Understanding of Their Diagnosis: Doctor Versus Child Life Specialist”
  • Sonya Stahl (with mentor Dr. Ambrin Masood, Psychology): “Assessment of the Personality Preferences of Supervised Criminal Offenders Within the Billings Community”
  • Alexander Orokotan (with mentor Dr. Ambrin Masood, Psychology): “Adolescent’s Internet Usage & Level of Respect for their Parents/Guardians.”