A Phenominal Presentation: The College of Math and Science holds student poster symposium

Megan Conley, Staff Writer

On April 23, the halls of Crain Science Building came alive with students and faculty, as students of the college of math and science presented research projects they have been working on all semester.

The students picked topics and worked to gather research, perform an experiment and then present their findings to peers and professors.

With topics ranging from germ growth to love and relationships, students presented a unique outlook on their topics, and their hard work was clearly shown. 

We chose the topic that we did because we already isolated and did some tests on the bacterium. We were curious as to if we did DNA sequencing if we would get different results.
We did traditional methods of identifying bacteria, and we did a DNA sequencing test. We found that by doing DNA sequencing we got better results in less time.
There’s more organisms that we don’t know about than what we do know about, so this can be used whenever we find a new organism to help relate it to something else that we do know about.
— Samuel Helms, Biology Major
My project was birth order and if it has any effects on romantic relationships. It didn’t affect any significance; birth order does not affect a person’s jealousy, it doesn’t affect their attachment style and it doesn’t affect their love style. But the most interesting thing I found is that ludus, which is the game-playing love, was the highest scoring out of all the six love styles. I’m interested in being a marriage and family counseler, so romantic relationships are definitely something that I’m interested in.
— Rachel Gause, Psychology Major
I looked at materialism as a value, but some researchers have looked at it as a personality trait, and other people look at it as a part of a person’s values. Researchers say that a person who is high in materialism would be high in neuroticism and low in agreeableness. I surveyed 68 students with a survey on materialism and on personality types, and I was able to find that the students who were higher in materialism were lower in agreeableness and lower in conscientiousness.
— Carrie-Frances Daniel, Psychology Major
Tea tree oil is used in a lot of personal care products and healthcare products now, so I wanted to see if its antimicrobial properties were comparable to alcohol when used as the main ingredient in hand sanitizer. So it was actually more effective, as there was less microbial growth with the tea tree oil than with the Germ-X. This is good for the industry because you only had to use a very small amount of the oil as compared to the alcohol. It was mostly aloe, which is better for your skin. So students can make their own hand sanitizer with tea tree oil, aloe, and witch hazel.
— Taylor Crow, Biology Major
We just wanted to see if we could build a solar panel and see if we could figure out if we could power a small apartment and figure out how much power we would need for a day. We built the solar panels, and we figured out that each panel would produce 18 volts and .15 amps, so what we calculated was that you would need 25 solar panels to run the apartment. These panels run about $100 each to build, depending on what type of materials you use. This would be a good option for people with low income, maybe over a period of time this would pay off because it would decrease their power bill.
— Jacob Carr and Seth Smith, Biology Majors
In my social psychology class, we had to do this exercise in our book that tested us on hindsight bias, and I learned that I was using hindsight bias constantly. So I wanted to see if everyone else would be using hindsight bias too. I found that 21 out of 27 people used hindsight bias on one of the statements, and 23 out of 27 people used it on the other statement. This could definitely help people learn from their mistakes because some of the researchers said we should explain how outcomes didn’t happen that haven’t happened yet to see if that counteracts hindsight bias.
— Kari Martin, Psychology Major