Local students featured in IUPUC research exhibition

The Office of Student Research at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus is holding its 12th annual Student Research Exhibition.

It’s set for 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the student commons at the Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave., Columbus. The exhibition brings together the work of 16 students and eight faculty mentors to showcase 10 research projects selected for the academic year.

Each student-faculty team receives up to a $1,000 grant from the Office of Student Research to fund their project. To earn a grant, students submitted detailed project proposals, passed a rigorous vetting process by a review committee and then completed their projects with direction and guidance from a faculty mentor.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Projects with Jackson County ties include:

Christian Litsey of Seymour along with Olivia Brown and Sarah Kendall of Columbus and Margaret Carson of Elizabethtown: “Sylvia Plath in the 21st Century Undergraduate Classroom.” This project looks at the relevancy in studying Plath in the 21st century literary studies classroom. In examining the famous author with different academic lenses, including through a trauma studies lens and gynocritical approach to her life and works, a greater sense of her impact on the legacy of English literature in the late 20th/early 21st century can be examined and appreciated. Faculty mentor was Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick.

Lauren Pauley of Brownstown: “My Story: Corporate Scandal Survey.” Understanding the effects that scandals have on business successfulness and the relationship between the business and the customer is an important part of being an educated businessperson and consumer. Conducting a survey that collects data regarding corporate scandals is a great way to learn more about the human response to a scandal. Once the survey is completed, the results will be graphed, which will make it simple to test our hypothesis that different demographic factors affect the response to a specific type of scandal. Faculty mentor was Jon Padfield.

Andrew McGinnis of Brownstown: “Design of a Driver Gear System for Incessant Feeding of Fiber in Additive Manufacturing of Continuous Fiber Reinforced Composites.” The goal of this project is to design a driver gear system for a 3D printer that will allow for continuous fiber composite printing. This gear system will allow a more consistent fiber integration in the filament. Faculty mentor was Mohammed Noor-A-Alam.

Christian Litsey of Seymour and Ethan Montgomery of Freetown along with Dalton Ferguson of Commiskey and Cynthia Scott of Columbus: “What Are You Going to Do with That Degree: Alternative Prompts for English Capstone Reflection.” This project is a metacognitive reflection on the idea of what the English Capstone means. By drawing on student experiences in the English program, this project looks at not only how students have applied knowledge during their time at IUPUC but also how students will take this knowledge into the next phase of their lives post-graduation. Faculty mentor was Katherine Wills.

For information about the Office of Student Research or the exhibition, contact Goodspeed-Chadwick at 812-348-7270 or [email protected]