2011 Fulton Conference Overhead.JPGA Quick Look at the 2012 Fulton Conference

by Christina Hansen

With student representatives from all nine departments of the college, the 2012 annual Mary Lou Fulton Mentored Research Conference on April 5 showcased more than 220 posters with the latest student research. Many of the projects displayed were completed for classes, while others students worked on their projects separately with a mentoring professor.

Joseph Seeley, a history major, said, “This is a really neat opportunity for students to present their research – to make what we do at the library or in the classroom more presentable to the student body.” Seeley conducted his research on how tigers are perceived differently depending on the culture. Using newspapers, official documents, and images, he discovered that historically in Japan tigers were symbols of fear.

Ashley Kuroiwa, a psychology student, investigated whether there is a correlation between personality and preference for a PC or a Mac computer. She found that while there wasn’t a significant correlation between personality and computer preference, the majority of people own PCs but would prefer a Mac if they had a higher income level. “This was my first experience conducting research,” Kuroiwa said. “It was fun because we got to do our own thing. There was a lot of freedom in it, and we got to use a lot of creativity.”

Natalie Gilbert, a social work student, presented a project she had been working on for a year. Titled, “All the Single Ladies: Influence of Attachment on Female Dating Styles,” Gilbert’s poster described three dating styles women frequently fall into. The “Leaky Buckets” as Gilbert described them, are often flirtatious and enter into relationships easily. “I imagine they have a bucket that they’re constantly needing to fill with validation,” Gilbert said. The second group, called the “Lock and Key,” is much more hesitant to enter into a relationship. “They’re looking for just the right fit,” Gilbert explained. The third group she called “Add Water and Stir.” Gilbert explained, “They are very confident that they can form a relationship that will work out.”

Joseph Bryce, an anthropology student, displayed the work he completed this past year with the anthropology program. Each summer a group of students excavates a site called Wolf Village, and then the students spend the fall and summer compiling their findings. “We each focus on a different thing,” Bryce explained. “We each ask our own question, and we each do the research. It’s a really good opportunity.”

At the luncheon held in honor of the students and their mentors, anthropology professor John Hawkins encouraged students to continue in their academic efforts. “This is the beginning of your work – not to stop, but to push forward,” Hawkins said. He encouraged students to become familiar with the literature associated with their area of research and to then transform their research into a paper that could be presented at a professional conference and published in a scholarly journal. “Don’t go it alone,” Hawkins advised students. Hawkins encouraged students to continue working with professors as mentors and to attend a graduate school where there is a professor interested in their area of research.

Poster Winners of the 2012 Fulton Conference


Department Place Student(s) Mentor(s) Poster Title
Anthropology (Archaeology) 1st Shannon Wood Paul  Stavast    Dating a Mummy:  Determining Background on Museum Objects With No Provenience
  2nd Joseph Bryce James R. Allison    Pottery: Pieces of the Past
Anthropology (Sociocultural) 1st Hillary M Laga Jacob Hickman Food and Identity: The Tension Between Tradition and Modernity in New Order Amish Culture
Economics 1st  Jeffrey M Swigert Joseph  Price Within-Family Variation in Obesity
Geography 1st  Nathan Gill and Joseph Naylor Matt Bekker Dendroclimatology and Streamflow Along the Wasatch Front
History 1st  Joseph Seeley and Kyle Stewart Aaron Skabelund Adversary of Empire, Tigers in the Japanese Imperial Imagination
  2nd Nick James Vigil Donald Harreld Conversion by Proof: Matteo Ricci's Scientific Approach to Evangelization
Neuroscience 1st  Samuel I. Shin Scott Steffensen, Donovan E. Fleming, and David D. Busath Connexin-36 knock-out mice have higher thresholds for kindled seizures:  Role of GABA-mediated recurrent inhibition in the dentate gyrus
Political Science 1st  Jordan Lee Rogers Quin Monson, Chris Karpowitz Framing Effects on Voters vs. Elected Officials 
  2nd Robert Miles Richards Jay Goodliffe Divisive Primaries and Sore Losers: Democratic Primary Donor Retention in the General Election
  2nd Spencer Liebel, Joseph Fair
Michael  Larson How Does Negative Affect Impact Cognitive Rehabilitation After Traumatic Brain Injury?
  3rd  Whitney Anne Worsham Michael  Larson, Mikle South ERP and Emotion Differentiation in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  4th  Trent Craig Simmons, Isaac Aldous James Dee Higley    Mu Opioid Genotype x Rearing x Sex Effects on Aggression and Antisocial Behavior During Social Challenge in Rhesus Macaques (Macaca Mulatta)
School of Family Life 1st  Gregory Vann Nichols Laura Padilla-Walker, Larry Nelson Hovering Parents: Is helicopter parenting a unique form of parental control?
  2nd Margaret Malmberg, Samantha Egan, Rebecca Balinski, Alice Carpenter, Melinda Cummings Sarah Coyne Dishonesty In Media: As True As It Seems?
  3rd  Carrolyn Ann McMurdie Sarah Coyne When the Next Level is Actually a Step Backwards: Exploring the Relationship Between Video Games, Perseverance, and School Engagement 
  4th Adam Michael Farero Brian Willoughby The Impact of Sexual Desire Discrepancy on Marriage
Sociology 1st  Hayley Marie Heath Renata Forste    Attitudes about Educating Girls and Internet Use in Southeast Asia
  2nd Bryson Jones Stephen Bahr    Television Media Consumption: Measuring Attitudinal Levels Towards Capital Punishment


Department Place Student(s) Mentor(s) Poster Title
Psychology 1st Thomas Jeffrey Farrer, R. Brock Frost Dawson Hedges Traumatic Brain Injury Among Juvenile Offenders: A Meta-Analysis
Public Policy 1st  Katherine C Kitterman Jay Goodliffe    What determines happiness?
  2nd Christopher M McClelland Jay Goodliffe    Commuting Decisions: How Number of Automobiles Affects Mode of Transportation
School of Family Life 1st  Keitaro Yoshida Jeremy Yorgason, Dean Busby Should We Talk About It?: A Latent Growth Curve Analysis of the Changes in Destructive Communication
  2nd Hayley Maria Holladay Erin Holmes Does Paternal Sensitivity Mediate the Effect of Paternal Depression on Preschooler Cognition?
  3rd Carly Thornock Jeff Hill Routines and Rituals in Place: A Qualitative Examination of Where Families Bond
Social Work 1st  Todd M. Jensen Kevin Shafer Why is My New Marriage Failing?": Former Spouse Ties and Remarital Quality and Effort"
  2nd Jonathan R. Padilla Gordon Limb Spirtuality, Emotional Supportiveness, and Positive Co-Parenting Among Urban American Indian Families
Sociology 1st  Leila Jussara Nielsen Joseph Olsen, Kristie Phillips Examining the Effects of High School Racial Integration and College Attendance in One Southern School District