Student Poster Presentations

Posters will be available for viewing throughout the day at the Kelly Library. Students will be present to talk about their work at the times indicated by their names.


The Effect of Authoritarianism and Emotional Intelligence on the Interpretation of Fake News Articles
Jenna Viar (9 am)
My research will provide a look into the interpretation of “fake news.” In this age of easy Internet accessibility, there are countless articles which spread false information or extremely biased views from unreliable websites. I will be measuring participants’ ability to identify this false or extremely biased news. I will also be identifying whether the individuals’ level of authoritarianism as well as emotional intelligence correlate with their ability to identify these articles.

The Effects of Music and Ambient Noise on a Quantitative Productivity Task
Brandon Minton (9 am)
My project will be an examination of the effects that listening to music or ambient noise have on how well students perform in a quantitatively-geared task (a math placement examination) compared to how students do with no noise or music. It will involve the completion of the math exam, a math anxiety questionnaire, and the measuring of heart rate and blood pressure both before and after the exam to indicate the level of stress.

El Queso de Don Quixote en su Mundo Ideal y el Impacto Hoy
Brice Quillen (10 am)
This project is a map of the route Don Quixote took through Spain and a short description of how his story impacted literature and how his route still impacts the tourist economy in Spain today.

Music, Mood and Creativity
Emily Smith (10 am)
The project focuses on the impact of music and mood on individuals’ creativity. Opposed to previous research examining classical music on creative performance and mood, this study examines the influence of classical, jazz, and participants’ preferred genre. In addition to this, participants’ moods are gauged in order to determine whether they correlate with creativity scores, as well as whether the music has an effect on their moods. These musical groups will also be compared to a control group that did not listen to music while completing mood and creativity assessments.

Stigmatization of Mental Health Problems in Gender-Typical and Gender-Atypical Disorders
Skyla Renner (10 am)
According to Johnstone (2001), “people suffering from mental illness and other mental health problems are among the most stigmatized, discriminated against, marginalized, disadvantaged, and vulnerable members of our society.” Throughout history, individuals with mental illness have been viewed as flawed in terms of character, competence, and morals (Overton & Medina, 2008). For the purpose of the present study stigma is defined as “undesirable characteristics linked to mental illness and the adverse cognitive and behavioral consequences” (Markowitz, 1998). Stigma could prevent individuals from seeking mental health care because they fear the label attached to a mental health diagnosis. Wirth and Bodenhausen (2009) found that individuals with gender-atypical mental disorders may be less stigmatized than individuals with gender-typical disorders. Because Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is more prevalent among women, they would experience greater stigmatization than men with the same symptoms. Furthermore, individuals with mental illnesses with clear biological origins are more likely to be accepted than those with disorders perceived as caused by “bad character” (Martin et al., 2000). The purpose of the present study was to investigate mental illness stigma and whether gender stereotypes play a role in the level of stigmatization of certain mental health diagnoses.

Physics 121 Semester Project: Building an EMP Resistant Radio
Madison Jackson, Dakota Morris, Eric Torres, Joshua Benson, William Reagan, Samuel Lewis (9 am)
The objective of this semester’s project in Engineering Science is to create a radio that can withstand an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and is both affordable and usable by the public. This project would benefit and protect citizens of a country in the chance of an EMP blast. The blast range of an EMP can reach distances of two hundred and fifty miles, so the radio needs to be able to reach areas outside of the affected area. The radio will need to have at least half a watt of power to work properly. The frequencies for this short-wave radio will range from 1.6-30 megahertz. The weight allows it to be portable.  The radio shielding will need to be able to last for five minutes and be able to withstand an EMP. The radio will cost less than fifty dollars to manufacture. It will be simple to use by the public and have no specific storing instructions. By following these specifications the average household will be able to afford and operate the radio.
The importance of the radio stems from the increase in possibility of an EMP.  The EMP will destroy unprotected electronic devices, which includes many, if not all of the modern electronics we use and depend on daily.  By having this receiver in a tragic event communication becomes essential and possible. Another importance is typically after a tragic event the first thing a family does is contact each other to ensure everyone is safe, so this will make contacting family possible.

Foundations Courses

These student projects explore many variables related to positive experience. In doing so it is hoped that a better understanding of their interactions would shed light on the dynamic and flexible nature of experiences related to happiness. With this being a big data project, it is expected the interactive nature of these constructs will be better understood as they relate to each individual. Data was collected over a 4 week period, with measurable constructs including well-being, happy experience, empathy, logical reasoning, resilience, hope, temperament, self-control, perseverance, and entitlement. All participants were provided a hyperlink for each of the four phases and given one week to complete each phase. Students were free to choose variables of interest to form their hypotheses, which are identified in the title of each submission. The research here is a reflection of many discussion topics in class, where we have focused on identifying common societal misconceptions with the intentions of providing some evidence regarding the true nature of happiness.

Income, Gender and Entitlement
Cecil Parham and Matthew Horton (9 am)

Perseverance, Resilience and Happiness
Garry Rife and Ben Ritterbusch (9 am)

Empathy, Happiness and Entitlement
John Andrews and Marie Mitchell (9 am)

Happiness, Gender Differences and Relationship Status
Kara Stewart and Ashley Childress (10 am)

Self-Control and Happiness
Montrel Phillips and Gaige Giger (10 am)

Hope, Logic and Happiness
Tyler Waterrings and Richard Fishwick (10 am)

Environmental Monitoring- Environmental Science 200 class
Lead Analysis in Soil Surrounding Historic E&H Buildings—Carriger and Matthews Halls: Tori Holmberg and Allison Singleton (9am)
Water Quality Monitoring at the Bartlett-Crowe Field Station: Mackenzie Belimam and Nicolas Kidd (9am)
Lead Analysis in Soil Surrounding Historic E&H Buildings - Stuart Hall: Ethan Cave, Rafe Hagee, and Jeremiah Severn (10am)
Water Quality Monitoring in Hall Creek on the Emory & Henry Main Campus: Natalia Seitzer and Ben Westphalen (10am)