Undergraduate Student Conference Presentations

Undergraduate Publications

Faculty at UIS include undergraduate students as collaborators in their research, scholarly, and creative activities. These activities embody the value of an #ExperienceEngaged education as described in the UIS Strategic Compass. The outputs of these scholarly activities include professional presentations at local, regional, national, and international conferences. Undergraduate students are also co-authors on professional publications, as described in the Star Scholars blog. Below are listed some recent publications featuring UIS students and faculty.

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Bartke A and Quainoo N (2018) Impact of Growth Hormone-Related Mutations on Mammalian Aging. Front. Genet. 9:586. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2018.00586


Walsh, B., Kabat-Farr, D., Matthews, R., & Schulte, B.* (2019). Can we select for respect in academe? Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 12(4), 405-407. doi:10.1017/iop.2019.77


McCollum, B., Morsch, L., Pinder, C.*, Ripley, I., Skagen, D., & Wentzel, M. (2019). Multi-dimensional trust between partners for international online collaborative learning in the Third Space. International Journal for Students As Partners, 3(1), 50-59. https://doi.org/10.15173/ijsap.v3i1.3730

Computer Science

Loui R, Dozier D, Barber E, Harish J. Auralization of process and port status using program binaries to generate semantically meaningful non-fatiguing noise as canonical sound signals. 2015 IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology (EIT) 2015: 466-471. DOI: 10.1109/EIT.2015.7293430

Lucas Vespa and Alex Bauman, Comprehensive Branch Elimination for GPU Accelerated Biomedical Applications, The ASE BioMedCom Conference, (BioMedCom ’14), 2014.

Matthew Dean and Lucas Vespa, Simplified Network Traffic Visualization for Real-Time Security Analysis, The International Conference on Security and Management (SAM ’13), 2013.

Lucas Vespa, Alexander Bauman, Jenny Wells, Algorithm Flattening: Complete branch elimination for GPU requires a paradigm shift from CPU thinking, The IEEE International Conference on High-Performance Extreme Computing (HPEC ‘15), 2015. (Sept)

Lucas Vespa, Alexander Bauman, Jenny Wells, Algorithm Flattening: Complete branch elimination for GPU requires a paradigm shift from CPU thinking, The IEEE International Conference on High-Performance Extreme Computing (HPEC ‘15), 2015.


2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

For the first time, UIS sent a contingent of students to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. The 28th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research is a program of the Council on Undergraduate Research and was held at the University of Kentucky April 3-5, 2014. Students were selected to submit abstracts from UIS in a competitive process by the Undergraduate Research Steering Committee. All seven students were accepted by the national conference committee. The students represented multiple programs and colleges. Jesse Britz, a chemistry major, studied the use of iron nanoparticles for removing nitrate pollutants with Dr. Keenan Dungey. Nathan Hoyle used geographic information systems to map tree diversity on campus with Environmental Studies professor Dr. Dennis Ruez. Wesley Hill, a psychology major, worked with Dr. Carrie Switzer to study the spread of urban legends. Sophia Pham, a chemistry major working with biology professor Dr. Hua Chen, studied the greenhouse gases at Emiquon. Two students will present from the research group of Dr. Frances Shen in psychology. Brittany Sievers studied the role of religious commitment in college student stress. Brianna Werner studied the perceptions of the college experience by veterans. Nicholas Decker, a biology major, explored enzyme inhibitors with chemistry professor Dr. Layne Morsch.