"The 15th Annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum"

Uploaded by OhioStateUniversity on 14.05.2010

This is the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, now in its fifteenth year
and this is a forum for students in all areas of research to present their work.
We have 540 students this year. They present a poster, they have three judges
and the judges will come around and ask them really probing question about
why is their research important, why should taxpayers support this work,
and they're in all different areas. Some of them are in arts and humanities, they're in
business, education, sociology, health science,
engineering, all the areas represented at Ohio State, which makes it
a really nice encapsulation of everything that's going on at Ohio State.
My project is about trying to prove that it's possible
to create a purely universal logical engine.
My project is on the economic impact of emissions caps on
PHEV's, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. --The function of the three-prong UTR and the lunatic fringe gene for MRNA stability.
--Landfills, local resistance
to landfills, and Appalachian Ohio. -- To understand how Islamic law
or Sharea came about, evolved, and impacted Muslims
and Muslim society. (Vibraphone being played.)
--My project deals with creating a new computer interface
for the vibraphone.
As I push harder down on the pedal I can get a faster motor speed.
And I can control this in live performance.
--Our research is about taking the athleticism and rigor we personally found in training in Europe
and applying it to our current investigation in choreography.
--We actually started in the summer of 2008, so we've been going for two summers. We got the Undergraduate Research Scholarship to go
back again this past summer. -- I'm interested in the problems that prevent women from
getting healthcare services during pregnancy and childbirth, in particular in east
Africa and Tanzania. This is actually the third time that I was able to go to Tanzania.
And because of the research project, I was able to apply for a lot of grants through
various different departments and the undergraduate research office, their summer
research scholarship paid for the trip completely and really made this project
completely possible. -- The summer after my sophomore year, I did a project in
Panama, at a field station called the Institute for Tropical Ecology
and Conservation, and I got to spend a month there, studying monkeys out in the jungle.
which was really exciting. I'm going to grad school for primatology, and as a
student and as a professor, that's what I will do, and so it really
gave me a chance to experience this and decide, you know, is that what I want to do for the rest of my life, and I decided that it was.
--I looked at the American reaction to the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslavakia.
--So I basically encapsulated the enzyme lactaze in
algae so that it could be consumed, for people who are lactose intolerant.
-- I've been working in Dr. Tatiana Oberyszyn's skin cancer research lab for the past three years.
I've been working on this project on the effect of dietary Vitamin D on UVB
induced skin inflammation and carcinogenises for two and a half years, so this is my honors thesis.
--I conducted my research while living in New York City and interning at the
Late Show with David Letterman. I've since been hired on staff there, so I now live in New York
City full-time, but I came back to present my research here in Columbus. -- I'm a student at Metro High School
and I already have 60 credit hours at Ohio State
and I found my own place to do research
at Ohio State and I got involved and I'm really loving it.
I love being able to present at things like this. -- I love research because it allows
me to ask questions. You're open to opportunities that you
never dreamed before, going to other conferences
things like that. Working closely with faculty, getting
practice for graduate school, what research is like, how to be confident
in your data and in your results.
--The first thing you recognize is the quality of the student here. They really learn communication skills, I mean,
to be able to present like they are out there and go through something
and explain to somebody who knows nothing about what they're talking about, in enough clarity
that I really understood what they were trying to do,
how they were doing it, what the value of the research was. I think it's
understanding teamwork, it's understanding how I work
together with other people, how I work together with my advisor,
the value of investing in these kind of relationships.
All those things are things you don't learn in the classroom.