2024 Research in the Capitol

Research in the Capitol is a collaborative effort of the honors programs from the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. In the spring of every year, the three Regents universities send 20 students to provide poster presentations of undergraduate research. The event celebrates how undergraduates learn by doing research in a variety of fields.

This event is hosted by the University Honors Program, but all UNI students were eligible to participate. The Research in the Capitol 2024 event was held on March 25, 2024.

To view the collection of past Research in the Capitol Programs, click here. 2024 program (pdf).

To view the collection of Photo Galleries from the Research in the Capitol events, click here

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2024
Monday, March 25th
11:45 AM

Characterization of mtDNA Minicircles in a Chewing Louse, Geomydoecus centralis

John Lehmkuhl, University of Northern Iowa
Grace Mraz, University of Northern Iowa
James W. Demastes, University of Northern Iowa
Theresa A. Spradling, University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Connecting the Dots: Analysis of Teachers' Questions during Dot and Number Talks​

Raider Taylor, University of Northern Iowa
Megan Carlson, University of Northern Iowa
Kimberly Conner, University of Northern Iowa
Candace Joswick, University of Texas at Arlington
Brandon McMillan, Brigham Young University

Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Empathy, Education, & Empowerment: Reflections on the World of Dementia

Samantha Heyer, University of Northern Iowa
Jordan Neely, University of Northern Iowa
Sarah Stegge, University of Northern Iowa
Elaine M. Eshbaugh

Open Access Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Enhanced Head Immobilization for Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

Ashley Harrington, University of Northern Iowa
Kip Matthews, Louisiana State University
Daniel Neck, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
Connel Chu, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Entrance to Entrance: A Hunt for Astrobiological Analogs at Wind Cave

Jacqueline Heggen, University of Northern Iowa
Evelyn Lopez, University of Northern Iowa
Joshua Sebree, University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Examining the Credibility of Social Media Posts

MaKayla L. Hall, University of Northern Iowa
Jordan A. Neely, University of Northern Iowa
Helen C. Harton, University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Gender Socialization and Social Media in College Students' Fear of Crime

Ashlyn Miller, University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

I Failed My Brother: How Online Radicalization Affects the Family Unit

Serenity Kollasch, University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

iBrush: An automated method to detect toothbrushing activity

Blake Schleter, University of Northern Iowa
Marina Avdonina, University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Preventing Injuries in Violinists and Violists Through Body Awareness and Appropriate Set-Up

Stephanie Ramos, University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Redefining 21st Century Evangelicalism

Anna McDowell, University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Senatorial Behavior in Recent Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

Alex Perrin, University of Northern Iowa
Donna Hoffman, University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

“Sit Still, Look Pretty to Survive”: An Analysis of The Hunger Games Trilogy

Bryleigh De Jong, University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Small Business Burnout: Reversing the Entrepreneurial Burnout

Adele Kuruppu, University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

The Impact of COVID-19 Related Stress on Parenting and Community Engagement in a Small Iowa Community

Danny Trip, University of Northern Iowa
Savanna Farley, University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Unearthing UNI's First Football Stadium

Hannah Huffman, University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Using GIS to Evaluate Habitat Connectivity Among the Pollinator Conservation Reserve Program Restorations

Ethan Dickey, University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM