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14 Undergraduates Win Oswald Awards

By Gail Hairston

Fourteen University of Kentucky undergraduate students -- one sophomore, two juniors and 11 seniors -- were recently awarded with Oswald Research and Creativity Program awards by the Office of Undergraduate Research.  

Students submitted research posters in six categories -- Biological Sciences; Design, including architecture, landscape architecture and interior design; Fine Arts, including film, music, photography, painting and sculpture; Humanities, from creative and critical-research approaches; Physical and Engineering Sciences; and Social Sciences. Winners in each category received $350; second place finishers received $200.

The 2017 winners were:

Biological Sciences

First Place: Grant Boggess, a senior majoring in materials engineering and mechanical engineering

Project Title: “Neuromuscular Compensatory Strategies Are Maintained at the Lumbar Joint and Knee Following an ACL Reconstruction:

Second Place: Marie Noel, a senior majoring in animal science and equine science

Project Title: “Accuracy and precision of Mini-FLOTAC and McMaster techniques for determining equine strongyle egg counts”


First Place: William Greene, a senior majoring in landscape architecture

Project Title: “Walter Bradley Park Design Proposal”

Second Place: Emily Preece, a senior majoring in interior design

Project Title: “Flux”

Fine Arts

First Place: Amy Hoagland, a senior majoring in fine arts

Project Title: “Synthetic Natural”

Second Place: Jenny Winstead, a senior majoring in English (creative writing) and theatre (playwriting)

Project Title: “The Art of Lewis Carroll: Dramaturgy for Alice in Wonderland”

Humanities: Creative

First Place: Adekunle Tiwaladeoluwa, a senior majoring in international studies and English

Project Title: “Maybe Home Is a Place That Knows You”

Second Place: Yvonne Johnson, a senior majoring in English and computer science

Project Title: “Seeking Home”

Humanities: Critical

First Place: Abby Schroering, a senior majoring in theatre and English

Project Title: “A Heap of Broken Images: T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land as a Poetic Drama”

Second Place: Rachel Strange, a senior majoring in communication

Project Title: “Capote Himself: Style, Self-Construction, and Identity”


First Place: Tahnee Qualls, senior majoring in biosystems engineering

Project Title: “Development of a Methodology to Determine Antibiotic Concentrations in Runoff Samples”

Second Place: Areej Saeed, a junior majoring in biosystems and agricultural engineering

Project Title: “Will Hemp Become the Next Big Kentucky Crop?”

Social Sciences

First Place: Martha Tillson, a junior majoring in social work and psychology

Project Title: “Age of first arrest, sex, and drug use as correlates of high risk drug use in adulthood among rural women in jails”

Second Place: Jessica Emly, a sophomore majoring in elementary education

Project Title: “Fantasy versus Reality: Analyzing the Relationship between Violence in Music, Movies, and Video Games and Violence in Society”

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