Proceedings 2023: 19th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects

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Enrique Navarro , Associate Professor & Associate Dean of the Graduate School

Heidi VanRavenhorst-Bell, Associate Professor & Undergraduate Coordinator, Human Performance Studies


Amy Alberton, Assistant Professor, Social Work

Amy Bauman, President, Graduate Student Council

Deepak Gupta, Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Graduate Program Coordinator, Industrial, Systems, and Manufacturing Engineering

Katie Lanning, Assistant Professor, English

Susan Matveyeva, Associate Professor, Catalog & Institutional Repository Librarian, University Libraries

Anthony May , Associate Professor, Finance, Real Estate & Decision Science

Cynthia Richburg , Professor and Graduate Coordinator of Audiology, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Jian Wang, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

John Watkins, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Recent Submissions

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    Preliminary evaluation of project Wichita Overdose Recovery Kit Expedited Delivery (WORKED)
    (Wichita State University, 2023-04-14) Vuong, Ngoc; Davis, Piper; Lewis, Rhonda K.
    Substantial increases in opioid overdose deaths underlie the need for the implementation of harm reduction strategies. One such harm reduction strategy entails improved access to naloxone, a medication that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. However, naloxone remains largely inaccessible statewide and nationwide due to stigma and cost. In an effort to prevent opioid overdose deaths in Wichita and Sedgwick County, which has been disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic in Kansas, Safe Streets Wichita, a grassroots substance use prevention and harm reduction coalition, started a free volunteer-led intramuscular naloxone program. In January of 2023, the City of Wichita allocated funding toward Safe Streets Wichita to distribute 800 naloxone kits per month for five months, predominantly in overdose hotspots. The goals of this preliminary, mixed-methods process evaluation study were to determine whether Safe Streets Wichita met its program objectives, and more broadly, provide recommendations on how the free intramuscular naloxone program can improve. Using program data, outcomes to be measured are the number of kits distributed, whether they were distributed in overdose hotspots, and how many kits were reported to be used. Additionally, interviews will be conducted with program volunteers, partners, and naloxone kit recipients to solicit feedback on the free naloxone program. Early findings will be used to inform the fidelity, efficiency, accessibility, and sustainability of local naloxone access efforts in Wichita and Sedgwick County. A future evaluation study will determine the long-term impact of free intramuscular naloxone distribution on reducing opioid overdose deaths and building recovery capital in Wichita and Sedgwick County.
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    Integrated projects: Applying Lean principles to reverse engineer a common consumer product to develop a more sustainable design
    (Wichita State University, 2023-04-14) Williams, Amber; Lynch, Adam Carlton
    We will be evaluating the effects of integrating a graduate engineering course with five undergraduate courses in a customer-supplier relationship, linking paired teams into squads with a unifying "Drill." The teams will be using the Six Sigma DMAIC methodology and KEEN (Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network) Entrepreneurial Mindset team building activities to provide consistency of deliverables and strength team dynamics. The objective is to reverse engineer a common consumer product and discover ways to improve its design to manufacture it in a more sustainable manner, while still meeting the operational and financial goals of a company. Simultaneously, we will be meeting the Wichita State goal which bridges the gap between classroom learning and real-life experiences through our integrated project. Our study sample consists of over 150 students enrolled in 6 engineering classes. The central theme in all the classes is a common, global product, a drill. Each course will be examining different components of the drill, performing design analysis within the specific course bodies of knowledge. The drill sub-assemblies included the hard carrying case for Statics, batteries & charging stations for Circuits, the main drill body for Machine Elements, statistical process control of the components in an SPC course, project management in an Engineering Leadership course, culminating in the graduate course, Lean, which will develop a Business Plan to launch a startup business to manufacture and assemble all the components of the drill. The integrated groups have weekly deliverables. This pilot program is presently in the last 16-weeks of the semester. We will measure, analyze, and improve this program through our data pool of 150 students by conducting interviews, surveys, and other case studies. This integrated project places students in customer-supplier relationships as actual companies would interact. The goal of these customer-supplier interactions will help to cultivate interpersonal skills for future careers in a variety of industries. Our secondary goal is to help students rediscover their curiosity in engineering while improving as a student through value creation resulting from the connections with students from the other classes. Our third goal is to prepare these fellow students for their future industrial colleagues.
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    Clustering and forecasting financial activities at Emprise Bank
    (Wichita State University, 2023-04-14) Rubio Garcia, Fernando; Dao, Mai
    Understanding customers' activities and preferences allows companies to better allocate their resources and streamline services. On this collaborative project, we focus on identifying and extracting useful patterns of patrons' financial transactions and behaviors in the Wichita metropolitan area using a randomly encrypted data sample provided by Emprise Bank. Starting with a preliminary visualization of Wichita-specific geographic, weather, and urbanization details, we further investigate their impacts on customers' preferences to banking services via the Pearson's chi-squared test of independence. Knowledge of such relationships provides us a framework to cluster clients into different groups and observe customer segmentation using K-Means clustering. Finally, we performed time series analysis with the TBATS models to forecast future transactions based on historical information. Our work directly responds to our partner's interests in advancing current and forthcoming branch analytics based on their clientele records.
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    Analysis of lithic material from the Boxed Springs site (41UR30)
    (Wichita State University, 2023-04-14) Kressly, Douglas J.; Dozier, Crystal A.
    While the Boxed Springs site is primarily known for the elaborate Early Caddo (800-1200 CE) ceramic assemblage from cemetery contexts, lithic material is also abundant at the site. This study describes the stone tool assemblage recovered from Wichita State University’s investigations in 2021 and 2022. Although the time frames allotted for excavations were limited at Boxed Springs, lithic material recovered at the site was abundant. This analysis was conducted in order to: Identify and document the raw material within the site, attempt a better understanding of the stages of production that may be present, and to identify and document any diagnostic artifacts recovered. The procurement of raw materials, especially when examined alongside stages of production present at Boxed Springs has the potential to provide information concerning possible cultural spheres and areas of interaction for the people that once lived there. Further, the presence of diagnostic lithic artifacts may assist in providing clues as to Caddo lifeways, both at Boxed Springs and within the larger Caddo cultural sphere.
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    Cataloguing the works of women: The Poetess Digital Archives
    (Wichita State University, 2023-04-14) Ramirez, Gabrielle; Hand, Bernadette; Waters, Mary A.
    As scholars reassess what the literary canon should consist of, women's writing has been expanded upon. In the past, women were restricted to certain areas of writing; in reconsidering the preservation and analysis of women's work, interest in other, lesser-known genres like literary criticism has grown. To make the study of these women's writings more accessible, digital archives such as The Poetess Archives exist to catalog these women's works. The Poetess Archives preserves works from the late eighteenth century and the nineteenth century. While the works preserved are primarily by women, there are some men included as well, as "poetess" refers not to the gender of the writer, but rather the tradition of writing being used: an effeminate, counter-traditional style. Not only were women publishing more creative works, they were also publishing more literary criticisms, opening doors for themselves and other women in this more professional area of publishing. This archive seeks to preserve these works for a new generation of scholars to understand these developments in women's publishing. Graduate research assistants get an even more close-up experience of not only these writings, but also the work behind a digital archive. Research assistants work on everything from finding and transcribing writings to adapting the transcriptions to code for the website. This work is cross-disciplinary, as much of the digital humanities is, and it provides one example of how the humanities fields have adapted to the rapid change in technology in the past several decades.