The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum (URCAF) held annually in the spring. The Forum provides an opportunity for undergraduate students at Wichita State University to present their scholarly and creative activity to an audience of faculty, students, and the community, while competing for cash awards. Each student's work at the forum is presented under the mentorship of a WSU faculty member.
Students compete in three presentation categories: oral presentation, poster presentation, and exhibition/performance. Both the oral and poster presentation categories are divided into two separate competitive groupings: humanities/social sciences, and natural/applied sciences. Students from all six WSU colleges are encouraged to present their research or creative activity projects.
SOAR collects URCAF materials and provides permanent access to all available program books and abstracts of the URCAF winners.

 

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  • 18th Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum 

    WSU Undergraduate Students (Wichita State University, 2018-04-06)
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of program delivery of leadership training 

    Radley, Katelyn (Wichita State University, 2018-04-06)
    The purpose of this evaluative descriptive research will be to understand how the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) can improve in both program delivery and the evaluation of trainings. Using existing quantitative and qualitative ...
  • There, Her 

    Ashbrook, Natalie (Wichita State University, 2018-04-06)
    This work is a choreographed dance duet. The premise of the work is the choreographer’s own struggle with an anxiety disorder, in a way to encompass the experience of someone with this mental health problem. This piece was ...
  • Too tight: Days of night 

    Vernon, Ruth (Wichita State University, 2018-04-06)
    This creative work is a selection of poetry on the theme of mental health. Mental health is something I am passionate about. I look to incorporate an aspect of confessional poetry without over-exploiting the form; I hope ...
  • Too tight: Days of night 

    Vernon, Ruth (Wichita State University, 2018-04-06)
    This creative work is a selection of poetry on the theme of mental health. Mental health is something I am passionate about. I look to incorporate an aspect of confessional poetry without over-exploiting the form; I hope ...
  • Static MRI measurement and analysis of the healthy levator muscle in ths soft palate 

    Mostrom, Gabi (Wichita State University, 2018-04-06)
    Cleft palate deformity is one of the most common birth defects in the US and 25% of cleft palate repair surgeries fail for unknown reasons. Computational modeling of muscles in the soft palate would allow for better insight ...
  • Modeling control method combinations to manage the sylvatic plague in black-tailed prairie dog towns 

    Elzinga, David; Stowe, Shelby (Wichita State University, 2018-04-06)
    Black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) are keystone species of short-grass prairie ecosystems and are essential to the success of efforts to re-introduce endangered black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes). The ...
  • A more represent democracy: Cultural factors conducive to the election of women 

    Fox, Kaitlin (Wichita State University, 2018-04-06)
    There is a large gender gap between the number of women in America and the number of female legislators serving in state legislatures and Congress. Often, legislation reflects this divide and leads to the implementation ...
  • Aerobic exercise sustains performance of instrumental activities of daily living in early-stage Alzheimer's 

    Giles, Abdul-Mannaan (Wichita State University, 2018-04-06)
    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a debilitating neurodegenerative ailment that causes brain atrophy and memory loss. Individuals with AD experience progressive loss of independence performing instrumental activities of daily ...
  • Measurement of a neutral current PI0 cross section in the NOvA near detector 

    Bowles, Reed (Wichita State University, 2018-04-06)
    The NOvA long-baseline neutrino experiment is attempting to measure properties of subatomic particles called neutrinos in order to discover information about the universe. NOvA is a project based out of Fermi National ...
  • Chesh Kafo: Constructing a language 

    Green, Joshua (Wichita State University, 2018-04-06)
    Constructing a language from a prompt: When constructing a language for a film or book, it is essential to begin with a concept which we can build upon. Here, Dr. Mythili Menon provided a short science fiction prompt. From ...
  • Investing melanocyte dielectric permittivity of Melanoma on skin using a RF resonator 

    Bhandari, Subash; Villafana-Ibarra, Bernardo (Wichita State University, 2018-04-06)
    Melanoma is an aggressive type of skin cancer. Current methods for diagnosis rely on visual inspections, which are highly subjective and depend on the physician’s ability. The objective of this study was to detect key ...
  • Electromagnetic resonant sensor patch for detection of fluid volume shifts within intracranial space 

    Eckerman, Brandon (Wichita State University, 2017-04-04)
    Elevations in intracranial pressure (ICP) can result in a number of neurological complications and even death in patients who have had stroke, traumatic brain injury, or have undergone neurosurgical or neurological treatments. ...
  • Hyacinth Days: A short poetry collection 

    White, Madison (Wichita State University, 2017-04-04)
    This short poetry collection, roughly titled “Hyacinth Days” follows my own navigation through womanhood and search for an adult identity. Embedded within images, the symbolic process of growing takes place through other ...
  • The colonization of Native American reservations in 'Tracks' and in 21st century America 

    Lubbers-Payne, Marcedes (Wichita State University, 2017-04-04)
    This study is a comparative analysis of the novel Tracks by Louise Erdrich to events surrounding the current Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project at the edge of Tribal reservation land, which has spawned the NODAPL movement ...
  • What is a late talker: A case study of twin boys 

    Harms, Sara (Wichita State University, 2017-04-04)
    Present research is inconclusive on whether or not children who are nonverbal at 2½-years, considered late talkers, will catch up, or if their language development will remain behind that of peers causing them to become ...
  • The relationship between eating behavior and self-perception 

    Ramirez, Elizabeth (Wichita State University, 2017-04-04)
    Eating behaviors and self-perception affect a wide variety of people. Does a person's eating behavior reflect on one's self-image? By exploring one's eating behaviors and self-perception, a potential link between eating ...
  • A synthetic model of the Nickel superoxide dismutase active site 

    Freige, Mackenzie (Wichita State University, 2017-04-04)
    Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is an enzyme that facilitates the disproportionation of the superoxide ion (O2-) into molecular oxygen and hydrogen peroxide. In living organisms, the O2- radical is produced during cellular ...
  • Electromagnetic resonant sensor for bone health diagnostics 

    Aldrich, Jessica (Wichita State University, 2017-04-04)
    With an increasing aging population and the continual need for advancements in rural medicine, a simple way to diagnose degenerative bone diseases that affect approximately 30% of postmenopausal women in the United States ...
  • A fork in the road: Intersectionality and women's pathways to political power 

    Wooley-Snider, Jamie (Wichita State University, 2017-04-04)
    This investigation explores the pathways to power that women navigate in their pursuit of political office. Drawing from published research studies and public data reports, this historical review examines variations in ...

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