Art and Science Research Symposium 

The 4th Annual Rocky Mountain College Art and Science Research Symposium  will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, 2017.  P oster presentations will be held in Fraley Lounge from 11:00 am - 12:00 p.m., and oral presentations will be held in Taylor Auditorium in Losekamp Hall from 12:00 - 4:00 p.mi . The symposium will feature scientific research, scholastic work, creative projects, and poster presentations by undergraduate students and faculty from all departments of Rocky Mountain College.

Types of Presentation:

  1. Oral presentation

    • Oral presentations should be no longer than 10 minutes and may be given with or without the use of a visual aid such as a PowerPoint slideshow. (A computer and projector will be provided.)
  1. Poster presentation

  1. Works in Progress

Schedule: research

Session I - Poster Presentations

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Frayley Lounge - Bair Family Student Center


Mentors: Dr. Holly Basta and Dr. Mark Osterlund

  • Mauri Erickson - Viral causes of fish tumors in Montana waterways
  • Shannon Fisher and Marco Quinones - A Mutagenic Screen to Identify Hydrogen Production in Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii
  • Kayla Moreno - Attentiveness in a classroom based on brain wave fluctuation
  • Faith Robichaud - Biochemical Characterization of a Retroviral Phosphodiesterase

Computer Science

Mentor: Dr. Melissa Holmes

  • Derek Crew - The Urban Frontier House Data Process

Environmental Science

Mentors: Professor Kayhan Ostovar and Dr. Megan Poulette

  • Jacob Myers - Species Distribution and Diversity in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness


Mentor: Dr. Emily Ward

  • Alethea Shaules - Investigating Rock Fall Hazards in the Eagle Formation in Billings, Montana

Session II - Oral Presentations

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Taylor Auditorium - Losekamp Hall

12:00 – Dr. Derek Sjostrom - Mountain building and surface elevation: Regional drivers of global climate

12:15 – Dr. Julie Beicken and Terran Brown - Engaged Pedagogy: Service Learning and Research with Undergraduates in a Substance Abuse Prevention Program with Native American Youth

12:25 – Mira Cleveland - Horizontal Collaboration: The Impacts of Equity and Identity within Team Communication

12:35 – Tommy Little - BMI Alternative: Surface-Based Body Shape Index

1:00 – Dr. Jenifer Parks - The Olympic Games, the Soviet Sports Bureaucracy, and the Cold War: Red Sport, Red Tape

1:10 – Dr. Megan Poulette - The Yellowstone River Research Center

1:15 – Gabriel Aponte - Analysis of Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera) Distribution and Abundance in Four Rivers Systems in Eastern Montana

1:25 – Noah Oloff - Examination of Soil-Plant-Microbe Interactions in Two Saline, Alkaline Lake Basins in the Upper Yellowstone River Watershed

1:35 – Hunter Anderson - Petrology, structure, and emplacement of mafic Leopard Dikes in the Beartooth Range, Montana

2:00 – Dr. Holly Basta - Viral inhibition of the innate immune system

2:10 – Sierra Hentges - Survey of Vaccine Beliefs and Their Origins Within the State of Montana

2:20 – Cameron Woods - Determining Ownership of Riverine Islands in the Yellowstone River

2:30 – Dr. Emily Ward - Examples of undergraduate research in the Geology program at Rocky Mountain College

3:00 – Josh Lieuallan, Krystal Lira, and Terran Brown - Crow Wellness and Substance Abuse Prevention Program

3:10 – Josh Lieuallan - ‘How It Works’: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Spirituality of Alcoholics Anonymous

3:20 – Dr. Luke Ward - Environmental governance and applied social science research:  Using Q method to explore stakeholder management preferences in the Yellowstone River basin

3:30 – Dr. Holly Basta - Closing Remarks