HAYS, Kan. -- Research and creative work by undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members at Fort Hays State University was recognized and celebrated April 26 at the John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activities Day.

This event recognizes the scholarly and creative activities of students and faculty and celebrates the research, scholarship and creative work conducted in the various disciplines within the university. Departments across campus sponsored special activities, including seminars and research presentations.

Awards were given for poster presentations to undergraduate, graduate, and faculty and staff research and scholarly and creative work in empirical and non-empirical categories. Two “People’s Choice Awards” were awarded by vote of visitors to the exhibition, one for scholarly work and one for creative.

Empirical research involves examining a research question that is clearly defined and answerable by using standardized statistical methods on collected data. This may include either quantitatively or qualitatively collected data.

Non-empirical research is a comprehensive and careful consolidation of available information within a domain or a reinterpretation of that information within a new framework or context. Non-empirical research does not use standardized statistical methods on collected data.

The award winners are listed alphabetically by hometown with the title of their work.

BRANDON, Fla., (33511): Sean Rogers, a biology major, was the third-place winner in the graduate student, non-empirical category for his poster “Remote Survey of Herpetofaunal Habitat in Western Kansas.”

CLAY CENTER (67432): Katelyn Folks, a senior majoring in nursing, was a co-investigator on “Taking It to the Next Level,” the first-place winner in the non-empirical undergraduate category.

CONWAY SPRINGS (67031): Allison Hullinger, a biology major, was the third-place winner in the graduate student, empirical category with her poster “Critical Habitat Assessment of the State Threatened Broad-Headed Skink.”

DODGE CITY (67801): Ariel Snyder, a biology major, was the first-place winner in the graduate student, empirical category with her poster “Fungus and Frogs: Preliminary Analysis of a Survey of Chytrid in Kansas.”

EL DORADO (67042): Hillary Raple, a special education major, was a co-investigator on “Pathways to Partnership,” the second-place winner in the graduate student, empirical category.

GARDEN CITY (67846): Luke Rijfkogel, a senior majoring in geosciences, was the first-place winner in the undergraduate empirical category for his poster “Cyclothem Characterization for the Eastern Edge of the Cherokee Basin.”

HAYS (67601): Keri Caudle, a graduate student majoring in biology, was a co-investigator for “Herbivory Preferences Among Ecotypes of Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii),” the audience’s People’s Choice winner in the scholarly category.

Suat Huay “Wendy” Tan, a graduate student majoring in art and design, was the audience’s People’s Choice winner in the creative category for her work “Beta Mask.”

HILL CITY (67642): Emily Brack, a junior majoring in nursing, was the second-place winner in the non-empirical undergraduate category with her poster “Does Humor in Patient Education Enhance Knowledge Retention?”

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo., (80130): Crystal Nash, a senior majoring in nursing, was a co-investigator on “Does Humor in Patient Education Enhance Knowledge Retention?,” the second-place winner in the non-empirical undergraduate category.

HOYT (66440): George Fowler, a special education major, was a co-investigator on “Empowering Schools and Family,” the second-place winner in the graduate student, non-empirical category.

HUTCHINSON (67501): McKayla Ketchum, a senior majoring in nursing, was the first-place winner in the non-empirical undergraduate category with her poster “Taking it to the Next Level.”

HUTCHINSON (67502): Ashlyn Partridge, a special education major, was a co-investigator on “Empowering Schools and Family,” the second-place winner in the graduate student, non-empirical category.

Jared Ridder, a senior majoring in chemistry, was the third-place winner in the undergraduate empirical category for his poster “Model Studies of the Doebner Modified Knoevenagel Condensation.”

LA CROSSE (67548): Amanda Morgan, a special education major, was a co-investigator on “Pathways to Partnership,” the second-place winner in the graduate student, empirical category.

LINDSBORG (67456): Jenna Jones, a special education major, was a co-investigator on “Pathways to Partnership,” the second-place winner in the graduate student, empirical category.

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands, (96950): Jude Loste, a special education major, was second in the graduate student, non-empirical category with his poster “Empowering Schools and Family.”

SALINA (67401): Madison Pittenger, a senior majoring in biology, was the audience’s People’s Choice winner in the scholarly category for her poster “Herbivory Preferences Among Ecotypes of Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii).”

Nora Rindt, a special education major, was the second-place winner in the graduate student, empirical category with her poster “Pathways to Partnership.”

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (32084): Herrick Smith, an art and design major, was the first-place winner in the graduate student, non-empirical category with his poster “Chemical Analysis of Local Kansas Clay and Use in Ceramic Art.”

TIMKEN (67575): Kimberly Pechanec, a senior majoring in athletic training, was the third-place winner in the undergraduate non-empirical category with her poster “How Well do Shoulder Braces Provide Stability at the Glenohumeral Joint in Collegiate Aged Athletes: A Systematic Review.”

VALLEY CENTER (67147): Sierra Archer, a senior majoring in communication sciences and disorders, was the second-place winner in the undergraduate empirical category for his poster “Rigid Endoscopes and the Critical Swallowing Evaluation: Current Practices and Views of Practitioners.”

WICHITA (67205): Sara McKnight, a transition-to-teaching education major, was a co-investigator on “Empowering Schools and Family,” the second-place winner in the graduate student, non-empirical category.