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Research in the Capitol

Research in the Capitol is a collaborative effort of the honors programs from the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. In the spring of every year, the three Regents universities select a group of students to provide poster presentations of undergraduate research. The event celebrates how undergraduates learn by doing research in a variety of fields.

This event is hosted by the University Honors Program, but all UNI students are eligible to participate.  This year's Research in the Capitol was held March 28, 2017.

The following students represented UNI:

Yena Balekyani, Urbandale, IA: Skin Bleaching in the African Community

Heather Bavido, Mundelein, IL: The Effect of Childhood Siblings on Adult Income

Jasmine Beecham, Ankeny, IA: Alcohol and Its Relations to Family Work Conflict

Jason Fly, Brooklyn, NY: Some Evidence of Youthful Aging: Elevated Cortisol and the Association with DNA Damage

Byron Fritch, Dike, IA: TiO2 Coating Method for Nanocellulose Aerogel

Maddie Grimm, Decorah, IA: Disparities in Infant Mortality: Are Sociocultural Risk Factors Shaped by Institutionalized Racism?

Maribel Guevara-Myers, Marshalltown, IA: Cultural Influences on Time Pressure in the U.S. and Taiwan

Juliana Herran, Cedar Falls, IA: Effect of Structural Disorder on Magnetic Properties of MnCrVAl

Natalie Kaufman, Robins, IA: Predictors of Attitudes Toward Transgender Men and Women

Clare Laubenthal, Davenport, IA: New Insights into the "Manna from Heaven" Hypothesis

Zach Lillquist, Forest City, IA: Effects of Role-Goal Methods on Student Engagement: A Case Study

Kaleb Luse, Eldora, IA: Factors Affecting Student Graduation Rates

Andrew Olson, Ellsworth, IA: "Long Cold Days": The Natural Ice Industry, 1880 to 1940

Alexandra Saulsbury, Sioux City, IA: Kleine Harlequinade: Synthesizing a Directing Education

Victoria Settanni, Hampshire, IL: Workplace Friendship as an Antecedent of Employee Engagement

Bailey Wetherell, North Liberty, IA: Direct Measurement of Supra-Physiological Levels of Ascorbate in Plasma using a Nanophotometer 

Alyssa Williams, Emmetsburg, IA: Assessing Productivity in Prairie Biomass Feedstocks with Different Levels of Diversity

Allison Wold, St. Ansgar, IA: Stable Isotope Chemistry in Tital Haze Aerosol

Check out this year's event program: Research in the Capitol 2017

whole group


Byron and Juliana

Seth Behrends

Brooke Hollenberg

Tony Ketelaar