Research

Undergraduate Researchers Receive Oswald Research and Creativity Awards

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research recently recognized and awarded 13 students with the Oswald Research and Creativity awards. 

The Oswald Research and Creativity Competition was established in 1964 by then-President John Oswald as part of the university’s Centennial Celebration. The program is intended to promote creativity in all fields of study and provides annual awards in seven categories. The competition accepts reports of all forms of creativity and scholarship by undergraduate students.

Categories include Biological Sciences; Design, including architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design; Fine Arts, including film, music, photography, painting, and sculpture; Humanities, from creative and critical-research approaches; Physical and Engineering Sciences; and Social Sciences. All submissions are sent anonymously to faculty reviewers in related fields and are judged based on a rubric.

Awards in each category are: First Place: $350; Second Place: $200; and Honorable Mention, if applicable. Entries are judged on originality, clarity of expression, scholarly or artistic contribution, and the validity, scope and depth of the project or investigation.

This year's Oswald student award winners are:

Biological Sciences 

Tyra Gilbert, First Place

Mentor: Chris Filmore Brainson

Metabolic Control of Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 in Lung Disease and Lung Cancer

Rebecca Caldbeck, Second Place

Mentor: David Hildebrand

Feeding a growing population-Feasibility of leghemoglobin as visual marker for facilitating plant genetics based nutritional improvement

 

Design

Allyson McNulty, First Place

Mentor: n/a

The Pinnacle

Lainey Barschak, Second Place 

Mentor: Angus Eade

Pit Stop

 

Fine Arts 

Claire Thompson, First Place

Mentor: n/a

"Hag" (diptych)

Brianna Armstrong, Second Place

Mentor: n/a

"TO FREEDOM!"

Courtney Smith, Honorable Mention

Mentor: n/a

"The death of USPS"

 

Humanities: Creative

Haley Hintz, First Place

Mentor: Tara Tuttle

A Content Analysis of Representations of Women's Bisexuality in American Popular Music, 2008-2018

Tara Pulaski, Second Place

Mentor: n/a

A Legacy Through Carnations

 

Humanities: Critical Research 

Haley Drake, First Place

Mentor: Miriam Kienle

Touch Sanitation: Maintenance Art as Ecofeminism

Sydney Wilcoxson, Second Place

Mentor: Kristen Mark

Consent and Sex Education: A Detailed Look into the Policy of 14 States and Washington, D.C.

Aly Norton, Honorable Mention

Mentor: n/a

The Guerrilla Girls: “Re-Inventing the ‘F’ Word” in the Context of Feminist Activism

 

Physical and Engineering Sciences 

Rebecca Caldbeck, First Place

Mentor: David Hildebrand

Feeding a growing population-Feasibility of leghemoglobin as visual marker for facilitating plant genetics based nutritional improvement  

Diana Sahibnazarova, Second Place

Mentor: Chris Crawford

A CsI Detector Array for the NDTGamma Test Measurement

 

Social Sciences 

Sydney Wilcoxson, First Place

Mentor:  Kristen Mark

Consent and Sex Education: A Detailed Look into the Policy of 14 States and Washington, D.C.  

Haley Hintz, Second Place

Mentor: Zada Komara

A Digital Ethnography on the Role of Gender and the Use of Homeopathy: A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis   

Elena Liu, Honorable Mention

Mentor: Yoko Kusunose

The Coffee in Your Cup: Reviewing Fair Trade’s Impact on Development

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