Posters in the Rotunda:  A celebration of undergraduate research
 
Canopy Pollinators in Northern Hardwood Forests on North Eastern Wisconsin

Aaron Groves

Canopy Pollinators in Northern Hardwood Forests of North Eastern Wisconsin

Abstract: Pollinators visiting Tilia americana were surveyed at two sites in northern Wisconsin.  Samples were taken at both ground level and in the canopy in June and July.  Flies were the most common insects at both sites and in the canopy and at ground level.  Two distinct insect assemblages were identified at both sites.


Political Participation of Registered Nurses and Factors Influencing Participation

Chrystal Michelle Malakar and Christine Vadenhouten

Political Participation of Registered Nurses and Factors Influencing Participation

Abstract:  Nursing student (Crystal Malakar) wrote a research proposal to measure factors influencing political participation of RN’s.  The Civic Voluntarism Model by Verba and colleagues (1995) guided survey development. Data was collected from 468 RNs using an online survey (Cronbach’s α= .95).  Results indicate psychological engagement was most predictive (p = .000) of political participation followed by resources (time/money) (p= .000).  Implications for nursing education and nursing organizations are described.


Dressed to Teach? Appearance, Clothing and Ratings of Instructors

Stephanie Freis and Amy Weise

Dressed to Teach? Appearance, Clothing and Ratings of Instructors

Abstract:  The purpose of this research project was threefold: 1) Do potentially sexist brands nonconsciously activate stereotype threat and influence performance? 2) Does seeing women wearing potentially sexist brands result in defensive distancing? and 3) Does wearing sexist brands lead to negative perceptions of the wearer?  Significant results supported our second and third hypotheses. It is concluded that sexist brands result in an objectification of the wearer and a negative influence on bystanders’ ratings. Also, what impressions are faculty members leaving on their students in regard to their personal dress? Even though dress attire is not one of the teacher evaluation questions that students are asked to assess their professors on, it could have an impact on how students evaluate his or her teaching style.


Do Relationships Matter in the Effects of a First Year Seminar Class?

Erin Ehlers, Rebecca McCabe, Alyssa Zingler and Jessica Hopp

Do Relationships Matter in the Effects of a First Year Seminar Class?

Abstract:  Our project evaluated the influence of students’ relationships with instructors and peer mentors on the effectiveness of first year seminar classes at UWGB. Results indicated that stronger relationships in the classroom were related to higher student engagement and more positive perceptions of the seminar experience.


Trusting a Corporate Website versus Corporate Facebook Brand Profile: The Role of Privacy Concern Factors

Senator Dave Hansen and Lijun Chen

Trusting a Corporate Website versus Corporate Facebook Brand Profile: The Role of Privacy Concern Factors

Abstract: The research examines the impact of privacy concern factors on the users’ trust in company’s websites vs. Facebook brand profiles. The experiment involved 270 students who examined a website and then answered the questions. The data were analyzed using ANOVA. The results show that there are several important differences in the way users trust these websites.


Fish Assemblages of the Wequiock Creek Estuary, Point au Sable Wisconsin

Senator Frank Lasee and David Lawrence.

Fish Assemblages of the Wequiock Creek Estuary, Point au Sable Wisconsin

Abstract: The Wequiock Creek Estuary is one of the only sizable estuaries on the east shore of the bay of Green Bay.  Surprisingly there have been no prior fish studies done of the area, necessitating a baseline study of the fish assemblages.


Effects of Childhood Stress on the Academic Performance of College Students

Senator Dave Hansen, Kristin Nick, Stephanie Lynch and Kayla Worchel.

Effects of Childhood Stress on the Academic Performance of College Students

Abstract: Previous research has found stressors to negatively influence academic performance of elementary school students. This investigation shows how financial hardship, poor health, and relationship problems experienced during childhood and adolescence may impact verbal memory performance, reading comprehension and vocabulary scores, as well as grade point average of college students.