1st Place Artifacts Award Winner

Fireworks

The Universality of Latino Coming-of-Age Stories: Familism and Machismo

While the world of the following two vignettes (and the third one not included here) is fictional, an imitation of an already engaging story, the vignettes’ narratives still offer an echo of Cisneros’ compelling bildungsroman morals, which I hope resonate with new readers as much as they did with me.

2nd Place Artifacts Award Winner; Spring Research Forum Abstract Award Winner

Cover photo of Bronte's book

“Neither of woman nor of man”: Gender, Drag, and Theatrical Costume in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette

Though these women approach the stage with different levels of experience and different costumes, their performances both raise significant questions about the relationship between theatrical costume, gender performance, and identity within the novel, which like many other nineteenth-century works addresses the complexity and stability of identity and closely links identity and gender performance. I

Spring Research Forum Abstract Award Winner

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The role of marital relationship quality on different domains of sibling conflict

The results suggest that marital positivity has a greater impact on IP sibling conflict intensity than all other types of sibling conflict, but that this differs by parent and direction. This information could aid parents and family practitioners to understand how the family sub-systems impact one another, for better or for worse.

Spring Research Forum Abstract Award Winner

Migrant workers

Challenging Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Exploring Perspectives of Latino Migrant Adolescents in U.S. Agriculture

The foundational motivations of physiological and safety needs remain pertinent to the Latino farmworker adolescent population. We suggest a revision of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to account for cultural differences and family upbringings that can be inclusive of ethnic minority adolescents.

Spring Research Forum Abstract Award Winner

Image of corn plants with sensors from the study

Development of automated sensors to track pH changes elicited by iron deficiency in hydroponic cultures

We developed an automated pH tracking system to monitor pH changes in hydroponic systems. As a proof of concept, we tracked the acidification of media on maize plants grown over a week with and without Fe.

Spring Research Forum Abstract Award Winner

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All Mixed Up: Multiracial Identity & Existential Isolation

With a growing population of this marginalized group, it is important for research to foster understanding of the challenges multiracials may face as a result of their unique experiences by understanding the mechanisms underlying “otherness” can we create tools to navigate obstacles and improve their well-being.

Fall Research Forum Abstract Award Winner

Xray image of Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Relationships among Degradation-Related Biomarkers released by Subchondral bone from Osteoarthritic Knees

This study was designed to characterize non-linear relationships among degradation-related biomarkers produced by subchondral bone recovered from patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Clarence Cannon Dam

Atrazine: An Issue Needing Action

In Northeastern Missouri, the Mark Twain Lake Watershed covers 2,318 square miles (United States, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis Environmental Water Quality Section – Water Quality). This watershed, shown in Figure 1, provides drinking water, water for crops…