20 Purdue Calumet students earn research awards

Twenty Purdue University Calumet students earned research awards for projects they presented during the university’s recent Student Research Days.

In all, 177 students presented 102 research projects. The presentations consisted of a written summary and an oral explanation or poster display.

“The vision of Student Research Days is to increase participation in student research at Purdue Calumet and support a culture and climate in which student-faculty collaboration flourishes through shared scholarship and research,” Purdue Calumet Professor and Undergraduate Student Research Coordinator Ruijian Zhang said.

Following are student research award recipients and their project titles from each of four categories:

Undergraduate Poster Presentations

1st Place: Alyssa Homan of Whiting; Justin Homan, Whiting; and Amy Miles, Griffith–“Fall Rate Reduction Strategies in the Hospitalized Adult Medical-Surgical Population.” 2nd Place: Samantha Curtis, Munster; Jennifer Novosel, Munster; and Kayla Weck, Wilmington, Ill.–“A Synthesis of the Evidence for Transfer, Implementation and Evaluation of an Evidence-based Nosocomical Pressure Ulcer Audit Unit.” 3rd Place: Gerald Keller, Crown Point, and Brian Ashford, Merrillville–“High-Brightness LED Arrays for General Purpose Lighting.”

Undergraduate Oral Presentations
1st Place: Naiyuan Kang, Changchun, China–“An Examination of Financial Reporting Made in China.” 2nd Place: Benjamin Moul, Hart, Mich., and Philip Mann, Burr Ridge, Ill.–“The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge.” Third Place: Kang–“How Accountants Retain Knowledge.”

Graduate Student Poster Presentations

1st Place: Jiaxin Hu, Chengdu, China–“CFD Modeling of Absorber Inlet Ductwork at R.M. Schahfer Generation Station. 2nd Place: Christopher Hartman, Whiting, and Hao Gong, Fujian, China–“Effects of Colony and Cell Size on Optical Forward Scattering Pattern of Bacterial Colonies. 3rd Place (tie): Simin Pang, Hebei, China–“CFD Simulation of a Batch Anneal Furnace; and Le Zeng, Chengdu, China–“Influence of Large Wind Farms Over Rainfall Patterns.”

Graduate Oral Presentations
1st Place: Tyamo Okosun, Michigan City–“Examination of Utility-Scale Wind Turbine Wakes.” 2nd Place: Nick Walla, Portage, and Sanjit Basak, Dhaka, India–“Numerical Simulation of the PUC eddyGT Wind Turbine.” 3rd Place: Justus Ndukaife, Ikeja, Nigeria–A Microfluidic Chemical-Spectrophotometry (MCS) System for in-situ Monitoring of Heavy Metals.”