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Announcing the 2023 Idaho State University’s Graduate Research Symposium Winners

March 20, 2023

A group of students stand on a stage

Thirteen graduate students earned awards at the 9th annual ISU Graduate Research Symposium March 19. 

Students from a variety of disciplines presented at the event. The conference-style symposium gives students the opportunity to present their research, in progress or completed, in a 10-minute oral presentation, a poster presentation, and/or a creative work display. Students may participate in one or more of these three categories. Literature reviews, research projects, capstone projects, case studies, grant proposals, humanitarian trips, class papers, and other related scholarly or creative work all qualify as presentable research.  

The subject categories include

  • Biological & Natural Sciences 
  • Business, Economics & Public Administration
  • Education, Learning Training
  • Engineering, Physical & Mathematical Sciences
  • Health, Nutrition & Clinical Sciences
  • Humanities, Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Creative Works

Out of 61 participants, the Graduate School was pleased to award 13 students in each of these categories:

Oral Presentation Winners

Biological & Natural Sciences: Jeffrey Okojie - “Developing a Radioimmunotherapy for Synovial Sarcoma”

Business, Economics & Public Administration: Madison Mancini - “Increasing Leader Member Exchange through Social Exchange Theory”

Education, Learning & Training: Danielle Fernandez - “The History of Games in Education”

Engineering, Physical & Mathematical Sciences: Olivia Stanley - “Rock Glacier Distribution and Implications for Alpine Hydrology in the Northern Rocky Mountains”  

Health, Nutrition & Clinical Sciences: Arina Ranjit - “Improving Anti-Arthritic Effects of Novokinin through Bisphosphonate Conjugation” 

Humanities, Behavioral & Social Sciences: Jacob Harris - “The QAnon Infection: How Families Have Reacted to Members' Conspiratorial Identities”

Poster Presentation Winners -

Biological & Natural Sciences: Brooks Myers - “Identifying Fine-Scale Qualities of Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) Habitat Using Natural Color and Multispectral UAS Imagery”

Business, Economics & Public Administration: Rian Binte Kamal - “Empirical Analysis of Triple Bottom Line Reporting in The Banking Sector and its Determinants: Focus on Environmental Issues” 

Education, Learning & Training: Rifat Ara Tasnim - “An Empirical Analysis to Examine the Disparate Impact of Distinct Background Music on Gameplay Experience”

Engineering, Physical & Mathematical Sciences: Zayed Mohammad - “Slotted Waveguide for High Dielectric Heating”

Health, Nutrition & Clinical Sciences: Arina Ranjit - “Improving Anti-Arthritic Effects of Novokinin through Bisphosphonate Conjugation”

Humanities, Behavioral & Social Sciences: Jessica Woolley - ‘“Tell Me a Real Story”: Motherhood and Intertextuality”

Creative Works -

Pamela Pascali - “Idaho's Obsidian History: Tools and Technology, a learning module for 4th grade”

A full list of participants and the event program can be viewed on the Graduate School’s website.

For another opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research from Idaho State graduate students, the Graduate School’s Three-Minute Thesis Competition will be held on November 9, 2023. 



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