Experiential Student Scholar Virtual Symposium

Fall 2020 Virtual Presentations

We’re pleased to announce our first-ever Fall 2019 TWU Experiential Student Scholar Virtual Symposium! Tune in on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, and Thursday, September 9, 2020, to learn more about the amazing research and projects designed by your fellow Pioneers during the 2019-2020 Experiential Student Scholar Program cycle. Check out all of our 2019-2020 participants.

Thanks to all the students, faculty, and staff who work hard to make the Experiential Student Scholar Program and Symposium a continued success!

2019-2020 Scholars

Impact of Flavor Types and Alcohol Levels on Beer Liking and Refreshing Perception Using Consumer Tests

Amy Hampton, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Refreshment is one key reason that consumers enjoy beer. Nevertheless, there is very limited understanding of impact factors on beer refreshment. This study was aimed to investigate the impact of flavor (citrus, cucumber, lime) and alcohol (0%, 2.5%, 5.0%, 7.5% abv.) on liking and intensity of seven attributes for 12 formulated beers evaluated by 322 participants. Nine beers (0%-5.0% abv) received hedonic scores above 5 (neither like nor dislike) for attributes, while the 7.5% abv beers were scored below 5. The 2.5% abv. samples in each respective flavor test had the highest-rated refreshing and alcohol liking scores while the lime flavor had the highest hedonic scores. PCA biplot clearly indicated beers with 7.5% was disliked by participants because of their high intensities in beer flavor, alcohol, bitterness, and acidity. Refreshment liking could be predicted by the overall beer flavor, tested flavor, alcohol, carbonation, acidity, and bitterness likings scores according to PLS-R. These results indicated that refreshing perception was significantly dependent on the likings and intensities of alcohol level and both overall and tested beer flavor.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Xiaofen Du - Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Watch the recording (Time - 10:52)

Saving Denton LGBTIQA+ History: Preserving, Organizing, And Digitizing The Collection of Denton LGBTQIA+ Activist Edra Bogle

Emily Ramser, Department of English, Speech and Foreign Languages

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed traditional archival practices. In collaboration with Texas Woman’s University Staff while working on processing the Texas Gay and Lesbian Task Force collection donated by Dr. Edra Bogle, we tested new digital collaborative methods of working with virtual researchers on organizing, processing, and digitizing an unprocessed collection. We divided tasks such as writing, researching, and processing individual boxes among a five person team composed of a professor, a graduate student researcher, and three Special Collections staff members. Using G suite apps, specifically a shared Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Meets, and Gmail, we were able to communicate and work together exclusively online. This virtual collaboration allowed for the collection to be processed quicker and enabled the staff to develop a greater collective collection memory than the previous method of one person physically processing a collection alone. Additionally, it greatly improved transparency between archival staff and the researcher. Moving forward, this method can be used to process additional collections both during and after the pandemic.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ashley Bender - Department of English, Speech and Foreign Languages

Watch the recording (Time - 6:13)

Cognitive impairments in Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and implications for intervention

Valerie Boyette, School of Occupational Therapy

There are 500,000 to 3,000,000 Americans diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS (Dysautonomia International, n.d.). POTS can affect many organ systems and daily function in those diagnosed. The current presentation is part of a larger study conducted by doctoral student Emily Rich that explores the daily challenges and strategies used by individuals diagnosed with POTS. A survey containing narrative responses was completed by 958 participants. The responses, once coded and analyzed, presented themes and insight into the experiences of the cohort. One such theme was cognition. Nearly 20% of the participants reported cognitive challenges including word finding, trouble with concentration, and memory problems, to name a few. POTS influence on cognition is an area that is not well-understood or studied. Future research is needed to determine the etiology of cognitive symptoms in POTS, clearly define cognitive terms such as “brain fog” and help develop effective occupational therapy interventions to treat those symptoms.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Asha Vas - School of Occupational Therapy

Watch the recording (Time - 4:51)

Neuronal Tract Tracing in the Rat Trigeminal Sensory System

Erica Rodriguez, Department of Biology

Understanding functional and anatomical circuitries promotes the development of novel therapeutics to manage neurological pathologies. Neuronal track tracers are neuroanatomical approaches that allow neuronal labeling.Wheat-Germ-Agglutinin (WGA) is an example of a neuronal tract tracer, and WGA-Alexa-488 is a trans-synaptic fluorescent dye.We aimed to visualize sensory connectivity using 1% WGA-488 from 1) orofacial region to the trigeminal ganglia, and 2) trigeminal nucleus caudalis of the brainstem. We injected different volumes of the tracer (1% WGA-488; 10μL, 30μL, 50μL) into the rat cheek and the jaw joint to analyze the tissue at 3- and 7-days post-tracer injection. Tissue was then processed using immunohistochemistry techniques. Analysis indicates that optimal WGA-488 volume is 50 μL and time course 3 days. This study paved the path for deeper analysis of these neurons, improving knowledge towards optimizing pain management of orofacial pain disorders, especially in females as orofacial pain conditions are 2-4x.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dayna Averitt - Department of Biology

Watch the recording (Time - 4:42)

Birth Justice in Nigeria: Notes from Preliminary Interviews

Esther O. Ajayi-Lowo, Department of Multicultural Women’s & Gender Studies

In the quest to create globalized maternal health care protocols, how are indigenous birthing paradigms overlooked? How much should indigenous forms of knowledge be marshaled to combat the maternity mortality crisis in the developing regions? These questions are crucial now as African countries, especially Nigeria, the most populous African country, bear a huge burden of global maternal mortality rate. Adopting the birth and reproductive justice framework and using a mixed qualitative research method comprising of feminist and African indigenous methodologies, this preliminary research explores the potential contributions of the perspectives of one traditional birth attendant (TBA) and one woman who hires the services of a TBA for improving maternal health and reducing natrernal mortality.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mark Kessler - Department of Multicultural Women’s & Gender Studies

Watch the recording (Time - 10:27)


Dr. Elia Tamplin (They/E)
Coordinator, Experiential Learning

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