Undergraduate Research News
Junior psychology major Nathan Baker is making the most of his undergraduate experience at Ohio State Marion. The Mount Gilead, Ohio native recently returned from presenting at one of the biggest developmental psychology conferences in the world, the Society for Research on Childhood Development conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
An undergraduate student taking part in research is somewhat unique. What makes Baker’s experience at the three day conference even more impactful is that he is one of three co-authors of the research study he is presenting. He is also one of a handful of participants presenting at the conference that are not part of a master’s program, or have Ph.D. after their name.
Pictured from left, Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of History Margaret Sumner and recent Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society inductee Katie Fusek attend induction ceremonies on Columbus campus.
Katie Fusek, a double major in history and English at Ohio State Marion was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society at Ohio State in April.Fusek attended the history department's Undergraduate Awards Reception and Phi Alpha Theta Initiation at the Ohio Union on Columbus campus Tuesday, April 23, 2019.Fusek is currently working on a history seminar research project on American slavery, and has won an Ohio State Marion research grant to travel to the Kentucky Historical Society this summer to do archival research. She also just completed a history internship at the Delaware Historical Society in spring 2019.
Madeline Nicol, former Ohio State Marion student and spring 2018 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, recently presented research at the CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference in Boulder, CO. The project was work she began as part of her senior thesis when she was a student at Ohio State Marion working with faculty research mentor Dr. Nikole Patson.
Nicol's project investigates how gestures influence people's interpretations of plural nouns. She found that if you make a big gesture when saying something like "apples" people imagine you are talking about a lot of apples. However, if you make a small gesture, it does not lead them to imagine a small set of apples.
According to Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr. Nicole Patson, she plans follow up this work with her former student to figure out exactly what aspect of the plural the gesture is influencing. For example, the gesture could be causing people to imagine the speaker is talking about a lot of things, or it could be causing people to imagine that the objects are really spread out.
Ohio State Marion history major, Keily Cunningham, has been accepted as a fellow in the Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship Program in Early American and Material Culture for 2018.
One of six fellows chosen annually for this summer "immersion program" in early American history, museum studies, and historic preservation, Cunningham won the full fellowship as well as an additional stipend totaling $10,000.
Research with Dr. Nikole Patson of Psychology