Carroll College Student Undergraduate Research Festival 2020

The Student Undergraduate Research Festival (SURF) is a celebration of the research done by Carroll College students. The event occurs every April, and everyone is invited to attend. SURF is seen as the highlight of the year for all of the students doing research, and it is a wonderful opportunity for other Carroll students, Carroll faculty and staff members, and community members to see the amazing work done by our students. Our students are very excited to share their research during this time of student-driven, inquiry-oriented learning.

2020 is a Digital SURF

Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, we are holding a Digital SURF event this year on Friday, April 24. Researchers have posted videos of their presentations on Carroll Scholars for the public and members of the Carroll community to view. These can be accessed using the links below.

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Recent Submissions

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    Using Six Sigma to Improve Accounts Receivable at Shodair Children's Hospital
    (2020-04-24) Ekola, Ary; Carpenter, Ayla; Smith, Otis; Greff, Cole
    Our project mission was to find a solution to the A/R problem occurring at Shodair using the Six Sigma DMAIC process. By following the step by step process of the DMAIC method and evaluating specific A/R data for Shodair, we can reduce the payment days in the outpatient clinic from 47 days to around 40 days. If this solution is implemented it will provide more cash flow for Shodair and reduce liability.
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    Using Six Sigma to Improve the Transfer Student Process at Carroll College
    (2020-04-24) Brasfield, Fiona; Creigh, Stephen; Kassa, Laurel; Austefjord, Thomas
    In this project, we used the Six Sigma Process Improvement Method to assist in understanding how Carroll College could increase the transfer student rate. We worked closely with the Carroll College Admission Department in order to get transfer student data and understand current transfer student marketing campaigns. Through this project, we performed analysis tests and were able to start making progress towards increasing the number of transfer students at Carroll College.
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    Prenatal Exercise and Postpartum Depression
    (2020-04-24) Sentieri, Sydney; Fletcher, Cathy
    Many women around the world may experience postpartum depression (PPD). According to ACOG (2019), PPD most commonly occurs in the first weeks after childbirth but can occur up to a year after childbirth. It presents as intense feelings of sadness, inability to perform daily tasks, and anxiety. This can interrupt the bonding process between mother and baby; therefore, it is our duty as nurses to ask the questions pertaining to depression and help the families who are affected by this disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019), “about 1 in 9 women experience symptoms of postpartum depression” (para. 7). Research suggests that if women exercise during pregnancy, they may be less likely to experience postpartum depression (Shakeel et al., 2018). The purpose of this Evidence Based Practice brief is to investigate the relationship between women who begin an exercise program during pregnancy and the development of postpartum depression. Nurses can use this information to help women with postpartum depression. This will be important because PPD can be prevented and it effects the family as a whole and not just the mother.
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    Review of the Effects of Favipiravir on Filoviruses
    (2020-04-24) Bladholm, Bailey
    Objective: a review of current studies on the efficacy of favipiravir as a treatment option for Ebola and Marburg viruses. Methods: Studies were gathered from several sources, including PubMed, JSTOR, and Science Direct. The search was limited to experiments that tested the effectiveness of favipiravir as a form of treatment for filoviruses. Results: Favipiravir worked to repress viral replication and mortality rates associated with filoviruses. The small animal models showed a strong correlation between favipiravir treatment and reduction in overall mortality rate. Non-human primate models and the single human trial’s results were less clear and showed lower survival rates than small animal models. Conclusion: Favipiravir was shown to be a strong possibility for treatment of filoviruses such as Ebola and Marburg viruses. However, more research is needed to fully understand how favipiravir not only influences filoviruses, but also its impact on the human body.
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    Effects of 2.45 GHz EMF-RF Wi-Fi exposure on ATU1 Expression and Replication of Tetrahymena Thermophila
    (2020-04-24) O'Byrne, Kyle; Graham, Gordon; Spencer, Cailin
    Our experiment explored whether 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi affected expression of the ATU1 gene in Tetrahymena thermophila. Our hypothesis was that exposure to Wi-Fi would result in a decrease in expression of the ATU1 gene. The protein product of this gene functions in the formation of alpha tubulin formation, which is essential for motility. We chose this experiment to see if the use of Wi-Fi may have a detrimental effect on cellular motility. Our test samples were exposed to 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi for one week at varying distances from the router. Afterwards, the transcribed mRNA was reverse transcribed into DNA and primers were used to amplify the ATU1 gene. Semi-quantitative PCR was then used to analyze expression of the ATU1 gene. Our prediction was that more exposure to Wi-Fi would decrease the expression of the ATU1 gene.