The Ohio State University at Lima

Undergraduate Research Forum showcases student work

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Results from some of the student researchers at The Ohio State University at Lima are now available at the Ohio State Lima website,

Undergraduate students worked with a faculty mentor to frame a hypothesis, gather evidence and draw conclusions based on that work. Topics on display at the 2020 Undergraduate Research Forum include anxiety reduction, evidence of a new species of mountain vole, effects of burning on prairie biomass, improving population health, connection between beliefs about addiction and intention to seek treatment, how actors manifest a character’s emotions, connection between parental education and spanking, and factors influencing survival rates in birds.

The Undergraduate Research Forum is designed to encourage students to actively engage in research. Beyond the Lima campus forum, participation in the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, the Spring Undergraduate Research Festival, the University Libraries Research Prize, or publication in JUROS are all strongly encouraged, although faculty and students are welcome to pursue any appropriate forum for their discipline that will showcase undergraduate research.

Full abstracts and video presentations by the students for the 2020 Undergraduate Research Forum are available online at

2020 participants and projects

Shivani Bhatt, junior in neuroscience of Lima
Systematics of Mountain Voles (Alticola) in Northern Pakistan

Victoria Bradford, senior in psychology of Paulding
Exploring the Use of Mandala on Anxiety

Erica Franck, senior in biology from Celina
Prairie Biomass Maximized with Fall and Winter Prescribed Burns

Covee Haney, senior in psychology of Lima
Naïve Beliefs on Addiction

Sydney Hartford, senior in theatre of Ada
Exploring the Use of Acting Methods by Undergraduate Theatre Majors

Chassidy Oatman, senior in health sciences of Columbus Grove
Population Health: Self-Reported Perceptions of Health Associated with Select Social Determinants

Camryn Weihrauch, junior in psychology of Ottawa
Josh Sheppard, senior in psychology of Wapakoneta
Does college make you a better parent? It may depend on what classes you take.

Jade Zeller, senior in biology of Kalida
Comparison of Survival Rates between Males and Females of Northern Cardinals and Gray Catbirds

Shivani Bhatt, Tori Bradford, Camryn Weirauch and Josh Sheppard also presented at the 2020 Spring Undergraduate Research Festival, which was held virtually April 14-21.

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