A group of Capital University students recently presented their research to 150 scientists and graduate students from across the state at the Ohio Physiological Society meeting held at Northeast Ohio Medical University, in Rootstown, Ohio.
The students completed their research over the course of several years under the guidance of Dr. Catherine Boulant, professor of biological and environmental sciences.
Seniors Angela Dibling and Keith von Stein presented the results of Effect of Triiodothyronine (T3) Administration on Photoperiodic-Induced Changes in Pelage and Body Weight in Siberian Hamsters (Phodopus sungorus), a study they conducted with Boulant in her Comparative Vertebrate Physiology course last spring.
Senior Shayna Hague presented a poster titled, A Comparison of Glucose Responses to a Modified Glucose Tolerance Test in Habitual Exercisers vs. Sedentary Subjects, which represents findings from data she helped collect in fall 2012 in Boulant's Research Methods class. Hague continued working with Boulant on the topic last spring and this fall as an individual study.
First-year student Ciarra David helped prepare the abstract and poster of the meeting and is expected to participate in a larger, more controlled study whose protocol is currently under review.
Capital University is a leader in providing opportunities for undergraduate research and broad dissemination of students' scholarly work. Whether working individually with a faculty mentor, with one of Columbus's many in industry leaders, or through field research, students regularly complete original research and present at regional and national academic meetings, including the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, the American Psychological Society and the Midwest Regional Fish & Wildlife Conference.
Each spring, Capital presents its own annual Undergraduate Symposium on Scholarship to highlight students’ research accomplishments, and highlights the empirical research conducted by Capital students in Epistimi: Capital University’s Undergraduate Research Journal.
Located in the Columbus, Ohio, community of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.