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Megan Blume
Antelope Staff
Kyle Brandyberry

Student Research Day encourages creative and academic success



Students will inform the community on research topics such as the sex habits of yellow perch, the influence of energy drinks on mice and the impact of social media during the 13th annual Student Research Day April 7.


The event allows students to push themselves creatively and academically. 


“Student Research Day is designed to give UNK students an opportunity to display the results of collaborative research conducted with faculty mentors as well as the results of independent research,” said Dr. John Falconer, director of UNK sponsored programs.


Falconer said Student Research Day showcases the research and other scholarly activities of undergraduate and graduate students. All disciplines participate in the poster session. In addition, students will present oral presentations, musical performances and art exhibitions. 


Kyle Brandyberry, a junior criminal justice major from Howells, is one of more than 100 students presenting research during Student Research Day.


“The research I’m doing is looking at false confessions and police interrogation techniques and how they affect one another,” Brandyberry said. “I began working on this research project last semester around September with my research team.”


Students along with a faculty adviser go through the entire research process including, taking research ethics training, creating a hypothesis, testing it through experiments, and presenting it at Student Research Day and often at other research conferences.


“Doing research is a long and methodical process,” Brandyberry said. “I have helped write Institutional Review Board (IRB) proposals, designed the experiment, and collected and analyzed data. We will also have the opportunity to travel to several conferences to present our research and hopefully we will be able to get our study published,” he said.


Students presenting research will be published in the UNK Spring Undergraduate Research Journal. Research students also receive a stipend to cover costs while working on their research.


“Since I am an Undergraduate Research Fellow (URF) I did receive $500 each semester to work on this specific project,” Brandyberry said.


Brandyberry will be giving an oral presentation over his research during Student Research Day, along with his research partner Destinee Nelson, a senior psychology major from Kearney. Dr. Krista Forrest, criminal justice professor, is their faculty adviser and has been overseeing their research process.


when and where


 April 7 in the Ponderosa Room of the Nebraskan Student Union.

Oral presentations begin at 11 a.m. followed by poster and performance presentations at 1:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.






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