Published on November 6, 2018 by Bill Nunnelley  
SURF Samford

Thirteen students represented Samford University at the third annual Southern Conference (SoCon) Undergraduate Research Forum at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Nov. 2-4. The students were nominated by Samford faculty to present their research in a variety of disciplines.

“It is well-established that engaging in undergraduate scholarship is a high impact activity,” said Samford Senior Associate Provost Thomas Woolley. “We are excited to have so many students having completed such high quality scholarship who can represent our university at this conference with students from the other Southern Conference institutions.” 

Woolley said students and faculty who had attended the previous conferences called it “a great experience for everyone involved.”

Students nominated to represent Samford, listed with their departments and topics, were:

  • Wimberly Underwood, Human Development and Family Life Education, “Communication in Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships with College Aged Grandchild”
  • Hannah Colehower, Human Development and Family Life Education, “Attachment, Parenting and Emotion Regulation Skill Development”
  • Hannah Belcher, Nutrition and Dietetics, “Nutrition and Sensory Benefits and Differences of Replacing Flour and Butter Roux with Vegetable Roux in Gumbo”
  • Danielle Starmer, Nutrition and Dietetics, "The Effects of Creating a Vegan Alternative to Hard Meringues by Substituting Aquafaba for Egg Whites"
  • Martha Hardin, Psychology, “Trust in and Rapport with the Teacher as Separate Components of a Successful Student Mindset”
  • Emily Haine, Psychology, “Development of the Teacher Trust Scale”
  • Gabby Hoefer, Psychology, “The Influence of Relationship and Goals on Bullying Perception”
  • Karen Inouye, Biology and Environmental Sciences, “First Evidence of Striped Bass Reproduction and Recruitment in Tennessee River”
  • Emily Clark, Communication Studies, “Polysemy and Ambiguity: The Radical Gender Politics of Gilmore Girls”
  • J. D. Tyler, Communication Studies, “The Modern Mega-Church as an Expression of Consumerist Ideology”
  • Daphne Schmid, Kinesiology, “Dual task cost is higher in middle age Compared to younger individuals while walking on a treadmill desk at self selected speeds
  • Sierra Outerbridge, World Languages and Cultures, “Doubt Changes Society: A Comparative Analysis of Borges and Cortazar’s Short Stories”
  • Jamond Glass, Public Health, “Health Insurance Coverage and Healthcare Utilization among Collegiate Student Athletes”

Glass was unable to attend the conference because, as a member of the Samford football team, he remained in Birmingham to play in the university’s Homecoming game Nov. 3. But a poster of his research was presented at the conference. Ironically, Samford’s Homecoming opponent was Wofford. 

Traveling to the conference with the students were Samford faculty members Ahinee Amamoo, associate professor of public health/biostatistics, and Candice Adams-Mitchell, assistant professor of health professions/communication sciences and disorders.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.