|Shelby Mikkelson with her research poster|
“I’m a part of the McNair Scholars Program and they are going to fund my research this summer,” said Shelby Mikkelson, a Criminal Justice undergraduate at the University of Wyoming. “They have also helped me to get all my literature review and design, and what I’m actually going to do for my data collection.”
Mikkelson hasn’t started her research yet, but she clearly knows what she wants to get accomplished. Her proposed research project focuses on how society punishes ex-felons and how employers are less likely to hire them. As she explained, her husband is an ex-felon and they know how it is to fight to get his normal life back.
Even though most of the research projects were science focused, a lot of different disciplines and majors could be found while walking around the poster session. Some of the topics were related to language barriers, environmental changes, space travel, or SAT mathematics scores.
“I am researching the gender gap in mathematics between males and females at a high school level,” explained Kaylee Tuttle, who is a University of Wyoming Mathematics undergraduate.
|Kaylee Tuttle next to her research on Gender Differences in High School||Math|
Tuttle knows that even though the gap has decreased in the past years, women are still scoring at lower levels than men. Her research wants to find why this happens, and some relationship that will let her explain it. She knows that it is going to be hard and she will have to put a lot of work on it, but she is happy with the help that she is getting from the university and his professors.
“I was really scared at the beginning because this is the first big project that I’ve done,” said Tuttle. “But I’ve had great mentors that have really helped me with the literature review, outlines, and keeping me on schedule.”
Professors at the University of Wyoming know how important research is for their students. Some of these students will eventually get scholarships or find someone who will fund their research. Some might have it published someday, and others just want to use it to make a change.
“I would love to get my research published because it’s something that hasn’t been done yet,” explained Mikkelson. “But I most importantly want to see it expand and then maybe even affect policy.”