Two students from Lee’s Summit attending Washburn University will present results of research projects at The Washburn Apeiron: A Forum of Student Research, Scholarship and Creativity April 19.
Jessica Kopp, a senior pursuing undergraduate degrees in biology and Spanish, and a fellow student are presenting the research poster “Do Carbonated Beverages Affect Endurance Athletes’ Performance.”
In the abstract, the students described their study of the effects carbonated beverages may have on lactate levels in the blood and measurements of athletic performance. For the study subjects were asked to perform endurance type exercises to volitional fatigue. Each subject was given the opportunity to ride a bike with increasing resistance and were asked to continue pedaling at a minimum of 60 RPM until they could no longer do so.
At each 5-minute interval, lactate levels and rate of perceived exertion (RPE) were recorded. The subjects completed two trials, for one they consumed Gatorade made with plain water and for the other they drank Gatorade prepared with carbonated water.
A comparison was then made of the two trials to determine if lactate levels, RPE and maximal performance data were altered between the two treatments.
Zachary Phillips, a junior who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer information sciences, is one of three students giving the group oral presentation “Woman and Minorities in Computer Science Majors: Results on Barriers from Interviews and a Survey.”
The group investigated why women and minorities are underrepresented among computer science majors and sought to identify barriers. The study sought to demonstrate the trend of women and minorities in computer science over time by using Taulbee data. In addition to conducting a random survey of college students, the group also interviewed a sample of women/black students who did not pursue computer science degrees.
The purpose of this research was to gain a better understanding of how students outside of the major perceive the computer science.
This poster presentation will fulfill a portion of the Washburn Transformational Experience opportunity, for which Phillips must demonstrate excellence in scholarly and creative activity, community service, leadership or international education.
The WTE was established to provide baccalaureate students with the opportunity to make a difference to others or society through enhanced learning designed to complement traditional college studies.
The Apeiron allows students from all disciplines to present their work in an environment that closely resembles the professional conferences and performance venues of their chosen area of study. Eighty-five students are participating in the forum and entries include poster presentations, oral presentations, exhibitions and performances.