RSU Biology Seniors Complete Research Projects

In order to complete their studies and graduate, Rogers State University biology seniors must undertake a research project that ties together their individual interests with the knowledge they have gained during their studies.

The senior research project requires the student to read, research and discuss issues that are important in the field of biological sciences, said Dr. Keith Martin, interim head and assistant professor for RSU’s Department of Mathematics and Science.

Students must successfully complete the senior research class to receive the bachelor of science degree in biology with an option in medical/molecular biology or environmental conservation.

Students completing senior research projects, listed by hometown, include:


Gene Ross, “Riparian vegetation can influence the population of Yellow Grub (Clinostomum complanatum) parasites in Black Bass (Micropterus salmoides)”


Michael Roecker, “Effects of stress on Bovine (Bos Taurus) monocyte activity”

Broken Arrow

Jessica Brockmeier, “The effects of Cortislim® dietary supplement on the body weight of mice (Mus musculus)”


Brent Gregory, “Foraging ranges of American Kestrels (Falco sparverius) in an urban Environment”

Arrica Hess, “The effects of Guaifenesion (Mucinex) on calcium secretions in the urine of mice (Mus musculus)”

Derek Short, “Winter sex differences in weight and body fat content in Mallards (Anas platyrhyncos)”


Jared Cramer, “Using covey and distress calls to determine predators of adult Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus)”


Eric Lee, “Analyzing Crotalus atrox phospholipase A2 specificity using a continuous, fluorescence-based microassay”

Lori McCarty, “Occurrence of antibiotic resistant Salmonella in egg laying hens”

Johnna Packer, “Enhanced lifespan of Drosophilia due to food enrichment with antioxidants”


CClayton Howell, “Chemoattractant qualities of pathogenic vs. normal Escherichia coli”

Travis Ring, “Genotypic frequency of pyrethroid resistance mutations of Horn Flies (Haematobia irritans irritans) from a regional population in northeastern Oklahoma”

For more information, contact the RSU Department of Mathematics and Sciences at (918) 343-7695.