Research Week

Student Participation in Research Week

Student Poster Competition

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in the poster research competitions. To enter, undergraduate and graduate students should submit an electronic copy of their abstract by 9 a.m. on Friday February 12th, 2016. Abstracts must be 250 words or fewer.

  • Please state if you are an undergraduate or graduate student.
  • To submit your abstract, go to and click on the link, “Student Poster Competition Abstract Submission.” Fill in all information required and click submit.

Download the Student Competition Instructions and Rubric 2015, click here for more details.

For poster printing guidelines and policy, click here.

Nicholls Research Week
February 29 – March 4, 2016

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Nicholls State University will be celebrating its 11th Annual Research Week during the week of February 29 – March 4, 2016. The event highlights research at Nicholls through a Brown Bag Faculty Speaker Series and a student poster competition showcasing undergraduate and graduate research. Poster winners selected in both undergraduate and graduate competition receive a scholarship stipend.

Cutting-edge research and fascinating discoveries are on the agenda for the 2016 Research Week. Bring your bag lunch and an appetite for learning as Nicholls faculty and students reveal the results of their latest research projects.

Colleg of Arts and Sciences

Research Week Brown Bag Lectures 2014 (Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University) 3/10/14

Monday, February 29, 2016
10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Plantation Suite, Donald Bollinger Student Union

  • 10:45-11:00 – American Pragmatism in China and its Impact on the New Culture Movement – Dr. Rya Butterfield
  • 11:05-11:20 – Current Poetry – Dr. Jay Udall
  • 11:25-11:40 – Contrasting Views of Authenticity in Film: “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Vacus” – Dr. Todd Kennedy
  • 11:45-11:55 – Break
  • 11:55-12:10 – Ensuring Blue Crab Fishery Sustainability Through Life History – based Research and Management – Dr. Zachary Darnell
  • 12:15-12:30 – Shipbuilding on the Bayou in the Age of Big Oil – Dr. Paul Wilson

College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
Chef John Folse Culinary Institute

20140313_085057Tuesday, March 1, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
152 Betsy Cheramie Ayo Hall

  • 8:30-9:00 – Poster Presentation (Lobby of Ayo Auditorium)
    • BSN Clinical Performance Evaluation Tool Angele Davis, DNP, RN; Amanda Eymard, DNS, PMHNP-BC, CNE; Rebecca Lyons, Ph.D.(c), RN
    • Engaging Students: Interdisciplinary Research – Monica Larousse, MSChef
  • 9:00-9:15 – Knowledge Transfer in Applied Curriculum – Dr. William Thibodeaux
  • 9:15-9:30 – Teaching Innovations in the Culinary Classroom – Amelie Zeringue
  • 9:30-9:45 – Health Bistro 2.0 – Dr. Brigett Scott and Don Kasten
  • 9:45-10:00 – Obstetric Simulation: A Teaching-Learning Partnership – Michelle Patterson and Rebecca Lyons
  • 10:00-10:15 – Impact of Social Networking on Cancer Patients – Alexi Plaisance, Student
  • 10:15-10:30 – Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity – Elizabeth Rousseve, Student

College of Business Administration

DSC_7895Wednesday, March 2, 2016
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
208 Powell Hall

  • 12:00-12:20 – Applying Insights from Diffusion of Innovation Theory – Drs. Randy Ryker and Chuck Viosca
  • 12:20-12:40 – Emphasis of PQ Faculty to Complement Business School Operations – Laura Valenti
  • 12:40-1:00 – Rokeach Values InventoryDrs. J Field, Xunn Li, William Neese, and Jeffrey Haynie
  • 1:00-1:20 – Consumer Reactions to Advertising Stimuli – Drs. William Neese, Jeffrey Haynie, J. Field, and Chuck Viosca
  • 1:20-1:40 – Economies of Scale in Banking – Drs. Earl Davis and Morris Coats
  • 1:40-2:00 – Information Available for Prospective Online Students on University Websites – Sherry Rodrigue, Drs. Ronnie Fanguy, Lori Soule, and Betty Kleen

 College of Education and Ellender Memorial Library

Thursday, March 3, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
125 Polk Hall


  • 12:00-12:15 – Educator Awareness of School Psychologists and Mental Health/ Pupil Appraisal Professional IdentitiesDr. Meagan Medley
  • 12:20-12:35 – A Comparison of Reinforcers Selected by Students and their TeachersDrs. Carmen Broussard and Meagan Medley
  • 12:40-12:55 – Ethanol Intoxication, Tolerance, and Withdrawal in a Crayfish Model Spatial LearningDr. R. Denis Soignier
  • 1:00-1:15 – The Effects of a Rule Governed Response Intervention on Novel Textual Responses to NumbersDr. Derek Shanman
  • 1:20-1:35 – Creating our Baseline: Teaching and Assessing Knowledge of Basic Research Skills for FreshmenSarah Dauterive
  • 1:40-1:55 – Dewey to LC: A Reclass TransitionMichael Arseneau

Chef John Folse Culinary Institute

Friday, March 4, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Ledet Hall Culinary Demo Kitchen, Room 124B

Please call Jessica Chauvin 985-493-2702 for reservations (limited seating). If no answer, please leave a message.


  • 9:00-9:45 – Crepes – Chef John Kozar
  • 9:55-10:35 – Louisiana Smothered PorkChef Randolph Cheramie
  • 10:45-11:15 – Shrimp and GritsChef Amelie Zeringue
  • 11:25-12:10 – Delmonico’s 1800 New York CityChef Marcelle Bienvenue and Chef Donald Kasten


  • 12:15-1:00 – Preview of Student Developed Food ProductsChef Monica Larousse
  • 1:10-1:55 – The Art of Macaroons Chef Shannon Hunt
  • 2:00-2:45 – Pan Roasted Fish and Brown Butter Sauce Chef Jean-Pierre Daigle

Student Research Poster Competition Displays

Monday, February 29, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cotillion Ballroom, Donald Bollinger Memorial Student Union

A poster display describing the research efforts of Nicholls students is open for viewing.

Student Research Poster Competition Judging

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
2:00  – 4:00 p.m.
Cotillion Ballroom, Donald Bollinger Memorial Student Union

Nicholls students explain their research projects during the judging of their research poster presentations.


Student Reception

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Carnival Room, Donald Bollinger  Memorial Student Union

Presentation of awards to student research poster competition participants.