The MSU Billings Research, Creativity & Community Involvement Conference (RCCIC) provides a great opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students of all majors to present their research and creative scholarship in a public forum. The conference is hosted every year on the MSUB campus, sponsored by the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs, the University Honors Program, and Montana IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research (INBRE). The RCCIC is not a competition, but a celebration of the research and creative projects currently being carried out by MSUB students. All submissions are reviewed and approved by the sponsors prior to presentation or publication to ScholarWorks.

Recent Submissions

  • An Exploration into Social Media Sentiment 

    Pratt, Ashley; McMullen, Matthew (Faculty Mentor) (Montana State University Billings, 2020-04)
    Background:International and United States-specific media outlets cover the same news, but do not always utilize the same language. The COVID-19 Outbreak is an opportunity to analyze the sentiments being utilized to convey ...
  • Food Insecurity: Hunger Amongst Senior Citizens in Our Community 

    Dawes, Alyssa; Kurkoski, Taylor; Mook, Kimber; Robertus, Sari; Mermel, Virginia (Faculty Mentor) (Montana State University Billings, 2020-04)
    The Honors Capstone course, Honors 499, has been taught approximately every other year for the past six years. The course focuses on ways to help fight food insecurity among people in our community. Each class chooses to ...
  • Police Stops Analysis Within the Montana State 2009-2016 

    Mazel, Jeannine; McMullen, Matthew (Faculty Mentor) (Montana State University Billings, 2020-04)
    The purpose of this analysis was to uncover multiple correlations in Montana police stops occurring between the years 2009-2016. Data on the Montana police stops was obtained from The Standford Policing Project. The program ...
  • Trend of Internet Searches Related to "Coronavirus" 

    Hughes, Emily; McMullen, Matthew (Faculty Mentor) (Montana State University Billings, 2020-04)
    Very evidently, the coronavirus has become a worldwide issue that has sparked panic across many nations. This project examines how Google searches related to coronavirus have spiked and fallen within the last few months ...
  • Successful Growth of RIL Arabidopsis thalianaOffspring Based on Traits Shared with Parent Plants 

    Herriford, Cailen; Comer, Jason (Faculty Mentor) (Montana State University Billings, 2020-04)
    This study was primarily focused on phenotypic observation of Arabidopsis thaliana offspring from the parent cross of varieties Columbia (CS933) and Landsberg (CS20). Arabidopsis was an ideal organism to use in this study ...
  • Can a Conventional Deadlift Exercise Reduce Low Back Pain in Physical Therapy Patients? 

    Cole, Alyssa; Shafer, Alex (Faculty Mentor) (Montana State University Billings, 2020-04)
    Low back pain is a common health condition affecting 50-80% of American adults. Traditional rehabilitation of the low back includes hip mobility/flexibility and core strengthening/stabilizing exercises. A conventional ...
  • Walking Does Not Significantly Improve Word Recall or State Anxiety in a Single Session: A Pilot Study 

    Brandon, Connor; McMullen, Matthew (Faculty Mentor) (Montana State University Billings, 2020-04)
    Research suggests that exercise can improve memory ability (Labban & Etnier, 2011; Martins et al., 2013; Shih, 2017; Standage, 2010) and decrease anxiety (Blacklock et al., 2010; Knapens et al., 2009). The current study ...
  • Comparing Influenza vaccination rates before and after the H1N1 pandemic 

    Brandon, Connor; McMullen, Matthew (Faculty Mentor) (Montana State University Billings, 2020-04)
    Immunizations are an important public health concern in order to help control the spread of diseases. Influenza is a particularly important seasonal vaccine, as it is updated every year and recommended that all people ...
  • Studying and Teaching the Ethical Dilemma of Emily Dickinson 

    Barron, Brienna; Nurmi, Thomas (Faculty Mentor) (Montana State University Billings, 2020-04)
    This essay focuses on the ethical dilemma of studying and teaching the work of American poet Emily Dickinson. Because her work was found and published after her death, studying Dickinson’s works can be viewed as an intrusion ...
  • Who Reads More?: Comparing Book Consumption Between Various Groups 

    Donnelly, Andrew J. (Montana State University Billings, 2020-05)
    In the Pew Research Center (2019) Core Trends Survey for Internet & Tech, one item asked respondents how many books they consumed during the past 12 months. Based on this data, the present research addresses five questions. ...
  • State Death Penalty Analysis 

    Loy, Katherine; Dr. McMullen, Matthew (Faculty Advisor) (Montana State University Billings, 2020-04)
    The United States has used capital punishment since colonization. Over time some states have abolished it and others have not. There are many databases that have collected information on each state’s policy for the death ...