Connors State College was well represented at the 18th Annual EPSCoR Research Day at the Capitol, a statewide competition sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (OK EPSCoR). The Annual Research Day at the Capitol showcases the best undergraduate research taking place across Oklahoma college campuses with student projects hand-selected by their home colleges and universities.
Representing Connors this year was freshman Taylor Corley with her research project entitled, “Effect of Yeast Culture on Water Consumption in Working Horses.” Corley’s project was chosen because of her superior efforts and the industry impact of her work. Corley received special commendations from Rep. Jerry McPeak and Sen. Bill Brown, recognizing her outstanding achievement.
“Undergraduate research is important for our institution, and Taylor’s work is no exception,” said Dr. Tim Faltyn, CSC president. “She offerred great representation for Connors during her presentation at the Capitol.”
Horse owners are acutely aware of the dangers of dehydration; the Diamond V Corporation approached the Connors Equine Program with the opportunity to test their yeast supplement on working horses to assess whether horses receiving the nutritional supplement would consume more water. Under the supervision of Equine Instructor Jake Lawson, Corley conducted the experiment and collected the results. After the treatment, horses that received the top dressed yeast culture consumed more water than their nontreatment counterparts.
The work was not easy for Corley, as measuring horse water-consumption has its challenges. Aside from the 35 buckets to haul and measure twice daily, two horses regularly dumped their water buckets, forcing their results out of the final calculations. After the data were collected, with assistance from Sociology Instructor Julie Dinger-Blanton, Corley learned to assess the statistical significance of her results and compiled her data into a poster to present at the EPSCoR competition.
“I found it to be a very enlightening experience and came away with a better understanding of the research world,” said Corley. “I hope I get the chance to participate again and with new research.”