Campus students take top honors at research symposium

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Students from Penn State Lehigh Valley swept the top spots at the Penn State Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium held at Penn State Brandywine on Apr. 19. Kamil Payano Sosa, a sophomore psychology major from Allentown, Pa., took first place in the humanities category with her poster, "Economic Recession and Students' Stress Levels." Vinod Jeyaretnam, a junior from Nazareth, Pa., took first place in the STEM category with his poster, "Chronotropic Effects of Select Cardiovascular Drugs on the Developing Vertebrate Embryonic Heart."

The symposium included 29 entries from eight Penn State campuses, as well as LaSalle University and Philadelphia University. First, second and third prizes were awarded in the two categories of humanities and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

"Research at the undergraduate level is emphasized across disciplines at Penn State. We congratulate our students and their faculty mentors for their hard work and dedication to this important component of a Penn State education," said Kenneth Thigpen, director of academic affairs at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

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Last Updated April 25, 2012