Penn State Brandywine students earn awards at EURECA

Penn State Brandywine students engaged in semester- or year-long research projects had an opportunity to display their findings at the recent Exposition of Undergraduate Research Enterprise and Creative Exposition (EURECA), held April 15, in the campus’ Commons Building Gymnasium. The program gives students an opportunity to present an abstract of their work in the form of posters, computer presentations and videos in a professional setting, giving them practical experience for real-world situations.

Following the event, a panel of faculty judged the entries and awarded special recognition to the projects they considered the three best.

The first place award was given to junior Iris Thai, an education major, for her “Pizza Poster.” Thai’s faculty sponsor was Jean McKay, instructor in education.

“Iris is a very creative person,” McKay said. “Whatever the assignment, event or task, she goes above and beyond what's required and gives 110 percent of her time and effort.”

Junior Melanie Farrell and senior Stephanie Winterbottom were awarded second place for “Effects of Visual Tattoos and Physical Appearance in Hiring Decisions.” Their faculty sponsor was Daniela Martin, assistant professor of psychology.

"I am impressed with the students' commitment to their projects and the range of creativity shown during this exhibit," Martin said.

The third place award went to freshmen John Neel, Christopher Brown, Michael Radcliffe and Kevin Joseph for their “Dance Dance Lego Robot.” Their faculty sponsor was Asad Azemi, associate professor of engineering.

“These students are all freshmen, and the quality of work for their level is competitive,” Azemi said. “This was part of their engineering first-year seminar and the project was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and our campus.”

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Last Updated May 08, 2010