Undergraduate Research Fair winners announced at Penn State Beaver

Penn State Beaver announced the winners of the 12th annual Undergraduate Research Fair held Wednesday, April 3, in the Student Union Building. Thirty-one campus students participated.

Students were required to work with a faculty mentor in researching their topic and preparing an oral and/or poster presentation. Presentations were made in a variety of academic areas, including engineering, administration of justice, psychology, communications, information sciences and technology (IST), genetics, biology, and philosophy.

Poster Presentations Grand Prize Student: Ruth Salac Santiago, senior, psychology, Hopewell Topic: The Effects of Music Ability on Cognition Faculty Mentor: Ana Beatriz Areas da Luz Fontes, assistant professor of psychology First Place – Humanities Students: Kimberly Villella, senior, communications, Freedom, and Daniel Trzcianka, senior, communications, Baden Topic: Presentation of Self in the Modern Age Faculty Mentor: John Chapin, professor of communications First Place – Social Science Student: Jennifer Durbin, senior, communications, Cranberry Township, and Brandon Perino, senior, communications, Canonsburg Topic: Agenda Setting and Conservative Values in Social Media Faculty Mentor: John Chapin, professor of communications Second Place – Social Science Student: Kristina Mangie, senior, psychology, Center Township Topic: Priming View of Entity and Incremental Measures: STEM Faculty Mentor: Clare Conry-Murray, assistant professor of psychology

Oral Presentation First Place – Math, Science, and Technology Students: Donald Bradfield, sophomore, engineering, Hopewell; Ben Barcaskey, sophomore, engineering, Moon Township; Jeremy Canonge, sophomore, engineering, Freedom, and Lisa Fudurich, sophomore, engineering, Monaca Topic: Design, Fabrication, Testing, and Analysis of a Stirling Engine Faculty Mentor: James Hendrickson, instructor in engineering The Planning Committee was chaired by Clare Conry-Murray, assistant professor of psychology.

Members were: John Chapin, professor of communications Zhongyuan Che, associate professor of mathematics; JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology; Matt Grunstra, assistant professor of earth and mineral sciences; Talha Harcar, associate professor of business; and Irene Wolf, senior instructor in philosophy.

Poster presentation judges were: Peter Deutsch, associate professor of physics; Mari Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice; Claudia Tanaskovic, instructor in chemistry; and Beth Theobald, reference librarian.

Oral presentation judges were: Abhijit Dutt, instructor in information sciences and technology; Angela Fishman, instructor in mathematics; Ana Beatriz Areas da Luz Fontes, assistant professor of psychology; and Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry.

Last Updated April 25, 2013