Lehigh Valley students place first, second at regional research event

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Students from Penn State Lehigh Valley had yet another strong showing with first- and second-place finishes at the Penn State Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium, which was held this year at Penn State Worthington Scranton on April 17.

The campus claimed top honors in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) category for the third year in a row with Fatima Afzal and Samely Gonzalez's project, "Direct and Indirect Effects of Pseudoephedrine on the Intrinsic Conduction System of the Embryonic Chicken Heart." MiguelAngel Tsiounis presented, "Does College Reflect or Help Level America's Growing Divide?: A Demographic Study of 'Hope' Among Public University Students," and received a second-place award in the Arts, Humanities, Business, and Social and Behavioral Sciences category.

The symposium included entries from eight Penn State campuses. Penn State Lehigh Valley biology professor Jacqueline McLaughlin served as co-chair, while physics professor Tai-Yin Huang served as a member of the steering committee of the annual event. Campus instructor in physics Dan Jackson was a member of the judging panel.

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Last Updated April 24, 2014