Penn State Hazleton Research Fair winners announced

HAZLETON, Pa. — Penn State Hazleton’s Research Committee has announced the winners of the 2018 Research Fair.

Students created projects in the humanities (including behavioral sciences, business studies and economics), STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and arts disciplines under the guidance of faculty members at Penn State Hazleton. For the first time this year, the Information Literacy Award was presented during the research fair. Students entering a project in all disciplines were eligible for the award.

Winners are:

Humanities

First place, tie: Glenn Blessington: “A Behavioral Economic Analysis of Media Multitasking: Delay Discounting as an Underlying Process of Texting in the Classroom” (adviser Yusuke Hayashi), and Sean Giedosh: “Social Anxiety and the Transition to College Life” (adviser:  Lisa Goguen).

STEM

First place: Steven Baska, “Consumer Evaluation of 18650 Lithium-Ion Batteries” (adviser William Yourey); and second place: David Bonczek, Derek Geake, Maria Magabo and Raina Nichols, “Trash Retrieval System for the Borough of Jim Thorpe” (adviser Joseph Ranalli).

Visual Art

First place: Catherine Matyas, “Slumber”; and second place: Jared Kolbush, “Beach Sunrise.”

Written Art

First place: Victor Luna-Casillas: “I Remember.”

Information Literacy Award

First place: Glenn Blessington, “A Behavioral Economic Analysis of Media Multitasking: Delay Discounting as an Underlying Process of Texting in the Classroom”; second place: Risell Ventura, “A Study of Women in the Media of the Dominican Republic” (adviser:  Beatriz Glick); and third place: Jeremy Nenstiel, “Media Multitasking in the Classroom: Problematic Mobile Phone Use and Executive Function as Predictors of Texting in the Classroom” (adviser Yusuke Hayashi).

The popular-vote winners were David Bonczek, Derek Geake, Maria Magabo and Raina Nichols for “Trash Retrieval System for the Borough of Jim Thorpe.”

Project winners from the campus fair advance to the eighth annual Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium at Penn State Abington on April 21. The symposium will feature the scholarly research endeavors of undergraduate students from several Penn State campuses.

Penn State Hazleton’s Undergraduate Research Program provides an opportunity for students to work closely with faculty members. For more information, visit hazleton.psu.edu/undergraduate-research.

Last Updated April 10, 2018