Worthington Scranton hosts sixth annual undergraduate research fair

April 22, 2011

Penn State Worthington Scranton students and faculty will be showcasing their research projects and findings during the sixth annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Fair at the campus from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the Cafeteria Conference Room in the Study Learning Center.

This year, more than 40 research projects are being presented in the areas of biology, chemistry, comparative literature, English, German, human development and family studies, information sciences and technology, kinesiology, mathematics, nursing and physics.

Research varies from very complex scientific areas like chemistry and physics, with project names such as “Chemistry and Infectious Diseases” and “Heat, Power and the Intensity of Sunlight,” to cultural and artistic genres, such as “Creative Writing” and “Poetry: The German Way.”

Technology projects also will be highlighted, including several professional website redesigns by student teams, as well as the design and development of a network solution for a local law firm, which was done by students. There also will be several web browser comparisons presented, highlighting browser security issues.

Nursing students will be presenting projects on a wide range of health and wellness topics, from current concerns such as “Bath Salts: What You Need to Know” to projects aimed at providing more information on Lyme Disease, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia.

Hai Wang, 2011 Undergraduate Research Fair committee chair said he expects about 150 students to attend.

“This year’s program reflects the continuing efforts of students at the campus and their faculty mentors to create undergraduate research and scholarship of exceptional quality,” he said.

“At Penn State Worthington Scranton, we strive to live up to the mission of the university by hosting and encouraging student-centered, learning activities,” Wang said. “We provide our students the opportunity to learn and explore beyond the boundaries of the classroom and to present their work in a professional setting. We are enormously proud of the students presenting their research and scholarship at today’s program. We would like to extend our profound appreciation to them and to their faculty mentors.”

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this year’s Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Fair.

  • Biology student Shannon Harding explained her research project to Mary-Beth Krogh-Jespersen, chancellor, at last year's Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Fair.

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Last Updated April 25, 2011