Students honored at annual Undergraduate Research Fair

April 08, 2011

Twenty-three Penn State Beaver students participated in the Tenth Annual Undergraduate Research Fair held April 6 on campus. 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 chemistry, psychology, philosophy, information sciences and technology, and biology. Five students received first and second-place awards for oral and poster presentations.

The winners were:

Oral Presentation
First Place: Raja Jasper, junior, information sciences and technology major, Sewickley, Pa., and Edward Knotek, junior, information sciences and technology major, Coraopolis, Pa.
Topic: "Penn State Beaver BLT Fact Application for Android"
Faculty mentor: Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology

Oral Presentation
Second Place: Joel Rosenstern, senior, letters, arts, and sciences major, Aliquippa, Pa.
Topic: "The Impact of the Allegheny Front on Genetic Diversity of Little Brown Bats, and on the Spread of White Nose Syndrome in Pennsylvania"
Faculty mentor: Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology

Poster Presentation
First Place: Thomas Crawford, senior, psychology major, New Brighton, Pa.
Topic: ‘Examining the Relation Between Trait Aggression and Violence-Rated Player Versus Player Style Video Games’
Faculty mentor: Minhnoi Wroble Biglan, assistant professor of psychology

Poster Presentation
Second Place: Katie Ann Jezewski, freshman, agriculture major, Freedom, Pa.
Topic: "Undermining Natural Order?"
Faculty mentor: Irene Wolf, senior instructor in philosophy

The 2011 Undergraduate Research Fair Planning Committee members were Chair Clare Conry-Murray, assistant professor of psychology; Zhongyuan Che, associate professor of mathematics; JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology; Talha Harcar, associate professor of business; Carol Schafer, associate professor of theater, integrative arts, and women’s studies, and Irene Wolf, senior instructor in philosophy.

Poster presentation judges were Peter Deutsch, associate professor of physics; Jaime Kincaid, therapist, Women’s Center of Beaver County; Terrie Krukenberg, senior vice president of business development, ESB Bank, and Penn State Beaver Advisory Board member; and Luke Taiclet, director of finance and business.

Oral presentation judges were John Feraco, manufacturing team leader, NOVA Chemicals, and president of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board; Angela Fishman, instructor in mathematics and coordinator, Center for Academic Excellence; and Kate Lichus, SCA administrator, Beaver County Behavioral Health.

Alternate judges were Carleen Dinello, assistant director of academic affairs, and senior instructor in reading and English; Carol Schafer, associate professor of theater, integrative arts, and women’s studies; and Beth Theobald, reference librarian.

For information about the Undergraduate Research Fair, contact Clare Conry-Murray at or 724-773-3862.


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Last Updated April 11, 2011