Penn State Lehigh Valley research symposium winners announced

April 14, 2015

Penn State Lehigh Valley students presented their research to a panel of judges and the campus community during the annual Penn State Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 9. This provides students the chance to showcase their academic research projects. The judges awarded first, second, and third place honors to the top projects in both the STEM and Arts and Humanities categories. The winning projects are:

STEM

First place
Strengthening Connections: Intuitive Interfaces for Life Story Work in Elder Care
Name: Mahdi Chaker, Michael Cimerola
Faculty Mentor: Marietta Scanlon

Second place
Chronotropic Effects of Elevated Doses of Ractopamine on the Developing Chicken Heart
Name: Mit Patel, Munija Ramin, Manuel Colòn
Faculty Mentor: Jacqueline S. McLaughlin

Third place
Titanium Anodizing Using Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
Name: David Martnick
Faculty Mentor: Harold Scholz

Arts and Humanities

First place
Many Children Left Behind, is Science for the Privileged Only? A Statistical Analysis of Science Program Participation by Demographic Variables
Name: Samely Gonzalez
Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Parker

Second place
Cross-Cultural Analysis of Self-Control
Name: Brandon C. Fisher
Faculty Mentor: P. J. Behrens

Third place
Measure of Self-Control for PSU Students
Name: Ashley Fardella
Faculty Mentor: P.J. Behrens

The next step for some of these winners, as well as other participating projects, is to present their work at the fifth annual Penn State Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium, which will be held at Penn State Schuylkill this year on April 16.

  • first place STEM winners pose with poster

    Students Michael Cimerola (left) and Mahdi Chaker (right) posing with their research project, "Strengthening Connections: Intuitive Interfaces for Life Story Work in Elder Care," which took first place in the STEM category at the annual Penn State Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 9, 2015.

    IMAGE: Kate Morgan
  • student poses with research project

    Samely Gonzalez poses with her research project, "Many Children Left Behind, is Science for the Privileged Only? A Statistical Analysis of Science Program Participation by Demographic Variables," which took first place in the Arts and Humanities category at the annual Penn State Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 9, 2015. 

    IMAGE: Kate Morgan
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Last Updated April 15, 2015