Penn State Worthington Scranton students and faculty will showcase their research projects and findings during the sixth annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Fair on Monday, April 25.
This year, over 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 will also be highlighted, including several professional website redesigns by student teams, as well as the design and development of a network solution for a professional law firm, that was done by students. There will also be several web browser comparisons presented, highlighting browser security.
Nursing students will be presenting projects on a 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.
Dr. 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," Dr. Wang explained. "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 on Monday, April 25 at 6 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room in the Study Learning Center. The event goes until 9 p.m.