PSWS students take second place at Regional Undergraduate Research Fair

A Social Science research project by Sherry Miller and Jennifer Kokinda, HDFS majors at Penn State Worthington Scranton, has garnered top awards and recognition at two recent research fairs.

The women's research project, "Parental Investments and Relationship Stability Between Mothers and New Partners" took the first place award in the Social Science category at the PSWS/Sanofi Pasteur Undergraduate Research Fair on April 7 and second place in the Arts and Humanities category at the Sixth Annual NEPA Undergraduate Research Symposium held at Penn State Lehigh Valley on April 21. Their project advisor was Dr. Ray Petren, assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies.

Only the best student research projects from at least seven regional Penn State campuses are chosen to participate in this highly competitive event, said Dr. Asif ud-Doula, assistant professor of physics at Worthington Scranton and a steering committee member for the regional fair, along with Dr. Eva Tettenborn, PSWS associate professor of English.

Prizes were awarded in two broad categories: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Arts & Humanities.

Other Penn State Worthington Scranton students and their projects that were chosen to compete in the Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium included:

Nick Arnold, Zach Carling, and Ben Szuch:  "Alternative Webdesign Using a Content Management Suite"

Jason Cruz and Harsh Patel:  "Ransomware"
Elizabeth Edgar:  "Predictors of Leadership"
Nicholas Kremp:  "Photoperiodism:  Affects of Day Length on Oat Grass Development"

Kiernan Riley:  "Palliative Care Services in Advanced Heart Failure Patients"

Glenn Slick:  "A Comparison of Leukocyte Counts, Haemoproteus prevalence and mass between male and female white-throated sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis)

Joelle Sweeney and Eric Zelinski:  "A Graphic History"