Students from a variety of disciplines and academic programs presented their research and creative projects at this year's Tenth Annual Undergraduate Research Fair.
A total of 94 students presented more than 60 projects and research posters at the event, which is sponsored by regional drug maker Sanofi Pasteur.
The event, which is open to the public, drew a crowd of over 100 indivdiuals.
Students from a variety of disciplines displayed projects that ranged from Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) topics to creative writing and interpersonal relationships.
Project topics ranged from The Vulnerabilities of Social Media by Jeff Penetti and John McDonough to Predictors of Leadership by Elizabeth Edgar, to Palliative Care Services in Advanced Heart Failure Patients, by Kiernan Riley.
Each year, students and their faculty advisors choose specific topics/hypotheses to research. They conduct their research throughout the academic year, and then reveal their results and findings in project summaries and analyses that are showcased at the research fair.
Winners are chosen in each academic category, and then three overall winners are chosen.
This year's categories and winners were:
First place (tied): Victoria Mandarano and Courtney Osborne; faculty advisor: Paul Perrone
Second place: Courtney Osborne; faculty advisor: Paul Perrone
HEALTH AND LITERATURE:
First place: Eric Zielinski and Joelle Sweeney - A Graphic History; faculty advisor: Dr. Kelley Wagers
Second place: Kiernan Riley; faculty advisor: Dr. Michael Evans
INFORMATION SCIENCES & TECHNOLOGY - Category #4
First place: Jason Cruz and Harsh Patel - Ransomware; faculty advisor: Marilee Mulvey
Second place: Jeff Panetti and John McDonough - The Vulnerabilties of Social Media;
faculty advisor: Marilee Mulvey
INFORMATION SCEINCES AND TECHNOLOGY - DESIGN AND BUSINESS
First place: Zach Carling, Nick Arnold and Ben Szuch - Alternative Webdesign Using a Content Management Suite; faculty advisor: Dr. Alan Peslak
Second place: Robert Butsko, Steven Feng, Timothy Granata and Lucas Slavik - The Internal and External Basics of Databases; faculty advisor: Dr. Alan Peslak
MATH/SCIENCE - Category #2
First place: Glenn Slick - Synthesis of Azo Compounds Used as Heavy Metal Indicators; faculty advisor: Dr. Jiyoung Jung
Second place: Glenn Slick - A Comparison of Leukocyte Counts, Haemoproteus Prevalence and Mass Between Male and Female White-Throated Sparrows; faculty advisor: Dr. Meg Hatch
SOCIAL SCIENCE - Category #3
First place: Sherry Miller and Jennifer Kokinda - Parental Investments and Relationship Stability Between Mothers and New Partners; faculty advisor: Dr. Ray Petren
Second place: Elizabeth Edgar - Predictors of Leadership; faculty advisor: Dr. Laura Nathans