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Undergraduate Research Symposium

The 2015 Penn State Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on Thursday, April 9. This event afforded Penn State Lehigh Valley students the opportunity to share their academic research projects with the Penn State Lehigh Valley community through the presentation of scholarly posters. Many project types were presented during the Undergraduate Research Symposium. These included independent research and research-based course projects, honors research projects, and traditional course-related projects that required significant research.

Keynote Speaker

The Penn State Faculty Invitational Lecture Series sponsored the 2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium's keynote speaker:

Cecelia J. Cavanaugh, SSJ, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies
Chestnut Hill College

Poetic Imagination, Aesthetic Emotion and Building Bridges between the Sciences and Humanities: Lessons for Spain's Residencia de estudiantes

Abstract: The interdisciplinary atmosphere created and fostered in the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid, Spain in the early twentieth century produced important research and scholarship across the disciplines and formed some of Spain´s most important intelligentsia. My talk will consider the principles inherent in its founding and the philosophy at work in its day-to-day operations by celebrating the genius of a Residencia faculty member, the scientist Pío del Río-Hortega and one of its most famous residentes, the poet Federico García Lorca. I hope to show how each, in his approach to his craft and in his attitude to the disciplines of others, exemplified the “bridge building” expressed as one of the goals of the Residencia by its founders.

2015 Results

Congratulations to all 2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium participants!

Projects that have won at the local level will be entered in the Fifth Annual Penn State Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium which will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Penn State Schuylkill. This regional competition will showcase undergraduate research from the eastern region of Penn State (Abington, Brandywine, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, Wilkes-Barre, and Worthington-Scranton). Entries from other campuses also are welcome at this event. Dr. McLaughlin has been selected to serve on the 2015 Penn State Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium Steering Committee. If you have any questions about this event, please do not hesitate to contact her at jshea@psu.edu.

The following research projects were chosen as first, second, and third by the judges at the 2015 Penn State Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium.


First Place

Strengthening Connections: Intuitive Interfaces for Life Story Work in Elder Care
Name: Mahdi Chaker, Michael Cimerola
Faculty Mentor: Dr. 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: Dr. Jacqueline S. McLaughlin

Third Place

Titanium Anodizing Using Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
Name: David Martnick
Faculty Mentor: Dr. 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: Dr. Jennifer Parker

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

Additional Questions?

If you have any further questions at this juncture, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Daniel Jackson, Chair of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Research and Scholarship Committee.