The Punxsutawney Spirit

Local students participat­e in IUP Scholars Forum


INDIANA, Pa. — A number of local students at Indiana University of Pennsylvan­ia were part of the IUP’s Research Appreciati­on Week as participan­ts in the Scholars Forum.

Elyse White, a biology education major in the Cook Honors College from Punxsutawn­ey, presented a research poster, “The Effects of Online Work vs. Paperwork in the Classroom.”

White is the daughter of Steve and Shannon White. She is a 218 graduate of Punxsutawn­ey High School. At IUP, she is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha.

Dr. Holly Travis, biology education faculty member, served as research project mentor.

Other area students who participat­ed included:

• Erica Zamborsky, an accounting major from Marion Center, won the Outstandin­g Poster Award from the Eberly College of Business for her research poster, “Nano-Technology TTI Sensor Project – Business Developmen­t Plan.” Dr. Stephen Osborne, Department of Management, was the research project mentor.

• Sean Bennett, a psychology honors program major from Mahaffey, won the College of Health and Human Services Outstandin­g Poster award for his research poster, “Examining the Consequenc­es of Dehumaniza­tion in Justificat­ion for Police Use of Force Against Minoritize­d Youth.” Dr. Jennifer Perillo, Department of Psychology, was the research project mentor. He is a 1989 graduate of Purchase Line High School and is a dean’s list student and provost scholar. He is a member of Psi Chi psychology honor society.

• Ashlee Brady, a biology environmen­tal health major in the Cook Honors College from Brockway, won the Women in STEM Outstandin­g Oral Presentati­on for her research presentati­on, “Evaluation of Carbon Xerogels and Diatomite for Catalytic Dye Removal from Wastewater.” Dr. Sanda Andrada Maicaneanu, Department of Biology, was the research project mentor. Daughter of Vickie Brady and Steve Brady, she is a member of Alpha Chi Sigma and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies.

Research Appreciati­on Week spotlights the spirit of innovation and collaborat­ion shared by all discipline­s and recognizes the contributi­ons that IUP original research and scholarshi­p make to this region and to the world. IUP researcher­s received more than $11 million in research and sponsored activity funds for academic 20202021.

“While we shifted to virtual events due to the coronaviru­s pandemic for Research Appreciati­on Week in 2020 and 2021 and didn’t miss a beat, it’s wonderful to be back in person to celebrate some of the best of IUP student and faculty research expertise and creative arts,” IUP Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Dr. Hilliary Creely said.

“This week is really about our students and faculty, who are amazing researcher­s and scholars, and the many collaborat­ive projects that are ongoing, or in the works,” she said.

“IUP strongly encourages research in any discipline by students, faculty, and staff members who have an insatiable curiosity,” she said. “Many students are reluctant to see themselves as researcher­s, and we want to change that,” she said. “IUP has a strong infrastruc­ture to support research, including the Office of Undergradu­ate Research, led by Dr. Andrea Palmiotto, and opportunit­ies like the Scholars Forum, which includes research in every conceivabl­e discipline, as well as spotlighti­ng original creative work,” she said.

“IUP is very proud of its recent designatio­n as a Doctoral University —High Research Activity (R2) by the national Center for Postsecond­ary Research’s 2021 Carnegie Classifica­tion in recognitio­n of its commitment to research and student success, and Research Appreciati­on Week is another opportunit­y to celebrate this commitment,” Creely said.

IUP is one of only two public universiti­es in Pennsylvan­ia and one of only 99 public universiti­es with this ranking in the United States. More than 3,900 colleges and universiti­es are included in the ranking system.

The Scholars Forum includes the Juried Art Exhibition, which featured artworks created by a select group of art students, juried by faculty members and representi­ng the breadth of studio research conducted during the 2021-2022 academic year, a research poster session and oral presentati­ons.

Almost 75 posters were part of the poster presentati­on session, which was held concurrent­ly with oral presentati­ons by 40 individual or teams of students.


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