2014 Penn State Behrend - Sigma Xi Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference

 

The twenty-third annual conference, held on April 12, 2014, included 164 presentations, 248 students, and 136 faculty members.

 

Students either presented their research and creative accomplishments in the form of oral presentations or as poster displays. The quality and sophistication of the student work increases every year. Unless noted, students are from Penn State Behrend.

 

Awards were given to the following students:

 

BEST ORAL PRESENTATION – BIOLOGY I

  • Hannah Smerker1 and Rohail Haider2 with faculty members Sarah Ewing1 and Thomas Corso2 (1Gannon University and 2Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine)
    Development of a Sequential Method to Adapt SH-SY5Y Cells to Low-Glucose Media for Manganese Exposure Studies
     

RUNNER-UP ORAL PRESENTATION – BIOLOGY I

  • Rachel Stegemann with faculty member Bradley Hersh (Allegheny College)
    Characterization of UBX Binding of Cpr47Ee in the Drosophila melanogaster Haltere
     

BEST ORAL PRESENTATION – BIOLOGY II

  • Rebeccah Ford and Ashley Wimer with faculty members Mike Ganger and Greg Andraso (Gannon University)
    Comparison of Age and Growth of the Round Goby (Neogobius melanostomus) from Lake Erie and a Small Invaded Pond
     

RUNNER-UP ORAL PRESENTATIONS – BIOLOGY II

  • Tyler Mack with faculty member Greg Andraso (Gannon University)
    Passage of Hard-Bodied Prey Live through the Gut of Round Gobies (Neogobius melanostomus)

 

  • Kaitlin Pander,1 Sean Weaver,1 Dan Hoang,1 and Mary Sperry1 with faculty members Beth Potter1 Robert Aeppli2 (1Penn State Behrend and 2Purple Martin Conservation Association, Tom Ridge Environmental Center)
    Determining the Bacterial Diversity on the Surface of Purple Martin Eggs
     
  • Nikhil Kanthala and Nikki McGaughey with faculty members Kelly Grant and Greg Andraso (Gannon University)
    A Comparison of the Pharyngeal Morphology of Bluegills (Lepomis macrochirus) and Pumpkinseeds (Lepomis gibbosus) from Presque Isle Bay, Lake Erie
     

BEST ORAL PRESENTATION – BUSINESS AND HUMANITIES

  • Paul Lukasik and George Kilbert with faculty member Syed Saad Andaleeb
    Social Media Usage and Satisfaction among Generation Y
     

RUNNER-UP ORAL PRESENTATIONS – BUSINESS AND HUMANITIES

  • Sean Allen and Brittany Martinelli with faculty member James Kurre
    iPhones vs. Eye Doctors: What Attributes of Metropolitan Areas Attract People 25-29 and 65 and Over to Move There?
     
  • Garrett Bowden and Ashley Snyder with faculty member Syed Saad Andaleeb
    What Makes a Product “Cool”?
     

BEST ORAL PRESENTATION – CHEMISTRY

  • Robert Fogle, III with faculty member Mary Grace Galinato
    Small Molecule Binding Studies on Globin Enzymes
     

RUNNER-UP ORAL PRESENTATIONS – CHEMISTRY

  • Chris Alverson with faculty member Jason Bennett
    Investigating the Electropolymerization of Ferriprotoporphyrin for Electrocatalytic Applications
     
  • Ian Campbell with faculty member Jay Amicangelo
    Temperature Dependence of the O-H Stretching Peak of the Methanol-Benzene Complex in an Argon Matrix
     

BEST ORAL PRESENTATION – COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING I

  • Jenna Huston with faculty member Terri Lenox (Westminster College)
    Neuroph Studio Extensions for Westminster College Students
     

RUNNER-UP ORAL PRESENTATION – COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING I

  • Matthew Campbell with faculty member Matthew White
    Custom Hardware and Peripherals for User Experience (UX) Research in Games
     

BEST ORAL PRESENTATION – ENGINEERING II

  • Nathan Siebert with faculty member Russell Warley
    Effectiveness of a Thermal Protective Coating for Automotive Components
     

RUNNER-UP ORAL PRESENTATION – ENGINEERING II

  • Matt McCormick with faculty members John Roth, Stephen Strom, and David Loker
    Wear-Monitoring Tool Holder
     

BEST ORAL PRESENTATIONS – HISTORY

  • Kasey Zaspel with faculty members John Rossi and Joseph Beilein
    The Unique System and Lifestyle of Western Guerrilla Warfare during the United States Civil War
     
  • Danielle Ropp with faculty member John Rossi
    Has America Learned its Lesson? Treatment of Modern Veterans Compared to Vietnam Veterans
     

BEST ORAL PRESENTATION – MATHEMATICS

  • Robert Volkin with faculty member Antonio Mastroberardino
    Optimal Control Dynamics of Radiotherapy in Tumor Growth Models
     

RUNNER-UP ORAL PRESENTATIONS – MATHEMATICS

  • Marisa Madsen1 and Jacob Hirschhorn1 with faculty members Javed Siddique1 and Antonio Mastroberardino2 (1Penn State York and 2Penn State Behrend)
    MHD Boundary Layer Slip Flow of Power Law Fluid and Heat Transfer over a Flat Plate
     
  • Thomas Tuberson with faculty member Michelle Previte
    Do Vertex Replacement Rules Generate Post Critically Finite Self-Similar Sets?


BEST ORAL PRESENTATION – PSYCHOLOGY I

  • Kayla Pelczar, Elizabeth Kremer, and Irma Velic with faculty member Charisse Nixon
    The Effects of Cyberbullying vs. Traditional Bullying on Distress Levels and Definition
     

RUNNER-UP ORAL PRESENTATION – PSYCHOLOGY I

  • Michael Rebman, Jordan Lyon, and William Shelstad with faculty member Charisse Nixon
    Effects of Media on Thoughts & Behavior
     

BEST ORAL PRESENTATION – PSYCHOLOGY II

  • Cassandra Bramblett, Christie Leslie, and Alicia McAllister with faculty member Victoria Kazmerski
    Stress in Relation to College Performance
     

RUNNER-UP ORAL PRESENTATION – PSYCHOLOGY II

  • Margaret Eimers, Tony Gahagen, and Vidhya Venkataraman with faculty member Charisse Nixon
    Involvement and College Students’ Stress: Finding the Sweet Spot
     

BEST POSTER PRESENTATION – BIOLOGY I

  • Jordan Gaston with faculty member Tricia Humphreys (Allegheny College)
    Molecular Phylogenetic Analysis of Novel Non-Sexually Transmitted Strains of Haemophilus ducreyi
     

RUNNER-UP POSTER PRESENTATIONS – BIOLOGY I

  • Michael Jaskolka1 with faculty members Michael Campbell1 and Jack Williams2 (1Penn State Behrend and 2Mercyhurst University)
    Accurate Identification of Artemisia vulgaris via DNA Barcoding
     
  • Jamie VanAlstine and Erik Beeler with faculty member Om Singh (University of Pittsburgh at Bradford)
    Screening of Extremophiles for Biosynthesis of Cobalt Nanoparticles
     

BEST POSTER PRESENTATIONS – BIOLOGY II

  • Renee Petrucci1 and Seth Morrisroe1 with faculty members Sarah Ewing1 and Thomas Corso2 (1Gannon University and 2Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine)
    Elucidating the Effects of Manganese on Human Dopaminergic Cell Viability
     
  • Brian Sohl1 with faculty members Sarah Ewing1 and Thomas Corso2 (1Gannon University and 2Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine)
    Does Manganese Auto-Oxidize Dopamine in the Absence of SH-SY5Y Cells?
     
  • Samantha Storti with faculty member James Warren
    Genetic Perturbation of Folate Metabolism in Zebrafish through Morpholino Knockdowns
     

BEST POSTER PRESENTATION – BIOLOGY III

  • Brian Fuller, Tyler Watson, and Ellen Butts with faculty members Gregory Andraso and Kelly Grant (Gannon University)
    Detecting Invasive Species in the Feces of Predatory Fish
     

RUNNER-UP POSTER PRESENTATIONS – BIOLOGY III

  • Kirsten Ressel with faculty members Scott Wissinger and Matthew Venesky (Allegheny College)
    Riparian or Watershed? Relative Effects of Land Use on Stream-Biological Integrity
     
  • Ashley Smith with faculty members Denise Piechnik and Om Singh (University of Pittsburgh at Bradford)
    Effects of Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria on Radish Plant Growth
     
  • Adrianna Stolarski with faculty member Milton Ostrofsky (Allegheny College)
    Influence of Land Use on Phosphorus Export
     

BEST POSTER PRESENTATION – BUSINESS, COMMUNICATION, AND HISTORY

  • Preston Barrett and Andrew Beck with faculty member Huan Chen
    Changes in Movie Product Placement
     

BEST POSTER PRESENTATION – CHEMISTRY

  • Alexis Rowley with faculty member Michael Justik
    Synthesis of Alpha-Acyloxyketones from a Novel Class of Alkynyliodonium Salt
     

RUNNER-UP POSTER PRESENTATIONS – CHEMISTRY

  • Nicole Gardner with faculty member Jason Bennett
    Spectroelectrochemical Investigation of Electropolymerized Ferriprotoporphyrin for Gasotransmitter Oxidation
     
  • Matthew Moesta with faculty member Jason Bennett
    Direct Electrodeposition of Graphene Oxide on a Pt Electrode and its Potential as an Electrocatalyst Support Material
     

BEST POSTER PRESENTATIONS – ENGINEERING

  • Tyler Ewing with faculty member Xiaocong Fan
    An Experimental Approach to Optimizing an Optical Character Recognition System
     
  • Patrick Haney, Nathan Greene, and Matthew McGee with faculty members Alicyn Rhoades and Bradley Johnson
    The Effects of Blended Coconut Shell Fibers and COC on the Mechanical Properties of Polypropylene
     

BEST POSTER PRESENTATION – PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICS

  • Wayne Peterson with faculty member Bruce Wittmershaus
    Continuous Density Gradient Centrifugation of Noble-Metal Nanoparticles
     

BEST POSTER PRESENTATIONS – PSYCHOLOGY I

  • Callie Keating and Natalie Corso with faculty member Shariffah Sheik Dawood
    Women in the Workplace: No Longer a Man’s World
     
  • Jack Luchette with faculty members William McGuigan and Roxanne Atterholt (Penn State Shenango)
    Childhood Neglect as a Predictor of Violent Behavior
     

RUNNER-UP POSTER PRESENTATION – PSYCHOLOGY I

  • Shelby Hernan with faculty member Jeffrey Cross (Allegheny College)
    Observation and Avoidance in the Valproic Acid (VPA) Model of Autism
     

BEST POSTER PRESENTATIONS – PSYCHOLOGY II

  • Erica Edwards, Alicia McAllister, Christie Leslie, and Robert Fogle with faculty members Victoria Kazmerski, Dawn Blasko, and Shariffah Sheik Dawood
    Is Sarcasm in the Workplace Funny? Depends on Who You Are
     
  • John Moore and Katelyn Marsh with faculty member Melanie Hetzel-Riggin
    Roles of Event History and Personality on Coping Responses to Stressful Situations
     

RUNNER-UP POSTER PRESENTATIONS – PSYCHOLOGY II

  • Mary Havers, Meghan Nee, and Kaitlyn Matty with faculty member Carol Wilson
    Attachment, Social Support, and Pain
     
  • Erica Robertson and Natalie Polana with faculty member Victoria Kazmerski
    Stress and the Use of Social Media: Influences of Personality and Age