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Undergraduate Scholars Forum

April 1, 2008

The Third Annual Undergraduate Scholars Forum took place on April 1, 2008. The HUB provided six rooms (one of which was subdivided) for paper presentations, a business case competition, and a poster session. The College of Fine Arts also provided space in Cogswell Hall for performance presentations. Dinner was served for 140 people the night before the event and took place in the Blue Room. The McNair Scholars Program cohosted a guest speaker during the dinner. Smart carts, easels, tables, media resources, computers, projectors, projection screens, and other materials were provided for students to carry out their presentations. Refreshments were provided throughout the event. Registration took place throughout the day.

In addition, the College of Fine Arts collaborated with the Undergraduate Scholars Forum by holding their Student Juried Exhibition on April 1. Forty-two works from undergraduate students were presented in Kipp Gallery in Sprowls Hall. The Eberly College of Business and Information Technology also collaborated with the Undergraduate Scholars Forum by holding a Business Case Competition as a session in the forum. Listed below are some additional data compiled about the forum and art exhibition.

  • Number of Individuals on Planning Committee

Total: 23

Natural Sciences and Mathematics — Ed Donley, Steve Hovan, Dan Sadler

Humanities and Social Sciences — Janet Goebel, Jim Jozefowicz, Beth Mabry, Calvin Masilela

Health and Human Services — Teresa Shellenbarger

Education — Kelli Jo Kerry Moran, Becky Knickelbein, James Lenze, Kelli Paquette

Fine Arts — Alison Pate

Business — Joette Wisnieski

Research Institute — Christian Hess

University Libraries — Chris Clouser, Portia Diaz

School of Graduate Studies and Research — John Eck, Michele Schwietz, Ben West, Tressa Wright

Institutional Advancement — Michelle Fryling

McNair Scholars Program — Hilary Staples

  • Budget

Total Revenue- $8,167.80 

Revenue Sources: $3,500 Graduate School; $4,500 President;

$167.80 Rollover from 06-07

Supplies and Materials: $929.27

Printing: $1,901.10

Speaker Expenses: $800

Advertising: $658.05

Food Supplies: $2,115.75

Ending Balance: $1,763.63

*Cost of dinner was covered with additional funds from the president and provost.

*The IUP-RI also contributed $1,000 in door prizes for the awards reception.

  • Number of Student Presenters

Total: 213 (176 in HUB; 3 in Cogswell Hall, 34 in Sprowls/Kipp Gallery)

  • Number of Faculty Advisors

Total: 71+ College of Fine Arts advisors

  • Number of Presentations in the HUB and Cogswell Hall

Total: 115

Posters —  Total: 48 (1—Education and Educational Technology, 10—Health and Human Services, 10—Humanities and Social Sciences, 22—Natural Sciences and Mathematics, 1—Fine Arts, 1—Business, 3—Various)

Papers —  Total: 61 (21—Humanities and Social Sciences, 15—Fine Arts, 3—Education and Educational Technology, 7—Health and Human Services, 13—Natural Sciences and Mathematics, 1—Business, 1—Various)

Performances —  Total: 3 (3—Music)

Business Case CompetitionTotal: 3 (3—Business)

  • Number of Presentations in the HUB and Cogswell Hall by Department

Total: 115

Communications Media — 2

Music — 6

Mathematics — 1

Biology — 8

Various — 7

Biochemistry — 5

Art — 10

Professional Studies in Education — 1

Nursing and Allied Health — 1

Health and Physical Education — 1

Physics — 1

Psychology — 5

Sociology — 11

Geography and Regional Planning — 4

History — 5

Anthropology — 3

Criminology — 12

Chemistry — 12

Economics — 2

English — 4

Geoscience — 1

Political Science — 2

Special Education — 1

Computer Science — 1

Finance and Legal Studies — 1

Theater and Dance — 3

Food and Nutrition — 3

Management — 1

Natural Sciences — 1

  • 20 Sessions in the HUB; 1 Session in Cogswell Hall

Session A Titles/Subjects (5) 


  1. How We Learn—Chair: Becky Knickelbein
  2. Economics and Social Analysis—Chair: Yaya Sissoko
  3. Gender and Society—Chair: Daniel Burkett
  4. Music—Chair: Michele Schwietz


5. Business Case Competiton—Chair: Joette Wisnieski

Session B Titles/Subjects (4)


  • Caring for Our Children—Chair: Teresa Shellenbarger
  • Physical Sciences—Chair: Nathan McElroy
  • Underrepresented Groups and Social Change—Chair: Michelle Fryling
  • Understanding Self Through Art—Chair: James Lenze

Session C Titles/Subjects (6)


  • Human Health—Chair: Portia Diaz


  • Mathematical Visualization—Chair: Ed Donley
  • Gender and Sexuality—Chair: Daniel Burkett


  • Art Challenging Society—Chair: Susan Palmisano


  • Theater—Chair: Kelli Jo Kerry Moran


  • Understanding Life—Chair: Carl Luciano

Session D Titles/Subjects (6)


  • History—Chair: Joseph Mannard


  • Religion and Society—Chair: Ed Donley
  • Public Policy—Chair: James Jozefowicz
  • Art Analysis—Chair: Michelle Fryling
  • Crime and Punishment—Chair: Daniel Sadler

3:20–4:20 (Cogswell Hall)

  • Music Performance—Chair: Kelli Paquette

An awards ceremony was held in Sprowls Hall following the last session of the day and in conjunction with the Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibit. Awards were presented by Dr. Atwater and Dr. Steve Hovan, the University Professor. The IUP-RI donated three iPods and ten $25 gift certificates for iTunes. Following are the list of awards:

  • Conference Papers (Best in Session Awards $20 Co-Op gift cards)

Session A01

Science Where Students Develop Their Own Labs: A Model of Inquiry  

(Dept: Biology)

Students: Thomas Melvin and Angelo Manifest

Faculty Advisor: Thomas Lord

Session A02

The Practiced and the Preached: An Analysis of State Divorce Rates and Religious Participation

(Dept: Economics)

Student: Lauren Venturino

Faculty Advisor: James Jozefowicz

Session A03

Gender Differences in Preference for Community Pull Factors  

(Dept: Sociology)

Student (s): Lindy Kopicki

Faculty Advisor: Beth Mabry

Session A04

The Evolution of the Marching Arts  

(Dept: Music)

Student: Jeremy DeLuca

Faculty Advisor: Michael Kingan

Session B01

Local Determinants of Malnutrition in Bolivian Children

(Dept: Food and Nutrition)

Student: Janelle Porter

Faculty Advisor: Rita Johnson

Session B02

A Crystallographic Detective Story: Solving the Li2ZnSnS4 Structure

(Dept: Chemistry)

Student: Beth Leverett

Faculty Advisor: Charles Lake

Session B03

Seeking Social Change: The Role of African-American Churches During the Civil Rights Movement  (Dept: History)

Student: Raymond Elliott

Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Marcus

Session B04

Disability Awareness and Documentation Through Art

(Dept: Art)

Student: Sonya Seitz

Faculty Advisor: Patricia Villalobos-Echeverria

Session C01

Physical Activity and Depression/Anxiety Levels

(Dept: Health and Physical Education)

Student: Julianne Gillespie

Faculty Advisors: Madeline Paternostro-Bayles and Robert Alman

Session C02

Measuring Digital Image Similarity Using a New Histogram-Based Approach

(Dept: Computer Science)

Student: Sean Olson

Faculty Advisor: Waleed Farag

Session C03

Buzz Cuts and Poly-Blends: How Lesbian Self-Concepts are Affected by Lesbians in the Media

(Dept: Sociology)

Student: Loni Yatsko

Faculty Advisor: Beth Mabry

Session C04

Evolutionary Understanding

(Dept: Art)

Student: Aaron Treher

Faculty Advisor: Patricia Villalobos-Echeverria

Session C05

Dramatizing Interview Material: Strategies of Documentary Drama

(Dept: Theater and Dance)

Student: Natalia Kaniasty

Faculty Advisor: Ricahrd Kemp

Session C06

Who’s the Boss: Female Competition, Conflict, and Alliances During Transfer of Western Lowland Gorilla Females

(Dept: Anthropology)

Student: Alicia Rich

Faculty Advisor: Miriam Chaiken

Session D01

 Buying History: A Historical Analysis of Museum Funding 

(Dept: History)

Student(s): Laura Heiman

Faculty Advisor: Kevin Britz

Session D02

 Hues of Heresy: A Contextual Analysis of the Galileo Affairs 

(Dept: History)

Student: Mara Iverson

Faculty Advisor: Robert Moore

Session D03

 Private Military Companies: A Question of Integration 

(Dept: Political Science)

Student: Charles Stanavich

Faculty Advisor: Susan Martin

Session D04

 The Critique 

(Dept: Art)

Student: Courtney Cullen

Faculty Advisor: Patricia Villalobos-Echeverria

Session D05

 Juvenile Justice: A Review of Juvenile Transfer 

(Dept: Criminology)

Student: Mandy Moser

Faculty Advisor: Alida Merlo

  • Conference Posters ($100 from ARAMARK per College)

College of Education and Educational Technology

School Counseling Needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

(Dept: Special Education and Clinical Services)

Student: Stefanie Fitzpatrick

Faculty Advisor: Becky Knickelbein

College of Health and Human Services

Community Re-entry after Imprisonment

(Dept: Criminology)

Students: Ginger Lucas, Kevin Martincic, and Robert Ritenour

Faculty Advisor: Rosemary Gido

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Roles of p53 and BCL-2 as Localized Prostrate Cancer Indicators, using Immunohistochemical Analysis

(Dept: Biology)

Student: Kenneth Glassford

Faculty Advisor: Seema Bharathan

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 I Can Do Anything You Can Do Better: Gender and Perceptions of Leadership Effectiveness 

(Dept: Sociology)

Student: Kasie Pletcher

Faculty Advisor: Beth Mabry

College of Fine Arts

 “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”: Unearthing a Culture, Cultivating a Story 

(Dept: Theater and Dance)

Student: Jessica Sabol

Faculty Advisor: Jason Chimonides

Eberly College of Business and Information Technology

The Economic Effects of Mardi Gras on New Orleans Business Structure

(Dept: Management)

Students: Mallory Blaniar, Anthony Almond, and Paul Valsdiaserri

Faculty Advisor: Lorraine Wilson


Making a Great City Better

(Dept: Various)

Students: Robert Roche, Pierino Delli Bovi, Craig Petersen, and Hansen Wijaya

Faculty Advisor: Lorraine Wilson

  • Conference Performances Awards (Best in Session $20 Co-Op gift card)

 Session D06

Ilijas: Odd Meters and Odd Techniques

(Dept: Music)

Student: Michael Dooley

Faculty Advisor: Michael Kingan

  • University Libraries Award for the Best Bibliography ($100)

First Place, Best Overall Sources

A Study Examining the Role of Social Class, Gender, and Religion in African-American Attitudes Toward Homosexuality (Dept: Sociology)
Student: Sasha King
Faculty Advisor: Robert Heasley

First Runner Up, Best Scientific Sources

Constraints on Pull-Apart Basin Formation from Tectonic

(Dept: Geoscience)

Student: Kalin McDannell

Faculty Advisor: Jonathan Lewis

First Runner Up, Best History Sources

Kiss and Tell: Kissing and the Creation of the Modern Woman in 1930’s Shanghai

(Dept: History)

Student: Gina Russo

Faculty Advisor: Alan Baumler

Honorable Mention, Best Innovative Sources

Student Perceptions of Distance Education in Virtual Environments

(Dept: Communications Media)

Students: Lauren Bazala, Sylvia Choi, and Sean Riffle

Faculty Advisor: James Lenze

Honorable Mention, Best Visual Arts Sources

Visual Manifestations of Self-Preservation

(Dept: Art)

Student: Alisha McCurdy

Faculty Advisors: Patricia Villalobos-Echeverria and James Nestor

Honorable Mention, Best Music Sources

The Sleeping Giant—A Look at How Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre’s Cantata “Le Sommeil d’Ulisse” Predicted and Reflected the Changes in French Society in the wake of the Revolution

(Dept: Music)

Student: Tracey Baker

Faculty Advisor: Matthew Baumer

  • Sigma Xi Best Science Poster Award

First Place

Polymerase Chain Reaction: Amplification of RNA from Tomato Mosaic Virus

(Dept: Biochemistry)

Student(s): Antonio Scatena

Faculty Advisor: Bharathan Narayanaswamy

Second Place

Social Modulation of HVc Auditory Response in Taeniopygia Guttata, Zebra Finch

(Dept: Biology)

Student(s): Jason Wallach

Faculty Advisor(s): Paul Nealen

Third Place

Homology Modeling of Influenza A Virus Polymerase Basic 2 Subunit

(Dept: Biochemistry)

Student(s): Caitlin Williamson

Faculty Advisor: Jana Villemain

  • Awards for the IUP Undergraduate Student Honors Exhibition: Juried Art Exhibition, Kipp Gallery, Sprowls Hall

First Place

Jason Brown, “Child in Play”

Second Place

Matt Madonna, “Reverse Evolution”

Third Place

Melissa Clutz, “Chestnut”

Fourth Place

Kyla Groat, “Silhouette”

Honorable Mentions

  • Stephen Nachreiner, “Wood Stool”
  • Joshua Kosker, “The Dreaming”
  • Joshua Kosker, “Use Me”
  • Stephanie Zini, “The Dance of the Twisted Souls”
  • Nicole Adams, “00925457”

Dean’s Award

Jason Brown, “Child in Play”

  • Common Freshman Reader Winners

First Year Student Essay Winner

Nicholas Haynos

First Place Upper Class Student Essay Winner

Ian Duckworth

Second Place Upper Class Student Essay Winner

Christina Roberts

Honorable Mention Essay Winners

  • Anthony Blair
  • Marianne Gumbosky
  • Jordan Pacific
  • Lauren Venturino

Creative Works Creativity Award

Monika Hofmann

Creative Works Content Award

Allyson Hale
Jill Barker

  • Publicity

The Undergraduate Scholars Forum received coverage in the press at IUP. First, the Undergraduate Scholars Forum website gave students information about the forum, such as submission guidelines, submission forms, presentation formats, deadlines, and the program schedule. This site allowed students to gather any necessary information they may have needed and also listed contact information in case they had any questions about the forum itself or their participation in the forum. The Software Development Center built upon a Web submission program instituted last year for proposal submissions. This Web program also assisted the planning committee in creating the schedule, assisting with the registration for dinner, and creating the program as well as the proceedings.

The Penn, from Tuesday, February 12, carried an ad promoting the call for presentations. Ads on Friday, March 21, and Friday, March 28, were placed promoting attendance at the forum, and an ad on Tuesday, April 22, was placed congratulating the participants as well as listing the award winners. The subcommittee displayed flyers around campus to advertise the event, as well as a banner hung in the Oak Grove. The subcommittee used the electronic marquee at the HUB for advertising of the forum. The subcommittee also was highlighted in IUP Reporter as well as on WIUP-TV, where footage was shot of the dinner the evening before and of interviews with Dr. Atwater and the speaker, Dr. Takeuchi. This footage is scheduled to air during the 2008–2009 academic year. There were also posters displayed within each college area promoting attendance at the forum.

  • Undergraduate Scholars Forum
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