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Scholarly Showcase

Each spring, IUP invites students to present their original research, scholarly activities, and creative endeavors at the undergraduate and graduate scholars forums. Students share their work through posters, oral presentations, art exhibitions, musical performances, and a business case competition. In essence, the events give students a taste of showcasing their projects at a professional conference.

This past April marked the 10th year for the Undergraduate Scholars Forum and the fifth for the Graduate Scholars Forum.

Figures provided by the School of Graduate Studies and Research give a snapshot of participation in the forums over the years.

Participants by Year (Undergraduate)
2015
251
2014
275
2013
164
2012
195
2011
236
2010
182
2009
317
2008
185
2007
287
2006
123
Participants by Year (Graduate)
2015
104
2014
105
2013
119
2012
80
2011
67

The following figures are for 2015:

Percentage of Participants by College (Undergraduate)

  • Humanities and Social Sciences: 35%
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 34%
  • Eberly College of Business and Information Technology: 10%
  • Education and Educational Technology: 7%
  • Health and Human Services: 7%
  • Fine Arts: 6%

Percentage of Participants by College (Graduate)

  • Health and Human Services: 42%
  • Humanities and Social Sciences: 37%
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 14%
  • Education and Educational Technology: 5%
  • Fine Arts: 2%

Top Departments by Participants (Undergraduate)

  • Geography and Regional Planning (27)
  • Sociology (25)
  • Biology (24)
  • Geoscience (20)
  • Psychology (17)
  • Professional Studies in Education (14)
  • Food and Nutrition (12)
  • Chemistry (11)
  • Economics (11)
  • Anthropology (10)

Top Departments by Participants (Graduate)

  • English (22)
  • Food and Nutrition (12)
  • Geography and Regional Planning (11)
  • Biology (9)
  • Anthropology (4)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice (4)

A Selection of Presentation Titles

  • Hybrid Programming: The Wills and Woes of Sitcoms in 2015
  • Analysis of Salary Dispersion among NBA Players
  • An Overview of the Origins and Development of the Steel Pan
  • The Determinants of Happiness within a Country
  • A Sweet Spin on Shortcakes
  • Abundance of the Blacklegged Tick and Infection Prevalence of the Lyme Disease Bacterium in Pittsburgh City Parks
  • What Is in Your Vodka?
  • Analyzing the Safety of a Merry-Go-Round
  • Support for Students with Autism Transitioning to College
  • Laughing Together: The Individual and Interpersonal Functions of Inside Jokes
  • The Effects of English as a Second Language on Arabic as a First Language
  • Comparison of Weight Status and Fitness Levels between Public and Home-Schooled Children
  • Look Out Below: Falling Objects in High-Rise Construction