The Undergraduate Scholars Forum and the Graduate Scholars Forum during the 2017 Research Appreciation Week at IUP showcased research, art, and music by more than 300 IUP students.

The two events were held at the Hadley Union Building on April 4 and 5, 2017 and were well attended by IUP faculty, students, and staff.

Poster sessions at the Undergraduate Scholars ForumEach forum featured a poster session in the Ohio Room where students discussed their findings with judges and curious attendees, as well as oral presentations in break out rooms where students gave a 15-minute presentation on their research to a small audience.

Undergraduate and Graduate students give presentations at scholars forumsTake a closer look at five of the 15-minute presentations:

“The Effects of Team Identification on Social and Emotional Adjustment at a Division II University” by Evan Davis, Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sports Science

“Exploring Perceptions of Male Victimization in Prison Settings” by Chelsea Clark, Department of Sociology.

“Discrimination of Women of Color: Hair Perceptions” by Rebecca Colón, Department of Sociology

“The Adventure Learning Trail” 
by Stephanie Raby-Reeger, Department of Anthropology

“Food Insecurity: Finding a Solution to a Growing Family Issue” 
by Carolyn Kenyon, Ashley Whigham, and Ashley Tomasko, Department of Child Development and Family Relations

Three minute thesis competition at graduate scholars forumThe Graduate Scholars Forum included, for the second year, the Three Minute Thesis Final Competition.

After the six finalists presented, a panel of judges voted for the winner of the Judges' Award and audience members voted via text message for the Peer Choice Award.

Judges' Award winner: Ingrid Krecko, “The Circle of Sadness: Improving children's emotion competence through the film ‘Inside Out'”

Peer Choice Award winner: Terrance Hudson, “Why Teach? What Motivates African American Males to Choose Careers in Teaching”