More than 300 Indiana
University of Pennsylvania students at the undergraduate and graduate level
will present original research, art, and music during the university’s
annual Research Appreciation Week, April 3–7.
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 is one of four
public doctoral research universities in Pennsylvania. IUP researchers received
$10.9 million in sponsored activity funds for fiscal 2015–16.
Several events are
open to the community, including the 12th annual Women in
Mathematics, Science, and Technology program on April 3 on the first floor of
Weyandt Hall; the 12th annual Undergraduate Scholars Forum (April 4),
and the seventh annual Graduate Scholars Forum (April 5). Both forums are in
the Hadley Union Building.
The Women in
Mathematics, Science, and Technology program includes a visit from high school
students from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; a poster session of scholarly work by IUP
faculty and students from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics from
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and a panel discussion related to success of women in
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The high school
student participants and IUP student poster winners will be recognized at this
Panelists are Sally Amero, who serves as National Institutes of Health review policy officer
and as the extramural research integrity liaison officer in the National
Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research; Donna Olejniczak, project
manager at Noveome Biotherapeutics, Inc.; and Mary Sewatsky, chief medical officer and patient safety officer
at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton.
The Patricia Hilliard
Robertson Memorial Scholarship for Women in the Sciences recipient will be
announced during the awards ceremony. This scholarship was established to honor
the memory of Robertson, a 1985 alumna of IUP, who became a physician and
an astronaut. Robertson was from Homer City. She passed away in May 2001
from injuries in a flight accident.
The Undergraduate Scholars
Forum includes a poster session of original research from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in
the Ohio Room and atrium. The juried art exhibition is open in the Susquehanna
Room on April 4 and 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
are broken down by topic and are offered concurrently. Sessions from 8:00 to 9:20
a.m. are related to “Gender and Racial Disparities in Society,” “Critical
Reflection on Society and Government,” “Economic Development,” and “Environmental
Damage,” and there is also a business case competition.
From 9:30 to 10:50
a.m. students will present research on “The Impact of the Media on
Perception,” “Health and Well-Being,” “Applied Economic Analysis,” and
Topics in the 11:00 a.m.
to 12:20 p.m. session are “The Past and Future,” “Urban Planning,” “Math,
Motivation, and Performance Theory,” “Investment and Funding,” and “Development
The Graduate Scholars
Forum on April 5 includes a poster session from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Oral
presentations from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. focus on these topics: kidney disease,
diverse mathematical and natural science issues, special populations and
predictive analysis, writing practices, and social media.
Sessions offered from
10:30 to 11:45 a.m. are on these topics: issues in Division II (athletics),
health education and outreach, literary themes, expression in writing, and
diversity issues in kinesiology, health, and sport science.
The Graduate Scholars
Forum also includes, for the second year, the Three-Minute Thesis Final
Competition at 1:00 p.m. in the Ohio Room.
Based on a program
founded at the University of Queensland, graduate students present their
original scholarship in three minutes with the aid of one PowerPoint slide.
Students applied to participate in the competition earlier this semester and
are chosen after a preliminary competition in March.
The six finalists and their topics are:
A panel of judges
will choose the winner of the competition, who will receive $500. Persons in
attendance will choose the “peer winner,” who also will receive $500.
A complete schedule
of the Undergraduate Scholars Forum presentations are available on the Undergraduate Scholars Forum website.
A complete schedule
of the Graduate Scholars Forum presentations are available on the Graduate Scholars Forum website.