Research Appreciation Week 2018 began with the annual luncheon dedicated to celebrating outstanding achievement in faculty, staff, and graduate student research. The luncheon was held at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex in the PNC Room.
Two graduate students were recognized for their outstanding work: Cameron Fiss, a graduate student in the Department of Biology, and Matthew Hassett, a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Fiss completed his undergraduate studies at IUP, focusing on ecology, evolution, and environmental sciences and worked as an avian research technician with Jeff Larkin, Department of Biology. Fiss's attention to detail, dependability, and passion for
ecological research earned him an externally funded graduate assistantship in the Department of Biology. Fiss continues to work alongside Larkin, helping to develop and carry out a research project aimed at better understanding the breeding ecology
of an imperiled songbird, the Golden-winged Warbler.
Hasset, who will graduate with his PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice in May, focused his dissertation on the timely and critical topic of Concealed Carry of Firearms on a College Campus. By employing an extensive survey instrument that examines
both attitudes of campus carry and the predictors of those attitudes, his study yielded the most comprehensive explanation of student, faculty, administrator, and staff attitudes to date.
Beth Mabry, Department of Sociology, was recognized with the High Impact Service Award. Research is a large part of her students’ course experience. “Learning by doing is memorable and research appeals to our natural curiosity,” Mabry said. “Getting inside
the process of research helps students distinguish important differences in sources of knowledge.”
Richard White, director of Financial Operations, was recognized with the Award for Service in Support of IUP’s Research Mission. In his role, White helps ensure the administration of sponsored awards remains compliant with all applicable laws, regulations,
policies, and procedures, external and internal. “Supporting our faculty’s research projects and including students in those research projects improves the quality of our faculty and broadens the perceptions of our students,” said White. “In short,
research makes IUP a better place for both our students and our colleagues.”
Six faculty members—each representing their respective colleges—were recognized with the Dean’s Outstanding Researcher Award. Front, from left: Calvin Masilela, College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Madaline Bayles, College of Health and Human Services;
Sharon Massey, College of Fine Arts; and Katherine Farnsworth, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Back, from left: Courtney McLaughlin, College of Education and Communications; and Mukesh Chaudhry, Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.
Seven were recognized with the Sponsored Program Award. Pictured below, front from left: BA Harrington, Outstanding Center, Institute or Program; Becky Knickelbein and Joann Migyanka, Outstanding Achievement in Curriculum and Instruction. Back from left: Waleed Farag, Outstanding Achievement in Research; Timothy Runge, Graduate Dean’s Award for Outstanding Commitment to Sponsored Programs; and Justin Fair, IUP Research Institute New Investigator Award. Not pictured is Jeff Wacker, Outstanding Achievement in Public Service.
Research Appreciation Week at IUP continues today with the Undergraduate Scholars Forum held at the KCAC. For a full schedule of all Research Appreciation Week events, please visit the Research at IUP website.