Research Experience for Summer Scholars Program Has Begun

Posted on 6/22/2018 3:46:14 PM

Katie Kohlenburg presents her research at the RESS Pizza Presenter SeriesThe annual Research Experience for Summer Scholars (RESS) program is underway, and students have begun showing off their work.

At the first of three Pizza Presenter Series events this summer, four students in the program gave presentations on their research covering an array of topics:

  • Maddie Jones, (theater and dance) described the composition she’s working on called “Nuclear: The Musical,” which is a sometimes comic, and sometimes sad, look at the realities of a Cold War-era world where a nuclear attack had happened.
  • Katie Kohlenburg (graduate student, clarinet performance) showed her work regarding the issue of performance anxiety among musicians, as well as other types of anxiety that students might face.
  • Tori Swartz (biology) presented her research project called “Peptides that Bind to LHX1A Protein,” which relates to the treatment of kidney disease.
  • Cassidee Powell (fashion merchandising) presented “Corporate Social Responsibility in the Fashion Industry,” which deals with companies that choose to either abide by, or not abide by, rules about the environment, outsourcing, and animal rights.

The RESS program, now in its fifth year, gives students the opportunity to conduct summer-long research projects of their choosing, under the guidance of an IUP faculty member.

The program fosters student professional development with events that promote growth with workshops, networking, and the presenting scientific work. The summer’s events are capped with a keynote speaker and poster session in August. 

The Pizza Presenter Series is a chance for the 30 students participating in the RESS program to meet and hear about each other’s work over a pizza lunch. The next one is scheduled for July 13, with the final one on July 27. All Pizza Presenter Series events will be held in the Monongahela Room of the Hadley Union Building.