Students Show Their Work at Final RESS Pizza Presenter Series Event

Posted on 7/31/2018 9:11:19 AM

The Research Experience for Summer Scholars program continued its Pizza Presenter Series events on July 27 at the Hadley Union Building with its third and final gathering to discuss student research.

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 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. There were previous Pizza Presenter Series events on June 22 and July 13.

Three students in the program gave presentations on their research covering an array of topics:

  • Ryan Taylor (Food and Nutrition) is working with Sudipta Majumdar (Chemistry) on a project called “Antibiotic Resistance: Why Should We Care?” which focuses on the need to create new and better antibiotics because humans and animals are growing increasingly resistant to the ones being prescribed.
  • Kayla Kroczynski (Geoscience) presented her analysis of data for her project, “Storm Water Runoff at White Township Recreational Complex.” This summer, Kroczynski has worked to find out why runoff from storms has left the complex and flooded nearby Marsh Run, which has a ripple effect on areas nearby. Kroczynski is working on the project under the guidance of Katie Farnsworth (Geoscience).
  • Patrick Cone (Mathematics) showed his research relating to a specific math graphing theory called “Graceful Tree Conjecture,” which relates to how parts of graphs are labeled, and what kind of uses they have in the mathematical field. His faculty advisor for the project is Rachelle Bouchat (Mathematics).

The RESS summer of events is capped with a keynote speaker and poster session August 9.

The keynote speaker will be Murat Ozturan, the Mitigation Group Program manager for Microsoft. He is a 1990 graduate of IUP. Prior to Microsoft, Murat worked for Renault-France (automotive), and for a major bank in Turkey as an analyst programmer. He also has entrepreneurial experience with their family business.

The event is free and open to the public.