Graduate and Undergraduate Sigma Xi Award Winners from IUP Scholars Forum

Posted on 4/7/2019 7:45:58 PM

At the 2019 IUP Scholars Forum, IUP’s chapter of Sigma Xi (a national scientific research honor society) recognized students for their research in diverse field including anthropology, biology, chemistry, computer science, geography, and mathematics.

A panel of active and retired IUP faculty judged presentations across a variety of disciplines for consideration for Sigma X awards. Student works were evaluated on content and rigor, as well as presentation clarity and completeness. Special awards were given to works which included computational methods.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Undergraduate Scholars Forum Poster Awards

First Place Poster

“Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie: A Case-Study of Stormwater Management Techniques in Cleveland, Ohio,” by Madilyn Sodowsky (Geography and Regional Planning), and Chantal Sisko (Biology). Mentor, Sudeshna Ghosh (Geography and Regional Planning)

Second Place Poster

“Estimating the timing of hemlock woolly adelgid infestation of light to moderately declining eastern hemlocks using tree ring analysis,” by Kaitlin Knopsnider. Mentor, Michael Tyree (Biology)

Third Place Poster

“New Synthetic Route to Benzyl Esters,” by Randall Koziel (Nursing and Allied Health Professions). Mentor, Justin Fair (Chemistry)

Honorable Mention Poster

“The Effect of Digital Evaluation on Seventh Grade Students,” by Gregory Boring. Mentor, Holly Travis (Biology)

Honorable Mention Poster

“Variability of residual chlorine in swimming pool water and determination of chlorine consumption for maintaining hygienic safety of bathers with a simple mass balance model,” by Ting-An Fang (Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Sciences) and Alvyn Berg (Computer Science). Mentor, Hao Tang (Chemistry)

Best Computational Poster

“Malware Classification using Fusion of Neural Networks,” by Victor Sansing and Kaleb Levicky. Mentor, Soundararajan Ezekiel (Mathematical and Computer Sciences)

Graduate Scholars Forum Poster Awards

First Place Poster

“Discrete Event Simulation of Hospital Patient Flow Using Arena Simulation Software,” by Kevin Powell, Sean Rhodes, and Cassandra Pray. Mentor, Frederick Adkins (Mathematical and Computer Sciences)

Second Place Poster

“Native plants have more herbivory by insects by the end of the growing season in a wetland,” by Angela Spagnoli. Mentor, Ellen Yerger (Biology)

Third Place Poster

“LiDAR and Archaeology: A comparison with Near-Ground Remote Sensing at Fort Allen and Squirrel Hill,” by Andrew Malhotra (Anthropology). Mentor, Jennifer Smith (Geography and Regional Planning)

Honorable Mention poster

“Spatial Survey of Historic and Environmental Features of Reastone Property, Powdermill Nature Reserve, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania,” by Angela Rooker (Anthropology), Chantal Sisko (Biology), and Madilyn Sodowsky (Geography and Regional Planning). Mentor, John Benhart (Geography and Regional Planning)

Honorable Mention poster

“A GIS Approach to the Management of Prehistoric Archaeological Resources within Michaux State Forest,” by Ross Owen (Anthropology). Mentor, John Benhart (Geography and Regional Planning).

A huge thank you to our team of judges:

  • Anne Kondo
  • Annie Long
  • Avijita Jain
  • Ben Ford
  • Beth Mabry
  • Bryna Siegel Finer
  • Channa Navaratna
  • Christian Vaccaro
  • David Janetski
  • David Pistole
  • Ed Donley
  • Ileana Luque-Montes
  • Jennifer Perillo
  • Jessica Baum Mehus
  • Jon Lewis
  • Lara Homsey-Messer
  • Lawrence Kupchella
  • Margaret Reardon
  • Nick Deardorff
  • Paul Arpaia
  • Paul Nealen
  • Rob Gendron
  • Sandy Newell
  • Seema Bharathan
  • Shelly Bouchat
  • Steve Hovan
  • Terry Fries
  • Waleed Farag
  • Will Farrell
  • William Chadwick

For more information about Sigma Xi and its programs and opportunities, please contact Ellen Yerger (Biology), president of the IUP chapter of Sigma Xi.