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!
“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)
“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)
“New Synthetic Route to Benzyl Esters,” by Randall Koziel (Nursing and Allied Health Professions). Mentor, Justin Fair (Chemistry)
“The Effect of Digital Evaluation on Seventh Grade Students,” by Gregory Boring. Mentor, Holly Travis (Biology)
“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)
“Malware Classification using Fusion of Neural Networks,” by Victor Sansing and Kaleb Levicky. Mentor, Soundararajan Ezekiel (Mathematical and Computer Sciences)
“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)
“Native plants have more herbivory by insects by the end of the growing season in a wetland,” by Angela Spagnoli. Mentor, Ellen Yerger (Biology)
“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)
“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)
“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:
For more information about Sigma Xi and its programs and opportunities, please contact Ellen Yerger (Biology), president of the IUP chapter of Sigma Xi.