RESS Program Continuing with Presenter Lunch Series Friday, July 12

Posted on 7/10/2019 2:05:46 PM

The 2019 Research Experiences for Summer Scholars program continues with the second Presenter Lunch Series on Friday, July 12, in the Hadley Union Building Monongahela Room from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The program is open to the community.

Student presenters for Friday are Kathleen Dougherty and Tyler Maykovich. Dougherty will speak about her research with Ellen Yerger (biology) about native and invasive plants and their role in limiting food for insects. Maykovich is working with Eric Morschhauser (biology) on the histology of a rare species of horned dinosaur, the Leptoceratops gracilis. 

The first Presenter Lunch Series on June 21 featured Patrick Cone, who discussed his research with Rachelle Bouchat (mathematics) on the “Graceful Tree” Conjecture in pure mathematics, and Ian Darragh, who presented his research with Katie Farnsworth (geoscience) on the water quality of Marsh Run.

The final Presenter Lunch Series is July 26, also from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Monongahela Room.
A total of 40 students are 2019 RESS scholars, examining topics ranging from the water quality of Marsh Run to the importance of sleep for student-athletes to understanding perceptions of gender in political tweets.

Now in its fifth year, the RESS program allows IUP students the opportunity to do research in a field of their choice under the guidance of a faculty member and participate in programs designed to help them develop as researchers and scientists. Events of the program focus on research experiences, communication, and professional development and networking.

Students in the program are both undergraduates and graduate students, with majors in five different colleges and in the environmental engineering track. Participants in the program, both in number and diversity of majors, continues to grow each year. This year’s program also includes students working with the STEAMSHOP initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics). STEAMSHOP is an interdisciplinary project to build a digital fabrication lab (makerspace) and innovation hub being led by Hilliary Creely (School of Graduate Studies and Research) and faculty members Sean Derry and Sharon Massey (art).

The community is also invited to the final event of the program on August 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the PNC Room of the Kovalchick Complex. This program will include a keynote speaker (to be announced) and a poster session by the student researchers. 

Rachelle Bouchat (mathematics) is the lead coordinator of the program, working with Justin Fair (chemistry), the original director of the program. RESS 2019 officially launched on June 4 with an informal meet and greet, with students doing short presentations about their research topics. In addition to the Presenter Lunch programs, there is a session discussing resumes and curriculum vitaes (June 26) and a program about research posters (July 17).

The RESS program is open to students in all disciplines who are engaged in original inquiry-based research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. Students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average to be accepted into the program. Financial support is available.