2009 Scholars Forum Award Winners

  • Outstanding Paper Presentation Awards

    Stephanie Bearjar 
    Department of Economics
    “Income Inequality and Population Growth Rates: An Analysis of Post-Industrial Europe”

    Jesse Brown 
    Department of Art
    “Man of the House: Domestic Masculinity”

    Vernon Brundage 
    Department of Economics
    “Downfall or Difference? Examining the Role of Parents/Guardians in the Success of African-American Students‟ Pursuit of Higher Education”

    Matthew Celestin 
    Department of Criminology
    “Brazil: Road to Economic Development”

    Jennifer DeAngelis 
    Department of Professional Studies in Education
    “Anti-Bias Curriculum: Alleviating the Test Gap”

    Tara Friedl
    Department of Journalism 
    “If a Bias Exists Against Women in Sports Media, How Do We Change It?

    Brandon Gomez 
    Department of Communications Media
    “y r IUP stdnts using txt msging? A Study of the Dynamics of Text Messaging”

    Meghan Heasley 
    Department of English
    “God‟s Right to the First Born Son: The Sacrifices of Isaac and Jesus”

    Quiana Lightner 
    Department of Anthropology
    “The Educational Plight of Blacks and Latinos at Indiana University of Pennsylvania”

    Thomas Melvin 
    Department of Biology
    “Gauging the Nature of Science for Non-Science Majors”

    Dragomir Milanovic
    Department of Biochemistry
    “The Srs2 Protein Expression Using the pET11c Expression vector in the BL21 (DE3) Bacterial Protein Expression Strain of Escherichia coli”

    Elizabeth Morisky and Andrew Thompson 
    Various Departments
    “Strengthening the Foundations: The PACT Program and Teacher Education”

    Sarah Morrow 
    Department of Theater and Dance
    “Theatre Culture in Film”

    Alicia Rich 
    Department of Anthropology
    “Fission-Fusion in Captive Western Lowland Gorillas”

    Christopher Stefanides 
    Department of Sociology
    “Outdoor Recreational Activities impact on Self Concept”

    Ashley Talley 
    Department of History
    “The PACT Program in Practice”

    Kyle Walters 
    Department of Criminology
    “Are You In or Out? The Upper-Class Student Perceptions of Hazing”

    Caitlin Williamson and Peter Stonehouse 
    Department of Chemistry
    “Calcium Tungstate: A Convenient Recoverable Catalyst for Hydropgen Peroxide Oxidation”

    Bridget Young
    Department of Religious Studies
    “Precious Blood Spilled in Desperation: The Sacrifice of Kings and Elite Members of Society”

    Matthew Buecker, Benjamin Diehl, Derek Lambert, Christopher Makely, Katie Morgan 
    Department of Communications Media
    “Lingering Questions: The Fairness Doctrine and Presidential Campaigns in Western Pennsylvania”

    Honorable Mention for Paper Presentations

    Kelly Andrews 
    Department of Journalism
    “American Literature Anthologies: The Missing Minority Writers in the College Classroom

    Jessica Brown 
    Department of Journalism
    “Facebook and Public Relations”

    Michael Browne
    Department of Sociology
    “A Qualitative Approach to Presentation of Self and Student Activism”

    Jonathan Crowley
    Department of History
    “The History Beneath Our Feet”

    Kyla Groat
    Department of Art
    “Ushabt: An Analysis of an E-bay Antiquity”

    Marissa Michael
    Department of English “PACT and the Beginning Teacher”

    Rachel Umbel 
    Department of Physics
    “The CEMA Approximation Extended to Ultrathin 3-Layer Structures”

    David Shellem 
    Department of Sociology
    “How Connected are You? Networking and Discrimination within Greek Organizations”

    Jason Shirey 
    Department of Art
    “The „Green‟ in Design”

    Best Poster Awards

    Kyle Allshouse, Emmanual Johnson and Michael Stewart 
    College of Health and Human Services
    “Proactive Police Crime Control: The Use of „Hot Spots‟”

    Jessica Develin 
    College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    “Surface Decoration Analysis of 2008 Johnstown Site Excavation”

    Tracy Fisher 
    College of Education and Educational Technology
    “Thinking Hats and Accountable Talk”

    Joseph Rocco 
    Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    “Induction and Modulation of Host Murine Toll-like Receptor-2 (TLR2) and Cytokine Responses on Infection with Different Mycobacterium avium serovars and their ssGPL Mutants”

    Patricia Tolu-Ajayi 
    Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    “Effects of Temperature on the Ability of Tamoxifen to Induce Breast Cancer Cells to Behave More Like Normal Cells”

    Jessica Sabol 
    College of Fine Arts
    “Violet Sharp: An Experience in New Play Dramaturgy”

    Best Performance Award

    Nicholas Berninger
    Department of Music
    The Trombone: “George Christoph Wagenseil and his Concerto for Alto Trombone” 

    Business Case Competition

    Alyssa Shubra, Joseph Pelland, Tabitha Yagle, Amanda Frenchik and Zachary Morrow 
    Eberly College of Business and Information Technology
    “Competition in Video Game Consoles”

    Best Bibliography Awards from IUP Libraries

    Danielle Bothelo, Amy Devlin, Brittany Fuller, Quiana Lightner, Jessica Sabol, Patricia Tolu-Ajayai , Domanique Williams 

    Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibit Awards

    Michael Frederick
    The Dean’s Choice Award
    “Self Portrait on a Bicycle”

    Joshua Kosker 
    Honorable Mention “Creamer #33”

    Katie Lind and Jamie Zbrzezny
    The Faculty Choice Award “Expel”

    Aaron Treher 
    The Kipp Gallery Award of Excellence
    “Getting There, Being There, Going Away”

    Sigma Xi Best Science Poster Awards

    First Place:  Christina Ritter and Ashley Hague, Department of Geoscience
    “ODP Eastern Equatorial Pacific Leg 138: Eolian Dust Provides Insight into Past and Future Climatic Conditions”

    Second Place: Joseph Rocco, Department of Biology
    “Induction and Modulation of Host Murine Toll-like Receptor-2 (TLR2) and Cytokine Responses on Infection with Different Mycobacterium avium serovars and their ssGPL Mutants”

    Third Place: Stephanie Yarup and Brittany Viens, Department of Psychology
    “Study Skills Test Development”