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IUP holds undergraduate scholars forum

by IUP News Service on May 31, 2014 10:49 AM

Nearly 30 students from Indiana County recently participated in the Undergraduate Scholars Forum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

More than 150 students participated in the ninth annual forum, which showcased original undergraduate research, artwork or performing arts compositions.

Students applied to be part of the forum and were judged by faculty and administrators on content and the quality of their presentations during the daylong event.

Undergraduate participants from the area were:

• Danielle Ackerson, a sociology major, the daughter of Roberta and Dan Ackerson, Indiana, and a 2010 graduate of Lenape Technical School. She presented a poster with another student on “Combat Exposure and Drug Abuse among Male War Veterans.”

• Chuck Adamchick, a sociology major, the son of Charlie Adamchik, Blairsville, and Sandy Tarzian, Northfield, N.H., and a 2009 graduate of Blairsville Senior High School. He presented a poster with another student on “College Emergence into Adulthood and Religious Identity.”

• Carrie Aitkins, an applied anthropology major, the daughter of Gregory George and Mary Ellen Ditzler, Indiana, and a 1994 graduate of Jersey Shore Senior High School. She presented a poster with another student on “Digital Ethnography for Sustainable Development in Indiana, PA.”

• Josie Bash, a sociology major, the daughter of Robert and Sharon Bash, Shelocta, and a 2010 graduate of Indiana Area Senior High School. She presented a poster on “Overcoming Barriers to Academic Success Among First-Generation College Students” which was awarded Best Poster Award from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She graduated with honors.

• Sarah Begany, an accounting major, the daughter of James Begany, Indiana, and a 2012 graduate of Franklin Regional High School. She presented a case study with three other students on “Netflix’s Business Model and Strategy in Renting Movies and TV Episodes.”

• Laura Bennett, of Ernest, a psychology major, a 1982 graduate of Marion Center Area High School. She presented on “Adjustment to College Life in Students with Symptoms of ADHD.” Bennett is a dean’s list student, a provost scholar, a member of the Honors Psychology Program and a recipient of the Zonta Women’s Club Scholarship.

• Tod Berry, of Indiana, a sociology major and a 1986 graduate of Elderton High School. He presented a poster on “Parents’ Awareness of Human Services Programs That May Contribute to the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency.”

• Christina Bryner, a finance major, the daughter of Robert Fisher and Phyllis Bryner, Black Lick, and a 2012 graduate of Blairsville Senior High School. She presented a case study with four other students on “Netflix” which was awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence – Business Case Competition First Place Award from the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.

• Myles Burden, a criminology major, the son of Robert and Deridra Burden, Indiana, and a 2011 graduate of Pennwood High School. He presented a poster with four other students on “Relationship Between Music and Crime.”

• Marah Campbell, a sociology major, the daughter of Dan and Dawn McCracken, Penn Run, and a 2011 graduate of Calvary Baptist Academy. She presented a poster on “Horse to Heal: Therapists’ Perceptions of the Benefits of Equine Therapy for Abused Children.”

• Celeste Catalano, a mathematics and economics major, the daughter of Dennis and Karen Catalano, Indiana, and a 2009 graduate of Homer-Center High School. She presented on “Okun’s Law: Expanding on the Modern Theory.” Catalano is a recipient of the dean’s merit scholarship.

• Michael Duffey, a history major, the son of Michael Duffey and Lisa Dunmire, Blairsville, and a 2010 graduate of Blairsville Senior High School. He presented on “An Exploration of Soviet Union Foreign Policy and its Impact in Latin America.” Duffey is the recipient of the McNair Scholar Award.

• Amy Fairman, a sports administration major, the daughter of Dave and Karen Fairman, Creekside, and a 2011 graduate of Marion Center Area High School. She presented a poster with three other students on “Analysis of Academic Success Factors in Student Athletes” which was awarded Best Poster Award from the College of Health and Human Services.

• Heidi Farmery, of Arcadia, a sociology major, presented a poster on “Does Hospice Care Reduce The Emotional Strain of Caregivers?”

• Taralyn Federoff, of Indiana, an anthropology and political science major, and a 2010 graduate of Indiana Area Senior High School. She presented a poster on “Inigi Kayap: Stewardship, Knowledge, and the Environment.”

• Amber Gregory, a criminology major, the daughter of Scott and Tammy Gregory, Smicksburg, and a 2010 graduate of Marion Center Area High School. She presented a poster with four other students on “Police Misconduct: To Protect and Deceive.”

• Taylor Jones, a nutrition major, the daughter of Lori Syster and Ara Jones, Indiana, and a 2010 graduate of Penns Manor Area High School. She presented with three other students on “Cold Sores and Lysine.” Jones is a dean’s list student and a provost scholar.

• Alexandra Larch, a finance and economics major, the daughter of Dawn and Ronald Larch, White Township, is a 2013 graduate of Agora Cyber Charter School. She presented a case study with four other students on “Netflix” which was awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence – Business Case Competition First Place Award from the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.

• Matheau McKee, a sociology major, the son of Kevin McKee, Indiana, and Susan Wallace, of Katy, Texas, and a 2010 graduate of Katy High School. He presented a poster on “Electronic Device Use and Social Anxiety in Face-to-Face Interactions.”

• Christina Mumau, a criminology major, the daughter of Tom and Lori Mumau, Homer City, and a 2012 graduate of Homer-Center High School. She presented a poster with four other students on “Police Misconduct: To Protect and Deceive.” Mumau is a dean’s list student.

• Ashley Nicholson, a sociology major, the daughter of Carlena and Gerald Nicholson, Blairsville, is a 2003 graduate of United Junior-Senior High School. She presented a poster on “Drug Education Program: Effective Drug Use Prevention?”

• Alexander Patterson, a geology major, the son of Ed and Susan Patterson, Indiana, and a 2009 graduate of Marion Center Area High School. He presented a poster on “Environmental Site Assessment of the Former Josephine Iron Works in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.”

• Kayla M. Pitzerell, a criminology pre-law major, the daughter of Tammy and Christopher Ewing, Shelocta, and a 2011 graduate of Indiana Area Senior High School. She presented a poster with four other students on “Police Misconduct: To Protect and Deceive.”

• Stephanie Smith, a sociology major, the daughter of Sean and Amy Reeger, Indiana, and a 2010 graduate of Beaver County Christian School. She presented a poster on “Post 9/11 War Veteran Life: Investigating the Relationship between Combat Exposure and Substance Abuse.”

• Leah Steetle, a human service sociology major, the daughter of Amy and Ron Steetle, Shelocta, and a 2010 graduate of Indiana Area Senior High School. She presented a poster on “Does Age Matter? Blame Placed on Child Sexual Abuse Perpetrators.”

• Victoria Varner, a sociology major, the daughter of Sharon and Doug Varner, Indiana, and a 2010 graduate of PA Learners Online. She presented a poster on “Social Forces’ Impact on Students College Attendance.”

• Tim Weaver, a criminology major, the son of Andrew and Jennie Weaver, Indiana, and a 2008 graduate of Pine Richland High School. He presented a poster with three other students on “Relationship Between Music and Crime.”

• Kristen Weber, a sociology major, the daughter of Ray Vrabel and Mary Jane Frank, White Township, and a 2002 graduate of Indiana Area Senior High School. She presented a poster on “The Positive Role Parents Can Have in Preventing Cyber-bullying.” Weber is a dean’s list student and a member of Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society.

• Christopher Zele, of Indiana, a sociology major and a 1992 graduate of United High School. He presented a poster on “Exposure to Movie/TV Violence and Interpersonal Aggression.” Zele is a provost scholar.

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