Strike a Spark Conference 2021
The Center for Undergraduate Research held its 2021 Strike a Spark Conference on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity on April 21, 2021. The presentations highlighted the efforts of our students who engaged in research, scholarship and creative expression last year.
- 1st Place - Emily Behm (Graduate Student), “The Disproportionality of Minority Students in Special Education in Urban Settings”
- 2nd Place - Colleen Moyer (Graduate Student), “You Can't Recover if You're Gone . . . MAT and Harm Reduction”
- 1st Place - James Sible, Michael Sanchez, Jhony Perez, and Tyler Urban, “The Fabulous Baking Co: Website and Content Management Suite”
- 2nd Place - Shauna Fahad, “It's Virtually Showtime! Theatre Performance During a Pandemic”
- 1st Place - Chloe Faris, “Investigating the Role Bacteria Play in AMD Passive Remediation Systems”
- 2nd Place - Joseph Pagano, “Measuring Customer Satisfaction amidst COVID-19: Observations on Telehealth and Social Work Practice”
- 3rd Place - Sarah Moehring and Makenzie Cree, “The Effects of Alprazolam on Wound Healing and Regeneration in Planaria”
College of Science and Technology - Class Project
- 1st Place - Larry Wiles, “Soil-Based Bacterial Colonies: A Potential Source of Novel Antibiotics to Combat Antibiotic Resistance”
- 2nd Place - Thomas Forsythe, Julietta Maffeo, Ryan Marietta, and Najah Kadhim, “Subsonic Open-Loop Wind Tunnel”
- 3rd Place - Sarah Benson, “Fast Fashion and its Impact on the Environment: Can Brands Make a Cost-Effective Change?”
- Honorable Mention - McKayla Kling and Abigale King, “The Uncovering of Antibiotic Producing in Soil Samples in South-Western Pennsylvania”
College of Science and Technology - Individual Project
- 1st Place - Samantha Richard, “Characterization and Antibiotic Screening of Soil Fungi”
- 2nd Place - Raelynne Grabill, “Understanding Bacterial Communication and Group Behavior to Combat the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis”
- 3rd Place - Ian Wolfe, “Conformational Studies on a Novel Paraburkholderia Isolate”
- Honorable Mention
- Lauryn Avery, “The Effects of Glyphosate on Chicken Embryo Development”
- Ashley McIntosh, “Investigating the Antibiotic Properties of Ganoderma lucidum Extract”
College of Education and Liberal Arts - Class Project
- 1st Place - Erin Patrick, “Maple Syrup Urine Disease”
- 2nd Place - Caden Moran, “Flora Williams Biography: A Singing Suffragette”
- 3rd Place - Kendall Clevenger, “Uncovering the Lives of the Way Makers: Suffragettes”
- Honorable Mention
- Krista Wycinsky, “Down Syndrome”
- Skyra Heckman, “Child Abuse: Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974”
College of Education and Liberal Arts - Individual Project
- 1st Place - Hannah Wyman, “The Problem with ‘Yellow Fever’ & The Sexual Fetishism of Asian American Women in Film”
The Effects of Coping Humor. Danica Barnes.
The Importance of Veterinary Humor. Briana Beck.
Fast Fashion and its Impact on the Environment: Can Brands Make a Cost-Effective Change? Sarah Benson.
Humor in Poetry: Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall”. Yamna Boukaabar.
The Use of Art for Rehabilitation in Correctional Facilities. Brittany Brommer.
Uncovering the Lives of the Way Makers: Suffragettes. Kendall Clevenger.
Why There is a Lack of Participation Among Students During Group Projects. Kaitlyn Collins.
Queer Representation in Comedic Television. Cole Cooper.
The Ongoing Evolutions of Humor: How Modern-Day Humor Gets Progressively Darker. Alex Dalton.
Treacher Collins Syndrome. MacKenzie Darst.
Artificial Wombs: Filling a Microbial Gap in Knowledge. Savannah Davis. | Poster
Is Social Media A Friend or A Foe? Maria Dovshek.
The Role of Humor in "Catch-22". Klaidon Drury.
The Story of Sandy Cheeks. Alicia Lucas.
The Real Life Meaning Behind Scooby Doo. Alexa Malloy.
Who is More Stressed and Anxious During the Pandemic? Emma McSurdy.
Riddance of Recidivism. Courtney Meyer.
The Father of Counterculture Comedy: Dark and Observational Humor in the Works of
George Carlin. Alex Wigle.
Soil-Based Bacterial Colonies: A Potential Source of Novel Antibiotics to Combat Antibiotic Resistance. Larry Wiles.
Investigating the Antibiotic Properties of Ganoderma lucidum Extract. Ashley McIntosh.
The Effects of Alprazolam on Wound Healing and Regeneration in Planaria. Sarah Moehring, Makenzie Cree.
Mental Health and COVID-19: Living in a Pandemic. Rebecca Regeth, Marley Goff, Madeleine McKenna.
The Electrochemical Detection of Trace Metals in Commercially Available Dog Food Via Voltammetric Methods. Tyler Shaffer.
Characterization and Antibiotic Screening of Soil Fungi. Samantha Richard, Michelle M. Valkanas.
Conformational Studies on a Novel Paraburkholderia Isolate. Ian Wolfe.
How Privilege in Early Journalism Affected and Continues to Affect Female Journalists of Today. Hannah Wyman.
The Problem with “Yellow Fever” & the Sexual Fetishism of Asian American Women in Film. Hannah Wyman.
Performances and Creative Works
Breaking the Silence of Abuse: Portraying Aspects of Psychological Aggression in a Domestic Violent Relationship through Dance. Kylie Dunker, Abigail Farabaugh, Victoria Gilpin, Macy Gross, Jessica Kroll, Juliann Marraccini, Riley Obradovich, Rachel Wells
Using Dance as a Representational Tool for Advocacy and Education on Regression in Autism. Abigail Farabaugh, Victoria Gilpin, Macy Gross, Jessica Kroll, Juliann Marraccini, Riley Obradovich, Rachel Wells.
The Disproportionality of Students who are Minorities in Special Education in Urban
Settings. Emily Behm.
Interdisciplinary Case Study Presentation. Erica Gaster, Toni Kane, Lindsey Moore, Branda White.
Collaboration in Rural Communities: A Reversed Case Study. Sarah Heitzenrator, Emily Nelson, Ashley Parnell.
You Can't Recover if You're Gone...MAT and Harm Reduction. Colleen Moyer.
Case Study: Chad. Andrea Stimmell, Alexa Bernhardt, Lacie Valiante.
Stress: A fact of life or physiological response we can mediate? Abigail Walters.
Reverse Case Study: Joseph. Paige Weber, Tiffany Kon, Christina Johnson.