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University to hold third annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Posted by Samantha McClintock on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 @ 10:04 AM

describe the imageWaynesburg University’s third annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The event is open to the public and will feature 51 student presenters.  The Symposium will feature eight oral presentations and 20 poster presentations.

Dr. Chad Sethman, assistant professor of biology at Waynesburg University, organized the event to emphasize the University’s opportunities for research while also allowing University students to gain experience in a professional environment.
“Engaging in research helps students to develop essential practical skills by applying their knowledge in order to solve problems and make advancements to our understanding of a particular field,” Sethman said.  “This research symposium is an opportunity for underclass students to become oriented in the practice of research and to sample potential projects and ideas for their future research participation.”

Sethman said the event will celebrate the work of both Waynesburg students and faculty.
“Many disciplines have their own research forums; however, our annual Symposium aims to bring together students and faculty from many diverse disciplines in order to collectively celebrate the research contributions that all of our students make in their respective fields here at Waynesburg University,” Sethman said.

The Symposium schedule will include:

Oral Presentation Session I - 1 p.m.
•    “Effects of Food Source (Rotifer) Density on Oxygen Concentration During Early Clownfish Development” Shawn Wharrey
•    “An Invisible Theorist: Revitalizing the Philosophy of Adam Smith” Anthony Cooper
•    “Contemporary Legal Issues of Energy and Property”  Karen Moyer
•     “The Effects of Music Therapy on Procedural Pain in Pediatric Patients”  Lynae Byler, Amanda Leadbeater, Marissa Minto and Katlin Unrue

Oral Presentation Session II - 2 p.m.
•    “The Effects of Circumcision on Acquisition and Transmission of Sexually Transmitted Infections”  Alyson Clark, Amanda Immel, Chelsey Root and Brenda Saenz
•    “Parents Hesitant of Childhood Vaccinations & the Role of Healthcare Providers”  Maggie Collins, Christina Hann, Lacey Lake, Brittnee Moncure and Chrissy Truchok
•    “Does alternative pain therapy influence the perception of pain in full term laboring women?”  Jenna Griffith, Brittney Nard, Lauren Patterson and  Debra Rush
•    “To Aspirate or Not To Aspirate, That is the Question?”  Courtney Bigam and Nicole Brooks

 Poster Session – 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Chad Sethman at 724-852-3265.

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