Saturday, April 2, 2011

Three departmental majors, Karina-Mikayla Barcus, Richard Ligo, and Neil Pilarski, were among the twenty-five Westminster College students who presented their research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) March 31-April 2 at Ithaca (N.Y.) College.

Barcus, a senior psychology and mathematics major, presented "An EEG and Emotion Appraisal Investigation of Anger Style and Agency; "Ligo, a senior mathematics major, presented "The Subgraph Summability Number of a Graph;" and Pilarski, a senior computer information systems and business administration major, presented "Interruptions and the Effects of Postponement of a Secondary Task."

The interdisciplinary conference hosted over 2,000 students from across the country.  Presenters were invited from all institutions of higher learning and from all academic curricula.  The conference created an environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provided models of exemplary research and scholarship, and helped improve the state of undergraduate education.

According to Pilarski, "My experience at NCUR was very worthwhile.  My presentation went well and many attendees seemed interested in the research.  It was also interesting to listen to other presentations and attend the poster sessions, which gave a more visual representation.  It was an excellent trip and I'm very glad that I participated.  I thank Westminster, the Drinko Center, and my adviser, Dr. Terri Lenox, for making the research and the trip possible."

Westminster faculty who accompanied the students were: Dr. A. Dwight Castro, professor of classics; Dr. Sarah Kennedy, assistant professor of chemistry; Dr. Patrick Krantz, associate professor of education and director of Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; Dr. Terri Lenox, associate professor of computer science and chair of Westminster's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science; Dr. Sherri Pataki, assistant professor of psychology; and Dr. Karen Resendes, assistant professor of biology.

The Westminster students received travel/presentation grants from Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to help fund the trip.

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Karina Mikayla-Barcus

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Richard Ligo

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Neil Pilarski