Saturday, April 16, 2011

Two Westminster seniors, Neil Pilarski and Aaron Zavora, presented the results of their capstone projects at the 2011 Penn State Behrend Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference on Saturday, April 16, 2011.  Neil is a Computer Information Systems major; Aaron is a joint Computer Science and Mathematics major.  Both students presented in the Computer Science, Engineering and Physics Session. Dr. John Bonomo and Dr. David Shaffer accompanied the students to the conference and served as judges for the presentations.  The student's research topics were the following:

• Neil Pilarski:  "Interruptions and the Effects of Postponement of a Secondary Task."  Advisor: Dr. Terri Lenox

• Aaron Zavora:  "Learning to Play the Deadly Game of Amazons."   Advisor: Dr. John Bonomo.

The conference also brought together participants from Allegheny College, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Grove City College, Mercyhurst College, Penn State Shenango, Penn State University Park, Slippery Rock University, and University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, in addition to Westminster and Penn State Behrend. 

Students presented research in a variety of fields in addition to Computer Science, Engineering and Physics, including Biology, Business, Chemistry, Geoscience, History, Mathematics, Physical Science and Psychology.  A total of 85 posters and 51 oral presentations were given across these disciplines.

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Neil Pilarski

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Aaron Zavora