UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND ARTS CELEBRATION

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Westminster College's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning hosted the Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration Wednesday, April 27.  The day-long celebration included the annual Honors Convocation at 3:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  This showcase for student creative and research efforts featured the work of 221 Westminster students, who presented posters, oral presentations, documentaries, art projects, and performances.   The Mathematics and Computer Science Department was represented by 18 of the 221 participants.

"An important goal of Westminster College is to create a culture in which intellectual activities such as research and creativity are valued," said Dr. Terri Lenox, Westminster associate professor of computer science and coordinator of the event.  "The Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration allows students to showcase their work and allows the community to celebrate their work."

Posters were on display in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center in three sessions: 9-10 a.m., 10:15-11:15 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Presentations and performances were scheduled from 9-10:55 a.m. in McKelvey Campus Center, Old Main, and Thompson-Clark Hall.

Keynote speaker Dr. Joseph Gardella of the State University of New York spoke on "How Academic Science Can Be Transformed into Public Service and Learning for College Students" at 1:30 p.m. in Beeghly Theater.

The Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was created to enrich undergraduate education at Westminster through advancing world-class teaching as well as by participating in collaborations that address community and regional needs including strengthening K-12 education. 

The following 18 student participants represented the Mathematics and Computer Science Department: 

KARINA-MIKAYLA BARCUS
Majors:  Psychology/Mathematics
Funding Source:  Drinko Travel Grant 
Title #1:  An EEG and Emotion Appraisal Investigation of Anger Style and Agency
Faculty Advisors:  Dr. Jamie McMinn; Dr. Sandra Webster
Title #2:  Blet: Classic, Backwards, and Straight
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Pamela Richardson  
    
JOSHUA BECKERT
Major:  Mathematics
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Pamela Richardson
Title:  The Diner's Dilemma

JONATHAN BODLE
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pamela Richardson
Major:  Mathematics
Title:  D2: The Next Stage of Domineering

TODD CHANGOWAY
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pamela Richardson
Major:  Mathematics
Title:  Optimizing Brackets for the NCAA Tournament Using Game Theory

GREGORY CLARK
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. David Offner
Major:  Mathematics
Title:  Tessellations: Properties and Periodicity

STEPHEN DONNEL
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pamela Richardson
Major:  Mathematics
Title:  Mastering the Oracle's Game

RACHAEL HAYDEN
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pamela Richardson
Major:  Mathematics
Title:  The Loop of Luck

ERIN KECK
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Pamela Richardson
Major:  Mathematics
Title:  Optimal Strategies for a Number-Guessing Game

LANCE LEATHERS
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Terri Lenox
Major:  Computer Information Systems
Title:  Tackling Interruptions with the Note Taking Strategy

RICHARD LIGO
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Carolyn Cuff
Major:  Mathematics
Funding Source:  Drinko Travel Grant
Title:  The Subgraph Summability Number

HEATHER MCQUISTON
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Pamela Richardson
Major:  Mathematics
Title:  Tic-tac-toe on a Klein Bottle

NEIL PILARSKI
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Terri Lenox
Majors:  Computer Information Systems/ Business Administration
Funding Source:  Drinko Travel Grant
Title:  Interruptions and the Effects of Postponement of a Secondary Task

HANNAH RAIHALL with Cassandra Treshok, co-presenter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rotua Lumbantobing
Major:  Mathematics
Title:  Investigation of Pharmaceutical Disposal Methods and Environmental Impact

DANIEL RUTKOWSKI
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Scott Mackenzie
Major:  Mathematics
Funding Source:  Drinko Travel Grant
Title:  Scenes from "Of Mice and Men" and "Lend Me a Tenor"

MEGAN SHERRY
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pamela Richardson
Major:  Mathematics
Title:  1 x n Dots and Boxes

SYDNEY SPAIN
Faculty Advisor: Jr. Jacque King
Majors:  Mathematics/Spanish
Title:  Connection- One Relationship at a Time

AARON ZAVORA
Faculty Advisors:  Dr. Pamela Richardson/Dr. John Bonomo
Majors:  Mathematics/Computer Science
Title:  Learning to Play the Deadly Game of the Amazons

GROUP PRESENTATION
Title:  Predicting Stock Market Returns: The Case for Dividend Yield
Presenters:  Jonathan Berberick, Bryan Cameron, Michael Cercone,
Anthony DeFelice, Emily Dolsak (mathematics major), Lindsay Drabik, Garrett Frantz,
Erin Keck, Steven LaRue, Shawn Lehocky, Veronica Pustay,
Danielle Struble, Stephanie Tracey
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Daniel Fischmar

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Dr. Terri Lenox