Westminster College Faculty and Students Present to the Council on Undergraduate Research; Earn Councilor Positions

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Eight Westminster College faculty, a Westminster student and two recent graduates presented at the Conference on Undergraduate Research (CUR) June 23-26 at the College of New Jersey. In addition, three faculty members were elected to serve as councilors on CUR committees.

Dr. Sandra K. Webster, a professor of psychology at Westminster, was re-elected for her third term to serve as the CUR councilor for the psychology division. Webster, who has been with Westminster since 1983, earned her undergraduate and master's degrees and a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.  She specializes in research and design and is the author of the textbook Hand in Hand: Research Design and Statistics for Behavioral Sciences.

Webster, along with Professor of Computer Science Dr. Terri L. Lenox, presented "Parallels in Research Design and Computer Programming Skills Development for Beginning Undergraduate Research." Westminster graduate Devon Struthers ‘12 also participated in this presentation. Struthers, a Carlisle native, is currently working as a technical consultant for Psychology Software Tools, Inc. and is a son of Lisa Schreck and Donald Struthers of Newville.

Lenox was elected for her second term on the CUR Quarterly Committee. Lenox also volunteered to work on the Undergraduate Research Task Force, is the CUR Quarterly Mathematics and Computer Science Division editor, and is the liaison for the new CUR website. She earned her undergraduate degree from Grove City College, and her master's and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Her interests include psychology of the internet and computer supported cooperative work.

Lenox and Webster also participated in "Preparing Women for Success in STEM Graduate Education." Additional faculty who presented included: Dr. Doug N. Armstead, assistant professor of physics; Dr. Sarah A. Kennedy, assistant professor of chemistry; Dr. Katherine L. Robertson, associate professor of biology; Dr. Barbara T. Faires, professor of mathematics emerita; and Dr. Helen M. Boylan, associate professor of chemistry.

"The Effectiveness of the Hybrid Teaching Method in Non-majors Biology Course" was presented by Dr. Karen K. Resendes, assistant professor of biology, and student Kevin R. Mroz and graduate Jordan F. Zabo.

Resendes was elected for a three-year term as CUR councilor in the biology division.
She has been with Westminster since 2009. She earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary. She has a strong interest in educational research, and her studies involve comparing both majors and non-majors introductory biology courses at small liberal arts schools.

Mroz, a senior biology major, is a son of Herbert and Rebecca Mroz from McDonald and a graduate of Fort Cherry High School.  Zabo is a 2012 Westminster graduate who also majored in biology. He is a son of Daniel and Noellene Zabo of Mars and a graduate of North Allegheny High School.

According to the CUR website, "The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. CUR believes that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research."

Contact Sandra Webster at (724) 946-7359 or email for additional information on faculty development.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Faculty members present at CUR: ( l - r ) Dr. Terri L. Lenox, Dr. Sarah A. Kennedy, Dr. Katherine L. Robertson, Dr. Sandra K. Webster, Dr. Doug N. Armstead


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Faculty and Westminster graduate present at CUR: ( l - r ) Dr. Sandra K. Webster, Devon Struthers, Dr. Terri L. Lenox


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Dr. Karen K. Resendes


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Faculty and a Westminster graduate present at CUR: ( l - r ) Dr. Terri L. Lenox, Dr. Doug N. Armstead, Devon Struthers, Dr. Sandra K. Webster, Dr. Karen K. Resendes, Dr. Sarah A. Kennedy, Dr. Katherine L. Robertson