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Capstone posters to reflect research of history, political science, sociology and criminal justice studies majors

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Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Senior students majoring in criminal justice studies, history, political science, and sociology will present their capstone research from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center.

In these disciplines, students conduct primary research and complete an original work of scholarship which they present in written and oral forms.

“As the culminating experience to the major, the capstone is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their mastery of a body of knowledge and the conventions of academic scholarship,” said Dr. Patricia G. Clark, associate professor of history.  “The capstone poster presentation gives students the opportunity to present their scholarly research to a wide audience.”

History Capstones advised by Dr. Patricia Clark

Chloe Hudecki, a history major from East Amherst, N.Y., will present “Never Forget: How Was the Post-9/11 Generation Educated About 9/11 in Secondary Schools?”

Ian Jackson, a history major from New Castle, Pa., will present “The Life of a Soldier: An In-Depth Comparison of the Life of American Soldiers on the American Homefront Compared to the Soldiers Who Had Been Sent Overseas.”

Anthony Kamenski, a history major from Chicora, Pa., will present “From Clowns to Crowds: History of the Culture Change of Competitive Eating.”

Frankie Manios, a history major from Warren, Ohio, will present “Mississippi, the Freedom State.”

Vito Pilosi IV, a history major from Prospect, Pa., will present “Maskirovka Helped the Soviet Union Survive World War II: Soviet Deception Tactics During World War II.”

Zachery Tomlinson, a history major from Lancaster, Pa., will present “Rome Through Its Gods.”

Benjamin Williams, a history major from Volant, Pa., will present “Chernobyl’s Relationship to the Downfall of the Soviet Union and the End of the Cold War.”

Political Science Capstones advised by Dr. Michael Aleprete

Kellen Frazer, an international studies and Spanish double major from Eugene, Ore., will present “America the Populist?”

Bradley Green of Landisville, Pa., will present “The Politics of New Wilmington’s Amish Community.”

Lillian Quick, a political science and English double major from Cortland, N.Y., will present “What Influences Incumbents’ Reelection During Gubernatorial Elections.”

Nicolina Risavi of Greenville, Pa., will present “Social Media, the Newest Cause of Voter Polarization.”

Ashley Tarter, a political science and English double major from Alliance, Ohio, will present “A Game Theoretic Approach to Russian-Ukrainian Relations.”

Wyatt Walker of Waynesburg, Pa., will present “The War on Terror’s Effect on U.S. Trade.”

Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies Capstones, advised by Dr. Jamie Chapman

Jasmine Currie, a criminal justice studies major from Hermitage, Pa., will present “Secondary Data Analysis of Forensics in Wrongful Convictions.”

Saylee Grinnen, a criminal justice studies major from Wampum, Pa., will present “The Impact of Security on Student Perceptions of Safety.”

Edan Harrison, a criminal justice studies major from Fredericksburg, Va., will present “The Impact of Incarceration on Loved Ones.”

Theresa Schall, a criminal justice studies and psychology double major from Sheffield, Pa., will present “The Link Between Personality Traits and Criminal Behavior.”

Reaghan Wilkerson, a criminal justice studies and psychology double major from Cranberry Township, Pa., will present “Honors Research Proposal: Poverty's Grip on Public Health, Social Issues and Policy in Lawrence County” HONORS STUDENT

Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies Capstones, advised by Dr. Kristin Park

Tori Bowersock, a criminal justice studies major from Lisbon, Ohio, will present “We are Jane Doe: A Content Analysis of Sex Trafficking in the United States.”

Nia Drummond, a sociology major from Highspire, Pa., will present “Factors Producing Stress in College Students.”

Alia Filipelli, a sociology major from New Brighton, Pa., will present “A Case Study of Women’s Status in Contemporary Afghanistan.”

Paul Kallaur, a criminal justice studies major from Bethel Park, Pa., will present “Laws and Gangs: A Look at Policies Towards Gangs in the United States Military.”

Devin Little, a criminal justice studies major from Beaver Falls, Pa., will present “Content Analysis of the Portrayal of Black Suspect - Police Interactions.”

Felicity McDaniel, a criminal justice and psychology double major from Carrollton, Ohio, will present “The Effects of Family Structure and ADHD on Illegal Drug Usage.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Clark at