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Honors Students Travel to Pittsburgh to Present Research

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Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

From April 6th to April 9th, five Westminster honors students had the opportunity to present research at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference. The conference brings together hundreds of honors students from around the region to share research and ideas. Appropriately, the theme for the conference was “Bridging the Divide,” inviting students to investigate ways in which metaphorical bridges can be constructed between various topics, cultures, and disciplines.

"The conference was a great opportunity for the students to network and engage in an academic environment," said Dr. Shannon Smithey.

Sophomore Vanessa Restifo presented her paper titled “Converging Cultures,” which focused on her observations of Peruvian culture. Restifo did an internship in Peru last summer. Juniors Audrey Nickle and Laura Page each presented separate posters entitled, “5-Fluorouracil Repairs a Bridge to the Nucleus for Tumor Suppressors in HeLa Cells” and “Bridging the Divide Between Producers and Consumers,” respectively.

Seniors Emily Broderick and Kaitlyn Kosarek each presented posters as well, titled, “The Power of the Spoken Word: Personality Trait Self-Perception in Hispanic and Anglo-American Bilinguals” and “Our Nomadic Thoughts: Affect and Temporal Focus Impact Attention through Mind Wandering”.

For more information, contact Tom Fields at or 724-946-7190