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Penn State Beaver Undergraduate Research Fair Winners Announced

4/8/2009 —

Thirteen students participated in the Eighth Annual Penn State Beaver Undergraduate Research Fair held recently on campus. The students discussed their research during oral and / or poster presentations and were required to work with a faculty mentor in researching their topic and preparing a presentation.
For more information about the Undergraduate Research Fair, contact committee chair Dr. Zhongyuan Che, assistant professor of mathematics at zxc10@psu.edu or (724) 773-3884.


Oral Presentation – First Place:
Peter Ng, sophomore science major, Queens, NY

Topic: The synthesis of a potential chemotherapy agent: 2, 3-diphenyl Thiazolidin-4-one adduct of iron (III) tetrachloride.

Faculty mentor: Dr. Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry

Oral Presentation – Second Place:
Abdul Al-Nakhli, senior communications major, New Brighton

Topic: Unmasking a Hero: Culture and Gender among Modern-Day Heroes

Faculty mentors: Dr. John Chapin, associate professor of communications, and Ms. Courtney Young, reference  librarian / assistant professor of women’s studies
Poster Presentation – First Place:
Shannon Pridgen, senior applied psychology major, Waynesboro

Topic: Postnatal Depression: A literature review

Faculty mentor: Dr. Minhnoi Wroble Biglan, assistant professor of psychology

Poster Presentation – Second Place:
Kyung-Min Kim, freshman liberal arts major, Seoul, Korea and Kylee Weaver, sophomore applied psychology major, Beaver Falls

Topic: The Gap: Gender Conflicts in Generations

Faculty mentor: Dr. Clare Conry-Murray, assistant professor of psychology

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