Students, faculty join in summer research program
Twelve Shippensburg University undergraduate students and 12 faculty members are sure to have an interesting summer thanks to the S.U.R.E. program.
S.U.R.E. stands for “Summer Undergraduate Research Experience,” a pilot program that enhances the university’s already strong student-faculty undergraduate research program. It is designed to introduce undergraduates to academic research and directly involve them in a research project that will provide them with research skills and techniques. The students will receive a stipend for their work with their faculty researcher through funds provided by the Provost’s Office and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Results of each project will be presented at the 2012 Academic Day at the start of the Fall semester.
The university encourages student-faculty research in academic programs throughout all disciplines. The annual Celebration of Student Research Conference is a highlight of the Spring semester, and approximately 500 students participated in the conference last April.
Following is the listing of the faculty and student participants and their respective research projects:
- Dr. Masudul Biswas, communication/journalism, and student Kayla Krebs, “Discourse Analysis of Tweets and Facebook Posts on Post-Revolution Libya, Syria and Tunisia.”
- Neil Connelly, English, and student Noret Flood, “New Paradigms in Criticism: The Cycle of Feedback and Revision.”
- Dr. Thomas Crochunis, English, and student Evan Hallman, “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner: A Thematic Analysis of Young Adult Literature.”
- Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward, history/philosophy, and student Patrick McGowan, “We’re Appalachia, But We Don’t Need to Be:" Planning for the Periphery in Postwar Pittsburgh.”
- Dr. Alison Feeney, geography/earth science, and student Kameelah Temple, “GIS Based Analysis of Settlement Patterns in the Cumberland Valley.”
- Dr. Michael Marsh, accounting/MIS/ITBE, and student Richard A. Abel III “The Design and Implementation of a Cybersecurity Test Bed.”
- Dr. John Richardson, chemistry, and student Kelsey Mengle, “Optical Characterization of Metal Nanoparticles Encapsulated in Thin Aerogel Films Using Attenuated Total Reflectance Techniques Toward the Development of New Optical Sensing Devices.”
- Dr. Heather Sahli, biology, and student Neal Ryder, “Quantifying Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) Diet and Saurochory in South-Central Pennsylvania.”
- Dr. Joohee Sanders, exercise science, and student Erin Varley, “The Effects of Caffeine on Anaerobic Performance.”
- Zachary Savich, English, and student Ariana Turiansky, “Experiments in the Writing Lesson: Creative Writing Pedagogy and Contemporary Poetics.”
- Dr. Curtis Zaleski, chemistry, and student Kelcie Zegalia, “Synthesis of Nickel-Based Metallacrowns with Potential Applications as Single-Molecule Magnets.”
- Dr. Joseph Zume, geography/earth science, and student Maegan Ferry, “Understanding Spring-Aquifer Dynamics in Central Pennsylvania: A Visionary and Problem-based Engagement of Students in an Undergraduate Hydrology Course at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.”