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    Scranton Celebrates Student Scholars

    More than 125 students participated in The University of Scranton’s Celebration of Student Scholars.
    May 18, 2022

    One hundred twenty-seven students mentored by 50 faculty members presented 64 projects at the Celebration of Student Scholars, held on campus April 27. The annual event, held in the Loyola Science Center, provides a forum for students to present their work conducted in collaboration with faculty.

    Poster presentations included:

    “Cyber Espionage: Who is it Targeting?” by cybercrime and homeland security major Emily McAlarney, Staten Island, New York, with faculty mentor Sinchul Back, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, criminal justice and criminology;

    “Exploring the Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on Brand Equity: an Empirical Study” by Business Honors Program members Phillip Cocco, an accounting major from Pittston, and Caitlin Schreiber, business administration major from Clarence Center, New York, with faculty mentor Rose Sebastianelli, Ph.D., professor of operations and analytics;

    “Loneliness in Older Adults with Visual Impairment” by occupational therapy majors Kelly Corcoran, Pittstown, New Jersey; Crisel Divinagracia, West Nyack, New York; Emily Erickson, Floral Park, New York; Rachel Fernandez, Tunkhannock; Jadriane Hernandez, Staten Island, New York; Daniel Shuck, Bethlehem; and Kate Wisner, Hanover; with faculty mentor Julie Nastasi, O.T.D., Sc.D., assistant professor of occupational therapy;

    “Navigational Failures in Ants due to Agonists/Antagonists of Serotonin” by Magis Honors Program in STEM member Nathaniel Smith, a neuroscience major from Wilkes-Barre, with faculty mentor Marc Seid, Ph.D., associate professor of biology.

    “Catholicism and the New Sciences: Descartes’ Break with Aristotle” by Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program member Adrianna Smith, a philosophy and theology double major from Covington Township, with faculty mentor Christopher Fremaux, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy;

    “Seasonal difference in leukocyte counts in Gray Catbirds” by biology major Maggie Kowalewski, Forest City, with faculty mentor Robert Smith, Ph.D., professor of biology;

    “Parasite Load in Breeding Gray Catbirds with Respect to Age and Weather” by Katie Nebzydoski, Pleasant Mount, with faculty mentor Robert Smith, Ph.D., professor of biology;

    “The Effect of Ambient Light at Night on Melanophores in Anole Lizards” by Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program member Mary Cabassa, a biology and philosophy double major fromMountain Lakes, New Jersey, and biology major Kaylie Levinsky, Moscow, with faculty mentor Gary Kwiecinski, Ph.D., professor of biology;

    “Zinc sulfate as a neurotoxin: The role of the medial habenula in regulating anosmia-induced anxiety-like behavior” by neuroscience major Jillian Haller, Williston Park, New York, with faculty mentor Jong-Hyun Son, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology

    Fields of research presented at the Celebration of Student Scholars included biology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, criminal justice, cybercrime and homeland security, electrical engineering, history, marketing management, neuroscience, occupational therapy, philosophy, physical therapy, physics and theology, among others.

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