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5th Annual Student Research Day Set for May 2

Posted: April 24, 2014

Students will present the results of their undergraduate research at Wilson’s 5th annual Student Research Day on Friday, May 2. The public is invited to join Wilson students, faculty, staff and administrators at all events.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE
: April 24, 2014
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
Phone: 717-262-2604
Email: cathy.mentzer@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Wilson College students will present the results of their undergraduate research at Wilson’s 5th annual Student Research Day on Friday, May 2. The public is invited to join Wilson students, faculty, staff and administrators at all events.

Fifteen seniors will present their work, which was produced in conjunction with faculty advisers, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Brooks Science Complex auditorium and Warfield Hall’s Allen Auditorium. Seventeen students will share their work graphically in a poster session to be held in the Brooks Complex from 2 to 3:30 p.m. An art opening for a student capstone art project is also scheduled in the Bogigian Gallery.

“Everyone in the Wilson College community looks forward to Student Research Day as a time to recognize and celebrate the importance of student research and accomplishment,” said Mary Hendrickson, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. “The research demonstrates the high level of achievement reached by Wilson students as they complete their quest for bachelor’s degrees.”

Student Research Day this year is sponsored by the NOVA Corp., a minority-owned information technology service company headquartered in Chambersburg.

Presentations will focus on the humanities, sciences and social sciences, including the prestigious Disert Scholar from 4:30 to 5 p.m. in the Brooks Complex. The Disert award, given to the student with the best honors thesis proposal, went this year to Morgan Shadle of Chambersburg, who will present the results of her research on college community service, motivation and prosociality (voluntary behavior intended to benefit another). Specifically, she investigates the extent to which community service can fulfill a student’s need for free choice, social connections and mastery of service activities, and examines how the fulfillment of those needs impacts her or his helpfulness and empathy.

Other presentations will include examinations of: the connections between British poet William Wordsworth and American musician Tom Waits; the pros and cons of a proposed chicken plant in Millsboro, Delaware; the role of foreign language proficiency and family circumstances in academic performance; how the size and quality of habitat affects captive elephant reproduction; and a number of other topics.

Laci Cox, a senior majoring in fine arts, will show her work in the Bogigian Gallery in an exhibition entitled “Through the Arts,” a collection of black-and-white photographs that provide an intimate look at various disciplines within the visual and performing arts that offers a glimpse into the existence of a young woman making sense of her life through the arts.

Wilson’s Student Research Day will conclude with the annual Academic Awards presentation from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Brooks auditorium.

For more information, contact Wilson Media Relations Manager Cathy Mentzer at 717-262-2604 or cathy.mentzer@wilson.edu.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 25 majors and master’s degrees in education, the humanities and accountancy. Wilson is committed to providing an affordable education that offers value to its students beyond graduation.

Located in Chambersburg, Pa., the college has a fall 2013 enrollment of 662, which includes students from 20 states and 14 countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.

Last Updated: April 24, 2014