Wilson College to Hold Student Research Day May 3

Wilson College students will present the results of their undergraduate research at Wilson’s fourth annual Student Research Day on Friday, May 3. The public is invited to join Wilson students, faculty and staff at all events.

April 22, 2013
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
Phone: 717-262-2604

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Wilson College students will present the results of their undergraduate research at Wilson’s fourth annual Student Research Day on Friday, May 3. The public is invited to join Wilson students, faculty, staff, and administrators at all events.

Twenty-one seniors will present their work, which was produced in conjunction with faculty advisers, from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Brooks Complex auditorium and Warfield Hall’s Allen Auditorium. A number of students will also share their work graphically in a poster session to be held in the Brooks Complex from 1 to 2:15 p.m. An art opening is also scheduled for students’ capstone art projects in the Bogigian Gallery.

Student Research Day is a time when the Wilson College community comes together to recognize the importance of student research and accomplishments,” said Dr. 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.”

Presentations will focus on the humanities, sciences and social sciences, including the prestigious Disert Scholar from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. in the Brooks Complex. The Disert award, given to the student with the best honors thesis proposal, went this year to Casey Beidel, who will present his stories, written in the new literary genre of New Wave Fabulism.

Other presentations will include examinations of: the Internet as a public sphere and its effects democracy and communication, the effects of multitasking on Facebook on reading comprehension, why more women don’t run for Congress, incidences of bullying among same gender vs. mixed gender, censorship of the female voice in rap music, and the gendered portrayal of athletes on sports magazine covers.

A number of high-level science research presentations will look at such things as: the effects of certain hormones used in milk cows on forms of cancer in humans, effects of water disinfection techniques on aquatic life, effectiveness of algae to mitigate harmful acid mine drainage on the environment, how to improve horse breeding techniques using frozen spermatozoa, the effects of hunting on the ability of female whitetail deer to form familial groups in herds, plans to improve riparian buffers along the Conococheague Creek at Wilson College, effectiveness of using electropositive materials to deter sharks from fishing gear, effectiveness of extraction methods used to glean antibacterial oils from plants, how snake venom can be used to prevent disease in humans, native and invasive plant species at the wetlands on the college farm, and research on the use of vitamin K to improve blood clotting in mice with hemophilia.

Three students majoring in fine arts will show their work in the Bogigian Gallery: Amanda Stup will present “Carbine and Steel,” which addresses social perception of firearms in the media through the lens of a camera; Beck Metzbower will present “Metzbower,” an exhibition reflecting loss, grief, hope, healing and love; and Cathy Green will present “Boundaries,” a wearable art exhibition featuring unconventional, masculinized materials that have been transformed into highly feminine works.

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


Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 30 majors and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. Wilson has been named a “Best Value” college in its region for 11 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” for providing quality academics at an affordable price. The college has been ranked one of the best regional colleges for undergraduate education for nine straight years by U.S. News.

Located in Chambersburg, Pa., the college had a fall 2012 enrollment of 695, which included 17 students from 9 foreign countries. Visit for more information.