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GCU Research Conference Examines Problem Enzymes, Poetry, Media Images and More

Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference Showcases Academic Talent

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 31, 2011—Georgian Court University will host its annual Undergraduate Research Conference on Thursday, February 3, in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus. Now in its fourth year, the conference gives students an opportunity to present their research on topics ranging from problematic enzymes that play a role in blood disorders to unique storytelling elements found in American literature. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

“This is a forum for them to discuss their ideas, and the conference allows them time to reflect on their work and open it for discussion,” says Pamela Rader, Ph.D., a GCU associate professor of English. “They also gain experience in public speaking, and a sense of pride that comes from sharing their accomplishments in their individual fields.”

Their projects and papers stem from class assignments as well as research conducted with faculty mentors. And each presentation celebrates the “scholarship of discovery” in its own way, says Dr. Rader.

The students’ research was vetted by a panel of four faculty members who critiqued several proposals before selecting the 2011 conference participants. They are:

Tiffany Berryman, a senior, from Middletown, N.J. Tiffany majors in English and education and will discuss the plight of the artist as a metaphoric took for painting perception in the fiction of James Joyce and Virginia Wolf.

Regina Betz of Toms River, N.J, graduated from GCU in December 2010 with a degree in English and education. She will discuss connections between her reading of Tomás Eloy Martínez's novel, Santa Evita, and Sylvia Plath's poem, "Lady Lazarus."

Danielle Bisonic, a senior, from Jackson, N.J. Danielle majors in psychology and education and will discuss early childhood bereavement.

Victoria De Paolo, a freshman, from Aberdeen, N.J. Victoria majors in English and education and will discuss the universal theme of sin in the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Erin Frye, a sophomore, from Point Pleasant, N.J. Erin majors in English and communications and will discuss memories and amnesia in post- modern American literature.

Samantha Glassford, a junior, from Brick, N.J. Samantha majors in English and will discuss which authors should be credited with writing the "Great American Novel."

Deanna Glowzenski, a senior, from Freehold, N.J. An honors student, Deanna majors in English and education and will discuss Tomás Eloy Martínez's novel Santa Evita and the postmodern notions of "play" throughout the novel.

Natiya Hood, a junior, from Trenton, N.J. Natiya majors in communications and will comment upon the discrimination against African American women in the media.

Jennifer Lopez, a junior, from Newark, N.J. Jennifer majors in biology and Education and will discuss problematic enzymes that impact blood disorders.

Danielle Ponterio, a senior, from Union Beach, N.J. Danielle majors in English and will discuss the myths and masks surrounding the life of Eva Peron in Tomás Eloy Martínez's Santa Evita.

For reservations or more information, contact the GCU Office of Conferences and Special Events at or 732.987.2263. Members of the media should contact the GCU Office of Public Information to arrange interviews or to secure high-resolution photos following the conference.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.


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