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Student-Faculty Research

Academic Excellence Celebration
2021 Virtual Celebration

Each year, Georgian Court University celebrates the scholarship and creative works of GCU students and their faculty mentors. This annual event focuses on scholarly pursuits and research findings across disciplines like English, digital communication, history, mathematics, social work, and more. This year’s virtual celebration celebrates the following papers, posters, and recorded presentations on topics ranging from communication via TikTok, soil erosion in the Amazon, and the impact of Habitat for Humanity to examinations of historic groups and events like Ella Baker, Indira Ghandi, and the Boston Desegregation Busing Crisis.

This year, there were seven synchronous student presentations during the celebration on April 21, 2021. Check out this playlist of presentations by Kaitlyn Bragen, Alexa Curcio, Zyeira Mallory, Lauren Sodano and Hanna Thrainsdottir, Haylee Vitale, Emily Humphries, and Dakota Wright, followed by prerecorded presentations by Ciara Zdanowicz, Hannah Moran, and Toni Kauffman.

Academic Excellence Celebration Winners

Paper Competition

First Place: Nicole Russo
Second Place: Dakota Wright
Third Place: Tinamarie Manning

Poster Competition

First Place: Kaitlyn Bragen
Second Place: Erin White
Third Place: Lauren Sodano & Hanna Thrainsdottir

Recorded Presentation Competition

First Place: Zyeira Mallory
Second Place: Emily Humphries
Third Place: Hannah Moran

McAuley Award

This award is given to the project that most exemplifies the Mercy core values.

Haylee Vitale

Academic Excellence Presentations





Neil Postman and Communication Through TikTokAlycia BardonMarci Mazzarotto, Ph.D.
Data Visualization and Visual Hierarchy of Overuse Injuries Among Men and WomenJarod BrzyskiJinsook Kim, Ph.D.
Examining the Young Lords Party: A Struggle for Social JusticeThomas CurrieScott H. Bennett, Ph.D.
The Success of The Dian Fossey Gorilla FundNicole GalantePeter Krais
Kelley v. Coca ColaSammy HaidiSusan McCabe, J.D.
The Assassination of Indira GandhiTinamarie ManningScott H. Bennett, Ph.D.
Art TherapyAnnMarie MelfiChristine Clark, Ph.D.
Reflection and Application of Mercy Core Values to a Critical ConcernAnnMarie MelfiJaimie Donnelly
Ella Baker and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating CommitteeSierra PorterScott H. Bennett, Ph.D.
The Boston Desegregation Busing Crisis: The Motives and Consequences of “ROAR”Nicole RussoScott H. Bennett, Ph.D.
La Malinche: From Barbarism to Baptism, Malinche’s Beckoning and BetrayalHaylee VitaleJessica Keene, Ph.D.
Effects of Soil Erosion in the Amazon Rain ForestDakota WrightBeth A. Schaefer, Ph.D.
I Have Committed Inc*stCaroline ZonisRussell C. McDonald, Ph.D.





A Property of Fibonacci Sequence Involving DeterminantKaitlyn BragenSaroj Aryal, Ph.D. & Sarita Nemani, Ph.D.
A Divisibility Property for the Fibonacci SequenceAlexa CurcioSaroj Aryal, Ph.D. & Sarita Nemani, Ph.D.
Teacher’s Preparation, Knowledge, and Practices to Teach English Language LearnersJennifer MatoneLili Bruess, Ph.D.
Developing Educational Venues to Entice Student’s Cognitive Engagement in Physics/Mathematical Problem SolvingAshley MazzaAnne E. Tabor-Morris, Ph.D.
Investigating Factors that Determine kWh and Therms Consumption on College CampusesRachel PauszEric Rosenberg, Ph.D.
The Role of Racial Self-Concept in Perceived Racial DiscriminationTara Rempel & Heather L. Rickmers TacovskyHeather Tacovsky, Psy.D.
The Effect of Disclosing Pronouns on Perceptions of a Job ApplicantLauren Sodano, Hanna Thrainsdottir & Susan E. O. FieldSusan E. O. Field, Ph.D.
Combatting Fatphobia Through the HAES MovementErin WhiteEvelyn Quinn

Recorded Presentations




Filming an SN2 Reaction SequenceEmily HumphriesParvathi S. Murthy, Ph.D.
The Anti-Human Trafficking MovementToni KauffmanEvelyn Quinn
Habitat for Humanity: An Impact StudyZyeira MalloryMegan Sherman, Ph.D., LCSW
Casta Paintings: Enforcer of Social HierarchyHannah MoranJessica Keene, Ph.D.
Considerations for the Regulation and Decriminalization of Psychedelic SubstancesCiara ZdanowiczEvelyn Quinn

This program was arranged by the Academic Research Subcommittee.

Academic Research Subcommittee
Megan Sherman, Ph.D., LCSW, Co-Chair
Lindiwe Magaya, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Megan Mazarick
Jinsook Kim, Ph.D.
Lili Bruess, Ph.D.
Michael F. Gross, Ph.D., Ex Officio

Join Our Student-Faculty Research Community!

Georgian Court University offers student-faculty research opportunities across a range of academic disciplines, giving you opportunities to:

  • engage in academic inquiry outside the classroom;
  • explore real-life application of knowledge within your chosen major; and
  • gain valuable skills relevant to your career goals.

Whether you are working on your own project under the guidance of a faculty member or are individually mentored by a professor while assisting with his or her research, participating in research at GCU will enhance your personal and professional development. Student-faculty research projects are valuable collaborations and one of the many ways in which GCU enhances the student experience.

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