Academic Excellence Celebration 2022
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, school psychology, and more. This year marks the return of an in-person celebration on Tuesday, April 26, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the North Dining Room. The following papers, posters, and oral/video/PowerPoint presentations slated for the 2022 celebration focus on topics ranging from fair trade and perceptions of chocolate and its uses in the Atlantic world, the modern animal rights movement, and the influence of ampicillin on environmental microbial communities to examinations of COVID-19’s impact on eating disorders, alcohol and marijuana use among college students, and face covering practices at GCU.
Academic Excellence Presentations
|Face Covering Practice at Georgian Court University During COVID-19 Pandemic||Gregory Gopoyan, Alexandra Nieto, Matthew Perillo, Francesca Terrizzi & Emily Tisony||Sachiko Komagata, Ph.D., P.T.|
|Biological Diversity and Evolution Visualized Through Summary Cladograms Viewed Through Interactive PowerPoints||Julia Palmieri||Brunella Bowditch, Ph.D.|
|Inhibition Studies of Alkaline Phosphatase||Jhelaine Allyson Marie Palo||Eduard Bitto, Ph.D.|
|Lil Miquela and Generation Z: Why Brands are Choosing a Virtual Influencer to Target a Generation||Alycia Bardon||Ellen M. Bernhard, Ph.D.|
|Providing for the Disadvantaged: A Gateway to Expanding Mercy Core Values in Our Community||Faith Bennett||Paul R. Cappucci, Ph.D.|
|Parent Experiences of Grief When Caring for a Child With a Diagnosed Mental Health Disorder (Doctoral Dissertation)||Christine L. Clark, M.A., CAGS||Theresa J. Brown, Ph.D., BCBA-D|
|Evaluating the Effectiveness of Graphical Feedback Within Behavioral Skills Training on BCBA® Aspirants’ Visual Analysis Skills||Samantha L. DeFilippo, M.A., NCSP, BCBA||Theresa J. Brown, Ph.D., BCBA-D|
|Rational Choice Theory and Alcohol and Marijuana Use: A Test Among College Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic||Briann Maikisch||Melanie C. Mogavero, Ph.D.|
|John 20: 14-18||Sierra Porter||Judith Schubert, RSM, Ph.D.|
|Sacagawea, Suffrage, and Manifest Destiny: The Ironies of an Icon||Nicole Russo||Jessica Keene, Ph.D.|
|Tailoring Gayness for the Mainstream: The Nuances of Queer Representation in Love, Simon||Hanna Thrainsdottir||Marci Mazzarotto, Ph.D.|
|The Various Uses of Chocolate in the Atlantic World||Sydney VanLew||Jessica Keene, Ph.D.|
|The Historical Legacy of La Malinche||Haylee Vitale||Jessica Keene, Ph.D.|
|The Modern Animal Rights Movement in the United States (1970–2000)||Haylee Vitale||Scott H. Bennett, Ph.D.|
|GCU Students’ Attitudes Toward All-Gender Restrooms||Jana Borković, Madeline K. Mayhew & Miranda Wells||Susan E. O. Field, Ph.D.|
|Determining the Influence of Ampicillin on Environmental Microbial Communities||Alyssa DiMedici, Alexis Hahn, Patrick Morris & Krzysztof Paczesny||Jessica A. Lisa, Ph.D.|
|The Impact of Mental Health on Autonomic Nervous System Activity||Diana Gallego||Chinenye C. Anako, M.D., M.P.H.|
|Promote Smart Decarceration: Comparative Analysis Between the US and Norway||Mikayla Gilgert||Megan Sherman, Ph.D., LCSW|
|Establishment and Response of the Gut Microbiome of Caenorhabditis Elegans, a Model Organism, to Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products||Alexis Hahn, Jessica Bis, Yitzchok Glancz, Chaim Glatzer & Efraim Shkarofsky||Jean Parry, Ph.D., & Jessica A. Lisa, Ph.D.|
|Fair Trade and Perceptions of Chocolate||Alexis N. Hahn, Jane H. Paschen & Joseph R. Sauchelli||Susan E. O. Field, Ph.D., & Karen J. Kelly, Ph.D.|
|Comparing Computational Efficiencies of MATLAB, Mathematica, and Maple||Emily Humphries (Georgian Court University) & Karthik Sankar (University of Maryland)||Beth A. Schaefer, Ph.D., & Sarita Nemani, Ph.D.|
|Perceptions of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities||Lauren M. Jensen & Kaitlyn C. Cuisinier||Susan E. O. Field, Ph.D.|
|Carbon Dioxide Utilization: Generation of Organic Radicals and Ions by Carbonite Salts||Niklas Laenger, Emily Humphries, Catherine Barnes, Anna Claudio & Nik Gordon||Prasad S. Lakkaraju, Ph.D.|
|The Effect of Cognitive Demand on Exercise Capacity and Performance||Patrick Morris||Vincent C. W. Chen, Ph.D.|
|Eating Disorders in Schools: COVID-19’s Impact and Key Prevention Programs||Tara Rempel||Heather Tacovsky, Psy.D.|
|School-Based Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs: The School Psychologist’s Role||Tara Rempel||Heather Tacovsky, Psy.D.|
|Comparing Components and Efficacy of School-Based Suicide Prevention Programs||Amanda Ricci||Megan Sherman, Ph.D., LCSW|
|Anaerobic Threshold Is Not Different Among Young and Healthy Adults Regardless of Gender, Athletic Status, and Sport Type||Jessica Rogers||Vincent C. W. Chen, Ph.D.|
|Inclusivity in Support of LGBTQ+ Students in Educational Systems||Brielle A. Sanders, M.A.||Heather Tacovsky, Psy.D.|
|Determinants of Special Circulant Matrices||Victoria Vonfrolio||Saroj Aryal, Ph.D., & Sarita Nemani, Ph.D.|
This program was arranged by the Academic Research Subcommittee.
Academic Research Subcommittee 2021–2022
Megan Mazarick, Chair
Meera R. Behera, Ph.D.
Lili Bruess, Ph.D.
Jean Parry, Ph.D.
Megan Sherman, Ph.D., LCSW
Michael F. Gross, Ph.D., Ex Officio
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