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Student-Faculty Research

Academic Excellence Celebration
2020 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 biochemistry, biology, dance, exercise science, history, social work, and more. This year’s virtual celebration celebrates the following papers, posters, and videos on topics ranging from global food security and maternal mortality rate to explorations of literary works by Walt Whitman, Zora Neale Hurston, and Langston Hughes.

Academic Excellence Celebration Winners

Paper Competition

First: Rebecca Smith
Second: Tara Rempel
Third: Grace Breslin

Poster Competition

First: Aaron Kurkowski
Second: Elizabeth Antonowicz
Third: Alexandra Roman

Video Competition

First: Jordyn Giammona
Second: Teresa R. Burns

Academic Excellence Presentations





Discovering the Depths of Dementia and OthersCarla BeutheChristine Clark, Ph.D.
The Power of Subversive Writing Style and Its Depiction of True Human NatureGrace BreslinPamela J. Rader, Ph.D.
Music as a Healing Language in Hurston and HughesMelissa GrinvaldsPamela J. Rader, Ph.D.
What Is Corporate Governance?Sammy HaidiMichael Pawlish, Ph.D.
Double Consciousness and Identity: An Analysis of Identity Through LanguageSamantha McClellandPamela J. Rader, Ph.D.
Eating Disorders: A Hidden Epidemic Beyond the FoodTara RempelHeather Tacovsky, Ph.D.
A Study of Language and Its Socio-Cultural Impacts: Mapudungun and the Search for Queer Indigenous Identities in ChileGabriela RomoKristen Park Wedlock
“I Celebrate Myself, and Sing Myself”: Whitman’s Transformative Words of Bodily Empowerment in Leaves of GrassRebecca SmithPaul R. Cappucci, Ph.D.





Comparative Analysis of U.S. Policies for Global Food Security vs. Immigrant Food SecurityElizabeth AntonowiczEvelyn Quinn, M.S.W., M.Ed.
Empathy and Enjoyment of Horror LiteratureMelissa Antonowicz, Teresa R. Burns & Susan E. O. FieldSusan E. O. Field, Ph.D.
Aquatic Pet Microbiota Characterization and Antibiotic Susceptibility TestingJaret BujacichMichelle Esposito, Ph.D.
Combating the Rising Maternal Mortality RateKari BuserEvelyn Quinn, M.S.W., M.Ed.
Helping Parents of Children With ASD Balance Life RolesTheresa J. Brown & Kayanna K. ChandlerTheresa J. Brown, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Supporting Transgender Youth in Schools: A Systematic ReviewKelly Faxon & Stephanie RahillStephanie Rahill, Ph.D., NCSP
NASA Fellowship: The Relationship Between Agility and Endurance Capacity, Breathing Parameters, and Extra WeightKylie JonesVincent C. W. Chen, Ph.D.
NASA Fellowship: Investigation of Chaotic Behavior of a Non-linear PendulumAaron KurkowskiSarita Nemani, Ph.D. & Beth Schaefer, Ph.D.
NASA Fellowship: Identifying Coin Corrosion on Silver Quarters & Carbon-based Wheat Pennies Using X-Ray TechniquesJake LukendaAnne Tabor-Morris, Ph.D.
The Design Process of Graphic Designer Exhibition Poster: Max Ernst (1891–1976)Alexandra RomanJinsook Kim, Ph.D.
Examining Fat Storage and Ion Amelioration in a Genetic Model for PCOSSarah SrourJean Parry, Ph.D.





Domestic Violence: The Road to Recovery—From Victim to RecoveryTeresa R. BurnsChristine Clark, Ph.D.
Biological Diversity: Life, Origin, and Phylogeny: Laboratory ManualJordyn Giammona & Brunella BowditchBrunella Bowditch, Ph.D.

This program was arranged by the Academic Research Subcommittee.

Academic Research Subcommittee
Jean Parry, Ph.D., Chair
Lili Bruess, Ph.D.
Jinsook Kim, Ph.D.
Megan Mazarick, Ph.D.
Megan Sherman, Ph.D.

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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