Hazleton students receive awards in regional research fair

HAZLETON, Pa. — Students from Penn State Hazleton presented their research at a regional research fair at Penn State Abington, with several students earning awards.

Teams and individual students from seven Penn State campuses — Abington, Berks, Brandywine, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Wilkes-Barre and Worthington Scranton — competed in the eighth annual Penn State Eastern Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium. This year’s event featured research projects from students in areas such as astronomy, biology, criminal justice, engineering and psychology. Seventeen faculty judges evaluated the projects.

The Penn State Hazleton students previously placed at the campus research fair, which earned them the ability to participate in the regional fair.

Projects that received awards at the regional fair were:

— Second place, Humanities category: “A behavioral economic analysis of media multitasking: Delay discounting as an underlying process of texting in the classroom” by Glenn Blessington with Yusuke Hayashi as adviser.

— Second place, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) category: “Trash Retrieval System for the Borough of Jim Thorpe” by David Bonczek, Derek Geake, Maria Magabo and Raiana Nichols with Joseph Ranalli as adviser.

— Honorable mention, STEM: “Consumer Evaluation of 18650 Lithium-Ion Batteries” by Steven Baksa with William Yourey as adviser.