Penn State Hazleton research fair winners listed

Penn State Hazleton research fair winners

Penn State Hazleton research fair winners are, from left: Steven Principe, Justin Shimko, Casey Gudall, Ty Shaffer, Charles Karchner, Zane Yoder, Mariah Carey, Andrew Brink, Maria Bustos, Kendra Boyle and Emily Madsen.

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Penn State Hazleton has announced the winners of its annual Undergraduate Research Fair.

Students created projects in the humanities and social sciences (including behavioral sciences, business studies and economics) and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines under the guidance of faculty members at Penn State Hazleton.

Winners are as follows:

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) category:

First place: “Swing for the Fences: Dynamics of a Baseball Bat” by Ty Shaffer and Charles Karchner (adviser: David Starling)

Second place: “Big Springs Do Big Things” by Cassandra Kelly, Justin Shimko, Steven Principe and James Dotzel (adviser: William Yourey)

Third place: “Modified Dark Matter in THINGS Galaxies” by Casey Gudall (adviser: Douglas Edmonds)

Humanities and Social Sciences category:

First place: “Dissection of the Male Gaze” by Emily Madsen (adviser: Eileen Morgan)

Second place: “How Has the Desire for Economic Growth Led to Climate Change?” by Maria Bustos and Andrew Brink (adviser: Eileen Morgan)

Third place: “Endbargo” by Zane Yoder and Mariah Carey (adviser: Eileen Morgan)

Popular vote: “Swing for the Fences: Dynamics of a Baseball Bat” by Ty Shaffer and Charles Karchner.

The top two winners in each category from the campus fair advance to the ninth annual Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium, which will be held April 18 at Penn State Hazleton in the Evelyn Graham Academic Building. Poster presentations will be held from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. At 12:20 p.m., S. Shyam Sundar, James P. Jimirro professor of media effects and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory for the Donald P. Bellasario College of Communications, will give the keynote lecture from on “Our Love-Hate Relationship with Interactive Media: My Experiments on the Psychology of Interactivity.”

The symposium will feature the scholarly research endeavors of undergraduate students from eastern region university, college and community college students who conduct research or scholarly work with faculty. For more information, visit