Annual exhibition showcases undergraduate student research

Penn State Beaver event held for 22nd year
Students and library staff members discuss a student research project. The back wall is blue and displays the Penn State Beaver logo in white.

Students Eva Pratte, foreground, and Devon Johnson explain their research project to campus librarian Amy Deuink and reference and instruction librarian Frankie Checckio during the Penn State Beaver Undergraduate Exhibition in the Student Union Building Lodge at Penn State Beaver.

Credit: Cathy Benscoter / Penn State Beaver

MONACA, Pa. — Penn State Beaver students presented their undergraduate research in three different categories Wednesday at the campus’ 22nd annual exhibition.
Students worked with professors in the topics of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and STEM over the year to conduct research on a variety of topics. There were 16 total entries this year.
Professors served as judges for the undergraduate research projects, while library staff judged the entries for the Libraries Information Literacy Awards. These awards recognize scholarly work based on a foundation of careful background research and literature review. 
The undergraduate research project winners are:

  • Arts and Humanities: Glenna Siewe, Abigail Pereira, and Kylie Magnotta ("Consistency of Parenting Styles in White and Latin Families")
  • Social Science: Eva Pratte, Avery Hopkins, Devon Johnson ("Vaping and Optimistic Bias")
  • STEM: Malia Costa ("Filipino Medicinal Plants")

The Libraries Information Literacy Award winners are:

  • First place: Nicholas Schindehette, Cierra Murphy, and Taylor Bain ("What is impact of child abuse or neglect on early developmental milestones?")
  • Second place: Eva Pratte, Avery Hopkins, and Devon Johnson ("Vaping and Optimistic Bias")