Student Research

Student Research

COST Student Research

Examples of Student Research from the Spring Research and Scholarship Day

For more information on student research contact the faculty advisor.

Graduate Students

An Examination of the Relationship Between Electroglottographic (EGG) Contact Quotient, EGG Decontacting Phase Profile, and Acoustical Spectral Moments

Andrew Krauss

This presentation will explain how vocal fold motion impacts the acoustical spectral component of our voices. This research will be presented at the Voice Foundation Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 2014.

Dr. Shaheen Awan, Audiology and Speech Pathology


Laser Safety Training for Penn Medicine

Lynnette Eichenlaub and Shawn Lowe

Lasers have become part of everyday surgeries and our training helps ensure patient safety through proper training of laser users in the medical field.

Dr. Timothy Phillips, Instructional Technology

Creating an Educational Mastery Module for Geisinger School of Radiologic Technology

Amy Golder-Cooper, Lauren Coffey and Michael Grube

We used instructional design tools to create a supplemental study program for students to master the anatomy of the lumbar spine.

Dr. Timothy Phillips, Instructional Technology


Quad/Graphics; Lean Manufacturing Overview

Shannon Irey, Rana George, Theresa Jacques and Luis Rivera

Many companies are implementing Lean Methodology to help reduce costs and eliminate waste in the work place. This research was presented at the April 2014 Institute of Instructional Technology Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) at Bloomsburg University.

Dr. Timothy Phillips, Instructional Technology


Preparing BU College of Business Students to Make Professional Impressions

Ladonna Martin, Laura Brehm and Tom Flick

Business students must be able to select appropriate business attire, demonstrate proper dining etiquette, and apply conversation/networking strategies in order to make professional impressions and obtain employment in today's business world. This study was sponsored by the Ziegler Institute for Professional Development at Bloomsburg University. This research was presented at the April 2014 Institute of Instructional Technology Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) at Bloomsburg University.

Dr. Timothy Phillips, Instructional Technology


Undergraduate Students

Content Retention and Perception of Speaker When Advertising a Stutter

April Norris, Alexander Bannon, Meghann Flynn, Dana Horst, Samantha Kirby, Megan Mailen, Elise Simchak, and Liana Watson

This study reports how much people remember when a speaker does or does not advertise a stutter and compares that information with how listeners perceive this speaker.

Dr. Pamela Smith, Audiology and Speech Pathology


Phosphorus Storage and Polyphosphate Formation in Lotic Periphyton Communities Following a Phosphorus Pulse

Keith Kinek

Understanding the relationship between phosphorus availability and storage in aquatic biofilms could help prevent nuisance algal blooms in streams. This research is sponsored by Susquehanna Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies, and the Degenstein Foundation. This research will be presented at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon in May 2014.

Dr. Steven Rier, Biological and Allied Health Sciences


An Investigation into a Putative Fe3+ Transporter from Oats

Brendon Juengst

If successful this research, in the future, could help many agricultural crops grow in less fertile soils. This research was sponsored by a Jessica Kozloff Scholarship, Rabb Research Scholarship, and a Bloomsburg University Foundation Margin of Excellence Fund.

Dr. George Davis, Biological and Allied Health Sciences


Functional Evaluation of Synthetic Avenic Acid and Selected Analogs on Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) Growth

Victoria Campbell

The possibility of expanding the range of iron limited species by transforming them with an avenic acid transporter and supplementing with synthetic avenic acid may have many agronomic implications. This research was sponsored by a Bloomsburg University Foundation Margin of Excellence Fund.

Dr. George Davis, Biological and Allied Health Sciences


A Biological Inventory of Briar Creek Lake, Columbia County Pennsylvania

Sarah Dodgin

The work was done to establish baseline biological population data along with the integrated use of GIS at Briar Creek Lake and will allow for productive conservation efforts in the future, benefiting anyone who appreciates outdoor recreation and wildlife. This research was presented at the 45th Annual Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists (CPUB) Meeting at Bloomsburg University in April 2014.

Dr. Clay Corbin and Mr. Benjamin Franek, Biological and Allied Health Sciences


Colormetrics in African Blue Flycatcher Subspecies Elminia Longicauda Teresita, and Implications for Introgression with E.l. Longicauda

Sean Hartzell

We are examining the plumage coloration of African blue flycatcher subspecies (an African forest bird) to look for possible mixing between these subspecies, which is relevant from both classification and conservation standpoints. This research was presented at the 45th Annual Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Biologists (CPUB) Meeting at Bloomsburg University in April 2014.

Dr. Clay Corbin, Biological and Allied Health Sciences


Chlorophyll Concentrations and Fluorescence in Senescing Leaves of Pin Oak (Quercus palustris) and Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

Jean Place

This research explains what really happens to leaves when they change color in autumn. This research was presented at the 45th Annual Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Biologists (CPUB) Meeting at Bloomsburg University in April 2014.

Dr. Kevin Williams, Biological and Allied Health Sciences


Sublethal and Lethal Effects of Nitrogen-enriched Fertilizers on Two Populations of Lumbriculus variegatus

Bobby Turner

This work examines the utility of using black worms, an important organism in aquatic food chains, as a bioindicator to assess the toxic effects of nitrogen and phosphorous pollution from fertilizers. This study was sponsored by a Bloomsburg University Margin of Excellence Grant

Dr. Cynthia Surmacz and Dr. John Hranitz, Biological and Allied Health Sciences


Catalytic Studies for the Production of Trimethylsilyl-substituted Cyclic Organic Molecules via the Catalyst, [(C6F5)(C5H4)]Co(CO)2

Christopher Hitcho

Using these unique organocobalt complexes, pyridine derivatives can be produced in a more efficient and simpler way than current methods allow, opening the door to using these synthesized pyridine derivatives as pharmacologically-active precursor compounds.

Dr. Eric Hawrelak, Chemistry and Biochemistry


Acet-ISPR-amide and acet-LSPR-amide: Inhibition of Clotting at High Concentrations

Amanda Lacerte

Everyone knows, and is likely related to, at least one person taking anti-clotting pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Toni Trumbo-Bell, Chemistry and Biochemistry


Using Google Earth to Measure the Effectiveness of Dune Stabilization on New Jersey Barrier Islands: The Case of Hurricane Sandy

Lauren Brousseau and Robert James

With the State of New Jersey spending $25 million a year on shore protection, the effect of shoreline protection in major events such as Hurricane Sandy is unclear, this research is important because there is no data collected from undeveloped portions of the New Jersey coast, such as Island Beach State Park. (Mihalsky et al., 2012)

Dr. David Miller, Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences


The Influences of Socioeconomic Factors on the Location of Drilling Sites in the Marcellus Shale Region of Pennsylvania

Matthew Hess

This research examines whether certain areas of the state are being unfairly exposed to negative environmental conditions due to their socioeconomic income level. This research was presented at Association of American Geographers in Tampa, Florida in April 2014.

Dr. John Hintz, Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences


Intensive Sampling of a Methane-Rich Residential Water Well Outside the Marcellus Shale Development Region, Montour County, Pennsylvania

Robert Kresch

It has become increasingly important with the advent of hydraulic fracturing to further investigate environmental controls on methane and other dissolved gases associated with the Marcellus shale found within residential water wells. This study was sponsored by an Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) Grant and a Jessica Kozloff Grant. This research was presented at the 2014 North Eastern Geological Society of America (NEGSA) in Lancaster City, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Jennifer Whisner, Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences


Salt March Vegetation Identification Through Remote Sensing: Wallops Island Project Plot 4

Chelsea Myers, Elizabeth Sowers and Jared McAlexander

With natural disasters on the rise due to climate change, remote sensing can be used as a tool to see the before and after effects on vegetation by identification and on the landscape.

Dr. Michael Shepard, Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences


Applications of Remote Sensing in Wallops Island

Cheyenne Paden, Lauren Donnelly, Matthew Hess and Anthony Dibiase

It explains plant types found in a research area in Wallops Island using pan stretched color infrared and true color satellite images.

Dr. Michael Shepard, Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences


Remote Sensing of Plot 2 at Wallops Island

Aaron Pysher, Dan Albanese and Connor Noll

It shows that aerial imagery can be used to distinguish plants in an area.

Dr. Michael Shepard, Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences


Utilizing Remote Sending Techniques to Analyze Vegetation on Wallops Island

Jacquelyn Yurchak, Erin Nosek, Josh Hitcho and Nick Halbfoerster

It shows how using remote sensing and aerial imagery can be used for multiple things; this poster- shows plant life on wallops island.

Dr. Michael Shepard, Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences


The Relationship Between Muscular Strength on Bone Density in College-aged Women

Catherine Hughes

Young women can lower their risk of osteoporosis, which affects 16% of women over 50, by engaging in muscle strengthening exercises before reaching the age of peak bone density.

Dr. Joseph Andreacci, Exercise Science


Self-Perception of Skill in Therapeutic Relationship Development in the Clinical Setting

Rebecca Cole

The systematic examination of, and subsequent reflection upon, interpersonal communication provides critical insight necessary during the process of developing oneself as a professional and an individual. This research was presented at the American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association (APNA) Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Margie Eckroth-Bucher, Nursing


What makes a laser lase?

Devon Perkins

In this discussion, we will travel from the fundamental properties of laser light through its applications in doppler cooling.

Dr. John Huckans and Dr. Ju Xin, Physics and Engineering Technology


Littrow Configuration in an Extended Cavity Diode Laser

Rachel Livingston

An extended cavity diode laser such as the one built for our UltraColdBloom experiment is an invaluable piece of equipment for optical research due to its high tunability properties. This property is possible with the implementation of a Littrow configuration between a laser diode and the reflection grating.

Dr. John Huckans and Dr. Ju Xin, Physics and Engineering Technology


Gaussian Beam Optics

Matt Gift

This research will be used to analyze, study, and make advances in quantum manipulation and quantum computing.

Dr. John Huckans and Dr. Ju Xin, Physics and Engineering Technology


Radon Around the Clock - A 5 Hour Analysis

Emily Sandt and Caitlin Root

The RadNet system dictates a five hour waiting period during which we attempted to map the decay events in order to derive a prediction algorithm. The algorithm can be used to predict the levels of radioactivity in the air at anytime within those five hours.

Dr. David Simpson, Physics and Engineering Technology


Nonlinear Data Aanalysis of SS Cygni II

Michael Ashton

Application of a technique for filtering and analyzing data to access the information embedded. This research was presented at the 34th Annual Central Pennsylvania Consortium's Astronomer's Meeting.

Dr. Nada Jevtic, Physics and Engineering Technology