Guided by world-class faculty, Edinboro University students—at both graduate and undergraduate levels—pursue timely and significant research.
Undergraduate research projects span every discipline. Three examples follow:
Using Mathematical Perspective
Edinboro Honors student Megan Kuntz was awarded first place for research in the category of Visual Arts at the 2014 National Collegiate Honors Conference in Denver, Colorado. Her project applied linear perspective to art through the use of mathematical formulas. Applying higher level math to her paintings, and evaluating the impact of adding the mathematical perspective, brought together disparate disciplines (fine arts and mathematics). Edinboro faculty members Terry McKelvey (Art) and John Hoggard (Math) worked with her on this project.
Land Use Change and Current Forest Structure at Howard Falls Land Trust in Northwestern Pennsylvania
Forest Geography students N. Baldwin, O. Borgia, R. Hnida, R. Kirby, M. Normandeau, T. Norway, A. Pace, A. Piper, M. Ritner, P. Schreiber, and A. Swan worked with Professor K. Eisenhart to determine and analyze the change in land use on the Howard Falls Land Trust property in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Using photographs from 1939, 1959, 1969 and 1992, along with tree cores, they estimated the minimum age of forest patches. The property experienced dramatic changes in land use between 1939 and 1992. Few studies of this type have been conducted in Northwest Pennsylvania, and this project is the first in Erie County.
The Effects of Cannabinoid Antagonists on Impulsivity in Rats
Psychology students T. Proper and E. Plyler worked with Professor P. McLaughlin to test new appetite suppressants on an FCN 8 (fixed consecutive number) operant task to measure impulsivity in rats. The CB1 antagonist rimonabant was designed as an appetite suppressant, but did not pass clinical trials due to its numerous psychological side effects, of which students proposed that impulsivity was a key factor. This led to the production of a ‘second generation’ of drugs. Surprisingly, student results indicated these ‘next generation’ drugs mildly produced impulsivity, with more pronounced effects when rats were pre-treated with a serotonin antagonist, WAY-100,635. In contrast, a new CB1 antagonist, AM6545, which is believed to not cross the blood-brain barrier, did not produce impulsive responding. Their results suggest that AM6545 is a safe appetite suppressant in animal models of psychological side effects.
Each semester, Honors students have the option to take a non-honors course and create a new syllabus. This allows students to go more in-depth with the class; these contracted courses encourage students to research a topic that interests them.
Maggie Myers worked with Professor M. Vitali in a project of advanced figure drawing, conducting research and completing three finished pieces in differing media.
Anya Gallant worked on two historical research projects, one with Professor D. Hickey on the history of terrorism and a second with Professor F. Demaske on the history of editorial design.
Fawn Martz worked with Professor D. Kim to develop the design elements needed to create a corporate identity for a local Edinboro business.
Alexa Alpern worked on two animation projects, one with Professor J. Trueblood to create an animation trailer for one of her screenplays, and the second with Professor S. Carpenter to create mini-animated shorts on Asian culture.
Dawnelle Corron worked with Professor N. Geleta in researching best practices in online teaching for middle school students.
Sa La Lee worked with Professor J. Rogers to conduct a Hazard and Risk Assessment of Experiments in the principles of chemistry.
Rachael Troutman worked with Professor C. Cross to conduct ethnographic research in multiculturalism in local Pennsylvania schools.
Jenna Gordon worked with Professor N. Stupiansky to explore one-on-one tutoring’s impact on Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 test scores with high school math students.
Justin Greenly worked with Professor M. Genz to research and analyze the American animation industry during war time, specifically World War II and the Cold War.
Recent graduate-level research and thesis projects include:
Master of Fine Arts
- Coppock, Rebecca (2014). Appreciation of the Past.
- Howard, Jocelyn (2014). Individuation.
- Baugh, Mary (2014). Foothills.
- Bryan, Courtney (2013). Pieces of Me.
- Brown, Gratia (2013). Agglomerations.
- Armstrong, Jessica (2013). Bridging the Gap: Fashion and Art.
- Seykora, Angie (2013). Patterns in Accumulation.
- Ghisson, Miichelle (2013). Peculiar Facture: New Work by Michelle L. Ghisson.
- Loveless, John (2013). Arcane Resonance.
- Winters, Travis (2013). Domesticated Affection.
Master of Arts in Communication Studies
- Wertz, Nicole (2014). Non-Profit Professional Views on the Purpose of Social Media.
- Huegel, Kelly (2014). Reflecting the Mission: Evaluating Leadership Training and Development at Walmart.
- Bonacci, Nicholas (2014). Engaged Citizenship and the University: The Impact of For-Profit Approaches on Higher Education in the United States.
- Petricini, Tiffany (2014). The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Critical Phenomenological Analysis of Past Mediation Attempts.
- Keller, Nikki (2013). Bar, Sweet, Bar: The Conception and Signification of Familial Groups within a Bar Setting.
- Lawrence, Laurie (2013). Public Opinion on Trafficking in Persons: What We Need to Know.
- Kisiel, Adam (2013). NCLB: The Effects of Teaching to the Test.
- DeBruycker, Scott (2013). Collective Identity in America: The Tea Party Framing Identity.
- Minns, Tamara (2013). An Exploration of Values, Skills, and Competencies Desired by Host Organization of Student Interns Through the Lens of Communication Competence and Impression Management Theories.
Master of Science in Biology
- Medina, Liana (2014). Comparison of Proteolytic Enzymes Found in the Digestive Fluid of Argiope aurantia from Different Populations.
- McDuff, Jessica (2014). Insight into an Introduced Urban Population of Shorthead Garter Snakes.
- Boss, Sara (2014). The Effect of Human Diversity on the Genetic Diversity on Black Cherry (Prunus scrotina).
- Hoke, Adam (2014). Effects of Loxosceles Venom Enzymes on Phospholipids Found in Living Tissue.
- Hopkins, Holly (2013). Morphological Study on Argiope aurantia to Determine Speciation.
- Ferranti, Cameron (2013). Phylogenetic Relationships of Genus Argiope (Chelicerata: Araneidae) Utilizing the Mitochondrial and Nuclear Genomes.
- Klick, Sabrina (2013). Effect of Diet Variation and Predatory Responses on Digestive Fluid and Venom Glands Enzyme Patters in Argiope jaurantia.
- Heil, Amber (2013). Effects of Phenol Contaminants on Salamander Specific in the French Creek Watershed.
Master of Arts in Social Science
- Denman, Ariel (2014). Methods in Sex Determination for Subadult Skeletons: A Comparative Study.
- Simmonds, Geoffrey (2014). A Comparative Examination of American and British Warship Engagements During the War of 1812.
- Duncan, Danielle (2014). Cinematic Portrayals of the Salem Witch Trials in American Culture from 1930-Present.
- Turner, Stacey (2013). The Social Experiences of Erie’s Italian Women, 1920-1960.
- Burykin, Lev (2013). What is Artistic in Film and What is Not.
- Sanko, Mark (2013). Maltese Catholicism in Detroit: Identifying the changing role of the Catholic Church in the Maltese-American community of Detroit.
Master of Education in Middle/Secondary Instruction
- McQueeney, Kyle (2013). The Current Status of Literacy in Adolescents.
- Liebel, Jason (2013). An International Comparison of the Different Cultural Influences on Science Education to a S.T.E.M Participating School District.
- Hesch, Leah (2013). The Effects of Implementing an Interactive Student Response System in Mathematics Classroom on Student Achievement and Engagement.
- Mahood, Alysabeth (2012). Educational Experience of American Males and Females Through the Years.
- Merolilio, Stephanie (2012). If the Combination of Elements 3, 7, and 11 of the Writing Next Theory Will Improve 7th Grade Writing Scores.
Master of Arts in Counseling
- Knobloch, Paul (2012). Body Image and the Drive for Muscularity.