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2015 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation & Reception Ceremony: Recognizing Outstanding Undergraduate Research at Villanova

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Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and the Honors Program are pleased to announce the 2015 Falvey Scholars Award winners: Katie Kline, Elizabeth Long, Jessica Swoboda, Nicholas Ader, Joseph Schaadt and John Szot. These six remarkable senior students have been selected from a pool of candidates from various disciplines for their outstanding undergraduate student research projects at Villanova University.

Later this week, these students will be recognized at our 2015 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation and Reception Ceremony, which is a public event, open to all. Award recipients will give brief presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or creation of their winning project report at the event, which will be taking place in Falvey Memorial Library’s room 205 on Friday, April 24 from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Vice President of Academic Affairs, Rev. Kail C. Ellis, OSA, PhD, will give opening remarks at the event and the scholars will then present their work to the Villanova Community.

The following projects will be presented:

Student: Jessica Swoboda
Title: “Woolf and Waugh: Blurring the Distinction Between the Religious and the Secular”
Mentors: Dr. Helena Tomko and Dr. Megan Quigley
Presentation Time: 9:15 a.m.

Student: Nicholas Ader
Title: “Comparison of Human Nrf2 Antibodies: A Tale of Two Proteins” and “Novel Activators of the Nrf2 Pathway: A Quinone Alone?”
Mentor: Dr. Aimee Eggler
Presentation Time: 9:45 a.m.

Student: Joseph Schaadt
Title: “Load Capacity and Thermal Efficiency Optimization of a Research Data Center Using Computational Modeling”
Mentors: Dr. Aaron Wemhoff, Dr. Kamran Fouladi, Dr. Alfonso Ortega and Dr. Joseph Pigeon
Presentation Time: 10:15 a.m.

Student: Katie Kline
Title: “What to Know About Home Genetic-Test Kits”
Mentor: Dr. Theresa Capriotti
Presentation Time: 10:45 a.m.

Student: Elizabeth Long
Title: “Nurses’ Perceptions of Human Trafficking in an Urban Emergency Department: A Qualitative Study”
Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth B. Dowdell, RN, PhD, FAAN
Presentation Time: 11:15 a.m.

Student: John Szot
Title: “Song Recognition in Black-Capped and Carolina Chickadee Hybrids: An Experimental Approach”
Mentor: Dr. Robert Curry
Presentation Time: 11:45 a.m.

Once the Scholars’ presentations have been completed, University President, Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS will give closing remarks at the event. A continental breakfast will also be served throughout the program. Be sure to stop by the event to help us celebrate the 2015 Falvey Scholars!

Falvey Scholars is one of the keynote events during Villanova’s Spring Research Exposition, or EXPO ’15. This is the second annual week-long celebration of research on campus, taking place from April 20-April 24. Tons of ACS-approved events are available for participation. Make sure to check out the detailed schedule for a full list of highlighted events!


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