Penn State Fayette 2017 Fall Learning Fair winners

LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus held the Fall 2017 Learning Fair on Dec. 7 at the campus library to showcase and award undergraduate research and class projects.

Seventy students displayed visual presentations of 40 semester-long projects completed under the guidance of faculty advisers. Each project examined topics in relation to courses in integrative arts, psychology, human development and family studies, marketing, theater and humanities.

Penn State Fayette faculty judged the undergraduate research, and two learning facilitators from the Fayette County Career and Technology Institute, Justin Grimm and Jared Rebick, judged the class projects.

“We help them strengthen their writing and oral communication skills, sharpen their critical thinking skills, and develop their technical skills, and we train them to synthesize some pretty complex academic information,” said Aris Karagiorgakis, faculty adviser of two winning projects. “There is nothing more gratifying than to have it culminate in a great conference experience for them.”

Undergraduate Research Awards

First Place, “Effect of Child Directed Speech on Infant Learning,” Brooke Gales and Marqus Lewis (course: HDFS 429; instructor: Elaine Barry)

Second Place, “The Detrimental Effects of Screen Time of Multimedia Technology on Children,” Samantha Snyder (course: PSYCH 490; instructor: Aris Karagiorgakis)

Second Place (tied), “Factors that Influence the Underutilization of Mental Health Services Among College Students,” Brittanie Watson (course: PSYCH 490; instructor: Aris Karagiorgakis)

Third Place, “Prediction of Electric Properties of Molecular Electronics,” Ryan Godbey (course: Independent Research; instructors: Nate Bohna and Julio Palma)

Class Project Awards

First Place, “3-D Printing Potential,” David Columbus, Nick Harvey, and CJ Lloyd (course: INART 100; instructor: Nate Bohna)

Second Place, “Consulting,” Stanley Moussignac, Justin Rockwell, and Kody Thomas (course: MKTG 422; instructor: Peter Eberle)

Third Place, “Keyboard/Mouse Stand,” Luke Hess, Eric Mcthane, and Andrew Null (course: INART 100; instructor: Nate Bohna)

The Spring Learning Fair will be held on April 26, 2018.