Penn State Fayette announces winners of Spring Learning Fair

LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus has announced the winners of the Spring 2021 Learning Fair. The event was held virtually, April 26 to 30, featuring an online gallery of abstracts, digital posters and pre-recorded audio presentations.

A total of 91 students entered the Spring Learning Fair, representing three research projects and 53 class projects completed under the guidance of faculty advisers over the course of the spring semester. Projects examined topics in relation to courses in American studies, athletics research, biology, chemistry and nursing.

A panel of faculty, staff and guest judges reviewed class projects, and faculty judges reviewed undergraduate research entries in their respective disciplines.

Undergraduate Research Awards

First Place: Casey Falcon and Haley Miller for “Penn State Fayette Athletics: Covid-19's Influence on Student-Athletes and the SAGE Program,” completed under the mentorship of Stephen Oberly (Independent Research Project)

Second Place: Matthew D’Annolfo for “Detection and Treatment of Pharmaceutical Pollutants in Water Resources,” completed under the mentorship of Ajay Warrier (CHEM 112)

Third Place: Gwyneth Komula for “How Does Popular Culture Play a Role in the Me Too Movement?” completed under the mentorship of Gib Prettyman (American Studies)

Class Project Awards

First Place: Olivia Binda, Katelyn Myers, Morgan Pytlak and Andrea Suter for “The Effects of Face Masks on Nonverbal Communication, completed under the mentorship of Valerie Vanderhoff (NURS 405B)

Second Place: Brianna Sanner for “Management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome,” completed under the mentorship of Melissa Miner (NURS 200W)

Third Place: Anna Poorbaugh for “Effects of Alternative Feeding Methods on Weight Gain of Premature Infants,” completed under the mentorship of Melissa Miner (NURS 200W)