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  • Student Research and Creative Endeavor Spotlighted at IPFW Symposium
For Immediate Release
April 10, 2014

Student Research and Creative Endeavor Spotlighted at IPFW Symposium

Key Info

  • Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium
  • 70 undergraduate and 16 undergraduate students involved
  • Presentations made to teams of faculty judges

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Eighty-six students presented 69 posters at the recent Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). The symposium, sponsored by the Office of Research, Engagement, and Sponsored Programs, the Walter E. Helmke Library, the Honors Program, and the Office of Graduate Studies, was held Friday, March 28.

J. Albayyari, associate vice chancellor for research, engagement, and sponsored programs, said this year's event was the largest to date and featured presentations by 70 undergraduate and 16 graduate students, representing all six IPFW colleges. The presentations were judged by teams of faculty members. Albayyari said the symposium reflects "...one of the exemplary aspects of an IPFW education--the chance to be engaged in research, even as an undergraduate student."

Undergraduate Awards

  • First Place: Tina Gasnarez, Educational Studies; faculty sponsor, Ann Livschiz, Department of History
  • Second Place: Elizabeth Phillips, Hina Batool, Manaal Sajid, and Ashlin Long, Psychology; faculty sponsor, Elaine Blakemore, Department of Psychology
  • Third Place: Christopher Watkins, Physics; faculty sponsor, Mark Masters, Department of Physics

Graduate Awards

  • First Place- three-way tie: Chelsea Clyde-Brockway, Biology, faculty sponsor, Frank Paladino, Department of Biology; Christopher Culkin, Biology, faculty sponsor, Punya Nachappa, Department of Biology; and Jennifer Swiggs, Biology, faculty sponsor, Frank Paladino, Department of Biology
  • Second Place: Sasha Tetzlaff, Biology; faculty sponsor, Bruce Kingsbury, Department of Biology
  • Third Place: Jacob Hill, Biology; faculty sponsor, Frank Paladino, Department of Biology

IPFW's chapter of Sigma Xi, an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement, also presented awards at the symposium.

IPFW Sigma Xi Awards

  • Undergraduate Award: Christopher Watkins, Physics; faculty sponsor, Mark Masters, Department of Physics
  • Graduate Award: Christopher Culkin, Biology; faculty sponsor, Punya Nachappa, Department of Biology
  • Team Award: Elizabeth Phillips, Hina Batool, Manaal Sajid, and Ashlin Long, Psychology; faculty sponsor, Elaine Blakemore, Department of Psychology

Student posters are archived in Opus, IPFW’s open access online research repository, which provides national and international exposure for their academic work.

For more information, contact Heidi Sandquist, IPFW Office of Research, Engagement, and Sponsored Programs, at 260-481-4101 or sandquih@ipfw.edu.

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