ISCAP (Independent Scholarship & Creative Activities Presentation) Day will honor and showcase the creative work and research of students in collaboration with their faculty mentors. The program, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sweigart Hall on Wednesday, May 2, will feature the annual Undergraduate Research Scholars Awards, a poster session and panel presentations.
Each year, the URSA Committee presents $5,000 research scholarships to at least five students across the University. The URSA program was established during the 2003-04 academic year to enhance collaborative work between students and faculty and to heighten the intellectual atmosphere on campus. Students can work directly with faculty on joint research projects or on independent projects under the supervision of a faculty member.
This year’s URSA Session will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Sweigart Auditorium. During the session, 2012-13 URSA recipients will discuss their proposed projects, and URSA Scholars from the 2011-12 academic year will also present their findings. Following the awards session, a poster session will be held from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. on the bottom floor of Sweigart Hall, where the Rider community will have a chance to interact with students stationed with their posters describing their research.
URSA Awards Session Schedule
10 – 10:30 a.m. Topics: Post-Soviet Societies
The Frozen Curtain: Expanding Arts Business in the Former Eastern Bloc Naomi Vernon, Musical Theater and Arts Administration (WCA), 2012-2013; Advisor: Dr. Todd Dellinger
New Currents of Fascism: Neo-Nazism in the Russian Federation Jennifer Sorensen, History (CLAES), 2011-2012; Advisor: Dr. Lucien Frary
10:30 – 11 a.m. Topics: Identity and the Arts
Entangled in a Web of Hollywood Dreams: Unearthing the Subtext of Homosexuality in the Works of Manuel Puig Jessica Canose, Spanish (CLAES), 2012-2013; Advisor: Dr. Hernán Fontanet
The Significance of Maori Culture in the World of Popular Music Aubrey Maks, Music Education & Music Composition, History & Theory (WCA), 2011-2012; Advisor: Dr. Eric Hung
11 to 11:30 a.m. Topics: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Using Digital Audio Workstations to Enhance Learning in High School Music Education Classrooms Michael Zubert, Music Education (WCA), 2012-2013; Advisor: Dr. Janet Cape
The Impact of Leadership Training on Pre-service Teachers: A One Year Study of Teacher Leadership Nicole Singer, Education & English (CLAES), 2011-2012; Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Pierce
11:30 a.m. to noon Topics: Advances in Biological Research
Strain Specific Variation in the Innervation and Integration of the Optic Nerve in the Suprachiasmatic Nuclei of Mice Thomas Vajtay, Biology (CLAES), 2012-2013; Advisor: Dr. Todd Weber
The Relationship of Intestinal Microbiota Composition to Immune Function in Wild-type and Immune Molecule Knockout Mouse Strains Amanda Walker, Biology (CLAES), 2011-2012; Advisors: Dr. Kelly Bidle & Dr. James Riggs