Rider University to Celebrate Student Research and Scholarship

Rider University’s Independent Scholarship and Creative Activity Presentations Day will showcase the outstanding academic and creative work of undergraduate students on May 2.
Monday, April 30, 2012

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

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