CCSU Feature

2014-15 URCAD Senior Prize Winners Announced

With topics as varied as exploring gender roles in the pages of classic Hemingway novels, examining remote archeological Swiss rock bed formations, or even tapping into new, innovative mathematical teaching methodologies, the 2014-15 Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) senior prize winners share a passion for discovery.

"While we had many outstanding entries this fall, these students exemplify CCSU undergraduate research in their respective fields," says Professor of English Aimee Pozorski, who has been the faculty coordinator of the CCSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Program (URCAP) for the past three years.

URCAP at CCSU encompasses the Undergraduate Research Senior Awards, Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD), and the Alumni Travel Program. URCAD is a campus-wide showcase for student research and creative activities for students. The program is open to students graduating in either Fall 2014 or 2015 who have worked on an independent research or creative project under the supervision of a CCSU faculty member.

Announced on Dec. 1, awards were given in each of the traditional academic areas of Arts & Humanities; Business, Education, and Professional Studies; Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The students were selected on such criteria as originality of research, endorsement of their faculty mentors, and attention to the research method of their respective disciplines.

This year's senior prize winners include:

  • Justin Ahern, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (faculty advisor -Michael Wizevich, Geomorphology); poster presentation: "Triassic sedimentary rocks of southwestern Switzerland: The tale of the shale"
  • Allison Bramande, Arts and Humanities (faculty advisor - Melissa Mentzer, 19th Century American Literature); oral presentation: "The Woman Also Rises: Gender Reconsidered in the Work of Ernest Hemingway"
  • Erin Drennan, School of Business (faculty advisor - Drew Harris, Business and Sustainability); oral presentation: "Entrepreneurial Research: The effect of trust on investor decision making for new ventures"
  • Elizabeth Harwood, Social and Behavioral Sciences (faculty advisor - Fiona Pearson, Sociology); oral presentation: "Superwoman Ideology: Exploring the Tension Between Agency and Its Constraints"
  • Olga Mironchik, School of Education (faculty advisor - Robin Kalder, Mathematical Sciences); poster presentation: "The Flipped Classroom: A Case Study"

Winners receive a cash award and a trip to present their research at the 29th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Eastern Washington University, April 16-18, 2015, before showcasing their work at CCSU's 17th Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day, May 1, 2015.

Pozorski applauds the senior prize winners, their faculty mentors, and all of the participating student entries, further crediting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carl Lovitt, Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry Barry Westcott (previous URCAP coordinator), and Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs Susan Matterazzo for their ongoing support throughout the process.

Justin Ahern
Justin Ahern

 

Allison Bramande
Allison Bramande

 

Erin Drennan
Erin Drennan

 

Elizabeth Harwood
Elizabeth Harwood

 

Olga Mironchik
Olga Mironchik
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