Senior Scholars Day 2006
Senior Scholars Day was held on April 20, 2006. Senior students presented the results of research or other scholarly or creative projects they worked on during the year. This event continues a nearly thirty-year tradition currently supported by the Provost and Dean of the Faculty.
The event began with an alumni panel discussing their experiences at Susquehanna and with Senior Scholars Day and how those experiences contributed to the work they do today.
Senior music students highlighted their talents during a music recital and the artwork of senior graphic design majors was displayed throughout the day.
Research findings from 107 students were shared in the form of poster displays and oral presentations. Topics were as diverse as the effects parent/child attachments have on romantic relationships, stimulation in cardiac connective tissues cells, the religion of Michelangelo and the effects of foreign direct investment trade. Presentations explored such issues as the current demise of the European Union, church and state in the Middle East, privacy issues in healthcare, the relationship between the military and the media in war zones and the preparedness of teachers instructing students using English as a second language.
Sea urchins, wolf spiders, and fruit flies were among the creatures studied for some of the research. Other research examined the most complex species of all - human beings. The personality traits of volunteer child mentors, coping strategies of hospitalized individuals, the relationship between personality and athletic participation, religiosity and risk-taking behaviors among college students, correlations between anxiety sensitivity and alcohol use, morals and cheating behaviors, and jealousy among college students were up for discussion during Senior Scholars Day.
Specific to the Susquehanna Valley, presentations were given on bacterial analysis at the Centralia mine fire, sulfur-dioxide concentrations near a coal-fired power plant, analyses of the acid-mine polluted Shamokin Creek, geophysical methods used to locate unmarked graves in Milton, and comparisons between access to civil legal assistance in rural and urban Pennsylvania.