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Eleven Students Win Top Prizes During Wheeling Jesuit’s Student Research and Scholarship Symposium



Wheeling Jesuit University recognized student-led research projects during its fifth annual Student Research and Scholarship Symposium, and 11 students earned awards for
their projects.

The day-long symposium showcased research conducted by Wheeling Jesuit students in the areas of clinical, natural and physical sciences; humanities; social and behavioral sciences; computer science; and physical therapy. Nearly 100 students presented more than 50 projects.

Winners include:

Clinical, natural and physical sciences: First place went to Chris Tartamella for his project “Looking for Brightness Variations in Quasi-Stellar Objects. Winner of the second place award was Ben Beppler for “Discrete Fourier Transforms of Unequally Spaced Data Points.”

Humanities: The top award was given to Dallas Kratzer III for his project “The Escape Epiphany.” The second place project was Courtney Chase for “Human Limitations and the Damnation of Doctor Faustus.”

Mathematics, technology and computer science: Jared Zelek received the top honor for his project “Z-Crypt: Controlling Randomness.”

Poster Presentations: Sharing first place honors were Amanda Schuler and Ashley Rawson for their presentation “Effects of Beverage Flavor on Athletic Performance, Mood and Workload” and Sarah Lilley’s research on “Concussion History and Cognitive Performance Among WJU Sports Teams.”

Social and Behavioral Sciences: First place honors were awarded to Maryanna Burns for “The Detection of False Confessions Through Statement Analysis: An Empirical Study.” Second place went to Ian Wilson for “Unveiling the Unspoken Discretionary Powers of the Resident Assistant,” and Phillip Zoladz for “Impact of the Chemical Senses on Augmenting Memory, Attention, Reaction Times, Problem Solving and Response Variability: The Differential Role of Retronasal Versus Orthonasal Odorant Administration.




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