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Food, Scents & Wii are Student Topics at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

WHEELING, WV, Jan. 24, 2011 Wheeling Jesuit University students will present their research projects to lawmakers and the Governor on Tuesday, Jan. 25 as part of the annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol activities.

Held in the Capitol rotunda, the Undergraduate Research Day runs from 8:45 a.m. to noon. Students present their discoveries in poster format and talk to legislators about their findings. The projects are all original research and the posters and projects are designed to inspire questions from viewers.

The titles of the three Wheeling Jesuit topics and students presenting are:

Effects of scent administration on on-line shopping behavior, Sarah Mogan. Mogan is a senior psychology major from Washington, Pa. This is her second visit to the legislature as a research student from Wheeling Jesuit.

Physiological effects of food and non-food stimuli on food neophobics and food neophilics, August Capiola. Capiola is a junior psychology major and is also from Washington, Pa.

Effects of Wii game play on cognition, Andrea Bova and Mark Sappington. Bova is a psychology major from Pittsburgh, Pa. who just graduated in December 2010. Sappington is a senior psychology major, with a religion minor, from Morgantown, W.Va.

Associate professor of psychology Bryan Raudenbush, accompanies the students and mentors them in their research. Raudenbush is also the director of undergraduate research at the university and has taught at the University for 13 years.

Students and their advisors will also have an opportunity to visit their State Senators and House of Delegates to talk about undergraduate research also as part of the big day. Gov. Ray Tomblin is expected to address the students at a special noon luncheon in their honor. (From left are Andrea Bova, August Capiola, Mark Sappington and Sarah Mogan, in the psychology student lounge.)

More than 100 students will take part in the eighth annual Undergraduate Research Day Tuesday.

Students are presenting posters in the areas of biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science and information technology, criminal justice, engineering, English, environmental studies, geography, geology, history, history/anthropology/sociology, mathematics, physics, political science and psychology.

This annual event helps members of the State Legislature and Executive Branch understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact.

Undergraduate Research Day is under the auspices of the West Virginia EPSCoR Office, which is responsible for development, administration, management, and implementation of the state's experimental research improvement program.

For more information on undergraduate research opportunities at the University, please contact Raudenbush at 304-243-2330.

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