Something to Celebrate

April 1 has traditionally been a day to celebrate the frivolous or whimsical, but not on Gannon’s campus, and not this year. April Fool’s Day brought the Celebrate Gannon event to the Waldron Campus Center. 

Student-created sculpture, photography, graphics and video were added to the platform, along with poster presentations that have traditionally exhibited undergraduate research, undergraduate scholarship, graduate research and engagement at the annual event.

This year, 294 students made 34 platform presentations and 40 poster presentations that showcased to the Gannon University campus and the community the year’s academic accomplishments, as well as experiential projects that demonstrated significant learning outside the classroom in the local, national and global community.

The engagement category, which highlights student learning in projects outside of the classroom, had a record 20 presentations, and the creativity category made its Celebrate Gannon debut with five entrants.

The winners and their respective categories were:

Undergraduate Research Platform Presentation

Hannah Smerker
Development of a sequential method to adapt SH-SY5Y cells to low-glucose media for manganese exposure studies

Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation

Shivali Singh
Relative expression of CMADS2, CMADS3, and CMADS6 in the fern Ceratopteris richardii

Creativity: Visual Arts

Roman Denisyuk
Ceramic sculpture

Engagement Platform Presentations

Victoria Quagliana, Justine Bensur, David McCartney
Hunger and Homelessness: Raising Awareness at Gannon

Engagement Poster Presentations

Kayla Hardner, Chelsea Kulak
Growing Readers

Graduate Research Platform Presentation

Emily Bartkowski, Kaitlyn Bosy, Julia Campbell, Brittany Rabe
Effectiveness of a Fitness and Nutrition Based Intervention on Quality Of Life for High School Girls

Graduate Research Poster Presentation

Regina Cowell, Matthew Galbo, Jeana Smith
Assessment of Plagiocephaly in Infants: A Clinical Innovation