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Hess Excellence in Scholarship Series

The Excellence in Scholarship Series provides the opportunity for students in the Leon Hess Business School to highlight their scholarly work over the last academic year.

Open Classroom: Health Promotion in Action

Students in groups will be conducting a health promotion event on campus. We will start in Rechnitz Hall 107 and then will walk to the event on-campus.

Open Classroom: School Counseling Presentations

Students in EDL 601 Research Methods and Applications will be presenting their research proposals using posters. The proposals and posters have been developed throughout the semester, and focus on a wide variety of subjects related to school counseling. Students are prepared to present their proposals and discuss how their research would be implemented and ultimately impact the field of school counseling.

Hawk Talks

The Hawk Talks event will highlight the rich diversity of events offered during Student Scholarship Week by including student work from all academic disciplines, including graduate and undergraduate students, in one premier interdisciplinary event.

The event format will showcase student work through poster presentations and five-minute TED-talk style presentations.

Refreshments will be served.

Hawk Talks Speakers

Welcome Remarks
President Grey J. Dimenna

Master of Ceremonies
Kel Grant, Class of 2018 and Graduate Student, Communication

  • Megan N. Conchar, Senior, Psychology: Predictive Risk Factors of Secondary Traumatic Stress and Compassion Fatigue in Veterinary Staff and Animal Rescue Workers
  • Adham M. Hasan, Senior, Health Studies: Informal alcohol risk reduction methods among Greek life
  • Kaitlyn R. Hirsch, Junior, Health Studies: Abortion and the Effects of its Associated Stigma
  • Denisse G. Quintanilla, Freshman, Spanish and Communication, and Michelle D. Iannelli, Junior, Spanish: La literatura y el arte para un mundo mejor
  • Max I. Sobrano, Senior, Business Management: Helping Students Meet Sports Industry Professionals and Get Internships & Jobs in the Sports Industry Through the Newly Created Sports Industry Club at Monmouth University
  • Marta Telatin, Senior, Biology MCP: Neuropharmacology of Alcohol-Stimulant Co-Use

Hawk Talks Poster Presentations

  • Kaitlin Allsopp, Senior, Political Science: Impediments to Proportional Representation for Women in American Politics
  • Gina A. Badlowski, Senior, Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy: Spatial analysis of water quality parameters in Hilo Bay, Hawai’i
  • Emily G. Blaser, Senior, Communication: The Depiction of #MeToo in Men’s and Women’s Magazines: Concurrences and Contrasts
  • Sean R. Capper, Senior, Computer Science: Spatial analysis of violent versus drug-related crime in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Emily J. Ciccolo, Sophomore, Homeland Security: Ranking New Jersey sporting and concert venues based on driving distance from police and EMS stations
  • Mary E. Emich, Junior, Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy: Mapping Suitable Shore Nesting Habitat for Migratory Birds in Sea Bright Beach, New Jersey
  • Thomas C. Engel, Junior, Marine and Environmental Biology & Policy: Mapping vulnerability of amphibian migrations during “Big Nights” in New Jersey
  • Joseph A. Fantozzi, Senior, Finance: Just Say Yes
  • Kelly N. Grant and Bryce Rose R. Petraccoro, Graduate Students, CPC: 2020 Vision: TEDxMonmouthUniversity
  • Paige N. Kaercher and Samuel C. Aydukovic, Psychology: The Effect of Expected Benefits on Young Adult Volunteering
  • Jarrett Kennedy, Senior, Homeland Security: Building a line-of-sight model for event security in Center City, Philadelphia
  • Mariah L. Laster and Tori R. Hart, Psychology: Emotions Predict Society’s Perspectives on Social Justice
  • Sydney N. Lucas, Senior, Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy: Lines of evidence for differences in water quality between the Shrewsbury and Navesink coastal waterways in New Jersey
  • Caitlin M. Mazzella, Junior, English Elementary Education: Hawaiian Language
  • Emma D. O’Rourke, Senior, Political Science: Environmental Stressors on Migration: Guatemala
  • Zachary M. Pereira, Senior, Social Work: Student Athlete’s Perception of a Sports Social Worker
  • Jenna C. Puglisi, Senior, English – Creative Writing: Elements of Nature: Poetry Project
  • Nathaniel J. Rodriguez, Junior, Mathematics: Heronian Polygons
  • Claudia E. Sanchez, Senior, Social Work; Priya Telidevara, Sophomore, Sociology; Andres A. Camacho, Sophomore, Communication: True Life: I Am a First Generation College Student
  • Brielle A. Sanders, Junior, Psychology: Power Perceived
  • Shevaitha T. Shyamalan, Junior, Biology: Analysis of Kombucha
  • Sebastian A. Vera, Senior, Biology MCP: Experimental Manipulations to study the effect of diet on aspects of body size
  • Michael C. Zarnowski, Junior, Homeland Security: Modeling travel cost based on terrain to strategically plan new border wall between the United States and Mexico

Public History Showcase

In this panel discussion, public history students will discuss experiential projects that are preparing them for life after graduation while also benefitting significant partners such as The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University, the Monmouth Memories Oral History Program, the National Guard Militia Museum of NJ, TheClio.com, the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation and Museum, and others.

Goldfish Learning Laboratory: An Unconventional Approach to Teaching Psychology of Learning

Since Fall 2017, the Psychology Department at Monmouth University has used an unconventional live animal model –goldfish – as an active learning tool to teach students hands on about various principles of psychology. In this open classroom session, attendees will be able to view an oral presentation and corresponding live animal demonstrations on topics relating to Pavlovian and operant conditioning, choice and preference, memory, cognition, and welfare. Attendees will also be able to view a poster in the room that displayed data collected by students in previous semesters during the goldfish labs. Protocols and lesson plans will be provided to attendees as well. During the course, students are required to demonstrate knowledge of species-typical behavior and husbandry care of goldfish before working with goldfish directly. Next, students observe naturalistic goldfish behavior and create operational definitions in preparation for collecting data on different training paradigms. Overall, this session will showcase how a wide range of basic and applied learning concepts can be taught through an active learning approach with live animals. These types of procedures are not limited to just goldfish; they are also applicable to human behavior as well.

Open Classroom: Roma/Gypsies at the Confluence of Myth and Reality

During this open class, students in PR 403.01 (Roma /Gypsies in History, Literature, and Pop Culture) will present, in teams, on various aspects of Romani history and culture and on representations of Gypsies in pop culture. Through these presentations, students will engage with a variety of fields and disciplines, including sociology, education, cultural anthropology, political science, psychology, and public policy as they examine Roma’s position at the confluence of myth, metaphor, and reality. They will discuss topics related to Roma’s current situation in Europe (including the effects of institutionalized antigypsyism) and/or examine the production and dissemination of stereotypes and tropes associated with Gypsies/Roma.

Open Classroom: Using Writing and Research to Forge New Partnerships

Students in a First-Year Composition class used their skills to partner with a local non-profit, Garden State Equality (GSE). Through the partnership, students learned how to research populations and topics as well as how to write for specific audiences. The projects stemming from this hands-on learning experience will be used to help GSE forge relationships with school districts across New Jersey to provide training and support for schools as they transition into teaching the new state-mandated LGBTQ+ history curricula.