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Tiffany Onifer

Greetings and Salutations!

Have you ever analyzed the mucro posterior region of a leaf?
Presenting research at the American Chemistry Society Conference


Welcome to the blog spot where you get to hear about what's taking place on campus, behind the scenes at Waynesburg University. My name is Tiffany Onifer and I am a junior Chemistry, Pre-med major. For the past 3 years I have been actively involved in research.

Now you might be interested in what I'm researching, which is probably one of the reasons you're reading this blog. What my advisor, Dr. Fletcher, and I have been doing is researching different methods for improving the microdialysis sampling of neuropeptides.


If you're in a pickle and have no idea what I just said that's ok! This is exactly how I felt in the beginning of my freshman year. As these blog posts progress my desire is that you will have a better understanding of what we are actively doing.

What does research look like from a student athlete perspective? At the undergraduate level you have several options, you can research a specific topic that you are interested in or you can join in on a preexisting project. Freshman year I hopped on the wagon.

As a dual varsity athlete, practice will always be scheduled. As a Chemistry major, labs will always be in abundance. As an undergraduate researcher, patience needs to be developed and utilized when the project is soaring on the mountain tops to when it fails not just once but many times and you have no idea why it is not working.

It is within these moments, when I've made mistakes that I have learned the most about the system vs. the symptoms. Even though setbacks, “set you back” they don't have to keep you down. I have learned that it is a crucial time where you can get back on your feet stronger than ever before and push towards the mark of success.

Waynesburg University and the Chemistry Department has truly been a blessing in regards to opening doors unto those involved in research. Coming into Waynesburg I thought that research was just working behind the scenes in a lab trying to solve an extremely hard puzzle with more than 1000 pieces. I had no idea of the numerous opportunities that would have come as a result of this journey. Throughout the last 2 years I have been able to present our findings in 3 different states and at 1 state capitol.

As great as this blog is sounding I think it's time for an intermission. But right before the commercial I must share what we have been doing on the research front. In the past 2 weeks the glass surface of our beads were activated and the bead density was determined. Next on the list is binding studies using various proteins.

Tackle Greatness, Strive for Excellence, and see yourself as a Success going to Succeed.
~Live in a world of change, be the difference

Tiffany Onifer is a junior Chemistry, Pre-Med Major

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Miller Hall Waynesburg Unviersity

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(Hugh O'Brian Ambassador)


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. This scholarship is awarded to high academic students who have board scores above 1250 (SAT) or 28 (ACT) and have shown academic excellence.


  • "Pennsylvania Governor's Conference Woman's Scholarship": $2,500 per year
. This scholarship is awarded to one female Pennsylvania resident student who has demonstrated financial need.


  • "State Scholars Scholarship": $2,000 and is renewable for four consecutive years (Students whose permanent residence is outside of Pennsylvania and have a 3.0 or higher).


  • "The Leadership Program": $2,000 per year 
(approximately 10-15 awards)


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Forensic Science

As part of our mission to engage, educate and enrich the community, our Forensic Science Club visited Jefferson Morgan Elementary. Our students taught the elementary school students about fingerprints and let them develop and lift some latent prints. Through coordination with the FBI via Waynesburg University graduate Alison Chasko, our Forensic Science Club also helped the children fill out National Child ID Program Kits, which record their own fingerprints. The children took the kits home so their parents could fill out other vital info, actually collect DNA (cheek swab) and attach current photos. The kit also came with a wallet card containing their child's thumb print for parents to keep with them. If the child ever becomes lost or missing, the information can be used to assist authorities.



Michael Cipoletti is the Forensic Science Program Director at Waynesburg University

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Cyril Wecht at Waynesburg University

This past summer at Waynesburg University's CSI camp, attendees and the general public were treated to a speaking engagement with Dr. Cyril Wecht. Dr. Wecht spoke about the history of Forensic Science, the current state of the industry and prominent cases from his own career.


If you'd like to learn more about Waynesburg University's Forensic Science program, click here.






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Dedicated and committed, Chelsea Cummins and Samantha Scribner have made the most of their undergraduate education in the Department of Communication at Waynesburg University. Taking advantage of every opportunity and seeking additional opportunities on their own has been the norm for the dynamic duo, even as early as their freshman year. As a result, both Samantha and Chelsea have embraced their jam-packed schedules and ever-evolving “to-do” lists, because the two know that those translate into valuable experiences and success.


As sophomores, the two senior public relations majors were involved in the process of establishing Waynesburg University's Public Relations Society Student Association Chapter, supporting their upperclassmen officers through the process. Since the chapter's inception, the women have continued to act as leaders, offering networking opportunities and hands-on experiences to chapter members.


Expanding on the establishment of the chapter, the dynamic duo saw the benefit of the creation of Waynesburg University's Public Relation Week, which includes activities that feature well-known speakers and distinguished public relations practitioners.


“We have invested countless hours and worked diligently because we know that the hands-on experiences and connections that come from networking will set us apart in the field,” Samantha said.


Skills learned in class and their experiences from their positions with the Office of University Relations, Advancement and the Alumni Office have helped them to tailor their career aspirations through the exploration of a variety of media.


“The beautiful thing about the public relations major, like many things in life, is that opportunities are afforded to every student, and whether or not you excel is on you,” Chelsea said.


This summer, Chelsea served as a project coordinator at Judith Kelly + Associates, a marketing communications firm in downtown Pittsburgh, where she assisted clients with media relations, writing, event planning and social media. After a month of interning, she was added as a paid employee and will continue to work there after graduation.


“It was interesting to apply concepts I've studied, as well as learn a different side of public relations. My supervisor trusted me with many important projects, including being the point person in planning an annual event for our biggest client. Overall the experience was and continues to be an amazing opportunity, especially for an entry level position,” she said.


Likewise, Samantha had the opportunity to put her skills in motion through an internship with Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation in Pittsburgh. She served as the external affairs intern, utilizing multiple public relations skills. She also planned an industry-wide event for more than 7,000 people and was responsible for creating and maintaining a content schedule for the corporation's social media presence.


“My internship helped to solidify my passion for public relations. In no other profession can you reach such a large audience to educate, inform and persuade people about a cause you truly believe in,” she said. “To be confident in your skills and to have people trust and believe in you is a great feeling.”


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