Miranda R. Thornton

Jack Halow
Robert LaCount

This project was undertaken to establish a baseline of the water quality within the South Fork of Ten Mile watershed. Water samples collected from five tributaries over a two month period were analyzed for a variety of water quality markers. The results were compared to typical stream values. When issues were discovered, further investigation of the stream occurred to determine where the contamination originated.


PowerPoint Presentation

Research Paper

Waynesburg University hosted the 30th Annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Biology Symposium on April 18, 2009. Dr. Bruce Alberts was the Keynote Speaker for the event as a part of our Crosby Lecture Series.

Waynesburg University Biology students presented posters of their research at the 29th Annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Biology Research Symposium on April 12, 2008 at Washington and Jefferson College. Undergraduate biology students from across the region presented their independent research as either a talk or a poster presentation.

Waynesburg University students' poster presentations are part of the requirements of the Bio 499 "Senior Research Projects" course. Students in this course are required to propose and carry out a hands-on independent research project based on their interests. Each student is paired with a faculty mentor, whose background most closely matches the area of proposed research. Upon completion, students are required to present their research.

2011 WU Student Posters (PDF)
2010 WU Student Posters (PDF)
2009 WU Student Posters (PDF)
2008 WU Student Posters (PDF)

Waynesburg University hosted a Student Technology Forum Friday, March 19, 2010. The forum was sponsored by the Consortium for Computing in Undergraduate Education, Inc., which consists of 23 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

Seven of the 16 presentations were given by Waynesburg University students. Each session lasted 25 minutes and included a question and answer session. Students presented in one of the four categories: Internet and Mobile Uses of Technology, Gaming Uses of Technology, Diverse Uses of Technology and Secure and Efficient Uses of Technology.

Waynesburg University student presenters, awards and presentations include:

Kelley Dyson, a senior computer science major from Washington, and Andrew Glenn, a junior computer science major from Ashburn, Va., placed first in the Gaming Uses of Technology track

Stacy Farrier, a junior advertising major from Pittsburgh; Brittany Kitzmiller, a junior advertising major from Blairsville; Bryan Leones, a senior graphic design major from Gibsonia; Bonnie Sargent, a senior marketing major from Jeannette; and Rhonda Woloshun, a junior marketing major from Latrobe, placed second in the Diverse Uses of Technology track

Kerri Holsopple, a senior forensic chemistry major from Greensburg, placed first in the Diverse Uses of Technology track

Richard Janicki, a senior computer forensics major from Elizabeth, placed second in the Secure and Efficient Uses of Technology track

Kyle Kyper, a senior management major from Huntingdon, placed third in the Internet and Mobile Uses of Technology track

Steven Moore, a senior communication (electronic media) major from Jeannette, received a participation award

Dustin Yoder, a senior business information/science major from Belleville, placed third in the Secure and Efficient Uses of Technology track

Students present at annual American Chemical Society national meeting

American Chemical Society (ACS) is a congressionally chartered independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

2012 American Chemical Society National Conference

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View April 18 article that appeared in the Observer-Reporter

2011 National Chemistry Week

Waynesburg University American Chemical Society students presented at the Carnegie Science Center October 21 & 22.
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2009 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting

Brian Davis, John Paiani, Emily Patterson and Regina Strong represented Waynesburg University at the 2009 ACS National Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, in March 2009. The students' presentations are located below. Additional students will be presenting research at the 2010 ASC National Meeting in San Fransico, California, in March 2010.

March 27, 2011 241st National American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in Anaheim, CA.

Miranda Thornton was recognized as one of 36 outstanding awardee recipients. Official ASC Awards List
View Miranda Thornton's Poster and PowerPoint Presentation

For the 2009/2010 academic year Miranda Thornton was one of seven to be chosen by the ACS Society Committee on Education to receive the Innovative Activities Grant (IAG)
November/December 2009 in Chemistry Magazine

Research is an important part of academic scholarship. Engaging in research helps student to develop essential practical skills by applying their knowledge in order to solve problems and make advancements to our understanding of a particular field. Research venues such as our Undergraduate Research Symposium provide an important professional forum to recognize our student’s research endeavors and to facilitate collaborative scientific dialog. This research symposium will also be an important opportunity for underclass students to become oriented in the practice of research and to sample potential projects and ideas for their future research participation. Additionally, public speaking and presenting are essential career-related skills that are honed through participation in research symposia such as this.

Many disciplines have their own research forums, however, with our Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium we hope to bring together students and faculty from many diverse disciplines in order to collectively celebrate the research contributions that all of our students make in their respective fields here at Waynesburg University.

Katrina Kelly and Dr. Chad Sethman

Fifth Annual Symposium was Saturday, April 18, 2015
Student Mentor Title
Amanda Hobe Michael Cipoletti What’s in Your Supplements?
Cara Petrone Dr. Heidi Fletcher Microdialysis Sampling of Insulin Using Synthesized β–Cyclodextrin Silica Glass Beads
Christena Provost Faith Musko Does the Location of a Soil Sample Affect the Degradation of DNA in Wild Boar Ribs?
Anna Vith Michael Cipoletti Ignitable Liquid Recovery from Footwear of Everyday Use
Nicole Wilson Dr. Marietta Wright Determination of Salivary Alpha-Amylase Levels Based on Various Sleep Amounts
Below are examples from the Third Annual Symposium held Saturday, April 20, 2013




Andrew B. Armor Bryan Hamilton The effect of Leg Anaerobic and Aerobic leg exercises on the growth of Elbow Flexors
Harley Davidson Wayne Rossiter Lake size predicts Variation of parasite prevalence and intensity
Kelsey Geehring Chad Sethman The Effect of Lactobacillus acidophilus on the Health of Human Skin
Ashley Gudenburr Bryan Hamilton Determining the Accuracy of Visual Memory in College-aged People
Jeffrey Johns Chad Sethman Transmission of Antibiotic Resistance Between Pathogenic MRSA and Non-pathogenic Microbes
Matthew McNeil Marietta Wright Detection of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Organic and Non-Organic Food
Mandy Morrison Wayne Rossiter Crayfish Population Density and Size Distribution of Orconectes obscurus Among Pool, Riffle and Run Habitats
Samantha Obradovich Janet Paladino Mutagenicity of Water Samples from Local Streams Impacted by Coal Processing Facilities
Jessica Shaffer Chad Sethman Comparison of the Efficiency of Bacterial Transport Among Three Clinical Specimen Transport Systems
Ashley Sholtis Wayne Rossiter The Energetic Impacts of the Trematode Posthodiplostomum minimum on Freshwater Sunfish(Lepomis spp.)
Samuel Sprowls Donald Beezhold Determination of Effective Elution Buffers for Extracting Viral RNA from Personal Protective Equipment
Below are examples from the Second Annual Symposium held in 2012
Student Mentor(s) Title
Brandon Grainy Elesha Coffman
Larry Stratton
John Knox and the Court Packing Scheme
Tyler Hellwig Chad Sethman The antimicrobial effect of different toothpastes on Streptococcus mutans bacteria
Melissa Renee Jack Marietta Wright Acceptance and Knowledge of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and its Vaccine Amongst College Students
Katrina Kelly Melany Chrash
Chad Sethman
Spread the Word, Attitudes and Awareness of Human Papillomavirus and Vaccinations
Alina Meden Bryan Hamilton
Marietta Wright
The Observance of the Visual Reaction Time of Non-Athletes Compared to Athletes
Danielle Mellott Janet Paladino An Analysis of the Water Quality in Brown's Run Reservoir in Greene County, PA
Lauren Minor Bryan Hamilton Assessment of the Relationship between Pre-practice Hydration Status and Hydration Education in High School, NAIA, and NCAA Division III Collegiate Athletes
Kimberly Patnaude Michael Cipoletti Portable Raman analyzer's performance in the detection of controlled drugs
Amy Walker Chad Sethman The effects of the herbicide, Paramount when applied to pre- and post-emergent switchgrass plots that have been treated with a nitrogen-enriched fertilizer

View pictures from the 2012 symposium