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(formerly Undergraduate Research Fair)

Tuesday, April 13, Athletics Center

Students at Penn State New Kensington get the opportunity to present their research in a public forum at the seventh annual Research and Creative Exposition, Tuesday, April 13, in the campus Athletics Center.

Formerly called the Undergraduate Research Fair, the exposition provides students, under the guidance of a faculty adviser, with the opportunity to choose a topic, conduct research, draw conclusions, and present their information in a public setting.

The competition is divided into two categories: posters and oral presentations. The poster category is designed to convey the project's significance to scholars in the field and potential significance to the general public. The student's written research is translated into a poster. Participants are judged on content, display and oral defense of project.

The oral presentation category is designed to take written research and present it in an engaging 10-minute presentation. Presenters are judged on written materials, topic significance, objectives, methods, responsible knowledge, invention, preparation and delivery.

Last year, a record 44 students researched 36 projects that were exhibited in a poster format or delivered orally. Eight Certificates of Excellence were awarded to participants. Two award winners, business administration students Jodena Rosa and Jamie Steinberg, continued their work over the summer with the aid of a Penn State Undergraduate Research Development grant.

The additional research, under the supervision of Rujirutana Mandhachitara, associate professor of business administration at the campus, yielded more in-depth information and resulted in an invitation to present their work in November 2009 at annual Applied Business and Entrepreneur Association International Conference in Hawaii.

The paper, "Application of Marketing Principles: Increasing Volunteer retention and Public support for Small-Scale Animal Shelters," was published in the conference's proceedings.Steinberg graduated in May and Rosa earned her bachelor's degree in December.

For more on the research exposition, visit online.

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