The University of Bridgeport (UB) presents Posters on the Ped Mall, a celebration of undergraduate research, from 12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m., Monday, September 10.

The event, including an exhibit of research posters and opportunities to speak with students and faculty advisers about their projects, is free and open to the public.

It will be held at Wahlstrom Library, 126 Park Avenue, Bridgeport.

The exhibition features research that delves into an array of issues that shape our world, including: the psychological effects of social media, new uses for engineering, security and international relations, environmental sustainability, and more.

All of the research was conducted by 48 University of Bridgeport students who participated in the most recent UB Summer Scholars Program from May 20 to June 29, 2018.

Held annually, the six-week Summer Scholars initiative pairs UB and visiting undergraduates with University faculty mentors, preparing students for futures in research, professional careers, and/or graduate school. Research is thus enhanced by robust interdisciplinary academic and professional development opportunities ranging from writing workshops and resume reviews to discussions on ethical practices in research, lectures by guests experts, and graduate school previews.

“Summer Scholars is a whirlwind of learning, creativity, exploration, and accomplishment,” said Director of Undergraduate Research Jessica Nelson, PhD. “That’s why we are especially excited to present Posters on the Ped Mall. It celebrates the remarkable milestones that our undergraduate student researchers and faculty achieved in just a short time. Two of the research projects have already been accepted for publication by peer-reviewed journals and three projects will be presented at national and international academic conferences. Other research remains ongoing. Both the depth and breadth of our students’ research are truly impressive.”

Some of the research posters that will be on view include:

  • “Social Isolation and Social Networks,” by student Maame Asantewaa advised by David Oberleitner, PhD, (Department of Psychology)
  • “A Novel Means for Nuclear Fusion,” by student Issa Dababneh advised by David W. Kraft, PhD, (Department of Mathematics)
  • “The Changing Face of Arab Shi’ism,” by students Syed Ahmed, Cainlin Hernandez, Jackeline Ojeda, and Ana Lidia Rena advised by Robert J. Riggs, PhD, (Religion and Politics, College of Arts and Sciences)
  • “An Assessment of Nutritional Health Literacy Knowledge in College Students with a History of Living with a Chronic Disease,” by student Renae Barret advised by Dr. Linda Tampellini, DNP, MSN, RNC-MNN, (School of Nursing)
  • “Korean Comfort Women in WWII: A Journey Towards International Justice,” by student Damaris Hernandez advised by William D. Lay, JD, (International Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences)
  • “Using Signal Processing Techniques to Detect Sleep Apnea Events,” by students Kai Chen and Kareem Saleh, advised by Navarun Gupta, PhD, (Department of Electrical Engineering)
  • “A New Experiment to Explore Heats of Hydration for General Chemistry Labs,” by Mirlange Baptiste and Tiffany King led by Natalie Romano, PhD, (Department of Chemistry)

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 993-0380, lgeary@bridgeport.edu