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      Student Project Day

      Undergraduate and Graduate Students Present Research

      Student Project Day

      Sophomores Gabrielle Hance and Rebecca Senski present their research poster.

      Each April graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to showcase their research to the Widener community during the university’s annual Graduate Research Symposium and Student Project Day.

      A tradition at Widener of nearly two decades, the presentations afford the entire university community an opportunity to see first-hand the fruits of the reading, writing, thinking and experimentation the presenting individuals have done throughout the academic year. A number of different majors are represented, from business and education to human sexuality and social work. 

      Gabrielle Hance, ’19, and Rebecca Senski, ’19, both environmental science majors, had the chance to visit Costa Rica over the holiday break this year. They presented on the climate profile of the Las Lajas Coffee Plantation in Costa Rica, which Widener purchased in 2016. Their findings showed great variations in temperature unlike any patterns ever seen in the past. They also found global climate change is affecting Costa Rica and there is great concern over how changing temperatures and precipitation patterns will alter the production of coffee and other agriculture crops.

      Senski was excited to have the opportunity to share what they learned during their trip. "I think it's awesome how hard everyone works all semester and you can see how happy they are when it all comes together," she said.

      Students in the School of Engineering and computer science department worked together to develop a driver alert system that could identify drowsiness and fatigue in drivers that would trigger an alarm using a smartphone app, as a way to combat the 100,000 vehicle accidents that are a direct result of driver drowsiness.

      School of Business Administration students worked with Judy's Homemade Ice Cream to develop a strategic marketing plan and product cost analysis, and evaluate expansion opportunities. The owner Judy Broadhurst said she was grateful for the opportunity to work with Widener students and says the team's "insights have helped her prioritize and begin implementing improvements."

      For his graduate student project Seth Brakefield, ’18, a member of the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic student board, took the lead in facilitating the collaboration of physical therapy, occupational therapy and counseling services in the clinic this past year. He worked with students and faculty at Philadelphia University to provide occupational therapy services and with the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener to offer counseling services.

      “This project and clinic has given back to me more than I could ever give,” he said. “Working with these individuals who are outside of my profession yet still share this passion to help people in need has been invigorating.  Because of my experiences with the clinic, I will always believe in pro bono work and interprofessional holistic approaches to care.”

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