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Graduate Research

27th Graduate Exhibition; photo by Steve Williams

PHOTO: STEVE WILLIAMS

Out of more than 250 graduate students who competed at Penn State’s 27th Graduate Exhibition, nine graduate students in programs offered or co-sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences were among 46 recognized with awards.

Awards were given out in the arts and humanities, engineering, health and life sciences, performance, physical sciences and mathematics, social and behavioral sciences, and visual arts.

The exhibition places special emphasis on communicating research to a general audience in clear, comprehensible terms.

 

ENGINEERING

First Place: 

Mark Williams, agricultural and biological engineering, “Using Spatial Analysis to Assess Nitrate Sources in Two Headwater Agricultural Streams in Central Pennsylvania”

 

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

Second Place:

Nadia Byrnes, food science, “Determining the Relationship Between Personality Variables and Liking of Spicy Foods”

Carla Shoff, rural sociology, “Spatially Varying Predictors of Teenage Birth Rates Among Counties in the United States” 

 

HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCES

First Place: 

Audrey Helena Draper, food science, “Microbial Survey of Surface Water Used for Fresh Produce Crop Irrigation in Pennsylvania”

 

Second Place: 

Amanda Lyn Svoboda, food science, “Presence of Shiga-Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli in Small and Very Small Beef Processing Plants and Resulting Beef Products Detected by a Multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay”

 

Third Place:

Joshua Scheinberg, food science, “A Microbiological Comparison of Poultry Products Obtained from Farmers’ Markets and Supermarkets in Pennsylvania”

Yeyi Gu, food science, “Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Obesity Effects of Cocoa Procyanidins”

Anna Testen, plant pathology, “Detection and Incidence of Peronospora variabilis in Quinoa Seeds”

Lingyan Kong, food science, “Fabrication of Pure Starch Fibers by Electrospinning”