Campus hosts Research Symposium

BLOOMSBURG— The sixth annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Wednesday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Kehr Union. The symposium is sponsored jointly by Bloomsburg University, Bucknell University and the Geisinger Center for Health Research.

This year’s keynote speaker is Jennifer K. Wagner, associate director of bioethics research at Geisinger Health System. A practicing attorney specializing in genetics rights, Wagner was an American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Fellow. She earned bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Penn State, graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law and completed a one-year program in biomedical science at the University of Michigan, concentrating on human genetics.

During the symposium, undergraduates will present their scholarship during a poster session, and awards will be presented for outstanding submissions. Abstracts are judged in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, biological sciences and clinical/translational.

Participants are:

Bloomsburg University: Bill Dugan, Brandon Arnsberger, Brook Reichenbach, Bryan Semon, Caroline Fassett, Courtney Pachucki, Daniel Callen, Daniel Steinhauser, Elizabeth Miller, Harold Post Jr, Ian Johnson, Jacob Daniel, Jayleen Alvarado, Jessa M. Wood, Justin Fickel, Katie Starliper, Kelly Haggerty, Kelly N. Barko, Kurt Knepley, Laura Sitler, Lydia Stebbins, Mark R. Drumm, Patrick Berridge, Patsy VanDyke, Rachel McDonald, Sarah Karasek, Stanley Beck and Stephanie Byers.

Bucknell University: Adam Huff, Amarachi Ekekwe, Anushikha Sharma, Ariel Senackerib, Bethany Blass, Brooke Bullek, Stephanie Garboski, Catherine J. Scott, Christine Murphy, Daniel Hayes, Dasha Kostyuchek, Dikendra Jung Karki, Elizabeth Wilkey, Emma L Hundermark, Haley Brown, Jake Papa, James A. Hamm, Jordan Sechler, Kathleen Bell, Louis Tobias, Madeline Minneci, Mae Lacey, Maggie Carlson, Megan Summers, Morgan Eckenroth, Nathan Luftman, Nicolas Diaz, Nicole Adams, Nina Nevarez, Patricha Williams, Patrick Newhart, Peter Lucas Nicolois, Rebecca Reeve, Reid Harrison, Ryan Cadigan, Sarah Xu, Sierra Magnotta, Tianyi Lan, Tyler Greene, Walid Abourouaine, Will Bordash, Win Kyae, Yuxuan Huang, Zemeng Zhou, Zilin Ma and Tongyu Yang.

Geisinger Health System: Abigail Garrett, Abigail Ruths, Christopher Hartman, Christopher Q. Zhang, Emily DuBartell, H. Henry Harrison, Kaitlyn Shultz, Kelly Kempa, Kyle J. Haddock, Lisa M. Francomacaro, Marcus Erdman, Shana Wagner, Stephen Petrosky and Zach Kozick.

Lafayette College: Elaine Huang.

Susquehanna University: Alvaro Montoya, Andrew Steely, Anton Soloviev, Aviel Justice Stein, Christiana Straub, Dustin Bendas, Elizabeth Jones, Emily Mausteller, Jordan Zezza, Katie Fischer, Lauren Cram, Madeline Galvez, Orvil Grunmeier III, Rachel Snyder, Samantha Salazar, Sean Hake, Tia Kissinger, Yihe Chen, Yilan Miao.

For information, contact Heather Feldhaus, director of BU’s Center for Community Research and Consulting, or 570-389-4221. Learn more about the symposium at

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.