Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity
The 11th annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity will be online on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
This event showcases the excellent scholarly, creative, and service work that Providence College students are doing on campus, in the community, and indeed, around the world. The Celebration has grown each year, and features students from all class years and from many different departments and disciplines.
The Center for Engaged Learning is honoring the incredible contributions Dr. Steve Mecca made to establishing and growing the culture of undergraduate research on our campus. Over his career, Dr. Mecca mentored hundreds of student researchers from a wide variety of disciplines. Notably, his students presented 73 projects at the Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity over the past decade.
Projects reflecting one of the four themes that the late Dr. Steve Mecca was passionate about – Education, Health, Sanitation, and/or Technology – will be designated in his honor.
2019 Celebration of Student Scholarship & Creativity Projects
Michael Jimenez '19 - lights powered by fidget spinners
Engineering major Michael Jimenez '19 is working on a unique power source — fidget spinners! Learn how the ubiquitous toys could light bathrooms in developing regions at the Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity on Wednesday, April 24, in the Center at Moore Hall.
Jacqueline Michels '19 — Father Doyle archives
For her history thesis project, Jacqueline Michels '19 studied the life of Rev. Edward P. Doyle, O.P. '34, a PC professor, Army chaplain in World War II, Bronze Star recipient, and a liberator of the Nordhausen concentration camp. Learn more about Michels' research at an event honoring Father Doyle on Monday, April 8 (register: prov.ly/doyle-19) as well as at PC's Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity on Wednesday, April 24.
Briana Barns '20 and Megan McCune '19 — 3D modeling of turkey elbow joints
With the help of an Undergraduate Research Grant from PC, Briana Barns '20 and Megan McCune '19 have studied the range of motion of the elbow joint in turkeys to better understand the mechanics of avian flight. Learn more about their project at the Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity on Wednesday, April 24.
Teddy Kiritsy - You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Teddy Kiritsy '19, a musical theatre major, shares how an Undergraduate Research Grant from the Center for Engaged Learning helped him stage a production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown as his capstone project for the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film. #PCresearch
PC AMA heads to the Collegiate Case Competition
Providence College School of Business students who won the regional American Marketing Association's Collegiate Case Competition will vie for top honors at the national conference in New Orleans this week. Learn about their project, helping The Wall Street Journal target Generation Z: https://prov.ly/2GMnUwU
Risa Takenaka '19 — A Better Water Filter for Developing Countries
Risa Takenaka '19, an applied physics major and philosophy minor, spent the last three semesters refining a soft sand water filter prototype to help people in developing nations clean contaminated water for drinking. Learn more about her research at the Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity on Wednesday, April 25: engaged-learning.providence.edu/annual-celebration/
Blaine Payer '18 — Conflict and Resolution in Film
Blaine Payer ’18, a philosophy major and film studies minor, discusses his study of conflict and resolution in the film Mad Max: Fury Road, directed by George Miller. Learn more about his research at the Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity on Wednesday, April 25.
Julia Brown '19 — Greener Fuel through Chemistry
In the quest to find a fuel source that reduces carbon emissions, hydrogen seems like a good option, but the process to generate hydrogen gas results in carbon side products. Julia Brown '19 has been working on a method to mimic natural processes of hydrogen production and will continue this summer as a Walsh research fellow in Dr. Maria Carroll's chemistry lab. Learn more about her research at the Annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity on Wednesday, April 25: https://engaged-learning.providence.edu/annual-celebration/
Dee Auciello '18 — Oral Histories of South African Farmers
With the help of several undergraduate research grants from PC, Dee Auciello '18 returned to Capetown, South Africa, last summer to capture oral histories from farmers in a threatened agricultural community. Learn more about her research at the Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity: https://engaged-learning.providence.edu/annual-celebration/
Buyer Behavior Research — Vans
As part of Buyer Behavior, a marketing course offered by the Providence College School of Business, Dan Axelson '20, Jason Lopez '20, Ben Lucas, and Olivia Sergi '20 studied consumer awareness of Vans Off the Wall among college students. Based on their findings, they recommended ways the brand could improve consumer involvement with the brand and knowledge of personalization and other options. Learn more about their research at the Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity: https://engaged-learning.providence.edu/annual-celebration.
2018 Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity
At the Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity, theatre majors Aisling Sheahan ’19 and Mireya Lopez ’19 performed scenes from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The pair created a six-minute audition, comprised of two scenes and one song, to compete against 300 college students at the regional American College Theatre Festival, held in Connecticut in February. They advanced to the semi-final round the competition, and Sheehan was nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship.
Mycobacteriophage Morphology as a Diagnostic for Cluster Assignment - Ethan Dionne ’22
Phages are viral bodies that infect bacterial hosts, and have shown promising applications as alternatives to antibiotics for the treatment of bacterial infections. This project examines the morphology of siphoviridae mycobacteriophage, which have long, flexible, non-contractile tails as well as the characteristic head, called a capsid. Using electron microscopy photos of sequenced phages, tail length and capsid diameter were measured and compared to further characterize morphological relationships between genetically distinct phages. The data presented has the potential to work as a diagnostic tool to classify unsequenced phages to genetically similar groupings, called clusters.