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Weekend OT students present research, receive pins at Graduate Research Presentation Conference
04-23-14

 

Misericordia University students enrolled in the weekend occupational therapy master’s degree program recently received their pins and presented their group research projects during the annual Graduate Research Presentation Conference in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall on campus.

The collaborative research projects are closely mentored by faculty and are a requirement of the occupational therapy master’s degree curriculum. Students began their projects more than 18 months ago. Students received permission to conduct their studies from the Misericordia University Institutional Review Board and then wrote the research proposals, collected data, analyzed data, and wrote the final reports. Each student research group has a faculty research committee chair and faculty reader. The students’ research topics were chosen collaboratively by Misericordia University faculty research committee chairs and student interest.
 
 Students presented their findings by delivering 20-minute presentations on their research topics by using either a poster or podium format. The students will have their master’s degree conferred in September and graduate in December.
 
Misericordia University occupational therapy students are encouraged by their professors to also present their studies at professional conferences, such as the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference. Some of the studies may be published in professional literature.
 
For more information about the occupational therapy programs at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/ot. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2014 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.
 
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Misericordia University students enrolled in the weekend occupational therapy master’s degree program received their pins and presented their group research projects during the annual Graduate Research Presentation Conference. Participating in the conference, first row from left, are Krystal Robinson-Bert, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Sirley Marin-Pareja, Allentown, Pa.; Andrea Porchiazzo, Bordentown, N.J.; Erica Lausch, Ephrata, Pa.; Melissa Bendig, Conyngham, Pa., and Stephanie Strawser, Milton, Pa.; second row, Veronique Flynn, Newton, N.J.; Amanda Forgus, East Brunswick, N.J.; Julianne Rakus, West Grove, Pa.; Andrea Todd, Montgomery, Pa., and Kendra Stoltzfus, Harleysville, Pa.; third row, Kimberly Heffner, Muncy, Pa.; Beth Yencho, Bethlehem, Pa., and Kristine Keller, Coplay, Pa.; fourth row, Jean Sayre, Sweet Valley, Pa.; Joanne Bloom, Sunbury, Pa.; Noreen Ouano, Victor, N.Y.; Caitlin Templeton, Tyrone, Pa.; Stephanie Hassler, Topton, Pa., and Meghan Keffer, Point Pleasant, N.J.; fifth row, Dr. Ellen McLaughlin, Dr. Jen Dessoye, and Dr. Grace Fisher; sixth row, Dr. Joseph Cipriani, Dr. Lalit Shah, Sue Lennon, fieldwork coordinator, and Dr. Gwen Bartolacci.