Weekday OT Program students present research, receive pins at annual Graduate Research Presentation Conference|
Misericordia University students enrolled in the weekday 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 receive their undergraduate and master’s degrees at the 88th annual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17.
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.
Misericordia University students enrolled in the weekday 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 Jessica Miller, Sugar Notch, Pa.; Monica Wall, Pittston, Pa.; Samantha Panuski, Pittston Twp., Pa.; Bonnie Hardik, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Gabrielle Rufino, Milford, N.J.; Alissa Richardson, Great Bend, Pa., and Noelle Lopopollo, Nanuet, N.Y.; second row, Jaimie Washofer, Waldwick, N.J.; Jessica Roe, Hallstead, Pa.; Colleen Noga, Marlton, N.J.; Dana Kinter, Lehman, Pa.; Joseph McGarry, Inkerman, Pa., and Ashley Yankanich, Conyngham, Pa.; third row, Allison Ortman, Cape May Courthouse, N.J.; Chelsea Boyer, Oley, Pa.; Jerilyn Firlik, Big Flats, N.Y.; Ashley Benz, Philadelphia, Pa.; Alanna Holmgren, Valhalla, N.Y., and Megan Novak, Nescopeck, Pa.; fourth row, James Miller, Ashland, Pa.; Krista Randall, Bel Air, Md.; Catherine Strbo, Middletown, N.J.; Katie O’Hearn, Scranton, Pa., and Carly Lewis, Shenandoah, Pa.; fifth row, Elizabeth Masko, Scott Twp., Pa.; Sarah Schultz, North East, Pa., and Bethany Stroup, Montoursville, Pa.; sixth row, Dr. Ellen McLaughlin, Lindsey McLaughlin, Nesquehoning, Pa.; Cathryn Steinhoff, Monroe, N.Y.; Mary Lewis, Fayetteville, Pa.; Dr. Jennifer Desoye, Shannon McSweeney, Ridge, N.Y.; Dr. Grace Fisher, and Chelsey Converse, Johnson City, N.Y.; seventh row, Dr. Joseph Cipriani, Suzanne Lennon, fieldwork coordinator; Dr. Lalit Shah and Dr. Gwen Bartolacci.