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' 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 90th annual Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 21.
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 program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/ot. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County's first four-year college and offers academic 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 2016 edition of Best Colleges, and was designated a 2016 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 Logan Zeiter, Benton, Pa.; Amanda Cobucci, Nazareth, Pa.; Alexis Smerlick, Schuylkill Haven, Pa.; Christine Tietsworth, Hegins, Pa.; Erin McGreal, Douglassville, Pa.; Maria Weidemoyer, Perkiomenville, Pa.; Ashley Barber, Minersville, Pa.; Leah Davis, Manahawkin, N.J.; Ellen Mahon, Stanhope, N.J., and David Gale, York, Pa.; second row, Emily Boro, North Windsor, N.Y.; Erin Baker, Sicklersville, N.J.; Amanda Casem, Mountain Top, Pa.; Jenna Pendleton, Bernville, Pa.; Rose Siciliano, Flanders, N.J., and Jamie Opela, Binghamton, N.Y.; third row, Joanna Szeliga, Toms River, N.J.; Samantha Rehrig, Somerdale, N.J.; Tara Robinson, Goshen, N.Y.; Kellie Campbell, Cranford, N.J.; Jenna Reel, Conestoga, Pa., and Jenna Burgio, Carbondale; fourth row, Brittany Lohr, Hegins, Pa.; Kara Yozwiak, Larksville, Pa.; Carly Zaklukiewicz, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Julie Mikolaichik, Harding, Pa., and Kristi Cianfichi, Moscow, Pa.; fifth row, Emily Iseminger, Wyalusing, Pa.; Dayanara Rodriguez-Munoz, Hazleton, Pa.; Danielle Makadon-Malone, Philadelphia, Pa.; Kelsey Maas, Dallas, Pa., and Sarh Ickes, Center Valley, Pa.; sixth row, Dr. Joseph Cipriani, professor; Dr. Andrea Collins, adjunct faculty; Dr. Orley Templeton, assistant professor; Dr. Elaine DaLomba, assistant professor; Dr. Gewn Bartolacci, associate professor; Dr. Lori Charney, assistant professor; seventh row, Dr. Lalit Shah, professor; Dr. Lauren Zack, adjunct professor; Dr. Jennifer Dessoye, assistant professor; Dr. Dawn Evans, assistant professor; Kathy Hughes Butcher, academic fieldwork coordinator, and Dr. Grace Fisher, professor and chair.