Additional Program Info
Students in the Misericordia Statistics Program are constantly getting hands-on experience with applied statistics and research, building a strong foundation of applied skills that will help them excel in their future careers. Additionally, our program is designed to give students room to pursue their own projects, allowing our students to explore and apply their skills in areas they find interesting.
Our courses involve a series of applied projects that intertwine the classroom and the community. Recent projects with the Wilkes-Barre YMCA have even been featured in local and regional newspapers and journals. Please click here to read the article as featured in the Times Leader.
Student Research Day
Congratulations to our students who presented at the 2019 Misericordia Student Research Day!
Misericordia University Athletics – How Do We Stack Up?
Author: Chris Larson
This study investigated several sports in the Misericordia University Athletics Program, studying different traits within each sport. For our football program, analysis was conducted to compare all-time university records to other schools in our conference. For our basketball program, analysis was conducted to analyze the effects of different coaching styles on 3 point shot percentage. Finally, for our baseball program, analysis was done to compare strikeout percentage trends over time between Misericordia and the MLB.
The Effect of Water Exposure Time and Salinity on Water Uptake in Radish (Raphanus Sativus, Brassicaceae): An Exercise in Experimental Design
Author: David Kunkel and Kevin Torres
This study investigated the effect of water salinity on seed growth in young radishes. The authors designed an experiment to determine the effects of a couple hypothesized salient factors in seed growth. Analysis of growth differentials are presented. Effects and interpretations are discussed.
Everlasting: Do Gobstoppers Dissolve Faster in Different Liquids?
Author: Heather Harvey and Taylor Price
This study investigated the effect of liquid medium in the dissolving of Gobstoppers. The authors designed an experiment to determine the effects of several liquids on the time it took for Gobstoppers to completely dissolve. Analysis of time differentials are presented. Effects and interpretations are discussed.
The Math Club gives students an opportunity to discuss and investigate mathematics outside of the classroom.
The current leadership of the club:
- Tara Koskulitz - President
- Lindsay Kane - Secretary
- Michael Gottstein - Treasurer
Recent and ongoing research projects include:
- Tara Koskulitz and Mike Gottstein were awarded a Summer 2016 stipend research on the game KAMI and its relationship to graph theory
- Taylor Rupp, Mike Gottstein, and Craig Siekierka are some of the previous Summer stipend recipients.
Other projects include:
- Fundraising for the club and for local charities
- A series of tutorial videos (posted to youtube) designed to help lower level mathematics students at the university
- A meal paid for and delivered by the club to a needy family at Thanksgiving
From the Mountain Top Eagle -
Misericordia University Teacher Education and Math Club students offered lessons on sorting, patterns, symmetry and fractions during a fun and entertaining Math Day at St. Jude School in Mountain Top. More than 30 Misericordia students provided fun and engaging ways for 200 students in pre-k through 8th grades at St. Jude to learn about and appreciate mathematics.
Steven Tedford, Ph. D., of Mountaintop, associate professor of mathematics at Misericordia University, and his wife, Veronica, a former collegiate professor of mathematics, coordinated the program.
Misericordia’s Statistical Consulting Center (SCC) serves as a resource for the campus community to ask for help in statistical design, analysis, and interpretation. Students in Misericordia’s Statistics program are encouraged to participate as consultants in the SCC and build their experience through:
- Observing and participating in client consultations
- Working with “messy data” and data cleaning procedures used in research
- Collaborating with faculty and peers on challenging projects that synthesize concepts from coursework
- Presenting/publishing findings with faculty from a variety of fields