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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.

MU and YMCA Statistics Project

MU Statistics Class Projects

In one class, students participated in a project involving a community partner: the local YMCA! Misericordia students in Statistics 428 – Non-Parametric Statistics, taught by Assistant Professor Michael Floren, Ph.D., analyzed the demographics of the Y’s membership in a variety of categories so to determine if there were any particular geographic pockets of membership to help ensure that grant monies and scholarships for programs, such as child-care, were serving clients equally throughout the service area.

Click here to read the article as featured in the Times Leader.


Extracurricular Research Projects

Extracurricular Student Research

Sarah Bender - Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (OASP)
Sarah Bender: UCHealth Northern Colorado, Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (OASP)

To combat this increasingly growing and difficult challenge in the United States, the CDC has released inpatient and outpatient recommendations for appropriate antibiotic prescribing, and guidelines to improve antibiotic prescribing in attempt to protect patients from harm and combat antibiotic resistance. At UCHealth Northern Colorado, a pharmacist-managed culture review process was implemented as the initiation of a pharmacist driven, Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (OASP). This study assessed the impact that the OASP had on narrow-spectrum antibiotic assignment. Results and conclusions are presented. Applications and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Taylor Price - Marist College Poster
Taylor Price: Openness to Experience: Analyzing Personality and Cultural Awareness Differences Among Study Abroad Students

Study abroad continues to gain popularity among universities all over the world. These programs have many benefits for college students. This study investigates differences among students who studied abroad versus those who did not. Significance of findings are presented. Results and limitations are discussed.

Student Lindsay Kane
Lindsay Kane - Time to antibiotic administration: Sepsis alerts called in emergency department versus in the field via emergency medical services

Introduction: The Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock Early Management Bundle (SEP-1) identifies patients with “severe sepsis” and mandates antibiotics within a specific time window. Rapid time to administration of antibiotics may improve patient outcomes. The goal of this investigation was to compare time to antibiotic administration when sepsis alerts are called in the emergency department (ED) with those called in the field by emergency medical services (EMS).
Methods: This was a multi-center, retrospective review of patients designated as sepsis alerts in ED or via EMS in the field, presenting to four community emergency departments over a six-month period.
Results: 507 patients were included, 419 in the ED alert group and 88 in the field alert group. Mean time to antibiotic administration was significantly faster in the field alert group when compared to the ED alert group (48.5 min vs 64.5 min, p < 0.001). Patients were more likely to receive antibiotics within 60 min of ED arrival in the field alert group (59.1% vs 44%, p = 0.01). Secondary outcomes including mortality, hospital length of stay, intensive care unit length of stay, sepsis diagnosis on admission, Clostridioides difficile infection rates, fluid bolus utilization, anti-MRSA antibiotic utilization rates, and anti-Pseudomonal antibiotic utilization rates were not found to be significantly different.
Conclusions: Sepsis alerts called in the field via EMS may decrease time to antibiotics and increase the likelihood of antibiotic administration occurring within 60 min of arrival when compared to those called in the ED.

Read the article in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine

Student Research Day 2020

Sarah Netchert

Predicting Diabetes Diagnoses

Author: Sarah Netchert

This study explored the traits and health state of African Americans in central Virginia in order to determine what traits put people at a higher probability of being diagnosed with diabetes. We also want to know which traits will generate the highest probability a person will be diagnosed with diabetes. The goal of the results it to bring attention to the traits that adults need to be aware of to keep themselves healthy.

Sarah Bender

Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) for Individuals After Adolescent Years

Author: Sarah Bender

A child who faces adverse childhood experiences (ACE) will often find a dangerous road ahead. They overcome changes in their lifestyle and deal with various challenges. The wellbeing and health of children can impact their lives during adulthood as the harsh effects of neglect and abuse appear in different ways. This study considers different linear models used to examine the three large categories of ACE using logistic regression. Results are presented. Conclusions and future implications are discussed.

Collin Stivala

Does Bread Dough Rise More Based on Flour Type and Temperature?

Author: Collin Stivala

When bakers finish making bread dough, the dough rises, ultimately leading to how “fluffy” the bread is after it comes out of the oven. The amount the dough rises can vary based on which type of flour is used, and also the temperature of the environment the dough is in. For this experiment, I tested three different flours (Wheat, Bleached, and Unbleached) and three different temperatures (40 degrees Fahrenheit, 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and 90 degrees Fahrenheit) to see if Flour type and temperature have a large affect on the rise of dough. Results are presented, and conclusions are discussed.

Cade Corcoran

Do Liquids Boil at Different Rates?

Author: Cade Corcoran

This experiment was done as my final project for my Design of Experiments class at Misericordia University. I took three liquids, water, milk, and orange juice then measured the time it took for them to boil in three different size pots. I was testing to see if there was a significant interaction between the Liquid and Pot size factors. After conducting the experiment, the results show that there was a statistically significant interaction effect between the factors.

Heather Harvey

Bootstrap: Simulating the Cure

Author: Heather Harvey

The final project in STA 486, is to create a poster on an analysis done on a real life data set. This poster is describing a simulated bootstrap done on a data set about the band The Cure. It shows a 95% confidence interval on the effect that a songs danceability, liveness, and energy have on its popularity.

Taylor Price

NBA Rookie Career Projections

Author: Taylor Price

NBA player longevity is an important consideration when a team is making a draft pick. This study sought to determine the predictive probability a rookie will reach the target of playing for at least 5
years in the NBA, based on the variables Field Goal Percentage and Games Played. Results are presented, and conclusions are discussed.

Dani Clifford

The Effect of The Amount of Water and Water Exposure Time on the Absorbency of Sponges

Author: Dani Clifford

Given the current global pandemic, now more than ever it is important to understand what factors lead to the best absorbency in a sponge as to stop the spread of bacteria and germs. The purpose of the experiment will be to determine the effect of the amount of time (15 seconds, 30 seconds, 45 seconds, 60 seconds, 75 seconds, and 90 seconds) and the amount of water (24 ounces, 32 ounces, and 40 ounces) on the absorbency of a sponge.

Heather Harvey

That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles

Author: Heather Harvey

During the Spring 2020 semester, I have been undergoing an internship with Alison's Homemade Welsh Cookies. They have allowed me full access to their data, in order to perform an analysis. Using the same records from the 2019 year, each location has been identified on a map and the amounts sold tell which areas had the most and the least sales in 2019.

Dani Clifford

Power Analysis on a Pilot Study of the Caloric Intake of Children Helping Prepare Meals Versus Children Not

Author: Dani Clifford

The purpose of this analysis is to determine the sample size needed for a study that will be used to discover if there is a difference in the caloric intake of children who help with meal preparation and children who do not help with meal preparation.

Sarah Bender

Pilot Study on Female Athletes Age and Position in the FIFA Women's Soccer World Cup Using Power Analysis

Author: Sarah Bender

The purpose of the analysis is to use this FIFA Women’s soccer pilot study to determine the smallest sample size of players needed for a future study. Results and conclusions are discussed.

Soumyadip Acharyya

Does Water Boil Faster with Salt?

Author: Soumyadip Acharyya

Whether water boils faster with salt is perhaps a never-ending question. My study has addressed this topic from a statistical perspective. Additionally, I have also investigated whether the water quantity
affects the boiling time. I used the two-way Analysis of variance (ANOVA) to analyze and interpret the data.

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