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Villanova University Holds Second Annual Undergraduate Research Exposition, April 20-24

2015 Expo will showcase undergraduate research and student accomplishments in innovation and creativity

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VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University will hold the second annual Spring Research Exposition, April 20-24, to celebrate the scholarly achievements of Villanova’s undergraduate, graduate student and faculty researchers during the past academic year. Sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, the week-long series of events will showcase a year’s worth of undergraduate accomplishments in innovation and creativity, as well as research performed by graduate students and faculty.

“Two years ago, we realized that while Villanova faculty and students produce world-class research, there was no platform on which to showcase it within the University,” said Jane Morris, Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships. “The Expo is an opportunity to celebrate Villanova scholars, and the fascinating and imaginative projects to which they have devoted so much effort.”

Undergraduate Research Exposition events will include poster presentations, thesis defenses, awards ceremonies, project demonstrations and an entrepreneurial competition. Students from each of the University’s four undergraduate colleges will participate in the Expo and more than 15 students will be recognized with awards.

The complete schedule of events is:

Monday, April 20
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Arts)

  • 11 a.m.- noon: Senior Thesis Presentations in the disciplines of Philosophy, Art History, Literature, and Economics (Connelly Center, Bryn Mawr Room)
  • 4 p.m.-5 p.m.: “A Cultural Comparison between Irish Travellers and Americans Experiencing Homelessness,” a presentation by Professors Mary Madec and Jennifer A. Joyce (St. Augustine Center, Room 300)

Tuesday, April 21
Villanova School of Business

  • 11 a.m.-noon: Falvey Library Outstanding Faculty Award Lecture featuring Giorgi Japaridze, PhD, titled “Computability, Logic, and Computability Logic” (Falvey Old Reading Room)
  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Finance Poster Session (Bartley Hall, Nydick Family Commons)
  • 5 p.m.-7 p.m.: Pitch Day Poster Session (Connelly Center, Villanova Room)

Thursday, April 23
Villanova College of Nursing

  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Poster Session (Driscoll Hall Atrium)
  • 4 p.m.-5 p.m.: “Electronic Aggression, Self-Exploitation, & Victimization: Adolescents and their High Risk Internet Behavior,” a presentation by Professor Elizabeth Dowdell, PhD, RN, FAAN, Meghan Long, CON '16, and Catherine Deluca CON '17  (Location TBD)

Friday, April 24
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Sciences) and College of Engineering

  • 9 a.m.-noon p.m.: 2015 Falvey Award Scholars Presentation Ceremony and Reception (Falvey Library, Room 205)
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: 2014 Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Social Research Conference
  • Noon to 3:30 p.m.: Sigma Xi Student Research Poster Session (Connolly Center, Villanova Room)
  • 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.: Civil Engineering Design Poster Session (Center for Engineering Education and Research, Room 001)
  • 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Sigma Xi Speaker: “Adventures in Biomedical Engineering: Lab-Grown Organs, Suspended Animation, and the Cryoprotective Properties of Licorice,” Jens Karlsson (Connelly Center, Villanova Room)

The Spring Research Exposition is hosted by: The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, Office of Research and Graduate Programs, Falvey Memorial Library, Sigma Xi, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The College of Engineering, The College of Nursing, Villanova School of Business.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit