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RSHS Students Win Awards at 2019 Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium


Held annually each spring, the Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium provides Duquesne University students the opportunity to share their research and other forms of scholarship with faculty, peers, and the local community.

The Symposium encourages students from all areas of study to engage in research opportunities early-on in their academic career.


Several RSHS students won highly prestigious awards:

Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research
CETR Award for Undergraduate Research: $150
Developing Occupational Identity in Refugee Youth
Anna Fish, Occupational Therapy
Faculty Advisor: Jaime Muñoz, PhD, OTR/L/FAOTA

Center for Healthcare Ethics
Award for Undergraduate Research in Ethics: $250
Being Pro-Life Beyond Political Divides
Teresa Klaber, Mary Kate Modico
Speech Language Pathology, Pharmacy
Faculty Advisor: Radu Bordeianu, Ph.D.

Center for Women's and Gender Studies
Award for Undergraduate Research: $250
Exploring gender disparities in the scholarly activity of physician assistant educators
Ana Brandt, Physician Assistant Studies
Faculty Advisor: Bridget Calhoun, Ph.D., PA-C
Anna Brandt

Counselor Education Program
Award for Undergraduate Research: $250
Influence of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on Anxiety in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Tesla Knight, Occupational Therapy
Faculty Advisor: Matthew Ussia, Ph.D.

Gumberg Library
Gumberg Library Award for Undergraduate Research: $500

How does the use of medical marijuana affect patients suffering from headaches?
Lilly Shupe, Sean Edmonds, Athletic Training
Faculty Advisor: Sarah Manspeaker, Ph.D.

Office of Disability Services
Outstanding Undergraduate Research: $500
Use of a Person-Centered Planning Approach to Encourage Vocational Goal Setting Among Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Amy Castagnino, Abbey Gore, Katrina McNally, Occupational Therapy
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Meghan Blaskowitz, DrPH, MOT

Office of Research
Video Competition Award: 3 awards, $150 each

Stronger Than Hate
Katrina McNally, Abigail Gore, Amy Castagnino
Major: Occupational Therapy
Faculty Advisor: Amy Matilla, Ph.D, OTR/L
Video Link

Leisure Exploration and Social Participation at St Anthony's
Alexandria Raymond, Jenna Gallipoli, Katherine Gammer, Kyle Horan, Colleen Garrison
Major: Occupational Therapy
Faculty Advisor: Amy Mattila, Ph.D, OTR/L
Video Link

Shepherd's Heart: The House of Hope
Jenna Roth, Sydney Giangiuli, Beth Kozuch
Major: Occupational Therapy
Faculty Advisor: Amy Mattila, Ph.D, OTR/L
Video Link

Rangos School of Health Sciences
Rangos School of Health Sciences Award for Undergraduate Research: $250
A Qualitative Study of the Transition from an Educational Setting to Adulthood for Youth with
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
Rachel Tokarski, Occupational Therapy
Faculty Advisor: Jeryl Benson, Ed.D
Additional Authors: Jeryl Benson, Ed.D, Ashlyn Geubtner, OTS (doctoral candidate)

Rangos School of Health Sciences Award for Undergraduate Research: $250
Comprehension of multimodal information by people with aphasia: Investigating varied rates of auditory information

Mary Rose Zoeckler, Erica Lapp, Anna Saylor, Speech-Language Pathology
Faculty Advisor: Sarah Wallace, Ph.D

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