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SU President Carolyn Ringer Lepre with Presidential Citizen Scholars at Posters on the Bay
SU President Carolyn Ringer Lepre, right, chatted with SU Presidential Citizen Scholars Margaret Atherton, Lian Peach and Abigail Potter about their presentation on the Period Power Project during the eighth annual Posters on the Bay presentation.

SU Students Present Research to Legislators, Guests During Posters on the Bay

By SU Public Relations

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University students presented their research to Maryland legislators and other guests during SU’s eighth annual Posters on the Bay presentation in Annapolis.

Sponsored by SU’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (OURCA), the event provides students with the opportunity to share their faculty-guided scholarship.

“This is an amazing event to attend,” said Dominick Lepke, an accounting major from Nottingham, MD. “My research is largely related to legislation, so being able to be here and talk to local and state politicians is absolutely amazing. It’s a great opportunity for me. Part of my goal is to turn my framework into an actual piece of legislation, so being here and being able to spread the word and talk about my goals and what I think would be best for the state and the localities within Maryland allows me to push my framework and hopefully implement it one day.”

“It’s really exciting to have this opportunity to present to policymakers and politicians who make an impact on Maryland, especially for my project that is directly related to accessibility in downtown Salisbury,” agreed Elizabeth Wash, a biology major from Waldorf, MD.

This year’s projects covered a wide variety of social, health and economic issues. SU presenters and their topics included:

  • Joshua Adey of Parkville, MD; Aslynn Gorkos of Baltimore; Aidan Stanislavsky of Ellicott City, MD; and Daniel Whiddon of Columbia, MD - “Flag Football in West Salisbury”
  • Katelyn Adkins of Mardela Springs, MD - “Synthesis and Characterization of Fe(II) Complexes Exhibiting Temperature-Dependent Spin Transition”
  • Stephora Cesar Alberi of Fruitland, MD; Andersen Herman of Fruitland, MD; and LaMaree James of Accokeek, MD - “Road Safety on the West Side of Salisbury”
  • Margaret Atherton of Orrington, ME; Lian Peach of York, PA; and Abigail Potter of Marriottsville, MD - “Presidential Citizen Scholars: Period Power”
  • Hannah Bertholdt of Shrewsbury, PA; Richard Brown of Hebron, MD; Makenzie Kennedy of Rising Sun, MD; and Peyton Rayne of Salisbury - “Forget-Me-Nots”
  • Brian Bowers of Damascus, MD; Isaac Dugan of Thurmont, MD; John Meyers of Parkville, MD; Mark Schweitzer of Salisbury; and Bryan Yoder of Crofton, MD - “”•Madison Cuthbert of Potomac, MD - “Government Warnings and Local Knowledge: The Case of the Plymouth Tubing Company Factory”
  • Hayden Davis of Millington, MD; River Myer of Sykesville, MD; and Elizabeth Wash of Waldorf, MD - “Accessible Public Restroom in Downtown Salisbury”
  • Lillian Fooks of Stevensville, MD - “It Is a Bird-Eat-Bird World: Potential Differences in Diets of Red vs. Grey Eastern Screech Owls (Megascops Asio)”
  • Siddarth Ghosh of Salisbury - “Effects of Aircraft-Produced Sonic Booms on Marine Life”
  • Stefani Lanahan of Secretary, MD - “Determining the Relationship Between Shape and Charge in Electrospray Ionization”
  • Dominick Lepke of Nottingham, MD - “Project-Decentralized Reporting Standards”
  • Sydney Jett of Severn, MD - “Skinniness and Success: The Media’s Promotion of Body Image and Behavior Associations in Women”
  • Charles Laird of Crisfield, MD; Bryce Machalek of Potomac, MD; and Emma Tarquinio of Rockville, MD - “Bioremediation of Urban Runoff at Blind Industries and Services of Maryland”
  • Logan Lankford of Westover, MD - “Post-Pandemic Innovations: Closing the Gap in Children’s Social-Emotional Learning Through Creative Arts”
  • Abigail Potter of Marriottsville, MD - “Contraceptive Access in Lower Eastern Shore Maryland”
  • Nero Schrader of Vienna, VA - “Homeless Job Fair”
  • Jane Simoncic of Crownsville, MD - “The Effects of Lavendustin-A on Peripheral Nerve Degeneration in Hyperglycemic Zebrafish (Danio Reroio)”
  • Veronica Velarde of Rockville, MD - “Influential Factors of Physical Activity: A Comparison of Three Different Universities”
  • Jarrett Walton of Finksburg, MD - “Policies of the Tudor Court: The Change and Development in Policy Under Henry VII and Henry VIII from 1500-1532”
  • Luke Zolenski of Berlin, MD - “Visualization of Sound”
  • Sean Zupnik of Frederick, MD - “Effects of Blood Flow-Restrictive Bicep Curl Exercise on Arterial Stiffness”

“Posters on the Bay showcases the depth and high quality of the research being conducted at SU, with a focus on the stellar mentorship students receive from faculty who are experts in their fields,” said Rhyannon Bemis, OURCA director.

“Student mentorship in research and creative activity is a hallmark of the SU experience. Seeing the accomplishments of our students, all future leaders in their fields, highlights the importance of funding for regional comprehensive universities.”

SU sponsors graduate and undergraduate student research projects throughout the year through various funding sources. Those interested in research opportunities should contact Bemis.

Learn more about SU and opportunities to Make Tomorrow Yours at the SU website.