West Virginia University’s College of Education and Human Services announced the winners of its 2013 Student Research Forum.

Sponsored by the CEHS Committee on Research, Service & Professional Development, the forum features poster presentations from undergraduate and graduate level students. The goal of the event was to present an area of research in which students felt they achieved a high degree of learning and accomplishment. In some cases, students collaborated with faculty to enhance their research.

The RSPD committee recognized three top posters for quality research based on ratings and comments from guest judges. The students who placed and their projects are:

First place, $300 award:
Katie Rasmussen, of Draper, Utah, a master’s student in Child Development & Family Studies
Poster: “Child and Parent Characteristics as Determinants of Emotion Socialization, with Assistant Professors Amy Root (Department of Technology, Learning and Culture) and Ying Dong (Univ. of North Dakota).”

Second place, $200 award:
Melissa Chesanko of Winchester, Va., doctoral student in Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies
Poster: “An Intersectional Approach to Understanding LGBTQ Students’ Experiences of Campus Climate.”

Third place, $100 award:
Megan Smith, of Quincy, Calif., interdisciplinary doctoral student in Education and Human Development & Family Studies
Poster: “Global Identity and Ego Identity Formation in Relation to Global Sources of Influence, with Professor Carol Markstrom and Melanie Hockenberry (Department of Technology, Learning and Culture).”

Undergraduate Researcher Award, $100
Staci LeMasters, of Parkersburg, W.Va., majoring in Speech Pathology & Audiology: “Acceptability of Teasing for Stuttering in Males and Females, with Professor Ken St. Louis.”

“The RSPD Committee was pleased to sponsor this event, which is designed to build our intellectual community by sharing students’ current projects across all CEHS disciplines and research traditions,” said Melissa Sherfinski, assistant professor in the Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies Department.



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CONTACT: Christie Zachary, College of Education and Human Services
Phone: 304-293-0224; Christie.Zachary@mail.wvu.edu