Many of our students take advantage of the research opportunities on our campus.
It gives them a chance to learn beyond the classroom. It allows them to work alongside their professors. And, it gives them valuable experience that will look great on their resume or their application to graduate school.
Jennifer Sanders, sociology and human relations major from Edinboro, PA, wanted to know how family dairy farms could be saved since some farmers' children are leaving the farms. She surved surveyed 20 family farmers in Edinboro to understand why they continue farming or why they left farming to pursue another career path.
Ashley Shade, a criminal justice and pre-law major from Bradford, researched the police personality, which some people believe is authoratative, cynical, and suspicious. She interviewed police officers and observed officers working at a station house to see if there truly is a "police personality."
Immanuel Diamant, a psychology major from New Hope, PA, researched the significance traveling abroad had on the educational and social development of college students. The focus of his research was on Japan and how students could benefit from such a trip.
Valerie Donohue, a social studies education major from Havertown, PA, examined the history of baby naming across several cultures and generations. She also looked at what processes parents go through and have gone through in deciding what to name their baby.
Flo Antrim, a social sciences major from Bradford, is the mother of an autistic child. She wanted to find out how other parents dealt with their autistic children, so she interviewed them and discovered that they face numerous and varied challenges.
Derilyn Heller, a psychology and sociology major from Bradford, wanted to see if women tend to judge other women based on their body size or shape. She also wanted to know where women's perceptions of the ideal female body originated. In her research, she talked to several women to find out.
Patrick McAnaney, a criminal justice major from Blasdell, NY, knew most research on serial killers focused on males. He wanted to find out more about female serial killers, including how they differ from their male counterparts. He learned that women serial killers often work in a partnership, and their crimes are more thought out and precise.
These are just a few examples. Each of these students, and many others, presented their research a the Penn-York Undergraduate Research Conference.