Grad students present research at Diversity of Scholarship event March 17

Six graduate students at Youngstown State University will make presentations about their scholarly work and research at the annual Diversity of Scholarship event 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17 in the Jones Room of Kilcawley Center on campus.

The YSU Graduate Student Advisory Council chose the presenters. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by March 14th to

The presenters:

Diane Kandray
Advisor: Karen Larwin
Title: An Investigation of Underrepresented Minorities in the Dental Hygiene Profession
Details: This will be a presentation of an original research investigation. The research was developed for a doctoral dissertation and is being done in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership in the Beeghly College of Education at Youngstown State University. The purpose of this on-going investigation is to explore the career motivation of racially and ethnically diverse dental hygienists and identify best practices to better understand ways to improve the recruitment of underrepresented minority students into the dental hygiene profession. PowerPoint slides will be used to present the statement of the problem, review of the literature, purpose, research methodology, and preliminary results and conclusions.

Danny Cesene
Advisor: Karen Larwin
Title: The Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Life Satisfaction in Adulthood
Details: Research has shown that adverse childhood experiences dramatically impact the physical, social, and emotional development of individuals for a lifetime (Erikson, 1968; Schore & Schore, 2008). While numerous studies have demonstrated the injurious effects on children, adolescents, and geriatric populations, there is limited research that identifies how childhood adversity impacts life satisfaction in middle-aged adults. Exploration of this distinctive phenomenon will provide more comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms linking childhood trauma, social attachment, life-satisfaction, and resiliency. Findings from this research may be generalized to better inform and equip educators, clinicians, and social workers in the development of differentiated instructional methodologies, more effective treatment, and improved strategies for intervention.

Stephen Harvey
Advisor: David Morgan
Title: Dualities: Exploring the Mixed Ensemble Compositions of Chris Potter
Details: Harvey will present research on the mixed ensemble music of American jazz saxophonist and composer, Chris Potter. The research was conducted by the transcription and analysis of three separate compositions from the album Imaginary Cities. This analysis will be presented in an adapted analytical format of Rayburn Wright’s Inside the Score. The presentation will then discuss the application of concepts and techniques analyzed in Potter’s music, when applied to my own composition, Suite Childhood, a 3-piece mixed ensemble suite.

Philip Monrean
Advisor: Rebecca Curnalia
Title: The Values of Goldman Sachs: A Marxist Ideological Perspective
Details: The research project uses ideological analysis inspired by Marxist thought to look at the digital publications of Goldman Sachs. The study uses central points of bourgeoisie and proletariat ideology as a coding scheme to analyze YouTube videos and online advertisements published by Goldman Sachs. The goal of this study is to see if Goldman Sachs communicates differently to different classes, depending on the medium of communication that is used.

Jennifer Canter
Advisor: Diana Awad-Scrocco
Title: Creating an Annotation Tutorial: Increasing Meaningful Source Use in Student Writing
Details: How can students be helped to not only improve their writing skills, but also increase their knowledge retention and reading comprehension? This presentation describes an evidence-based research proposal that aims to teach students how to annotate research sources efficiently and effectively. A PowerPoint demonstration presents the research process and data behind text annotation while providing an overview of the benefits for students across diverse academic disciplines at YSU and the greater Youngstown area.

Sepideh Khavari
Advisor: Andy Chang
Title: Predicting Human and Animal Protein Subcellular Location
Details: An important objective in cell biology is to determine the subcellular location of different proteins. Determining the subcellular location is crucial since the function of proteins in the cell is closely related to their subcellular locations. Identifying the subcellular location of proteins can be accomplished either by using biochemical experiments or by developing computational predictors. The objective of this study is to predict the subcellular location of animal and human proteins using computational predictors. The three computational predictors used to predict the subcellular location of proteins in animal and human include random forest, AdaBoost, and SAMME.