QUEST marks 25 years of YSU student research

quest 2014Youngstown State University’s annual QUEST Forum for Student Scholarship celebrates its 25th anniversary on Tuesday, April 1, as nearly 400 students present research on topics ranging from Costa Rican coral reefs and same-sex marriage to sleep disorders and point spreads in NFL football games.

The event, free and open to the public, begins at 8:30 a.m. with sessions running throughout YSU’s Kilcawley Center through 5 p.m. In all, 392 students will present 192 separate scholarly research projects.

“We commend the outstanding scholarly achievements of YSU students by providing this venue to present their research and creations,” said Jeff Coldren, YSU director of Undergraduate Research and professor of Psychology.

Awards will be given in a variety of categories, including Best Undergraduate Project and Best Graduate Project.

In addition, to mark the 25th anniversary of Quest, the Best of Quest will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in the auditorium of Williamson Hall on the YSU campus. Top Quest presenters in each college will compete for the overall undergraduate and graduate awards.  Lorilynn Shandor, who recently hosted the TEDx talks in Youngstown, will be master of ceremonies. Judges will be Paul McFadden, president of YSU Foundation; Carole Weimer, a member of the YSU Board of Trustees; Chet Cooper, president of the YSU Academic Senate; Jim Cossler, chief executive officer of the Youngstown Business Incubator; and Christine Cobb, president of the YSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

For more information, and to access the Quest program and list of all presentations, visit You also can follow Quest on Twitter @YSU_quest.