Scholars, Honors students present at national conference

Students representing Youngstown State University’s Scholars and Honors Program were selected to present 11 proposals at the 49th annual meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council in Colorado.

In all, 21 YSU students participated in the event Nov. 5-9. They submitted 13 proposals for review last spring and about 85 percent were accepted for presentation.

Junior Jacob Schriner-Briggs, a Philosophy major from Youngstown, was the lead presenter in a panel discussion on violence and human rights. His presentation was titled “Distorting Self-Defense: The Legal and Societal Harms Wrought by Stand-Your-Ground Laws.”

Claudia Gage, a junior Theater major from Poland, Ohio, participated in the Drama Master Class and Master Class Showcase. Her performance culminated in a one-woman show that recounted the trials and tribulations of engaging in a Beatles-centered excursion to Liverpool, England.

Other conference presentations by YSU students were:

  • “Growing the Community: Grow Youngstown Student Organization,” poster presentation by Samantha Anderson of Poland, sophomore, Finance, and Elizabeth Rogenski of Poland, sophomore, Physics and Astronomy.
  • “Undergraduate Laboratories in Quantum Optics,” poster presentation by James Tancebel of Boardman, junior, Mechanical Engineering.
  • Ideas exchange displays: Ciara Andrews of Salem, Ohio, junior, Nursing; Natalie Kelly of Renton, Wash., junior, Physical Therapy; Megan Evans of Youngstown, sophomore, individualized curriculum; Michael Barkett of Canfield, sophomore, Music Performance; Kirstie Feorene of Mineral Ridge, sophomore, Electrical Engineering; Katina Landgraff of Washington, Pa., sophomore, Business Administration; Mariah DeFuria of Canfield, sophomore, Chemistry; Tyler Pabst of Austintown, Pre-Med; Andrew Morgan of Vienna, Ohio, sophomore, Electrical Engineering; Brock DeAngelo of Newton Falls, sophomore, Biology; Jordan Edgell of Turtlepoint, Pa., junior, Forensic Science; Alana Lesnansky of Boardman, junior, Biology; Elizabeth Urig of Canfield, sophomore, Engineering; Kayla Zitello of Boardman, junior, Chemical Engineering; Georgia Kasamias of Boardman, sophomore, Dietetics; Tyler Fond of Hubbard, Ohio, sophomore, Business Administration; Audrey Keleman of Youngstown, sophomore, Exercise Science; Ashley Orr of Columbiana, Ohio, junior, Mathematics and Economics; and Greta Frost of North Jackson, sophomore, Political Science.