Celebration of Scholarship & Learning

Student demonstrating research in front of poster

The Celebration of Scholarship and Learning (CSL) represents an opportunity for the entire Towson University community to recognize the accomplishments of Honors College students. It is a great way for students to build their resume and learn from the experiences of their peers. Honors students presenting at these events have recently completed or are in the process of completing experiential learning for Honors credit, such as conducting research, studying abroad, undertaking a service-learning course, or completing an internship.

The Celebration of Scholarship and Learning is held twice a year, once during each of the fall and spring terms. The fall 2022 CSL took place during Family Weekend on Saturday, September 24 from 10 am to noon.

Honors students may also submit proposals for presentations on any topic and in any field. Topics for posters may include but are not limited to:

  • Capstone projects
  • Honors theses
  • Research experiences
  • Honors seminars
  • Internship experiences
  • Service-learning projects
  • Study abroad experiences

Posters are reviewed by faculty and staff judges and awards will be given for different categories of presentations. The award-winning presenters are encouraged to present at regional and national Honors conferences, professional conferences in their field, and Towson University events such as the Student Research & Creative Inquiry Forum and Admitted Student Days.

Fall 2022 CSL Award Winners

Student Presentation Title Category Place
Rida Dhanani Investigating Publicity Internships 1st
PD Nguyen Internship in Computer Science Internships 2nd
Amyah Hill Peer Mentoring: A Tool for Professional Development Internships 3rd
Akeem Laurence Producing Educational Content for the All of Us Research Program Research 1st
Onyedika Onyemeziem Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Healthcare Professionals Research 2nd
Victoria Ojo Preparing Nurses: Safe, Quality Care for Patients with Bipolar Disorder in Hospitals Research 3rd
Parker Cross An Unsolvable Question: Solving Systemic Racism Service-Learning 1st
Kate Mackin Service-Learning with Reading Partners Service-Learning 2nd
Rachel Maygers Costa Rica: A New Perspective Study Abroad 1st
Sam Sobel Wine, Gastronomy, and Sustainability of the Mediterranean: An Environmental and Political Consideration of What and How We Grow and Consume Study Abroad 2nd
Caroline Etherton Environmental Education and Service in the Tropics Study Abroad 3rd
Michelle Jin The Effects of Elderberry Usage in Preventing and Treating Upper Respiratory Infections Audience Choice  

Recognition in Prior Academic Terms

Student Presentation Title Category Place
Sydney Baucum Modernization of College Athletics: The Impact of Name, Image, and Likeness Internships T-1st
Julia Roush Oral Reading Fluency Intervention for Struggling Readers Internships T-1st
Amy Augustino Teaching Math in Secondary Schools Internships 2nd
Jillian McIntyre Sight Word Intervention for Struggling Readers Internships 3rd
Briseyda Barrientos Ariza “¡Aaayyy Mis Hijos!" La Llorona and La Siguanaba as Central American Counterstories Research 1st
Kristen Gittings Perceptions of Safety and Perpetrator Race Impact Legal Judgments Research 2nd
Jessica  Mortillaro Unconventional Interdisciplinary Cross-training for Dancers Research 3rd
Kayla Hurley Spectrums Service-Learning 1st
Sarah Young United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization: Preserving and Celebrating World Heritage for Future Generations Service-Learning 2nd
Stephanie Myers Increasing Representation within Baltimore City Public Schools Service-Learning 3rd
Samantha Apollo A Pesar de Todo Honorable Mention  
Lea de Lausnay 2022 Student Research Case Study Challenge Audience Choice  
Garrett Zahner Democratic Dilemma: The Royal Prerogative in the United Kingdom Audience Choice  
Student Presentation Title Category Place
Madison Lundon An Experimental Translocation of Baltimore Checkerspot Butterflies to a Managed Wetland at Hopkins Branch Internships/Service-Learning 1st
Tonge Enoh School-Based Vision Program Mitigates Eye Health Disparities in Baltimore City Internships/Service-Learning 2nd
Yanna Taboada Challenging Ableism in School Systems Internships/Service-Learning 3rd
Samantha Topka Synthesis of Mixed Bi-Icosahedron Nanoclusters with Increased Fluorescence Research 1st
Olivia Bowley The Mediating Effects of Approaches to Learning on Teaching Styles and Student Engagement in Higher Education Research 2nd
Julia Donatien The Effect of Visual Cues and the Decoy Effect on Decision Making Research 3rd
Mary Katherine Knotts Along the Cusp: Learning and Adulting in West Scotland Special Recognition  
Walter Donoughe The Impact of Social Media Marketing on Public Discouse and Political Campaign Strategy in the US Audience Choice  
Lucy Saper Art Studio Assistant Audience Choice  
Student Presentation Title Category Place
Lily Hensler Exploratory Percussion: Action Inquiry Project Internships 1st
Claire Schiavone Musical Symbols: Advancing Musical Literacy in Elementary Band Internships 2nd
Alexis Eiwulley-Armah Nurse Burnout and End of Life Care Internships T-3rd
Camryn Leddy Virtual Teaching and Positive Behavior Plan Internships T-3rd
Michelle Ting Read and Greet Internships T-3rd
Olivia Longo Investigating Family Members' Experiences Following Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Research 1st
Adam Atkins Cracking Passwords on Data Hidden in Various Compression Format Using Steganography Research 2nd
Anna Carlisle Impacts to Dance Majors from Online Instruction During the Covid-19 Pandemic Research 3rd
Taryn Painter Bridging the Gap: The Connection Between UNRWA Refugees and Black Americans Service-Learning 1st
Nina Bundy United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Institute Service-Learning 2nd
Madeleine Trainor The United Nations in Baltimore, MD: Promoting Global Citizenry in the Context of Covid-19 Service-Learning 3rd
Student Presentation Title Category Place
Lauren Pahutski The Changing Needs of the Special Needs Community During COVID-19 Internships/Service-Learning 1st
Iga Perka International Organization for Migration and the Management of the Migrant Crisis Internships/Service-Learning 2nd
Emily Klemkowski Ethical Interventions for Individuals with Autism Internships/Service-Learning T-3rd
Aliya Smelkinson Professional Groups as a Development Tool Internships/Service-Learning T-3rd
Madeleine Meyer Building Global Citizens: Utilizing the UN as a Method for Encouraging Civic Engagement in Baltimore County Youth Research 1st
Raissa Abassi The Impacts of Terrorism on Child Health in Afghanistan Research T-2nd
Oluwasolape Afolabi The Representation of West African Families on Television Research T-2nd
Bayann Amer Study Abroad Experience in Spain Study Abroad T-1st
Anna Carlisle Dance Denmark Study Abroad T-1st
Rachel Lux Scotland 2020 Study Abroad 2nd
Student Presentation Yitle Category Place
Rebecca Goldman Positive Behavior Intervention Plan: John Internships T-1st
Carli Herman Childhood Apraxia Internships T-1st
Melinda Cutler Musical Enrichment for Corvus corvax Internships T-2nd
Stella Hendricks Reframing What It Means to Be an Outsider: Art from the Rural South Internships T-2nd
Maegan Jennings Modeling the Effect of Intergalactic Dust on the Extragalactic Background Light Research 1st
Lauren Miles Determining Small Protein Interaction in E. coli Research 2nd
Rachel Triebwasser Bioarchaeological Analysis of the Yinger Collection of Human Remains from the Hughes Site (18 MOI): A Natural History Society of Maryland Curated Collection Research 3rd
Charlotte Brown Civic Engagement and UN Women Service-Learning 1st
Madeleine Meyer What's on  Your Plate? Drawing the Connection between the World Food Program and Rates of Malnutrition in Baltimore Service-Learning 2nd
Dymond Hamlin and Leah McLean Controversies in Criminal Justice: The Challenges of Reentry Service-Learning 3rd
Morgan Waters My UK Experience: A Photo Essay Study Abroad 1st
Samantha Miller Not Good. Not Bad. Just Different: A Look into the Netherlands' Special Education System Study Abroad 2nd
Skylar Gayhart Taking on Crime and Punishment in the UK Study Abroad 3rd
Marlie Johnson Inside the Stigma: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Suicide in Law Enforcement Officers Audience Choice  
Lewis Laury, Jr. The Global Drug Market's Impact on Baltimore City Audience Choice  
Student Presentation Title Category Place
Lewis Laury, Jr. The Financial Implications of Death with Dignity Legislation Internship/Service-Learning 1st
Hannah Shevitz Health Science Dual Concentration Major Internship/Service-Learning 2nd
Stella Hendricks Narrative and Power: Women’s Representation in Museums Internship/Service-Learning T-3rd
Brianna Stang Camden County Police Department Internship/Service-Learning T-3rd
Katherine Cowan Twist It Up! How Does Game-Based Learning Affect the Language Development of English Language Learners? Research 1st
Claire Hageman The World Health Organization: Far Afield and Close to Home Research T-2nd
Connor Kean Investigating the Genetic Basis of Resistance to Ranavirus Infection in Eastern Box Turtlers Research T-2nd
Michaella Mulhern Masters of Arts: A Study in Art History in Firenze Study Abroad 1st
Abigail Piegols Costa Rica: Conservation Through Ecotourism Study Abroad 2nd
Chloe Williams My Life in Leeds Study Abroad 3rd
Nicholas Ruszala Super Atom Clusters of Au: Synthesis and Optical Characterization Research Audience Choice
Student Presentation Title Category Place
Chenise Calhoun TU Gender, Health, and Social Justice in Ghana Study Abroad 1st
Martine Parode An Exploration of Rural Japan Study Abroad 2nd
Kari de La Viez Israeli Multiculturalism Study Abroad 3rd
Yelee Kim Prewriting Strategies to Increase Authenticity in Writing Internship/Service-Learning T-1st
Gabriella Harris Differentiation in Middle and High School Classes Internship/Service-Learning T-1st
Arianna Maine and Toni Pritchard Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom Internship/Service-Learning T-2nd
Erika McKay Impact of Preterm Birth on Language Acquisition: The Critical Role of a Speech-Language Pathologist Internship/Service-Learning T-2nd
Kristian Brown Data Analysis for the Towson University Men's Basketball Team Research 1st
Ash Baker The History and Importance of LGBT Representation on Television Research 2nd
Joseph Auble The Effect of Exercise Intervention on Executive Functioning in People with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Research 3rd
Ramandeep Kaur Mercy Medical Internship Internship/Service-Learning Audience Choice
Matthew Phillips The International Development Association Internship/Service-Learning Audience Choice


Student Presentation Title Category Place
Rachel Ederer Bringing It All Together Study Abroad T-1st
Jillian Procope London Living - My Internship Abroad Study Abroad T-1st
Kelly Myslinski Czech Mate: A Semester in Prague Study Abroad T-2nd
Claudia McGuire Australia to New Zealand Study Abroad T-2nd
Ny'esha Young Race and Inequality in America Internship/Service-Learning 1st
Gabriella Harris The Evolution of Teaching AP Calculus Internship/Service-Learning 2nd
Katherine Linz Let's Talk about Lymphedema Internship/Service-Learning 3rd
Jason Wong FMS, LSS, and SL Squat Research 1st
Nicole Hondrogiannis Hexanethiolate Protected Super Atom Clusters of Gold - A Kinetic Study Research 2nd
Amanda Belunis Nicotine and Other Organic Components Found in Dokha: A Middle Eastern Tobacco product Research 3rd
Alexus Addison Film, Animation, and Visual Effects in New Zealand Study Abroad Audience Choice
Sarah Dickerson Animal Care Internship at Carolina Tiger Rescue Internship Audience Choice


Printing Instructions and Guidelines

Presenters can print their posters in advance for free via the OTS Large Format Printing service. Anyone looking to print their poster should make an appointment to have it printed at least two days in advance of the event to ensure enough time to avoid any delays or make alternative plans in case of any issues.

Presenters are encouraged to prepare their posters using PowerPoint. A full-sized poster will include about 12 slides, which can be organized to fit the"24"x36" center panel plus two 12"x36" side panels" (PPTX) template created by Student Computing Services for use on a three-paneled cardboard presentation board. Presenters may pick up a free presentation board at the Honors College main office in YR 134 during normal business hours between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. prior to the Celebration of Scholarship and Learning.

Posters should have the following items listed at the top of the poster:

  • Project title
  • Presenter name
  • Name(s) of supervising professor
  • Department through which the project is being pursued (or Honors College, if pursued only through Honors)
  • The following attribution, as the last line of the top section: Towson University Honors College, Towson, MD, USA

In addition, posters should include, at the bottom of one of the side panels, a sample bibliography of at least five sources and any acknowledgements of grants received or thanks the presenter would like to convey.

Presentation Resources

Preparing a presentation for the Celebration of Scholarship and Learning, or any other research or poster conference, consists of several steps. The following resources outline how to organize information, prepare a visually-appealing presentation, and how to discuss your findings in a conference or event setting.

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