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Faculty & Student Research Impacts Everyday Lives

West Chester University faculty and students are investigating many issues that impact the general public, among them:

  • Whether exposure to violence and community victimization may be a factor in maternal harsh parenting;
  • Inter-generational mentoring and learning between college students and community elders;
  • How technology and social media affect the grieving process;
  • Treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in firehouses;
  • What effects mobile apps might have on healthy lifestyle choices.

These are only a few of the many research projects that more than 200 WCU faculty and students are currently engaged in to understand and tackle real-world problems. Their individual and group findings will be presented at the University’s Fall Research Day, Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All presentations are in Sykes Student Union on West Rosedale Avenue, and are free and open to the public.

The program opens at 9 a.m. with a discussion on mindfulness research involving WCU faculty from several disciplines and led by Don McCown, WCU associate professor of health and co-director of the Center for Contemplative Studies. These faculty have researched the effects of mindfulness training on undergraduates’ attention spans in class, their stress levels, and emotional fitness. WCU psychologist Vipanchi Mishra and student Jonathan Godwin have explored the effects of mindfulness training on individuals’ performance in job interviews.

At 10:15 a.m., Criminal Justice Professor Michael Antonio and graduate student Argyro Kalli will talk about their work and research with Voices4Peru (V4P), a Peru-based non-profit that aims to restore hope for Peruvian families impacted by violence and social injustice. Antonio has led WCU service-learning trips to Peru for several years and will discuss the effectiveness of V4P in reducing delinquent behavior, as well as current and future research endeavors.

Two poster presentation sessions are scheduled to accommodate the vast number of researchers. The first is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the second from 1:50 to 2:50 p.m. The day concludes with concurrent oral presentations from 3 to 4 p.m. in several meeting rooms through Sykes Union.

The complete schedule and abstracts for each research project are available as PDFs on the website for the Office of Research And Sponsored Programs.