YSU Educators Awarded Grants for Student Projects

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Faculty and staff at Youngstown State University have been awarded a total of $10,000 in grants to develop projects focusing on improving student performance.

The awards were announced during the Continuous Improvement Appreciation and Poster Event, hosted by the YSU Office of Assessment April 25.

“With the wide variety of activities, including efforts in assessment, general education, program review, campus climate and accreditation, it has been a year where nearly our entire campus was engaged in work and reflection on what we do well and where we can strive to improve,” said Hillary Fuhrman, director of the office of assessment, in a release.

Projects awarded grants at the event are:

  • Kathleen Aspiranti, “Incorporating a school safety and crisis preparedness curriculum within the school psychology program.”
  • Snjezana Balaz and Nicole Zayas, “ Integrated thoughts: Utilizing technology for specific mindfulness training to lower test anxiety and increase understanding of physics concepts.”
  • Kelly Beers and Avery Ware, “Creating an equitable student experience through student conduct processes.”
  • Mike Ekoniak, “Communication learning outcomes in engineering.”
  • Daniel Keown, “The effects of cognitive sensory domains within film soundtrack stimuli on identified frequency and location of music characteristics.”
  • Ruth Palich, “Strategies for teaching ADPIE in dental public health: The dental hygienist’s role in assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation for community program planning.”
  • Nicolette Powe, Keisha T. Robinson and Karen Becker, “Comparative analysis of first year experience courses in health and human services.”
  • Ying (Joy) Tang, “Assessing the effectiveness of emotion map in improving students’ emotional, social and academic outcomes.”

The event also included a poster showcase. Earning first place among academic entries was “A different approach to math for students who don’t need algebra,” by Lori Carlson, Julie Seitz, Lance Williams and Susan Mark-Sracic. In the co-curricular category, “The ALEKS Pie: Not your average recipe!” by Irene Larbi, Lance Williams and Jonathan Sandoval took first place.

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