How To Respond To a Request To Write Your Own Recommendation Letter

Students and Faculty, this article offers some sound advise and a reminder of the ethics surrounding the pursuit of both academic and career goals.

2016 Cooperative Grants Awarded!  Each to offer Undergraduate and Graduate Student Participation!

Davis Shappert, DirectorLibrary, Marywood University  and Mark R. Murphy, Director Sustainability, University of David-ShappertScranton have been awarded $5,620 for their project titled, BikeScranton Bike Share Sustainability, Health, and History.  This project will expand the existing BikeScranton program to include Marywood University in addition to the development of excursions that will highlight environmental, cultural and historical features.

Mary Lynn Grayeski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Science, Marywood University and Katherine Stumpo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Chemistry, University of Scranton have been awarded $10,000 for their research titled, Investigation of Electrochemiluminescence Generated by Nanomaterials for Potential Analytical Applications.  This project will allow for the expertise of Dr. Stumpo in nanomaterials and mass spectrometry, Dr. Grayeski's proficiency in luminescence and flow systems, and research grade instrumentation to further support both facilities' student education.  

christiansenSamantha Christiansen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor History, Marywood University and Jessica M. Nolan, Ph.D., Associate Professor Psychology, University of Scranton received $7,947 for their research titled, Talking About Race in the Classroom: Issues and Connections for University Faculty in Scranton.  Development of a workshop to provide educational curriculum relevant to university faculty and support staff that work with students on discussing and engaging issues of race in the classroom and other student encounters is the focus of this project.

Congratulahead_bodzio2tion Jessica Bodzio!   Murray Award for Research and Development Recipient for   2016

Jessica Bodzio, MS, RDN, LDN Clinical Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics, has been awarded the 2016 Murray Award for Research and Development for her research titled, Dietary Habits and Nutritional Deficits of Guatemalan Mothers currently Enrolled in the Child Health and Nutrition Program.

This award will allow for the continued development and research of a piloted program initiated this spring during a Marywood University service mission trip lead by Mrs. Bodzio, graduate student, Emma Shank and an interprofessional team of students who traveled to San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala. The program aims to assist mothers whose children are enrolled in the Child Health and Nutrition Program that helps to combat malnutrition in Guatemala.

 Lukasak-AntoniacciUndergraduate Junior, Rebecca Lukasak, Biotechnology Presents Research at Harrisburg

Congratulation to Rececca Lukasak, Biotechnology and co-presenter, Dr. Lisa Antoniacci, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Science, who presented their research titled, Genome-Wide Expression Analysis of 3 Mutant Yeast Strains at the 2016 Undergraduate Research Day at the State Capital, Harrisburg, PA on April 5th and at the Lehigh Valley Molecular and Cellular Biology Symposium, DeSales University, PA  on April 21st. 

kathleengarrityNew - Student Researcher Profiles and Report of Presented and Published Research

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is proud to announce it's newest web page: Reseacher Profiles; Where Are They Now.  Undergraduate and Graduate students who have been or who are currently involved in research activities are encouraged to submit their profile online to inform the Marywood Community and general public of their research-associated activity.   It is a great way to link your academic research activity to your personal social media pages!

Faculty members involved in research are encouraged to submit a Report of Presented and Published Research.  Research-associated presentations and publications will be announced within the ORSP web and social media pages allowing you to link your professional research-associated work to social media!

2016 UGRF group Student Research Highlighted at the 2016 Research Forum and Symposium

Congratulations to the nearly 100 students who presented their research results at the 2016 Research Forum and Symposium. In case you missed it, you can check out their abstracts using the live links above.

Nutrition & 2016-ABS-Guatamala-StarkDietetics Graduate Student Emma Shank and  Jessica Bodzio, Clinical Assistant Professor Conduct Research in Guatemala Over Spring Break

On March 6, 2016, along with an interprofessional team of students, Emma Shank (graduate student in the Nutrition & Dietetics Department) and Mrs. Jessica Bodzio (Clinical Assistant Professor in the Nutrition & Dietetics Department and faculty adviser) traveled to San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala for a medical mission. During the week, Emma trained a team of community Health Promoters to administer a customized Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) with Guatemalan mothers for the first stage of their research. After the training, Emma and Jessica visited with Guatemalan mothers to test the questionnaire. The purpose of this phase of the research was to assess and improve the questionnaire's effectiveness. The Health Promoters did an excellent job and provided much helpful feedback. Emma and Jessica are looking forward to furthering their research and continuing their work in the upcoming months

starkeyfoundationSpeech Language Hearing Student Clinicians to Conduct Head Start Screenings

Thanks to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, 350 hearing and 25 speech-language screenings will be conducted at Lackawanna County Head Start facilities by Marywood University Speech-Language-Hearing student clinicians and their supervisors. In addition, the grant will provide for Head Start teachers to be trained to recognize speech, language and hearing delays. Individuals identified with hearing loss and/or speech-language delays will be referred for early intervention that will lead to earlier diagnoses, treatment, and children better prepared for academic success. 

NEBI2015FINALlogoLRMarywood University Art Galleries Receives Funding for Unique Collaborative Initiative

Marywood University Gallery Director Sandra Ward Povse was awarded a grant from the Lackawanna County of Arts and Culture that will help support the Northeastern Biennial Twenty–Fifteen, a collaborative four–part juried art exhibition. This project was supported by a Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Community grant a program of Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick O'Malley, Edward G. Stabeck, and Jim Wansacz.


Dr. Helen Battisti, Nutrition Faculty Member Publishes Research

Congratulations to Helen Battisti Ph.D., R.D.N., C.D.N., Nutrition, for her published research titled “Change in Resident Weight Status Post Admission to Long-Term Care Facilities: A Population-Based Study”.  Published  in the Jacobs Journal of Gerontology 2015 and intended to provide a foundation study for future investigation, Dr. Battisti’s research involves resident’s change in weight after admission to long-term care facilities in the United States.  

soarstudents2014-2 (1)Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19 and Marywood Unversity Enter into Agreement

Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit (NEIU) 19 and Marywood University entered into an agreement that will see eight students enrolled in the Students On-Campus Achieving Results (SOAR) program. Now entering its seventh year, SOAR is the first program of its kind and is designed to increase the opportunities of successful competitive employment and higher education experiences for high-functioning students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The Margaret Briggs Foundation Works with Marywood Students to Provide Language Stimulation Groups for Local Pre School Children 

Funding received from the Margaret Briggs Foundation will be used by Marywood University’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic over three semesters to conduct language stimulation groups at Head Start centers in Lackawanna County. The groups are designed to stimulate speech and language skills for preschool children ages 3-5 years in a fun learning environment which also includes increased peer interaction to further assist with pragmatic development. Head Start teachers will be trained on how to incorporate similar activities into the classroom setting to stimulate language skills throughout the academic year.


Marywood’s R-VETS Program Offers Financial Literacy Workshop to Veterans and Their Families

Marywood University’s R-VETS program (Renewal-Veteran Education and Transition Services) recently received a grant from the Prudential Foundation to help fund the Financial Literacy program for veterans and their families. The Financial Literacy program provides knowledge and strategies for good money management by empowering student veterans to make financial decisions through activities focusing on budgeting, use of credit cards, debt management, saving and investment strategies, financial planning for future consumption, and how to avoid financial fraud and scams.  Five student sessions will be offered to veterans and their families between fall 2015 and summer 2016. For more information please visit or call Ashley Woodward, PACC Vista, R-VETS Coordinator, at (570) 961-4746.

head_ohora Dr. Erin O’Hora Assembles Interdisciplinary Research Team

Erin O’Hora, DHSc, RDN, LDN, Assistant Professor, Nutrition is the 2015 recipient of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation’s McCormick Science Institute Research Award for her project titled The effects of curcumin supplementation on markers of inflammation and quality of life in arthritic patients. Funded by the McCormick Science Institute, this $5,000 grant is awarded annually to a research proposal that investigates the role of spices and health and that advances the Academy's Research Agenda for Dietetics.   Working with Kathleen Uhranowsky, RN, CCRP, Lab Manager and Clinical Research Coordinator, Human Physiology Laboratory, Angela Hillman, PhD. ECP, Athletic Training and Exercise Science, and Taylor Ott, Graduate Assistant, Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science, Dr. O’Hora will look at the effects of curcumin supplementation on inflammation and quality of life in knee or hip osteoarthritis patients.    

Faculty Awarded Grant to Conduct Religious and Spiritual Experiences (RSEs) Study 

Congratulations to Melinda Krokus, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Religious Studies and John M. DePoe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Philosophy, who were recently awarded $15,000 to lead a Religious Experience Cluster Group.  Funded by The Experience Project being conducted at the University of Notre Dame and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Marywood University’s Religious Experience Cluster Group will explore various aspects of religious and spiritual experiences (RSEs) and is part of the Religious Experience Cluster Group Initiative of The Experience Project.  2015-2016 speaker events will be held to allow Marywood University students and community to join in on the discussions.  

ncurtest2016 NCUR Conference

The mission of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is to promote undergraduate research scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.   The University of North Carolina at Asheville is host to the 30th NCUR, April 7 – 9, 2016.

 Dr. Laura Camlet Houser featured in Scranton Times

LCHCongratulation to Laura Camlet Houser, Ph. D., Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs who was recently featured in the Scranton Times', People on the Move!  Dr. Houser's new position provides administrative oversight for sponsored programs and for faculty and student research. 


CUR Biology Division Offers Travel Grants to Undergraduate Students Presenting Original Research

The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original biological research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting* during the fiscal year 2015-2016.  Student must be an undergraduate at either a two- or four-year institution.  If the student is a graduating senior, travel must be completed within three months of graduation.

Communication Arts Faculty and Students Present at AEJMC National Conference

Lindsey Wwontanis2015otanis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, and graduate students, Janice Richardson, B.A, and Bowei Zhong, B.A. from the Communication Arts Department presented research titled, Convergence on campus: A study of campus media organizations’ convergence practices at the Association for Educators of Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2015 National Conference in August. This paper asks: Are college media organizations practicing convergence? The researchers surveyed 142 campus media advisers to learn about convergence practices in campus newsrooms. Findings show that while half of advisers report that their campus media organizations are practicing convergence, most are only practicing cross-platform publishing. Findings also suggest a correlation between campuses reporting converged media organizations and those reporting convergence-focused curricula.

Undergraduate  Students Present Research at the 2015 URC-PA

Congratulation to Kenia Sedano (Criminal Justice), Gaetano Zarra (Criminal Justice), Elspeth Peterson (Psychology), and faculty advisor Dr. Brian Monahan, Associate Professor Sociology/Criminal Justice on their presentation of research titled, Parenting, Educational Attainment, and Juvenile Delinquency at the 2015 Undergraduate Research at the Capitol, Pennsylvania on March 3, 2015.

SPIN, A Funding Research Tool Now Available to all Marywood Faculty Staff, and Students

Marywood University faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to use SPIN to assist with funding searches.  Campus access is available without an account, if searching while off campus simply register for an account!  SPIN offers both active searching and automated opportunity matching and daily opportunity notifications and contains over 40,000 opportunities from more than 10,000 global sponsors.  Training videos are available for new users

Guidelines for Classroom Research Activities Reminder

Faculty is reminded that class assignment/exercises involving human participants may or may not require IRB/ERC review depending on whether they meet the federal definition of research.  Check out the Guidelines for Classroom Research Activities and please contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (570-340-6031) if you have any questions.

Marywood Univeristy's Institutional Account with Survey Monkey No Longer Allowed by IRB and ERC

Effective immediately, use of Marywood University's institutional account with Survey Monkey will no longer be allowed for research involving human subjects (only research requiring review by the Institutional Review Board or Exempt Review Committee).  This is due to security issues and the protection of human subjects.  While you may still utilize Survey Monkey's service for research, you will need to subscribe to a secure, personal account.  Subscriptions at various levels are available and may last as long as the researcher desires.  The type of account allowed will depend upon the nature of the research.

CITI Offers New Learner Account Registration

Marywood University researchers and research personnel are required to complete basic and perhaps other additional research training courses. The required research training is available online through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).  Check out CITI's New Learner Account Registration.