Friends of the Baron-Forness library

Category:  News
Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 at 6:11 PM

Among their many activities, the Friends of the Baron-Forness Library group continues to work to support student scholarship. Each year, the group awards several undergraduate and graduate students $500 grants to highlight scholarly activity.

This year, nine Edinboro students will be recognized at the spring reception on May 1, where each researcher or research group will summarize their work. This annual grant application is open to any student who has completed a minimum of 75 credit hours (15 credit hours for graduate students), has a minimum of a 3.25 grade point average (3.5 for graduate students), completed the research under the supervision of a faculty member, and completed research related to the completion of the degree. 

The award of $500 per student researcher or student research group can be used to purchase materials, equipment and travel expenses related to the project or presentation of the work. 

Dr. Monty McAdoo, library faculty member and member of the Friends’ Board of Directors said, “This award is the Friends’ way of recognizing and rewarding student scholarship from across all disciplines.”

The graduate student recipients are:

-Alyssa Rhone, “Analysis of Parent-Child Interactions & Media Utilizing the LENA” under supervision of Dr. Jane Puhlman, Communication Sciences and Disorders

-Autumn Richards, “Meeting the Needs of Students and Teachers at Erie Children’s Museum” under supervision of Dr. Karen Lindeman, Early Childhood

The undergraduate student recipients are:

-Ashley Taylor and Kendra Taylor, “Mock Jurors’ Perceptions of Bias in Forensic Testing” under supervision of Dr. Ronald Craig, Psychology

-Deandra Mosura, “The Effects of Sexual Conditioning on the Development of Sexual Behaviors in Male Rats” under supervision of Dr. Wayne Hawley, Psychology

-Emma Morgan, “Extraction and Separation of Active Plant Compounds from the Common Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea” under supervision of Dr. Matthew Foradori, Biology and Health Services

- Jason D’Urso, Alexandra Osborne, and Cassidy Taylor “Determination of Heavy Metal Concentrations in Residential Water Supplies and Local Watersheds Using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy” under supervision of Dr. Qun Gu, Chemistry.

One student, Michael Anthony, graduated in December 2017 and chose to return the award for his project, “Surveying the Gut Microbiota of Zootermopsis angusticollis,” under supervision of Dr. Matthew Foradori, Biology and Health Services.

“In addition to helping to offset the costs of their projects, the Friends’ award gives many students their first experience preparing and submitting a grant application,” said McAdoo. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to contact Dr. McAdoo for more information and an application for 2018-19 (Baron-Forness Library Room 128, x1070,

Dakota Palmer is the executive editor for The Spectator. She cam be reached at

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