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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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Several University of Southern Mississippi students received a significant boost in campus ID “bonus bucks” as winners in the Student Affairs Scholarship Award program for 2010.

In the second annual competition, Student Affairs graduate assistants had the option of participating in one of two categories: the informal research project, which included a paper describing the project findings plus recommendations; or the formal research project, which included all informal research criteria plus a poster presentation.

First-place winners in the formal competition earned $800 “bonus bucks” on their campus IDs. Second-place finishers received $500. First-place winners in the informal category collected $350, while second-place finishers got $250. In cases where students competed as teams, the “bonus bucks” were divided among the winners.

The following students took home first and second place awards in the competition:

First place formal presentations: Lindsay Petelle and Megan Gajewski, “Undergraduate Student Learning Preferences in the Classroom
Second place in formal presentations (tie): Gabrielle Darville and Catherine Barber, “Stress and Its Effects on Upper Respiratory Infections in Resident Assistants and Other Student Affairs Student Staff at The University of Southern Mississippi”; Erica Hirsch, “Using Multiple Regression to Determine the Effects of Gym Attendance on Percent Body Fat”
First place informal presentations: Jenny Tate, Celeste McDonald and Matt McWhorter, “Student Employee Satisfaction: A Comparison Between Students Employed with Student Affairs and Academic Departments”
Second place information presentations: Skye Crutcher, Justin Defee and Whitney Everett, “Effects of Community Service Involvement on Student Success in College”

University of Southern Mississippi students Lindsay Petelle, left, and Megan Gajewski pose with their research project titled, “Undergraduate Student Learning Preferences in the Classroom.” Their presentation captured first place in the formal division of the Student Affairs Scholarship Award program. (Submitted photo)

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