Student Research

Honors Student Research 


Sixteen students presented their research and three students served on the Activity committee and the Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, April 2018. This was the largest group of WP students to ever attend the conference. Every year, more WP Honors students get papers accepted at regional and national conferences.

Honors Day Fall 2018

This fall, the Honors College showcased the research of students who are completing one of the Honors College tracks and graduating in January 2019. The faculty and staff members who have helped students develop their thesis and ensure success were also recognized. Check out the program here. Below are the thesis projects presented this past November:

Noel Bota presented a thesis titled "The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: A Century of Research and Application" through the social sciences track. The study examined the Myers-Briggs’ personality assessment’s impact on society for the past century. 

Charles Faulkner presented a thesis titled "Anime and Moral Development" through the clinical psychology and neuropsychology track. Anime is a Japanese adaptation cartoon which is well known for its violent and brutal content. Something that is overlooked from Amine is its ability to provide sentimental messages which we can all use as motivation in the real world. Just like Fairy Tales and Moral fables, Anime can provide viewers with messages of morality that can help us understand ourselves, others, and the world. In short, Anime can be a tool that can increase moral development in both frequent and novice watchers. 

Kayla Huntington presented "Personality, Cognition, and Stress in First Responders" through the clinical psychology and neuropsychology track. The purpose of this study is to investigate how differences in personality, affect, and cognition in individuals may help explain why some people develop PTSD and stress-related disorders while others do not.

William Smolen presented a thesis titled "David Wong on "You or Me"- an analysis" through the music track. This presentation is an analysis of his improvisational style on “You or Me” by Jimmy Heath, off his 2009 album Endurance.  

Robert Spangler presented a thesis titled "Changing the World: Youth Political Activism from the Sixties to Today" through the humanities track. By analyzing this series of interviews, with memoirs, expert literature, and other historical accounts of this generation, my research on youth activism of the 1960s provides understanding of youth political engagement and offers insights into the political lives of young people today and which may help bring understanding of how to engage and mobilize young people.

Melanie Ventura presented "Alzheimer's Disease and Racial Disparities" through the clinical psychology and neuropsychology track. This research looks at the racial disparities between Caucasian Americans and African Americans in the diagnosis, prognosis and progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Honors Week Spring 2018

Each spring, the Honors College showcases the work of students who are completing one of the Honors College tracks, and recognizes the faculty and staff members who have contributed to their success. Featured below are some interesting thesis projects that were presented this past spring:

Kimberly Boyle presented a thesis titled "Cognitive Abilities of Students and Student Athletes" through the cognitive science honors track. The study set out to find if the negative statements toward being a student athlete had an impact on these students' ability to perform on academic examinations, specifically mathematics. 

Rachel Felton presented a thesis titled "The Attitudes of Nursing Students Toward Individuals with Substance Misuse Disorder" through the nursing honors track. The misusing population is usually received by the general public with negative connotations and preconceived notions about their personal characteristics and attributes. In the nursing profession, these poor perceptions and stereotypes can interfere with the treatment that the individual and substance misuse disorder is receiving, resulting in compromised care. This research project aimed to explore the attitudes of nursing students toward individuals with substance misuse disorder. 

Dhara Bipin Jadav presented a thesis titled "Substance Abuse and Risky Academic Decision-Making in College Students" through the independent honors track. Students attend college for different reasons—some to achieve their long-term career goals through academic achievement, and others for short term rewards through parties and substance abuse. This research study explored how college students decide between grades and substance abuse. 

James Hamilton Hook presented a thesis titled "How do Millennials Choose Jobs?" through the business honors track. This study examined the factors influencing millennials job choice. Millennials are becoming a larger proportion of the work force, and having the ability to attract talented millennials is becoming a leading concern for many companies. Some employment opportunities are assumed to be more attractive to millennials based on the levels of attraction that they have towards the differing opportunities. This study tested how the differing characteristics of employment opportunities have the ability to attract particular groups of millennials. By testing what millennials value, and contrasting those results with which employment opportunities they are attracted to, one can begin to determine which aspects of employment opportunities are effective in attracting millennials.

Karen Mendoza presented a thesis titled "Observing the Portrayal of Immigrants on American Children's Programming" through the social sciences honors track. Media representation of different racial and ethnic groups is important in a country that is known for its diversity. Existing literature recognize the importance of media representation of certain ethnic groups. Particularly, many studies observe the portrayal of ethnic minorities on prime-time television shows. The purpose of this study was to analyze how immigrants specifically are portrayed in American children’s television shows from 2001-2017. Using content analysis, the study looked at 34 seasons in total of various children’s television programming from Nickelodeon and Disney Channel. It also looked into speeches of Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump to observe their approach on immigration and how this approach affected public opinion on immigrants. Then, the study analyzed the relationship between public opinion on immigrants and immigrant representation on children’s television shows.

Quinn Reynolds presented a thesis titled "Do Adults Remember Elementary School Material?" through the cognitive science honors track. Parents are a source of help when elementary school children struggle with their homework, but there is little available information about their ability to provide help. In this study, adults old enough to have elementary school children completed a test of thirty fourth-grade mathematics and grammar questions and rated confidence in their answers. This study examined how much information adults were able to correctly recall, along with how confident they were in their answers. 

Rachel Rivell presented a thesis titled "How Effective is Social Media Advertising on Millennials?" through the business honors track. Social media is becoming a massive part of the marketing industry for companies. It is becoming more popular due to a majority of the population being a part of social media. This research showed the interaction between millennials and social media advertising. 



Samantha DiMeglio

One of our 2016 graduates, Samantha DiMeglio, has made us proud by publishing  her Cognitive Science Honors thesis in the Undergraduate Journal of Psychology.

In her thesis, Samantha proposes that the more ‘Type A’ a person is, the more they are likely to procrastinate, due to their perception of increased workload and stress levels. Her thesis is backed by two online surveys  and two
mediation analyses.

To read Samantha's publication, search for DiMeglio, S. (2016). Type A  personality and  procrastination. The Undergraduate Journal of Psychology, 29, 52-62. Do not hesitate to give feedback on the Honors College social media platforms.

11th Annual  Undergraduate Research Symposium 2017


Jolanta Jedryzcka and Dr. Xing

The 11th edition of William Paterson University Undergraduate Research Symposium took place on April 22nd 2017 and was a  memorable one for the Honors College and  Jolanta Jedryzcka, who bagged first place in Biochemistry.

Over the last ten years, College of Science & Health at William Paterson University has provided a forum for undergraduates to present their original research to their peers and professors. This event provides students with essential research experience for a career in the sciences or science-related fields. The conference focuses on sharing and advancing new knowledge in the sciences that were created or discovered through collaborative faculty-student research.