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Centenary University selects 16 students to present independent research and professional experiences at annual Academic Symposium

Event showcases in-depth research and professional experiences conducted by students, alongside faculty researchers who are experts in their fields

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) — Centenary University showcased outstanding research and professional experiences by 16 students at its annual Academic Symposium on Thursday, April 21.

This year’s presentations spanned a wide variety of fields, including psychology, chemistry, biology, animal science, sports management, history, equine studies, fashion, education, and business. At Centenary, student researchers and interns are mentored by faculty who are experts in their fields.

“Independent research and creative endeavors, as well as professional internships, under the direct guidance of faculty mentors are the foundations of the academic experience at Centenary University. This event provides students with the opportunity to acquire valuable presentation experiences, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills,” said Mia Whang, Ph.D., chair of the University’s Student Research & Development Committee and associate professor of fashion. “Smaller universities like Centenary offer tremendous opportunities, especially for undergraduates, to work alongside faculty members on a project in their major field of study. That doesn’t often happen at larger universities.”

Centenary students presenting at this year’s Academic Symposium include:


Morris County

  • East Hanover—Jenna Glinko, “Centenary University Enactus”
  • Netcong—Kora Milligan, “California Wild Santa Fe Style”
  • Wharton—Zachary Orr, “Determination of Sugar Content in single M&M by Density and Physical Separation: A Sweet Introductory Discovery Experiment”

Passaic County

  • West Milford—Alissa Mor, “Spotted Lanternfly Microbiomes: An Initial Investigation Into an Invasive Insect”

Sussex County

  • Green Township—Nicole Taylor, “Psychotherapeutic Substance Use Disorder Assessment”
  • Newton—Miranda Mazzola, “Cara Solutions Internship”; Kyle Szuszkowski, “Kittatinny Regional High School internship”
  • Stanhope—Tatiyana Osgood Myers, “Understanding How Adverse Childhood Experiences Impact Academic Performance in College Students”

Warren County

  • Hackettstown—Erin Nappi, “Sports information internship”
  • Port Murray—Nikolai Osadtsia, “Volunteer Income Tax Assistance VITA”
  • Stewartsville—Ashley Wrede, “Centenary University Enactus”


  • Glenview—Lauren McCartney, “Who lives, who dies, who tells their story: The factual and fictional work of Alexander Hamilton and George Washington”


  • Columbia—Adrianna Strait, “Evaluation of effectiveness of three common equine thrush treatments”
  • Lansdale—Jessica McKenzie, “Predator Avoidance Behaviors in Gravid and Non-Gravid Grass Shrimp While in the Presence of Food”
  • Newtown—Kristi Wenger, “Canine Cognition of Human Social Interactions”
  • Tamiment—Brianna Soule, “Voluntary water intake of flavored water in horses”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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