May 3, 2022

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

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ, May 3, 2022—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”


Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township.

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