More than 50 education majors were recently honored for graduating with honors during the College of Education’s Awards Program and Research Celebration, which included a series of research projects presented by graduate students.

Several students were also recognized as outstanding seniors, along with Elizabeth Kribbs, of exceptionality programs, who won The Ginny Thornburgh Foundation Scholarship Award.

Among the variety of research topics included the effects of touch math, effectiveness of homework and impact of school-wide positive behavior interventions. 

Research Presentations

  • Learning Styles: Are They Out of Fashion? By Beth Rogowsky, Ed.D.
  • Students with Dyslexia: The Effects of Self-Esteem and Teacher’s Perceived Self-Esteem on Academic Achievement by Kaleena Dietterick, M.Ed. in Special Education
  • The Effectiveness of Project-Based Learning in Special Education by Leslie Gipe, M.S. in Special Education
  • Effects of Touch Math Used in an Inclusive Class with a Deaf/Hard of Hearing Student by Mindy Kisner, M.S. in Special Education
  • Effective Treatment Strategies and Interventions for Juvenile Sex Offenders with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Sara Baker, M.S. in Special Education
  • The Relationship Between Bullying, Peer Harassment, and Academic Achievement in School Age Students by Ian Murray, M.Ed. in Special Education
  • Discrete Trial Training in Early Intervention for Children with Autism by Marissa Petrone, M.S. in Special Education
  • Effectiveness of Flipped Classrooms for Students in Special Education with Mild to Moderate Disabilities by Angela Rexer, M.Ed. in Special Education
  • Effects and Importance of Homework in Elementary and Secondary School Settings by Allison Kornbluth, M.S. in Special Education
  • Evaluating the Impact of Teacher Buy-In on School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports by Katherine Roddy, M.Ed. in Special Education
  • How Effective is Inclusion for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a General Education Classroom by Diana Synoski, M.Ed. in Special Education PK-8, Elementary Education PK-4

Outstanding Seniors

Outstanding seniors are recognized for excellence in scholarship, leadership ability, and service to the community, and potential for success in their chosen profession.

  • Amy Marie Thomas, Early Childhood and Adolescent Education Early Childhood Education PK-4
  • Kristi Lee Viscardo, Early Childhood and Adolescent Education Middle Level Education 4-8/Language Arts
  • Taylor Leigh Miller, Exceptionality Programs
Dual Special Education (PK-8)/Early Childhood Education (PK-4)
  • Audrianna Osorio, Exceptionality Programs
American Sign Language/English Interpreting
  • Jamie A. Wagner, Secondary Education – English
  • Meredith Julianne Salmon, Secondary Education – Biology


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