Student Research: QUEST & STEM Showcase


QUEST is a unique university sponsored forum for undergraduate and graduate students to:

  • Present scholarship to the community
  • Share acheivements and creations
  • Hone conference presentation skills
  • Receive University recognition for accomplishments

Examples of past QUEST submissions include:

  • Results and finished products of scientific research
  • Musical scores
  • Engineering designs and analyses
  • Panel discussions of social, political, and economic issues
  • Poetry readings
  • Honors and senior theses
  • Study abroad experiences

QUEST presentation

Three graduate presentations were selected to present at Best of Quest; two of them were STEM students:

  • Sarah Springer (College of STEM)
    • Anion controlled synthesis of partially halogenated In-derived metal-organic frameworks
  • Jennifer Moore (College of STEM) 2017 Best of QUEST Winner
    • Tuning the substrate specificity of the glutathione transferase GstB from Escherichia coli via site-directed mutagenesis.

One undergraduate project from each college was selected to present at Best of QUEST; two were selected from STEM as a tie:

  • Antonio DiSalvo, Mark Plant, Elizabeth Urig (College of STEM) (tie)
    • Optimized Rim for Spring Tires
  • Vincent Dell’Arco, Jared Fink (College of STEM) (tie)
    • Automatic Tong Mechanism Senior Design Project

A complete program for QUEST 2017 can be found here, which includes abstracts for the projects.

STEM Showcase

The STEM Showcase is an annual event highlighting our students and the projects they have worked hard on all year.

On Saturday, April 22, 2017, students set up posters, tables, experiments, prototypes, and finished projects in Moser Hall so that guests could examine the students’ knowledge and effort. Facilities were available for touring including the Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing, YSU’s bragworthy 3D printing lab.

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STEM Showcase 2016

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The annual STEM Showcase was a huge success this year, with more student projects presented than ever before. On Saturday, April 23, prospective students, current students, parents, faculty, and many others filled Moser Hall to see what the students of STEM have been working on all semester (and for some, all year).

Student organizations displayed some of their annual creations, such as AIChE’s Chem-E-Car, ASCE’s Concrete Canoe, and SAE’s Baja Car. Some of the other notable projects on display were the automated snow blower, which can be controlled by a smart phone, and the digital theremin, which is an instrument that produces a very unique sound.

Sloth Research groupOne group of students won the Ohio Academy of Science Research Award for their project concerning sloth muscle research. Tyler Tsangaris-Braatz, Paije Kiraly, Amanda Svenson, and Abdel-Ruhman Yusuf, along with faculty mentor Dr. Butcher, examined the muscle fibers of sloths to determine the efficiency of their energy use when hanging from trees.

The research award grants them $100 and a publication on the Ohio Academy of Sciences website as well as in their newsletter.

Also during the showcase, guests were given tours of the Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing and the brand new Launch Lab.

To conclude the day’s activities, Dean Steelant congratulated all of the students on their successes and inducted new members into the STEM Leadership Society.

Register for this year’s STEM Showcase!

Each year, STEMians come together to highlight our students and the projects that they’ve worked on throughout the year. This year’s STEM Showcase will be Saturday, April 25, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Moser Hall. Come out to support our students and to see what great things they’ve been putting together this year! Along with seeing all the projects, you’ll have the opportunity to tour YSU STEM facilities, including our new Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing!

This year, $1000 in scholarship money will be awarded at the STEM Showcase. Prospective students are eligible if they attend the showcase and complete a short survey at the event. The award will be applied when the student enrolls in the STEM College at YSU.

Previous projects have included the Baja Car, the Concrete Canoe, and some nanoflowers.

STEM students who want to register their project should visit

From the Dean: April 2013


April is always a very busy time of year for the STEM College, and it seems that 2013 has been busier than ever. Just this past week alone, we’ve had Biology Day, the Women in Science and Engineering Career Day, the Choose Ohio First Research Conference, and the Society of Women Engineers Dinner with Industry. Our STEM Leadership Society students organized a tour to the Great Lakes Brewery up in Cleveland, and our American Society of Civil Engineering students took first place in the regional concrete canoe competition. Our students and faculty certainly are an active bunch.

I want to especially note all of the activities around “Women in STEM Week”, some of which are highlighted elsewhere in this issue of the newsletter. We had Sonia Kovalevsky Day, organized by Alicia Prieto-Langarica, attracting roughly 60 high school girls to YSU to learn about the role of women in mathematics. We had the Edward W. Powers Women in Science and Engineering Career Day, organized by Diana Fagan, attracting nearly 100 middle and high school girls for a day of panel discussion and workshops.

Within the College, we’ve increased the number of women faculty by over 40% in the last several years. Last year we added three tenure-track women faculty. This year, we have another two that we expect to be hiring, and we’re still recruiting more faculty into our ranks. Having women faculty in STEM is the first step in helping our women students to understand that they can succeed and to fulfill their potential for long productive careers. It’s tremendous growth, and it demonstrates the commitment that YSU and the STEM College have made to promoting underrepresented students.

To further illustrate the many activities of our STEM students, we will be hosting the annual STEM Showcase this Sunday from 2-4p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to see what our students have been doing this year. We’ll have the concrete canoe on display, and we’ll also have a large number of the electrical engineering capstone design projects, many of the Choose Ohio First poster presentations, displays from our freshmen students’ work with Hynes Industries, highlights of physics, chemistry, and biology research projects, and much more.

I very much enjoy seeing all of the activities that our faculty and student organize, and I am extremely pleased to know that the STEM College is a vibrant hub of activity. It’s busy, and it keeps me hopping, but its good fun. I’m extremely proud to be able to be the Dean for such a great group of faculty and students. Thanks to all of them, and to all of you for also being a part of the effort.


STEM Showcase is coming!

STEM Showcase will be holding its annual event on Sunday, April 21st, 2013 from 2-4:30 pm. STEM Showcase is a celebration of student accomplishments. Primarily, students will be showing off their design projects to their parents, friends, teachers, and the community. Some students will be showing their research along with their advising faulty. There will be displays of projects and informal presentations.

STEM Showcase started a little over ten years ago for mechanical engineering students and later all engineering students. Now open to all STEM students, the STEM College is looking forward to showing off its students and their accomplishments. Last year there were approximately 30 projects and had a record number in attendance.

The STEM Showcase will be held in Moser Hall or, if weather permits, outside Moser Hall. There will also be 15-20 minute tours of the STEM College laboratories.


STEM Showcase

In Moser Hall, engineering projects such as the concrete canoe, steel bridge, and moon rover, competed for space with posters including one which described research that developed a mathematical modeling of fracking, for example, as approximately  30 student projects were on display at the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Showcase held on Sunday, April 22. The three-hour event provided an opportunity for STEM students to present their projects to peers, faculty, and the community.

In addition, Dr. Nathan Ritchey, chair of the Mathematics department, welcomed roughly 40 outstanding high school seniors into the STEM Leadership Society (SLS). These incoming fall 2012 students, among the best graduates from their high schools, were selected based on their written application and in-person interview. These outstanding student leaders will have the chance to be engaged in community service, research, and internships through their four year program as STEM majors at YSU.

Upcoming member Matt Pelch, senior at Howland High school will be majoring in computer engineering, and said that computer courses and interest in video games lead to his decision to enroll at YSU. Pelch added that he looks forward to be a part of SLS and YSU.

STEM students spent months, or longer on projects, typically in teams. A part of NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race, Mike Uhaus and his team were on hand to show their moonbuggy rover, which was a part of a national competition. The event is held in Huntsville Alabama, and high school and college students may participate. Two riders, one male and one female, face away from each other to pedal this human-powered vehicle. Uhaus noted that “last year the team experienced a suspension failure” so for this year’s competition the team focused primarily on suspension design.

Senior mechanical engineering student Chris Fenstermaker and his team worked with Canfield, Ohio, Linde Hydraulics, on the hydraulic system for wind turbine. The team, found, researched, and purchased a small- scale wind turbine then “designed a hydraulic system to fit the turbine size that we purchased.”

Junior Mechanical Engineering student Ken Minteer worked with art student Chris Kamykowski on a Collaborative Learning (CoLab) project. CoLab is an effort from the College of Fine and Performing Arts and STEM to bring art and engineering together.

Minteer described how Kamykowski wanted to make a barrel of monkeys cast out of bronze. With Kamykowski’s design, Minteer made templates on SolidWorks, a 3D program. “From there” Minteer said “we printed them out on our thermal jet printer.” In Bliss Hall, Kamykowski was able to finish the process by baking the molds and pouring the bronze from the two-coil induction furnace located in the art department.

The 2012 Showcase marked a hike in attendance. STEM students were able to present their hard work to families, media, and the community, who were able to see first-hand the capabilities of STEM College students. Also, high school students from area schools were in attendance to learn more about the YSU STEM program, and opportunities for research and project activities.

STEM Showcase

On April 22, Moser Hall was the location for the annual College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Showcase. The three hour event serves as a way for undergraduate STEM students to present their research projects to the campus community, as well as have high school students see, first hand, the opportunities available at the College and YSU.

The Moser Hall atrium buzzes with activity.

About 30 projects were on display, such as the concrete canoe and moon rover. STEM faculty was also present to guide tours through research laboratories and answer questions.

In addition, Dr. Nathan Ritchey, chair of the Mathematics & Statistics Department, welcomed incoming Fall 2012 YSU students who will be inducted into the STEM Leadership Society (SLS).  Through an application process, SLS accepts exceptional high schools students majoring in any STEM discipline.  The students will be involved in community service, internships, and various research initiatives.

STEM Students and Faculty on TV

Several students along with faculty members, Dr. Jeff Dick and Dr. Daniel Suchora, were interviewed by Greta Mittereder, WFMJ and WYTV, Morning Live Reporter/Video journalist for their recent accomplishments which were on display at the 2012 STEM Showcase, Sunday, April 22, 2012 held in Moser Hall from 2-5 PM.  To watch the videos that aired Wednesday, April 18th, please click on the following links:

Greta on the Go: Part One
Greta on the Go: Part Two