USJ Undergraduate Students Selected to Present at the 2021 Northeast Regional Honors Conference (NRHC)

According to their website, The Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) is an organization of students, faculty, and administrators dedicated to the encouragement and support of undergraduate honors learning. The NRHC provides its members with opportunities for the exchange of information, ideas, and assistance through its annual Conference, its newsletter, and its scholarships. The NRHC encompasses Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Quebec, Ontario, and the Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Currently, almost 200 different colleges and universities are members. NRHC is a regional affiliate of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC).  

At the 2021 Conference, four USJ students shared their selected project presentation at the Conference and let us know what they learned from this experience. 

Rochelle ClarkePerceptions of Attractiveness. “I am a Psychology Major, who in the future would like to work with children and teenagers who experience negative body images. I want people to know that being different is a great thing. I applied this to my independent study as I discussed women of light and dark skin tones. This study opened my eyes to see that times have changed, that beauty standards have changed, and want everyone to know. Everyone should be able to be comfortable in their own skin as many believe it is beautiful. Without this study, I do not know if I would have learned that at this time. I am glad that I presented at the NRHC, it was a great experience and helped with my public speaking skills.” 

Ariana GazaferiSynthesis and Testing of Sulfonamides as Bacteriostatic Compounds. “I am a chemistry major, and I love what I do and learn in all my chemistry classes, so being able to apply it in a real-life research experience was amazing. I’ve learned that you have to enjoy any experience you decide to pursue, whether it be research, a job, an internship, etc. in order to really get the full effect of it. Once you find something that you’re passionate about, the sky is the limit. Through doing this research, I truly found my passion in being in a lab and doing all kinds of experiments, which I definitely will be pursuing after graduation.” 

Brad LandryA Failed Operation: United States Healthcare’s Inadequacies and How to Improve the System. “My independent study allowed me to take a deep dive into United States healthcare policy. Throughout the semester-long process of researching and conducting budget models, I not only learned about why healthcare costs are so high and why our country’s system is inefficient but also just how difficult it is to live near the poverty line and the sacrifices that come with it. This endeavor was challenged me in many ways, and I am so glad I had the opportunity to present my project at NRHC.” 

Caitlyn Mayhew, It’s Not My Kid: Exploring the Bridge Between Family Environments and Adolescent Bullying and By-Standing Behaviors. “I learned a lot about myself. This research was challenging to conduct, but I loved every minute of it, and I was able to see how much I enjoy doing research. This project made me challenge myself and become more open to sharing my ideas no matter how big or small the platform was, and it made me realize that my ideas deserve to be heard. The project opened my eyes to the field of research and to a renewed sense of confidence within myself! I am so grateful I was afforded the opportunity to conduct this research and present it at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference!”  

According to Benjamin Peters, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Studies, Director, Honors Program, “Traveling to the NRHC is a highlight of the academic year. Unfortunately, this year’s conference had to be online, but, as always, our USJ Honors students presented excellent research papers and participated in some really great panel discussions with other Honors students from across the Northeast. Looking forward to next year’s conference in Philadelphia!”  

For more information about the Honors Program at USJ, visit the program’s webpage