Announcing the winners of the Poster Palooza Poster Contest for Scholars Day 2023.

The Scholars Day committee, poster session volunteers, and contest judges were blown away by the diversity and quality of the presentations this year. The winners were selected from among the nearly 100 posters presented during the poster session.

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to everyone who participated.

We hope to see you again next year!

Judges Choice

The Judges Choice award is determined by a panel of SUNY Brockport faculty and staff and is given to the poster presentation which best demonstrates original research, effective poster design, and compelling presentation.

Karen Blank next to her A Public Health Explosion posterboard

Winner: Karen Blank

Faculty Advisor: Darson Rhodes, Ph.D.

Poster Title: A Public Health Explosion: The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) & The YMCA of Greater Rochester (YROC) Partnership

Abstract: My internship experience at the University of Rochester’s Faculty Group Executive Office includes using a close lens and operational experience to evaluate the programs in this unique partnership between the URMC and YROC. Using the critical lens I have as a Y-retiree with a 22-year career at the YROC, I am able to utilize strong relationships and ask valuable questions for the URMC to use as they move forward in this impactful partnership. It is almost like a Public Health explosion when one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers and a local leading non-profit association converge. In addition to addressing the eight areas of responsibility that are essential for all of us as health education specialists, this partnership is able to use the large reach of both dynamic organizations to address the social determinants of health that are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. They include factors like socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to health care.

Student Choice

The Student Choice award is given to the best poster presentation as voted on by SUNY Brockport students. This year we have a three-way tie!

Samuel Grey, Leah Bisgrove, and Sarah Levine next to their The Effects of Antioxidants in Beet R...

Winner: Leah Bisgrove, Samuel Grey, Sarah Levine

Faculty Advisors: Justin Faller, Ph.D. & Craig Mattern, Ph.D.

Poster Title: The Effects of Antioxidants in Beet Root Juice Upon Muscle Oxygenation and Running Performance

Abstract: Introduction: Beetroot juice (BRJ) has been shown to enhance exercise performance due to its high nitrate content, but the role of other compounds in BRJ, like betalains, remains unclear. Betalains are bioactive pigment compounds commonly found in the skin of beets and in BRJ and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine if a betalain-rich concentrate plays a significant role in improving muscle oxygenation, running economy, maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max), rating of perceived exertion, heart rate and blood lactate. Methods: Seventeen collegiate male athletes (19 ± 1.75 years, 70.6 ± 8.1 kg, 176.8 ± 6.16 cm, and 12.8 ± .03 % body fat) participated in a randomized, double-blinded, crossover study. On two separate visits participants received either the supplement (100 mg of freeze-dried BRJ containing 25% betalains) or the placebo (100 mg of dextrose) after a 10-hour fast and a standardized breakfast. They then completed two running economy tests, and a VO2max assessment. Muscle oxygenation, rating of perceived exertion, heart rate, and blood lactic acid levels were also measured during the economy and VO2max assessments. Results/Conclusion: We concluded data collection at the end of February and are currently analyzing data through paired T-tests.


Veronica Dailey with a faculty next to her LGBTQ Inclusion in the Classroom: Grade 3-6 posterbo...

Winner: Veronica Dailey

Faculty Advisor: Natalie Svrcek, Ph.D.

Poster Title: LGBTQ Inclusion in the Classroom Grades 3-6

Abstract: For my thesis project, I researched how to include LGBTQ students and families within the elementary classroom. From my research I concluded that their are two ways to most effectively do this. The first way is to read straight books through a “queer lens” with the students. The second way was to individualize/contextualize LGBTQ books themselves in the classroom. For both of these strategies, I created 5 unique lesson plans for a total of 10 lesson plans. These 10 lesson plans were put together to create a unit plan on LGBTQ inclusion in the classroom. Additionally, as part of my thesis project I created a brochure as well as a list of books/websites that teachers can use in the classroom for LGBTQ inclusion.


Alyssa Gadoury's A Water Analysis posterboard

Winner: Alyssa Gadoury

Faculty Advisors: Andrew Baranauskas, Ph.D. & Michael Chislock, Ph.D.

Poster Title: “A Water Analysis: The Green Victims of Rochester New York”

Abstract: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established to set standards, monitor, research and enforce environmental protection to protect human health and the natural environment. Water pollution and its effect on all living life, didn’t take center stage until Earth experienced substantial amounts of harm physically, socially and economically which called for a desperate need for attention against green collar crime. The Water Pollution Control Act of 1972 legislation suggested ideas for water quality that have become the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Although numerous strides have been made to tackle discrimination and inequality, the criminal justice system reveals that the social and economic gaps in society continue to widen. It becomes evident that as inequalities continue to surface, so do crime rates. Water quality equality becomes important to address as water becomes a diminishing essential resource for survival. The project tackles social justice and aims to assess surface water quality in Rochester, New York in areas of low crime and high crime to analyze if there is a correlation between high crime rate areas and lower quality of water.

(Data collection and analyzation is still in process, no results have been concluded thus far).