Graduate student research recognized at event this week

Machine learning, Latin jazz and autism are among the topics featured at the annual Diversity of Scholarship event 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in the President’s Suite of Kilcawley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The event, sponsored by the YSU College of Graduate Studies and the Office of Research Services, highlights the diverse scholarly pursuits of YSU graduate students. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP at

The presentations:

  • Humra Ahsan and Prativa Pokhrel/Advisor Dr. Alina Lazar

“A Study of Machine Learning Interpretability for Tabular Data with Mixed Data Types

  • Michael Alexander Barren/Advisor Dr. Ewelina Boczkowska

“The Development of Bossa Nova Styles in Latin Jazz in the 1960s”

  • Kailey Coughlin | Advisor Dr. Ewelina Boczkowska

“An Aesthetic Musical Experience and AI: Music as a Gateway to AI Sentience”

  • Abigail Hollowell | Advisor Dr. Richard VanVoorhis

“Autism Spectrum Disorder in Females: Inter-Professional Diagnostic, Classification, and Practical Considerations”

  • Edward Jackson | Advisors: Dr. Lucas Hardy and Chris Barzak

“Unmasking Harriet Jacobs: A Critical Examination of Female Slave Narrative Literary Techniques”

  • Joseph Spurio | Advisor: Dr. Ewelina Boczkowska

“Feeling the Music: Implications of Empathy-Based Pedagogy in the Urban Music Classroom”