Honors College names Students of the Week

Honors Students of the Week

Five students who recently made scholarly presentations at the National Collegiate Honors Council conference have been named Honors Students of the Week by the Youngstown State University Honors College.

The conference was held virtually throughout October and early November, due to the pandemic, and included a combination of live and on-demand sessions showcasing student research and best practices in Honors education.

Honorees include:

Shilpa Bhandari, a senior majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics, presented "Intrusion Detection in Wireless Network Using Machine Learning," a project that explores which machine learning model performs best to detect intrusions in a wireless network.

David Gessler, a senior majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering, returned to the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference for the third time, this year presenting "Home is where the heart is - growing an honors family through kindness and care" with Lexi Rager and Mollie Hartup. The presentation discusses how honors has been able to build and maintain relationships with current students and alumni through expressions of thoughtfulness and care.

Aubrie Hargenrader McEwen is a senior Biology major and a second-time attendee at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference where she presented "Deafening silence: disparities in deaf education." The presentation examined how systemic shortcomings in education and support are impacting the lives of deaf children and adults.

Lauren Rager, a junior Anthropology major, presented “The Importance of Innate Behaviors and Enrichment Activities in Animal Rehabilitation,” which was based on her research conducted while interning at an animal rehabilitation center in Langley, B.C. She observed, studied and created different methods of enrichment to better prepare raccoon kits for release into the wild.

Rojen Shahi, a senior Computer Science major, returned to the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference for the second time, this year presenting "Deep Learning for Detecting Anomaly in IoT Network." His work explores ways to protect privacy from intrusion through the IoT (Internet of Things) devices.

Student conference presentations can be viewed here. Current and past Honors Student of the Week honorees are showcased here. To nominate a student, email their name and accomplishment to honorsstudents@ysu.edu.