This year's Petersheim Academic Exposition 2014: Share, Honor, Unite
brought together thousands of members of the University community for
the weeklong event, from April 22 through April 26. The Expo celebrated
the scholastic accomplishments and academic interests of students, and
featured more than 250 graduate and undergraduate student poster
presentations, as well as workshops and events. Committee co-chairs were
Anthony Troha and Jose Lopez.
The opening ceremony at the Bishop Dougherty University Center
attracted 178 people. President Gabriel Esteban and this year's keynote
speaker Michael Zavada, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and a
noted scholar and biological scientist, delivered inspiring messages on
the importance of collaborative exploration and interdisciplinary
"The University community that we want to nurture and create is one
of collaboration not competition, mutual and genuine respect for what
people are and the unique perspectives and talents they have to bring to
that community,” said Dean Zavada, “It is with that foundation that we
can then participate and be significant contributors in the global
In addition, students from North Star Academy Charter School of
Newark presented the work that they have been able to pursue this
academic year with university support and mentoring.
"I knew I had an interest in biology, but this experience affirmed
it," said Janerisa Hernandez, who under Assistant Professor Tin-Chun Chu
researched bacteria and antibiotics. "I feel fulfilled now that I know I
want to do something in this field."
The Expo, honoring the innovative spirit of its founder, Matthew
Petersheim, associate professor of chemistry who passed away in 1998,
aligns with Seton Hall University's mission by providing opportunities
for individuals to grow, learn, and develop as leaders.
Michael Mann, head of school at North Star Academy, said the
partnership with the university makes college seem real for his
"Students from our school are all college bound, but before leaving,
they don’t have a connection to that reality," explained Mann. "The
close relationship with Seton Hall makes the college experience more
tangible and more likely that they will persist in college."
Mann has seen an increased interest in the study of science among his current graduating seniors.
In fact, Timothy Williams, who participated in the program, is headed
to Temple University to pursue engineering and computer science.
"At first I thought, 'Oh boy, another project,'" Williams admitted. "But as time progressed, I saw the value and connection between this
project and life in college. I learned to network, use resources, and
ask for support when needed."
Williams worked with Professor Sulie Chang and colleagues to
research how alcohol effects cell growth and cell development,
especially with HIV.
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