Honors Research Symposium Videos

Sports Specialization

Brianna De Lizzio <>
FACULTY MENTORS: Hailey Anthony, Kaplan Athletic Center & Dr. Marie-Therese C. Sulit, Honors Program
YouTube video, Spring 2020

This research study focuses on sports-related injuries in the young athlete. This study begins by exploring sports-related injuries in high school and college athletes. The prevalence of injuries and the most common injuries have been identified for this population, compared to that of the past. Are injuries more prevalent now? Are injuries different now? Why is this the case? In this study, the topic of sports-specialization will be defined and explained. Sports specialization is more common now than ever before, and athletes are specializing in sports at younger ages. The benefits and detriments of sports specialization are also explored. A Mount athletic trainer, Hailey Anthony, has shared her knowledge on sports specialization, the prevalence of it, and its impact. The short- and long-term effects of sports specialization have also been researched. The injuries, physical development alterations, and impact on length of career as an athlete due to sports specialization have, likewise, been explored. What athletes are more likely to specialize in sports? Does the nature of certain sports require sports specialization? Lastly, why we should care about sports specialization and how can it be prevented? All of these questions will be discussed. 

Art Therapy: How Art Can Help Individuals with Traumatic Experiences

Emily Mazzurco <>
FACULTY MENTORS: Dr. Rae Fallon, Division of Social Sciences and Professor Chris Neyen, Division of Arts and Letters
YouTube video, Spring 2020

Art therapy is something people have heard about but do not have a true understanding of nor know how truly beneficial it can be.  Art therapy is “a hybrid discipline based primarily on the fields of art and psychology, drawing characteristics from each parent to evolve a unique new entity” (Vick, 2012).  Many people can use art therapy. If you have the mindset that drawing out how you feel can ease your anxiety, and help you go through everyday life without feeling anxious, then this type of therapy can be very beneficial. It does not matter how old you are, what your background is or where you are from. Ranging from the ages of 6 to 15, children were primarily my main focus in this project. I also utilized a study looking at inmates who were suicidal and their age range was from 21 to 24 years old. For my honors project, I have been exploring traumatic experiences of individuals and researching unique case studies. I also explore how art therapy plays a part in their coping and recovery in terms of their individual experiences. In sharing those experiences, I created my own art drawings to portray different situations of what these individuals went through in the case studies I read. As you will see, I put my own twist into some of the artwork to make it more personal while still showing what these traumatized individuals had to go through on their path towards healing. 

The Mathematics Behind Music

Alexander Perlak <>
FACULTY MENTOR: Dr. Durward Entrekin, Division of Arts and Letters
YouTube video, Spring 2020

Math, the study of numbers and its patterns, is used almost everywhere, from the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, in the classrooms, and the stock market. But math can also be found in other hidden places. Many people hear that treacherous word and look the other way, but many people also don’t know they are using math in their daily lives everyday. Mathematics can be found when purchasing a coffee, found in nature, and for the concentration of my studies, music. Music can be formed in numerous ways, and often we recollect it coming from the heart or written freely, but what if there was a way music can be mathematically written? Through discussing Fibonacci Sequences and their relation to the Golden Ratio, we can see how music and mathematics are related to each other. These discoveries in addition to other theories can be sought as the foundation of musical generation. In my studies, I also model wavelengths and how different notes relate to each other based on pitch and frequency. Math has the effect to marvel ideas into many things and the music we listen to today could be a direct result of that.

Anatomy in Clay

Professor: Elizabeth Harper

Anatomy in Clay is a kinesthetic system using clay. It was designed by Jon Zahourek, an art professor in the 1980's. The current Kinesiology class is learning to use this system to support their understanding of muscle and bone structure and mechanics.


Anatomy in Clay