Berkeley College Honors Students from New Jersey Present Theses to Address Issues in Their Fields

 
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MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2016
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BERKELEY COLLEGE HONORS STUDENTS PRESENT THESES 
TO ADDRESS ISSUES IN THEIR FIELDS

 

More than 30 Berkeley College Honors Program students presented solutions to address important issues in their fields at the 2016 Honors Scholars Research Symposium held at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan on Friday, August 26, 2016.  Research topics were varied, ranging from healthcare comparisons among countries to the use of disproportionate force by police against minorities.

Byron K. Hargrove, PhD, Director, Berkeley College Honors Program, greeted the presenters, faculty, staff, family and friends, and introduced the program.

“Not only are you bright, having been on the Dean’s or President’s List to be selected to this learning community, the Berkeley College Honors Program. You also are learning to be student scholars, to share your ideas about current events and their solutions.  This fall you will be among 165 students in the Honors Program.  We are going to push you, challenge you, and celebrate with you,” he said.

“You know more about your subject than anyone here,” said Michael J. Smith, Berkeley College President. “Enjoy yourself; share your knowledge; find your area of interest; and read everything you can.”

Research topics selected by the Honors students included child abuse, dealing with depression in the elderly, and social welfare in the United States. Brain performance based on genes or lifestyle, successful relationships while living with bipolar disorder, and the importance of psychological health to the human body were topics selected in the category of stress, health and mental health. Those related to science and ethics included protecting animals in research, and the negative impacts of genetically modified organisms on human beings, for example.  Other categories included international/global issues, and business, fashion, and design.

“Because of your abilities and your skills, there will be higher expectations,” President Smith also told the students. “The honors cords you wear at graduation represent much.”  He urged them each to help others and to help another student get to the graduation stage. “The power of your effort will be multiplied in ways you cannot know,” he said.

Berkeley College Honors student Kaitlyn Breur of Parsippany, NJ, presented her thesis, “Art Therapy’s Impact on Daily Life.” Ms. Breur explained that even when you fix a physical health problem, you are left with the stress, and art therapy helps to manage the daily stress.

“Elderly Dealing with Depression,” was the topic of the thesis presented by Berkeley College Honors student Genise Rouse of Sayreville, NJ. Ms. Rouse said that older people are at risk for depression and resistant to treatment because they do not want to burden their families. 

Photo Caption: (Top) Berkeley College Honors student Kaitlyn Breur of Parsippany, NJ, presents her thesis, “Art Therapy’s Impact on Daily Life,” at the Berkeley College 2016 Research Symposium held in Midtown Manhattan on August 26, 2016. Ms. Breur explained that even when you fix a physical health problem, you are left with the stress and art therapy helps to manage the daily stress.

(Above): Berkeley College Honors student Genise Rouse of Sayreville, NJ,  presented her thesis, “Elderly Dealing with Depression,” at the Berkeley College 2016 Research Symposium held in Midtown Manhattan on August 26, 2016. Ms. Rouse said that older people are at risk for depression and resistant to treatment because they do not want to burden their families.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.

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