June 5, 2012 - READING, PA – Michele Granitz, a Reading Area Community College student, brought home the top prize in the Education category at the annual Beacon Conference held at SUNY Westchester Community College on June 1.
Granitz, a 44-year-old mom who returned to college while also putting her children through school, presented "Non-Traditional Women of a Community College." Both Granitz and her faculty mentor Dr. Bahar Diken received $100 awards.
Along with Granitz, Marcia Stoudt received poster presenter honors in the History category. Her presentation "Always with Honor and Loyalty" was supervised by Dr. John Lawlor.
A third RACC student, Elaine Pleet, was named a finalist but was unable to attend the conference to present. Pleet's project was "Sociological Influences on the Experiences of Human Social Touch" and her faculty mentor was Ms. Danelle Bower.
The annual Beacon Conference encourages students to work with faculty mentors to prepare and submit papers that demonstrate scholarship and originality. Submissions are separated into 20 different subject-area categories.
Criteria for judging during the conference include originality and quality of research, written work, and the oral presentation.