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Westphal STAR Scholars Present Research and Creative Work

First-year Graphic Design student Cora Hochstetler presenting at STAR Scholars Showcase

September 01, 2021

In summer term of 2021, eight undergraduate students from Westphal College of Media Arts & Design participated in Drexel’s STAR (Students Tackling Advanced Research) Scholars Program through the Pennoni Honors College. The STAR Scholars Program enables a cohort of highly motivated early undergraduate students to engage in faculty-mentored research, scholarship, or creative work. This year’s STAR Scholars Summer Showcase featured in-person and virtual presentations from participating students. Virtual presentations from scholars across the University can be viewed here.


An appreciative approach to asset zones in Powelton Village and Mantua

Ben Wohlbowne (Architecture)

Faculty Mentor: D.S. Nicholas (Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism)

Virtual presentation


Accessibility in Footwear

Edward Kim (Product Design)

Faculty Mentor: Raja Schaar (Department of Design)

Virtual presentation


Designing A Digital Cultural heritage Website

Durando Angiulo (User Experience & Interaction Design)

Faculty Mentor: Glen Muschio, Jervis Thompson (Department of Digital Media)

Virtual presentation


The Use of Biomaterials in the Fashion Industry

Aishwarya Bahl (Design & Merchandising)

Faculty Mentor: Chris Baeza (Department of Design)

Virtual presentation


The Women Designers of the Polish Poster Collection

Cora Hochstetler (Graphic Design)

Faculty Mentor: Mark Willie (Department of Design)

Virtual presentation


Beneath The Layers: The Importance of Grids in Historic Polish Posters

David Fetherston (Graphic Design)

Faculty Mentor: Mark Willie (Department of Design)

Virtual presentation


Seeking Solutions to More Eco-Friendly Footwear Through Material Innovation and Upcycling

Samuel Weinstein (Fashion Design)

Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth Quinn (Department of Design)

Virtual presentation


"Lovers": Contemplations on Love in the 21st Century

Ethan Binder (Screenwriting & Playwriting)

Faculty Mentor: Matthew Kaufhold (Department of Cinema & Television)

Virtual presentation