Students in Honors College Present Independent Study Capstone Projects


Students in Honors College Present Independent Study Capstone Projects

Thursday, December 14, 2023
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Five students from Raritan Valley Community College’s Honors College presented their independent Capstone Research Course projects during a December 12 symposium at the College’s Branchburg campus. The students and their projects included:

  • Grace Pfitzner (Branchburg): “The Impact of Fostering a Rescue Dog and the Effect It Has on Long-Term Home Placement Success Rates”
  • Sarah Haas (Port Murray): “American Sports: The Culture Surrounding High School Sporting Events”
  • Rebecca Farmer (Far Hills) and Damian Juth (Bernardsville): “The Linguistic Divide Between First Responders and Spanish-Speaking People in Somerset County”
  • Dylan Abry (Piscataway): “Is Learning From Playing a Videogame as Effective as Reading a Textbook?”

The Capstone Research Course is designed to guide sophomore Honors College students from all disciplines through the stages of researching and writing a major research paper or project, or developing an artistic pursuit. The students are mentored by faculty members and present their work at the end of the semester.

Launched in 2011, RVCC’s Honors College serves highly qualified high school graduates who are entering college for the first time. Honors College students benefit from being in small classes with similarly academically motivated students. Students in the program are taught by a select group of faculty. The Honors College features a cohort-based program with smaller, seminar-style courses that have an interdisciplinary focus and afford students the opportunity to develop a close working relationship with their professors.

For additional information about the Honors College, visit or email RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit



December 14, 2023

Media contact: Donna Stolzer, 908-526-1200, ext. 8383

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