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GALLOWAY - Can Reiki increase plant growth and result in more fruit production?

This was just one of many questions addressed during the 16th annual Day of Scholarship at Stockton University’s main campus here on Friday.

Students, faculty and area residents attended presentations throughout the day to hear experts share their studies and discoveries.

Michael Peoples of Toms River, a Stockton University graduate student studying physical therapy, presented his study on the effects of Reiki (a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing) on plant growth and fruit production. It is the first known study to explore Reiki in this different use.

“I’ve always been interested in holistic health,” said Peoples. “The effects of Reiki on pets, children and adults have been studied, but never on plants. Since Reiki is a healing modality that deals with the energy of all living things and plants are a living thing, would plants also respond to this technique.”

He grew tomato plants for a 12-week period, and the plants that underwent Reiki treatments grew taller at a more rapid pace, and they had more fruit.

“I put so much into this project, and it was really fun to stand up and share what I discovered,” said Peoples.

The Day of Scholarship showcased about 50 research projects from each of Stockton University’s seven academic schools. Some topics were discussed by experts, while others were presented on posters. Some of the poster presentations included “Gender in Advertising,” “Exercise with Chronic Low Back Pain” and “X-rays of Your Speech.”

Oral presentations explored topics such as the digital future, the changing role of librarians, Women and the Holocaust, global learning, business skills, and much more.

Meg White, assistant professor of Education, presented a keynote address entitled, “A Tail of Two Grants: Developing a Multi-Stage Project,” about the grant writing process.

“Today really does reflect and represent the best of what we do at Stockton and that is teaching and learning,” said Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman. “What helps drive that is scholarly activity and creative work. That generates a sense of enthusiasm that permeates the institution.”

“Students who are engaged with faculty members in the area of research, not only are graduating at higher levels, they also have better lives upon exiting,” he added. “They are happier in life because they have a stable kind of fundamental foundation that you can’t get unless you are deeply engaged in something where you demonstrate your love and your passion.”

The event was attended by Stockton University students, faculty and members of the community. Many students attended the Day of Scholarship to meet class requirements because their professors requested a short paper that focused on a couple sessions and the poster presentations.

“I’m here because I have to do an assignment about it, but I really like it,” said Kellie Holsten, a freshman at Stockton University. “It’s really interesting and the topics are pretty cool.”

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