Virtual Senior Research Symposium 2021

Welcome to the Virtual Senior Research Symposium, showcasing the innovative Independent Study (I.S.) senior thesis projects of students at The College of Wooster. We invite you to visit as many project pages as possible to explore student work and leave a comment or question on their page. Students will be answering questions about their projects live on real-time text chat in two hour blocks from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you encounter any technical difficulties or notice any inappropriate comments, please reach out to

Searchable Directory of Projects

If you are a Wooster student, faculty or staff member, we also invite you to visit the live Senior Independent Study Group Exhibit in The College of Wooster Art Museum.


The Effect of Varying Paneling Characteristics on Soccer Ball Flight

Name: Daniel Halbing Major: Physics, Philosophy Advisors: Dr. Susan Lehman, Dr. Niklas Manz The predictability of flight of the Adidas Conext15, Adidas Jabulani, Adidas […]

Ariel Xie

Exoplanet Sunsets

Name: Ariel Xie Majors: Physics, Mathematics Minor: Computer Science Advisors: Dr. Lindner, Dr. Kelvey How does sunset look like on exoplanets? For some eccentric […]

Dragon Nest: Immersive Experience Design

Name: Mika Yonaha Self-designed Major: Digital Design of Entertainment Environments Advisors: Dr. Bridget Murphy Milligan, Dr. Nathan Sommer I have designed an interior space […]

Black Outside: A Film Exploring Black People’s Relationships With Outdoor Spaces

Name: Zoie Bills Majors: Communication Studies, Psychology Advisors: Dr. Denise Bostdorff, Dr. Melissa Weller Most Socially & Emotionally Connected Award Spending time in nature […]

Dante King

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Vergil and Ovid’s Clashing Portrayals of Individual and Group Identity

Name: Dante King Major: Classical Languages Advisors: Dr. Josephine Shaya, Dr. Monica Florence (second reader) This independent study examines Vergil’s Aeneid and Ovid’s Heroides and […]

Free-Fall Spinning-Planet Tunnel Transportation Network

Name: Yuchen Gan Major: Physics Advisors: Dr. John Lindner, Dr. Niklas Manz Transportation is a very general and important thing. We have airplanes and […]

Sienna Carr portrait

Investigation of the Metabolic Role of Triose Phosphate Isomerase (TPI) in the Physiological Function of Myxococcus xanthus

Name: Sienna Carr Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Minor: Environmental Studies Advisors: Dr. Dean Fraga, Dr. Erszébet Regan (second reader) Myxococcus xanthusis a well […]

Hayden Lane-Davies

Catastrophic Imaginings: Human-Driven Catastrophe, the Anthropocene, The Skin of Our Teeth, and Lungs

Name: Hayden Lane-Davies Major: Theatre and Dance, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Advisors: Dr. Jimmy Noriega, Dr. Natasha Bissonauth (Second Reader) This Independent Study […]

Andreas Xenofontos

Match-Fixing in Cyprus: Examining the Impact on Fans’ Soccer Attendance

Name: Andreas Xenofontos Major: Economics Minor: Theatre and Dance Advisor: Dr. Brooke Krause Soccer is by far the most famous sport in Cyprus. Fans […]

Internet Accessibility and Usage in Relation to Political Participation and Knowledge

Name: Nia Johnson Major: Political Science Advisor: Dr. Avi Muñoz This Independent Study investigates the effect of internet access and usage on political participation […]

James Shanahan

The Apprentice and One Binary to Rule Them All: Gender in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Name: James Shanahan Major: English Minor: Film Advisor: Dr. Bryan Alkemeyer For my Independent Study I wrote the first draft of a novel I […]

Maxwell Engel

Keep it Simple Stupid: An Examination of American Conservative Populism in the Complex Neoliberal World Order

Name: Maxwell Engel Major: Political Science (International Relations) Minor: History Advisor: Dr. Jeff Lantis This study is an examination of conservative populism in the […]

Ashley Boersma

Working Memory Differences in Bilinguals’ First and Second Languages

Name: Ashley Boersma Major: Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience Minor: Spanish Advisors: Dr. Ashley Abraham and Dr. Evan Wilhelms I became interested in bilingualism after attending […]

Virginia Roberts

Resource-driven control of cavity-nesting wasp densities

Name: Virginia E. Roberts Major: Biology Minor: Environmental Studies Advisors: Dr. Carlo Moreno, Dr. Jennifer Ison (second reader) Cavity nesting wasps are contributors to […]

Kath Scott

Eat Your Heart Out: Cannibalism, Incorporation, and Transgression in Contemporary and Traditional Fairy Tales

Name: Kath Scott Major: English Advisor: Susanna Sacks When cannibalism is presented in media, it is often mistaken for gratuitous violence, but cannibalism was […]

Lilly Woerner

Seeing Red: Investigation of the color’s use in early baroque art and stability based upon pigment preparation

Name: Lilly Woerner Majors: Chemistry and Art History Advisors: Dr. Sarah Sobeck and Dr. Tracy Cosgriff When the cochineal insect was first introduced to […]

“Thanks for the Memories, Even Though They Weren’t So Great”: The Relationship Between Chronic Stress and Working Memory in College Students

Name: Carina Arnosti Major: Psychology Minor: Anthropology Advisor: Dr. Nathan Foster Second Reader: Dr. Grit Herzmann This study examined the association between chronic stress […]

Beau Greenwood

Brand Identity and Brand Alignment in Corporate Political Advertising: A rhetorical analysis of Penzey’s Spices Facebook Ads Opposing Donald Trump

Name: Beau Greenwood Major: Communication Studies Minor: History Advisors: Denise Bostdorff, Ph.D., and Michelle Johnson, Ph.D. The purpose of this study is to determine […]

The Art of Reconciliation: The Influence of the Black Community on the Detroit Institute of Arts

Name: Jillian Madeleine Kouayara Major: Art History Advisor: Dr. Kara Morrow and Dr. John Siewart (second reader) Museums were created with a Eurocentric narrative […]

Nicole Powell

The Application of Machine Learning in Analyzing Organic Compounds from NMR Spectral Data

Name: Nicole Powell Major: Computer Science Minor: Math and Chemistry Advisors: Dr. Sofia Visa and Dr. Heather Guarnera Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is used […]

Miyauna Incarnato

How floral resource composition and sampling method help us to assess bee community diversity in a peri-urban landscape

Name: Miyauna Incarnato Major: Environmental Studies – Conservation Minor: Chinese Advisor: Jennifer Ison Peri-urban landscapes, which are landscapes transitioning from rural to urban or […]

Olivia Proe

What Are Perfect Places, Anyway? Exploring the New Zealand Government’s Approach to Youth Suicide Prevention

Name: Olivia Proe Major: Sociology Advisors: Dr. Heather Fitz Gibbon and Dr. Tom Tierney This study utilizes New Zealand as a case study in […]


Name: Zoe Covey Major: English Advisors: Dr. Christopher Kang and Dr. Thomas Prendergast Sunscreen is a 68-page long novella following different members of a […]

AMERICAN DRAGON: A Story of an Asian American Woman Finding Her Way Home

Name: Hannah Jun Langer Major: English, Studio Art Minor: History Advisors: Thomas Prendergast and Cassidy Ely AMERICAN DRAGON: A Story of an Asian American […]

Michael Alber

Autumn Flowering Wingstem’s Seed Set, Floral Display Size and Flowering Time as an Indicator of Climate Change

Name: Michael David Alber Major: Biology Advisors: Dr. Jennifer Ison and Dr. Stephenie Strand Climate change has led to shifts in the phenology of […]

Exploring the Impact of the Microbiome on Sleep Homeostasis in Drosophila melanogaster

Name: Joshua Gluck Major: Biology Advisors: Dr. Stephanie Strand, Dr. Sharon Lynn (second reader) The study of the Brain-Gut-Microbiome axis is an exciting avenue […]

There’s Something in the Water: An Analysis of of the Chemical Composition of the Sagamore, Killbuck Creek, and Upper Floridan Aquifer

Name: S. R. Troen Major: Environmental Geoscience Advisor: Dr. Shelley Judge Aquifers are commonly used as sources of fresh water but are very susceptible […]

Immersive Fantasy: An Exploration of Cultural Diversity in Fantasy Novels

Name: Sarah Rapacz Major: English Minor: Art Advisors: Dr. Claire Eager, Dr. Jennifer Hayward Immerse is a medieval fantasy novel exploring the relationships between […]

Amelia Kemp

“We Need Your Help”: The Rhetorical Construction of the Citizen Detective in True Crime Podcast Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad

Name: Amelia Kemp Majors: Communication Studies and Sociology Advisor: Dr. Rohini Singh and Dr. Tom Tierney (second reader) What is the role of citizens […]

Michelle Sayre

Swipe White: Attitudes and Perceptions of Interracial Relationships

Name: Michelle Sayre Major: Psychology Minor: Music Advisors: Dr. Amber Garcia, Dr. Ashley Abraham Interracial couples are frequently the target of stereotypes, prejudice, and […]

Sam Casey

LGBTQ and Leviticus: How Religious Appeals Affect the Electability of Queer Political Candidates

Name: Sam Casey Major: Political Science: U.S. National Politics Advisors: Dr. Álvaro Corral, Dr. Désirée Weber My Independent Study tests the effect of religious […]

Annabelle Vosmeier

“The Bliss Of Solitude”: In Search of Fulfilled Single Characters in Seventeenth through Twentieth Century Anglophone and Francophone Literature

Name: Annabelle Vosmeier Majors: English, French and Francophone Studies Advisors: Dr. Claire Eager, Dr. Laura Burch This study analyzes the representations of single women […]

Lauryn Hill

Male fitness of perennial plant Echinacea angustifolia is not significantly influenced through visitation by specific bee taxa

Name: Lauryn Hill Major: Biology Advisor: Jennifer Ison Habitat fragmentation is the disruption of continuous blocks of land that reduce the size and increases […]

Natalia Moonier

Narrative and Image as Memory: An Alternate History of the Alton Piasa Mural Using Indigenous Contexts

Name: Natalia V. Moonier Major: Archaeology Advisor: Olivia C. Navarro-Farr and Siavash Samei (second reader) The present study examines the history and Indigenous context […]

Jena Copley

Pocket Prairies Support Bee Diversity in Cleveland, Ohio

Name: Jena Copley Major: Biology Minor: Environmental Studies Advisors: Dr. Jennifer Ison and Dr. Kayla Perry, Dr. Rick Lehtinen (second reader) Urbanization reduces the […]

Jenelle Booker

Self-Assembled Monolayers (SAM) as a Model for Photooxidation of Plastic Waste Using ATR-FTIR and Kinetic Modelling

Name: Jenelle C. Booker Major: Chemistry Minor: Environmental Studies and German Advisors: Karl J. Feierabend and Paul L. Edmiston As of 2017, 8.3 billion […]

Ella Lang

Fabric and Flesh: A Tactile Exploration of Personhood and Becoming

Name: Ella Lang Major: Anthropology Minor: Environmental Studies Advisors: Christa Craven and David McConnell (second reader) Last year, I became fascinated by the relationships […]

Lily Michal Walters

Whitewashed: A Look into the Evolution of Race Conversations in American Classrooms

Name: Lily Michal Walters Majors: History, Education Advisor: Dr. Jordan Biro-Walters Following the events of this past summer, I felt an urge to analyze […]

Breanna Harrell

“BOYS CAN’T BE PRINCESSES”: An Understanding of Speech-Language Pathologists’ Perceptions of Gender Bias, LGBTQ+ Bias, and LGBTQ+ Related Issues When Working with Young Children

Name: Breanna L. Harrell Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders Minor: Education Advisors: Donald M. Goldberg, Ph.D., and Ahmet Atay With the growing understanding and […]

Gabija Liffick

“Kamala Harris, For the People”: A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis of Kamala Harris’s 2020 Democratic National Convention Speech

Name: Gabija Liffick Major: Communication Studies Minor: Psychology Advisors: Dr. Denise Bostdorff, Dr. Rohini Singh (second reader) The purpose of this study was to […]

Stachal Harris

BLACK ENUF: An Exploration of the Strategic Use of Racial Appeals by Black Politicians to Garner Black Voter Support

Name: Stachal Harris Major: Political Science Minor: Africana Studies Advisor: Álvaro Corral This independent study research project explores how some forms of race-based appeals […]

Anabel Faigin

Collaboration in Silence: An Investigation of the Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in Treatment for Children with Selective Mutism

Name: Anabel Helena Faigin Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders Minor: Education Advisors: Donald M. Goldberg, Ph.D.,  Joan E. Furey, Ph.D., and Cara Hammond (second […]

Avalanches on a Conical Bead Pile

Name: Henry Whyte Major: Physics Minor: Mathematics Advisors: Dr. Susan Lehman, Dr. Niklas Manz Avalanches are one of the most destructive forces in nature, […]

Jessica Kamen

A Review of the Treatments of Anxiety Disorders Within the Adolescent Population

Name: Jessica Kamen Major: Neuroscience Advisor: Dr. Sharon Lynn Mental disorders can affect anyone from children to adolescents. The Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental […]

Ciara Hudson

Pay to Play Politics: An Examination of Big Money’s Influence in the United States Senate

Name: Ciara Hudson Major: Political Science Minor: South Asian Studies Advisors: Dr. Avram Muñoz and Dr. Alvaro Corral With ever increasing amounts of outside […]

Margaret Brown

“Right Away M’lady”: An Examination of Social Class and Gender within Women’s Relationships In “Downton Abbey”

Name: Margaret Brown Major: Communication Studies Minor: Environmental Studies Advisors: Dr. Melissa Rizzo-Weller, Dr. Natasha Bissonauth In this study, I analyzed the British historical […]

Devin Henson

Reconsidering the Late Woodland: A Critical Reassessment of Perception and Periodization in the Ohio Valley, 400-1000 CE

Name: Devin A. Henson Major: Archaeology Minor: Earth Sciences Advisors: Olivia C. Navarro-Farr, Siavash Samei (second reader) The Late Woodland period in eastern North […]

Impact of School Vouchers on Guardian Investment in Education

Name: Madeleine Keller Majors: Economics, Education Advisors: Dr. Brooke Krause, Dr. Gretchen Tefs Inequitable access to good quality education is an ongoing issue in […]

Lauren Brown

Conversations on the Christian to Buddhist Conversion Experience

Name: Lauren Brown Major: Religious Studies Advisor: Dr. Chan Sok Park This I.S. uses personal accounts to discuss the experience of the conversion process […]

Sydney Barger

“It Can Happen Here”: the Rise & Fall of the German American Bund & the 1930s American Nazi Movement and its Interpretations in Modern Media

Name: Sydney Barger Major: German Studies Advisors: Dr. Beth Muellner, Dr. Lisa Wong, Dr. Katy Holihan (second reader) I discovered the German American Bund, […]

Marcel El Kouri

Double, Double Toil and Trouble: Using Fruit Flies to Understand Intellectual Disability

Name: Marcel El Kouri Major: Neurobiology Advisors: Dr. Seth Kelly, Dr. Laura Sirot, Dr. Erzsébet Regan (second reader) Intellectual disability (ID) impacts millions of […]

Kiera Wright

There’s No Place Like Cohousing: A Study of the Location of Cohousing in the United States

Name: Keira Wright Major: Urban Studies Advisors: Dr. Heather Fitz Gibbon, Dr. Hamed Goharipour This study examines where cohousing develops in the United States […]

Miura Wiley

Investigating the Role of cAMP in the Sleep Phenotype of the Drosophila Fragile X Syndrome Model

Name: Miura Wiley Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Minor: Spanish Advisors: Dr. Seth Kelly, Dr. Rebecca Williams, Dr. James West (second reader) Fragile X […]

Emma Busch

It’s Friezing Out There: Take My Sweater! Examining How Math Can be Enhanced by Knitting in the Case of Frieze Patterns

Name: Emma Busch Major: Mathematics Minor: Spanish Advisor: Dr. Pamela Pierce The purpose of this IS was to look at the relationship between math […]

Julia Ajello

No Evidence of Sexual Selection in Brassica rapa, a Hermaphroditic Plant

Name: Julia Ajello Major: Biology Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Ison The presence of sexual selection has been identified in animals since Darwin first wrote On […]

Marielle Mason

Perceptions Toward Persons with ADHD: Exploring the Relationship Between Intergroup Contact, Honesty-Humility, Accommodations and Attitudes

Name: Marielle Mason Major: Psychology Advisor: Dr. Amber Garcia (advisor), Dr. Grit Herzmann (second reader) This study investigated college students’ attitudes towards people with […]

Leslie Chinery

“Sisters are Doin’ It for Themselves”: Creating a Financial Literacy Workshop for College-Aged Women on the Relationship Among Spending, Saving, and Investing

Name: Lesley Chinery Major: Communication Studies Minor: Africana Studies Advisor: Dr. Denise Bostdorff For my independent study, I created an hour-long virtual financial literacy […]

Alien Sunsets on Tumbling Asteroids

Name: Yang “Fish” Yu Major: Physics Minor: Mathematics Advisors: Dr. John F. Lindner, Dr. Cody Leary We simulated Sol’s apparent motion as observed from […]

Anna Schroeder

Multi-Step Synthesis of Small Molecules as Potential Inhibitors for MurG

Name: Anna Schroeder Major: Chemistry Minor: French and Francophone Studies Advisor: Dr. Sara Martin The threat of antibiotic resistance demands a response in the […]

Investigating the “logic puzzle” of traditional Chinese medicine: deciphering the cooperative protective effect of natural remedies against oxidative damage

Name: Kejun “Coco” Liu Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Advisor: Dr. Sara Martin, Dr. James West (second reader) Humans are under constant threat from […]

Bradlee Elizabeth Hartmann

Rednecks, Hillbillies, and White Trash in the Living Room: A Rhetorical Analysis of Reality Television’s Construction of Appalachian Regional Identity

Name: Bradlee Elizabeth Hartman Major: Communication Studies Minor: English Advisors: Dr. Rohini S. Singh Reality television is one of America’s guiltiest pleasures because it […]

Kamron Knowlton portrait

The Synthesis of Bio-Based Degradable Super Absorbent Polymers Through Employment of Multimetallic Catalysts

Student Name: Kamron Knowlton Major: Chemistry Advisor: Lilliana S. Morris Polymers are an ever growing part of our daily lives through their brief product […]

Paige Clay

SNAPPED: Examining how Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation and Food Access Impact Health Outcomes Among Low- income/Low-access (LILA) Populations in Georgia

Student Name: Paige Clay Majors: Political Science, Africana Studies Advisor: Avi Munoz, Fiacre Bienvenu The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the leading food […]

Brittany Leyda

The Bees’ Needs: Dietary Additives as a Method to Reduce Pesticide Toxicity in Honey Bees

Student Name: Brittany Leyda Major: Biology Minor: Spanish Advisors: Dr. Laura Sirot, Dr. Reed Johnson, Dr. Stephen Ferguson Dr. Melissa M. Schultz Sustainability and […]

Investigation of Fire Propagation using Discrete Tree Simulations

Student Name: Handeul Son Major: Physics Minor: Mathematics Advisor: Niklas Manz & Cody Leary Click here to view Handeul’s presentation. (NOTE: A Wooster login […]

Bright Moon in Mountain Wind

Student Name: Yuqi (Amanda) Han Majors: Chinese Studies, Biology Advisor: Ziying You & Mark Graham Best Creative Exploration Award The danmei, called tanbi in […]

A Case of Heartburn: Replicating the Heart’s Electrical Signals with Fire

Student Name: Craig Klumpp Major: Physics Advisor: Niklas Manz, Susan Lehman Typically, when someone mentions fire, a person’s first thought is that of a […]

Megan Fisher

Creating an Event Horizon Analogue using the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction

Student Name: Megan Fisher Major: Physics Minor: Mathematics Advisor: Dr. Niklas Manz, Dr. John Lindner (second reader) The purpose of this thesis was to […]

Identity Effects of Female Rap Artists

Student Name: Kobe Matesic Major: Communication Studies Advisors: Melissa Rizzo Weller, Michelle Johnson This study aimed to understand the relationship and influence between certain […]

Rachel Backstrom

Antidepressant Effects of Sleep Deprivation Chronotherapy in Male and Female Sprague-Dawley Rats

Student Name: Rachel Backstrom Major: Neuroscience Minor: Biology Advisor: Dr. Amy Jo Stavnezer Major depressive disorder (MDD) affects a wide range of people and, […]

Hannah Lane-Davies

Birth Work, Reproductive Justice, and Communities of Care

Student Name: Hannah Lane-Davies Majors: Anthropology, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Advisor: Dr. Christa Craven; Second reader: Dr. Tom Tierney Caring for pregnant and […]

Camryn Rosenstein

Breaking News: Sustainable Fashion is In & Fast Fashion is Out; Constructions of Sustainable Consumption in Fast Fashion Advertising

Student Name: Camryn Rosenstein Major: Communication Studies Advisors: Dr. Nii Nikoi & Dr. Ahmet Atay Dr. Melissa M. Schultz Sustainability and the Environment Award […]

Matt Olszewski

The Effects of Masculinity and Attachment Style on Perceptions of School Shooters and the Prevention of School Shootings

Student Name: Matt Olszewski Major: Psychology Minor: Spanish Advisor: Dr. Mike Casey; Second reader: Dr. Ashley Abraham Attachment research has largely focused on the […]

Sarah Duran

"Love is a Bulletproof Vest": Protest as an Exploration of Women’s Right to the City

Student Name: Sarah Duran Major: Sociology Advisor: Heather Fitz Gibbon Utilizing interviews, participant observation, and documentary photography, this study investigates how women claim their […]

Will McCullough

The Great Outdoors, Indoors: An Evaluation of Green Spaces and Housing Prices in Pittsburgh, PA

Student Name: Will McCullough Major: Economics Minor: Psychology Advisor: Dr. Moses Luri Green spaces, or public parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields, are a community […]

Paradoxical Descriptions of Divine Beings

Student Name: Tiago Garcia Ferrer Majors: English, Religious Studies Advisors: Bhakti Mamtora & Bryan Alkemeyer Most Joyful Award Within almost every mythology on earth […]

Isabella Ilievski

Social Dependent, Independent Learners and Their Online Learning

Student Name: Isabella Ilievski Majors: Psychology, Education Advisor: Dr. Michelle Colvin The recent increase of online learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred […]

Chloe Burdette

The “Shut Up and Dribble” Conundrum: A Qualitative Cyber Ethnographic Analysis of LeBron James’ and Stephen Curry’s Social Media Activism on The Black Lives Matter Movement and Low-Income Education

Student Name: Chloe Burdette Major: Communication Studies Minor: Global Media and Digital Studies Advisor: Dr. Rob Razzante, Second Reader: Dr. Ahmet Atay The purpose […]

Parents, Is It Your Fault? Effects of Familial Variables and Emotional Intelligence on Disordered Eating Habits and Attitudes

Student Name: Joelle Lau Major: Psychology Minor: Earth Sciences Advisor: Susan Clayton Literature on eating disorders acknowledges the importance family influences have on its […]

Abby Cunningham

The Influence of Gender Stereotypes on Perceptions of Gender Non-Binary Individuals

Name: Abby Cunningham Major: Psychology Advisor: Dr. Amber Garcia Previous research indicates that gender stereotypes can impact people’s perceptions of mental health. However, there […]

Priscilla Ramos Rico

New Space, No Place: Navigating Experiences in a Predominately White Higher Education Institution as Latinx Students

Name: Priscilla Ramos Rico Major: Sociology Minor: Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Advisors: Dr. Michael Miyawaki, Dr. Heather Fitz Gibbons (second reader) This research […]

Sofia Biegeleisen

More than a Memory: The Complex Relationship Between Living History and Slavery

Name: Sofia Biegeleisen Majors: History, Spanish Advisor: Dr. Jordan Biro Walters, Ibra Sene (second reader) This project deals with the connection between historical memory […]

Political Identity Rules: Support of Renewable Energy Jobs and Attitudes on Soil Conservation in Northeastern Ohio

Name: Leah Jorn Major: Environmental Studies Minor: Political Science Advisors: Dr. Erum Haider, Dr. Matt Mariola (second reader) The purpose of this study was […]

Halen Gifford

The Ghosts of Grief: An Exploration of Gothic Influence in 2010s Horror Cinema

Name: Halen Gifford Major: Communication Studies Minor: Film Studies Advisors: Dr. Ahmet Atay, Dr. Nii Nikoi (second reader) The purpose of this project is […]

Eliza Cotton

Liberté, Égalité, Paternité: Understanding the French anti-gay and anti-reproductive technology movement, La Manif pour tous

Name: Eliza Cotton Majors: Sociology, French and Francophone Studies Advisors: Dr. Thomas Tierney, Dr. Harry Gamble My IS examines a conservative social movement currently […]

Andrew Kunkel

Examining Light-Matter Interactions Through Two Photon Entanglement

Student Name: Andrew Kunkel Major: Physics Minor: Mathematics Advisor: Cody C. Leary, Second reader: John F. Lindner In this thesis we model two-photon interference […]

Kate Evans

Using Tau Protein to Investigate the Link between Sleep Deprivation and Alzheimer’s Disease in a Drosophila Model

Student Name: Kate Evans Major(s): Neuroscience Advisors: Dr. Seth Kelly and Dr. Rebecca Williams. Second Reader: Dr. Erzsébet Regan Neurodegenerative disorders affect millions of […]

Sophia Pellar

Turning Conceptions of Family ‘Upside Down’: Non-Familial Families Provide Social Support and Communal Coping as a Form of Social Support in "Stranger Things"

Student Name: Sophia Pellar Major(s): Communication Minor(s): English Advisor: Dr. Rob Razzante, Dr. Melissa Weller (second reader) Most Creative Slideshow Award The major conclusion […]

Louis Schwartz

Release Kinetics of Ibuprofen from Swellable Organically Modified Silica by Means of a Non-Active Release Modulator

Student Name: Louis Schwartz Major(s): Chemistry Minor(s): Theatre Advisor(s): Dr. Paul L. Edmiston (advisor); Dr. Sarah Sobeck (2nd reader) Controlled drug release is something […]

Measuring properties of entangled photons using the Hong-Ou-Mandel effect

Student Name: Mili Barai Major(s): Physics Advisors: Dr. Cody Leary, Dr. John Lindner We model Joint Spectral Intensities of two entangled photons created by […]

Rachel Greer

How Do You Like Your Science?: A Comparison of Infographic and Text Based Approaches

Student Name: Rachel Greer Major(s): Neurobiology Advisor: Dr. Laura Sirot, Dr. Ferdinand Nanfack Minkeu Most Engaging Poster Award COVID-19 along with the increasing access […]

Diminished Sleep and the Presence of Risky Behavior: What Predicts General Health?

Student Name: Alex Melchert Major(s): Psychology Advisor: Dr. Colvin, Second Reader: Dr. Wilhelms Recently, the field of sleep research has grown. However, questions remain […]

Maya Rodemer

Stressed Is Just Desserts Spelled Backwards: An Investigation Into the Influences on Stressed Eating Behaviors in Undergraduate Students

Student Name: Maya Rodemer Major(s): Food and Nutrition Science (student-designed) Advisor(s): Dr. Sharon Lynn, Dr. Tom Tierney This study aimed to explore the relationship […]

Protest or Riot?: The Role of News Media in Characterizing the Unrest in Ferguson

Student Name: Emma Reiner Major(s): Political Science (concentration in US Politics) and English Advisor(s): Dr. Désirée Weber and Dr. Susanna Sacks This project focuses […]

Heather Hartmann

Development of a Passive Sampler for Detecting PFAS Using Polymer-Organosilica Hybrid Adsorbents

Name: Heather Hartmann Majors: Chemistry, Spanish Advisors: Dr. Paul Edmiston, Dr. Karl Feierabend Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are environmental contaminants of emerging concern due […]

Brianna Mckeen

Breech in Time: Identifying and Dating Historical Textiles using ATR-FT-IR and HPLC-UV/Vis

Name: Brianna McKeen Majors: Chemistry, History Advisors: Dr. Karl Feierabend, Dr. Madonna Hettinger Textile fibers are used in making most everyday items: clothing, carpets, […]

The Other Us: A Critical Analysis of Race in Jordan Peele’s Us

Name: Danté Fair Major: Communication Studies Advisors: Dr. Rohini Singh, Dr. Nii Nikoi The purpose of this study was to examine the portrayal of […]


《异乡人》“Strangers”: A Visual Ethnography about Expat Teachers in China during Covid-19 Pandemic

Name: Xinyu Martina Pei Majors: Communication Studies, East Asian Studies Minor: Global Media and Digital Studies Advisors: Dr. Ahmet Atay, Dr. Ziying You This […]

An Investigation of the Influence of Exposure to Deaf Communities on Deaf Identity of Young Adult Cochlear Implant Recipients

Name: Heidi Likins Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders Advisor: Dr. Donald Goldberg The purpose of this study was to investigate young adult cochlear implant […]

Taking CHARGE: An Investigation of Audiologists’ Familiarity with CHARGE Syndrome and Hearing Healthcare Guidelines Pertaining to Syndrome Management

Name: Caitlyn Menolasino Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders Advisor: Dr. Donald Goldberg This study investigated audiologists’ familiarity and experiences with pediatric patients with CHARGE […]

As The Looking Glass: An Introspection at Minority and Traumatized Identities

Name: Indigo Adobea Abenda Joy Quashie Major: Studio Art Minor: Education Advisor: Dr. Marina Mangubi Most Creative Video Award As The Looking Glass was […]

A Moment in Italy

Name: Abigail Fisk Major: Studio Art Advisor: Dr. Bridget Milligan, Dr. Tracy Cosgriff, Dr. Marina Mangubi Best Animation Award For centuries, art has been […]

Margaret Loarca

Dogs Behave Differently When Meeting A Stranger Depending On Their Personality and How the Stranger Acts

Name: Margaret Loarca Major: Neuroscience Advisors: Dr. Sharon Lynn Dogs have evolved to coinhabit the same areas as humans. How and why dogs first […]

Aaron Risch

Personal Attitudes Towards Clothing and Clothing Choices

Name: Aaron Risch Major: Psychology Minor: Theatre and Dance Advisors: Dr. Susan Clayton, Dr. Amber Garcia Clothing is one way that individuals form and […]

Adding to the Narrative: Stories of the Holocaust through Portraiture and the Museum

Name: Marloes Krabbe Majors: Anthropology, Art History Advisors: Dr. Beth Derderian, Dr. John Siewert My independent study is an anthropological and art historical analysis […]

Christine Weber

The Tel Kabri Wall and Floor Paintings: Microcosms of Mediterranean Middle Bronze Age Trade and Representations of a Canaanite Palatial Economy

Name: Christine Weber Majors: Archaeology, Art History Minor: Classical Studies Advisors: Dr. Kara Morrow, Dr. Siavash Samei This Independent Study combines art historical approaches […]

Putting the “Crisis” in “Climate Crisis”: The Impact of Securitization on Climate Change Policy

Name: Olivia Azzarita Major: Political Science Advisor: Dr. John Valdez, Dr. Matthew Krain In the collective global effort against climate change, some countries take […]

Investigation of Para-Aminobenzoic Acid’s Photodegradation in Different pH Environments under UVB Light

Name: Jingyi Daniel Zhou Majors: Chemistry, Mathematics Advisors: Dr. Sarah Sobeck, Dr. Drew Pasteur The vast use of UV-filters has been related to many […]

Alayt Issak

Visualizing Concepts

Name: Alayt Issak Major: Mathematics Minor: Studio Art Advisors: Dr. Drew Pasteur, Dr. Subhadip Chowdhury Critical Digital Engagement Award My I.S. began with the […]

Musical Engineering and Discovery with Wavelet Analysis

Name: Rephael Berkooz Major: Mathematics Minor: Computer Science Advisors: Dr. Pamela Pierce This project presents a novel method for extracting musical features via signal […]

Matteaus Klonowski

Understanding the Swelling Mechanism of Stimuli Responsive Organically-Modified Silica

Name: Mattaeus Klonowski Majors: Chemistry, Physics Advisors: Dr. Paul Edmiston, Dr. Cody Leary Stimuli-responsive polymers (SRPs) are materials which exhibit a change in physical […]

Kennedey Bell

Disconnect: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Discourse Over Ohio’s EdChoice Program

Name: Kennedey Bell Major: Communication Studies Minor: Elementary Education Advisors: Dr. Rob Razzante, Dr. Matthew Broda My I.S. project, “Disconnect: A Rhetorical Analysis of […]

Torrey Totman

Examining the Influence of Mindfulness Meditation on Cognition and Empathy

Name: Torrey Totman Major: Psychology Advisors: Dr. Nathan Foster, Dr. Ashley Abraham Mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool that can provide a sense of […]

Katie Harvey

Corporate Pressure Makes Regime Diamonds: An Analysis of the Impact of Multinational Corporations on International Environmental Regime Effectiveness

Name: Katie Harvey Major: Global and International Studies Minor: Environmental Studies Advisors: Dr. John Valdez, Dr. Matt Krain Despite the tendency for multinational corporations […]

Jonah Kadens

"That was the anomaly year!": An Exploration of School Discipline and Disproportionality During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Name: Jonah Kadens Major: The Sociology of Education Advisors: Dr. Anne Nurse, Dr. Kevin Zayed School discipline in the US is racialized. Previous research […]

Gentaro Nakata

Propellant-less Space Travel with Tethers: Swimming in Space using an Asteroid’s Gravity Gradient

Name: Gentaro Nakata Major: Physics Advisors: Dr. John Lindner, Dr. Susan Lehman For this thesis, we set off to investigate the practicality of space […]

Eliza Letteney

Haunted Households: Adaptation, Genre, and Gender Politics in Horror and the Gothic

Name: Eliza Letteney Major: English Minor: Communication Studies Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Hayward and Dr. Tom Prendergast (second reader) My lifelong love of horror brought […]

Stephanie Pokras

Whose Line is it Anyway? Rhetoric, Pathology, and the Jewish Race in Late Victorian England

Name: Stephanie Pokras Major: History Minor: Philosophy Advisor: Dr. Christina Welsch Dr. Josephine Wright Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award This thesis examines how both […]

Sam Zimmerman

Exclusive Nationalist Rhetoric Can Reduce Ethnic Representation in Government: Why Nationalist Rhetoric Matters

Name: Sam Zimmerman Major: Political Science Minor: Statistical and Data Science Advisors: Advisor: Dr. Matthew Krain, Dr. Désirée Weber This study attempted to highlight […]

Morgan Fields

A Re-evaluation of Texts Taught in High School English Classrooms: Why a Need for a Curriculum Reboot is Necessary

Name: Morgan Fields Majors: English, Education Minor: Philosophy Advisor: Dr. Leslie Wingard Most Applicable in the Current Moment Award This Independent Study is an […]

Energy Conservation: Harnessing Excess Thermal Energy and Converting to Electricity by Use of the Thermoelectric Effect

Name: Katie Shideler Majors: Physics, Mathematics Advisors: Dr. Susan Lehman, Dr. R. Drew Pasteur The dynamics of thermoelectric energy were studied throughout this research. […]

Holly Engel

Sinister Cinema: Depictions of Evil in the WWII and Postwar Thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock and Henri-Georges Clouzot

Name: Holly Engel Major: English, French Minor: Music Advisors: Dr. Marion Duval, Dr. Thomas Prendergast Best Use of Genre Award British/American director Alfred Hitchcock […]

Eric Krause

An Examination of Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Pseudomonas chlororaphis in Response to Bacteriophage Therapy

Name: Eric Kraus Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Strand, Dr. Sara Martin (second reader) Extensive antibiotic use over recent decades has […]

Laura Haley

Who’s Watching Who? Inverting the Capitalist Gaze in News Images of Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos

Name: Laura Haley Major: Communication Studies Minor: Global Media and Digital Studies Advisors: Dr. Rohini Singh, Dr. Melissa Rizzo Weller The purpose of this […]

Anna Halgash

The Music of the People: Appalachian Ballads and the Search for the Authentic in the 1960s American Folk Music Revival

Name: Anna Halgash Majors: English, History Advisors: Dr. Joan Friedman, Dr. Susanna Sacks This research explores why Appalachian ballads resonated with so many folk […]

Sarah Renaker

"Pharmageddon": A Rhetorical Analysis of the 21st Century Anti-Vax Movement

Name: Sarah Renaker Major: Communication Studies Advisors: Dr. Melissa Rizzo Weller, Dr. Denise Bostdorff This study analyzes the 21st century anti-vax movement’s rhetoric and […]

Gracie Bouker

Mapping Out Learning: How Aerobic Exercise, Sex and Alzheimer’s Disease Impact Learning

Name: Gracie Bouker Major: Neuroscience Advisor: Dr. Amy Jo Stavnezer Two of my main research questions for this project were 1) To what extent […]

Reyka Beth VanSickle

DSOhhh They’re an Influencer: An In-depth Analysis of the Social Media Strategies Used by Direct Selling Distributors to Personally Brand Themselves and Build Relationships

Name: Reyka Beth VanSickle Major: Communication Studies Minors: Spanish, Theatre and Dance Advisors: Dr. Michelle Johnson, Dr. Denise Bostdorff With social media at the […]

Katherine Fong

The Great Unknown: An Investigation of Audiologists’ Familiarity with Auditory Brainstem Implants (ABIs), Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2), Their Clinical Knowledge Regarding Candidacy Criteria, and Outcomes of ABIs

Name: Katherine Fong Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders Advisor: Dr. Donald M. Goldberg, Dr. Joan E. Furey This study investigated audiologists’ familiarity with Auditory […]

Kelsey Stone

Implications of Buddhist Monk’s and Olympic Pentathlete’s Diet on Performance in their Respective Fields

Name: Kelsey Stone Majors: Biology, Religious Studies Advisors: Dr. Nicholas Brandley, Dr. Mark Graham, Dr. Bhakti Mamtora, Dr. Rebecca Williams Olympic Pentathletes and Buddhist […]

Sarah Hopkins

‘It’s Time for One of Us’: A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s First Term in Congress

Name: Sarah Hopkins Major: Communication Studies Minor: Spanish Advisor: Dr. Denise Bostdorff, Dr. Rohini Singh After the 2016 presidential election, like many people, I […]

Abstract Unity in Material Diversity: An Introduction to Category Theory and a Defense of Mathematical Realism

Name: Micah Phillips-Gary Majors: Philosophy, Mathematics Minor: German Studies Advisors: Rob Kelvey and Garrett Thomson This project is concerned with looking for abstract structural […]

Erin Robichaud

Helen of Troy? A Reexamination of Helen’s Speech in the Iliad

Name: Erin Robichaud Majors: History, Classical Studies Advisors: Dr. Madonna Hettinger, Dr. Josephine Shaya In most interpretations, Helen of Troy’s beauty makes her a […]

Benjamin Hassan

Those Who Choose: A New Understanding of Heresy

Name: Benjamin Hassan Major: Religious Studies Minor: Environmental Studies Advisor: Dr. Sarah Mirza I propose that a conceptual framework for the analysis of religious […]

Lydia Reedstrom

Parasocial Attachment: Framework and Function

Name: Lydia Reedstrom Major: Psychology Advisor: Dr. Mike Casey The purpose of these studies was to situate parasocial attachment within the traditional attachment framework […]

Noah Crane

Likes, Lady Gaga, and Loneliness: The Beneficial Impacts of Active Social Media Usage and Para-Social Relationships on FOMO and Loneliness

Name: Noah Crane Major: Psychology Minor: Sociology Advisors: Dr. Evan Wilhelms, Dr. Amy Jo Stavnezer (second reader) The emergence of social media within the […]

Maresa Tate

Now You See Me — Now You Don’t: An Investigation of Hair Alterations Effects on Face Identification in Own- and Other-race Faces

Name: Maresa Tate Major: Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Advisor: Dr. Grit Herzmann Dr. Josephine Wright Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award The ability to distinguish […]

Oria Daugherty

If a tree falls in a forest: the impacts of coarse woody debris on biodiversity and species abundance in areas of ongoing reforestation

Name: Oria Daugherty Major: Biology Minors: Environmental Studies, Spanish Advisors: Dr. Rick Lehtinen (Advisor), Dr. Nick Brandley (Second Reader) Reforestation is a necessary and […]

Sierra Foltz

At the Corner of Two Walls

Name: Sierra Foltz Major: English Minor: Political Science Advisor: Dr. Christopher Kang T. S. Eliot said, “immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets […]

Carlos Owusu-Ansah

The trajectory of an Anisotropic Particle Near a Light-Transmitting Optical Nanofiber

Name: Carlos Owusu-Ansah Majors: Physics, Mathematics Advisors: Dr. Cody Leary, Dr. Robert Kelvey Hi, I am Carlos. I love to do research. When I […]

Tongtong Wu

News Impacting Anxiety, Depression and Empathy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Name: Tongtong Wu Major: Psychology Minor: Latin American Studies Advisors: Michelle Colvin (Advisor), Grit Herzmann (Second reader) The COVID-19 pandemic has been disastrous to […]

Kayla Way

A Whole Other World to See: A Rhetorical and Visual Analysis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children’s Literature

Student Name: Kayla Way Major(s): Communication Studies Minor(s): Art History Advisor: Dr. Melissa Rizzo Weller & Dr. Denise Bostdorff The purpose of this study […]

Piper H Hartman

Bursting at the Seams: An Exploration of Feelings and Fast Fashion

Student Name: Piper H Hartman Major(s): Studio Art Minor(s): Education Advisor: Cassidy Ely My independent study addresses my concerns about the fast fashion industry by […]

Lydia Bruno

Experimental Evolution in Daphnia magna: An Investigation into the Effects of Ammonium Nitrate Exposure

Student Name: Lydia Bruno Major(s): Biology Minor(s): Environmental Studies Advisor: Dr. Hilary Edgington & Second Reader: Dr. Dean Fraga Water pollution is a major […]

Developmental Fluoxetine Exposure Affects Offspring Anxiety-Like Behavior and Hormonal Response to an Acute Stressor

Student Name: Bryce Knopp Major(s): Biology Advisor(s): Dr. Lynn Most Creative Slideshow Award (Honorable Mention) A large number of women who suffer from depression […]

Erica Berent

The Infection Dynamics of a Fungal Pathogen in Stream-Dwelling Northern Two-Lined Salamanders in Wooster, Ohio

Student Name: Erica Berent Major(s): Biology Minor(s): Chemistry Advisor(s): Dr. Richard Lehtinen How familiar are you with salamanders? You probably know that they live […]

Joseph Naser

Eternal Silence: Statelessness as a Determinant of Journalist Killings

Student Name: Joseph Naser Majors: Political Science Advisor: Professor Matt Krain, Second Reader: Dr. Jeffrey Lantis Research has shown that journalists are at the […]

Claire Davidson

Can Climate Fiction Novels Inspire Social Change? A Literary and Empirical Ecocritical Analysis

Student Name: Claire Davidson Majors: Sociology, English Advisors: David McConnell, Susanna Sacks Dr. Melissa M. Schultz Sustainability and the Environment Award Collective action to […]

Delaney Zuver

2020 Summer Stories: Personal Narrative, Sensemaking, and Memory during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Student Name: Delaney Zuver Major: Communication Studies Advisors: Nii Kotei Nikoi, Ahmet Atay Critical Digital Engagement Award The summer of 2020 contained many important […]

Devon Matson

We’re All A Little Bit Gay: Female Homoeroticism In Greek Art

Student Name: Devon Matson Majors: History, Archaeology Advisors: Dr. Jordan Biro Walters, Dr. Olivia Navarro-Farr Critical Digital Engagement Award My Independent Study focuses on […]

Megan Gronau

You Have 10 Minutes Remaining: An Examination Into Common Test-Taking Anxieties’ Effect on Academic Performance in Relation to Academic Intrinsic Motivation and Achievement Goal Orientation

Student Name: Megan Gronau Major: Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience Advisors: Dr. Ashley Abraham, Dr. Susan Clayton Between 25% -40% of students experience test-taking anxiety to […]

Morgan Barnett

Boudica and Agrippina: An Analysis of the Representation of Female Power in Tacitus and Dio

Student Name: Morgan Barnett Major: Classical Studies Advisors: Dr. Josephine Shaya, Dr. Monica Florence (second reader) This paper argues that the representations of Agrippina […]

Alex Cohen

Derivative Intentionality & Gricean Meaning

Student Name: Alex Cohen Major: Philosophy Advisor: Dr. Garrett Thomson At the end of my junior year, I became very interested in semantic meaning. […]

Georgia Hopps-Weber

Preserving Keith Haring’s Legacy of “Art for All” through the Study of the Chemical Degradation of Daylight Fluorescent Paints and their Constituent Rhodamine Dyes

Student Name: Georgia Hopps-Weber Major: Chemistry, Art History Advisors: Dr. Sobeck and Dr. Siewert Daylight fluorescent paints were introduced in the 1940s by the […]

Katie Lindelof

Sorry, I Think You’re Muted: A Typological Content Analysis on Tele-Education

Student Name: Katie Lindelof Major: Communication Studies Minor: Education Advisors: Dr. Razzante & Dr. Atay The purpose of this study was to investigate current […]

Jennifer Meltzer

Perceptions of social activists: Evaluations of criminality based on race and social activism

Name: Jennifer Meltzer Major: Psychology Advisors: Dr. Amber Garcia, Dr. Michelle Colvin The current research studied the punishment an individual would receive for disturbing […]

Heather Hartmann

El concepto de autor y la originalidad en las adaptaciones de Natalia Lafourcade

Name: Heather Hartmann Majors: Chemistry, Spanish Advisors: Dr. Hernán Medina, Dr. Rebecca Garonzik My independent study explores the idea of the author and adaptations […]

Sailesh Yellayi

Digital vs. Detrimental: Understanding the Connection Between Internet Addiction and Mental Health

Name: Sailesh Ram Yellayi Major: Psychology Minor: Classical Studies Advisor: Dr. Susan Clayton, Mike Casey (second reader) Addiction is generally viewed as a grave […]

Merlin Li

Deciphering Protein Evolution – Evidence of Negative Cooperativity in Cytosolic Taurocyamine Kinase from Arenicola brasiliensis and its evolutionary implication

Name: Mingyuan “Merlin” Li Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Advisors: Dr. Mark Snider, Dr. Dean Fraga The study of biological evolution-how and why biological […]

Max Gregg

Normative Bastardy

Name: Max Gregg Major: Philosophy Advisor: Dr. Evan Riley In the contemporary United States, the phrase All Cops are Bastards (ACAB) is a prominent […]

An Tran

Attempted Copolymerization of Epoxides Synthesized from Oleic and Linoleic Acids

Name: An Tran Major: Chemistry Advisor: Dr. Lilliana Morris Dr. Melissa M. Schultz Sustainability and the Environment Award My chemistry IS project focuses on […]

Angela Danso Gyane

The Nana Yaa Asantewaa War: Analysis of the Political Institutions of the Asante during The War Of The Golden Stool and the Existing Narratives

Student Name: Angela Danso Gyane Major(s): History, Political Science- International Relations Advisor: Dr. Ibra Sene, Dr. John Valdez Dr. Josephine Wright Diversity, Equity, and […]

Noticing Narratives: An Evaluation of Holocaust ‘Lessons’ Portrayed By American Museums

Name: Rachel Ginsburg Major: History Minor: Chinese Advisor: Dr. Joan Friedman This study focuses on identifying and understanding the narratives displayed by American Holocaust […]

Natalia E. Parra Diaz

A Continuación, Black Lives Matter: An Ethnographic Analysis of the Perception of the Latinx Community Towards the Black Lives Matter Movement

Student Name: Natalia E. Parra Diaz Majors: Communication, Spanish Advisor: Dr. Singh, Profesora Garonzik The death of George Floyd, an African American man, in […]

Rhiannon Johnson

An Atmosphere of Words: Clinical Considerations and Practices of Speech-Language Pathologists Regarding the Use of Speech-Generating Devices for Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Name: Rhiannon Johnson Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders Advisors: Donald M. Goldberg, Ph.D., Joan E. Furey, Ph.D., Cara Hammond, M.A. The purpose of this […]

Varying Levels of Impulsivity in an ADHD Rodent Model Influences Behavioral Accuracy

Name: Sydney Schultz Major: Neuroscience Minor: Biology Advisor: Amy Jo Stavnezer Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neuropsychiatric condition that typically arises in […]

Angie Bittar

A Case of Mistaken (Ethnic) Identity: Rethinking Civil War Duration, Ethnic Saliency, Terrorism, and the Real Factors Discouraging Resolution

Student Name: Angie Bittar Major: Political Science (focus in International Relations) Minor: Psychology Advisors: Matt Krain, Jeff Lantis (second reader) The field of political […]

Larissa Lamarca

Hyperconnected or Disconnected? An Analysis of Attachment of Smartphones and There Use in Family Households of College Students During the Digital Era

Student Name: Larissa Lamarca Major: Psychology Minor: Education Advisor: Michael Casey, Amber Garcia (second reader) Connection is necessary for survival in all species as […]

David Roney

Without a Second Thought: An Investigation of the Impact of the Fundamental Attribution Error on Perceptions of a Young Adult Who Stutters

Student Name: David Roney Major: Psychology, Communication Sciences and Disorders Advisors: Michael Casey, Donald M. Goldberg The purpose of this study was to investigate […]

Zhen Guo

Defeating the COVID-19 Infodemic on Twitter: A SIP Agent-Based Model of Rumor Propagation and Truth Bot Intervention

Student Name: Zhen Guo Majors: Computer Science, Sociology Advisors: Thomas Tierney (Sociology), Heather Guanera (Computer Science) Most Timely Award As stated by a World […]

Tessa Ireton

Market Structure and Quality of Service: Investigating Oligopolies and the Quality of Nursing Home Care in California During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Student Name: Tessa Ireton Major: Economics Advisor: Dr. Brooke Krause Quality-of-service outcomes in nursing homes are of great social and human importance. However, especially […]