2024 Senior Research Symposium | Online Directory

View the 58 projects presented as part of the Online Symposium below. Search by student name, project title, advisor, major, or minor.

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NameProject TitleAdvisorsMajor(s)Minor(s)Pathway
Drew Baird A Power in the Land: The First Transcontinental Railroad and the Second American SystemJeff Roche; Ibra Sene (second reader)HistoryPolitical Science; English
Zimu JiaLooking for Barriers for Asian College Students in Seeking Help from Psychological CounselingClaudia Thompson; Susan ClaytonPsychology
George Kyle Stringer Investigating Physiological Abnormalities Induced by Contaminated Aquatic Sites in Freshwater Fish Across Northeast OhioRebecca Williams; Erzsébet Regan (second reader)Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Koryn McNeil “Frogtastic Moms”: Analysis of Variation Within Maternal Care of Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs in Comparison to Ecological Variables and Reproductive SuccessRick Lehtinen; Laura Sirot (second reader)BiologyPre-Veterinary
Zion VitalFaces for Profit Documentary: Exploring the Increased Utilization of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Celebrities in Commercial Brand StrategiesNii Kotei Nikoii; Ahmet AtayGlobal Media and Digital Studies
Jack Sweeney The Association Between Adult ADHD Symptoms and Insecure Attachment RepresentationsMichael Casey; Bryan KarazsiaPsychologyPhilosophy
Aaron HuqGaros: A Displaced Community's Fight for Epistemic JusticeChristina Welsch; Elizabeth SchiltzHistory; Philosophy
Kiki GilesMy Language is My Culture: Language Attitudes, Language Use, and the Linguistic Identity Construction of Moroccan University StudentsPam Frese; Harry GambleAnthropology; French and Francophone StudiesMiddle Eastern and North African Studies
Maddie PeekThe Effects of College Athletics on Students with ADHD: A Comparison of Academic Success, Social Wellbeing, and Anxiety between Off-Season, In-Season, and Non-AthletesMichael Casey; Claudia Thompson (second reader)PsychologySpanish
Madison Becker The Influence of the Gut Microbiome on Physiological Function: A Focus on Microorganisms and Their Role in Human MetabolismStephanie StrandBiology
Emma Smith Investigating the role of the RNA-binding protein Nab2 in pre-mRNA splicing in Drosophila MelanogasterSeth Kelly; Erzsébet Reganl; Ferdinand Nanfack-Minkeu (second reader)Biology
Eleanor Weiker Impacts of Birth on Infants and MothersSharon Lynn; Stephanie Strand (second reader)Self-Designed Public HealthEnvironmental Studies
Tudor LunguAdaptive Responses to Unpredictable Feeding: Exploring Metabolic Adaptations, Glucocorticoid Dynamics, and Body Mass ModulationsSharon LynnNeuroscience-Neurobiology
Troy Johnson Buried History: Exploring the Sacred Bond Between African Americans and Their CemeteriesPam Frese; Beth DerderianAnthropologyStudio Art
Elijah W. Shoaf Taiwan: Public Diplomacy and Foreign PerceptionMatthew Krain; Joseph Coll (second reader)Global & International StudiesSpanish
Amelia Morra Exploring the Impact of Temperature and Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf Extract on Biofilm Formation and Bacterial Growth in Pseudomonas Strains: Insights Into Antibiotic-Resistant InfectionsStephanie Strand; Laura SirotBiology
Tyler Hilbert Playground to Portfolio: Uncovering the Potential for Investment Grade Returns in Collectible Sports and Pokémon CardsAmyaz Moledina; Colin DavisonBusiness EconomicsStatistical & Data Sciences; Physical Education
Tyler Rak Crossing the Rubicon: Brazilian Water Access from Public Provision to PrivatizationKatherine Holt; Matthew KrainPolitical Science; HistoryReligious Studies; South Asian StudiesDigital and Visual Storytelling
Kennedy Shelton A Rhetorical Analysis of Chinese Netizens' Use of Artistic Expression to Advocate for Social Change in Response to the Chained Woman CaseDenise Bostdorff; Ziying YouCommunication Studies; Chinese Studies
Earl Steve Stephens III Regulating The Digital Frontier: A Comparative Analysis Of Bitcoin Regulatory Policy In El Salvador And The Central African RepublicMegan Wrobel; Jeffrey S. Lantis (second reader)Comparative Political Science
Abigail Lyon Elucidating the nicotinic acid degradation pathway in Bacillus niacini: Investigating the catabolic function of a flavin monooxygenase (FMO), domain of unknown function (DUF), and hypothetical protein (HP)Mark Snider; Paul Edmiston (second reader)Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Yasmine Fazazi The Buddy System: Incorporating AI in mental health – Mobile app development & Empirical study of AI perceptionsHeather Guarnera; Nathan FosterComputer Science; PsychologyData Science
Sabrina Azad Speech-Language Therapy and Neurodegeneration: An Investigation of Speech-Language Pathologists’ Perceptions of Maintenance-Based Semantic Feature Analysis Treatment for Adults with Primary Progressive AphasiaJoan E. Furey; Cara Hammond (second reader)Communication Sciences and DisordersEducation
Christa Zianni Short-Term vs Long-Term Effects of DREADDs in the Mouse Motor CortexAlfredo Zúñiga; Susan Clayton (second reader)NeuroscienceSpanish; Mathematics
Luke Wilson Anisotropic and Relativistic Diffusion with Partial Differential EquationsMichael Bush; Megan NieberdingMathematics; Physics
Ben Byars Playing for Power: Evaluating Sportswashing with a Case Studies ApproachJeffrey LantisGlobal and International StudiesSpanish
Taylor Lynch Grasshoppers on the College of Wooster Campus: Abundance & Environmental ConditionsNicholas BrandleyBiologyGerman Studies; Art HistoryMuseum & Archival Studies
Olivia Nengel The Social and Economic Impact of the Great Migration on Akron, OhioBeatrice Adams; Ibra Sene (second reader)HistorySpanish
Carrie BuckwalterOu Quest for a New World Order: the Effects of Collective Narcissism and Conspiratorial Belief on Sharing Conspiratorial HeadlinesJoseph Coll; Nathan FosterPolitical Science; Psychology
Sarah Epstein Pesticides in the Atmosphere: The Heterogeneous Ozonolysis of TriticonazoleJennifer FaustChemistryPublic Health
Jackie P. Moshier Development of an In-Field Sampling Device for Parts-Per-Quadrillion Levels of PFAS in Treated WaterPaul Edmiston; Jennifer FaustChemistry
Turbat Enkhtur Developing "WoOral": A Full Stack Web Application for Streamlined Thesis Defense Scheduling with User Interface Design FocusSofia Visa; Thomas MontelioneComputer Science
Grace Ann Lindgren Optimizing Neural Network Architecture in Artificial IntelligenceColby Long; Qimin Huang (second reader)Mathematics
Emma Shinker "Shades of Pemberley": Transformation and Preservation through Adaptations of Jane Austen's Pride and PrejudiceJennifer Hayward; Christina WelschEnglish; History
Shane Epstein-PetrulloBoom or Bust: An Investigation of Rookie Running Back Performance Through the NFL DraftJillian Morrison; Colby LongStatistics and Data ScienceMathematics, Environmental Studies
Sean C. Gaston Mapping Hokkaido: An Accessibility Focused Public Archaeology View of Ainu Space and Japanese MapsOlivia Navarro-Farr; James BonkArchaeology; East Asian Studies
Ellen McAllisterChanging the Narrative to Change the Climate: An English Teacher's Guide to Incorporating Environmental Literature in High SchoolsChris Suarez; Ryan Ozar (second reader)English; AYA Integrated Language Arts EducationEnvironmental Studies
Fareeda Elinam Abu-Juam Probing The Relationship Between Partial Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition and Cell Shape in Epithelial CellsErzsébet Regan; James West (second reader)Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyComputer Science
Mary Elizabeth Sirois Soak Up the Sun: Exploring the Ability of Quantum Dots to Increase PAR Transmission in Seaman Corporation’s Dura-Grow Greenhouse Film to Improve Plant GrowthAnnastassia Gallo; Paul L. EdmistonChemistry
Kiera Smith Expanding the Limits of Storytelling: An Imaginative Exploration of the Interpretive Impact of Stories in Entertainment, Art, Media, and LifeNii NikoiGlobal Media and Digital StudiesDigital and Visual Storytelling
Shivam Dewan Elucidating the Role of Reactive Oxygen Species on Dopamine 𝛽-Hydroxylase Activity and AggregationAnnastassia Gallo; Mark J. SniderBiochemistry and Molecular Biology
Claire Brennan Small Scale, Big Impact: The Power of Local Food Systems in Repairing Food Literacy and the Consumer-Producer DivideMatt Mariola; Carlo MorenoEnvironmental StudiesEnvironment and Society
Minh Phan Charting the Conversational Cart: A Voice-Driven Adventure into Creating a Virtual Assistant for Grocery ShoppingSofia Visa; Thomas MontelioneComputer ScienceStudio ArtDigital and Visual Storytelling
Riley Anderson A Dive into Pseudomonas “PC” Series Phages; The Good, The Bad, The VirulentStephanie Strand; Anna GalloBiochemistry and Molecular Biology
Sophia Gilmore Effects of Co-cultured Bacteria and Fungi on Pseudomonas protegens or Pseudomonas chlororaphis and Saccharomyces cerevisiaeStephanie Strand; Erzsébet ReganBiochemistry and Molecular Biology
Kaiya Magnuson A Performance Analysis of the Sum of Sines and Fast Fourier Transform Algorithms for Real-Time Ocean RenderingAsa'd As'adComputer ScienceMathematics; French & Francophone Studies
Otilia Oita Transmission and Polymorphisms of Culex Flavivirus in Wild-Caught Culex Mosquitoes from Cleveland, OhioFerdinand Nanfack-Minkeu; Rebecca Williams (second reader)Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Carolyn Klein Investigating the Influence of Pond Size and Water Quality on Water Bird Visitation at the William J. Robertson Nature PreserveCarlo Moreno; Jennifer Ison (second reader)Environmental Studies
Alana Rivas-Scott Is Voting From Your Dorm the New Norm: Understanding College Students' Preferred Vote MethodMegan Wrobel; Ashley Sorensen (second reader)Political ScienceEconomics
Auna Campbell The Effects of Early Christianity on Early Medieval Scottish Mortuary PracticesNigel Brush; Peter PozefskyArchaeology; HistoryAnthropology
Aryan Tamrakar Exploring Swarm Behavior for Artistic Rendering: From Abstract Art to Targeted Image RenditionDaniel Palmer; Heather GuarneraComputer ScienceEconomics
Graham Harper Allostatic Load and Subjective Disease Risk Predicts Perceived Environmental ControlMichael CaseyPsychology
Rachael Nicole Dudziak Differentiating the Effects of Androgenic and Anti-androgenic Oral Contraceptives on Rodent BehaviorAmy Jo Stavnezer; Claudia Thompson; Alfredo Zúñiga (second reader)Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience
Emily Greenland Growing the Buzz: Promoting Local Bee, Wasp, and Plant Knowledge Through Biodiversity Surveys and Environmental EducationJennifer Ison, Carlo MorenoBiologyEnvironmental Studies
Rue Ressler Cell on the Run! Boolean Modeling of the Migrating Epithelial Cell and Induction of Mesenchymal-Epithelial Transition by OVOL2 and GRHL2Erzsébet Regan; Stephanie Strand (second reader)Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Antonia Owens Detwiler Does Foreign Direct Investment Negatively Affect Preservation of Culture in the Global South? Case Studies in Thailand and CambodiaMatthew Krain; Désirée WeberGlobal & International Studies, Focus in Political ScienceCommunicationsGlobal Impacts
Jenny Renner “I Will Walk With You”: The Role of Engaged Communities in the Work of Jesuit Refugee ServiceLaura Burch; Harry Gamble (second reader)French and Francophone StudiesAnthropology; EducationGlobal Impacts
Austin Piatt Supreme Stereotyping: The Effects of Gender and Race on the Editorial Media’s Coverage of Nominees to the U.S. Supreme CourtMegan Wrobel; Ashley SorensenPolitical Science
Aymane LachhabThe Effects of Benfotiamine on Glucose Metabolism in a 6-OHDA mouse model of Parkinson’s DiseaseAlfredo Zuniga, Grit HerzmannNeuroscienceBiology; Computer Science
Hannah D. EastmanAdvocacy or Authorship: A Sustained Organizational Influence Analysis of the American Legislative Exchange Council's Voter ID Act, 2011-14
Megan Wrobel and Jordan Biro-WaltersPolitical Science and History
Paul Thomas FischerThe Theory and Application of Convolutional Neural Networks for Vehicle Body Style RecognitionDr. Colby Long, Dr. Marian FrazierStatistical and Data SciencesSociology
Mian Mann怖い (kowaii) to 可愛い (kawaii): The Transformation of the Kappa and Tsuchigumo in Japanese MediaDr. Ng and Dr. MiyawakiAnthropology, East Asian HistoryHistory
Emma Connors
href="https://wooster.edu/2024/05/02/emma-connors-2024-i-s-symposium/">Relationships, Attachment, and Stress: How Do College Students Manage Romantic Relationships Under the Influence of Attachment Style and the Stress of College Life

Michael Casey (Advisor) and Meredith Hope (Second Reader)Psychology; Early Childhood Education
Ellie Stroke href="https://wooster.edu/2024/05/02/ellie-stroke-2024-i-s-symposium/">An Animation in an Image: Creating a short animation from a single image using digital image processing methodsDr. Asa’d As’ad, Dr. Heather GuarneraComputer ScienceStudio Art
Jack Donahue
href="https://wooster.edu/2024/05/02/jack-donahue-2024-i-s-symposium/">Role of Residues R184 and W273 in 6-HNA and NADH Binding by 6-Hydroxynicotinate 3-Monooxygenase
Advisor: Dr. Mark Snider Second Reader: Dr. James WestBiochemistry and Molecular Biology
Thomas Pitney

href="https://wooster.edu/2024/05/02/thomas-pitney-2024-i-s-symposium/">Coups d’État and Foreign Policy Change: A Multiple Streams Approach
Marion Duval, Ph.D.; Jeffrey Lantis, Ph.D.Political Science; French & Francophone StudiesGlobal Impacts
Tights Adane Berhe
href="https://wooster.edu/2024/05/02/tigist-adane-berhe-2024-i-s-symposium/">A Comprehensive Review of Cybersecurity Threats and Mitigation Strategies to Secure Health Data for a Full-Stack Web Application
Heather GuarneraComputer Science
Fernanda Banuelos

href="https://wooster.edu/2024/05/02/fernanda-banuelos-2024-i-s-symposium/">Cycle of History Repeated: The Dreamers' Waiting Game
Brian Cope and Rebecca GaronzikSpanish; Early Childhood Education
Grace Alexandrwski
href="https://wooster.edu/2024/05/02/grace-alexandrowski-2024-i-s-symposium/">Immersive Spectacles: Exploring French Cultural Landscapes of Immersion
John Siewert, Laura BurchArt History; French and Francophone StudiesStudio Art