William and Mary

Undergraduate Science Research Symposium

Celebrating 20 years of undergraduate research in the sciences and mathematics, the Charles Center's annual Science Symposium will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014 in the Sadler Center. Poster presentations will take place from 2:00-4:00 pm in Tidewater A&B. Oral presentations will be held between 12:00 and 4:15 pm in the York and James rooms. All Science Symposium sessions are open to the public. Light refreshments will be served at the poster presentations.

2014 Science Symposium Schedule
February 28, 12:00 pm-4:15 pm

Oral Presentations

York Room

12:00-12:30: Mathematics
Ryan Gryder: Adaptively Computing Basins of Attraction for a System of Pulse-Coupled Oscillators

1:15-2:30: Physics
Rachel Taverner: Track Reconstruction and Simulation of Kinematic Parameters for the Qweak Experiment
Cora Karamitsos: Neutrinos in the Main Injector Beam Analysis
Matthew Stephens: FPGA-Based Trigger for LArIAT

3:00-4:15: Biology
Monika Stanciauskas: The Effects of Methylmercury on Taeniopygia guttata
Cheyenne Williams: Characterization of the Role of Tweety Genes during Embryonic Development
Eri Anastas: Anterior-Posterior Neural Axis Determination and Plasticity in Xenopus laevis

James Room

12:00-1:15: Biology
Erin Spencer: Invasive Lionfish in the Florida Keys: Management on a Local Level
Kelly O'Toole: An Environment up in Smoke?: Evaluating the Effects of Anthropogenic Fires and Fire Management Practices on Red-Backed Fairy-Wren Habitat Usage
Charmeyce Buck: A Stability Study: Comparison of Cinnamomin and Ricin

2:00-3:15: Biology and Applied Science
Andrew Halleran: Resolution of Misfolded Huntingtin Protein Aggregates
Casey Lardner, Bryan Monroe, and Taylor Gladey: Heritable Variation in the Capacity of Pituitary Gonadotrophs to Release Luteinizing Hormone
Sara Soueidan: Investigating the Function of TRPM4 Ion Channel in the Respiratory System

Poster Presentations

Tidewater A&B


Adam Goldberg: Understanding Seed Dispersal and Seedling Establishment via Granivores in Maine, Virginia, Indiana, and Massachusetts

Alec Weech and Minh Nguyen: Functional Characterization of ESCO2 in the Context of Neurodevelopment and Ependymoma

Alexander McFarland: The Role of Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX in the eIF2a Signaling Pathway

Allyson Mateja: Developing a Mathematical Model to Examine the Effect of Dimethylated Arginine in NO Production in Mild versus Severe Malaria

Andrew Eu: Identifying a Nuclear Localization Signal in the Sumo-targeted Ubiquitin Ligase SLX5

Caitlin Paisley: The Role of Calcium Signaling in Neurotransmitter Phenotype Specification

Caitlin Verdu: The Effects of Density, Pollination, and Herbivory on Milkweed Population Dynamics Study

Catherine Acio:  The Transcription Regulation of Adhesin SabA in Helicobacter pylori

Claire Tocheny: The Effect of Methylmercury on Cerebellum Cell Proliferation in Taeniopygia guttata

Clarissa Santoso: Combinatorial Contributions of GnRH, GnIH, and Kiss1 Neurons to Reproductive Development in Peromyscus leucopus

Eileen Ablondi:  I-SceI Meganuclease-Mediated Transgenesis in Xenopus laevis

Elise Elwood: Demographic Analysis of a Population of American Chestnut Trees and the Implications for Re-introduction

Ellen Martin: Land Cover Change from 1994 to 2012 Surrounding Vernal Pools in the Greater Richmond Area

Gladys Shaw: Effect of Cell Cycle Cessation on Neuronal Phenotype

Gold Alden Adkins: The Effect of Methyl Mercury on Neuronal Density of Developmentally Exposed Taeniopygia guttata

Greg Tito: The Relationship between Social and Environmental Factors and Vigilance Behavior in Two Tropical Australian Songbirds

Hwa Han and Phoebe Lin: Finding a Correlation between Two Heritable Neuroendocrine Traits in Peromyscus leucopus

Jacobi Hines: The Effect of Notch Perturbation on Nrarp Expression throughout Development 

Jeremy Wells: Investigating the Role of Sumo-Modified BMH1 in the Cell Cycle

John Bramley, Beni Yuzawa, Christian Leatherman, and Danny Rosenberg: Development of an Embryonic Avian Neuronal Assay for Assessing Axon Degeneration

Lani Kroese and Leah Brazer: Effect of Variation in the Number of Immunoreactive Gonadotropin-Releasing Neurons on Reproduction in Mice

Lauren Canestrini and Joanna Odenthal: Heritable Variation in Reproductive Response to Bisphenol A in a Population of White-Footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus)

Marc Breidenbaugh: Jak-STAT Regulation of Drosophila Germ Cell Sex Determination

Mariah McKevitt: Epigenetics in Xenopus laevis: A Two-Pronged Approach

Mark Alexander Sfeir and Tyler Jones:  Development of a Gene Expression Toolkit for the Study of Drosophila Organogenesis

Nazila Shafagati and Matt Veenstra: The Effects of Chemotherapy Drugs on Surviving Tumor Cell Nuclear Autophagy

Sarah Goggin, Jocelyn Terry, and Priya Nethala: Variable Loss of the Gene Silencing Factor SUV4-20H2 in Pediatric Brain Tumors

Sean McFall: Geostatistical Interpolation of Primary and Secondary Automobile Traffic Volume Across the Contiguous United States Using GIS

Sophie Cohen: Identifying Novel Protein Targets of the E3 Ubiquitin Ligase, UBE3A, in order to further Understand Angelman Syndrome

Stephen McInturff, Caitlin Laughrey, and David Heo: Design and Testing of a Portable and Inexpensive Device for Recording Evoked Potentials, Optimized for Pattern ERG and Auditory Evoked Response

Wendy Herbst: The Role of Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels and Spontaneous Calcium Activity in the Developing Nervous System

Yusheng Qin: Environmental Stimuli of the CrdRS Two-Component Signal Transduction (TCST) Pathway in Helicobacter pylori


Benjamin Raliski: Biochemical Applications of Microwave-Heating and "Click" Chemistry

Catherine Wise:  Nickel Complexes for Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Generation

Charlie Clark: Flow Properties of Friction Materials in Torque Converter Clutches

Christopher Komatsu, HaeSeong Kim, and Megha Vipani: Graphene Oxide/Polyamide-11 Composites

Claire Fortenberry: Development of Sol-Gel Stationary Phases for Micro- Gas Chromatography Columns

Dmitry Royzman: Structure, Luminescence, and Vapochromism of Bridged Cationic Copper(I) Dimers and Polymers

Gerardo Ayala: Copper(I) Complexes of Quinoxalines

Grace Taumoefolau: Synthesis of Dual-colored Fluorescent pH Sensor for Biological Systems

Hye Joo Yoon: 2,5-PRODAN Derivatives as Highly Sensitive Sensors of Low Solvent Acidity

Isabel Hardee and Ali Drissi: Proton Affinities of Cyclo-Amino Acids from the Extended Kinetic Method

Jahan Cooper: Progress Towards the Synthesis of Biologically Active Polyrhacitides

James Chesnut and Doug Cheek: Hydrogen Bond Quenching of Fluorescent Sensors: Synthesis of Intramolecular Hydrogen Bond Model Compounds

Jenna Tan:  Electron-Transfer Kinetics of Single Molecules in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Systems

John Kean and Matthew Mendonca: Fluorescence Enhancement of Dye Molecules on Silica-Coated Nanoparticles

Kathryn Mayer: Hydrogen Evolution Catalyzed by an Iron Polypyridyl Complex in Aqueous Solutions

Kathy Huynh: Proton Affinities of Decitabine, Gemcitabine, and Other Modified Nucleosides from the Extended Kinetic Method

Kelsey Miller: Asymmetric Synthesis of Loline Alkaloids: a Family of Natural Insecticides

Ryan Goodman: Evaluation of Preconcentrator Designs for Micro-Gas Chromatography

Stephanie Till: Models of the Metal Scavenger Metallothionein

Stephanie Winslow: Documenting New Biologically Relevant Metal Selenium Interactions

Thomas Dziura: Copper(I) Cyanide Networks with 1-Phenylpiperazine

Yvonne Mack, Natalie Hudson-Smith, Jake Lisi, and Patrick Smith: Low Molecular Weight Polyamide-11: Organic Acid Aging

Environmental Science and Policy

Zander Pellegrino: Survey of Sustainability Practices and Energy Consumption Reporting at   Virginia Peer Institutions


Elizabeth Saccoccia: Evaluating the Influence of the Pitch and Tar Swamp on the Jamestown Aquifer


Kaitlin Kressin: The Effect of Aging and Myofiber Type on Neuromuscular Junction Morphology

Robyn Garratt and Ellen Shaffrey: Myofiber Type Specificity of Sarcopenia

Colleen Leathrum: Exercise Remodels the Neuromuscular Junction in Young, but Not Aged Muscles


Catherine King: Mathematically Modeling Zooplankton Communities in the Chesapeake Bay


Adryan Flores: GnRH Variation in Wild Peromyscus leucopus

Bailey Jordan: Short-term Memory in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)

Cassidy Reich: Nicole Mendoza, Camille Hughes, and Jon MacLeod: Effects of Nicotine on Probability Discounting

Diana Otoya, Aaron Ng, Cassandra Leong, and Natalie McConnell: Effects of Decreasing Light Illumination as a Visual Signal: Role of Basal Forebrain Cholinergic Neurons


Arlo Hollingshad: Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and Cryogenic Capability

Ashna Aggarwal and Haley Bauser: Testing the Optical Properties of VO2 Thin Films during a Thermally Induced Metal-to-Insulator Transition

Melissa Guidry: Dependence of Momentum Transfer on Position of the Rastered Electron Beam in the Qweak Experiment at Jefferson Lab

Nick Penthorn: Precision Polarimetry of Polarized Helium-3

Rachel Hyneman:  Modeling RF Emissions from Particle Showers in Dense Mediums


Addie Merians: Gendered Race Prototypes: The Relation between Nonprototypicality and Intersectional Invisibility

Anna Hochgraf: The Skinny on Regulating Media Images to Prevent Eating Disorders

Ari Romano-Verthelyi: Co-Rumination and Emotional Support within Friendships Differentially Predict Loneliness for Boys and Girls

Constance Hull, Matt Ernesto, Lauren Marshall, Veronica Junghahn, Emily O'Gorman, Katarina O'Reilly, and Natalie Libster: Pregnancy in the Context of Incarceration

Lauren Quast and Kathryn Rehberg: Expression of Emotion within Friendships: The Role of Coping

Michelle Camp and Naomi Parr: Middle School Bullying: Intra- and Interpersonal Differences between Bully and Victim Subtypes

Minu Nagashunmugam:  Embodied Cognition and Confrontation

Petar Yanev, Everett Altherr, Christine Teal Kozikowski, and John Kittle: Interactions between Basal Forebrain Noncholinergic Neurons and Cholinergic System Blockade on Attention

Sarah Summers, Hannah Boes, and Natalee Price: Mother Emotion Dysregulation Predicts Child Friendship Quality through Child Adaptive Emotion Coping