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Summer Research Showcase

The Summer Research Showcase is the Charles Center's annual undergraduate research event. The Showcase provides students who received summer research funding from the Charles Center a chance to present their work. Everyone is welcome to come check out the exciting research being done by William and Mary undergraduates!

The 2014 Summer Research Showcase will be held September 29-October 3 with over 175 student presentations over the course of the week. Oral presentations will be held on Monday and Friday 1:00-5:00 pm and poster presentations will be held on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30-11:00 am and on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:30-5:00 pm. All events are in Blow 201 and open to the public.

2014 Summer Research Showcase Schedule

Monday, September 29 

ORAL PRESENTATIONS: Blow 201, 1:00-5:00

1:00-1:30

Ebony Lambert, Reviving Bigger Thomas and Pecolo Breedlove: Self-Esteem, Social Perceptions, and Beauty Norms in the Lives of African American Youth

 1:30-2:00

Casey Thompson, Brianzolo, A Hidden Identity

2:00-2:30

Sarah Schad, Factor X's Involvement in M1-Macrophage Induced Breast Cancer Cell Death

2:30-3:00

Sarah Caspari, Remembering Youth Political Activism Under Dictatorship

3:00-3:30

Anuraag Sensharma, Transfer of Learning as a Unifying Concept in Physics Education Research

3:30-4:00

Scott Nordstrom, Mercury and Conditions for Migration Load

4:00-4:30

Rachel Merriman-Goldring, Oysters are the 1%

4:30-5:00

Nathan Owen, 'GENe'- A DNA Sequence Cataloger

Tuesday, September 30

POSTER PRESENTATIONS: Blow 201, 3:30-5:00 pm

Natasha King: Creative Nonfiction Inspired by the Greater Puget Sound Area
Michael Le:  Remember Me: Testimony and Historic Memory in Post-Franco Spain
Jeffrey Diamond:  Negative Theodicy
Sara Suarez: Communicating Sublime Experiences Through Film
Isabel Bush:  Once Upon the Internet: Modern Folklore in Japan
Blair Stuhlmuller:  Islands Under Siege: The Cultural Ramifications of Natural Phenomena in Japan and Hawaii
Catherine Freund:  Food for Thought
Anna Wong:  A Personal Anthology on Eating Disorders
Charles A. de Azagra:  Modeling the Effects of Enforcement Spending on International Narcotics Policy Outcomes
Giana Castellanos:  The Shutdown: The European Crisis
Andrew Sherburne:  Is Denmark Better Off Keeping the Krone?
Allison Ramage:  Umweltschutz and Environmental Protection: An Economic Perspective
Laura Pugh:  Determinants of Child Hygiene in Karamoja, Uganda
Rebecca Schectman:  AidData Summer Fellowship at UNICEF Uganda
Yuhao Du: Impacts of Social Media on Chinese Governance
Danielle Tassara:  The Emergence of Multi-Ethnic Young Adults in Korea
Akela Lacy:  Civil Conflict in “Peripheral” Nations: Media Coverage, Diplomatic Response, and Public Opinion
Jack Edgar: The Effect of Scale Development and New Urbanism on the Establishment of a Sense of Community in Societal “Third Places
Alex Frey:  The Political Economy of New Jersey Transportation Monopolies
Katie McGhee:  Special Education Policy Makers’ Perspectives Regarding Support of Middle-School Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Inclusive Environments
Linh Vinh:  Scribing: Roles and Infrastructure in Non-Profit Clinical Settings
Malia Hain: Barriers to Prescription Drugs
Addie Merians: An Examination of Facial Mimicry in College Students
Eileen Nakahata:  Promoting Urban Biodiversity in the City of Alexandria
Rachel Sillcox:  Assessing language Deficits in Aphasia Patients
Catherine Wise:  A Nickel Complex for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation
Christina Stephens:  Proliferation and Consequent Intercellular Cytotoxicity of Prion Infection
Claire Tocheny:  The Effect of Notch Perturbation on Programmed Cell Death and Proliferation in the Developing Xenopus laevis Nervous System
Daniel Perkes:  Uncertainty, Temperature, and Pollution
Elisa Enriquez Hesles:  Determining the Localization of VCP and CHIP upon Heat Shock in HeLa Cells
Alana Burton:  Verifying a Flux-Based Model of Sodium-22 Delivery for the Purpose of Dating Young Freshwaters
Emily Masi:  Lesioning Thalamic Reticular Neurons
Kimberly Zamuda:  Factors Explaining Population Turnover in Pond Breeding Frog
Mary Stern:  Nucleocytoplasmic Shuttling of Thyroid Hormone Receptor
Morrison Turnasky:  Mod(n) Matrices
Paige Stuhlmuller:  Chesapeake Bay Exchange: Exploring the Interaction Between the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Ocean
Trevor Chang:  Iron Polypyridyl Catalysts for Hydrogen Generation
Alexa Silva:  Catalysts for Hydrogen Generation
Wanji Zhang:  Artificial Photosynthesis’ Immobilization of Catalysts on TiO2 Semiconductor

Wednesday, October 1

POSTER PRESENTATIONS: Blow 201, 9:30-11:00

Adriana Lopez-Piper:  Unfair Circumstances, Unequal Outcomes: Understanding the Achievement Gap in U.S. Schools
Alyssa Samuel:  Effective Guidance?: Understanding High-Achieving, Low-Income Student Perceptions of School Counselors’ College Advising
Brittany Thomas:  Student Success Rates and Socioeconomic Residential Segregation in Public School Systems
Chloe Miksovic:  How do they do it?: Characteristics of Successful Teachers of African American Students
Katie Sosa:  An Investigation of Resources Available to Transgender College Students
Rose Braue:  Attitudes Toward College Students with Autism
Avery Lim:  A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Award-Winning U.S. and China Teachers’ Interviews 
Victoria Mangiapani:  The Effect of Gender on Gameplay in Story-Based Role-Playing Video Games
Peter Colwell: AidData Summer Fellowship, Kathmandu University
Joanna Borman:  Local Media Coverage and State Level ideology
Tanner Russo:  Reasonable Expectations: Privacy, State Supreme Courts, and the Third Party Doctrine   
Jacqueline Romero:  From Office Flowers to Business Magnates: The Rise of Women in  Contemporary Japanese Business 
Alexanadra Granato:  The Human Reflection Project
Robert Bohnke:  Memory of the Franco Dictatorship in Cádiz, Spain
Elisabeth Bloxam:  Myth and Memory in Postwar France  
Jen Hartley:  Nazi Propaganda and its Effects on Women
Hannah Tucker:  A Smoking Structure: Firm Organization in the Transatlantic Tobacco Trade during the Eighteenth Century
Shannon Fineran:  The Power of the Pumarejo 
Mary McCulla:  The Laudatio Turiae as a Bridge Between Eras
Claire Weaver:  He Do the Police in Different Voices: The Influence of Detective Fiction in T.S. Eliot’s Works
Nick White:  Eloquence (From a Rhetorical Perspective)
Jackson Stone:  3D Printing in Small Communities: The Birth of Miniature Industry
Heather Hoskins:  Relaxed 3-Coloring of Planar Graphs
Anthony Finch:  How Survey Method Affects Direct Spending Reports
Andy Halleran: Transcriptomic characterization of the cluster A4 mycobacteriophage Kampy
Jordan Villa:  Unnatural Amino Acids in Proteins
Kelsey Renoll:  Investigating Factors Influencing Metathesis
Maren Leibowitz:  Synthesis of Aristopyridinone A 
Michael C. LeFew:  Analysis of Calcium Dynamics in Developing Xenopus laevis  
Nick Udell:  Data Recovery and Signal Amplification in Non-Invasive NMR
Tessa Diehl:  The Effects of Salinity on Uca Minax Blood Osmolality 
Jiajun Hoo:  Understanding Multiple Quantum Coherences 
Mark Zuschlag:  Experience Through Gaming
Nicholas Gupta: Reducing Neural Bias Toward Homosexual Couples
Honora Overby:  Clothing in Sensation Fiction
Tim Wright:  Mobile Phones and Women’s Empowerment, a Field Experiment
Neal Parker:  Preparation and Analysis of Diatom Frustules for Identification and Catalyst Substrate Preparation

POSTER PRESENTATIONS: Blow 201, 3:30-5:00

Abigail Simon:  Remembering the Confederacy in a Changing World: Exploring Public History at Richmond's Museum of the Confederacy
Alberta Kallon:  The Role of Irish Film Culture in Shaping Homophobia and Xenophobia
Julia O'Connell:  Evolution of the Epic
Julianne Abruzzo:  The Prevalence of Greek and Roman Mythology in Contemporary Adolescent Literature: Humorous, Modernized Adaptations and the Merits of the Percy Jackson Series
Brandon Timbrook:  The Art of War
Jacob Abrams:  Mining Internationalism: The Case of the Courrières Mine Disaster
Josh Aurand:  The Compromiso in the Work of El Famoso Juan Gelman
Johnny Mac Yates:  Improving Access to False Cape State Park
Justin DeShazor:  Empowering Citizen Monitors in Uganda
Emily Wasek:  Creating an Inclusive Democracy
Miranda Elliott:  Automating AidData's Data Extraction
Samuel Dunham:  Investment, Unrest, and the Egyptian Revolution of 2011
Sarah Kinniburgh:  Passing the Torch
Susannah Philbrick:  The Impact of Christianity on Women's Artistic Gymnastics
Thomas Le:  An Analysis of Eating Disorders Portrayed in Memoirs
Wei Chang:  A Study of Linguistic Correspondence between Taiwanese Dialect and Mandarin Chinese
Marvin Shelton:  Being An 'Extraterrestrial': The Need for Academic Emphasis on the Intersection of Race and Sexuality
Amanda Olsen:  The B in LGBT
Matthew Adan:  A Study of Community Capacity Building Through the Lens of Health Promotion
Eboni Brown:  America's Education Spending Conundrum
Maia Tinder:  Rates of Suicide in Cancer Patients and Survivors
Carly Shira:  The Right Fit: Improving the Algorithm Assigning Students to Colleges Based on Test Scores
Matt Keimig:  A Statistical Analysis of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Sara Taylor:  Emotion Detection & Attention with Autistic Traits
Melissa Hey:  Consequences of Plant-Herbivore Interactions on Population Dynamics of Common Milkweed
Molly Teague:  Lepidium draba: a potential target of Classical Biological Control (CBC)
Laura Minnema:  Role of Alpha-Synuclein in the Pathogenesis of Parkinson's Disease
Rachel Cook:  Milkweed Patch Dynamics and Insect Diversity
Allison Kelley:  Comparison of Solvent Cleaning Techniques using Single-sided NMR
Evelyn Luner:  Effects of Adolescent Nicotine on Context-Dependent Memory Retrieval
George Rudebusch:  Increasing Financial Inclusion: An Examination of Securitization and Mobile Banking
Grace Taumoefolau:  Synthesis of Dual-Colored Fluorescent pH sensor
Jay Shah:  A Secondary Analysis of the Endurance Running Hypothesis
Jing Ye:  Application of Atomic Force Microscopy in Characterizing Graphene Based Nanocomposites
Jonathan Rider:  Technological Applications of Consumer Grade EEGs
Sarah Volz:  Parental Influence on Children's Attention to Smoking and Non-Smoking Related Cues
Shahida Mizan: Trial by Trial Data Analysis of the Effect of OrexinA on  FBNF1 Hybrid Male Rats' Cognitive Attention Performances 
Stacy Trackenberg:  How Do Changes in Offspring Provisioning Influence Larval and Juvenile Development in Seastars?
Stephanie Till:  Bis-tetradentate Complexes of Cd(II) and Hg(II) with N8 Coordination
Casey Lardner:  Investigating A Mechanism Underlying Sex-specific Responses to Nutrition Using the Monarch Butterfly as a Model
Taylor Lain:  Investigation of Electrostatic and Oxidation-reduction Interactions of Glycolytic Enzymes with Tubulin
Hae Seong Kim:  Incorporation of Graphene Oxide into Polyurethane and Acrylic Polymers for Enhancement Against Hydrolytic Degradation

Thursday, October 2

POSTER PRESENTATIONS: Blow 201, 9:30-11:00

Ashby Sturgis:  Pirates and Slaves: The Good Shepherd Archaeological Project
Margaret Horning:  Is there an “anti-gay” adaptation?: An exploration of attitudes toward homosexuality in ancient civilizations
Noah Brooksher:  Sugar, Spice, Everything Nice, and Just a Dash of Television: Children’s Animated Programs and Gender Identity
Gabriel Morey:  “Arming America”: A Case Study of Modern American Gun Culture
Madeline Grimm:  Travel Guides that Shaped the Nation
Brooke Huffman:  Understanding the Relationship Between Geography and Interpersonal Networks
Charles Michael Dunn Steiner:  Investigating the Prospects for Increasing Entrepreneurship Among Arab-Israeli Women
Jake Schneider:  The Economic Development of the Sultanate of Oman: The Impact of Oil Wealth and Institutions
Darice Xue:  AidData Summer Fellowship in Mexico City
Emily Mahoney:  Improving USAID Implementing Partner Planning, Coordination, and M&E
Alison Roberts: Balancing the Scales: Understanding Nutrition Aid
Ana O’Harrow:  Radicalization and Extremism: An Examination of Money, Markets, and Motivation
Diya Uthappa:  Measuring Infrastructure Development Using DTRA
Edmund Saw:  Fighting Discrimination Outside the State
Elisabeth Laird:  The Modern European: An Analysis of Ethnic Minority Identity in the Twenty-First Century
John Nguyen:  Confronting...Racism? The Effect of Racial Ambiguity on the Perception of Prejudice Confrontation
Alexandra McAuliffe:  The Role of Social Infrastructure in Overcoming Collective Problems in Marginalized Communities
Austin Tapp: Probability Discounting: Choosing Risky Reward
Emily Drake:  The Neurological Basis for Religious Visions: A Case Study of St. Hildegard von Bingen
Stephanie Wraith:  Assessing the Role of Maternal and Community Capacities in Preventing Hygiene-Related Infectious Diseases
Mary Shea: Case Studies of Media Responses to Research
Morgan Sehdev:  The Promotion of Self-Efficacy for Improved Health and Dengue Prevention in the Dominican Republic
Richie Thaxton:  Environmental Awareness at Aspen T.R.E.E.
Sarah Kleinknecht:  An Analysis of Health Care Systems in Two Countries Through Determining Public Satisfaction with Health Care Delivery
Tim Planert:  Economic Corruption in Eastern Europe
Tyler Brent: Queer Comrades: Cooperative Marriages and Their Impact on the Chinese LGBT Movement
Will Evans:  Investigating the Partisan Word Choices Made in Local Newspaper Coverage About the Affordable Care Act
William Plews-Ogan:  Circle Sentencing in New South Wales, Australia
Yussre El Bardicy:  Egyptians, Democratization, and Revolution
Emma Albert-Stone:  Investigating the Neural Basis of Risky Decision-Making
Emma McGregor:  Exploration and Characterization of Importin Binding to TRα
Eri Anastas:  Anterior-Posterior Neural Axis Plasticity in Xemopus laevis
Marshall Padilla:  Synthesis and Application of L-phenylalanine-4-azobenzene\
Cyril Anyetei-Anum:  The Effect of Bisphenol A on Thyroid Hormone Receptor Nuclear Localization
Christian Leatherman:  Axonal Degeneration and Calcium Activity in Injured Avian Neurons
Ford Avery: Effect of Endocrine Disruption on Neuroendocrine Variation in Peromyscus leucopus
Jaclyn Ianucci:  Differential Effects of Environmental Versus Psychosocial Stressors on Anxiety
Jacob Lisi:  Method Comparison of Graphene Oxide Loaded into UHMWPE
Jamie Harris:  Impacts of Terrestrial Viruses on Aquatic Microbial Communities
Jasmin Green: Metagenomic Comparison of Viral Communities in Lake Matoaka
Sophia Alapati:  Comorbidity of Trichotillomania and ADD/ADHD

POSTER PRESENTATIONS: Blow 201, 3:30-5:00

Rachel Mccullough:  Exploring the Styles and Techniques of 20th Century American Writers
Owen Sitler:  The Evolution of American War Poetry from World War II Through the Vietnam War
Hong Yu:  A Comparative Study on English Translation of Chinese Poetry
Lauren Jean: “Agus dar mo vrethir sum iotmhar ocarac”: Public Admonishment in the Scribal Colophons of the Manuscripts of the Medical School of Aghmacart
Peter Menelly:  100 Years Later: An Exploration of the Somme, Ypres, and the Memory of War
Anna Nicholson:  Symbolism of the Berlin Wall in the United States
Maura Brennan:  Fountain Houses in the Athenian Agora
Colleen Daszkiewicz:  Self-Constructions of Identity Among the Mapuche Indians
Libby Towell:  The Economic Drivers of Demand for the Williamsburg Farmers Market
Barbara Rion:  Marketing the Independent Coffeehouse
Jessica Armstrong:  Food Addiction: Drug Addiction’s Cousin?
Kara Newman:  An Interdisciplinary Investigation of Famine and Hunger
Michael Testa:  The Relationship Between Digital Media and Protest: A Case Study of the Arab Spring
Haley Arata:  Divorce Rights for Muslim Women in India
Lillian Singer:  A Statistical Analysis of State and Nationwide Legislation on Women’s Healthcare Access in Virginia
Taylor James:  Self-Efficacy of Pilgrims on the Camino Frances
Christian Chamberlayne:  Nanoscale Antenna
Christine Gao:  Simultaneous overexpression of exportins 5 and 7 on TR distribution
Corynne Dech:  Growing Networks with Positive and Negative Links
Caehla McGeady:  The Identification and Analysis of Point Source Pollution
David Geroski:  Simulating Superconductivity in  Integral Equations
Alec Lyons:  Impact of Chestnut Blight on Insect Populations
David McPherson:  Integral Projection Models for Two Populations of American Chestnut and Implications for Managed Re-Introduction
Elise Braatz:  A Mathematical Model of Insulin Resistance in Parkinson’s Disease
Emily Parrish:  Using HPLC-MS to Identify Proteins from Wild Type and Mutant Strains of Leiobactor pylori
Gladys Shaw:  Effects of Cell Cycle Inhibition on NeuNeuronal Phenotype Specification
Hannah Shenouda:  Investigations of Electron Withdrawing Substituents on the Selectivity of Nucleophilic Attack in Bismuth Catalyzed 2,6-disubstitued THP Formation
John Kean:  Fluorescent Enhancement of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Joseph Handy:  Synthesis of Photoreactive Copper Complexes
Anthony Bennici:  Determining Regulatory Points of Signal Transduction in Heliobacter pylori
Ashley Meredith:  Chasing Terrapins
Audrey Kriva:  Thyroid Hormone Receptor—Remaining Mysteries
Kate Shipman:  Cannibalism in Zooplankton
Lyuba Bolkhovitinov:  Anterior and Posterior Neural Axis Plasticity in the Developing Central Nervous System of Xenopus laevis
Mitchell Polizzi:  Development and Testing of an Automated, Submerged Filamentous Algae Harvester
Natalie Hudson-Smith:  Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites in Polyimide Films
Ryan Yan: Investigating the Crosstalk Between SUMO and Ubiquitin

 Friday, October 3

ORAL PRESENTATIONS: Blow 201, 1:00-5:00

1:00-1:30

Lucas Leblanc, Scotland and Catalonia: The New Independent States of Europe?

1:30-2:00

Duenya Hassan, The Palestinian Gender Quotas and the Construction of the Female Parliamentarian Type

2:00-2:30

Dahanah Josias Sejour, The Effect of Race and Sport Stereotypically in Advertisements on the Perceptions of Beverage

 2:30-3:00

Yusheng Qin, Determining the Environmental Stimuli of CrdRS Two-Component System of Helicobacter pylori

3:00-3:30

Bernadette Deschaines, Regulation of the Rhizobium-Legume Symbiosis

3:30-4:00

Salma Abdel-Raheem, Developmental Responses of Echinoid Echinoderms to Environmental Fluctuations

4:00-4:30

Alyssa Brown, An Analysis of the Effect of the Minimum Wage on Employment Dynamics

4:30-5:00

Matthew Abel, Working in the Field: Community Gardens, Shifting Concrete, and Economies of Difference