Summer Research Showcase

2017 Summer Research Showcase Schedule

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. All are welcome to come check out the exciting research being done by William & Mary undergraduates!

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Thursday, September 14
ORAL PRESENTATIONS | Swem Library, The Botetourt Theater | 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Hannah Knerr, History, Conservation, and Value: A Study of National Parks
  • Lauren Herbine, The Spirit of '39 Relived: A Modern Journey through Landscape and History 
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
  • Alexander Nocks, News Media Diversity
  • Harrison Tamke, Civil-Military Divide on Wartime Ethics in the United States, Implications for Policy and Strategy, and Potential Remedies
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.  
  • Devon Wolfe, J.S. Mill's Representative Government in the Athenian Spirit  
  • Leah Roemer, "Faded": First Alcohol Experiences and the Causes of Teen Drinking
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Caroline Mea, More than Ministers: The Changing Role of the United States Military Chaplain in the Mental Health Care of the Service Member
  • Kate Sandberg, Authenticity in the 'How I Became a Vegan Story': Discourse about Food in the Vegan Community of Practice
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Joseph Bistransky, Class, Nationalism, and Legalism in Soviet Propaganda Film
  • Emma Merrill, Firearms Trafficking in Virginia: Are there Economic Incentives for Federal Firearms Licensees to Favor Regulation? 
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Erin Lottes, Neuroscience for Kids
  • Likhitha Kolla, Mapping the Immune Landscape of Breast Cancer Tumor Microenvironments
POSTER SESSION ONE | Swem Library, The Research Room | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Daniel Aboagye, Internship at EPRC
  • Anna Ayre, What Makes a Diva? Examining the Prerequisites for Success as a Classical Vocal Soloist
  • Francesca Babetski, Dictators, Oppression, Resistance: A Comparison of the Somoza and Pinochet Regimes
  • Amna Baloul, Nutrition and Emotional Health: Examining the Association between Poor Nutrition and Depression in a Population of Pregnant Incarcerated Women
  • Lydia Boike, Antioxidants as Pro-oxidants: Examining the Effects of Oxidized Catechol-based Derivatives on LDH and ADH Enzyme Activity
  • Jessica Campbell, Perception of Word Stress in L1 and L2 Spanish and English
  • Cassandra Chang, Flow Movement in the Oral and Opercular Cavities of the American Shad
  • Courtney Check, Annual Movement Patterns of Pond-breeding Anurans: An Understudied Mechanism of High Conservation Concern
  • Graeme Cranston-Cuebas, The Concessions Dilemma: The Unintended Consequences of Successful Land Concessions Development Reforms
  • Rebecca Deitch, The Incorporation of Unnatural Amino Acids to Diversify the Chemical Function of Protein Arginine Methyltransferases
  • Megan DelBianco, Peer Influence on Political Preference
  • Samuel de Vignier-Awad, A Study of the Progression of R-Rated Movies and Their Relation to American Culture
  • Robin Dixon, Uncovering the Underground Clonal Growth of Common Milkweed
  • Ivan Echevarria, Unlikely Arrangements 
  • Christopher Elsner, A Zipfian Approach to Population Clustering
  • Kexin Fan, H.pylori Virulence Factor oipA in Asian Strains
  • Madeline Hamborg, Correlation between Degrees of ASD Traits and Levels of Recognized Empathy Among Racial In- and Out-Groups
  • Michelle Hermes, Conceptualizing the Holocaust Complex: The Effect of Age on Perceptions towards Refugee Admittance in Germany
  • Jung Huh, Correlation between ASD Traits and Differential Mu Suppression during the Observation and Imitation of Dynamic Simple and Complex Facial Emotions
  • Yajna Jowaheer, Measuring Effect of Implicit and Explicit Prejudice on Person Perception of Drug Users 
  • Mbiye Kasonga, Black Space: Mapping Out William and Mary's Relationship to African Americans
  • Anna Kenan, The Mechanism of ArsRS Two Component System in the Acid Response of Helicobacter Pylori  
  • Sruthi Kodali, The Dynamic Relationship Between Food Deserts and Health Statistics Over Time in Virginia
  • Sheng Long, The "Other" Sex in Science Fiction
  • Shreya Mandava, CRISPR/Cas9 and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Genetic Variation
  • Jonathan McNeil, Women in Musical Subcultures: A Comparative Study of Heavy Metal and Irish Traditional Music
  • Sophia Palia, Effects of Noise Pollution on Songbird Behavior 
  • Elena Parcell, Characterizing the Role of SPE-6 in Caenorhabditis Elegans Spermatogenesis
  • Ranjani Parthasarathy, The (il)Logic of Anarchy: Challenging Anarchy as an Assumption of IR Theory 
  • Reema Patel, Exploring and Evaluating Organizational Efforts to Help D.C.’s Mentally Ill Homeless Population
  • Alexandra Payne, Viral Community Dynamics and  Composition Across Time and Space in Lotic Ecosystems
  • Blake Phillips, The Influence of Supreme Court Clerks on Court Opinions
  • Eleanor Pollard, Princess to Prince-less: How Disney has Reshaped its Animated Female Leads  
  • Andrea Powers, The Small Arms Revolution: An Analysis of Small Arms Proliferation, Non-state Actor Power, Major Power Defense Strategy, and How This All Fits Together
  • Nicholas Rudman, An Examination of the Use of Technological Tools in the Teaching of Latin in a High School Setting
  • Madeline Salino, Natural Dye and Fiber Art
  • Rachel Smith, Oxidation and Covalent Modification in Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Rafael Snell-Feikema, Decolonization and Ecology
  • Brooke Stephenson, Short Story Series: Finding a Human Voice in Fiction
  • Soren Struckman, Modeling the Effects of Herbivory and Leaf Chemistry Traits on Milkweed Population Dynamics
  • Maowei Tian, Investigating the Relationship between Amblyomma americanum Abundance, Temperature, and Moisture in the Virginia Peninsula
  • Hannah Winckler-Olick, Citizenship: Concept, Components, and Development
POSTER SESSION TWO | Swem Library, The Research Room | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Brian Anyakoha, Social Anxiety and Pain: The Racial Link 
  • Isabella Bartels, The Family-School Relationship: Influences of Social and Cultural Capital in High Socioeconomic Status Families
  • Ruth Beaver, Climate Cycling of Traditional and Water-Mixable Oil Paints
  • Meron Begashaw, An Investigation of Felt Health Needs and Priorities of Ethiopian Immigrants in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area
  • Daniel Brown, The Effect of Facebook Posts on Political Polarization
  • Andrew Burns, Assessing Neuronal Integrity with Neurophysiology in the Avian Visual System 
  • Connor Chapin, The Design and Development of 3D Printable Heat Engines
  • Marc Charbonier, The Monroad Trip
  • Elsa ChinburgPerceived Benefits of Outdoor Recreation
  • Jessica Crowley, Modeling the Inhibition of Calcium Influx in Axon Degeneration 
  • Katherine Danstrom, The Effect of Statements Issued by the Federal Reserve on the US Economy
  • Charlotte DeForest, Myth of a Nation: Fantasy and Nationalism
  • Moussa Dia, Environmental Changes in Northern Norway throughout the Holocene
  • Rachel Dubit, A Song of Arms and of the Goddess: The Carmen de Bello Actiaco and Octavian's Conquest of Egypt
  • Alyssa Eversmeyer, Regional Challenges and Resources in the Reentry of the Formerly Incarcerated and Mentally Ill
  • Mary Grutta, Effect of Mentor Relationships on Vocational Outcomes for Emerging Adults
  • Aidan Hennessey-Niland, The Impact of Government Negotiations and Incentive Packages on World Cup Host Locations
  • Sophie Higgerson, Space and Society: Vestiges of the Gilded Age in the Urban Development of Newport, Rhode Island
  • Katharine Hopkins, A Comparative Analysis of Civilian and Military Medicine
  • Emily Jackson, Motherist Activism and Economic Justice in Argentina
  • Andrew Lancaster, First-Time Synthesis of Quinone Natural Products with Potential Biological Activity
  • Carolina May, Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Storm Water Ponds
  • Margaret Miller, Comparative Study of the Spanish and Syrian Civil Wars
  • Ashley Mitchell, EP of Original Works
  • Jordan Moghanaki, AFM imaging of BN nanomaterials 
  • Rose Olwell, The Devil’s Café au Lait: African Mothers, French Fathers, and the Métis Question in Colonial French West Africa 1870-1940
  • Saurav Pattanayak, Immunocytochemistry on Mice Brains
  • Rachel Plummer, Media's Effects on Body Image
  • Rebecca QuinnThe History of the Sheringham Point Lighthouse
  • Michael Salomon, Investigating Cancer Causing Mutations
  • Erica Schneider, The Economic Benefits of the Virginia Capital Trail to Williamsburg
  • Sonali Shirali, Modeling: Hypertension and Alzheimer's Disease
  • Prakrit Shukla, Macroeconomic Analysis of the US Video Game Industry
  • Amy Squire, Summer Holiday: An Original Short Story and Film
  • Casey Terrel, Impact of ISIL Terror Attacks on 2016 U.S. Election
  • Yosselin Turcios, Discarded Loyalty: The Deportation of Immigrant Veterans 
  • Catherine Valery, Eclogitization and Shear Zone Kinematics in the Lofoten Islands, Norway
  • Madeline White, From Being to Thing: Commodification and Flexible Personhood of Domesticated Animals
POSTER SESSION THREE | Swem Library, The Research Room | 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Nada Aljassar, An Overview of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance with a Focus on Health Systems Strengthening
  • Allison Bowers, AidData Summer Fellow
  • Ty'leik Brandon, The Effect of Affinity Groups on African American Women Graduate Students at PWIs
  • Hannah Bruzzio, Particle Interactions in the Filter-Feeding American Shad
  • Molly Charles, Russian Narratives of War in Literature and Film
  • Evan DeFraine, Summer Novel
  • Anna Do, Gas-phase Hydrogen Deuterium Exchange and Fragmentation Studies of Lysine Containing Tetrapeptides 
  • Laila Drury, Correlations Between Physiological Responsivity to Stress, Anxiety Disorder Vulnerability, and Gender Differences
  • Elizabeth Flood, ''Reader, I Did Not Marry Him'': Marriage Proposals, Consent, and Female Sexuality in the Victorian Era
  • Anna Gosling, Understanding Time: Scientific and Theological Approaches
  • Sarah Harmon, USAID/Philippines AidData Summer Fellowship
  • Sarah Heins, Communication and Exchange in the Medical Narratives of William Carlos Williams
  • Conor Higgins, An Inclusivity Audit for the Science Museum of Virginia
  • Astraea Howard, Understanding the Social Context of Illegal Abortion in Argentina 
  • William Kim, Purification and Characterization of Boron Nitride Nanotubes
  • Katherine LangStructural Geology of the Blue Ridge Tunnel at Rockfish Gap, Va 
  • Jacob Larsen, Board Games and Political Theory
  • Evan Lawrence, Parker's Marsh Beach Profiling  
  • Yoongbok Lee, Group Based Cryptography
  • Alison Lindsay, The Importance of Agricultural Advisors and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Julie Luecke, A Cross-Cultural Study of Attitudes Towards Arabs
  • Connor Mahlbacher, Analyzing the Role of Geography in College Football Recruiting
  • Daniel McGlynn, House Rules for Strategic Games
  • Samantha Mehring, Gender Inequality in Liberia: Leveling the Playing Field with “Manball”
  • Rebecca Merriman-Goldring, The Success of Virginia Reproductive Health Legislation: A Pilot Study  
  • Bennett Mertz, A Study of Solitude
  • William Moore, When Collective Security Abandoned Abyssinia
  • Alec Mouser, Characterizing Oregon’s System of Direct Democracy: What is its Effect on Civil Liberties?
  • Peter Myer, Terrapin Turtle Ecology on Hunting Island State Park, SC: To BRD or Not to BRD?
  • Jen Peek, RNF4's Role in Stripping Transcriptionally-Active Huntingtin on a Genome Wide Level
  • Killian Reddy, The Effect of Advertising Cost on the Variability of Appeal to Viewers in TV Commercials
  • Madison Renshaw,  How the Latitude of a Lake Affects Lead Concentrations in Sediment Cores
  • Geoffrey Ringlee, Huguenot Identity and Memory in 19th Century America
  • Sarah Ruiz, The Great American Solar Eclipse
  • Emma Russell, Sold Identities: As Told through Traditional Palestinian Dress  
  • Riley Schwartz, The Effect of School-Based Clinics on Teenage Pregnancy Rates in the United States 
  • Kelsie Sirak, The Pathway of Language Acquisition and Learning
  • Caitlin Taylor, From Biases to Behaviors: Predicting Discriminatory Behaviors Directed Towards Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Mariah Vaughn, Georgia O'Keeffe's Curation: an Examination of the Artist's Inner Life
  • Sonya Vidal, Impressionism Connected Through Visual and Aural Art
  • Natalie Walter, The Urban Green City: Analyzing the Success of 21st Century Berlin
  • Theodore Wansink, Unknown, Unkissed, & Lost: The Philosophical and Literary Underpinnings of the Films of Charlie Kaufman
  • Shichuan Xi, A Proton Reduction Polypyridyl Monophenilate Catalyst Containing Pendant Amine
  • Emily Xu, Characterizing Oocyte Maturation in R. sp. SB347 Hermaphrodites
  • Jack Zhang, Mapping the Philippines: Creating Maps of the Most Vulnerable Populations 
Friday, September 15
ORAL PRESENTATIONS | Swem Library, The Botetourt Theater | 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 
  • Sora Edwards-Thro, Syans Fiksyon: Defining Afrofuturism in a Haitian Context
  • Yonghao Wang, In Defense of Property Dualism
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 
  • Alison Gerhard, Construction of Variable Dimension CdCl2 Complexes from Topologically Linear Pentadentate Ligands
  • Elizabeth Amato, Aqueous Detection of Mercury Using Nanoparticles
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
  • Heather Lawrence, Imagining Oppression in Contemporary Young Adult Novels
  • Jesse Granger, Diatomaceous Hybrid Polymer-Nanoparticle Solar Cells 
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
  • Brittany Acors, Children of the Bible: Protestant Traditions and the Twenty-First Century Ecumenical Movement
  • Elijah Levine, Performing the Spiritual in Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" and John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
  • Alexandra Wingate, Windows to Identity: Private Libraries of Navarre in the 16th and 17th centuries
  • Yoojin Kook, Social Support and Mental Health among Underrepresented College Students
POSTER SESSION FOUR | Swem Library, The Research Room | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  •  Rebecca Beale, The Articulation of Women’s Movement Interests in the Democratic Platform: Motherhood and Work as Points of Meaning Making
  • Dara Bright, Fighting the Power 
  • Emilee Cardin, Placement of Numbers on a Grid 
  • Benjamin Christenson, Jar-Jar is the key to all of this
  • Chen Dong, The Molecular Mechanisms of Anterior-Posterior Axis Neural Plasticity in Xenopus laevis
  • Emily Earls, Cultural influences: Abortion Policy in Argentina
  • Emma Efkeman, The Museum as Sacred Space
  • Phoebe Flint, Little Buddies, Big Goals: The Effectiveness of a Youth Mentoring Program
  • Dana Florczak, Fighting Against the Backlash: Women’s Solidarity in Contemporary Fiction
  • Eric Gelles, Sport for Development: An Impact Evaluation of the Monrovia Football Academy
  • Hannah Gourdie, Accessing the Right to Choose: Factors Predicting the Enactment of Abortion Clinic Access Laws
  • Catherine Green, American Media Perceptions of Vladimir Putin, 1999 to 2016  
  • Ryan Hansen, Application of International Relations Theory to the Modern Middle East 
  • Benjamin Highland, The Sociobiology of Apocalyptic Judaism and Early Christianity 
  • Lauren Hoak, Native American Music: A Deeper Look into the Role of Female Ethnomusicologists/Ethnographers
  • Emma Johnson, The Mythologized Man’s Maladjustment in a Post-War World
  • Amar Kakirde, Community Banking in Chaguite, Nicaragua
  • Rebecca Lamb, Education, Domesticity, and False Promises:  the Politicization of Algerian Gender Equality from 1830 to 1984
  • Caitlyn Lau, Developing Alternative Methods to the Stock Market
  • Xiang Liu, Mathematical Studies of Optimal Economic Growth with Monetary Policy 
  • Yiyang Liu, Stability Analysis for 3 by 3 Matrices under Perturbation
  • Samuel McIntyre, Childhood and Trauma in Spanish Civil War Cinema
  • Leia Moran, A Critical Analysis of the Gig Economy
  • Grace Murray, Twitter as a Vehicle of Political Conversation
  • Zachary Oppler, Social Phenotypes in S. Cerevisiae
  • Mark Pownall, Compensation Following Notch Signaling Perturbation during Development of X. laevis 
  • Sarah Rodriquez, W&M LGBTIQ History Project Oral History Research 
  • Simran Rohatgi, Single Molecule Studies of Rhodamine 560  
  • Elizabeth Rosen, Post-Conflict Reintegration Strategies for Former Child Soldiers 
  • Samantha Ryan, Behind the Curtain: Althea Hunt as Directress, Professor, and Feminist
  • Megan Screen, Artificial Photosynthesis: Hydrogen Fuel Generation via Transition Metal Complexes
  • Daniel Speer, Accessing the Cannabinoid family of compounds using the Alkynyl-Prins Cyclization 
  • Aparajita Sur, Predicting Social Dynamics of Yeast Biofilms with a Stochastic Spatial Simulation
  • Brendan Thomas, Mapping la Métissage: Mixed-race Geographies along Red River 1816-1870
  • Chloe Walsh, Imaging the Self Assembly of the Spider Silk Protein 
  • Evelyn Williams, Effects of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in Alleviating Moderate Stress Levels in College Students 
  • Ryan Wilmington, Enhancing the Capabilities of Infrared Microscopy Apparatus
  • Bowen Zhang, Surface Estimation and Classification via Nonparametric Techniques
POSTER SESSION FIVE | Swem Library, The Research Room | 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Katherine Armstrong, Islamophobia in U.S. and German Social Media  
  • Emily Bass, Chiaroscuro Then and Now
  • Sabrina Bracero, Asymmetries in DNA Replication Molecules during Germline Stem Cell Division 
  • Minna Blottner, Comparative Analysis of AQ and BAPQ Metrics for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Attention Control and Emotion Processing
  • Thomas Briggs, Uniting Hannah Arendt's Theory of Judgment 
  • Maxwell Cloe, There is No Vulgarity in Revolt: An Exploration of Vorticist Literature and Design 
  • Cameron Copeland, The Ecological and Economic consequences of Bird-Strike
  • Shannon Dutchie, GED Programming in Correctional Facilities
  • Caroline Garman, El Americano no Deseado: An Analysis of the Negative Opinion of Donald Trump among the Spanish Media  
  • Sofia Goyonaga-Calatayud, Protest Music: the Power of the Nueva Canción Movement in Latin America
  • Theresa Gozzo & Nita Takanti, Investigating T7 Viral Infection of E. coli and Phosphorylation of ArsR in Gastric Cancer Risk Contributor, H. pylori, via Bottom-Up Proteomics
  • Xinyi Gu, Family Dynamics, Social Realities and Small Town Life: A Comparative Study of Twentieth Century American and Chinese Small Town Literature
  • Caroline Horrigan, The Effect of Light in Urban Areas 
  • Emily Hynes, The Perceptions of Administrators and Student Activists on the Effectiveness of On-Campus Sexual Assault Resources
  • Danting Jiang, The Role of Protein-Coding and Regulatory Evolution in Speciation of Wild Yeast
  • Maxime Legros, The Signals Among the Noise That Will Indicate France’s Exit from the European Union
  • Devin Logan, The "Other" Sex in Science Fiction 
  • Carolina Lopez Silva, The Role of Protein Transport in the Development of Cancer   
  • Caitlen Macias Hentze, Gender Roles and Community Participation 
  • Eileen Malecki, First Response and Chicago's Communities
  • Joseph Maniaci, Radiation Oncology Database Construction
  • Julia Moore, A Synthesis of Discourse on GDP  
  • Jenna Ollen, More Than Just a Bar Graph: The New Age of Data Visualization
  • Kristin Passero, Subcellular Localization of Mutant Thyroid Hormone Receptor Alpha A382PfsX7
  • Christopher Piatkowski, Huntington's Disease and the SUMO Stress Response
  • Nathanael Rakos, Investment Apps, A New Alternative to Classic Investment Options
  • Rachel Rambadt, The Role of Sexual Agglutinins in Yeast Speciation
  • Thomas Roche, The Effects of Local Gaming Communities on the Well-Being of Players 
  • Zachary Schiffman, Metal Complexes for Hydrogen Oxidation
  • Tyler Senio, Carcinogen Regulation: A Working System, or a System That Needs Work?
  • Qiuyang Shen, A Survey of Theories of Consciousness
  • Rebecca Shkeyrov, Portraiture
  • Ethan Villavicencio, A Lyrical Analysis of Chart Topping Rap Music 1987-Present
  • Anna Westerhaus, Characterization of Stem Cell Niche Morphogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster Testis 
  • Amelia Wheaton, [PyX][CuI2] (Py = pyridine and pyridine derivatives, X=alkyl) Systems - A Structural Study 
  • Abby Whitlock, Knights and Gladiators: Social Class in the Royal Flying Corps
  • Jonathan Willing, Documenting Koasati's Semantic Alignment System
  • Leilani Wolf, Art Activism in the American Feminist Movement
  • Ian Wolff, Optimization of Tribe Pathways
  • Diana Worthen, Vowel Coarticulation with Eyetracking
  • Yanxin Xu, Ultra-High-Dimensional Statistical Learning
  • Olivia Yang, Drawing the Party Line: Gerrymandering in Virginia
  • Justin Yu, Single-sided Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to Probe the Ingression of Solvents into Paint Films
  • Eleonor Zavala, Barriers in Providing Tertiary Health Services to Children with Congenital Hand Differences in Karnataka, India: A Qualitative Study of Anganwadi Teachers
  • Xin Zou, A Mathematical Model of  Economic Growth of Two Geographical Regions