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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 2015 Summer Research Showcase will be held from September 28 through October 2 with nearly 200 student presentations over the course of the week. Oral presentations will take place on Monday and Friday, 2:00-5:00 p.m.; poster presentations will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. All events are in Blow 201 and open to the public.

2015 Summer Research Showcase Schedule

Monday, September 28 

ORAL PRESENTATIONS: Blow 201, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

2:00-2:30 | Justin Shawler, Drowning coasts: Multi-proxy records of anthropogenic changes in fluvial sediment supply at Joppa Flats tidal flat, northern MA

2:30-3:00 | Joshua Zimmt, Breaking down the past: an analysis of taphonomy and time-averaging in Holocene aged deposits

3:00-3:30 | Samantha Collins, Inhibiting Axon Degeneration in Avian Neurons

3:30-4:00 | Jenna Tan, Probing Electron Transfer Dynamics in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

4:00-4:30 | Thomas Le, Good Moods, Good Foods: The Effect of Induced Mood on Emotional Eaters’ Attentional Bias to Foods

4:30-5:00 | Will Ferris, Econometric Analysis of Virginia’s Recreational Saltwater Angling Community

Tuesday, September 29

POSTER PRESENTATIONS | Blow 201, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Katie Fee: Developing Functional Pottery with Atmospheric Fire
Jenna Milstein: Medical Illustration
Shannon Callahan: Actions Speak Louder: Creative Nonfiction and Choreography
Eamonn deLacy: "What Kind of Game Is This?": An Object-Oriented Analysis of Contemporary American Narratives
Brianna Meeks: Finding Inspiration for Poetry Writing by Imitating Great Poets
Katianna Tron: Sarah Josepha Hale & Domestic Feminism
Henry Dahlen: An Analysis of U.S. Perceptions of Cuban Military Intervention in Angola 1975-1990
Brenna Ferris: Historical Memory: The Teaching of Genocide in Guatemala
Claire Tito: A Study of Fetal Rights Laws
Eileen Ablondi: The Role of Spontaneous Intracellular Calcium Transients on Neurotransmitter Phenotype Specification
Anna Ayre:  Eusociality in Humans: A Study of Multigenerational Living
Emily Harmon: Predator-Prey Interactions on the Coast of Maine
Reuben Levy-Meyers: Transcriptional Activity of Huntington
Emma McGregor: Exploration & Characterization of Importin Binding to Thyroid Hormone Receptor Alpha
Rachel Reeb: The effect of mycorrhizal fungal associations and interspecific seedling competition on American chestnut seedling performance
Gabrielle Smith: The Effects of Testosterone Propionate on Fertility in Peromyscus Leucopus
Jessica Armstrong: Investigation of Cobalt Complexes for Hydrogen Generation
Evan Finnell: Hydrogen Evolution Catalyzed by an Ethynyl Substituated Iron Polypyridal Complex
Zachariah Hasan: Splitting Proteins: Understanding fragmentation mechanisms of Lysine-containing tetrapeptides
Lauren Herbine: Effects of functional trait diversity on ecosystem functioning in experimental mesocosms
Nadia Aly: Classification of Plankton Images with Convolutional Neural Networks
Wangxiaoqi Sun: The Correlations between Option Markets for the Same Financial Product
Augustin Hennings: Vulnerable Periods during Nicotine Withdrawal Associated with Relapse
Austin Tapp: The Role of Pharmacological Agents and Neurotransmitters on Risky Reward Decisions by Rats
Claire Goydan: Using 22Na as a marker isotope to determine water age
Karyne Williams: The Effects of Race on Perceptions of Political Candidates
Yussre Elbardicy: Content Analysis of Egyptian Newspapers
Hannah Mawyer: Assessment of Basic First Aid Knowledge and Community Needs in Andahuaylas, Peru
Richard Uhrig:  Understanding the Link Between Offense, Defense, Ticket Revenue, and Winning in Sports
Kyle Vachris: Economics of the Scotch Whisky Industry
Nathaniel Chien: The Erosional History of the Montebello Region of the Appalachian Mountains
Sruveera Sathi: Visualizing the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in Liberia
Keaun Barrett: The Invisible Scars of Racism: Understanding the effects of Overt and Covert Acts of Racism on African American Men at the College of William & Mary
Natalie Libster: Breastfeeding Initiation Among Incarcerated Pregnant Women
Lu Sevier: AidData Summer Fellow - Philippines
Anderson Richardson: Gay Men's Language in Italy: In-Group Perceptions and Attitudes
Quentin Ullrich: Real Consumer Language: A Corpus-Based Approach to Trademark Law
Hannah Knerr: A Study into the Psychology of Free Will
Maya Barnes: The Development of the Emergency Medical Services System in America
Ariel Cadby-Spicer: The Effect of Social Infrastructure on Health Outcomes

Tuesday, September 29

POSTER PRESENTATIONS | Blow 201, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Bennett Mertz: Surfactant Adsorption onto Highly Ordered Pyrolytic Graphite
Catherine Acio: The Role of Adhesion in H. pylori Colonization and Virulence
Hannah Brooks: Paddle fish filter-feeding mechanisms and their influence on conservation and industrial filtration
Tessa Diehl: The effects of methyl-mercury on cognitive ability in zebra finches
Kristin Edwards: How Goldfish Filter-Feed: The Effect of Particle Density
Kendrick Wiggins: The Effect of Ablations and Perturbations on Developing Xenopis laevis Embryos
Cassandra Leong: Restoration of Attention Through Intermediate Mechanisms: Effect of PKC Activator in a Rat Model of Alzheimer's Disease
Brandon Buncher: A Model of Quantum Dots using the Anti-de Sitter/Conformal Field Theory Correspondence
Aaron Bayles: Nano-sized, Fluorescence-driven pHProbes and Modifers
Ryan DiRisio: Artificial Photosynthesis: Solar Fuel Generation via Transition Metal Complexes.
Zachary Nimmo: Organic Synthesis Toward Novel Bioconjugation Reactions
Marshall Padilla: Azobenzene Derivatives as a Tool for GFP Modulation
Xinzi Zhang: Off-to-on Fluorescence Modulation of Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles
Syeda Tabassum: Mercury Sensing with Doped Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles
Anton Lachowicz: The Secrets of Hydrogen Bonding
Lindsay Gould: Incentivizing Health Literacy Programs
Justin Canakis: Determining the Effects of Pro Supps Mr. Hyde on Resistence Training Performance, Cardiac Health, and Renal Health in Rats
Laurel Brockenberry: Emotion Regulation and Friendship: The shield and sword against adolescent depression
Minu Nagashunmugam: One Big Contradiction: Voter Evaluations of Stereotype Violating Presidential Candidates
Abby Jacobs: Patterns of Behavior and Attitudes Regarding Vaccination
Colleen McGivern:  The Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Summer Programs and Youth Outcomes
Alyssa Brown: Compensating Wage Differentials in a Time Series Framework
Brandon Posner:  Life As A Number: A Study of the Value of Statistical Life
David Pontari: Nauru: Examining the Effects of Resource Dependence on a Small Island Economy
Ebimene Doubeni: Team Light Skin Versus Team Dark Skin: Understanding the Black Color Complex through a System of Inequality
Eboni Brown: Reflections in the Mirror: How Graduate Schools of Education can help recruit,retain, and support teachers of color?
Megan Haney-Claus: One Direction and the Marketing Machine
Sarah Ruiz: Pictures of Time and Place: A Visual History of Richmond's Fan District
Noah Brooksher: The Violence Embedded in Silence:  Gendered Rage and Creativity in the Poetry of Sylvia Plath and Adrienne Rich
Robert Boyd: Campus Parks Research Film
Daniel Dores: Impact of the National Park Service on American Environmentalism
Matthew Cohen: Investigating Conditions Influencing Rival Party Reactions to 20th-Century European Fascism
Nathaniel Palmer: Examining the American Public’s Perception of the United States’ Education System as Failing
Elizabeth Ransone: The Effect of Médecins Sans Frontières Presence on the Resolution of the Liberian Civil War
Samuel Mancuso: The Black Plague as an agent of urban depopulation in medieval sub-Saharan Africa
Emma Merrill: The Demonization of Japanese Americans in the Twentieth Century
Ryan Zito: Heavy Metal, the West, and the Cold War
Anna Peyton: Deconstructing Woman
Ashley Mitchell: Portfolio of Original Compositions
Riley McGrath: The Development of Ideals of Masculinity Through American Action Films

Wednesday, September 30

POSTER PRESENTATIONS | Blow 201, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Isaac Alty: Hydrogen-Bonding Control of Solvatochromism and Non-Radiative Decay in the Fluorescence of 3-Aminofluorenone Derivatives
Bernadette Deschaine: Using Evolution to Disrupt Biofilms
Meagan Phillips: The Impacts of Sonic Interference on Bird Behavior and Communication
Eliabeth Pogrebniak: Analysis of Micro-particles Released from HAMVEC During Endothelial to Mesenchymal Transition
Frankie Morin: Studies of the Development of Intermolecular Networks During the Curing of Coatings
Fei He: SyncBoard: Synchronizing Virtual Keyboards among Multiple Smart Devices
Amelia Carolus-Hager: Student Beliefs and Perceptions Surrounding Psychological Disorder
Sarah Perry: An Exploration of Depression and Recidivism Among a Population of Incarcerated Pregnant Women
Alexander Williams: Embryonic ethanol exposure in the zebrafish: Effects on learning and memory
Constance Hull: Collaborating to Transition Students with Disabilities: Project SEARCH in the Context of Collective Impact
Sora Edwards-Thro: Laptops for Literacy
Matthew Pienkowski: River People
Juliet Downie: Studying the Correlations Between Socioeconomic Variables in Historical Federal Census Data
Nathaniel Marshall: Understanding Andean Economic Development
Rachel Dubit: Dido, Anna, and Scarlett: Literary Women Unlucky in Love
Emily Nye: Translating War: Telling the Stories that Can't Be Told
Jen Hartley: Stereotypes and Services: Examining the Connections Between Popular TV Character Portrayals and Citizen Access to Government Bureaucracy
D.H. Nam: Asian American Voting Paradox
Madison Fox: An Investigation into the Level of College Campus Police Armament
Robert Bohnke: Rates Politicized Memories: Historical Memory and Human Rights in Spain and Argentina
Chantal Houglan: Salvador Dalí’s Obsession with Dressing the Female: A Surrealist Contribution to the Luxury Fashion Industry
Abigail Trevor: Irish Republicanism and the French in Connacht
Sarah Fredrick: Preserving the Language of Tribal Elders: Documentation of Creek (Mucogee) as Spoken Within the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
Robert LaRose: Structural Priming across Cognitive Domains: From Music and Math to Language
Evan Cunningham: Hybrid-Orchestral Composition
Connor Dantzler: A Psychological Approach to the Special Composition Question

Wednesday, September 30

POSTER PRESENTATIONS | Blow 201, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Matt Keimig: What Makes a Franchise Quarterback?
Brittany Acors: The Availability of Health Care Facilities in Detroit
Shannon Henris: Encouragement and Success of Women in Science
Gabrielle Mecca: Effects of a preload on explicit and implicit liking and wanting in restrained eaters
Sara Taylor: Memory and Emotional Processing Related to Autistic Traits
Christine Kim: Comparative analysis of the portrayal of North Korea in American and North Korean movies
Henry Mark: Determinants of Tourism Receipts in Caribbean Economic Development
Marshall Richards: The Effect of Chinese-Funded Development Projects in Africa on the Health of the Local Populations
Miconi Ryder: Money Ball: An examination of the impact of playing collegiate sports on labor market outcomes
Zarine Kharazian: Like”-minded Views on the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: An Experimental Test of the Spiral of Silence in a Social Media Setting
Connor O’Shea: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts: Structure and Reform
Adryan Flores: Language and Culture in STEM Education
Erik Nelson: Memory, Narrative, and Identity Shift in Modern Ireland
Michelle Cheng: Influence of Haile Selassie on Rastafarianism
Anna Henshaw: Perception of Korean Consonants
Erica Schneider: Determining the Current Scientific Consensus on the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
Hannah Elliott-Higgins: The Role of Art in Navajo Culture and Education
John Stella: Prehensile Tail Use in Mantled Howler Monkeys (Alouatta palliata) and White-faced Capuchins (Cebus capucinus)
Megan DelBianco: Transformation of Chinese Women
Mary McCulla: Ancient Shame: Depictions of the Suicide of Ajax in Classical Art
Charles Aftergut: Gabriel García Márquez and Magic Realism
Mary Andino: Personal Piety and Individual Devotion: Challenging Models of False Sanctity in Early Modern Italy and Spain
Amanda Back: The Effects of SUMO Modification on TR and Nuclear Dynamics
Lyuba Bolkhovitinov: Anterior and Posterior Neural Axis Plasticity in the Developing Central Nervous System of Xenopus laevis
Yazdi Doshi: Thyroid Hormone Receptor β1 Nuclear Localization
David McPherson: American Chestnut Integral Projection Model
Olivia Trani: Mycorrhizal Fungi and Competition Impact on American Chestnuts
Lauren Yi:  Effects of Mercury Exposure on Early Embryonic Development
Mary Matecki: A Novel Use of SERS to Detect Fugitive Blues and Yellows in Historic Paintings
Christina Stephens: Computational Modeling of Phagocytosis in Prion Disease
Megha Vipani: Incorporation of Unnatural Amino Acids into Green Fluorescent Protein for Glaser-Hay Coupling and pH-Sensitive Fluorescence Detection
Philip Favaloro: Cheating in Online Proctored Tests
William Bench: Computational Dynamics of the May Map
Echevarria Ivan: Artificial Neural Network Mechanics and Applications
Ciera Street: The Effects of Pedagogical Practices on Female Mathematical Perceptions: A Literature Review
Fangyi Xu: Graph packing with constraints on edges
Katrina Fleckenstein: Attentional and Emotional Processing in Individuals with Autistic Traits
Bina Kakusa: A High Accuracy BCI to Classify Intended Motion in Single-Trial EEG
Caitlin Paisley:  The Role of Nociceptin in Myelination during Neural Development

Thursday, October 1

POSTER PRESENTATIONS | Blow 201, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Amato: A Cross-cultural Analysis of Instructional Materials: A study of the cultural content of instructional materials across two different cultures
Emily McLenigan: AidData Summer Fellowship with Map the Philippines in Manila
Elena Amparo: Women in Renaissance Art
Micayla Menchel: The Impact of Agricultural Antibiotic Use in Livestock on Antibiotic-Resistance
Elena Parcell: Examining Sperm Motility in spe-6 Mutants of Caenorhabditis elegans
Charith Ratnayake: The Role of TTYH1 in the Notch Signaling Pathway.
Sivan Yair: Connecting Herbivore Effects to Population Dynamics of Common Milkweed Using an Integral Projection Model
Hannah Smith: Peptide Fragmentation Studies Can Lead to Improved Computer Searching Algorithms for Proteomic Studies
Patrick Smith: Degradation of Polyamide-11
Carolyn Hartley: Sulfinato Iron(III) Complex for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation
Emily Schaal: Officer Involved Crime: Moving Forward in the 21st Century
Veronica Over: Rationalizing the Altruistic Value of a Statistical Life: How Risk Preference Models Can Inform Responses in Altruistic Contingent Valuation  Studies
Isabella Bartels: Class Differences in Fiction Throughout History and Modern New York City
Alison Gerhard: Disability as Identity: Collecting the History of the Disability Poetics Movement
Kallie Talbott: Modernizing Les Misérables
Julia Moore: Using Art to Promote Sustainability
Paul Naanou: War and Love in Lebanese Francophone Poetry
Shihao Du: German Environmentalism: Ongoing Practice, Cultural Causation, and Historical Contexts
Matthew Bondy: Mobile Phones and Women's Empowerment
Catherine Crowley:  Mobile Phones and Women's Empowerment
Gregory Collier: Evaluating Administrative Efficiency at the College
Emily Draper: Analyzing the effect of gender on agreement in online political discussion
Astraea Howard: Leadership and its effects on citizen participation in democracy
Kara Newman: Hunger Policy Successes in Latin America: A comparative analysis of five states
Robert O’Gara: Understanding John and Samuel Adams Through John Locke
Amar Kakirde: Flies to Vinegar:  International Private Civilians Fighting for Franco
Jeremy Ross: Military Governance in Guatemala: How a Dictatorship Managed Dissent
Ebony Lambert: Unpacking the Psychosocial Effects of Institutional Racism
Rebecca Brown: Chinese Humanitarian Assistance: New Developments in Bangladesh
Nicole Cook: Motivations for Current Chinese Diplomacy with Afghanistan
Brittany Parowski: Perceptions of International Organizations within the Public, Profession, and Scholarship
Jay Shah: Diabetes Care: Factors Influencing Successful Management
Sofia Goyonaga: Exploring language acquisition: the influence of one's first language on learning another
Jack Conroy: The influence of Upper Circumpolar Deep Water on Salpa thompsoni off the Western Antarctic Peninsula
Morrison Turnansky: Semipositive Matrices
John Loughton: Composition and Recording of "Oceanology"
Sarah Volz: Influence of Parental Smoking on Children's Perceptions of Smoking
Cody Turner: Russellian Monism and its Metaphysical Interpretations
Kathryn McElheny: Enhancing Self-Efficacy in Community Led Health Initiatives

Friday, October 2

ORAL PRESENTATIONS | Blow 201, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

2:00-2:30 | Jillian Sequeira, Antifascist Graffiti: Crime or Contribution?

2:30-3:00 | Nic Querolo, Relinquishing Heritage: Dissociative Behaviors of Japanese Designers and their Effects

3:00-3:30 | Haley Hahn, “Would RFRA require exemptions in cases of this ilk?”: Public Accommodations Protections for LGBT Individuals Considered in Light of Hobby Lobby

3:30-4:00 | Colleen Truskey, Multicultural Festivals and Conceptions of Diversity in American Communities

4:00-4:30 | Esther Chen, Learning To Become a Woman:  The Expansion of the Woman’s Sphere in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women series

4:30-5:00 | Rachel Merriman-Goldring, Past, Present, and Future of Environmental Art as a Tool of Education and Advocacy