Summer Research Showcase 2013

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. Come check out the exciting research being done by William and Mary undergraduates.

The Summer Research Showcase will be held September 30-October 4 with over 175 student presentations over the course of the week. Oral presentations will be held on Monday and Friday 2:00-5:00 and poster presentations will be held on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30-11:00 and on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:30-5:00. All events are in Blow 201 and everyone is welcome!

2013 Summer Research Showcase Schedule

Monday, September 30 

ORAL PRESENTATIONS: Blow 201, 2:00-5:00

2:00-2:55

Casey Lardner, Heritable Variation in the Capacity of Pituitary Gonadotrophs to Release LH
Petar Yanev, Effects of Cholinergic Modifications on Attentional Processes in the Presence of Basal Forebrain GABAergic Lesions

 3:00-3:55

Jamesha Gibson, Unknown and Unheard: A Peculiar Narrative on Southern Integration
Robin Crigler, When George Washington's Ghost Turned Handsprings: South African Crisis and American Identity, 1895-1905

4:00-4:55

Lucas Leblanc, Separatist Grievances in Catalonia
Emily Wolfteich, First Radio, then Shoes: Media & Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Rwanda

Tuesday, October 1

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

Matt Abel, Working in the Field
Isaac Alty, Treatment of Tuberculosis in Rural Zambia
Elisa Ballschneider, The Documentary Hypothesis and the Transformation of Biblical Scholarship in the West
Colleen Betti, Yard Areas and Middens: The Creation of Social Space and Landscape by the Enslaved at Fairfield Plantation
Tyler Bembenek, Medieval Warfare Simulation
William Brightly, Olfactory Ratio as a Possible Proxy for Social Behaviour in Theropoda
Bryan Casey, Unlikely Enemies: Slaves Resisting Slave Rebellion in Antebellum Virginia
Gannon Connor, Exploring Artificial Photosynthesis for Hydrogen Fuel Production
Christy Craig, PUFA-enriched (Poly-unsaturated fatty acids) Ready to Use Therapeutic Food
Evan Cunningham, Applied Music Theory in Songwriting and Recording
Michael Curcio, Agricultural Sustainability and the Effects of Desertification in Burkina Faso
Jacob Daniels, The Role of the Cholinergic System in Trace Conditioning
Eamonn deLacy, Keatsian Ideas of Beauty and Their Influence on the Oeuvre of DF Wallace
Jake Douglas, The Powerplay Dilemma in U.S. Alliance Politics
Sarah Hakkenberg, New Stationary Phases for Gas Chromatography
Alexandra Hartley, A New Curriculum in African History
Natalie Hudson-Smith, Hydrolysis of Polyamides in Water and Methanol
Kathrynlynn Jenkins, Impacts of an Invasive Marine Invertebrate on Native Seagrass Meadows
Matthew Lamb, A Critical Examination of Hume's Naturalist Philosophy
Yvonne Mack, Degradation of Polyamide-11 in Acidic Environments
Alpha Mansaray, Evaluation of the Health Care Delivery System of Sierra Leone
Cathy Merritt, Developing Organizational Structure in Esfuerzo
Sophia Mortensen, Rebuilding an Opera, Rebuilding a Nation: Post-WWII Reconstruction of the Vienna and Berlin State Opera Houses
Carly O’Connell, A Witch by Any Other Name: A Linguistic Analysis of Witch Passages in the Bible and their Impact on Society
Joanna Odenthal, Medical Experimentation in the Holocaust
Anna Peyton, Writing Short Stories: An Exploration and Recreation of Scottish Literature
Benjamin Raliski, Novel Studies in Biochemistry: Microwave-Assisted Heating and Click Chemistry Bioconjugations
Marshall Richards, The Individual in International Politics
Sara Rock, AidData Summer Fellowship at Kathmandu University
Margaret Schwenzfeier, Increasing the Effectiveness of Political Campaign Mail: A Field Experiment 
Jordan Scott, Composition of Three Musical Pieces
Lillian Singer, An Analysis of Abortion Access and Legislation in Virginia from 1973-2013
Sara Soueidan, Exploring the Morphology and Connectivity of Dbx1 Positive Neurons in the preBotzinger Complex
Sara Suarez, Screen Poetry: Translating Poetic Forms Into the Language of Film
Jenna Tan, Examination of Rhodamine Activity in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells System
Claire Tito, Anne Boleyn in Popular Culture
Claire Tocheny, Effects of Sublethal Doses of Methylmercury on Cerebellar Development in Taeniopygia guttata
Kyle Vachris, The Delta Blues, Race, and the Southern Recording Industry
Sarah Volz, Smoking Outcome Expectancies in Children
Cady Wiltsie, The Lines are Blurred

Wednesday, October 2

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

Sierra Barnes, Verweile Doch: A Re-Imagining of the Faust Mythos
Brianna Buch, Water and Sanitation Engagement in Fodome Ahor
Mitch Caudill, Non-linear Evolution of Culture - Has it made humans special?
Greg Collier, Queen Victoria: The Politician and Reformer
Genevieve Duncan, Low-Income and Public Housing in Williamsburg
Nicole Fitchett, The Effects of Native Language and Culture on the Acquisition of English Phonology
Kara Gadeken, A Study of Predation Rates on Amphipod Crustaceans in Varied Habitats in the Chesapeake Bay Estuary System
Robyn Garratt, Myofiber Type Specificity of Sarcopenia
Phillip Goodling, The Influence of River-Aquifer Salinity Communication on Drinking Water Quality in Jamestown, VA
Luke Hart-Moynihan, A Food Journey
Rachel Heideman, Considering Student Learning Styles in English as a Second Language Education: A Case Study in Copán Ruinas, Honduras
Arlo Hollingshad, Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and Cryogenic Capability
Abby Jacobs, Impacts of the Bracero Program
Ha Ram Kim, A Cross-Cultural Study of Synchrony and Trust
Kristin Kurtz, Comparing Educational Practices in Italy and the United States
Blakely Mulder, Behind the Brain: Research in Neuropsychology
Sonja Paviour, Translating Cuban Film: A Project in Cultural Mediation
Sasha Post, National Museums and Multicultural Societies: Reflections on the Role of the National Gallery of Art
Marcus Onley, Mending the Broken Feedback Loop in International Aid
Emma Rodvien, Representing the City of Havana on Screen: A Student-Faculty Research Collaboration to Produce a Volume in the World Film Locations Series
Jeff Rohde, Is Access to Health Care the Key to Achieving National Stability?
Tanner Russo, Beyond the Bench: Supreme Court Justices and the Value of Extrajudicial Writings
Martin Salgado-Flores, Times Series Analysis of Biological Systems
Mohima Sanyal, Determination of Cyst Stem Cell Progenitor Development and Migration through Live Cell Imaging Studies in Drosophila melanogaster
Meagan Smith, African American Protest Literature: Construing Identity
Jacob Sprang, The Effects of Chinese Aid on Quality of Life in Africa
Catherine Strycharz, Waiting for a “Yes”: An Examination of Marriage Proposals in Victorian Novels
Rory Sullivan, The British Museum and Literature
Jordan Sutlive, Anatomy of Ashes: Fiction and Non-fiction Inspired by Fukushima
Zoe Trout, Loneliness and Co-Rumination within Children’s Friendships
Rebecca Turner, Dramaturgy: The Silent Bridge
Elana Urbach, Ultracold Magnetic Molecules
Richard Uhrig, Political Failures and the Rwandan Genocide
Danielle Weber, Perceptions of Women Confronting Sexism
Dwight Weingarten, The Evolution of Robert Kennedy’s Views on Civil Rights
Cheyenne Williams, Characterization of the Role of the Tweety Genes in Embryonic Development

 

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

Greg Acosta, Examining the African Resource Curse
Christopher Arthur, Personality Perspectives: A Comparative Analysis of Horney’s Neurotic Trends and the Enneagram
Gerardo Ayala, Honeycomb Networks in Copper (I)
Hanna Bartram, The Kinematics, Age, and Seismicity of the Thousand Lake Fault
Madeline Benjamin, Cass: An Application of Thoreau's Walden to a Summer at Camp
Lauren Boulay, JoVE and Role of Jak-STAT Signaling in Cyst Stem Cell Establishment in Developing Drosophila Testis
Meredith Boulos, Maternal Capacities in Fodome Ahor, Ghana: Breastfeeding and Sanitation
Alana Burton, Developing a new method to date groundwater and surface water using cosmogenic ²²Na
Gregory Callaghan, Theater, Identity, and the Greek West: The Assertion of Western Greek Culture through the Architectural Space of the Theater
Rachel Cheche, Positive Effects of Primary Education in Developing Communities
Jamie Chen, Factorization of Permutation: Efficient Number Sorting in a Grid
Stephanie Davis, Ren Faires and Who Works There: Behind the Fence
Elizabeth Denny, Songs of Love and Revolution: Gender, Sexuality, and Stagecraft at Japan’s Takarazuka Revue
Erin Faltermeier, The Effect of Problem Definition on Energy Conservation Policy in The United States and Spain
Diana Floegel, Morality and Gender in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Jasmin Green and Faraz Rahman, Assessing Microbial Community Change in a Wet Retention Pond During a Storm Event
Daniel Higgins, Development of a Stochastic, Personality-Based Model for Human Mate Choice
Dylan Kolhoff, Good Neighbors: Trade, Culture, and Institutions in Territorial Disputes
Robert Marty, Utilizing Remote Sensing to Evaluate Foreign Health Aid Effectiveness
Johnathan Maza, Synthesis of Unnatural-Tyrosine Derivatives for Click Chemistry
Mary McCulla, Julius Caesar and the Representation of His Legacy
Jaclyn McKenna, Synthesis and Incorporation of Unnatural Amino Acids
Christina Moore, The Effect of Methylmercury on the Corticosterone Hormone and Receptor of Zebra Finches
Caitlin Paisley, Calcium Activity in Early Neuronal Development
Jackson Peterson, SPE-6: A C. elegans Sperm Specific Kinase
Kevin Place, Money, Sex, and Identity: Imagining the Financial Crisis in Contemporary Irish Drama
Yusheng Qin, Effects of Acetone on the CrdRS Pathway of H. pylori
Greg Ranzini, Home [Gerund] Is Killing [Noun]“: the Electronic Copyright Wars at 35
Megan Riechers, Emotional Valence and Attention Modulations in Multisensory Integration
Serena Saffarini, Rhode Island and Race to the Top: A Case Study
Katherine Shipman, Accurately Modeling Zooplankton with Non-Linearities
Avery Siler, Thomas Moran's Role in the Creation of Yellowstone National Park
Rachel Taverner, Four-wave Mixing in Atomic Potassium
Rachel Taverner, Track Reconstruction and Determination of Kinematic Parameters for the Qweak Experiment
Morgan Uland, In Search for the Giant Virus
Rasik Winfield, Educating Sex Workers' Children in India

Thursday, October 3

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

Eileen Ablondi, I-SceI Meganuclease Mediated Transgenesis in Xenopus laevis
Rachel Brooks, Can Education Compensate for Society? Sociolinguistic Theory and K-12 Education
Taylor Charest, Suspicion of Shots: Examining the Relationship between the State, Society, and Health in India
Eve Chase, Study of African and Australian Archaeoastronomy
Isabel DoCampo, An International and Ethical Analysis of the US Healthcare System
Daniel Duane, Regression Analysis of Whip Counts for the NAFTA Vote
Ashley Fidler, BMP Regulation of Germline Stem Cell Maintenance in the Developing Drosophila Testis
Sarah Gilliand, Population Modeling of Diamondback Terrapins
Christopher Godschalk, The Prehistoric Landscape of Fairfield Plantation
Clay Harris, GIS Analysis of Land Use Change around Lake Victoria
Jamie Harris, Effects of Major Storm Events on Microbial Communities
Wendy Herbst, The Role of Calcium Activity in Neuronal Phenotype Specification
Michael Hibshman, Preferential Public Goods: Governance and the Provision of Irrigation Infrastructure in Ghana
Kathy Huynh, Efficacy of the Extended Kinetic Method for Determining Thermochemical Properties of Bifunctional Compounds
Bina Kakusa, Emotional Priming: Investigating the Effects of Arousal on Selection-History Bias changes across Time in a Target-Decoy Search Paradigm
Julia Kihm, Effect of Mercury on Zebra Finch Metabolism
Natasha King, The Tang Dynasty: Historical Fiction Set in the Time of Empress Wu
Ebony Lambert, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Reflecting on the Correlation between Self-Esteem and Academic Achievement as it pertains to African-American Students
Emily Mahoney, Tracking Nutrition Aid Inflows to Uganda
Matthew Mendonca, Fluorescence Enhancement of Dye Molecules on Silica-Coated Nanoparticles (SCNPs)
Charles Miller, Cultural Expressions in Jerusalem's Graffiti
Lindsey Neimo, Faith Based Foundations of Social Justice
Alexander Olson, Examining the Origins of René Guénon's "Tradition"
Samantha Payne, The Founding Fathers and the Great Bank Debate
Laura Pugh, Motherhood and Nutrition: the Impact of Maternal Capacities on Food Security and Breastfeeding
Cassidy Reich, Effects of Terminated and then Re-Administered Nicotine on Probability Discounting
Jasmine Rodenburg, Donor/Recipient Relations and Long-Term Success of Environmental Aid
Marni Robins, Global Seafood Consumption as Reflected in Mediterranean Fish Markets
Amy Schaffman, Keep Calm and Carry On?: Looking at WWII Great Britain’s Seavacuation Operations
Sarah Schuessler, Symphony of Science: An Expression of the Miracle of Molecular Interactions
Grace Taumoefolau, Synthesis of Clickable Rhodamine Probes for Dual-Fluorescent pH Sensor
Troy Thomas, Continuation Theory
Katherine Wagner, Osteological Analysis of 18th Century Dog Burials
Natalie Wong, A Painting Safari: Finding Color in the Colorless
Deborah Wood, Head and Heart: Religion and Mathematics in the Medieval Middle East
AJ Wright, Efforts towards the Synthesis of Loline Alkaloids
Ouwen Yang, The Effects of Lofexidine on the Firing Rates of Thermally Classified Hypothalamic Neurons in Rats

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

Emily Rose Bainwol, Mathematical Analysis of ALS Biochemistry
Claire Bobst, Dynamics at Continuously Varying Resolutions
Marc Breidenbaugh, Characterization of the Gal4/UAS Gene Expression System for Analysis of Drosophila Testis Development
Isabel Bush, Having the Samurai to Tea: the Imagery of Anglo-Japanese Relations in the Bakumatsu Period
Kimberly Chaney, Exploring the Detrimental Effects of Solo Status on Learning
Daniel Dores, Race Relations in American Port Cities
Ryan Durazo, Social Capital and The Rio Grande Valley
Crosby Enright, Memory and Contested History: Penitentiary Poetry of the Spanish Civil War
Jennifer Fay, Oxytocin and Trusting Behavior
Taylor Feenstra, The Impact of Social Pressure on Political Conformity
Adryan Flores, Reproductive Variability in Wild-caught White-footed Mice
Rebecca Gallahue, Enforcing Borders as well as the Law?: Analyzing the Connection between Latino Immigration and Law Enforcement in Williamsburg/James City County and Fairfax County, Virginia
Allison Grady, Objectivity and Subjectivity in Sociology
Mary Griffith, The Writings of Charlotte Brontë: The Imaginings of an Eccentric Mind or the Truth of a Troubled Life
Sharon Hartzell, The Use of Loblolly Pine Needles as Indicators of Atmospheric Pollution from Coal Dust
Isabel Hirama, Moral Reasoning in Taiwan and the US
Isabel Hardee, Gas-Phase Acid/Base Properties of Unusual Amino Acids using the Extended Kinetic Method
Catherine King, Mathematically Modeling Zooplankton Communities
Blina Kruja, How Does Fat Labeling Differentially Affect Consumption and Hedonic Ratings of a Beverage? 
Rachel Lienesch, Time to Scratch the Itch? An Investigation of the Six-Year Itch Phenomenon
Matthew Litovitz, The Struggle to Restore Economic Stability: Does the Euro-Area Have the Political Will?
Hanna Loucas, Foreign Expansion of El Corte Inglés
Gabe Manion, Congress and Constituents Online: How Elite Discussion on Facebook Frames Policy Debates and affects Public Opinion Formation
Emma McGregor, Characterizing Importin and Exportin Binding to TRα
Katie Mitchell, An Investigation of Facial Mimicry Using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS)
Minu Nagashunmugam, The Effect of Embodiment on Confrontation
Veronica Nagle, Communication and Health in Chaguite, Nicaragua
Elizabeth Pelletier, Learning in Harm's Way: The Effects of Neighborhood Violence on School Performance
Allison Ramage, Amazon: An eBook Monopoly?
Hannah Ritsema, Wheels at William & Mary: an Adventure in Accessibility
Jakob Stalnaker, The Virginia Gubernatorial Election 2013
Becca Stanford, The Probabilities of Gambling
John Stella, Delay and Trace Conditioning in Zebrafish Using Visual Images
Isaiah Thomas, Perceptions of Criminals
Greg Tito, A Survey of Contemporary Catholic Environmental Theology
Alana Toabe, An Examination of Shield Devices on the Vases of the Pioneer Group of Athens, ca. 525-495 BCE
James Woods, How Stiltgrass is Dispersed via Traffic along Roadways of Various Densities
Jiaqi Zong, Relaxed Coloring of Planar Graph without Adjacent Triangles and 5-cycles

 

 Friday, October 4

ORAL PRESENTATIONS: Blow 201, 2:00-5:00

2:00-2:55

Will Smith, The Impact of Handheld Solar Lights on the Productivity and Welfare of Artisanal Fishermen in Liberia
Alison Roberts, Nutrition Governance and International Development in Tanzania

3:00-3:55

Xiuyuan Mi, Effeminacy in 14-16 century Chinese Plays: A Comparison with Shakespeare
Sarah Overton, “The Pornification of Protest”: SlutWalk, U.S. Feminism, and Contemporary Sexual Politics

4:00-4:55

Erin Spencer, Invasive Lionfish: Management on a Local Level
Sara Williams, How Does the Spatial Distribution of Montastrea annularis and M. faveolata Impact Caribbean Yellow Band Disease Dynamics?