Recent Student Research Presentations

Note: This list does not include Scholarly Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) projects, which are listed on their own page.

2021-22

“Race/Ethnicity, social class, and culture on mental health effects on Covid-19” and “Perception of Parent Responses toward LGB Youth Coming Out to Religious Parents”

  • Kenneth Aguilar, Psychology
  • Faculty-Mentor: Andrew Shelton, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Venue: Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR (April)

“Political Social Media Posts on Workplace Productivity and Coworker Attitudes” and “Race/Ethnicity, social class, and culture on mental health effects on Covid-19”

  • Paola Mae Biton, Psychology
  • Faculty-Mentor: Andrew Shelton, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Venue: Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR (April)

“Political Affiliation on COVID Attitudes and Behaviors: Religious and Cultural Variables as Mediators”

  • Matthew Campos, Psychology
  • Faculty-Mentor: Andrew Shelton, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Venue: Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR (April)

“Political Social Media Posts on Workplace Productivity and Coworker Attitudes” and “Perception of Parent Responses toward LGB Youth Coming Out to Religious Parents”

  • Madison McCue, Psychology and Honors Humanities
  • Faculty-Mentor: Andrew Shelton, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Venue: Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR (April)

“Political Social Media Posts on Workplace Productivity and Coworker Attitudes” and “Perception of Parent Responses toward LGB Youth Coming Out to Religious Parents”

  • Emmalyn Morgan, Psychology and Honors Humanities
  • Faculty-Mentor: Andrew Shelton, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Venue: Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR (April)

“COVID-Related Stress and Perceived Risk: Effects of Race/Ethnicity, SES, and Cultural Orientation”

  • Karmeenjet Singh, Psychology
  • Faculty-Mentor: Andrew Shelton, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Venue: Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR (April)

“Posttraumatic Growth Buffers the Link between Anxious Attachment and Loneliness during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

  • Justin Lee, Psychology
  • Faculty-Mentor: Carissa Dwiwardani, Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Venue: Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR (April)

“Posttraumatic Growth Buffers the Link between Anxious Attachment and Loneliness during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

  • Annie Ou, Psychology
  • Faculty-Mentor: Carissa Dwiwardani, Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Venue: Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR (April)

“Investigation of SmMAK16’s role in ribosome biogenesis in Schistosoma mansoni through analysis of a proposed zinc finger motif”

  • Mia Brantley, Biology, Molecular Emphasis
  • Faculty-Mentor: Jon Milhon, Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry
  • Venue: West Coast Undergraduate Biological Sciences Research Conference, Point Loma University, San Diego (April)

“Investigating the cytotoxic effects of 5-fluorouracil on cos-7 and sk-br-3 cells for the future cytotoxicity assessment of the spirocyclic compound furfurylamine”

  • Tiffany Pugh, Biology and Honors Humanities
  • Faculty-Mentor: Jon Milhon, Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry
  • Venue: West Coast Undergraduate Biological Sciences Research Conference, Point Loma University, San Diego (April)

“Determined Revolt: Rebellion and Power in Jane Eyre

  • Tara Christensen, Business Marketing and Honors Humanities
  • Faculty-Mentor: Emily Griesinger, Professor of English and Honors Faculty Fellow
  • Venue: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium, Johns Hopkins University (April) ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

“Brontë’s Motherless Heroine: Identity Development in Jane Eyre

  • Betsy Corr, Social Science and Honors Humanities
  • Faculty-Mentor: Emily Griesinger, Professor of English and Honors Faculty Fellow
  • Venue: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium, Johns Hopkins University (April) ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

“‘I Care for Myself’: The Irrefutable Dignity of Jane Eyre

  • Nadine Ghezzo, Biology and Honors Humanities
  • Faculty-Mentor: Emily Griesinger, Professor of English and Honors Faculty Fellow
  • Venue: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium, Johns Hopkins University (April) ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

“From Conflict to Harmony: Cognitive Dissonance in Jane Eyre

  • Micaela Meyer, Communication Studies and Honors Humanities
  • Faculty-Mentor: Emily Griesinger, Professor of English and Honors Faculty Fellow
  • Venue: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium, Johns Hopkins University (April) ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

“‘Portrait of a Governess’: An Intersectional Approach to Jane Eyre

  • Jessa Moomaw, Economics, Finance, and Honors Humanities
  • Faculty-Mentor: Emily Griesinger, Professor of English and Honors Faculty Fellow
  • Venue: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium, Johns Hopkins University (April) ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

“Passion Properly Placed: Romantic Love in Jane Eyre

  • Hailey Schaefer, Political Science and Honors Humanities
  • Faculty-Mentor: Emily Griesinger, Professor of English and Honors Faculty Fellow
  • Venue: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium, Johns Hopkins University (April) ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

“The Ordering of Disordered Desire: Brontë’s Theology of Love in Jane Eyre

  • Chelsea Sealander, Biology and Honors Humanities
  • Faculty-Mentor: Emily Griesinger, Professor of English and Honors Faculty Fellow
  • Venue: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium, Johns Hopkins University (April) ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

“But the Forehead said So: Sympathy and Phrenology in Jane Eyre

  • Julia Seaton, Violin Performance and Honors Humanities
  • Faculty-Mentor: Emily Griesinger, Professor of English and Honors Faculty Fellow
  • Venue: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium, Johns Hopkins University (April) ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

“Exploring Experiences of Undergraduate Student Leaders of Color”

  • Jada Tarvin Abu-Bekr, Social Work
  • Faculty-Mentor: Anupama Jacob, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
  • Venues:
    • Social Work Annual Symposium, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN (March-April)
    • Awarded: Second place at the symposium
    • Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (March) ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19
    • Awarded: Second place at the student BPD conference

“Social Work Students’ Empathy Towards and Preparedness for LGBTQ+ Individuals: Educational Implications”

  • Chloé DePledge, Social Work
  • Faculty-Mentor: Anupama Jacob, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
  • Venues:
    • National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2022 @Home (April) ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19
    • Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (March) ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19
    • Awarded: First place at the student BPD conference
    • Council on Social Work Education 2022 Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA (November)
    • The North American Association of Christians in Social Work 2022 Annual Conference, Oak Brook, IL (October )

“Residents’ Perceptions of Community Strengths and Needs: A Community Needs Assessment”

  • Briana Emsais, Social Work
  • Faculty-Mentor: Anupama Jacob, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
  • Venue: Social Work Annual Symposium, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN (March-April)
    • Awarded: Fourth place at the symposium

“Diversity in Hospice: Exploring Client Utilization of Psychological Services Based on Ethnicity”

  • Emma Fisher, Social Work
  • Faculty-Mentor: Anupama Jacob, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
  • Venue: Social Work Annual Symposium, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN (March-April)
    • Awarded: Fourth place at the symposium

    “Residents’ Perceptions of Community Strengths and Needs: A Community Needs Assessment”

  • Aimee Lind, Social Work
  • Faculty-Mentor: Anupama Jacob, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
  • Venue: Social Work Annual Symposium, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN (March-April)
    • Awarded: Second place at the symposium

    “Poetry Collection”

  • Hannah Murray, English
  • Faculty-Mentor: Andrea Ivanov-Craig, Professor, Department of English
  • Venue: Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, Atlanta, GA (March-April)
  • “Unity in Ritual, Protest in Reenactment: A comparison of Peru’s Señor de los Milagros and Inti Raymi”

    • Ryan Moorwood, History
    • Faculty-Mentor: Verónica Gutiérrez, Associate Professor of Latin American History, Department of History and Political Science
    • Venue: Conference on Faith and History, Baylor University, Waco, TX (March)

    “Ritual and Reenactment as a Means of Understanding the Colonial Legacy in Modern Latin America”

    • Aaron Ramos, Spanish; History minor
    • Faculty-Mentor: Verónica Gutiérrez, Associate Professor of Latin American History, Department of History and Political Science
    • Venue: Conference on Faith and History, Baylor University, Waco, TX (March)

    “Confidence in Field: MSW Interns' Perceived Self-Efficacy in Supporting Foster Students”

    • Emma Kelly, Social Work
    • Faculty-Mentor: Anupama Jacob, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
    • Venue: Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (March) ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    “Utilizing correlation functions to develop a multistate model of p. Denitrificans f1-atpase and enhance single-molecule imaging resolution”

    • Nathan Suiter, Systems Engineering and Honors Humanities
    • Faculty-Mentor: Sándor Volkán-Kacsó, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics
    • Venue: 66th Annual Meeting of the Biological Society, Moscone Center, San Francisco (February)

    “The Church, Abortion, and Reproductive Injustice: Reframing Abortion Rhetoric”

    • Anna Disser, Social Work
    • Faculty-Mentor: Jennifer Buck, Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Program Director of BAIS
    • Venue: North American Association of Christians in Social Work Annual Convention, Glendale, CA (November)

    “Multiculturalism in journals of psychology and Christianity: A content analysis”

    • Matthew Campos, Psychology and Sociology
    • Faculty-Mentor: Andrew Shelton, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
    • Venue: American Psychological Association Conference, San Diego (August) ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    “Discrimination and College Adjustment: Ethnic/Racial Identity and Critical Consciousness as Mediators”

    • Bryana Orellana, Psychology
    • Faculty-Mentor: Andrew Shelton, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
    • Venue: American Psychological Association Conference, San Diego (August) ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    “The Neurobiology of Mindfulness: An Exploration of Mirror Neurons during Acts of Worship”

    • Alexandra Mayer, Organismal Biology and Psychology
    • Faculty-Mentor: Cahleen Shrier, Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry
    • Venue: American Scientific Affiliation Annual Meeting (July) ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    2020-21

    “Freedom from Something Defined: Nothing in Measure for Measure

    • Alexis Cox, English and Honors Humanities
    • Faculty-Mentor: Christine Kern, Associate Professor, Honors College
    • Venue: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Symposium, Johns Hopkins University (April)
      ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    “Intimacy and the Inscrutable Self: ‘The Night Shadows’ Problem in A Tale of Two Cities

    • Madelyn Crooks, Psychology and Honors Humanities
    • Faculty-Mentor: Christine Kern, Associate Professor, Honors College
    • Venue: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Symposium, Johns Hopkins University (April)
      ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    “Golden Angels, Sharp Females, and Alternative Heroines in A Tale of Two Cities

    • Charissa Enns, Journalism and Honors Humanities
    • Faculty-Mentor: Christine Kern, Associate Professor, Honors College
    • Venue: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Symposium, Johns Hopkins University (April)
      ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    “Born to Die: Death Sentence in Shakespeare’s Comedies”

    • Jordyn Fouts, English and Honors Humanities
    • Faculty-Mentor: Christine Kern, Associate Professor, Honors College
    • Venue: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Symposium, Johns Hopkins University (April)
      ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    “How to Raise a Life: The Theology of Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities

    • Erin Gaffney, Psychology and Honors Humanities
    • Faculty-Mentor: Christine Kern, Associate Professor, Honors College
    • Venue: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Symposium, Johns Hopkins University (April)
      ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    “‘Recalled to Life:’ Uncovering the Resurrectional Structure in A Tale of Two Cities

    • Olivia Huizar, Music Education and Honors Humanities
    • Faculty-Mentor: Christine Kern, Associate Professor, Honors College
    • Venue: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Symposium, Johns Hopkins University (April)
      ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    “Half-Victim, Half-Villain: The Mob and Melodramatic Aesthetics in A Tale of Two Cities

    • Kaylee Royster, Honors Humanities
    • Faculty-Mentor: Christine Kern, Associate Professor, Honors College
    • Venue: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Symposium, Johns Hopkins University (April)
      ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    “Challenges and Strategies: School Administrators’ Perspectives on the Impact of COVID-19 on Low-Income School Districts”

    • Tatyahna Costello, Social Work
    • Faculty-Mentor: Anupama, Jacob, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
    • Venue: Social Work Symposium, the University of Memphis (April)
      ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    “Assessing Social Work Competencies: Student Perspectives on Vignette-Based Assessments”

    • Dominique Hernandez, Social Work
    • Faculty-Mentor: Anupama Jacob, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
    • Venue: Social Work Symposium, University of Memphis (April)
      ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    “Challenges and Strategies: School Administrators’ Perspectives on the Impact of COVID-19 on Low-Income School Districts”

    • Tatyahna Costello, Social Work
    • Faculty-Mentor: Anupama Jacob, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
    • Venue: Annual National Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) Conference (April)
      ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    “Assessing Social Work Competencies: Student Perspectives on Vignette-Based Assessments”

    • Dominique Hernandez, Social Work
    • Faculty-Mentor: Anupama Jacob, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
    • Venue: Annual National Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) Conference (April)
      ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    “Analysis of the 2D Complex Ginzburg-Landau Equation Using the Singular Value Decomposition”

    • Emily Gottry, Applied Mathematics and Honors Humanities
    • Faculty-Mentor: Edwin Ding, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics
    • Venue: Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Research Conference (March)
      ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of F1-ATPase with GPU Supercomputer”

    • Matthew Anderson, Physics
    • Faculty-Mentor: Sandor Volkán-Kascó, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics
    • Venue: 65th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society (February)
      ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19

    “Evaluation of P. Denitrificans F1-ATPase Rotary Motion Using Automated Methods to Detect Hidden States”

    • Nathan Suiter, Systems Engineering and Honors Humanities
    • Faculty-Mentor: Sandor Volkán-Kascó, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics
    • Venue: 65th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society (February)
      ONLINE FORMAT DUE TO COVID-19
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