Presenters • Oral Sessions

PSYCHOLOGY


Elizabeth Barry
Bonnie Strickland (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst

A Qualitative Analysis on the Reasons Female College Students Return to Their Ex-Boyfriends



HISTORY


Monique S. Manna
Tona Hangen (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of History and Political Science, Worcester State University
Levi Lincoln, Jr., Stephen Salisbury II, and the Politics of Business


Clare Margaret O'Connor
Jon Huibregtse (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of History, Framingham State University
John F. Kennedy: Leading up to Leadership

BIOLOGY


Jessica Levy
Gina Mineo Foley (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Biology, Berkshire Community College
Bioluminescence: A Pilot Study Investigating the Growth and Proliferation of Panellus stipticus


KINESIOLOGY


Kacey Nestor
Selena Capone
Jason Gillis (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Sport and Movement Science, Salem State University
The Influence of Menthol Dose on non-shivering Thermogenesis and Energy Expenditure in Humans

ENGLISH


Anna Murphy
Desmond F. McCarthy (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, Framingham State University
Examining Margaret Atwood and Female Oppression 

ENGLISH LITERATURE


Alisa Ferguson
Len von Morze (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, UMass Boston

 “Speak Again” Revision, Reciprocity, and Social Relations in King Lear



INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES/BDIC


Jo Raffauf
Traci Parker (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of African American Studies, UMass Amherst
Civil Rights Violations in the Fulton County Jail

ART HISTORY


Heather Walker
Erika Schneider (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Art History, Framingham State University

Paradise Found: Malinalco Monastic Iconography and the Concept of Heaven in16th Century Mexico




Jacie N. Cloutier
Erika Schneider (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Art History, Framingham State University
Fuel for the Journey: Food, History, and Mexican-American Identity in Betsabeé Romero’s ElVuelo y su Semilla 



FINANCE


Jeffrey T. Spahl
Nikolaos Artavanis (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Finance, UMass Amherst

Regulation of the U.S. Shadow Banking System in the Wake of the 2008 Financial Crisis



HISTORY


Christina Mary Price
Annette Renee Chapman-Adisho (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of History, Salem State University
Journey to the Romanov's Past and Their Perfect Misunderstood Future 

BIOCHEMISTRY


Milo Ray
Dong Wang (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UMass Amherst
Characterizing nitrogen sensing and signaling in Medicago truncatula nitrogen fixation

ANTHROPOLOGY


Rachel Ann Lloyd
Kathleen A. Brown-Perez (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst
Can All Students Succeed? Inequity in Education Under the NCLB and ESSA 

SOCIAL WORK


Jacquelyn Barri Saunders
Rebecca G. Mirick (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Social Work, Salem State University
The Path to 2030: Targeting Women and Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic 

COMMUNICATION


Kaitlin Nicole Hollinger
Erica Scharrer (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Communication, UMass Amherst
Hope, Empowerment, & Climate Change

MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS


Melanie Marie Tummino
Wanchunzi Yu (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Bridgewater State University

Exploring the use of predictive analytics in banking and finance decision making



PSYCHOLOGY


Shelbie Alexandra Barney
Anne Noonan (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Psychology, Salem State University
College Students' Perceptions of Male Victims of Sexual Assault

COMMUNICATION


Jenna Nicole DelVecchio
Erica Scharrer (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Communication, UMass Amherst
How Gender Stereotypes Influence Voting Patterns 


Jacqueline Berlin Cohen
Erica Scharrer (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Communication, UMass Amherst

Instagramming Africa: Measuring Narcissistic Motivations for Participation in Volunteer Tourism



MUSIC


Ray Vegger
Jason Roush (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Honors College, UMass Boston
The Intersection of Punk Music and Queer Identity




COMPUTER SCIENCE


Youngkyun Lee
Sunghoon Ivan Lee (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Computer Science, UMass Amherst
Tracking Finger Motion with RFID wearable

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES


Renée Theresa Bouldin
Allison Roy (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Environmental Conservation, UMass Amherst

Responses of Stream Fishes to Dam Removal in Massachusetts 



LITERATURE


Paul E. Egusquiza
Elizabeth Osborne (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of World Languages and Cultures, Worcester State University
Biutiful: El Reflejo de una Familia Marginal

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES


Holly A. Giard
Allison Roy (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Environmental Conservation, UMass Amherst
Investigating the Effects of Winter Lake Drawdowns on Freshwater Mussels and Consequences for Water Quality

KINESIOLOGY


Shanteliz Nunez
Jason Gillis (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Sport and Movement Science, Salem State University

The Influence of Model-Building on Learning of the Sliding Filament Theory of Muscle Contraction 



ECONOMICS


Zack Richard Barrett
Nikolaos Artavanis (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Finance, UMass Amherst
Marginal Tax Rates and Their Effect on Informal Economic Activity

HISTORY


Genevieve Weidner
Alice Nash (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of History, UMass Amherst
Building a Revolution: comparing the American Revolution and the French Revolution through the buildings that symbolized "anti-revolutionary" ideologies

ART HISTORY


Constance Roberts
Christine Ho (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Art History, UMass Amherst

A Landscape in Flux:

Emily Carr’s Zunoqua of the Cat Village and the Moment of Colonization



KINESIOLOGY


Jessica Leftin
Cameron Michael Burke
Bilindoff Joseph
Anthony D'Amico (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Exercise Science, Salem State University
The effects of Foam Rolling on Exercise Induced Muscle Damage and the Nervous System


Glori Tolentino
Danielle Lee Dauphinais
Derek Makimaa
Adekunbi Oriyomi Oyaronbi
Anthony D'Amico (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Exercise Science, Salem State University
Does Low Level Laser Therapy have an Influence on Exercise Induced Muscle Damage?

ART


Rachel E. Capek
Rosanne F. Denhard (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Magic’s Tail in England:Book Arts behind the Magic”



POLITICAL SCIENCE


Sarah Maureen Bazir
Elizabeth Bussiere (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Political Science, UMass Boston
The Scalia Vacancy Confirmation Battles: An Evaluation of the History of the Judicial Appointments Process

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING


Eli Mattingly
Frank Sup (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, UMass Amherst
Design for a Human-Scale Magnetic Particle Imager


SOCIOLOGY


Peter Joesph Peloquin
Thomas E. Conroy (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Urban Studies, Worcester State University

Welcome to Worcester?: Inclusion and Exclusion in the Public Spaces of New England’s Second Largest City



ANTHROPOLOGY


Joshua M. Hendriks
Kathleen A. Brown-Perez (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst
Minority Report:  How Perceived Psychological Threat has Shaped American Prejudice and Policy

SPORT MANAGEMENT


Joshuea Chinedu Ogbuike
Emily M. Must (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Sport Management, UMass Amherst

The Reboot of ‘A League of Their Own”



ECONOMICS


Anders J. Dellasanta
William OBrien (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Business and Economics, Worcester State University
The Effect of Negative Exogenous Shocks on Consumer Confidence in the 21st Century

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING


Sarah Marie Duquette
Shelly Peyton (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Chemical Engineering, UMass Amherst

Designer Hydrogels to Test Whether Breast Cancer Cells have “Mechanical Memory”



SOCIOLOGY


Ashley Dziejma
Francisco Vivoni (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Sociology, Worcester State University

The Production of Queer Spaces as Social Movements: A Study in Gay Nightlife in Worcester



FINANCE


Meghan Rose Dunne
Nikolaos Artavanis (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Finance, UMass Amherst
Brexit and its Impact on Cross-Border M&As

SOCIOLOGY


Frankie D. Franco
Francisco Vivoni (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Sociology, Worcester State University

Trumpets of Eviction:” Puerto Rican Poverty and Great Brook Valley in Worcester, MA





ANTHROPOLOGY


Irina Grigoryeva
Kathleen A. Brown-Perez (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst

Fallen Women: Unchaste, Updated, and Uprising: Laws That Stigmatize Female Sexuality Through the Guise of Female Protection



ENGLISH


Daniel Christopher Hein
Benjamin Arthur Railton (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, Fitchburg State University
Brookdale: Songs of Youth and Innocence


PHILOSOPHY


Thomas George Gleason
Elena Clare Cuffari (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Philosophy, Worcester State University
Ideology in Language and Thought Control

SOCIOLOGY


Janet Novack
Alex Briesacher (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Sociology, Worcester State University
Implications of Participation in Policy Debate

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING


Chee Meng Eugene Cheong
Jungwoo Lee (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Chemical Engineering, UMass Amherst
The Effects of Hydrostatic Pressure on Bone Demineralization 

KINESIOLOGY


Amanda A. DuBois
Sofiya Alhassan (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Kinesiology, UMass Amherst
Effect of a Culturally-Tailored Afterschool Dance Program on Self-Esteem in Pre-Adolescent African-American Girls

HISTORY


Michael R. Sholds
Annette Renee Chapman-Adisho (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of History, Salem State University
Rome Wasn't Built in a Day, and it Did Not Die in a Day

PLANT, SOIL, AND INSECT SCIENCES


Julie Kathryn Davis
Lynn S. Adler (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Biology, UMass Amherst

Effects of Plant-Fungi Interactions on Floral Traits and Pollinator Disease 



SOCIOLOGY


Jahaira Michaela Camer
Kari L. Dupuis (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Human Services and Honors, Berkshire Community College
No 'Werk' Without Pay: How Reality TV Stars are Pillaging House/Ballroom Culture

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING


Abdul Mughis Alam Paracha
Wei Fan (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Chemical Engineering, UMass Amherst
Synthesis Of CHA Zeolite Using Inexpensive Organic Structure Directing Agent

ANTHROPOLOGY


Benjamin Nitschelm
Kathleen A. Brown-Perez (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst
CIVIL FORFEITURE: IMMORAL AND CORRUPT



COMMUNICATION


Maryanne Wesonga Ouma
Amy Beaudry (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, Quinsigamond Community College
The United States Government and Google's Electronic Surveillance in the Twenty-First Century

ANTHROPOLOGY


Mark Donald Hochberg
Kathleen A. Brown-Perez (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst
Same-Sex Subjugation: A Heteronormative Legal Framework

ECONOMICS


David DiBara
William OBrien (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Business and Economics, Worcester State University

Can The Market Be Predicted? Econometric Analysis of Stock Market Returns



ANTHROPOLOGY


Carly Elizabeth Williams
Kathleen A. Brown-Perez (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst
In Whose Best Interest? How Public Universities Ignore, Oppress, and Exploit Black Bodies


Jovanna Lee Mason
Kathleen A. Brown-Perez (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst
Stop Being Poor: The Vilification of Black Single Mothers and 1996 Welfare Reform


COMMUNICATION


Matthew Joseph Locklin
Erica Scharrer (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Communication, UMass Amherst
Investigating the Influence of Financial Media Sentiment on Securities Trading Behavior

HISTORY


Nathan William Godard
Mara L. Dodge (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of History, Westfield State University

The Seven Years’ War: Setting the Stage for the French Revolution (1756 – 1789)



BIOLOGY


Ariana McFarland
Lynn S. Adler (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Biology, UMass Amherst

The effect of specific pollen diets on Crithidia bombi infection in Bombus impatiens



FINANCE


Viritpol Sunprugksin
Nikolaos Artavanis (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Finance, UMass Amherst

Eurasian Economic Union: Motives, Challenges, and Expectations



MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS


Artem Vysogorets
Eric Sommers (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, UMass Amherst
Algebraic and Heuristic Approaches to Solving The Eight-Puzzle Game

EDUCATION


James Nelson Nickerson
Reyes Coll-Tellechea (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies, UMass Boston

Spanglish and Taglish: The Languages of Liberation



MARKETING


Emily Mae Pike
Robert Bruce Daniell (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Management, Salem State University

Professional Cuddling: Stigma, Market, Business Plan



ANIMAL SCIENCES


Jodie Leigh Berezin
Paige Warren (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Environmental Conservation, UMass Amherst
Social Dynamics of Male African Elephants, Loxodonta africana, in Northern Tanzania

MANAGEMENT


Mohamed Walid Kabbaj
Anurag Jain (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Marketing and Decision Science, Salem State University
The Major Factors that Contribute to E-commerce Growth in the United States and China: Analyses and Adoption by Morocco

BIOLOGY


Kristen Mackenzie Michaud
Lynn S. Adler (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Biology, UMass Amherst

Differential use of wrack resources provides niche separation in intertidal consumers on California beaches



PHILOSOPHY


Michael Joseph McAndrew
David Kenneth Braden-Johnson (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Philosophy, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Moral Realism

KINESIOLOGY


Travis Lawrence Nadeau
Marbelk Andujar
Jason Gillis (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Sport and Movement Science, Salem State University
The Influence of Menthol on High Intensity Exercise Performance 


POLITICAL SCIENCE


Matthew James Martin
Rebecca Elizabeth Hamlin (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Legal Studies, UMass Amherst

Only a Matter of Crime: Immigration Politics and Executive-Judicial Relations in Argentina




FINANCE


Patrice Brantley
Zaur Rzakhanov (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Accounting and Finance, UMass Boston
Multinational Corporations and Stock Price Crash Risk

ENGLISH LITERATURE


Keenan Joseph Provencher
Leah Carol Nielsen (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, Westfield State University
Abuse

SPORT MANAGEMENT


Marco Sanabria
Daveth Duong Cheth
Chantel Fernandes
Xhuliano Pavllo Zyli
Anthony D'Amico (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Exercise Science, Salem State University
The Acute Effects of Exercising with Increased Breathing Resistance

KINESIOLOGY


Aidan Thomas Burke
Brian Umberger (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Kinesiology, UMass Amherst

The Effect of Ankle Bracing on Lower Extremity Kinematics and Ground Reaction Forces during Drop Jumps



ECONOMICS


Lauren Kelley Humphreys
Itai Sher (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Economics, UMass Amherst
Thinking 50 Years Ahead: Adapting Retirement Savings Platforms To Prepare Millennials

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING


Szeyeung Luk
Frank Sup (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, UMass Amherst
Prostheses Test Device

HISTORY


Jordan A. Hill
Jamie J. Wilson (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of History, Salem State University
The Harlem Renaissance

VETERINARY SCIENCE


Julie Elizabeth McLaughlin
Cynthia Baldwin (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, UMass Amherst

Amplification of cDNA of ovine γδ T lymphocyte WC1 hybrid co-receptor/pattern recognition receptor genes



PUBLIC HEALTH


Amy Hong-Duyen Bui
Brittany Nicole Rosen (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Public Health, UMass Amherst
The Effect of Opioids on Addiction in Massachusetts


Emma Kay Burnick
Brittany Nicole Rosen (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Public Health, UMass Amherst
The Relationship between Acrylamide Exposure and Cancer in Disproportionately Affected Populations


Stephanie M. Higgins
Sam Usifer
Brittany Nicole Rosen (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Public Health, UMass Amherst
Impacts of Inadequate Access to Mental Healthcare in Rural Areas


Marissa Kathleen Cassidy
Catalina Maria Arredondo
Brittany Nicole Rosen (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Public Health, UMass Amherst
Maternal Mortality in Sierra Leone and Potential Avenues of Improvement



Bolat Alex White
Brittany Nicole Rosen (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Public Health, UMass Amherst

The Significance of Urban Green Space in Promoting Community Health and Physical Activity





Dany Chhan
Helena Peterson
Brittany Nicole Rosen (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Public Health, UMass Amherst
Mental Health within the Refugee Population in the United States 

SOCIOLOGY


Mendrick O. Banzuela
Francisco Vivoni (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Sociology, Worcester State University
Struggles of Urban Exclusion: The Backbone of Industrial Worcester

HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT


Nathan Henry
Charles Foster
Muzzo Uysal (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, UMass Amherst
Using "kiosks" to expand global business in the hospitality industry: Uniguest case 

MANAGEMENT


Nicole A. Moschella
Jennifer Merton (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Management, UMass Amherst
Business Ethics and Aligned Corporate Values

ENGLISH LITERATURE


Erin Christine Dempsey
Kelly Matthews (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, Framingham State University
W.B. Yeats's Public Persona During Conflict

KINESIOLOGY


William Robert Staffiere
Michelle Varnell (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Sport and Movement Science, Salem State University
William Staffiere: The Influence of Menthol on Flexibility 

COMMUNICATION


Maria Antonieta Benatuil
Sun-Young Park (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Communication, UMass Boston
The Effectiveness of Advertising Appeals in Social Marketing Campaigns: A Cross-Cultural Study Between the U.S. and Asian Countries

NEUROSCIENCE


Daniel Pollak
Luke Remage-Healey (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst

New drivable and open-source electrode arrays for awake behaving electrophysiology in the auditory cortex of zebra finches.



HISTORY


Tianna Darling
Anthony Daly (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of History and Political Science, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
The Impact of Soviet Secrecy on the Space Race

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES


Marco Tulio Moreno
Charles Prescott (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, Berkshire Community College
An Exploration of the Links Between the Harlem Riot of 1935 and the Ferguson Riots of 2014

LINGUISTICS


John Duff
Lyn Frazier (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Linguistics, UMass Amherst
Somebody's fool: Accommodating Perspective Shifts

COMPUTER SCIENCE


Craig Bertram Norton
Tim Richards (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Computer Science, UMass Amherst
The Affects of Navigation on User Engagement

LEGAL STUDIES


Olivia May Melanson
Itai Sher (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Economics, UMass Amherst
Fairness in Anti-Discrimination Law: Analyzing Ban the Box in Hiring Outcomes

PUBLIC HEALTH


Staci Petros Christopoulos
Abigail Booth McCaffrey
Penelope Pekow (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, UMass Amherst
Programs to Reduce Infant Mortality in Rural Mississippi


Rishi Gupta
Mohammed Khan
Penelope Pekow (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, UMass Amherst
Diabetes Management in the Navajo Nation


Antonia J. Katsiris
Megan Murphy
Penelope Pekow (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, UMass Amherst

Reducing the Burden of Diabetes in New Orleans




Dorcas N. Mwathi
David Clark
Penelope Pekow (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, UMass Amherst
Improving Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder In Haitian Refugee Communities in Florida

POLITICAL SCIENCE


CHRISTOPHER CONLEY
Elizabeth Bussiere (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Political Science, UMass Boston
Neil M. Gorsuch and Neoconservative Thought

PUBLIC HEALTH


Gaurav Dangol
Julius Omotunde Aduayi
Penelope Pekow (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, UMass Amherst
Obesity in School-Aged Children in Springfield, MA

PSYCHOLOGY


Kennedy Martin Damoah
Benjamin Jee (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Psychology, Worcester State University
Intuitive Theories of Biological Concepts: A Literature Review

COMMUNICATION


John Paul Colaianni
Robert I. Carr (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Communication, Fitchburg State University
The Thurston Radio Podcast

ENGLISH


Hanna Noel Smith
Jessica Thelen (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, Westfield State University
Impact of Beauty Standards on Young Women

ECONOMICS


Alicia Faith Mortenson
Itai Sher (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Economics, UMass Amherst
Valuing Foreign Life in Environmental Regulations




Ethan Harris Shapiro
Itai Sher (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Economics, UMass Amherst
Effective Altruism: Where We Should Donate Our Money

SOCIOLOGY


Colin Thomas Houle
Francisco Vivoni (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Sociology, Worcester State University

Global forces and local socio-economic impacts: immigrant entrepreneurs in Worcester Massachusetts



ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES


Jadziah Hannon-Moonstone
Andy Danylchuk (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Environmental Conservation, UMass Amherst
Age and Growth of Blueback Herring in the Connecticut River

ANTHROPOLOGY


Rusheika Tyneka Gordon
Kathleen A. Brown-Perez (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst
E(race)ure of  Women of Color: The Invisible Genocide in the United States

PHYSICS


Anushka Shrivastava
David Kawall (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Physics, UMass Amherst
Study of NMR free induction decays in the presence of inhomogeneous magnetic fields

ART


Shane Patrick Barlow
Robert I. Carr (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Communication, Fitchburg State University
Taboo in the Films of Yorgos Lanthimos

PSYCHOLOGY


Shirley Thompson Plucinski
Rebecca Spencer (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst

The Effects of Napping on Motor Memory in Preschool Children



ECONOMICS


Sabrina Chan
Itai Sher (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Economics, UMass Amherst
Universal Basic Income as a Possible Solution

PHYSICS


Jonah Christopher Chaban
Bela Indurkhya Nelson
Jennie Traschen (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Physics, UMass Amherst
Evolution of Cosmological Black Holes in Inflation

KINESIOLOGY


Casey Ann Noonan
Sofiya Alhassan (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Kinesiology, UMass Amherst
Change in Depressive Symptoms after a Culturally-Tailored Dance Program for African American Preadolescent Girls

LEGAL STUDIES


Willow Faith Ross
Itai Sher (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Economics, UMass Amherst

Shaping Statelessness: A Comparative Analysis of Citizenship Law in Germany and the Dominican Republic



ECONOMICS


Samuel I. Hostetter
Eve Vogel (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Geography, UMass Amherst
Econometric Analysis of Water Flow and Price in Hydropower Production



ANTHROPOLOGY


Samantha Teressa La Penna
Kathleen A. Brown-Perez (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst
"Death by Education": Systemic Racial Oppression and the School-to-Prison Pipeline 

EDUCATION


Julia Mae Tassinari
Jessica Thelen (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, Westfield State University
Changing for the Better

ENGLISH


Nicholas Joseph Barry
Jessica Thelen (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, Westfield State University
The Negative Effects of Masculinity


BIOLOGY


Michelle M. Heeney
Madelaine E. Bartlett (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Biology, UMass Amherst
Understanding Grass Flower Development


ART


Helen Nora Xi Austin
Martha Taunton (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Art, UMass Amherst

Teaching to Learn Through Exploration



ECONOMICS


Edward McCormick
Itai Sher (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Economics, UMass Amherst

Evaluating Policy Interventions in the Rural Credit Market of Sudan



FINANCE


Shakil Rahman
Nikolaos Artavanis (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Finance, UMass Amherst
Product Concentration And Economic Vulnerability

ANTHROPOLOGY


Jill S. Banach
Kathleen A. Brown-Perez (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst

Thirsty for Access and Affordability: Drinking Water Disparities in the United States



EDUCATION


Phoenix Amber DeRuosi
Kenneth Reeds (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of World Languages and Cultures, Salem State University
Dual Language Programs: The Most Beneficial Way to Teach ELL Students 

BIOLOGY


Redi Metali
Jennifer K. Hood-DeGrenier (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Biology, Worcester State University
Examining the role of Twist1 phosphorylation in triggering the EMT in MDCK cells

HISTORY


Nicolette P. Moriconi
Michele Louro (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of History, Salem State University
Salem State College: An Approach to the Issue of Rape During the Societal Shift of the Seventies



PSYCHOLOGY


Isaac Ashton
Paul Gerard Nestor (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Psychology, UMass Boston
Exploring Polygenic by Environment Effects on Social Cognition

ENGLISH


Rebecca Lynn Paul
Michael Filas (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, Westfield State University
Do You Taste Like I Do? A fiction piece for the lonely and hopeful

HISTORY


Rebecca Ann Green
Annette Renee Chapman-Adisho (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of History, Salem State University
The Jewish People of Colonial Era Newport, Rhode Island

LITERATURE


Beatriz C. Jimenez Medina
Antonio Guijarro-Donadios (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of World Languages, Worcester State University
Gender Deception and Carnal Desire in Tirso de Molina's Plays

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES


Zhane Rachard Burton
Annette Renee Chapman-Adisho (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of History, Salem State University
Insecure Through the Lens of Black Feminist Thought

PSYCHOLOGY


Libybet Rueda Gynn
Itai Sher (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Economics, UMass Amherst
Materialism and Subjective Wellbeing: A Conceptual Meta-Analysis


Danielle Victoria Mayblyum
Rebecca Ready (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst
OSPAN Measures Predictive of Real-World Executive Functioning

MUSIC


Joshua Edward Miller
Robert I. Carr (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Communication, Fitchburg State University
The Importance of Musical Hooks

ANTHROPOLOGY


Lisa Wirada Servaes
Timothy Lang (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst
Mixed Heritage Identity in Thailand 

ENGLISH


Leticia Torres Rozo
Michael Perin Jaros (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, Salem State University
Kanye West: Hip-Hop Martyr

PSYCHOLOGY


Gwladys Sorelle Ngatchou Ndankam
Lisa Delano-Botelho (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Psychology, Bristol Community College
The Impact of Ethnically Matched Role Model, Growth Mindset theory and Student Success.


Jenny Guo
Erica Scharrer (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Communication, UMass Amherst
Mental Health and the Media: Changing Attitudes Toward Mental Health Issues

PUBLIC HEALTH


Mary Morcos
Laura Vandenberg (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, UMass Amherst
The Effects of BPS on Mice at Lactation Day Two

ANTHROPOLOGY


Dillon MacInnis
Kathleen A. Brown-Perez (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst

The War on Consciousness: American Policies Ignore the Nature of Drug Use



PUBLIC HEALTH


Aastha Pokharel
Laura Vandenberg (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, UMass Amherst

Effects of early life BPS exposures on lactation in female mice



LITERATURE


Dondre Kevin Scott
Leah Carol Nielsen (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, Westfield State University
Steps of Becoming a Man 

ECONOMICS


Zachary James Andersen
Timothy Lang (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst

Danish Universal Welfare: Lessons for the United States



SOCIAL THOUGHT AND POLITICAL ECONOMY


Melissa Leigh Myers
Timothy Lang (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst
Language Politics in the Moroccan Educational System

BIOLOGY


Aria Jordan
Jeffrey Blanchard (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Biology, UMass Amherst
Illuminating Microbial Dark Matter in Soil

ENGLISH


Nina Marie Roxo
Len von Morze (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, UMass Boston

“A Steady Soothing World of Motion:” The Manipulation of Time in Gertrude Stein’s “Melanctha”



PUBLIC HEALTH


Lauren Hurley
Laura Vandenberg (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, UMass Amherst
The effects of prenatal exposure to a mixture of 23 chemicals commonly used in unconventional oil and gas extraction on the mouse mammary gland

ENGLISH LITERATURE


James Barnett Robotham
Malcolm Sen (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, UMass Amherst

The Modernist Encyclopedia: Joyce’s Shadow On Infinite Jest



NUTRITION


Mackenzie Hamakawa Smith
Lindiwe Sibeko (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Nutrition, UMass Amherst
Community-based obesity prevention interventions: a systematic review of after school initiatives

PUBLIC HEALTH


Charlotte D. LaPlante
Laura Vandenberg (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, UMass Amherst
Exposure to propylparaben during pregnancy and lactation alters mammary gland morphology


Danny Barber McSweeney
Laura Vandenberg (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, UMass Amherst
Embryonic Exposure to Bisphenol S and its Effects on the Developing Mammary Gland

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING


Brandon Michael Johnston
Sarah L. Perry (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Chemical Engineering, UMass Amherst
The Effect of Polymer Architecture on Complex Coacervation

PSYCHOLOGY


Emma C. Vaughan
Agnes Lacreuse (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst

Hand Preference and its Relationship to Social Stress and Cognitive Performance in Marmosets




LINGUISTICS


Vishal Sunil Arvindam
Brian Dillon (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Linguistics, UMass Amherst
An eye-tracking investigation into the processing of stereotypical gender and the singular they using reflexives 

ENGLISH


Julia Caudle
Joseph Black (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, UMass Amherst
Eighteenth-Century English Mythography and its Textual and Physical Re-Imaginings

HISTORY


Benjamin Joseph Lerer
Barry Levy (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of History, UMass Amherst
Tudor Treason or Stuart Stupidity: The Law and Politics of Treason and Sovereignty from Henry VIII to Charles II

MUSIC


Kristen Renee Flanagan
Erinn E. Knyt (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Music, UMass Amherst

Beyond The String Quartet: How the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Contributed to the Late Twentieth Century Chamber Music “Boom” in the United States



COMPUTER SCIENCE


Tanaya Asnani
Georges Grinstein (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Computer Science, UMass Amherst
 Conversion and Linking Visualizations with Data Driven Frameworks and Libraries

ENGLISH


Hadiya Kimani Tuitt
Leah Carol Nielsen (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of English, Westfield State University
SANGRE

EDUCATION


Zachary Anthony Santana
Michael P. Krezmien (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Education, UMass Amherst

Understanding Mentorship Programs in Urban Communities



KINESIOLOGY


Tia Margaret Conover
John Ronald Sirard (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Kinesiology, UMass Amherst
An Improved Direct Observation System to Code Resistance Training


ARCHITECTURE


Kevin McManus
Jarice Hanson (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Communication, UMass Amherst
Perceptions of Architectural Design in Social Media

SOCIAL WORK


MARY KORANTEMA THULARE
Thomas E. Conroy (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Urban Studies, Worcester State University
JUVENILE DELINQUENCY

SOCIAL THOUGHT AND POLITICAL ECONOMY


Douglas Martin Hornstein
Deepankar Basu (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Economics, UMass Amherst
Capitalist Development and Capital-Labor Relations: A Critique of Social Structure of Accumulation Theory

BIOCHEMISTRY


Jesse Taylor Arsenault
Elizabeth Vierling (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UMass Amherst

Mitochondrial ATP Synthase Subunit d, a Component of the Peripheral Stalk, Plays a Key Role in Normal Growth and Male Gametophyte Development in Arabidopsis thaliana



PUBLIC POLICY


Cole Edward Garvey
Itai Sher (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Economics, UMass Amherst
Applying Conceptions of Equality to Mortality Risk Reduction Policymaking

ECONOMICS


Matthew Scott Harmon
Itai Sher (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Economics, UMass Amherst

The Path to Higher Ground: An Examination of Prison Education Methods and Outcomes



ACCOUNTING


Wyatt Doyle
Zaur Rzakhanov (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Accounting and Finance, UMass Boston
Methods of Rating Corporate Social Responsibility and Their Effect on Firm Value - Proactive vs. Passive

ANIMAL SCIENCES


Kaitlyn McGarvey
Rafael Fissore (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Animal Sciences, UMass Amherst
Role of TRPM7 in embryonic development

PUBLIC HEALTH


Yibai Duan
Lorraine Cordeiro (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Nutrition, UMass Amherst
Application of Yin Yang Principles in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

BIOCHEMISTRY


Olivia Michaels
Kimberly Stieglitz (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Science and Engineering, Roxbury Community College

Inhibition of Monoamine Oxidases (MAOs) by Green Tea Extracts



ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES


Tansy T. Remiszewski
Allison Roy (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Environmental Conservation, UMass Amherst
Impacts of winter water-level lake drawdowns on fish growth    


MICROBIOLOGY


Caroline Xu Qin
Steven Sandler (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Microbiology, UMass Amherst
Factors that modulate RecA localization to replication forks

COMPUTER SCIENCE


Brendan Lee Russell
Hao Loi (Faculty Sponsor)
Department of Computer Science, Quinsigamond Community College
Automating Greenhouses for a Better Tomorrow