College of Arts and Sciences

El eterno femenino: Ramón Hernández y su experiencia

by Abigail Slaughter Faculty mentor: Professor Elizabeth Lewis This podcast is a creative performance based on El eterno femenino, by Rosario Castellanos, a play about a woman named Lupita that goes to the beauty salon to get her hair done before her wedding. She tries out a new hairdryer, which puts her into a dream …

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Comparación y contraste de la opresión de la mujer entre Florinda y El eterno femenino

by Bailey Bashara and Zhanna Leavitt Faculty mentor: Professor Elizabeth Lewis Both Florinda by Maria Rosa Galvez, and El Eterno Femenino by Rosario Castellanos, are works of theater that focus greatly on the theme of female oppression. In this infographic, we compare this theme within the two works, and the relevance this theme still has …

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El eterno femenino

by Liz Echeverría Faculty mentor: Professor Elizabeth Lewis The play “El eterno femenino” by Rosario Castellanos pórtate the live of a women who struggle to finding who she is a a woman. Throughout the play, she encounters many people and events that shape the way she sees her life as a women. In the poster, …

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Modeling Polarization in Mass Populations using Agent-Based Modeling & Novel Opinion Dynamics

By Justin Mittereder, Robert Carroll, Brandon Frulla Faculty Mentor: Professor Stephen Davies The 21st century has opened doors for large-scale simulations that were previously impossible due to computing power restrictions. Now, we are able to create large simulations of heterogeneous “agents”. These simulations allow researchers to discover what set of simple rules (behavioral rules of …

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The Effects of Cortisol on Blood Coagulation in Zebrafish

By Bailey Bashara Faculty Mentor: Professor Dianne Baker In humans, increased cortisol can lead to pathological increases in blood coagulation, in turn leading to thrombotic events such as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary emboli. Cortisol appears to promote coagulation by upregulating the transcription of coagulation factors, thereby increasing the likelihood of the coagulation cascade. It …

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Apoptosis in Crithidia fasciculata

By Kaelynn Parker and Abigail Delapenha Faculty mentor: Professor Swati Agrawal Crithidia fasciculata belongs to a group of parasites called kinetoplastids that comprise many important human pathogens. Evidence of apoptosis has been found in these parasites with pathways that appear to be different than in mammalian cells. Therefore, careful characterization of these pathways can provide …

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Virginia Libraries’ Disability Services and Website Accessibility

By Dillyn Scott Faculty Mentor: Professor Brenta Blevins This project examined the disability services and website accessibility features provided by Virginia libraries. According to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA), there is a “commitment to diversity and to accessibility of library and information services for all, including …

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An Epidemiological Simulation of COVID-19

By Miles Spence Faculty Mentor: Professor Jennifer Polack This project is a cross-section of multiple disciplines in mathematics as well as computer science. In particular, it incorporates differential equations and data analysis to create a model, in the Python coding language, to estimate the spread of COVID-19. The model used for the simulation is a …

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A Tale of Two-City States: Early Modern Venetian and Florentine Perceptions of Melancholy

By Michelle Zillioux Faculty Mentor: Professor Julia DeLancey Despite the significant amount of scholarship produced about sixteenth century Venetian and Florentine visual cultures, there is a considerable lack of academic approaches to early modern research from the perspective of disability studies. However, this does not belie a lack of disability histories to analyze. In fact, …

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

By Siddhartha Rao Faculty mentor: Professor Steve Greenlaw The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused the worst economic decline since the Great Depression. Both President Trump and Biden have passed stimulus packages to get the economy to recovery as quickly as possible. Since these packages have just been implemented there is no way to know the possible …

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Using BLAST to Detect Horizontal Gene Transfer in Pathogenic Fungi

By Christopher Good Faculty Mentor: Professor Theresa Grana Similarly to antibiotic resistance, antifungal resistance is a growing challenge for clinicians. Mechanistically, one method of antibiotic resistance acquisition is through horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Although associated more with prokaryotes, past studies show limited evidence of HGT in Candida yeast, warranting additional comparative, genomic and proteomic research …

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Quantifying Hyperforin in St. Johns Wort

By Chase Forster Faculty Mentor: Dr. Josephine Antwi Hyperforin is a known compound naturally produced by St. Johns Wort plants and has been proven to help treat mild depression. The purpose of this project was to determine optimal growing conditions for this plant to maximize efficiency of hyperforin production.

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Asymmetric Synthesis of DEHP

By Hannah Harris Faculty Mentor: Professor Davis Oldham Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is a chiral molecule used as a plasticizer in many commercial products, and its metabolites have been linked to endocrine disruption and other adverse health effects in mice. Differences in the toxicity of the enantiomeric forms are not well studied. In order to synthesize …

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Influence of Social Status on Behavior and Stress in Mice

by Samantha Everett Faculty mentor: Professor Parrish Waters Mice are socially aggressive animals and tend to interact in ways that are representative of a social hierarchy. Their interactions and behaviors determine their position in the social hierarchy, i.e., dominant, subordinate, or somewhere in-between. The present study examined the effect of social rank on behavior and …

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Cigarette Demand in the United States

By Emily Galloway Faculty Mentor: Professor Margaret Ray This project analyzes cigarette demand in the United States from the years 1964 to 2018. Using the number of cigarette packs purchased in any given year as the dependent variable, a time series OLS regression is run with price, income, population, and the previous year’s dependent variable …

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The presence, distribution, and concentration of trace metals in the James River near a coal-burning repository

By Catherine Crowell Faculty Mentor: Professor Tyler Frankel The Chesapeake Bay, one of the largest estuary systems on the east coast of the United States, has numerous coal-burning power stations located along its waterways. Coal ash, or fly ash, is a form of industrial waste that is mainly produced by coal-burning power stations and is …

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Quantifying Microplastics Found in Canada Geese from Various Fredericksburg Locations

By Zhanna Leavitt Faculty Mentor: Professor Andrew Dolby Plastic pollution has accumulated to a concerning degree in many of the world’s ecosystems. Microplastics are some of the smallest plastic debris and are generally defined as plastic fragments less than 5mm in diameter. Given their small size, microplastic fibers and fragments can easily enter aquatic ecosystems …

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Toxoplasma gondii SUB4 Gene Deletion Mutants and Their Viability in Host Cell Invasion

by John Asmus Faculty mentor: Professor Swati Agrawal Toxoplasma gondii is a microscopic parasitic protist. It is responsible for the disease toxoplasmosis which can cause severe health problems in immunocompromised individuals and babies whose mothers become infected while pregnant. T. gondii is an obligate intracellular parasite that can infect almost any warm-blooded mammal. Because of …

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Oda a la Bicicleta

By María Colón Faculty Mentor: Professor Ana Chichester My Project is inspired by the work of Chilean writer Pablo Neruda’s Odas. His remarkable work was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. Neruda’s Odes are inspired by all things that surrounded him. He found beauty in the simplest things, such as an artichoke, a …

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Crude Measures: Analyzing the Success and Failure of Economic Sanctions

By Dillon Schweers Faculty Mentor: Professor Jason Davidson The Trump Administration implemented a series of intense economic sanctions against the Venezuelan government in 2019 and 2020 in an effort to oust autocratic President Nicolas Maduro. After two years of the U.S. targeting the Venezuelan oil industry with these measures, Maduro remains entrenched in power. Alternatively, …

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Method development for accessing the impacts of road salts on P. acuta behavior and egg viability

By Sophia Weldi Faculty Mentor: Professor Tyler Frankel In the US, nearly 24.5 million tons of road salt was distributed across public roadways in 2014. Of the various substances used in these formulations, NaCl accounted for 90% of these treatments. After application, up to 55% of these salts have been shown to enter local waterways …

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Sky Horne Theatre Senior Project

by Sky Horne Faculty mentor: Professor Cate Brewer For my Senior Theatre Project and Honors Capstone, I rewrote a play I started in a playwriting course my sophomore year. I recorded my research and process for this project at http://skyhornecapstone.com.skyhorne.com/. This project involved utilizing the culmination of my Creative Writing major to work with my …

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Studio Art Senior Art Show

Student presenters: Elizabeth Anderson, Victor Ascensao, Leland Burke, Gabrielle Campbell, Andy Chen, Cassidy Clark, Jessica Clark, Sam Estacion, Gwen Fiorillo, Riley M. Gildea, Michelle Greenway, Patricia Keitz, Sarah J. Kowalewski, Alison Martin, Emma McElwain, Christie Morris, Stephanie Overbeck, Bale Rose, Dee Shirley, Kaitlyn Tiffany, Chloe Wade, Rebecca Webb, Ally Wylde-Gladbach Each year, the graduating studio …

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The Influence of Habitat Disruption and Induced Overstimulation on Working and Spatial Memory and Hippocampal BDNF Levels in CD1 Mice

By Katie Warlick, Chloe Dishong, Jada Ramos, Olivia Asbell Faculty Mentor: Professor Parrish Waters Our experiment aims to explore the influence of habitat disruption and induced overstimulation on working and spatial memory in CD1 mice, and consequently, hippocampal Brain- Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) levels. We hypothesized that, because of the significance of the role of …

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An Empirical Analysis of Economic Inequality on Economic Growth

By Brandon Williams Faculty Mentor: Professor Steve Greenlaw For the United States, one of the most important trends of concern is the growing level of inequality. It is widely accepted that the United States is currently experiencing historically high levels of economic inequality. There are numerous reasons for policymakers and citizens to be concerned about …

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ButterSpy.com

by Sarah Riddell Faculty mentor: Professor Jennifer Polack ButterSpy is a butterfly identification website serving the Alexandria, VA area that invites the user to observe a butterfly and then enter observations they make. The website then checks the database of butterflies and returns all possible butterflies matching the information provided. The purpose of this project …

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Computer Science Extravaganza

The Department of Computer Science is holding a live Zoom event for all UMW Students Who Love Computer Science, Data Science, and Cybersecurity on Friday, April 30th at noon. Students present a project (software, data science, cyber security) completed this All projects are welcome. The project can be a classroom assignment or something you created …

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Communicating Preservation Planning

By: Colette Fralen, Gabrielle Gallier, Faith Hamman, Kyann Holman, Jessica Lynch, Emilia Michalkiewicz Faculty Mentor: Professor Andrea Smith The Preservation Planning Lab (HISP 469) serves as a capstone in the Historic Preservation Major. This year, the course focused on communicating preservation planning. This field is still misunderstood, so educating the public is a relevant and …

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Role of the Pvr signaling Pathway in a Fly Model for Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1

By Maya Takashima, Huda Al-Bana, Grace Holcomb Faculty Mentor: Professor Ginny Morriss Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 (DM1) is a multi-systemic genetic disorder that causes severe muscle weakening and wasting. The phenotype is caused by a CTG repeat expansion in the 3’ untranslated region in the DMPK gene. Studies have shown several different signaling pathways implicated …

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Zu viel Zukunft!

by Grace Brecht Faculty mentor: Professor Marcel Rotter Punk rock developed in the 1970s and local scenes developed throughout Europe and the United States. East Germany was no exception. Despite — and because of — the brutal state-sponsored violence against and repression of anyone who did not conform to the government’s ideals, punk flourished in …

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A Complete Analysis of Thomas Reid and Common Sense Realism

By Adam Kritz Faculty Mentor: Professor Michael Reno History is often unkind to great thinkers. Often those with brilliant minds are misunderstood in later years by others. This may be the case with the Scottish philosopher Thomas Reid. Reid is the founder of Scottish common sense realism, a school of thought that aims to counter …

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Redlining, Tree Cover, and Temperature Variation

By Caylie Sims Faculty Mentor: Professor Melina Patterson Redlining is an environmental justice issue where, in the past, neighborhoods were graded based on a number of factors, one of which being race and class of its residence. These neighborhoods were given a grade, ranging from A as the highest grade, then B, C, and finally …

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Relationship Between Economic Development and Environmental Degradation.

By Quinn Lipetz Faculty Mentor: Professor Amrita Dhar The Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) is an economic model that describes the relationship between economic development and environmental degradation. This study aimed to determine if the pattern theorized by the EKC is visible in data from 32 countries from 1990 to 2015. The EKC states that as …

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Where there is land, there is wealth

by Olivia Mason-Lucas Faculty mentor: Professor Melissa Martínez This presentation serves to capture the relationship between two variables, an increase in extractive industries and unrest over land reform, with the dependent variable, indigenous land (in)security. Two groups in South America: the Guaraní and the Yanomami, serve as case studies for this intersection.

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Oda al piano

By Madison Minvielle Faculty mentor: Professor Ana Chichester This is a creative writing assignment from my Spanish literature class where we wrote odes to objects similar to the poems written by Pablo Neruda. We had to include two similes and two metaphors and have a minimum of five stanzas.

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Problematic Approaches in Communication Towards People with Disabilities

By Samantha Price Faculty Mentor: Professor Emily Crosby Through this video essay, I am hoping to draw attention to the problematic approaches in communication towards people with disabilities, but specifically invisible disabilities. In this video essay, I talk about the harmful effects of using war metaphors when talking about chronic illnesses, why inspiration porn is …

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Literatura carcelaria y los derechos humanos en cuatro obras del siglo XX

By Sarah Patterson Faculty Mentor: Professor Ana Chichester Esta tesis es un estudio de la literatura carcelaria en cuatro obras del siglo XX. El ya reconocido género de la literatura carcelaria denomina un tipo de texto en cual un autor escribe cuando está encarcelado o rememora la experiencia carcelaria luego de abandonar la cárcel. Durante …

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The Missing Picture: Early Modern Venetian Attitudes Towards Disability

by Michelle Zillioux Faculty mentor: Professor Julia DeLancey Of all the early modern Venetian visual art that has been studied over the centuries, few works of art depict diverse mental conditions. This blank spot in Venice’s visual history is telling of the government’s attempts to self-fashion a positive image of the city. As early modern …

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Temporal Dynamics of Caspase Activation in PPI-treated Cancer Cells

by Ashley Utz Faculty Mentor: Professor Randall Reif Cancer cells rely on glycolysis even under normoxic conditions. The use of this pathway results in measurable intracellular acidification, which is characterized as an early event in the apoptosis program. The pH is restored by activation of voltage- gated proton pumps, preventing acidification. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), …

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Assessing the Presence and Concentrations of Nutrient Pollution In Freshwater Environments In Fredericksburg, Virginia

By Reagan Nierman Faculty Mentor: Professor Tyler Frankel Aquatic environments require nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen to function properly and form the base of complex food webs. However, excess inputs of these nutrients through anthropogenic pollution commonly results in algal blooms, hypoxia, and dead zones. In this study, surface water samples were taken from …

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Winning and Attendance in Major League Baseball; Does Winning Attract More Fans?

By Emily Seay Faculty Mentor: Professor Margaret Ray Major League Baseball is a widely studied topic among economists and has been studied since its start in 1869. Many of these studies focus on factors that affect attendance to home games. In this study, data has been collected on the thirty teams in Major League Baseball …

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Effects of starvation and time of day on crayfish foraging behaviors

By Kylie Sunamoto Faculty Mentor: Professor Abbie Tomba Crayfish foraging behaviors can alter aquatic ecosystems. Starvation and time of day are two potential factors that can influence those foraging behaviors, but the interaction between the two variables has not been studied. In this study, we observed the movement of fed and starved crayfish during the …

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Communication Within Video Game Communities

by Alexandra Johnson, Nina Bowen, Arthur Romps, Madison Turner Faculty mentor: Professor Adria Goldman For this research paper, we looked at how video game users are impacted by different communication methods within video games. More specifically, this presentation will discuss how we framed our questions for a survey to be sent out to miscellaneous University …

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COVID-19 Through Nepali Teachers’ Perspectives

By: Isabella Burns, Rachel Walters, Jenna Holland Faculty mentor: Dr. Leslie Martin The Nepali education system has been affected by the extensive spread of COVID-19. Before the pandemic, Nepal was in a period of growth regarding educational policy after suffering from a civil conflict that lasted 10 years (Valente 2015; Parker et al. 2013). Although …

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Carpe Diem and Consolation Horace’s Imitation and Manipulation of Greek Lyric Models

By Ruth Wilmot Faculty Mentor: Professor Angela Pitts This thesis examines the influence of Greek lyric, namely Sappho and Alcaeus, on Horace’s carpe diem poems. Horace imitates Greek lyric in themes and meter. He also imitates the structure of alternation scenes and injunction passed down in the lyric tradition from the poet Archilochus. However, Horace …

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The Development of a Sediment Pollution Pilot Study in Hazel Run

By Briana Edmunds Faculty Mentor: Professor Pamela Grothe Excess sediment runoff, as a result of anthropogenic activity, is one of the major contributors to the pollution of the Chesapeake Bay, Rappahannock River, and Hazel Run. To reduce the sediment entering different watersheds, different best management practices (BMPs) have been implemented. Agencies like the Chesapeake Bay …

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Differential Myokine Expression in a Model for Myotonic Dystrophy Type I

By Huda Al-Bana, Maya Takashima, Grace Holcomb Faculty Mentor: Professor Ginny Morriss Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is a multi-systemic disease resulting in severe muscle weakening and wasting. Skeletal muscle wasting is the predominant cause of morbidity and mortality and is responsible for 60% of DM1-associated deaths. DM1 is caused by CTG repeat expansion in …

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This is America: Examining the International Press’ Coverage of American Foreign Policy Officials

by Nina Burges Faculty mentor: Professor Surupa Gupta There is universal recognition that the foreign policy making talent in the United States is woefully unrepresentative of America’s vibrant minority populations, and more is required to attract minorities to pursue public service careers representing the United States abroad and accurately reflect its diversity. However, little attention …

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Cooperative Learning in Secondary Mathematics

By: Katherine Safian Faculty Mentor: Professor Marie Sheckels Cooperative learning, or CL, is an instructional model commonly used in schools across the country, especially in mathematics. It involves the use of small group learning where students work collaboratively towards a common goal. Throughout my semester-long independent study, I researched how to incorporate cooperative learning into …

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Understanding Rural Healthcare in America: A General Survey of Rural Healthcare Systems

By Macy Justice Faculty Mentor: Professor Tracy Citeroni With the recent election and the current global pandemic, health care has been on the forefront of almost every political conversation in America. With discussions growing around populations and communities that face gaps in health care access, it is important to understand the barriers and gaps in …

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The Influence of Olfactory Stressors on Anxiety-like Behaviors (ALB) and Amygdalar Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) Levels in CD1 Mice

By Mary Zagrobelny, Bradley Torrington, Olayemi Fadahunsi, Laiba Murad Faculty Mentor: Professor Parrish Waters Cat odors serve as stressful stimuli for mice, leading to profound anxiety-like behaviors (ALB). These ALB are possibly the result of decreased brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels in the amygdala. Although the anxiogenic effects of cat odors have been established extensively, …

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Revising the Horror Novella

By Katherine Cavallaro Faculty Mentor: Professor Ray Levy I began my independent study project with the goal of revising an incomplete and unedited novella draft I had worked on the previous semester. I had hopes of creating something close to a finished and polished novella at the end of this semester. I approached this goal …

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Turtle Population Sex Ratios at Urban vs. Rural Locations

by Abigail Conklin Faculty mentor: Professor Bradley Lamphere In many turtle species, the sex of an individual is strongly influenced by the environmental temperatures it experiences prior to hatching. Climate change and urbanization may raise the temperature of nesting habitat enough to strongly skew sex ratios in freshwater turtles, but data on that question are …

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The Effectiveness of Uzarigenin as an Antiseptic against Staphylococcus aureus

by Gabrielle Moore Faculty Mentor: Professor Lynn Lewis To determine the effectiveness of uzarigenin on S. aureus, the agar disk diffusion method was first completed to study the cytotoxicity effect of uzarigenin directly on the bacteria. A cytotoxicity assay was then completed to test the cytotoxicity of the uzarigenin on the human epithelial fibroblasts themselves. …

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Astronautics: The Physics of Space Flight

By Britteny Backus Faculty Mentor: Professor Varun Makhija Over the course of the semester, my professor and I have collected notes and did research on the book: Astronautics, The Physics of Space Flight. In general, I learned how to apply Newtons laws and the Laws of Thermodynamics to the physics of rockets. Taking simple equations …

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Lab Manual by a Lab Aide, for Lab Aides

By Theresa Vierow Faculty Mentor: Professor Swati Agrawa For my Capstone project, I created an online lab manual. My intention with this document is to provide guidance for future lab aides of BIOL 125 and BIOL 126 – the series of introductory honors biology classes referred to as Phage Hunters. This document is online for …

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Government and Music during the Bosnian War

By Kassie Phillips Faculty Mentor: Professor Brooks Kuykendall The purpose of my research is to survey music as it was deliberately used as a means to an end during the Bosnian War from 1992 to 1995, particularly as it applies to the state promotion of certain music by Serbian and Croatian leadership at the time. …

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Department of Psychological Science Spring Virtual Showcase of Student Research

The following student projects, listed by courses from spring semester 2021, are featured on the above linked virtual showcase site. Professor Laura Wilson – PSYCH 362-01TITLES:The Association Between Virtual Interactions and Well-beingHow Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Affect Participants’ Intentions to be a Primary Caregiver and Anticipated Parenting StylesInstagram Influencer Content and Body ImageA Quantitative Study …

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Resident Curator Program

By Vanessa Richardson Faculty Mentor: Professor Ana Chichester Resident Curator Programs (RCP) enable an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization, to serve as the curator of a property. Resident Curator Programs can facilitate preservation of historic properties in a county or region with the goal to rehabilitate and maintain sometimes abandoned or underutilized …

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Human Trafficking and the Kafala System

By Casey Johnson Faculty Mentor: Professor Farhang Rouhani For my Middle Eastern Studies Minor and Honors Program capstone, I studied the Kafala sponsorship system practiced within the Gulf states. The Kafala system is the state program that facilitates labor related immigration to these countries. The system requires a citizen or company within the country to …

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Symbolic Methods in Synthesized Cryptosystems

By Dalton Chichester Faculty Mentor: Professor Andrew Marshall I will be giving a brief overview of recent, and I think, interesting work on applying automated reasoning to cryptography. In particular to the automatic generation and security proofs of cryptographic systems. As well as introduce a new tool which is an implementation of some of these …

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Game Chromatic Number on Segmented Caterpillars

By Paige Beidelman Faculty mentor: Professor Jeb Collins Graph theory is the study of sets vertices connected by known as edges, which are depicted as lines. The graph coloring game is a game played on a graph with two players, Alice and Bob, such that they alternate to properly color a graph, meaning no adjacent …

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16th Annual Kemp Symposium

The Department of English and Linguistics is hosting a live virtual symposium for its students via Zoom on Thursday April 29th, and Friday, April 30th, 2021. Below is the published program of student presentations.

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Phage Hunting at the University of Mary Washington: Genome Annotation of Hari and JackRabbit

By Hannah Lee, Sabine Krall, John Tan, Raesa Zia, Charlotte Russell, Jayme Boudreau, Hannah Stottlemyer, Andrew Cooper, Elizabeth Sullivan, Madison DeWitt, Mitchell Freitag, Jacob Cantor, Arianna Chase, Vallarie Burge Faculty Mentor: Professor Swati Agrawal Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies Kurstaki (BTK) is often used as a microbial insecticide for pest control and as a simulant for Bacillus …

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Oda al patio

By Jennifer Ramos Faculty Mentor: Professor Ana Chichester En la obra que van a escuchar hoy en día, se platica sobre la idea del tiempo y la niñez. Aunque no hay un nombre a la cara de la niña, se habla de la experiencia que ella tuvo afuera en su propio patio. El patio es …

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Catechism and Constitution: The Role of Faith in Recusal on the Supreme Court

By Hanna Carey Faculty Mentor: Professor Emile Lester This project explores the role of Catholicism on the decisions of Supreme Court Justices in capital, high-profile cases, and what role religion plays on recusal of Justices from the Court. The research covers Catholic doctrines and teachings on capital punishment (among other life-or-death issue areas) and the …

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Somos el mundo: Global Medical Education for Children

By Angeline (Shanthi) Gnanasekaran Faculty mentor: Professor María Laura Bocaz As part of the Global Health Fellowship hosted by the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), two activity workbooks were produced to educate the FIMRC youth population in Huancayo, Peru about two major health topics, violence and the five senses. These workbooks were …

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The Great Narrative: The Evolution of State Censorship in Soviet Era Museums

By Emily Harvey Faculty Mentor: Professor Steven Harris Before the Revolution of 1917, Russian museums were created by and for the ruling elite. Strict limitations on attendance and what objects could be viewed by what persons defined Russia’s imperial era. After the Revolution, the Soviet Union began to open its museum doors and create more …

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Does Coffee Production Impact Ecosystems’ Regenerative Capacities?

By Tatjana Farjadi Faculty Mentor: Professor Amrita Dhar Arabica coffee beans are traditionally grown in cooler shaded environments, which benefit the quality of the beans. Shade-grown coffee beans also tend to have many positive impacts on surrounding environments, as the protection from the sun that these beans require, increases the variety of plants and animals …

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Geometric Interpretations for Surfaces Using Technology

By Lynn Sherman Faculty Mentor: Professor Y. Jen Chiang This presentation is based on Math 491- Differential Geometries taken in Spring 2021. We first define the coordinate patch of a surface and provide a few examples of surfaces. Then we construct the tangent space and normal vector of a given a surface. Afterwards, we compute …

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The Effect of Netflix on U.S. Cable TV Subscriptions

By Luke Lilienthal Faculty mentor: Professor Margaret Ray Basic Annual Cable Subscriptions in the U.S. have been declining since 2001, which is the same year Netflix began recording subscribers. The annual number of basic cable subscriptions in the U.S. is calculated based on the total number of subscriptions to basic cable television. This means any …

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Untitled: Into the Mind of Margaret Sutton

By Elianna Bowman, Katheen Daly, Tai Frazier, Jennifer Glazebrook, Wilson LeCount, Luka Molloy, Carolyn Riley, Madison Roberts, Katie Toomey, Maddy Williams Faculty Mentor: Professor Marjorie Och This semester students working on the New York painter Margaret Sutton ’26 were struck by the number of works the artist left untitled. When the works came to Mary …

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Catholicism and Preservation

By Francesca Maisano Faculty Mentor: Professor Michael Spencer The preservation of historic structures is a controversial subject, as though people and organizations generally do not seek to demolish the historic built environment, they may not choose to preserve those structures and sites either. This paper focuses on one organization that owns much many historic structures …

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Climate Change and the Collapse of Slavery at the Stratford Hall Plantation in Late 1700s Westmoreland County, Virginia

By Eden Rakes Faculty Mentor: Professor Pamela Grothe Models used in climate predictions today are dependent on paleoclimate proxies, or recorders of past climate conditions. Eastern oyster shells contain oxygen isotopes that have the potential to be valuable paleoclimate proxies of seasonal changes in the Chesapeake Bay. Numerous oyster shells were found within infilled slave …

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