The annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Colloquium offers students the opportunity to present their outstanding projects to the campus community. Sponsored by the Honors Program, the Colloquium is organized into concurrent panels that take place over four sessions. Each panel includes multiple student presenters.

Students will present their senior theses, academic essays, science experiments, business plans, art works, teaching internships, musical talents, engineering projects, and much more. 

The Colloquium will take place on April 12, 2023. The schedule is posted below. There are multiple panels taking place starting at 12:45, 2:10, 3:35, and 5:00 PM. Each panel runs for 75 minutes; if you see a presentation that interests you, please plan to stay for the whole panel.

Students, faculty members, and family are all welcome to attend the Colloquium sessions. We hope to see you for this wonderful celebration of academic excellence!

Colloquium Program

1877: Biology Frontiers

Moderator: Sean Congdon

  1. Michael Piechocki, Mariangelie Beaudry & Olivia Wolk: A&S CRISPR Prime Editing and its use in studying genetic diseases 
  2. Matthew Skoczylas: ENHP Causes and treatments for androgenetic alopecia in biological males
  3. Omario Ricketts: A&S The influence of climate change on the prevalence of Vibrio parahaemolyticus on oysters

Room D:  Creating Change with Arts

Moderator: Leslie Johnson 

  1. Cynthia Puerta, Ryan Ferraro, Briella Laliberte, Gabriella Carr, Jessica Bello, & Arohi Verma: Hillyer Creating Change with Arts

Room C: Arts Around the World

Moderator: Zee Onuf

  1. Megan Bainbridge: HAS & A&S Touring tourism: A color darkroom photography exhibition
  2. Randall Dion, Jr: HARTT Fadu Songs to Rägs: The deeper connection of Portugal and India
  3. Jordan Swanson: HAS Material degradation in art conservation

Room B:  Making Changes

Moderator: Amy Schoenecker

  1. Benedicta Kwarteng: A&S Understanding the resilience of street vendors in Ghana: Is formalization the answer to the informal economy
  2. Myalia Durno: A&S The great garbage gap: Understanding decision making for single-use plastics
  3. Victoria Rozario: A&S Advancement and upward mobility of women in developing South Asian countries
  4. Sabrina Vaillancourt: A&S Utilizing memory techniques to transform academic outcomes

1877: Biological Aspects of Health

Moderator: Adam Silver

  1. Alexus Jane Stanley: A&S The design and synthesis of fluorescent Guanine Quadruplex binding coumarin ligands
  2. Colin Larkin: ENHP The potential role of hydration in blood coagulation resilience
  3. Rachel Zazon: A&S Honey and cinnamon as antimicrobial agents

Room D: Psychological Responses

Moderator: Mala Matacin

  1. Olivia Potter: A&S Well-being and the Coronavirus pandemic: A study on resilience
  2. Brook Winterlich A&S Conformity, COVID and Commons: A photo elicitation study
  3. Michel-Ange Aurelus-Joseph: A&S Factors that predict imposter syndrome

Room C: Research Recruitment, Music Therapy, and Well-being

Moderator: Mary Gannotti

  1. Hannah Perkins: ENHP Patient recruitment for orthotics and prosthetics research
  2. Gema Granados: ENHP Music therapy for people with dementia
  3. Emmalee Richards: A&S Social media’s effects on self-esteem and well-being

1877: Perceptions and Health

Moderator: Karen Griffiths

  1. Kai Hobbs: ENHP Improving cultural competence of healthcare providers in serving transgender patients
  2. Izabela Moczydlowski: A&S Individual vs societal: Stereotypes of voices
  3. Nana-Konadu Amankwah: A&S Racial health disparities and their impact on high rates of infant mortality

Room D: Advancements in Science

Moderator: Clara Fang

  1. Rahul Kumar: A&S Vision Transformers for galaxy morphology classification: Training VS using
  2. Janae Kellarakos: A&S Horn Antenna design and construction for preparation of metasurface beam-steering implementation for 21cm neutral hydrogen detection
  3. Kyle Dickinson: CETA Development of anti-vibration glove selection tool: Versatile WebApp for workers
  4. Daniel Jimenez Gil: CETA Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Markov Process-based data mining on predicting bridge operating conditions

Room C: Back to the Future

Moderator: Jack Banks

  1. Todd Richard: HARTT These are the breaks – sampling in the pop era: An exploration and conversation
  2. Hannah D’Orso: A&S Unplugged: A feature-length screenplay on internet dependency and the potential repercussions of worldwide internet collapse

Room B: Looking into the Future

Moderator: Michael Clancy

  1. Sierra Farell: BAR Is insurance the new Big Brother?: Ethical implications of big data and machine learning in the health insurance space
  2. Ava Downey: A&S Evaluating fairness in predictive policing using domain knowledge
  3. Maya Colon: A&S Modern populism
  4. Daibhidh Stewart: A&S Outer space as a public and private environment: The nuances of developing effective international law for space security

1877: Learning and Change

Moderator: Paige Bray

  1. Gabriella Kulmacz: ENHP The rise in risk factors in student lives amplifies the importance of social emotional learning in schools
  2. Andrea Sousa: ENHP Supporting multilingual learners using the Montessori approach to education
  3. Kelsey Kwasnik: ENHP Differentiation in the classroom: Learned or taught?
  4. Cecelia Morttey: ENHP The GEMS brain change model

Room D: Creating Brave Classrooms

Moderator: Mala Matacin

  1. Lex Morgan, Aly Flanagan, & Annika Menke: A&S Photovoice: What it means to create brave classrooms

Room C: Biology and Health

Moderator: Yingcui Li

  1. Nicole Castro-Saab, Robert Juras, & Brianna Gomez: A&S Study of the effects of lead on cell proliferation and axon outgrown in embryonic dorsal root ganglion organ culture
  2. Samuel Weinstein, Allison Gozalez, & Riley Stevens: A&S Cellular analysis of genetically induced hyaluronic acid deficiency on synovial joints: Exploring genetic causes of osteoarthritis using transgenic mouse model

Room B: Imaging and Printing

Moderator: Xin Shen

  1. Alexandros Cooke-Politikos: A&S Development, fabrication, and application of 3D metamaterial printing
  2. Nathan Green: CETA 3D Imaging with multi-planar integral imaging
  3. Vanden Haviland: CETA 3D Depth detection using integral imaging computational volumetric reconstruction