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Undergraduate Conference

Third Annual Undergraduate Conference, sponsored by the CAS Dean's Office

Friday, May 4, 2007 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Main Campus Building

Please join Simmons students, faculty, and friends on May 4 to recognize an array of work from Simmons College students.

In a series of presentation and poster sessions, students will present their work in the following disciplines: chemistry, sociology, nutrition, photography, biology, psychology, physics, management, history, philosophy, social justice, English, international relations, computer science, and communications.

Sessions of Student Posters
9:00 am to 10:30 am in the Paresky Center

  • Jessica Aiken, Kristen Grant, Lauren Salah, "Using Olfaction to Study Association " (Neuroscience and Behavior)
  • Katherine Centrella, Jennifer Roeklein-Canfield, D. Bruce Gray, Patrick Johnson "Untitled" (Chemistry)
  • Emily Roughan, Maegan McCarthy, Megan Waters, Megan Sullivan "Physical Activity May Enhance Cognitive Abilitites" (Psychology)
  • Supicha Kridaratikorn, Leonard J. Soltzberg, Richard Newman, "The Analysis of Historically
  • Significant Dyes via MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry" (Chemistry)
  • Caitlin Novero, "Untitled" (Psychology)
  • Jill Hrubes, Corie Bussell, Kristen Fessenden "The U.S.- Mexican Border & Immigration" (Women in Social Movements)
  • Ashleigh Bella, Lauren Hess, Kaitlin Maguire, Nicole Scheff, "The Effects of Scents on Stress-Related Behavior in the Open Field" (Psychology)
  • Molly Kerrigan, "The Effects of Music on Depression" (Psychology)
  • Meryl Roark, Ashley Simmons, Marlenny Ramdehal, Tiffany Legrand "Text Messaging Behaviors and Beliefs among Students and Faculty at Simmons College" (Social Psychology)
  • Beth Hart, "Structural Characteristics of Beta Amyloid Oligomers Necessary for Modulation of Synaptic Transmission" (Biology)
  • Grace McDonald, "Supporting College Access: What is Being Done By Simmons and the Community" (Organizing for Social Change)
  • Alma Bukhari, "Periodontal Disease: Importance of Oral Health and its Effects on Systemic Health" (Biology)
  • Jennifer Mushlin, Zainab Alsubai "Natural Language Transcript Retrieval Project" (Computer Science)
  • Ashely Keville, "Memory differences Between Males/Females" (Psychology)
  • Ariel Cohen, Lindsay Doughty, Mary Hamilton, Kim Phan, Jessica Roderick, "Measuring the Effects of Handling on Learning with a Novel Multiple-T Maze" (Neuroscience and Behavior)
  • Samantha Green, "Current-Induced Degradation of Electroluminescent Devices from Ionic Transition Metal Complexes." (Physics)
  • Kristina Harris, "Expression Analysis of Prominin-1, Characterization and Localization of a Novel Glycoprotein in Drosophila" (Biochemistry)
  • Jillian Beasley, "Environmental Enrichment For Laboratory Animals" (Biology)
  • Kersti Ribb, Rebecca Merhar, "Enriched Environments and Behavioral Measures of Anxiety, Activity and Exploration" (Psychology)
  • Angel Som, "Effects of Growth factors on Proliferation and Differentiation of SVZ Cells" (Biology)
  • Jennifer Boice, Lucienne Merrill, Juliana Barile, Katherine Centrella "Characterization of Unknown Impurities in Tris (2,2'-bipyridine) ruthenium (II) Complexes " (Chemistry)
  • Jennifer Boice, "Cups to Cleaners: Trash to Treasure" (Organic Chemistry)
  • Ahsley Keville, Elizabeth Alessi, Jaime Savoie, and Mary Winslow, "Sex Differences in Intentional Memory: The Role of Attraction" (Psychology)
  • Abigail DeMille, Jaime Hartly, Margaret Hoban, Hollie Palombo, Amanda Valerio, "The effect of dress on Perceptions of Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Personality." (Social Psychology)
  • Kristina Skarbinski, "Axial Patterning in DH Mice" (Biology)
  • Bonnie's Class, et al. "Management 224. Girls Gone Socially-Minded" (School of Management)
  • Nichole Iannone, Michele Jefferson, Cynthia Salsman, Caitlin Surprise, and Elizabeth Morency. "Diagnosing the Undecided: A Comparison of Major and Personality in Undergraduate Women" (Psychology 348)

Panel Session 1
11:00 am to 12:30 am

PANEL 1.A, Paresky Conference Center

  • Rachel Lyn Okun, "Untitled" (Aids, Science and Society)
  • Cara Feinzeig, "HIV and Infant Feeding Guidelines" (Aids, Science, and Society and Nur 390)
  • Adela Raz, "HIV/Aids in Afghanistan" (Aids, Science and Society)

PANEL 1.B, Room C101

  • Leanna Farnam, "Bloodstain Pattern Analysis" (Honors Seminar)
  • Marissa Rousselle, "Data Logging Experience in the Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment Cystic Fibrosis Transitions Study" (Independent Research)
  • Sahar Zelkha, "Dexamethasone Inhibits IL-1B Induced Corneal Neovascularization" (Biology)

PANEL 1.C, Room E305

  • Kristen Margeson, "How and Why State Governments Should Fund Embryonic Stem Cell Research" (Honors 390)
  • Elisabeth Wursten, "The Role of ROS in the Effects of Beta Amyloid peptides on Transmitter Release" (Biology)

Panel Session 2
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

PANEL 2.A, Paresky Conference Center

  • Meghan Gunther, "The Cup is Half Full" (Independent Study)
  • Kathy Do, "Detecting Protein-Protein Associations of the High-Risk HPV-16 E7 Oncoprotein by "Cherry Picking"" (Biology)
  • Meagan George, "The Effects of Socioeconomic Trends On Consumer Behavior and Retailing" (Independent Study)

PANEL 2.B, Room C101

  • Elena Larson, "Private Enclosures of Being: Constructions of Home, Exile, and Identity in Nadine Gordimer's Fiction" (Honors 390)
  • Mira Claire Blumberg, "Authorship and Authenticity of Slave Narratives" (History)
  • Cherrie Huang, "Clonal Growth in Arctic Alaskan Salix spp." (Biology)

PANEL 2.C, Room E305

  • Crystal Perkins, "The Fashion of Female Sexuality in Fin-de-Siecle Paris" (History)
  • Christine Gutman, "Genre Bending: Narrative Subversion in Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary and George Sand's Indiana" (Independent Research)
  • "Brenna DeCotis, "Boston Immersion Alternative Spring Break" (Service Learning)"

Panel Session 3
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

PANEL 3.A, Paresky Conference Center

  • Chelsea Graham, "Stress, coping, and type 2 diabetes in the Latino Community" (Honors 390)
  • "Danielle Christie, "Remediation of Shell Disease in American Lobsters" (Biology)"

This event is presented by the Office of the Dean, CAS.

Past Conferences


The Simmons Undergraduate Conference was discussed on the April 2nd episode of Comm. Cafe - from Simmons College Radio.

Download an MP3 of the interview.