Simmons University Undergraduate Symposium

A celebration of the scholarly and creative work of undergraduate students across the disciplines

Starts:  4/23/2019  9:00 AM
Ends: 4/23/2019 4:00 PM
Location: Simmons University

Kaylin Wu (Class of 2020), Vignettes Under Two Suns, Mixed Media Collage

Schedule of Events

View the 2019 Undergraduate Symposium Program Brochure for the full program of events and presenter abstracts.


CREATIVE LANDSCAPE | A Spring Studio Showcase
4th Floor, Main College Building


Attend one of the following panels:

3D Awards | Recognizing Outstanding 3D Projects
9:00 – 10:00
Room L-004

Mind Body Health Care
9:00 – 10:00
Room L-005

Audrey Edelman, Morgan Higgs, Morgan Westine | Can Mindfulness Meditation Improve Heart Rate Variability?

Caroline McQuade | Assessing the Efficacy of Movement as a Healing Intervention for Trauma Populations

Maleeha Mohammed, Hannah Scott | Learning to Treat Yourself with Kindness: A Qualitative Analysis of Simmons Students' Beliefs About Mindfulness and Self-compassion Intervention

Mardoche Telusma | Trans, Queer, and Cis - Black Women and Mental Health: Dismantling the Ideology of the Strong Black Woman

Wellness and Disease Prevention
9:00 – 10:00
Room L-006

Celine Breton, Ari Robinson | Toxicological Effects of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) on C. Elegans and Mammalian Cells

Shea Buckley | Differentiations in HIV Preventative Care in Clinical Research and Primary Care Settings

Lindsey Sumpman | Assessing the Role of Physical Therapy in the Prevention, Detection, and Treatment of the Female Athlete Triad and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)

Jacquelyn Wolff | Functionalized Gold Nanorods as Contrast Agent for Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging of Molecular Retinal Biomarkers in Age-related Macular Degeneration

9:00 – 11:00
Room L-007

Samantha Marinelli, Kristen Marquette, Alannah Shute, Isabel Lane, Merida Kepnes, Alex Daukas, Poppy Pan, and Charlotte Rivard

First-Year Leadership Showcase
9:00 – 11:45
Kotzen Room

Poster Exhibit | Arts, Humanities, Sciences
Graphic Design Showcase

10:00 – 11:45
Linda K. Paresky Conference Ctr. and E-305

Keynote Session
12:00 – 1:00

Recognizing the outstanding research contributions of 7 graduating seniors. Bagged lunch provided.

Teriyana Cohens, Michelle Medici, Patrice Miller, Peizhu Qian | Digitizing Court Records: Creating an Interactive History of Enslaved People's Incarceration

Celina Fernando | Challenging Complacency: Asian American Narratives of Anti-Blackness

Madeline Karod | Synthesis and Characterization of ZnO-SiO2 Nanocomposite in Elastomeric Foam for the Photodegradation of Pharmaceutical Compounds

Alexandra Moleski | Uninhabited Wilderness, Repressed Peoples: How the Establishment of the Yellowstone National Park Decimated the Blackfeet and the Crow


Attend one of the following panels:

HON 190: Talking in the 21st Century
1:15 – 3:00
Room L-005

Gender in Theory and Practice
1:15 – 2:15
Room L-004

Nicole Gauthier | Women's Education in the Early National Period: Seduction Novels, Print Culture, and Advocacy for Separatist Education

Mackenzie Farkus | Grounding the Ghosts: On Finding Queer Archives

Zoe Reece Lefkowitz | "Third Gender" Recognition in the United States: Examining Theory and its Practical Implications

Kaylin Wu | Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes: Beyond the Paper

Identities and Movements
1:15 – 2:15
Room L-006

Nichelle Gomez | Building A Better Community

Olivia Hart | The Earth On Screen: Intersections Between the Environmental Movement and Science Fiction Film

Jessika Myers | Abolition in the Eyre: Studying the Influence of Emancipation Movements on Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre

Audrey Saltarelli-Fayad | Native Women's Activism in the 1970's and 1980's

Reading Systems, Signs, and Symbols
1:15 – 2:15
Room L-007

Georgia Harper | The Parisian Semiotic Landscape During the Events of May 1968

Emerson Mouradian | Rey The Jedi: How Lacan's Mirror Malfunctions

Joanna O'Gorman | Adaptations of la Belle et la Bete

Realism and Fantasy: Readings of Spanish Fiction
1:15 – 2:15
Room L-008

*Some presentations will be delivered in Spanish.

Katherine Ashe | The Conflict Between Internal and External Beliefs In "Doña Perfecta"

Colleen Miller | Defensa de la mujer en el Quijote/Feminism in Don Quijote

Alice Najimy | The Importance of the House in "Dona Perfecta"

Emma Weimer | The reader's perception of the Orbajosenses in the context of realism (La percepción de los Orbajosenses por el lector en el contexto del realismo)

SURPASsing the Torch: Celebrating Simmons SURPASs 2018 Scholars
3:00 - 4:00
The Fens Dining Hall 

Celebrate the accomplishments of the SURPASs (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at Simmons) 2018 Scholars as they "pass the torch" to the incoming SURPASs 2019 Scholars!  Refreshments served.  Open to the public.