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2012 Mathias Student Research Conference Winners Announced

Mathias Student Research Conference

The College of Arts and Sciences hosted the 22nd annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference on March 31, 2012. There were 141 entries from undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students from majors across the College. Students from other AU schools and colleges could present work they did as part of courses they took in the College. Students submitted abstracts in anticipation of presenting papers, posters, or doing a performance. Winners are awarded cash prizes for presentations. Winning graduate students also receive a conference travel award.

2012 Mathias Student Research Conference Awards

Award Categories:


See also: 2012 Conference Program

 

Professional Presentations

The winners of this category receive funding that will cover the cost of three days attendance at a professional peer reviewed national conference at which the student is presenting. Three students have been awarded this prize in 2012:


Best Professional Presentation by a Graduate Student in the Sciences

The Effect of Adolescent or Adult Ethanol Exposure on
Cocaine Self-Administration in Adult Rats

Mary Anne
Hutchison, PhD candidate, Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience Psychology

 

Best Professional Presentation by a Graduate Student in the Social Sciences

Erasure and Subject Formation within the Neoliberal Construction of Disasters in the United States
Heather Smith
, PhD candidate, Anthropology

 

Best Professional Presentation by a Graduate Student in the Humanities

The Power of the Prose: How the Intervention of a Journalist Secured the 1963 Limited Test Ban Treaty
Allen Pietrobon, PhD candidate, History

 

Best Professional Presentation by a Graduate Student in the Humanities, Honorable Mention, Shared Prize

Troupe Movements: Theater and the Crossing of
Dividing Lines During the Civil War

Kelly Johnson, MA candidate, History

Shadow Diplomacy: Intelligence and Franco-American Relations, 1945-1950
Susan Perlman, PhD candidate, History


Oral Presentations

Best Oral Presentation by an Undergraduate Student in the Sciences

Mechanistic Study of Novel Beta-Lactam Compounds
Steven Moss
, Senior, Biochemistry

Entanglement in Quantum Harmonic Chains
Noel Klingler, Senior, Physics

 

Best Oral Presentation by an Undergraduate Student in the Sciences
Honorable Mention

A Differential Equations Analysis of Pandemic Disease
Spread in an Apocalyptic State

Robert Grell, Senior, Mathematics

 

Best Oral Presentation by a Graduate Student in the Sciences

Effects of Fluoxetine in Juvenile Guppies, Poecilia Reticulata
Marco Pelli, MS candidate, Environmental Science

 

Best Oral Presentation by an Undergraduate Student in the Social Sciences

The Relationship Between Fear of Emotion and Interpersonal Competence
Sharon Shih, Senior, International Studies

 

Best Oral Presentation by an Undergraduate Student in the Humanities

Trauma: What's the Catch?
Will Beaudouin
, Senior, Literature

 

Best Oral Presentation by a Graduate Student in the Humanities

The Right to Differ: The Original Battle over the
Equal Rights Amendment, 1920-1935

Rebecca Dewolf
, PhD candidate, History

 

Posters

Best Poster by an Undergraduate Student in the Sciences
Shared Prize

Soil Nitrogen Cycling in Limber Pines Affected by Mountain Pine Beetle
Jennifer Jones, Senior, Environmental Science

Rain Gardens and Permeable Pavement at AU
Starr Brainard, Sophomore, Environmental Studies

 

Best Poster by an Undergraduate Student in the Sciences
Shared Prize

Reengineering Hemoglobin Through the Addition of Macrocyclic Transition Metal Complexes
Carly Montanero, Junior, Biochemistry

Age-Dependent Differences In Morphine-Induced Taste Aversions
Andrew Merluzzi, Junior, Psychology

 

Best Poster by a Graduate Student in the Sciences
Shared Prize

Assessment of the Aversive Effects of Peripheral Mu Opioid
Receptor Agonism in Fischer 344 and Lewis Rats

Jennifer
Cobuzzi, PhD candidate, Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience Psychology

Sex & Bugs: How Genes Determine Sex in Oncopeltus fasciatus
Mara Laslo
, MS candidate, Biological Science

 

Best Poster by a Graduate Student in the Social Sciences

Adolescent Child Experience of Parental Illness: An Examination of Dispositional Gratitude, Parent Illness Characteristics, and Family Factors
Maggie Arnold,
PhD candidate, Clinical Psychology

 

Best Poster by an Undergraduate Student in the Social Sciences

Optimizing the Data Transcription Process: A Buyer's Guide
Zach Duey, Junior, Mathematics & Economics and Philosophy

 

Performance

Best Performance by an Undergraduate Student in the Performing Arts

Into the Veldt
Elizabeth Naro, Senior, International Studies

 

Best Performance by an Undergraduate Student in the Humanities

The Shadow Menagerie: A Novel of Urban Myth
Matthew Makowski, Senior, Biology

 

Best Performance by a Graduate Student in the Social Sciences

The Knowledge of Karagattam
Ted Samuel, PhD Candidate, Anthropology

 

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