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Showcasing Student Research

Poster session at the 2011 Student Research Conference. Photo by Vanessa Robertson.

The 21st annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference brought together more than 175 students within the College of Arts and Sciences to present original, innovative research in their chosen field. 

“The judges struggled to determine who was the best in each section due to the high quality of the presentations,” says Cathy Schaeff, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and one of the conference organizers. 

This year’s conference featured a new award, the Professional Presentation Prize. The winners of this prize will receive funding to cover three days of attendance at a national peer reviewed conference at which the student is presenting. “This prize attracted strong competitors,” says Schaeff, “students who were definitely ready to go forth and enhance the reputation of American University.”

 

2011 Student Research Conference Awards

Award Categories:

 

 

Humanities

Best Oral Presentation by a Freshman or Sophomore

The Homespun Confederacy: Necessity or Patriotism?

Sarah Adler, Sophomore, History

 

Best Oral Presentation by an Undergraduate in the Humanities

Historical Readings of Ambition in Beowulf and Macbeth

Leah Pope, Senior, Literature

 

Honorable mention

The Souls of White Folk: The Social Gospel and Jim Crow in Washington, DC, 1890-1920

Kurt Karandy, Senior, History

 

Best Oral Presentation by a Graduate Student in the Humanities

Johann von Leers: The Life and Crimes of a Nazi-Muslim Propagandist of Extermination

Kit Crawford Jr., PhD candidate, History

 

Mathematics, Statistics, & Sciences Posters

Best Oral Presentation by an Undergraduate in the Sciences

Crystals of Light -- Optical Lattices, What They Are, and What They Can Do

Michael Roberts, Senior, Physics

 

Best Oral Presentation by a Graduate Student in the Sciences

Investigating Sewage Pollution on the Coral Reefs off the Coast of Guam

Jamey Redding, MS candidate, Environmental Science

 

Best Poster by an Undergraduate Student in Mathematics, Statistics and the Sciences

The Behavioral Study of Zebrafish through Conditioned Place Preference with Food

Gena Turner, Senior, Biology

 

Best Poster by a Graduate Student in Mathematics, Statistics and the Sciences

Spontaneous Withdrawal in Opiate-dependent Fischer 344, Lewis and Sprague-Dawley Rats

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

 

Best Poster by an Undergraduate Student in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Effect of Artificial HPA Activation on Dominance Formation in Rats

Alex Rose-Henig, Senior, Psychology

 

Best Poster by a Graduate Student in the Social Sciences and Humanities

The Impact of Normal Aging on Boundary Flexibility in Autobiographical Memory

Tim Hohman, PhD candidate, Behavior, Cognition and Neuroscience Psychology

 

Honorable Mention

Gender Differences in Asset Ownership in Ghana, India, and Ecuador

Marya Hillesland, PhD candidate, Economics

 

 

Professional Presentations

For the first time, a new professional presentation prize for graduate students has been created. The winners will receive funding that will cover the cost of three days attendance at a professional peer reviewed national conference at which the student is presenting. Two students have been awarded this prize.

Best Professional Presentation by a Graduate Student in the Sciences and Quantitative Methodologies

Exposure to Alcohol During Adolescence or Adulthood Alters the Rewarding Effects of Cocaine in Adult Rats

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

Best Professional Presentation by a Graduate Student in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Threat and competition: US and Oriental women during 50s and 60s

Nguyet Nguyen, PhD candidate, History

 

Quantitative Methods & Analysis

Shared prize for Best Oral Presentation by an Undergraduate in the Quantitative Methods and Analysis

Evaluating Ultimatum Game Behavior in Germany

Hannah Hennighausen, Senior, Economics

Generosity, Anonymity, and Religiosity: A Dictator Game Analysis

Ayal Chen-Zion, Senior, Mathematics & Economics

Best Oral Presentation by a Graduate Student in the Quantitative Methods and Analysis

Trade and Gender Wage Gaps in the United States

Erin Hinchey, PhD candidate, Economics

 

Social Sciences

Best Oral Presentation by an Undergraduate in the Social Sciences

Views of Gender in a Transitioning Society: A Content Analysis of Czech Magazine Advertisements

Lori Sommerfelt, Senior, Sociology

Honorable Mention

Against All Odds: Social Factors & Urban Education - Southeast DC’s Most Gifted Graduating Seniors

Katherine Streit, Senior, Psychology & Sociology

Shared Prize for Best Oral Presentation by a Graduate Student in the Social Sciences

Paradoxical Intentions: Does Inclusion Provide a Mandate for Exclusion?

Dave Neagley, MA candidate, Teaching

Kate Clonan-Roy, MA candidate, Teaching