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Mathias Student Research Conference | Award Winners

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2013 Mathias Student Research
Conference Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences’ 23rd annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference, held March 30, featured 124 entries. Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in the College, as well as students from other AU schools and colleges presenting work completed from College courses, submitted abstracts in anticipation of presenting papers, posters, or performances. Winning presentations earn cash prizes, and winning graduate students also receive a conference travel award.

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See also: 2013 Conference Program

Mathias Student Research Conference 2013

 

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. One student has been awarded this prize in 2013:

"Kill the Ump!": The Growth & Decline of the Major League Umpire's Waistband 1970-2012
Ryan Englekirk
, PhD Candidate, History
See related news article: Giving Umpires Some Love
 


Oral Presentations

Best Oral Presentation in the Humanities by a Graduate Student

Contested Boundaries: Rashid Rana & the Body Politic in South Asia
Rachael Pullin
, MA Candidate, Art History


Best Oral Presentation in the Humanities by a Graduate Student — Honorable Mention

On Joseph and Family Ties: Seeing Themes of Family &
Patriarchy in the Borgherini Joseph Series
Kari Allegretto
, MA Candidate, Art History

Best Oral Presentation in the Humanities by a Junior or Senior

“O That I Knew Thy Heart”:
Staged Violence & Empathy from “Titus Andronicus” to “Macbeth” & “King Lear”
Jonelle Walker
, Senior, Literature and Theatre
 

Best Oral Presentation in the Humanities by a Junior or Senior Honorable Mention

Sentimentality: A Reclaiming of Emotional Discourse
Sartaz Singh
, Senior, Literature and Business Administration

Romantic Values, Cultural Context, & Paul Rudd:
The Love Triangle in Three Film Adaptations of Romeo & Juliet
David Stauffer
, Junior, Political Science and Statistics

“I Ain’t No Queer” Cinema
Megan Eberly
, Senior, Literature


Best Oral Presentation in the Social Sciences by a Graduate Student (shared prize)

An Arlington Homecoming: Medgar Evers’ Funeral and Civil Rights Rhetoric
Alison Kootstra
, MA Candidate, History

The Employment and Earnings Effects of the Georgia Job Creation Tax Credit:
A Regression Discontinuity Design Approach
Daniel Kuehn
, PhD Candidate, Economics

Best Oral Presentation in the Social Sciences by a Graduate Student Honorable Mention

Free Blacks, Slaves, and the Catholic Church in the
District of Columbia, 1835-1866

Jessica Carlton, MA Candidate, History
 

Best Oral Presentation in the Social Sciences by a Junior or Senior (shared prize) 

In Defense of Guns, America, and Men:
The NRA’s Perpetuation of Hegemonic Masculinity Through Political Communications
Emily Ruff
, Senior, Sociology

Full Disclosure:
Selection, Support, & Success for College Students with Learning Disabilities
Isadora Rose Stern
, Senior, Sociology

 

Best Oral Presentation in the Social Sciences by a Junior or Senior Honorable Mention

Access to Credit & Migration in Uganda: Complements or Substitutes?
Canyon Bosler
, Senior, Mathematics and Economics and International Studies

Life in Pictures:
A Critical Analysis of the Washington Post’s Photographic Coverage of Southeast DC, 1990-2010
Rebekah Smith
, Senior, Sociology


Best Oral Presentation in the Sciences by a Graduate Student

An Application of the “Super Learner” in Survival Analysis
Cindy Cook
, MS Candidate, Statistics


Best Oral Presentation in the Sciences by a Graduate Student - Honorable Mention

Event-Tracking Stochastic Model Reveals Dynamics of Atherosclerotic Plaque*
Jiao Yu
, MS Candidate, Statistics

Social Network Analysis–Statistical Applications
Anahi Rebatta Sun Han
, MS, Statistics (December 2012 Graduate)


Best Oral Presentation in the Sciences by a Junior or Senior

Determining the Significance of Cobalt-60 in EXO-200
Terri Poxon-Pearson
, Senior, Physics

Best Oral Presentation in the Sciences by a Junior or Senior - Honorable Mention

The Differential Expression of MDPV-Induced Taste Aversions, Thermoregulation, &
Brain Amine Levels in Adolescent and Adult Rats: A Behavioral & Neurochemical Assessment of “Bath Salts”
Andrew Merluzzi
, Senior, Psychology

The Development of Nociception and the Opioid System in Zebrafish
Lila Rieber
, Senior, Biology


Posters

Best Poster Presentation in the Humanities by a Graduate Student

America’s Cold War Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power:
The Example of the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair
Coralie Duperrin
, MA Candidate, American Studies (Abroad at AU)

Best Poster Presentation in the Sciences by a Graduate Student (shared prize)

Age Differences in (±)3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-Induced
Conditioned Taste Aversions and Monoaminergic Activity
Jen Cobuzzi
, PhD Candidate, Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience

Comparing Recall of Distant Memories to Rumination &
Avoidance as a Cause for Overgeneral Memory
David Falco
, MA Candidate, Psychology

Best Poster Presentation in the Sciences by a Junior or Senior (shared prize)

The Effect of Chirality on Bactericidal Activity
Carly Montanero
, Senior, Biochemistry 

Symmetries in the Quantum Four-Body Problem
Brian Weinstein
, Senior, Physics 

Age and Gender Affect Memorability & the
Effectiveness of Compliance Strategies
Swathi Nuli
, Senior, Justice and Law and Psychology

Best Poster Presentation in the Sciences by a Freshman or Sophomore (shared prize)

The Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine at American University:
A Student’s Perspective
Saiyidah Lemon
, Sophomore, Health Promotion
Emily Meyer, Sophomore, International Studies
Emily Cea, Freshman, Health Promotion

 

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