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SPARC Festival

Welcome to SPARC 2022!

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Mount St. Mary’s University faculty dedicate themselves to academic excellence in scholarship and teaching, and they integrate the latest developments of their disciplines into classroom instruction. Our students follow suit by presenting their work at the annual SPARC Festival, which celebrates Scholarship, Performance, Art, Research and Creativity.

At SPARC, we celebrate our excellence in the liberal arts by showcasing the scholarly and creative projects of our academic community who comprise the College of Liberal Arts, the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Natural Science and Mathematics, and the University Honors Program. Our senior honors project presentations reflect our students’ year-long studies of work closely mentored by outstanding faculty on topics of shared interest. These projects serve both as capstone experiences in students’ majors and as springboards to graduate school or a profession. SPARC also features an astonishing array of academic prowess through lightning talks, FIRE talks (Faculty Inquiry Research and Exploration), student debates, poster sessions, concerts, and creative writings.

We look forward to seeing you at SPARC 2022.

Michael Turner, Ph.D.
Co-chair, SPARC Festival

Solomon Tesfu, Ph.D.
Co-chair, SPARC Festival

Sarah Scott, Ph.D.
Director, Honors Program

Michael Turner, Ph.D.
Co-chair, SPARC Festival

Solomon Tesfu, Ph.D.
Co-chair, SPARC Festival

Sarah Scott, Ph.D.
Director, Honors Program

Festival Overview

Schedule

  • Opening Celebration - Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. at Founder's Plaza
  • Address by President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. - Wednesday, 4 p.m. at Founder's Plaza
  • SPARC Festival Begins - Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.
  • Academic Awards Ceremony - Friday, 3:30 p.m. at Knott Auditorium

Festival Formats

As a student, you have the opportunity to present your work through a variety of formats, and chances are you've been preparing something exciting for months! Take a look at these options to see which one works best with your course of study.

Dates and Timeline

  • February 15-28: SPARC submission period
  • April 27-29: SPARC Festival
  • April 29: Academic Awards

Honors Presentations

An Honors Presentation is the final capstone presentation of an honors thesis, as per the requirements of the University Honors Program. If you're presenting your honors thesis, chances are you've already worked through many months of research and the SPARC Festival is when your findings are presented to the university and greater community.

Lightning Talks

A Lightning Talk is where you give a brief presentation to hit on the main points of an idea and express what matters most. Don't plan to read a speech or essay in its entirety. Be selective, condensing your talk to its essentials.

Lightning Talk Guidelines

Time

When you submitted your proposal, you indicated your preferences for a one-hour time slot. About a week prior to the festival, you will be notified of your presentation time (15-minute window in that hour). Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your presentation time.

Format

PowerPoint slides or other computer files can be projected on a laptop computer that will be set up prior to your presentation. PowerPoint is not required. Bring your computer and bring the file with you on a flash drive or email it to yourself.

Length

Each presenter has 15 minutes, including time for questions & answers. Plan to speak no longer than 10 minutes. Please honor your time constraints in order to facilitate the presentations that precede or follow yours.

Recommendations

The most successful lightning talks show evidence of preparation, organization, enthusiasm and confidence. Avoid speaking too rapidly or too quietly. Remember to relax and breathe. For best results, practice your talk and ask a friend to time you.

Panel Presentations

A Panel Presentation involves a small group of presenters (three to six) who talk about various angles on a specific theme. Panels are scheduled for 60-75 minutes and panelists usually speak for roughly 10 minutes each. If you have a panel idea, talk with one of your professors!

Poster Presentations

A poster is a way to presents the result of your project visually, demonstrating your goals, methods and conclusions. Your poster should be self-explanatory, leaving you free to answer questions on the finer details of the project. Poster sessions are scheduled for two-hour blocks.

Guidelines for Creating a SPARC Festival Poster


Location and Time

Poster sessions last two hours and take place in Patriot Hall. You'll need to arrive 15 minutes early to set up.

Format

Design your poster so that it can be tacked onto a 4 foot by 4-foot corkboard. Pushpins will be available. You may use PowerPoint to design a 4 x 4 poster that can be printed in the Center for Instructional Technology and tacked onto the mounting board or design a series of slides (letter-sized or smaller) that can be individually printed and tacked onto the mounting board. You may supplement your poster with a laptop presentation, though access to electric outlets will be limited. If you include audio, keep the volume to a reasonable level.

Content

Present sufficient evidence to support your conclusions, and use illustrations, plots, small tables, or other visually-appealing content over text. If your project was initially in narrative form, then select representative excerpts. Limit yourself to four or five pages of text in a large font legible from a four-foot distance.

Context

Provide background on your goals, methods, and conclusions. What is the underlying question, why is it important, what is the timeline, who were the participants, what activities went into the research, what conclusion did you reach? Share enough information to allow observers to respond with informed questions.

Clarity

Sequence items on your poster in an intuitive way that allows observers to readily understand your project. Use left-to-right, top-to-bottom organization and include letters or arrows if necessary. Feature major points, leaving other findings for informal conversations with SPARC attendees. Provide clear labels for each section of your presentation. Use color to enhance comprehension.

Title and names

Choose a descriptive, catchy title. Include the names of the presenters.

Recommendations

Simplicity is key. Don't try to cover too much material. Say a lot about a little rather than a little about a lot. Rehearse a brief summary of your project. Before you make your poster, create a list of the visuals you would include if you were describing your project with only the visuals. Write the text after you have created the list of visuals.

Examples

For examples of poster sessions from previous SPARC festivals, visit our Facebook page.

Performance Presentations

A Performance Presentation is where you will present a discussion of the process by which a performance of music, theater or performance art is prepared and then perform it. This 20-minute presentation session is followed by a Q&A session with attendants.

Special Guest Presentations

Fulbright Scholar Address - Wednesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. - Laughlin Auditorium

Cyrelene Amoah-Boampong

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Title: “Listening Across the Atlantic: Dialogue between Africa and the Diaspora”

This session delves into the conversation about modern historical perceptions of the continent of Africa and its implications for unity among people of African descent. It touches on the role of social media in formulating perceptions and how students can understand their place in ensuring a diverse and inclusive community at the Mount.

Biography: Dr. Cyrelene Amoah-Boampong is a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence in the Department of History. She is a Ghanaian social historian from the University of Ghana and Coordinator of the Ghana to the World Summer Programme. Her specialization is in African women’s activism and cooperative history as well as African -Diasporan relations.

Keynote Address - Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Knott Auditorium

Rev. Adam Bucko

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Biography: Rev. Adam Bucko has been a committed voice in the movement for the renewal of Christian Contemplative Spirituality and the growing New Monastic movement. He has taught engaged contemplative spirituality in Europe and the US and co-authored two books: Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation and The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living. Committed to an integration of contemplation and just practice, he co-founded an award winning non-profit, the Reciprocity Foundation, where he spent 15 years working with homeless youth living on the streets of New York City, providing spiritual care, developing programs to end youth homelessness and articulating a vision for spiritual mentoring in a post-religious world. He currently serves as a director of The Center for Spiritual Imagination at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, NY and is a member of The Community of the Incarnation, a "new monastic” community dedicated to democratizing the gifts of monastic spirituality and teaching contemplative spirituality in the context of hearing and responding to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth.

Honored Faculty Address - Thursday, 4-5 p.m. - Knott Auditorium

Elizabeth Strauss, Ph.D.

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Title: “Cast me not off in my time of old age…”: The Aged, Aging, and Agency in the Łódź Ghetto, 1939-1944

Biography: Dr. Elizabeth Strauss joined Mount St. Mary’s University as an Assistant Professor in the History Department in the fall of 2016. Prior to joining the Mount’s faculty full time Dr. Strauss worked as a contributor to the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies’ Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Strauss graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2002 with a BA in Germanic Languages and Literatures. Upon completion of an interdisciplinary transatlantic curriculum at UNC and Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany in 2003, she earned an MA in Political Science. Upon returning from Germany, Dr. Strauss continued her studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she earned an MA and PhD in History in 2014.

In pursuit of recovering the experiences of elderly Jews during the Holocaust, Dr. Strauss conducted extensive archival research in New York City, Washington, DC, Germany, and Israel. Her research has been funded by a number of awards and fellowships, including: the Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Holocaust Studies from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Fellowship from the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Dr. Sophie Bookhalter Fellowship in Jewish Culture from the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan, and the Maria Salit-Gitelson Tell Memorial Fellowship from the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, among others. Dr. Strauss recently published some of her initial findings in ““This rug, handmade by a resident of the old age home, should serve as evidence of the willingness and ability of elderly people to work”: Elderly Survival Strategies in the Łódź Ghetto” in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s academic journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Dr. Strauss’ current book project emphasizes the intrinsic connection between individual and communal experiences during the Holocaust. Using German and Yiddish-language archival sources generated by German authorities and Jewish inhabitants of the Łódź Ghetto, Dr. Strauss argues that age is an essential category of analysis for elucidating the particular nature of Nazi persecution and for understanding the cumulative effects of ghettoization on Jewish communities during the Holocaust. The manuscript testifies to the range of human behavior that emerged in response to conditions of extreme persecution during the Third Reich and presents the intertwined fate of aged individuals and their larger communities, both living on the brink of annihilation.

Senior Honors Presentations

Please contact the individual presenter if you would like the Zoom link to the presentation.

Session 1A - Wednesday, 6-9:30 p.m.

Location: Laughlin Auditorium

6 p.m. | Holly Click
Analyzing Plant Size Traits in a Reciprocal Transplant Experiment to Identify the Presence of Local Adaptation in Subpopulations of Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca
Biochemistry / Biology | Mentor: Abigail Kula, Ph.D.

6:30 p.m. | Cole Burrows
Synthesis of Pyridine Salt Complexes from Chalcone Precursors
Chemistry | Mentor: Isaac N. Mills, Ph.D.

7 p.m. | Jared Hampton
The Synthesis and Characterization of Zinc Azomethine Complexes using Schiff-Base Ligands Based on Electron-donating and Electron-withdrawing Properties
Chemistry | Mentor: Isaac N. Mills, Ph.D.

7:30 p.m. | Casey Spiridopoulos
Synthesis of Novel Pyrylium Complexes for Photocatalysis and Anticancer Benefits
Biochemistry / Chemistry | Mentor: Isaac N. Mills, Ph.D.

8 p.m. | Mary Yenca
Synthesis of Bis(pyrylium) Salts to Investigate the Tunability of Optoelectronic Properties
Biochemistry / Chemistry | Mentor: Isaac N. Mills, Ph.D.

8:30 p.m. | Marissa Lawson
Evaluating the Effects of Invasive Mussels on Native Microbial Communities
Biology / Environmental Science | Mentor: Eric G. Sakowski, Ph.D.

9 p.m. | Louise-Franchesca Villangca
Analyzing the Presence of Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Wastewater and Its Impact on the Local Environment
Biology | Mentor: Eric G. Sakowski, Ph.D.

Session 1B - Wednesday, 6-9 p.m.

Location: Knott Academic Center Room 320

6 p.m. | Timothy DeRosa
This is the Night: A Theological Examination of Light in the Easter Vigil
Theology | Mentor: Barrett H. Turner, Ph.D.

6:30 p.m. | Elizabeth Murray
An Application of the CSR and CST Framework to Starbucks' Supply Chain
Business | Mentors: Barrett Turner, Ph.D., and Josey Chacko, Ph.D.

7 p.m. | Ethan F. Bower
Religious Ethics and Values: Their Relationship with Sustainable Business Practices
Business / Economics | Mentor: Alejandro A. Cañadas, Ph.D.

7:30 p.m. | Olivia K. Prevost
Critical Realism and Catholic Social Teaching: An Authentically Catholic Response to Systemic Racism
Philosophy | Mentors: Michael Miller, Ph.D., and Joshua Hochschild, Ph.D.

8 p.m. | Christopher G. Diaz
The Greatest Threat to the United States
Political Science | Mentor: Joshua Hochschild, Ph.D.

8:30 p.m. | Harry Scherer
Subsidiarity as Cultural Risk Management
History / Political Science | Mentor: Joshua Hochschild, Ph.D.

Session 2A - Thursday, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Location: Laughlin Auditorium

8:30 a.m. | Catherine C. Remaniak
Inequality for All: The Effect of Economic Status on Voter Choice
Political Science | Mentor: William T. Christiansen, Ph.D.

9 a.m. | Emma R. Weinheimer
Returning to the Basics: A Self-critical Analysis of The Great Eight Podcast and an Analysis of Podcasting as a Form of Supplemental Course Material
Communication | Mentor: Mary Catherine Kennedy, Ph.D.

9:30 a.m. | Victoria M. Tyler
Do Likes Really Matter? An Examination of Self-Image on Instagram
Communication | Mentor: Mary Catherine Kennedy, Ph.D.

10 a.m. | Avery L. Neuhart
Personal Data Protection: Federated Learning Models as a Solution to Machine Learning with Protected Data and Its Challenges
Computer Science / Data Science | Mentor: Rebecca W. Portier

10:30 a.m. | Anne M. Frederick
Electoral Systems and Extremism: Is Representation a Trade-Off for Peace?
Foreign Language / Political Science | Mentor: Mike J. Towle, Ph.D.

11 a.m. | Camden P. Casey
The Media’s Impact on American Politics from the Twentieth Century to Today
Political Science | Mentor: Allison Berland, Ph.D.

Session 2B - Thursday, 9-11:30 a.m.

Location: Knott Academic Center Room 320

9 a.m. | Marleigh A. Beck
Synthesizing Eugenic Abortion on a Macro and Micro Level
Human Services | Mentor: Jack K. Trammell, Ph.D.

9:30 a.m. | Maria E. Gaspari
What Challenges Do Children with Cancer Face When Interacting with Their Peers?
Human Services | Mentor: Jack K. Trammell, Ph.D.

10 a.m. | Madison C. Hall
Perceptions of Faculty-Student Sexual Harassment Among Male Versus Female College Faculty and Staff Members
Criminal Justice / Psychology | Mentor: Mindy S. Korol, Ph.D.

10:30 a.m. | Barrett Hillier
Social Media, Gender, and Depressive Disorders in College Students
Psychology | Mentor: Mindy S. Korol, Ph.D.

11 a.m. | Morgan L. Young
Microaggressions at Work: A Study of Work Experiences and Job Satisfaction
Psychology | Mentor: Robert Keefer, Ph.D.

Session 3A - Thursday, 12:30-4 p.m.

Location: Laughlin Auditorium

12:30 p.m. | Isabella M. Brooke
Synthesis and Microscale Purification of Ethyl Benzoate
Biology | Mentor: Patricia J. Kreke, Ph.D.

1 p.m. | Santino Servagno
Synthesis and Characterization of CTA3,5, and CTA2,6 Micellar Systems
Chemistry | Mentors: Patricia J. Kreke, Ph.D., and Danny G. Miles, Ph.D.

1:30 p.m. | Danielle R. Milo
Sensitivity of Methylcitrate Synthase to Calcium Propionate in Fusarium Oxysporum
Health Science | Mentor: Dana P. Ward, Ph.D.

2 p.m. | Margarita F. Santos
Assessing the Sensitivity of Four Pathogenic Fungal Species to Calcium Propionate
Biology | Mentors: Christine McCauslin, Ph.D., and Dana P. Ward, Ph.D.

2:30 p.m. | Graciela F. Amaguana
Does Caffeine Inhibit or Promote the Memory of Caenorhabditis elegans?
Biology | Mentor: Michael J. Turner, Ph.D.

3 p.m. | Thomas A. Gamble
SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Induces the Inflammatory Response in RAW264.7 Cells
Biology | Mentor: Katy Dye, Ph.D.

3:30 p.m. | Angelo N. Gurcsik
Investigating How DNA Repair Complexes are Recruited to Damage Sites
Biology | Mentor: Patrick M. Lombardi, Ph.D.

Session 3B - Thursday, 12:30-4 p.m.

Location: Knott Academic Center Room 320

12:30 p.m. | Sydney R. Kelly
Isolation and Community: Women, Witches, and the Birthing Room in Early Modern England
Education / History | Mentor: Greg Murry, Ph.D.

1 p.m. | Hana K. Leftridge
The Importance of Multicultural Literature in the Second Grade Classroom
Education | Mentor: Kara Brady, Ph.D.

1:30 p.m. | Jadé A. Curtis
Race and its Role in Funding Public Education
Communication / Political Science | Mentor: Ed Egan

2 p.m. | Miriam R. Crouse
Vive La Révolution: Mohamed Kacimi as a Voice for a New Algeria
French / International Studies | Mentor: Marco D. Roman, Ph.D.

2:30 p.m. | Rebekah C. Balick
Who Owns Mediterranean History?: Art Repatriation, Nationalism, and the Argument for Cultural Property
International Studies / History | Mentors: Elaini G. Tsoukatos, Ph.D., and Teresa P. Rupp, Ph.D.

3 p.m. | Elizabeth C. Busch
Include Women in the Sequel: Reconsidering the Place of Women in Undergraduate Literature and Music Courses
English / French | Mentors: Carol L. Hinds, Ph.D., and Mark Carlson, D.M.A.

3:30 p.m. | Emily Jansen
Woman as Temptress, Redefined
Conflict, Peace and Social Justice / Interdisciplinary | Mentor: Tom Bligh, Ph.D.

Session 4A - Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m.

Location: Laughlin Auditorium

6 p.m. | Andrew J. Ku
Technical Analysis: A Glimpse into Candlestick Patterns
Computer Science | Mentor: Brian Heinold, Ph.D.

6:30 p.m. | Ryen Renae Kump
Using Honeypots to Study Network Attacks
Cybersecurity | Mentor: Brian Heinold, Ph.D.

7 p.m. | Autumn Burns
Boom or Bust: Analyzing the Merit of Cryptocurrency
Accounting / Forensic Accounting | Mentor: Lawrence Hoffman

7:30 p.m. | Haley A. Bodner
Play Hard, Learn Harder: How Gameplay Effects Long-term Disciplinary Vocabulary Retention in Social Studies
Education / Foreign Language | Mentors: Ernest Solar, Ph.D., and Stacey Brown-Hobbs, Ph.D.

8 p.m. | Andrew H. Turner
There are Many Like It: The M1 Garand, and Its Impact on Infantry Tactics
Fine Arts / History | Mentor: David W. Cohill

Session 4B - Thursday, 6-9:30 p.m.

Location: Knott Academic Center Room 320

6 p.m. | Danielle M. Reilly
Let the Data Show: Data Analysis in Law Enforcement
Accounting / Forensic Accounting | Mentor: Raymond C. Speciale, Ph.D.

6:30 p.m. | Andrew Jackson
WorldCom’s Disaster of Internal Controls
Accounting / Forensic Accounting | Mentor: John V. Sherwin

7 p.m. | Matthew Dirndorfer
Problems with Printing
Business | Mentor: Michael P. Barry, Ph.D.

7:30 p.m. | Travis Tasker
Business Surveillance and Covid-19: How the Pandemic Shifted Technological Advancement in Employee Monitoring
Business | Mentor: Josey Chacko, Ph.D.

8 p.m. | Connor Wahl
Analyzing The Effectiveness of Influencers in Marketing
Business | Mentor: Nancy L. Kimble

8:30 p.m. | Olivia A. Eby
Corporate Social Responsibility: Fact or Fiction?
Business | Mentor: Edward Reynolds

9 p.m. | Paige S. Buchanan
What A Dollar Is Worth: The Impact of ESG Investments in Finance
Business | Mentor: Alejandro A. Cañadas, Ph.D.

Lightning Talks

Session 1 - Wednesday, 5:40-8:20 p.m.

Location: Main Library

5:40-5:55 p.m. | Makala Harrison
Tree Biodiversity on Daughters of Charity Campus
Biology | Faculty Sponsor: Abby Kula, Ph.D.

6:05-6:20 p.m. | Apurwa Shah
The role of miRNA in learning and memory when comparing N2 C. elegans with miRNA-36 defective mutants
Biology | Faculty Sponsor: Mike Turner, Ph.D.

6:25-6:40 p.m. | Elijah Thalos
A Comparative Analysis of Eider, Scaup, and Mallard Aquatic Locomotion
Biology | Faculty Sponsor: Kari Taylor-Burt, Ph.D.

6:45-7 p.m. | Skylar Guthrie
Evaluating Invertebrate Bio Diversity under the Laudato Si action encyclical
Environmental Science | Faculty Sponsor: Abby Kula, Ph.D.

7:05-7:20 p.m. | Marcos Gonzalez Sambolin
Increasing the Yield of Methyl Benzoate Using a Hickman Distillation Apparatus
Chemistry | Faculty Sponsor: Patricia Kreke, Ph.D.

7:25-7:40 p.m. | Hannah Furlow
Locomotor Behavior in C. elegans Exposed to Ethanol
Psychology | Faculty Sponsor: Angy Kallarackal, Ph.D.

7:45-8 p.m. | Kevin Burry Jr.
What is the responsibility of human agency on e-cigarette alternatives?
Psychology | Faculty Sponsor: Brendan Dooley, Ph.D.

8:05-8:20 p.m. | Cheyenna Cook
Smoking? You Must be Joking. Not These C. Elegans!
Psychology | Faculty Sponsor: Angy Kallarackal, Ph.D.

Session 2A - Thursday, 8-11:15 a.m.

Location: Main Library

7:40-8 a.m. | Andrew Kueberth
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

8-8:15 a.m. | Avery Neuhart
Visualizing Softball
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

8:20-8:35 a.m. | Joseph Valle
Famished Food App
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

8:40-8:55 a.m. | Christian Hill
Digitizing Phillips Library Manuscript Card Catalog
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

9-9:15 a.m. | Ayooluwa Abraham
Gaming Connect!
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

9:20-9:35 a.m. | Kimberly Shields
Mobile E-commerce Application
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

9:40-9:55 a.m. | Francis Lenard Samonte
Price Intelligence with Web Scrapers
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Brian Heinold, Ph.D.

10-10:15 a.m. | Donovan McCoy
Potential ITSC Inventory/Ticketing System
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

10:20-10:35 a.m. | Luke Foster
Simplifying the Creation of MLA Citations by Using ISBNs
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

10:40-10:55 a.m. | Pingdwendet Koama
Attendance Management for CSES using QR-codes
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

11-11:15 a.m. | Vanessa Forte
Mount Listings - Share your skills to other students
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

Session 2B - Thursday, 8-11:15 a.m.

Location: Knott Academic Center Room 309

8-8:15 a.m. | Caleb Barber
How Assumptions of Human Nature Affected the Eugenics Movement
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

8:20-8:35 a.m. | Matthew Funk
Human Nature of Poverty
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

8:40-8:55 a.m. | John Straub
Historical Material Being in the United States
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

9-9:15 a.m. | Patrick Kelly
Fascism in Modern American Society
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

9:20-9:35 a.m. | Barbara Hawes
Judeo-Christan and Grecco-Roman influence on the Rise of Capitalism and the West
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

9:40-9:55 a.m. | Patrick Kueberth
The Final Application of Theory: The Collapse of the Soviet Union and its Ideological Basis
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

10-10:15 a.m. | Nicholas Santorelli
Christian Smith's Personalism
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

10:20-10:35 a.m. | Olivia Smeltzer
Poverty and Poverty Alleviation Policies in the Elizabethan and Victorian Eras
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

10:40-10:55 a.m. | Tristan Olinger
Utopian Communities and Human Nature
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

11-11:15 a.m. | Ethan Bower
The Role of Economic and Other Policy in Civil Society
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

Session 3A - Thursday, 12:40-3:55 p.m.

Location: Phillips Library 102

12:40-12:55 p.m. | Kweku Amoa
Creating a website for the Mount Esports Progam
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Russ Hamer

1-1:15 p.m. | Ryan Arata
Making a Juicy Video Game About Samurai Fruit
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

1:20-1:35 p.m. | John Erlandson
Esports Analytics: Data and the Player
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

1:40-1:55 p.m. | Liam Aro
Government Stock Tracker
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss | Zoom Only

2-2:15 p.m. | John Lage
A student-oriented testing and test creation application
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

2:20-2:35 p.m. | Tyler Powell
Scorebook baseball
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

2:40-2:55 p.m. | Kevin Opoku-Agyemang
Senior Project: Center for Student Diversity
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

3-3:15 p.m. | Dean Danner
Deano's Aminos!
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

3:20-3:35 p.m. | Cameron Gardner
Le Chatelier's Principle Online Quiz
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

3:40-3:55 p.m. | Aaron Romero
Cadet Learning Center
Computer Science | Faculty Sponsor: Scott Weiss

Session 3B - Thursday, 12:40-3:35 p.m.

Location: Knott Academic Center Room 309

12:40-12:55 p.m. | Michael Chipi
Heads, Hearts, and Hands
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

1-1:15 p.m. | Julianna Roman
Understanding what drives emigration
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: Solomon Tesfu, Ph.D.

1:20-1:35 p.m. | Michael Abraha
How hate speech on social media can lead to acts of genocide
Business | Faculty Sponsor: Christina Yoder, Ph.D.

1:40-1:55 p.m. | Noah Daniels
The Role of Imperial Thought in Western Development
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

2:20-2:35 p.m. | Gavin Hamrick
Human Nature, Social Theory and 18th Century Ireland
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

2:40-2:55 p.m. | Mary Lawler
The Soul of the Spiritless: exploring the vision of human nature implicated by Marxism
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

3-3:15 p.m. | Harry Scherer
René Girard’s Politics of Forgiveness
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) | Faculty Sponsor: John-Paul Heil, Ph.D.

3:20-3:35 p.m. | Harry Scherer
Beauvoir and Benedict on the Politics of Death and Dying
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) | Faculty Sponsor: Stephen McGinley, Ph.D.

Session 4A - Thursday, 6-7:35 p.m.

Location: Main Library

6-6:15 p.m. | Emma Smith
Spes Nostra: Marian Apparitions in Columbia and Mexico
Theology | Faculty Sponsor: Brendan Johnson

6:20-6:35 p.m. | Ashley Torkornoo
Reimagining Paradise: The Biblical Contradiction of 'Tropico'
Communication | Faculty Sponsor: Jordan Loveridge, Ph.D.

6:40-6:55 p.m. | Cara Davis
Attachment styles between men and women in New Girl
Communication | Faculty Sponsor: Mary Catherine Kennedy, Ph.D.

7-7:15 p.m. | Rebekah Balick
Nationalism and Propaganda in the Russia-Ukraine War
International Studies | Faculty Sponsor: Amanda Krause, Ph.D.

7:20-7:35 p.m. | Brendan McCarthy
The National Socialist Theory of Human Nature and its Affect on Economic Theory
Sociology | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

Session 4B - Thursday, 6-8:35 p.m.

Location: Knott Academic Center Room 309

6-6:15 p.m. | Shahanaaz Soumah
Holocaust Sites of Memorialization
Conflict, Peace, and Social Justice | Faculty Sponsor: Elizabeth Strauss, Ph.D.

6:20-6:35 p.m. | Emily Jansen
War Wounds: Religion & Disability in Flannery O’Connor
Conflict, Peace, and Social Justice | Faculty Sponsor: David Wehner, Ph.D.

6:40-6:55 p.m. | Emily Jansen
The Greatest Commandment, Revised: Catholic Social Teaching, Depression, and Suicide
Conflict, Peace, and Social Justice | Faculty Sponsor: Bill Collinge, Ph.D.

7-7:15 p.m. | Emily Jansen
The Feminization of Sin: Eve, Eden, and Women in a Postlapsarian World
Conflict, Peace, and Social Justice | Faculty Sponsor: Paige Hochschild, Ph.D.

7:20-7:35 p.m. | Emily Jansen
My Brother’s Keeper: Comparing Sexual Violence within Fraternities and Religious Universities
Conflict, Peace, and Social Justice | Faculty Sponsor: Kim Hansen, Ph.D.

7:40-7:55 p.m. | Sara Chepkoit
The Muslim Iberian Experience: Rise, Fall, and Legacy of the Muslim Empire in Spain
Cross-Cultural Studies | Faculty Sponsor: Diana Rodriguez-Lozano, Ph.D.

8-8:15 p.m. | Madelin Sagastume
The Muslim Iberian Experience: Cultural Impact of the Islamic Empire in Spain
Cross-Cultural Studies | Faculty Sponsor: Diana Rodriguez-Lozano, Ph.D.

8:20-8:35 p.m. | Tyler Bussard
The Islamic Iberian Experience: The Rise, Fall, and Legacy of the Spanish Muslim Empire
Cross-Cultural Studies | Faculty Sponsor: Diana Rodriguez-Lozano, Ph.D.

Panel Presentations

Session 1 - Thursday, 8:30-10 a.m.

Presenters: Rebekah Balick, Harry Scherer and Lexi Zambito
Thucydides, Röpke, and Wojtyła on Virtue as a Foundational Political Norm
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) | Moderator: Josh Hochschild, Ph.D.
Knott Academic Center Room 224

Session 2 - Thursday, 10-11:30 a.m.

Presenters: Elizabeth Busch and Andrew Turner
Music Major Senior Roundtable
Visual and Performing Arts | Moderator: Mark Carlson, D.M.A.; Respondant: Andrew Rosenfeld, D.M.A.
Knott Academic Center Room 224

Presenters: Jacqueline Valdez, Eileen Rosewater, Kellyann Palm and Abigail West
Gender Expectations and Stereotypes
Communication | Moderator: Pratibha Kumar, Ph.D.; Respondant: Mary Catherine Kennedy, Ph.D.
Knott Academic Center Room 220

Session 3 - Thursday, 12:30-2 p.m.

Presenters: Tim DeRosa, Jobin Cyriac and Lexi Zambito
Scripture & Tradition: Three Views
Theology | Moderator: Barrett Turner, Ph.D.; Respondant: Luis Vera, Ph.D.
Knott Academic Center Room 224

Presenters: Stephen McGinley, Ph.D., Rachel Hartnett, Ph.D., and Lilli Millender
Conversations on Composting
Biology | Moderator: Cole Burrows
Knott Academic Center Room 220

Session 4 - Thursday, 2:30-4 p.m.

Presenters: Joseph Carlson, Laura Ryan and John Daly
The Lark Ascending: An Arts Publication that Inspires
Creative Writing | Moderator: Anthony Zacharia
Knott Academic Center Room 224

Presenters: Ana Purchiaroni, Matt Jenkins, Sophia Vargas and Antonio Chaurand
Gender and Media: Disney Images and Music Industry
Communication | Moderator: Pratibha Kumar, Ph.D.; Respondant: Mary Catherine Kennedy, Ph.D.
Knott Academic Center Room 220

Poster Presentations

Session 1 - Thursday, 9:30-11 a.m.

Location: GatherTown

Devin Shorb
Locating Binding Sites between the ASCC2 CUE Domain and K-63 linked Diubiquitin
Biochemistry | Faculty Sponsor: Patrick Lombardi, Ph.D.

Logan Lencheski and Diamond Lewis
Overview of Calcium Propionate as a Solution to Fungal Pathogens
Biology | Faculty Sponsor: Christine McCauslin, Ph.D.

Jacquelyn Candito
HCT-116 Colon Cancer Cell Line Proliferation
Biology | Faculty Sponsor: Dana Ward, Ph.D.

Jomana Habib
MCF-7 cell line growth
Biology | Faculty Sponsor: Dana Ward, Ph.D.

Justin Okoh
PC-3 Cell Proliferation in Culture with Anchorage-Independent Conditions
Biology | Faculty Sponsor: Dana Ward, Ph.D.

Holly Click
Moisture Preference of the Common Pillbug, Armadillidium vulgare
Biology | Faculty Sponsor: Rosie Bolen, Ph.D.

Connor Owen
An investigation into the MDA-435 Cancer Cell Line
Biology | Faculty Sponsor: Dana Ward, Ph.D.

Casey Spiridopoulos
Behavioral Study of the Human Cancer Cell Line MDA-231
Biology | Faculty Sponsor: Dana Ward, Ph.D.

Sergio Quijano
The Pedal of an Epicycloid Curve
Mathematics | Faculty Sponsor: Fred Portier, Ph.D.

Noor Khan, Apurwa Shah and Molly Welsh
A Look into OVCAR 3
Biology | Faculty Sponsor: Dana Ward, Ph.D.

Marcos Gonzalez
Cell Line Growth for T47D Breast Cancer
Biology | Faculty Sponsor: Dana Ward, Ph.D.

Jobin Cyrican, Danielle Harris, Pablo Archilla-Arriaga and Halle Robinson
Effect of environmental moisture on the resting behavior of pillbugs
Biology | Faculty Sponsor: Rosie Bolen, Ph.D.

Jillian Hacker
MCF-10A as a Mammary Cell Model
Biology | Faculty Sponsor: Dana Ward, Ph.D.

Jordan Bagwell
Do Pill Bugs Prefer Salty or Sweet Food?
Biology | Faculty Sponsor: Rosie Bolen, Ph.D.

Dantannie Mahmoud
Pillbug movement between moist and dry conditions
Biology | Faculty Sponsor: Rosie Bolen, Ph.D.

Abigail Zeigenfuse
Effects of Melatonin on Locomotion of C. elegans
Neuroscience | Faculty Sponsor: Angy Kallarackal, Ph.D.

Maya Callenbach
Monitoring and Controlling West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania Mosquitoes
Environmental Science | Faculty Sponsor: Abby Kula, Ph.D.

Session 2 - 12:30-2 p.m.

Location: GatherTown

Cara Davis
All for the Instabody: Instagram and Its Correlation to Body Image and Self-Esteem
Communication | Faculty Sponsor: Mary Catherine Kennedy, Ph.D.

Eva Lucero
Relationships Between Circles and Nephroids
Mathematics | Faculty Sponsor: Fred Portier, Ph.D.

Noah DeZwart
Evolutes: Tractrix and Catenary
Mathematics | Faculty Sponsor: Fred Portier, Ph.D.

Tyrone Douglas
Inverse relationship between curves
Mathematics | Faculty Sponsor: Fred Portier, Ph.D.

Braeden McHugh
The Limacon: Curve, Pedal, and Catacaustic
Mathematics | Faculty Sponsor: Fred Portier, Ph.D.

Anthony Batres
Inverse of the Infinity Sign
Mathematics | Faculty Sponsor: Fred Portier, Ph.D.

Brylen Hatcher
Ethanol effects on Worms locomotion
Psychology | Faculty Sponsor: Angy Kallarackal, Ph.D.

Annelle Gambrah
Sleepy Worms - The Effect of Melatonin on C. elegans
Psychology | Faculty Sponsor: Angy Kallarackal, Ph.D.

Emma Ward
Effects of Odor on Memory Consolidation
Psychology | Faculty Sponsor: Angy Kallarackal, Ph.D.

Meghan Kodsi
Effects of Fluoxetine on Locomotor Activity in C. elegans
Psychology | Faculty Sponsor: Angy Kallarackal, Ph.D.

Grace Hillman
Nicotine effects on Locomotion
Psychology | Faculty Sponsor: Angy Kallarackal, Ph.D.

Abagail Bartenstein
Natural Reinforcement of Music Through the Conditioned Place Preference of Rats
Psychology | Faculty Sponsor: Jon Slezak, Ph.D.

Lily Geoffroy
Does Music Act as a Natural Reinforcer: Determining Total-Time Spent in a Conditioned Place Preference
Psychology | Faculty Sponsor: Jon Slezak, Ph.D.

Nema Kebbeh, Jai Huff, Maddison Devine and Jeremy Wilson
Is Music Innately Reinforcing in Sprague Dawley Rats with Long Term Pavlovian Conditioning?
Psychology | Faculty Sponsor: Jon Slezak, Ph.D.

Katherine Smith, Gabrielle Siple, Justin Perez and Veronica Blair
Can Reggae Act as a Natural Reinforcer for Long-Term Conditioning?
Psychology | Faculty Sponsor: Jon Slezak, Ph.D.

Maddison Devine
The Effects of Paralysis and Withdrawal on Fluoxetine Treated C. elegans
Psychology | Faculty Sponsor: Angy Kallarackal, Ph.D.

Session 3 - 2:30-4 p.m.

Location: GatherTown

Kyle DeCrispino
The Mistakes Made by 20th Century Argentina
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

Maya Grassi
Exploring ideas of human person in social sciences and its portrayal in film
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

Jackson Phillips
The Roles That The Invisible Hand Shall Play In A Mixed Economy
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

Brady Myers
Theological Ideas and the Development of the West and Capitalism
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

Christopher DePiazza
On the Corruption of the Human Character and Community under Communism
Economics | Faculty Sponsor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.

Marco Carbajal
Is United States Immigration Fair?
Sociology | Faculty Sponsor: Denise Obinna, Ph.D.

Anne Goubarkova
Impact of Immigration Policies on Pursuit of Education in the United States by International Students
Sociology | Faculty Sponsor: Layton Field, Ph.D.

Jenna Milner
Female Hypersexualization Begins Early
Sociology | Faculty Sponsor: Layton Field, Ph.D.

Gianna DelGatto
Why Switch to Fair Trade?
Sociology | Faculty Sponsor: Layton Field, Ph.D.

Mary Grace Coltharp
Program Evaluation: Student Pregnancy & Parenting at the Mount
Sociology | Faculty Sponsor: Layton Field, Ph.D.

Elizabeth King
Mental Health in Mount St. Mary's Student Athletes
Sociology | Faculty Sponsor: Layton Field, Ph.D.

Christopher DePiazza
Unemployment Due to the Pandemic and Its Impact on Mount Students
Sociology | Faculty Sponsor: Denise Obinna, Ph.D.

Katherine Stair
Juvenile Delinquency: Free Will vs. Circumstances
Criminal Justice | Faculty Sponsor: Brendan Dooley, Ph.D.

Citlali Villegas
Affects of Critical Race Theory's on the Educational System
Criminal Justice | Faculty Sponsor: Layton Field, Ph.D.

Kaleigh Bishop
How Environment Effects the Police Hiring Process, and How We Can Change It
Criminal Justice | Faculty Sponsor: Brendan Dooley, Ph.D.

Matthew McTighe
Law Enforcement’s Conflict with Females
Criminal Justice | Faculty Sponsor: Layton Field, Ph.D.

Additional Presentations

Senior Art Exhibit - Wednesday, 5-6:30 p.m.

Location: Williams Art Gallery

Faculty Sponsor: Elizabeth Holtry, M.F.A.

Senior Recital / Collage Concert - Wednesday, 7:30-9 p.m.

Location: Horning Theatre

Andrew Turner (tenor saxophone), John Wickelgren, D.M.A. (piano) / Flute Ensemble (Director Jen Witt), Wind Ensemble (Director Mark Carlson, D.M.A.), Chorale (Director Andrew Rosenfeld, D.M.A.)
Faculty Sponsor: Mark Carlson, D.M.A.

CSI Challenge - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Knott Academic Center

Faculty Sponsor: Jospeh Vince

Lighted Corners - Thursday, 12:30-2 p.m.

Location: Main Library

  • Emily Jansen, Editor
  • Claire Doll, Assistant Editor
  • Victoria Tyler, Design Editor
  • Brett Snow, Art Editor
  • Janelle Ramroop, Art Editor
  • Kayla Cooper, Poetry Editor
  • Margaret Stine, Poetry Editor
  • Maria Stollenwerk, Creative Nonfiction Editor
  • Betsy Busch, Senior Fiction Editor
  • Tom Bligh, Ph.D., Faculty Advisor

Staff

  • Rebekah Balick
  • Brittney Bolling
  • Tess Boegel
  • Danielle Brathwaite
  • Ashari Cain
  • Erin Daly
  • Frances Fisher
  • Dolores Hans
  • Rachel Hoerner
  • Timothy Hrabinski
  • Matthew Jenkins
  • Sarah Johnson
  • Joanna Kreke
  • Mary Lawler
  • Paige Moseley
  • Alyssa Pierangeli
  • Robert Prender
  • Aubrey Preske
  • Eileen Rosewater
  • Emma Tettey
  • Megan Ulmer
  • Angela Vodola
  • Lexi Zambito

Moorings - Thursday, 2:30-4 p.m.

Location: Phillips Library 101

Staff

  • Betsy Busch, Senior Editor-in-Chief
  • Rita Marcotte, Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • Sean Lewis, Ph.D., Faculty Advisor
  • Andrew Rosenfeld, D.M.A., Faculty Advisor
  • Elizabeth Strauss, Ph.D., Faculty Advisor

Editors

  • Emilia Adu
  • Rebekah Balick
  • Hailey Fulmer
  • Aaron Weisel
  • Lexi Zambito

Contributors

  • Sarah Bennett
  • Emily Jansen
  • Marissa Lawson
  • Bruce Lenon-Mixco
  • Harry Scherer
  • Aaron Weisel
  • Rachel Wheeler

Tolle Lege - Thursday, 2:30-4 p.m.

Location: Phillips Library 101

Staff

  • Harry Scherer, Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • Lexi Zambito, Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • Thane Naberhaus, Ph.D., Faculty Advisor
  • Joshua Brown, Ph.D., Faculty Advisor

Editorial Board

  • Selia Bizzarro
  • Elijah Disharoon
  • Emily Jansen
  • Savannah Laux
  • Rachel Lyter
  • Matthew Pugsley
  • Glennamarie Rivers
  • Heather Wade

Writers

  • Carolyn Allen
  • Rev. Mr. Leagon Carlin
  • Conor Hardy
  • Olivia Prevost
  • Harry Scherer
  • Lexi Zambito

Theatre Performances - Thursday, 7 p.m.

Location: Horning Theater

Sophia Vargas - Senior Project in Theatre
"The Emergence of Latinx and BIPOC Performers and Playwrights in the United States, post WWII"

Reader’s Theatre performance of an excerpt from the Spring Mainstage production of SILENT SKY

Cast

  • Claire Moberly
  • Kiley Turner
  • Matt Pugsley
  • Ashley Walczyk
  • Lizzie Giuffreda
  • Stage Manager: Carly Beres