A Celebration of Independent Study at The College of ۿ۴ý!

The Senior Research Symposium is one of the proudest days of the year for the ۿ۴ý campus. Seniors who have spent a year or more completing their Independent Study (I.S.) projects have the opportunity to showcase their work to the world. The projects are shared in presentations on stage, in poster form, as exhibits or digital presentations, and on the web. They are the manifestation of countless hours of research, collaboration, and creative expression.

Senior Research Symposium Video Recap

Schedule of Events

April 26

Online Symposium

View Projects? ?Online Directory

April 26: 9am - 10am
Allen Commons, Lowry Center

Kick-off Continental Breakfast and Pathways Poster Session

List of Student Presenters
April 26: 10am - 2pm
Various Locations

Student Panels and Presentations

  • Lowry Center | Room 201, Room 202, Allen Commons, The Alley
  • Andrews Library | CoRE Cube
  • Gault Library | APEX Commons
Panel and Presentation Schedule
April 26: 2pm - 4pm
Gault Recreation Center, Indoor Track, Scot Center

Interdisciplinary Poster Session

Poster Layout
April 26: 4pm - 6pm
The College of ۿ۴ý Art Museum, Ebert Hall

Studio Art Installations and Gallery Talks

Independent Study Projects

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Alexandria-Vivica Walker | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Alexandria-Vivica Walker Title:?To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: Does ethnic identity, parental nurturance and internal locus of control predict Black undergraduates academic achievement? Major: […]

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Alena Card | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Alena Card Title: The Ripple Effect of Volunteerism: Examining Its Reach and Impact on Conservation Organizations Major: Environmental Studies Minor: Studio Art Advisors: […]

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Nini Curcione | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Nini Curcione Title:?Comprehensive Usability Testing and UX/UI Evaluation of Ni Hao Pe ?ngyou: Advancing the Travelers Experience Through an Innovative Application Major: Computer Science […]

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Alex Delicer | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Alex Delicer Title:?Developing A Web Application For Displaying Major League Baseball Statistics Major:?Computer Science Advisor: Thomas Montelione Major League Baseball is an exciting sport […]

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Dylynn Lasky | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Dylynn Lasky Title:?The Harm of Harm: An Examination of the Relationship Between Conceptions of Prejudice and Support for Free Speech Major:?Psychology Minor:?Political Science […]

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Kaleigh Bozick | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Kaleigh Bozick Title:?Embodied Reimagining: A Queer Mapping of Identity Performances in Percy Jackson Fan Fiction Majors:?English; Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Advisors: Daimys […]

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Selali Adjoa Blege | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Selali Adjoa Blege Title: The Effect of Magnesium on Alcohol Intake and Locomotor Sensitization Major:?Neuroscience Minor: French & Francophone Studies Advisors: Alfredo Z?iga; Claudia […]

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Delaney Gross | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Delaney Gross Title:?Digital Politics: Assessing the Influence of Election Officials Social Media Usage on Youth Voter Turnout Major: Political Science Advisors:?Joseph Coll; Ashley Sorensen […]

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Eve Alicia Painter | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Eve Alicia Painter Title: Profiling the Secretome of iPSC Cardiomyocytes Using High Resolution-Mass Spectrometry for Leigh Syndrome Biomarker Discovery Major:?Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Minor: […]

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Hawi Regaa | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Hawi Regaa Title: Examining VR Exposure Therapy through Comprehensive Analysis and Innovative Solutions Major: Computer Science Minor: Psychology Advisors: John Musgrave; Dan Palmer This […]

Grace Alexandrowski | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Grace Alexandrowski Title: Immersive Spectacles: Exploring French Cultural Landscapes of Immersion Majors: Art History; French and Francophone Studies Minor: Studio Art This Independent […]

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Fernanda Banuelos | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Fernanda Banuelos Title: Cycle of History Repeated: The Dreamers’ Waiting Game Major: Spanish; Early Childhood Education Advisors: Brian Cope; Rebecca Garonzik My independent […]

Tigist Adane Berhe | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Tigist Adane Berhe Title: A Comprehensive Review of Cybersecurity Threats and Mitigation Strategies to Secure Health Data for a Full-Stack Web Application Major: […]

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Thomas Pitney | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Thomas Pitney Title: Coups d?tat and Foreign Policy Change: A Multiple Streams Approach Majors: Political Science; French & Francophone Studies Pathway: Global Impacts […]

Jack Donahue | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Jack Donahue Title: Role of Residues R184 and W273 in 6-HNA and NADH Binding by 6-Hydroxynicotinate 3-Monooxygenase Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Advisor: […]

Ellie Stroke | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Ellie Stroke Title: An Animation in an Image: Creating a short animation from a single image using digital image processing methods Major: Computer […]

Emma Connors | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:Emma Connors Title: Relationships, Attachment, and Stress: How Do College Students Manage Romantic Relationships Under the Influence of Attachment Style and the Stress of […]

Mia Mann | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Mia Mann Title: (kowaii) to ɐۤ (kawaii): The Transformation of the Kappa and Tsuchigumo in Japanese Media Majors: Anthropology; East Asian History […]

Paul Thomas Fischer | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Paul Thomas Fischer Title: The Theory and Application of Convolutional Neural Networks for Vehicle Body Style Recognition Major: Statistical and Data Sciences Minor: […]

Hannah D. Eastman | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Hannah D. Eastman Title: Advocacy or Authorship: A Sustained Organizational Influence Analysis of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Voter ID Act, 2011-14 Majors: […]

Aymane Lachhab | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Aymane Lachhab Title: The Effects of Benfotiamine on Glucose Metabolism in a 6-OHDA mouse model of Parkinsons Disease Major: Neuroscience Minors: Biology; Computer […]

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Yasmine Fazazi | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Yasmine Fazazi Title:?The Buddy System: Incorporating AI in mental health C Mobile app development & Empirical study of AI perceptions Major:?Computer Science; Psychology […]

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Fareeda Elinam Abu-Juam | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Fareeda Elinam Abu-Juam Title:?Probing The Relationship Between Partial Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition and Cell Shape in Epithelial Cells Major:?Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Minor:?Computer Science Advisors:?Erzsbet Regan; […]

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Ellen McAllister | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Ellen McAllister Title: Changing the Narrative to Change the Climate: An English Teacher’s Guide to Incorporating Environmental Literature in High Schools Majors: English; AYA […]

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Sean C. Gaston | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Sean C. Gaston Title:?Mapping Hokkaido: An Accessibility Focused Public Archaeology View of Ainu Space and Japanese Maps Majors:?Archaeology; East Asian Studies Advisors: Olivia Navarro-Farr; […]

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Shane Epstein-Petrullo | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Shane Epstein-Petrullo Title:?Boom or Bust: An Investigation of Rookie Running Back Performance Through the NFL Draft Major:?Statistical & Data Science Minors:?Mathematics; Environmental Studies Advisors: […]

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Emma Shinker | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Emma Shinker Title:?“Shades of Pemberley”: Transformation and Preservation through Adaptations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Majors:?English; History Advisors: Jennifer Hayward; Christina Welsch Since […]

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Grace Ann Lindgren | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Grace Ann Lindgren Title:?Optimizing Neural Network Architecture in Artificial Intelligence Major:?Mathematics Advisors:?Colby Long; Qimin Huang (second reader) The world is becoming extremely technologically advanced […]

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Turbat Enkhtur | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Turbat Enkhtur Title:?Developing “WoOral”: A Full Stack Web Application for Streamlined Thesis Defense Scheduling with User Interface Design Focus Major:?Computer Science Advisors: Sofia Visa; […]

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Tudor Lungu | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Tudor Lungu Title:?Adaptive Responses to Unpredictable Feeding: Exploring Metabolic Adaptations, Glucocorticoid Dynamics, and Body Mass Modulations Major:?Neuroscience (Neurobiology track) Advisor:?Sharon Lynn *ۿ۴ý login required

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Elijah W. Shoaf | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Elijah W. Shoaf Title:?Taiwan: Public Diplomacy and Foreign Perception Major:?Global & International Studies Minor:?Spanish Advisor:?Matthew Krain; Joseph Coll (second reader) Is Taiwan’s strategy of […]

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Troy Johnson | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Troy Johnson Title:?Buried History: Exploring the Sacred Bond Between African Americans and Their Cemeteries Major:?Anthropology Minor:?Studio Art Advisors:?Pam Frese; Beth Derderian In the silent […]

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Eleanor Weiker | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Eleanor Weiker Title: Impacts of Birth on Infants and Mothers Major:?Self-Designed Public Health Minor:?Environmental Studies Advisors:?Sharon Lynn; Stephanie Strand (second reader) The way people […]

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Emma Smith | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Emma Smith Title: Investigating the role of the RNA-binding protein Nab2 in pre-mRNA splicing in Drosophila Melanogaster Major:?Biology Advisors:?Seth Kelly, Erzsbet Regan; Ferdinand Nanfack-Minkeu […]

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Madison Becker | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Madison Becker Title:?The Influence of the Gut Microbiome on Physiological Function: A Focus on Microorganisms and Their Role in Human Metabolism Major:?Biology Advisor:?Stephanie Strand […]

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Zion Vital | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Zion Vital Title: Faces for Profit Documentary: Exploring the Increased Utilization of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Celebrities in Commercial Brand Strategies […]

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Maddie Peek | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Maddie Peek Title:?The Effects of College Athletics on Students with ADHD: A Comparison of Academic Success, Social Wellbeing, and Anxiety between Off-Season, In-Season, and […]

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Kiki Giles | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Kiki Giles Title:?My Language is My Culture: Language Attitudes, Language Use, and the Linguistic Identity Construction of Moroccan University Students Majors: Anthropology; French & […]

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Aaron Huq | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Aaron Huq Title:?Garos: A Displaced Community’s Fight for Epistemic Justice Majors:?History; Philosophy Advisors:?Christina Welsch; Elizabeth Schiltz Garo people are a cultural minority group in […]

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Jack Sweeney | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Jack Sweeney Title: The Association Between Adult ADHD Symptoms and Insecure Attachment Representations Major:?Psychology Minor:?Philosophy Advisors: Michael Casey; Bryan Karazsia Research has shown that […]

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Austin Piatt | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Austin Piatt Title:?Supreme Stereotyping: The Effects of Gender and Race on the Editorial Medias Coverage of Nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court Major:?Political Science […]

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Jenny Renner | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Jenny Renner Title:?I Will Walk With You: The Role of Engaged Communities in the Work of Jesuit Refugee Service Major:?French & Francophone Studies Minors:?Anthropology; […]

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Antonia Owens Detwiler | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Antonia Owens Detwiler Title:?Does Foreign Direct Investment Negatively Affect Preservation of Culture in the Global South? Case Studies in Thailand and Cambodia Major:?Global & […]

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Rue Ressler | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Rue Ressler Title:?Cell on the Run! Boolean Modeling of the Migrating Epithelial Cell and Induction of Mesenchymal-Epithelial Transition by OVOL2 and GRHL2 Major:?Biochemistry & […]

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Emily Greenland | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Emily Greenland Title: Growing the Buzz: Promoting Local Bee, Wasp, and Plant Knowledge Through Biodiversity Surveys and Environmental Education Major:?Biology Minor:?Environmental Studies Advisors:?Jennifer […]

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Rachael Nicole Dudziak | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Rachael Nicole Dudziak Title: Differentiating the Effects of Androgenic and Anti-androgenic Oral Contraceptives on Rodent Behavior Major:?Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience Advisors:?Amy Jo Stavnezer; Claudia Thompson; […]

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Graham Harper | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Graham Harper Title: Allostatic Load and Subjective Disease Risk Predicts Perceived Environmental Control Major:?Psychology Advisor:?Michael Casey The development of our cognition, perceptual abilities, […]

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Aryan Tamrakar | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Aryan Tamrakar Title:?Exploring Swarm Behavior for Artistic Rendering: From Abstract Art to Targeted Image Rendition Major:?Computer Science Minor:?Economics Advisors: Daniel Palmer; Heather Guarnera […]

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Auna Campbell | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Auna Campbell Title: The Effects of Early Christianity on Early Medieval Scottish Mortuary Practices Majors: Archaeology; History Minor:?Anthropology Advisors:?Nigel Brush; Peter Pozefsky The arrival […]

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Alana Rivas-Scott | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Alana Rivas-Scott Title: Is Voting From Your Dorm the New Norm: Understanding College Students’ Preferred Vote Method Major:?Political Science Minor:?Economics Advisors:?Megan Wrobel; Ashley Sorensen […]

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Carolyn Klein | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Carolyn Klein Title:?Investigating the Influence of Pond Size and Water Quality on Water Bird Visitation at the William J. Robertson Nature Preserve Major:?Environmental Studies […]

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Otilia Oita | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Otilia Oita Title: Transmission and Polymorphisms of Culex Flavivirus in Wild-Caught Culex Mosquitoes from Cleveland, Ohio Major:?Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Advisor: Ferdinand Nanfac Minkeu; […]

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Kaiya Magnuson | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Kaiya Magnuson Title:?A Performance Analysis of the Sum of Sines and Fast Fourier Transform Algorithms for Real-Time Ocean Rendering Major: Computer Science Minors: Mathematics; […]

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Sophia Gilmore | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Sophia Gilmore Title: Effects of Co-cultured Bacteria and Fungi on Pseudomonas protegens or Pseudomonas chlororaphis and Saccharomyces cerevisiae Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology […]

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Riley Anderson | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Riley Anderson Title: A Dive into Pseudomonas PC Series Phages; The Good, The Bad, The Virulent Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Advisors: Stephanie […]

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Minh Phan | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Minh Phan Title: Charting the Conversational Cart: A Voice-Driven Adventure into Creating a Virtual Assistant for Grocery Shopping Major:?Computer Science Minor: Studio Art Pathway: […]

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Claire Brennan | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Claire Brennan Title:?Small Scale, Big Impact: The Power of Local Food Systems in Repairing Food Literacy and the Consumer-Producer Divide Major:?Environmental Studies Pathway: Environment […]

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Shivam Dewan | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Shivam Dewan Title: Elucidating the Role of Reactive Oxygen Species on Dopamine ?-Hydroxylase Activity and Aggregation Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Advisors: Annastassia Gallo […]

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Kiera Smith | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Kiera Smith Title: Expanding the Limits of Storytelling: An Imaginative Exploration of the Interpretive Impact of Stories in Entertainment, Art, Media, and Life […]

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Mary Elizabeth Sirois | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Mary Elizabeth Sirois Title:?Soak Up the Sun: Exploring the Ability of Quantum Dots to Increase PAR Transmission in Seaman Corporations Dura-Grow Greenhouse Film […]

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Jackie P. Moshier | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Jackie P. Moshier Title: Development of an In-Field Sampling Device for Parts-Per-Quadrillion Levels of PFAS in Treated Water Major: Chemistry Advisor: Paul Edmiston, […]

Sarah Epstein | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Sarah Epstein Title: Pesticides in the Atmosphere: The Heterogeneous Ozonolysis of Triticonazole Major: Chemistry Pathway: Public Health Advisor:?Jennifer Faust Pesticides are an emerging […]

Carrie Buckwalter | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Carrie Buckwalter Title: Our Quest for a New World Order: the Effects of Collective Narcissism and Conspiratorial Belief on Sharing Conspiratorial Headlines Major: […]

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Olivia Nengel | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Olivia Nengel Title: The Social and Economic Impact of the Great Migration on Akron, Ohio Major: History Minor: Spanish Advisors: Beatrice Adams; Ibra […]

Taylor Lynch | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Taylor Lynch Title: Grasshoppers on the College of ۿ۴ý Campus: Abundance & Environmental Conditions Major: Biology Minors: German Studies; Art History Pathway: Museum […]

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Ben Byars | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Ben Byars Title: Playing for Power: Evaluating Sportswashing with a Case Studies Approach Major: Global and International Studies Minor: Spanish Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey […]

Luke Wilson | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Luke Wilson Title: Anisotropic and Relativistic Diffusion with Partial Differential Equations Major: Mathematics; Physics Advisor: Michael Bush; Megan Nieberding Partial differential equations are […]

Christa Zianni | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Christa Zianni Title: Short-Term vs Long-Term Effects of DREADDs in the Mouse Motor Cortex Major: Neuroscience Minors: Spanish; Mathematics Advisors: Alfredo Z?iga, Susan […]

Sabrina Azad | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Sabrina Azad Title: Speech-Language Therapy and Neurodegeneration: An Investigation of Speech-Language Pathologists Perceptions of Maintenance-Based Semantic Feature Analysis Treatment for Adults with Primary […]

Abigail Lyon | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Abigail Lyon Title: Elucidating the nicotinic acid degradation pathway in Bacillus niacini: Investigating the catabolic function of a flavin monooxygenase (FMO), domain of […]

Earl Steve Stephens III | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Earl Steve Stephens III Title: Regulating The Digital Frontier: A Comparative Analysis Of Bitcoin Regulatory Policy In El Salvador And The Central African […]

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Kennedy Shelton | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Kennedy Shelton Title: A Rhetorical Analysis of Chinese Netizens’ Use of Artistic Expression to Advocate for Social Change in Response to the Chained […]

Tyler Rak | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Tyler Rak Title: Crossing the Rubicon: Brazilian Water Access from Public Provision to Privatization Major: Political Science; history Minor: Religious studies; South Asian […]

Tyler Hilbert | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Tyler Hilbert Title: Playground to Portfolio: Uncovering the Potential for Investment Grade Returns in Collectible Sports and Pokmon Cards Major: Business Economics Minor: […]

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Amelia Morra | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Amelia Morra Title: Exploring the Impact of Temperature and Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf Extract on Biofilm Formation and Bacterial Growth in Pseudomonas Strains: Insights […]

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Koryn McNeil | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Koryn McNeil Title: Frogtastic Moms: Analysis of Variation Within Maternal Care of Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs in Comparison to Ecological Variables and Reproductive […]

George Kyle Stringer | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: George Kyle Stringer Title: Investigating Physiological Abnormalities Induced by Contaminated Aquatic Sites in Freshwater Fish Across Northeast Ohio Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology […]

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Zimu Jia | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name: Zimu Jia Title:?Looking for Barriers for Asian College Students in Seeking Help from Psychological Counseling Major: Psychology Advisor: Claudia Thompson; Susan Clayton This […]

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Drew Baird | 2024 I.S. Symposium

Name:?Drew Baird Title:?A Power in the Land: The First Transcontinental Railroad and the Second American System Major: History Minors: Political Science; English Advisor:?Jeff Roche;?Second […]