2015 Undergraduate Student Presentations

Welcome to the 2015 Marymount University Student Research Conference (Undergraduate Section). Please check out the schedule below and select an author’s name for a link to the Abstract of their presentation.

Abbreviated Schedule of the Day
11:45 – 12:45 Undergraduate student posters and refreshments – Second Floor hallway 
12:40 – 3:50 Undergraduate student oral presentations – Third Floor, Rooms 304, 308
4:00 – 5:00 Room 230: Awards and keynote speaker - Lee Ann Potter, Director of Educational Outreach, Library of Congress. “Consider the Possibilities:  Reflections on Learning, Knowledge, and Creativity.” (all participants invited)
5:00 – 6:30 Graduate student poster presentations and wine and cheese reception - Second Floor hallway
6:40 – 8:45 Graduate student oral presentations – Second Floor, Room 230; Third Floor, Rooms 304 and 308

Detailed schedule below:
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Undergraduate Student Poster Presentations and Refreshments – Second Floor 
(For a list of posters click HERE)
12:40 pm – 3:50 pm  Undergraduate Student Oral Presentations – Rooms 304, 308
Time Room 304 Room 308
12:40-1:40 Economics
Moderator: Dr. Brian Hollar
Science, Mathematics, and History
ModeratorDr. Eric Bubar
12:40 - 1:00 Tifsihit Seyfu: The Role of Foreign Investment in Japanese and South Korean Industries. (B. Hollar)
Analyzes approaches to promote industry in Japan and South Korea, including subsidies, tariffs, and foreign direct investment.

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Marina Romadan: Model Comparison for Cholera over Multiple Data Sets. (E. Schaefer)
Applies the Akaike Information Criterion (AIC) in a new way to the mathematical modeling of disease transmission.

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1:00 - 1:20
Oluremi Akin-Olugbade: Within Africa: Factors Influencing the Economic Development of Nigeria and The Democratic Republic of Congo. (B. Hollar)
Investigates the underlying causes of poverty in two countries with similar histories.

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Samantha Dellobuono: 3D Printing Prosthetics with E-Nable. (E. Bubar)
Presents the methods and challenges of creating 3D-printed prosthetics for children born without fingers.

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1:20 - 1:40 Dildora Rakhmatullaeva: Frugal Innovation. (S. Sivakumar)
Considers the benefits of frugal innovation to developing nations.

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Sarah Burns: Cannibalism in Colonial America. (G. Faundez Rojas)
Uses research on the bones of a young girl found in Jamestown to explore cannibalism during “the starving time.”

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1:45 – 2:45 Finance
Moderator: Dr. Hai Huang
Psychology and Behavior
Moderator: Dr. Jo-Ann Amadeo
1:45 - 2:05 Thais Ribeiro: Novice Investing. (H. Huang)
Presents results of a survey of students to determine the ability of novice investors to choose an investment option that matches their risk attitude.

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Emilia Larach: "It Was Amazing!": Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. (J. Amadeo)
Reports research that found student’s self-identification as a member of the global community is linked with prosocial values and identity development.

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Time Room 304 Room 308
2:05 - 2:25 Donato Moon: Evaluating the Performance of Stocks Recommended by Investor’s Business Daily. (H. Huang)
Evaluates the performance of the Investor’s Business Daily
recommended stock list compared to the performance of broad stock market indexes to prove (or disprove) the Efficient Market Hypothesis.

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Kathryn Guajardo: Early Interventions in Mental Health Disorders. (C. Diaz-Asper)
Presents results of a survey of Marymount Students regarding their perceptions and knowledge of mental health disorders, as a way to help people recognize their prejudices.

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2:25 - 2:45 Connell Wise, Stephen Niedzwiecki: Should Decentralized Digital Currency Be Regulated? (T. Package)
Reviews various considerations pertaining to the regulation of Bitcoin, a virtual currency that is much in debate.

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Caitlyn Laux: Positive Psychology Outlook Tackling Bullying and Negative Attitudes: Social Media Style. (G. Francavillo)
Evaluates the impact of a positive-psychology Twitter site at Marymount, which aims to instill positivity and reduce bullying.

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2:50 – 3:50 Information Technology
Moderator: Dr. Diane Murphy
Moderator: Dr. Marguerite Rippy
2:50 - 3:10 Nicholas Hart: The Visualization of Big Data. (T. Narock)
Describes research in which a JavaScript library of visualization tools is integrated with large datasets to improve visual display of such data sets.

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Amanda Bourne: Sherlock Holmes in Washington: Political Propaganda and "Englishness" in World Wars I and II. (H. Karapetkova)
Focuses on the political propaganda in the 1943 film adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s last Holmes story, His Last Bow.

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3:10 - 3:30 Sean Nguyen: Oceanlink: Crowdsourcing Semantic Technology. (T. Narock)
Presents research on applying crowdsourcing to Oceanlink, an online platform that addresses scholarly discovery and collaboration in the ocean sciences.

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Leah Morrison, Jennifer Wong, Alexander Fuste: The American Dream. (B. Erdeljon)
Presents a student-produced film and social media campaign exploring the Marymount community’s perspective on the American Dream.

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3:30 - 3:50 Sasi Kumar Davuluru: A Proposal to Measure the Size of Software Help Methods. (C. Tichenor)
Presents potential solutions to close the Help Method gap in a new software metric called the Software Non-Functional Assessment Process (SNAP)

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General Session with awards and keynote – Room 230
4:00 – 5:00 "Consider the Possibilities: Reflections on Learning, Knowledge, and Creativity"
 Lee Ann Potter, Director of Educational Outreach, Library of Congress

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