Honors Symposium

2021 Virtual Honors Thesis Symposium

The College will celebrate the achievements of the 2021 graduating cohort of the Honors Program with a virtual symposium on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Attendees will have the opportunity to view digital posters and listen in on thesis presentations from students across the disciplines.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.


Schedule of Events

5:30 – 5:40 p.m. | Welcome Address

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5:45 – 6:05 p.m. | Session 1

Panel 1: Psychology

Moderated by Dr. Katherine Alexander, Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology

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Danielle Giocondo, “Exploring the Relationship Between Mental Health Stigma, Self-Concealment and Help-Seeking Attitudes”
Mentor: Dr. John McCullagh

Erin Hughes, “The Relationship Between Autistic Traits, Eating Habits and Body Image”
Mentor: Dr. Katherine Alexander

Alicia Murray, “The Effect of Background Music on Long Term Memory”
Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Berger

Erich Naumann, “Examining the Relationship Between Sports-Related Concussions and Academic Functioning”
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Pipitone

Jennifer Puac, “Examining the Relationship Between Culture and Decision-Making”
Mentor: Dr. Stefanie Vuotto

Panel 2: Business/Communication/Math

Moderated by Dr. Ted Kafala, Chair and Associate Professor of Communication

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Kimberlee Acosta, “The Effects of Social Media in Professional Sports Teams”
Mentor: Dr. Vincent Fitzgerald

Joanna Gjeka, “Analysis of Two Major U.S. Tax Reforms: Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 & Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017”
Mentor: Dr. Arman Nikman

Kayla Juarbe, “The Illusion of Beauty in the Age of Influencer Marketing”
Mentor: Dr. Cynthia Meyers

Isabel Pena, “Assessment Analysis: Campus Report 2017”
Mentor: Dr. Peter Luthy

Michael Stern, “Evaluating the Effectiveness of 2008 Recession Legislation”
Mentor: Prof. Frank Manzi


6:10 – 6:30 p.m. | Session 2

Panel 1: Sociology

Moderated by Dr. Kristin Lawler, Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology

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Elizabeth DeLeon, “Towards a Theory of Weak State Behavior During Global Shifts in Polarities: The Cases of Ukraine and the Philippines”
Mentor: Dr. Omar Nagi

Ruby Lopez, “My Testimony on the Inhumane Education System”
Mentor: Dr. Anthony Lee

Mia Peters, “An Analysis of Symbolic Interactionism and Labeling Theory in Making the Crips and Bloods”
Mentor: Dr. Kristin Lawler

Angela Umana, “To What Extent Are the Abilities of Dogs Being Undermined in Our Society”
Mentor: Dr. Omar Nagi

Panel 2: Nursing/Healthcare Management

Moderated by Dr. James Fabrizio, Virginia A. LiVolsi, M.D. Professor in Biology

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Grace Barry, “Plant-Based Diets and Orthopedic Patients”
Mentor: Dr. Suzanne Carr

Emily Batac, “The Effects of Intentional Rounding on Patient Care and Satisfaction in the Medical Surgical Units vs. Intensive Care Units”
Mentor: Prof. Veronica Thompson

Nica Garana, “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and its Implications in Trauma Informed Care”
Mentor: Dr. Suzanne Carr

Paola Valdez Estrella, “A Better Health Care System for All”
Mentor: Dr. Teresita Ramirez


6:35 – 6:55 p.m. | Session 3

Panel 1: Natural Sciences

Moderated by Dr. Ioanna Visviki, Ad Lux Professor of Biology

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Danielle Braham, “The Evolution of Garter Snake Resistance to Tetrodotoxin in Rough-Skinned Newts”
Mentor: Dr. Ioanna Visviki

Natalie Jara, “RNAi Involvement and Heterochromatization and Genomic Stability”
Mentor: Dr. James Fabrizio

Andrew Sorenson, “Catalytic Nucelic Acids”
Mentor: Dr. James Fabrizio

Jeffrey Twumasi, “Offspring Sex Ratio in the Seychelles Warbler”
Mentor: Dr. Ioanna Visviki

Panel 2: Humanities/Education

Moderated by Dr. Rosita E. Villagómez, Chair and Associate Professor of Spanish

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Xena Llamas, “The Importance of Arts Education on Childhood Development: A Thematic Review of the Literature”
Mentor: Dr. Mary Ellen Sullivan

Thomas McKay, “The Unclear Limits of Letter of the Law: The Legislative Pitfalls Faced by Religious Freedom in Contemporary America”
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Opler

Renato Pangan, “The Effectiveness of Stoic Spiritual Exercise on Undergraduate Students”
Mentors: Dr. Joshua Shmikler and Dr. Omar Nagi

Lauren Provencher, “Elizabeth and Anne: The Queens’ Two Genders”
Mentor: Dr. David Gallo

Matthew Stern, “The Justinianic Plague: The Role of Disease in the Ending of the Ancient World”
Mentor: Dr. David Gallo


 6:55 – 7:00 p.m. | Concluding Remarks

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