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Mount Saint Vincent to Showcase Original Student Research and Service Initiatives

5/4/2018

Riverdale, N.Y. – More than 90 students will present at the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s eighth annual Student Research and Service Symposium on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in Smith Hall. The event highlights the extraordinary research and service projects that Mount students complete each year.

The Mount’s Center for Undergraduate Research encourages students from all majors and backgrounds to develop original research and scholarship across the College. The Center is interdisciplinary—students learn qualitative and scientific methods along the entire spectrum—from conception, to measurement, to analysis. All research at Mount Saint Vincent conforms to national standards of ethics. In partnership with accomplished and dedicated faculty, as well as other mentors, Mount students continually participate in national and international conferences.

The event will feature poster sessions, allowing students to present and discuss their recent works and accomplishments to the campus community, including the College’s Board of Trustees, mentors, benefactors, alumnae/i, peers, and family members.

2018 Student Research and Service Symposium: Work and Participants

Natalie Cruz ’18 (Yonkers, N.Y.) will present her research titled “A Consequence of Femininity: The Role of Estrogen in Breast Cancer Progression.”

Natalie Cruz ’18 (Yonkers, N.Y.) will present her research titled “Alcohol Modulates Estrogen Responsive Breast Cancer Neovascularization.”

Lissette Rivera ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.) will present her research titled “Analyzing Representations of Mental Illness in Popular Culture.”

Sarah Trosa ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.) will present her research titled “A Study of Placenta Previa and the Possible Causes.”

Stephanie Torres ’19 (Yonkers, N.Y.) will present her research titled “Godless Utopias: How Stable Societies Function Without God.”

Viviana Hernandez ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.), Anthony Coppola ’18 (Yonkers, N.Y.), and Christina Johnson ’19 (Bronx, N.Y.) will present her research titled “Autobiographical Memories of Close Relationships in Good Times and Bad Times.”

Kelly Nola ’18 (Staten Island, N.Y.) will present her research titled “Biological underpinnings of Epidermolysis Bullosa and Therapeutic Modulates.”

Kerilyn O’Keeffe ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.) will present her research titled “Bulimia Nervosa in College Students.”

Edward Plumacher ’18 (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) will present his research titled “Carved into History: John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Stories & Woodcuts of Protestant Executions Under Queen Mary I.”

Jameel Batarseh ’17 (Yonkers, N.Y.),  Rita Guglielmo ’18 (Howard Beach, N.Y.), Shadi Khayyo ’17 (Yonkers, N.Y.), Valerie Khayyo ’15 (Yonkers, N.Y.), Steven Maio ’16 (Valhalla, N.Y.), Arian Novaj ’17 (Bronx, N.Y.) will present their research titled “Calculation of Extinction Coefficients for Meso-Substituted Porphyrin in Different Solvents.”

Adriana Vega ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.) will present her research titled “Delilah Agonistes: Delilah, the Femme Fatale Who Becomes Champion of her Fate.”

Shimron Brown ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.) and Nicole DeSouza ’18 (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) will present their research titled “Developing a Patient Centered EoE Educational Curriculum: Mount Sinai Center for Eosinophilic Disorders.”

Emilie Swartvagher ’18 (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) will present her research titled “Devouring Ireland: The Irish Gothic and England’s Colonial Vampirism.”

Laurén Tate ’18 (Toms River, N.J.) will present her research titled “Determination of the Structure of Perfluorodecanonitrile: A Three-Part Approach.”

Deanna Nardi ’19 (Roseville, Calif.) and Lisbbeth Aybar ’19 (Bronx, N.Y.) will present their research titled “Enterococcus bacterial levels in the Hudson and Saw Mill Rivers.”

Rochelle Marriott B.S.N., F.N.P., M.S.N. ’18 (Deer Park, N.Y.) will present her research titled “Ethical Consideration of Labor and Delivery Nurses Caring for Patients with Fetal Demise.”

Kellie Borodin ’20 (East Northport, N.Y.) will present her research titled “Juana La Loca: The Mad Queen or the Tortured Sovereign?”

Nicole Quaranto ’18 (Valley Stream, N.Y.) will present her research titled “Lies, Conformity, and Guilt: The Modern Female Adolescent’s Progression through the Atonement Process in Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Ian McEwan’s Atonement.”

Patricia Sewell ’19 (Atwood, Calif.) and Tara McCormack ’20 (Staten Island, N.Y.) will present their research titled “Narrative Coherence Predicts Psychological Adjustment in Young Adult Cancer Survivors.”

Ginger Fitchett ’18 (Pomona, N.Y.) will present her research titled “Nurse Drama: Role versus Reality.”

Erin Dailey ’18 (East Windsor, N.J.), Justin Pronovost ’18 (Terryville, Conn.), Victoria Siracusa ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.), and Simon Innabi ’18 (Yonkers, N.Y.) will present their research titled “Phenocopying the Spermatid Individualization Defect of Mulet Using Germlinespecific RNAi.”

Savannah George ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.) will present her research titled “Phosphofructokinase-1 Deficiency Leads to Tarui’s Disease.”

Kaylin Dominguez ’19 (Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic), Isabel Soriano ’20 (White Plains, N.Y.), Genesis Torres ’20 (New York, N.Y.), and Jonathan Torres-Henriquez ’18 (Tuckahoe, N.Y.) will present their research titled “Poor girls and rich boys? Testing the Trivers-Willard hypothesis.”

Chana Weinreb ’18 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Markise Decayette ’18 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) will present their research titled “Prejudice Towards Overweight College Students” (published March 2018).

Keith Carreon ’18 (Sparkill, N.Y.) will present his research titled “Relationship Between Sleep Deprivation and Cardiovascular Disease.”

Micheal Stephens-Emerson ’18 (Mount Vernon, Ind.) will present his research titled “Restorative Illegality in Montaigne’s ‘Of Custom.’”

Vincent Walther ’18 (New York, N.Y.) will present his research titled “Romance on the Small Screen.”

Brandon Briones ’18 (Santa Clara, Calif.)  will present his research titled “Social Media: A New Wave of Thinking and Attitudes on Race.”

Florin Gjergjaj ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.), Patrick Polintan ’18 (Hartsdale, N.Y.), and Laurén Tate ’18 (Toms River, N.J.) will present her research titled “Synthesis and Characterization of Metallated Porphyrin Complexes.”

Kelly Gibison ’18 (Waterford Works, N.J.) will present her research titled “The Effects of Hormones on Academic and Athletic Performance of the Female Student Athlete During the Menstrual Phase, with Comparison to Preovulatory, Ovulatory, and Postovulatory Phases.”

Delaney Hauck ’18 (Old Saybrook, Conn.) will present her research titled “The Effects of Pet Ownership on Attachment.”

Meghan Gong ’18 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) will present her research titled “The Future of Small Business in the United States and Generational Variance.”

Caitlin Macahilig ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.) will present her research titled “The Impact of Photo Editing on Instagram on Self-Esteem.”

Jaclyn Hahn ’18 (Bay Shore, N.Y. ) will present her research titled “The Influence of Interaction with Homeless and Hungry on Perceptions and Future Interactions.”

Eliana Jimenez ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.) will present her research titled “The Nature of the Nursing Profession Can Lead to Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Nursing Shortage Among Hospital Staff.”

Nkenge Parris ’18 (Briarwood, N.Y.) will present her research titled “The Relations Between Skin Complexion and Representation: How Colorism Plays a Role in the Portrayal of Light and Dark Skinned African-American Women in Television Shows.”

Laurén Tate ’18 (Toms River, N.J.) will present her research titled “To Bond or Not to Bond? A Look into the noble Gas-metal Fluoride Structure.”

Katherine Postel, B.S.N. ’14, R.N. (Middle Village, N.Y.) will present her research titled “Understanding the Lived Experiences of Clinical Nurses Witnessing Unit Changes.”

Richard Diodati ’18 (Seaford, N.Y.) will present his research titled “White Collar Crime: Looking Beyond the Attitudes.”

Student Service
Extended Service Projects 2017-2018 

Bethlehem Farm, West Virginia
Katherine Coronel ’21 (Ridgewood, N.Y.)
Coleen Hennig ’18 (Newport, N.H.)
Olivia Hilliard ’21 (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.)
Kayla Ortiz ’19 (Bronx, N.Y.)
Jennifer Puac ’21 (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Nicole Quaranto ’18 (Valley Stream, N.Y.)
Jonathan Ramirez ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.)
Lissette Rivera ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.)
Shannon Wilson ’18 (Yonkers, N.Y.)
Khadigah Zagha ’21 (Yonkers, N.Y.)

Sisters of Charity House, New Orleans, Louisiana
Olivia Schmutz ’21  (Centereach, N.Y.)
Kathleen Stack ’21 (New Windsor, N.Y.)

Sisters of Charity International Clinics, Solola, Guatemala
Sirinda Arturi ’18 (Connequot, N.Y.)
Victoria Burel ’18 (Derby, Conn.)
Leanna Ippoliti ’18 (Montgomery, N.Y.)
Olivia O’Neill ’18 (Massapequa, N.Y.)
Laura Spence ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.)

St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Matthew Barrows ’19 (Bronx, N.Y.)
Emily Batac ’21 (Dumont, N.J.)
Hadisa Chowdhury ’21 (Astoria, N.Y.)
Aaron Cruz ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.)
Kayla Ortiz ’19 (Bronx, N.Y.)
Jonathan Ramirez ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.)
Genesis Torres ’20 (New York, N.Y.)

Ongoing Service Projects 2017-2018

A Moment of Magic
Ashley Clayton ’18 (Brick, N.J.)

Dance for PD
Jessica Gamez ’19 (Highland Mills, N.Y.)

Grand Central Outreach
Kayla Ortiz ’19 (Bronx, N.Y.)
Jonathan Ramirez ’18 (Bronx, N.Y.)

Habitat for Humanity
Kaitlin McGeown ’18 (Nutley, N.J.)

Hebrew Home Outreach
Juliette Borghesan,’20 (New York, N.Y.)
Deanna Nardi ’19 (Roseville, Calif.)
Sayde McDermott ’21 (Albany, Wis.)

Midnight Run
Owen Smith ’18 (Danbury, Conn.)
Erich Naumann ’21 (Middle Village, N.Y.)
Matthew DiNorcia ’21 (Naples, Fla.)

POTS Soup Kitchen
Jose Mendoza ’19 (Bristow, Va.)

Susan’s Place Outreach
Mikaela-Rose Blanchard ’19 (East Windsor, Conn.)
Danielle Quaranto ’20 (Valley Stream, N.Y.)

School of Peace
Natalie Jara ’21 (Bronx, N.Y.)
Xena Llamas ’21 (Bronx, N.Y.)

TRIO Day of Service
Students of TRIO

Vincentian Lay Missionaries
Owen Smith ’18 (Danbury, Conn.)
Damarcus Williams ’18 (Tupelo, Miss.)

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational, and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.