2021 Undergraduate Conference Program and Abstracts

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The virtual conference will take place on Thursday, April 29th, 2021, and will run from 12:30–4:30 pm.  There will be a message from the Provost and the keynote speaker Professor Ellen-ge Denton, followed by five tracks of presentations that will run concurrently on Zoom Webinar. View the presentation schedule. To begin your day please visit  Attendee Directions. To help you in deciding which track and presentations you wish to attend, please see posters below.


Posters

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Accounting and Finance

Poster ID: ACC/FNC-01
Primary Student: Buddini S Ilangachcharige
Faculty Mentor: Deborah Brickman
Title: Identifying the Inclusions and Exclusions to and from Gross Income for purposes of Federal Taxation.

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Poster ID: ACC/FNC-02
Primary Student: Nicole C Agu
Faculty Mentor: Patricia Galletta
Title: The Evolution of Intelligent Automation and Its Impact on Accounting Firms in an International Environment

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Poster ID: ACC/FNC-03
Primary Student: Angelyne Acevedo
Faculty Mentor: Joseph Petrucelli
Title: An Analysis of the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on New York City's Budget

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Poster ID: ACC/FNC-04
Primary Student: Dilmi I Fernando
Faculty Mentor: Joseph Petrucelli
Title: Effects of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act on the New Yorkers

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Poster ID: ACC/FNC-05
Primary Student: Watuthanthirige Alwis
Faculty Mentor: Joseph Petrucelli
Title: Blockchain’s Effect on Accounting

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Poster ID: ACC/FNC-06
Primary Student: Fjolla Kida
Faculty Mentor: Benjamin Silliman
Title: The Earned Income Tax Credit: The Working Americans Lift Against Poverty

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Biology

Poster ID: BIO-01
Primary Student: Mario Laniado
Faculty Mentor: Alejandra Alonso
Title: Neurodegeneration and Diabetes, link and therapeutic approaches statistical analysis

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Poster ID: BIO-02
Primary Student: Aumir Sajjad
Faculty Mentor: Alejandra Alonso
Title: Destabilized structural region of Tau sequence possibly contributes to Alzheimer’s disease

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Poster ID: BIO-04
Primary Student: Nana Dufie Akowuah
Faculty Mentor: Michelle Esposito
Title: COVID-19 and Heart Disease Nationwide Trends

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Poster ID: BIO-05
Primary Student: Aseel Alsahori
Faculty Mentor: Michelle Esposito
Title: Age, Gender, and Race as Factors Associated with Oropharyngeal Cancer

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Poster ID: BIO-06
Primary Student: Gianna Elci
Faculty Mentor: Jimmie Fata
Title: The Correlation between Twitter and Breast Cancer GoFundMe Campaigns

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Poster ID: BIO-07
Primary Student: Yilam Ng Cen
Faculty Mentor: Jimmie Fata
Title: Predicting Cancer Incidence and Mortality Rates with Twitter

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Poster ID: BIO-08
Primary Student: Lara A Colombo
Faculty Mentor: Nancy Liu-Sullivan
Title: IL-6 Signaling Pathways Gene Expression in Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC)

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Poster ID: BIO-09
Primary Student: Alyssa Costantino
Faculty Mentor: Nancy Liu-Sullivan
Title: The role of Rukobia in Infectious Disease

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Poster ID: BIO-10
Primary Student: Clarice L Ifraimova
Faculty Mentor: Nancy Liu-Sullivan
Title: The Effects of Biktarvy on Reducing HIV Viral Load and Increasing CD4+ Cell Count

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Poster ID: BIO-11
Primary Student: Anas Owda
Faculty Mentor: Nancy Liu-Sullivan
Title: The role of Artesunate in cancer treatment

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Chemistry

Poster ID: CHM-01
Primary Student: Anastasia Maximenko
Faculty Mentor: Alan Lyons
Title: Applications of Photodynamic therapy in wound and burn healing: a literature review.

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Poster ID: CHM-02
Primary Student: Mehnoor Khan
Faculty Mentor: Alan Lyons, Qian Feng Xu
Title: Applications of Singlet Oxygen in Photodynamic Therapy: Aiding in the Sterilization Process for Root Canal

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Poster ID: CHM-03
Primary Student: Danielle Ohana
Faculty Mentor: Alan Lyons
Title: The Comparative Susceptibility of Oral Biofilms to Photodynamic Therapy

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Computer Science

Poster ID: CSC-01
Primary Student: Konstantin Novichenko
Faculty Mentor: Sos Agaian
Title: Optimized Tunnel Image Enhancement

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Poster ID: CSC-02
Primary Student: Victoria Fischer
Faculty Mentor: Mathew Gargano
Title: COVID-19 Virtual Test

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Poster ID: CSC-03
Primary Student: Jasper Caballero
Co-Authors: Jan Markus Milan
Faculty Mentor: Deborah Sturm
Title: Meducation

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Poster ID: CSC-04
Primary Student: Alan Eappen
Faculty Mentor: Deborah Sturm
Title: Haunted Decoder

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Poster ID: CSC-05
Primary Student: Jacob Chen
Faculty Mentor: Xiaowen Zhang
Title: Symmetric Searchable Encryption Scheme – Implementation of A Secure Index

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Poster ID: CSC-06
Primary Student: Chukwurado Umeaka
Faculty Mentor: Shuqun Zhang
Title: Social Network for International Students

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Curriculum & Instruction

Poster ID: C&I-01
Primary Student: Aleena Abraham
Faculty Mentor: Margaret Berci
Title: History and Pedagogy: Hidden Connections

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Educational Studies

Poster ID: EDU-01
Primary Student: Susan M Albarano
Faculty Mentor: Kelly Conover
Title: Adolescent Cognitive Brain Development

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Poster ID: EDU-02
Primary Student: Angelina D'Aquino
Faculty Mentor: Michael DeConzo
Title: How can teachers offering choice in their classrooms with a UDL framework, raise academic integrity and honesty in students?

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Engineering and Environmental Science

Poster ID: ENS/ESC-01
Primary Student: Matthew Wilhelmsen
Faculty Mentor: Jane Alexander
Title: Ground Truthing in Staten Island Urban Forests using GPS and GIS Technology to Collect Data for a Plan to Improve the Trails Network

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Poster ID: ENS/ESC-02
Primary Student: Martin J Alava
Co-Authors: Nathaniel Furhang; William Cole
Faculty Mentor: Xin Jiang
Title: Security Sensory Assistive Monitor

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Poster ID: ENS/ESC-03
Primary Student: Valjeta Demirovic
Co-Authors: Tony Chan
Faculty Mentor: Xin Jiang
Title: Intelligent Cat Feeder Project

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Poster ID: ENS/ESC-04
Primary Student: Alkhansa Nusrallah
Co-Authors: Abir Abou Znak
Faculty Mentor: Xin Jiang
Title: Outdoor weather station

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Poster ID: ENS/ESC-05
Primary Student: Michael A Seleznyov
Co-Authors: Mark Khalfin
Faculty Mentor: Xin Jiang
Title: HUD Helmet

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Poster ID: ENS/ESC-06
Primary Student: Patryk Zagula
Co-Authors: Daniel Ferraro
Faculty Mentor: Xin Jiang
Title: Controlled Robotic Arm Synchronized With 3-D Prototype Glove

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Poster ID: ENS/ESC-07
Primary Student: Nicholas W Pilacinski
Faculty Mentor: Chang-Min Kim
Title: Parallel Parking System

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Poster ID: ENS/ESC-09
Primary Student: Anthony Deng
Co-Authors: Alberto Coats Jr.; Kevin Jeong
Faculty Mentor: Alfred Levine
Title: Fluffier Rice with Optimized Heating Cycle

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Poster ID: ENS/ESC-10
Primary Student: Safia H Djemil
Co-Authors: Mohamed Elkoptan; Joel Tlapanco
Faculty Mentor: Alfred Levine
Title: Depression Detector: Detecting Depression Using Vocal Features

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Poster ID: ENS/ESC-11
Primary Student: Eslam H Hegazy
Co-Authors: Dario Simontacchi; Safraz Juman
Faculty Mentor: Alfred Levine
Title: Improving User Interface for PC gaming

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Poster ID: ENS/ESC-13
Primary Student: Khurram Qasir
Co-Authors: Hamza Shehadeh; Flopatir Heness
Faculty Mentor: Alfred Levine
Title: Maximum Power Point Tracking of Photovoltaic Arrays

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Poster ID: ENS/ESC-15
Primary Student: Daniel Zaloga-Lakatosz
Co-Authors: Perbibaj Marjan; Stanly M Sachin
Faculty Mentor: Alfred Levine
Title: Lift Assist

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Poster ID: ENS/ESC-16
Primary Student: Aleksandr Zubreev
Co-Authors: Victoria Paskevich
Faculty Mentor: Alfred Levine
Title: Intelligent Fog Machine Controller.

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English / Linguistics

Poster ID: ENG-01
Primary Student: Anes Ahmed
Faculty Mentor: Lee Papa
Title: How the Drowned Become Water

Presentation


Poster ID: ENG-02
Primary Student: Danielle R Cabanas
Faculty Mentor: Lara Saguisag
Title: Not So Nonsensical: Exploring Lewis Carroll's Representation of Victorian Childhood in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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Poster ID: ENG/LING-01
Primary Student: Karen Correa
Faculty Mentor: Jason Bishop
Title: The Syntax and Semantics of WH-marked Yes/No Questions

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Poster ID: ENG/LING-02
Primary Student: Alexandra Diaz
Co-Authors: Maha S Elcharfa; Krissy Dellecave
Faculty Mentor: Jason Bishop
Title: The role of autistic traits on acoustic measures of vowel intelligibility in male and female speakers

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History

Poster ID: HST-01
Primary Student: Kaitlyn Casserly
Faculty Mentor: Mark Lewis
Title: Nationalization and German Folklore: The Politicized Education of German Women in the Third Reich

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Management

Poster ID: MGT-01
Primary Student: Joshua Pinedo
Faculty Mentor: Heidi Bertels
Title: Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Jersey Shore BlueClaws

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Poster ID: MGT-03
Primary Student: Stephanie Donkor
Faculty Mentor: Isabel Rechberg
Title: Leadership Styles Effect on Employees’ Work Ethic

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Poster ID: MGT-04
Primary Student: Andrew N Farmer
Faculty Mentor: Isabel Rechberg
Title: Management in the age of Millennials and Gen Z

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Marketing

Poster ID: MKT-01
Primary Student: Cindy Rong
Faculty Mentor: Soon Ae Chun
Title: Chatbot for Eldercare

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Poster ID: MKT-02
Primary Student: Corina Gerbino
Faculty Mentor: Nancy Guo
Title: Digital Marketing During COVID-19: Consumer Shifts in the "New Normal"

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Poster ID: MKT-03
Primary Student: Skyler Labetti
Faculty Mentor: Alan Zimmerman
Title: The Battle Between Poland's "LGBT ideology-free" zones and the European Union as a "LGBTIQ Freedom Zone"

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Mathematics

Poster ID: MTH-01
Primary Student: Richard T Sciarrino
Faculty Mentor: Gunter Fuchs
Title: Math Performance in relation to SES

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Media Culture

Poster ID: MC-01
Primary Student: Vincent Villani
Faculty Mentor: Cynthia Chris
Title: Environmental Justice and Media Narrative: Fresh Kills Park’s Rise from the Ashes

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Poster ID: MC-02
Primary Student: Adam Blyth
Faculty Mentor: Emma Johnson
Title: The Cultural, Political and Social Impact of Video Gaming

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Poster ID: MC-03
Primary Student: Veronica P Pistek
Faculty Mentor: Edward Miller
Title: Representation of the Deaf Community in a Digital Age: Social Media as a Cultural Tool

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Poster ID: MC-04
Primary Student: Ilia Krisulas
Faculty Mentor: Reece Peck
Title: The Influence of Covid-19 on Social Media and Society


Video ID: MC-05
Primary Student: Emylia Benavente
Faculty Mentor: Tara Mateik
Title: Pandemonium

YouTube Video


Video ID: MC-06
Primary Student: Hector Campo
Faculty Mentor: Tara Mateik
Title: The hero's journey in the modern day

YouTube Video

Nursing

Poster ID: NRS-01
Primary Student: Sara Filip
Faculty Mentor: Regina Gonzalez-Lama
Title: The Role of Nurses in the COVID-19 Vaccination Effort

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Poster ID: NRS-02
Primary Student: Ariana Moy
Co-Authors: Mary Fowokan; Tara Gerbino; Alexarae Pomaro; Sara Filip; Camille Ponce
Faculty Mentor: Regina Gonzalez-Lama
Title: International Virtual Exchange Program: Fostering Global Health by Forming Intercultural Partnerships

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Poster ID: NRS-03
Primary Student: Alexarae Pomaro
Faculty Mentor: Regina Gonzalez-Lama
Title: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Can We Reduce The Risks of Infantile Tragedy?

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Poster ID: NRS-04
Primary Student: Salma E Taha
Faculty Mentor: Regina Gonzalez-Lama
Title: Prevention of Falls in Patient Care Settings

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Poster ID: NRS-05
Primary Student: Arianna F DiBenedetto
Faculty Mentor: Barbara Schiano
Title: Analyzing the Stigma Associated with Mental Illness

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Physics and Astronomy

Poster ID: PHY/AST-01
Primary Student: Justin M Peterkin
Faculty Mentor: Sarang Gopalakrishnan
Title: Cellular Automata, Quantum Circuits, and Chaos

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Poster ID: PHY/AST-02
Primary Student: Sam Pakravan
Faculty Mentor: Charles Liu
Title: Comparison of E+A Galaxies In The Coma Cluster

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Psychology

Poster ID: PSY-01
Primary Student: Kalindi Mishra
Faculty Mentor: Sarah E Berger
Title: Is Infant Sleep Related to Early Motor Milestone Onset?

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Poster ID: PSY-02
Primary Student: Marina N Morkos
Co-Authors: Michelle W Saad
Faculty Mentor: Sarah E Berger
Title: How is Infant Sleep Disrupted Around Crawling Onset?

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Poster ID: PSY-03
Primary Student: Daniel Palmieri
Co-Authors: Martina Youssef
Faculty Mentor: Sarah E Berger
Title: Parent and Infant Sleep Changes During COVID-19

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Poster ID: PSY-04
Primary Student: Ricaute E Rogers
Faculty Mentor: Sarah E Berger
Title: The Significance of Sleep In Infants

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Poster ID: PSY-05
Primary Student: Rehab Sobhi
Faculty Mentor: Sarah E Berger
Title: How does co-sleeping affect infant sleep?

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Poster ID: PSY-06
Primary Student: Ariana A Hernandez
Faculty Mentor: Patricia J Brooks, Jessica Brodsky
Title: Educating College Students about Digital Footprints and Internet Algorithms

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Poster ID: PSY-07
Primary Student: Denis Eder
Co-Authors: Kailey Volpetti; Hanna Youstina; Karen Youssef; Caroline Saad; Samantha McGrath; Jessica Grande
Faculty Mentor: Florette Cohen
Title: The effects of mortality salience on support for President Donald Trump and Presidential Candidate Joe Biden

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Poster ID: PSY-08
Primary Student: Victoria Mollo
Faculty Mentor: Ellen-ge Denton
Title: How does awareness of cognitive difficulties and worthlessness feelings relate to depression severity among youth?

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Poster ID: PSY-09
Primary Student: Silvy Mansor
Faculty Mentor: Valkiria Durán-Narucki
Title: The Anxiety and Fears of Going to The Dentist

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Poster ID: PSY-10
Primary Student: Lily Chen
Co-Authors: Catherine Messina
Faculty Mentor: Kristen Gillespie-Lynch
Title: Beliefs about the Causes of Autism in Kenya: Comparing Community Conceptions to Personal Beliefs

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Poster ID: PSY-11
Primary Student: Kyle Gravitch
Co-Authors: Deondre Williams; Alesya Guastella
Faculty Mentor: Kristen Gillespie-Lynch
Title: Using a Participatory Autism and Universal Design Training for Faculty to Improve the Educational Success of Diverse Students

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Poster ID: PSY-12
Primary Student: Sergey Shevchuk-Hill
Co-Authors: Shana Szczupakiewicz
Faculty Mentor: Kristen Gillespie-Lynch
Title: Comparing Narrative Writing of Autistic and Nonautistic College Students

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Poster ID: PSY-13
Primary Student: Shana R Szczupakiewicz
Co-Authors: Theresa Antony; Rheniela Faye Concepcion
Faculty Mentor: Kristen Gillespie-Lynch
Title: Examining the Motivations and Career Goals of Autistic High School Students within an Informal Technology Program

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Poster ID: PSY-14
Primary Student: Michael Reynolds
Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Guinta
Title: A Study of Virtual Reality Used as a Treatment for Specific Phobias and Agoraphobia

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Poster ID: PSY-15
Primary Student: Gabriella Cosenza
Faculty Mentor: Darryl B Hill
Title: The Myriad of Factors that Affect a Woman’s Sexual Self-Schema

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Poster ID: PSY-16
Primary Student: Kylie M Dalessandro
Faculty Mentor: Darryl B Hill
Title: Breaking Down Bias: An Empirical Study On Transgender Prejudice

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Poster ID: PSY-17
Primary Student: Annet C Sokol
Faculty Mentor: Darryl B Hill
Title: John William Money: Deviant or Misunderstood Researcher

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Poster ID: PSY-18
Primary Student: Ashraqat Mahmoud
Faculty Mentor: Dan McCloskey
Title: Circadian Rhythms of African Naked Mole-Rats

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Poster ID: PSY-19
Primary Student: Kelly Brennan
Faculty Mentor: Dan McCloskey
Title: The Naked Mole-Rat: A New Model for Psychiatric Research

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Poster ID: PSY-20
Primary Student: Amaney Hassan
Faculty Mentor: Daniel McCloskey
Title: 3-Dimensional Reconstruction of Cleared Tissue in the African Naked Mole-Rat

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Poster ID: PSY-21
Primary Student: Victoria F Nicoletta
Faculty Mentor: Irina A Sekerina
Title: Different Types of Bilingualism and Working Memory Capacity

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Poster ID: PSY-22
Primary Student: Keren Isufi
Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Wagner
Title: Attention Shifting from Social and Non-Social Images as a Predictor of Autistic Traits in Infancy

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Poster ID: PSY-23
Primary Student: Clare L Mitchell
Faculty Mentor: Leora Yetnikoff
Title: Characterization of dopamine neuron glutamate release sites in striatal gray and white matter regions.

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Poster ID: PSY-24
Primary Student: Nicholas P Morreale
Faculty Mentor: Reza Ziai
Title: How does religion, income, and duration of a relationship effect romantic relationships

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Sociology and Anthropology

Poster ID:SOC/ANT-01
Primary Student: Gregory T Fazio
Faculty Mentor: Jean Halley
Title: South African Migration Drivers

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Poster ID:SOC/ANT-02
Primary Student: Angelica Lisiewski
Faculty Mentor: Jean Halley
Title: Migrant access to healthcare and education in South Africa

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Poster ID:SOC/ANT-03
Primary Student: Justin Garlisi
Faculty Mentor: Kristen Addessi
Title: Understanding Atheism and Its Stereotypes in the United States

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World Languages and Literatures

Poster ID: WL&L-01
Primary Student: Jacquelyn Mahoney
Faculty Mentor: Russell Rosen
Title: Deaf people accessibility healthcare

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