On Wednesday, December 10th 2014, 56 student from the Psychology Department presented their research as posters and 3 students conducted oral presentations of their research. Student projects from Research Methods II courses and from departmental research labs were the focus of the evening. Students who presented their work can be found at the following link Psychological Science Night 2014.
On November 14th, 2014, Ricky Magner presented a Mathematics Colloquium at Central Connecticut State University titled ” Undergraduate Research in Mathematics. ” The talk focused on opportunities for performing undergraduate research in math aimed at both faculty as mentors and students as participants. Also presented was an overview of the work Ricky completed in number theory at Eastern including how the project began and progressed. The project involved a study of geometric objects motivated by number theoretic ideas called modular hyperbolas. The results obtained from his research and some open questions that other students in math may consider.
The Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, or in some instances the state, festival is a gathering of people to see one another’s work and to share ideas. In addition to performances, there are a wide range of activities that in the past have included workshops and seminars on such topics as playwriting, auditioning, voice, movement, stage combat, theater for children, scene painting, scenery construction, and so on. There are sessions for the beginning theater artist and the experienced faculty member. During January and February, a total of eight regional festivals are held throughout the country. The following students have been selected to represent Eastern Connecticut State in January 2015.
Richard Maltby Jr. Musical Theatre Award Competition Nominees: Alexis Kurtz and Corey Lorraine
Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition Nominees: Olivia Beaullan and Corey Lorraine
Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition Alternates: Scott Butler and Anny Ovalle
Stage Management Fellowship Competition Nominee: MaggieMarie Casto
The following students presented their research at the New England Psychological Association Conference on October 17-18th at Bates College in Maine:
Robert Santiago presented a poster titled “Ethnic and Acculturative Factors Affecting Academic Stress and Academic Expectations. “
Brett W. Gelino and Robert J. Barry presented with their mentor Dr. James Diller a poster titled “Atheists and Theists have Similar Physiological Reactivity with Demands of God.”
Cheyanne Crawford presented a poster titled “Jealousy Differences in Sex and Sexual Orientation.”
Eastern students presented their work with other students from Keene State College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey, SUNY Geneseo, and University of Maine-Farmington. The conference will take place November 7-8 at Keene State College. Below is a list of all presenters and their mentors:
Roshelle Shannon; Mentor Afarin Rahmanifar (Watercolor and ink)
Samantha McGeowan; Mentor Andy Jones (Watercolor)
Melinda DeDominicis; Mentor Emily Riggs (Duets from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, in Italian) Video clips are included below.
Renae St. John
Laura Markley; Mentor Meredith Metcalf (EES)
Renee Ann Drouin; Mentor Miriam Chirico (ENG)
Eva Alfonso; Mentor Teri Toles-Patkin(COM)
Alice Di Francesco; Mentor Amy Groth (BIO)
Ben Abrahms; Mentor Barbara Murdoch (BIO)
Jessica Patrizi; Barbara Murdoch (BIO)
Summer Lily Egan; Mentor Teri Toles-Patkin (COM)
Stephanie Rogers; Mentor Steve Nathan (EES)
Jessica Link; Mentor Steve Ferrucci (ENG)
Dominque Dubois conducted an oral presentation of her research with her mentor Dr. Patty Szczys in Novermber at the International Waterbird Society and CIPAMEX Conference in La Paz, Mexico. Her research title ” Genetic Mating System of the Marsh-Nesting Whiskered Tern.” The project’s focus is on the genetic parentage of offspring in broods of Whiskered Terns to examine breeding strategies in species that exhibit social monogamy and bi-parental care.
Mackenzie Fannon (Mentor: Dickson Cunningham, Ph.D. EES Department) will be presenting her research “Source parameters of large magnitude subduction zone earthquakes along Oaxaca, Mexico.” The project was completed during a summer NSF REU internship.
Her research will be presented at the American Geophysical Union Annual Conference in San Francisco in December. This is the top meeting in the world concerning geophysical research and it attracts a very large international audience. It is very rare for undergraduates to present at this week-long meeting which showcases the highest levels of research in the earth and space sciences to attendees of up to 15,000 from around the world.
Miles Wilkerson will present his research titled: “Nunca Olvide: Reframing Historical Discourse on Cuban Exile Terrorism” at the New England Historical Association Fall Conference on October 18th. Mentored by Professor Joan Meznar, the project presents the history and effects of terrorist acts perfromed by Cuba’s right-wing exiles from 1959-1976. It specifically explores the effects this terrorism had on Cuba’s governmentality and the creation of a police state on the island.
Mackenzie Fannon (EES Student, Mentored by Dickson Cunningham) was selected as an intern for the NSF funded IRIS program. She will be carrying out summer research at the New Mexico Tech investigating earthquake hazards along the Mexican coastline and the precursor signals that could be used for future earthquake prediction. It is important and novel research. Mackenzie is part of an intern group that annually includes Stanford, Cal Tech and Ivy League participants. In addition to a full summer stipend and all travel and research costs, she also receives funding to present at the American Geophysical Union conference next December in San Francisco.
Eric Cerino (Psychology Department) graduating in May has been accepted into the Ph.D. program at Oregon State University in Human Development and Family Studies. He has also been selected as a National Science Foundation (NSF) IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program) Fellow for the Oregon State University LIFE* in an Aging Society program. He will receive a stipend, tuition remission, health benefits and research support costs.
The National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship allows students to collaborate across disciplines in a multidisciplinary research traineeship. Students pick a primary core (Psychology) and a supplementary (Gerontology) core. He plans on extending his research begun here at Eastern Connecticut State University with Dr. Jennifer Leszczynski in collaboration with the engineering professors and students.
Eric has presented his research on Alzheimer’s at regional conferences and is scheduled to present at the Poster’s on the Hill Conference later this month. During his time at Eastern Eric has received a Travel Grant, The Jean H. Thoresen ECSU-AAUP Scholarship and will receive the Barnard Scholar Award.