16 EES Students Present at Regional Geological Conference

Sixteen environmental earth science students from Eastern Connecticut State University and three of their professors presented findings of their fieldwork along the Rhode Island coastline at the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference (NEIGC). The conference took place Oct. 10–12 at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA. The Eastern presentation was titled “Climate change comes to the south shore of Rhode Island: Erosion, inundation and migration.” The group’s research focused on storm damage and rising sea level, and discussed the science and management of the Rhode Island coastline.  The project was supervised by Eastern professors Bryan Oakley, Drew Hyatt and Steve Nathan. Below are the student presenters:

Daniel Grondin, Josh Bartosiewicz, Mackenzie Fannon, Dustin Munson, Stephanie Rogers, Carly Burgess, Mike Lundquist, Kevin Veilleux, Amber McDonald, Brandan Sumeersarnauth, Trent Stevens, Matt Marsie, Ujjwal Davda, Prof. Nathan and Zach Beauchesne, James Malcolm, and Vicky Szamocki

Student Researchers Present TIMPANI Toy Study Results

Alyssa Zebrowski and Kristen Krause, seniors Kimberly DePaolis, Danni Meskill and Heather Oski participated as student researchers on the ongoing TIMPANI Toy Study. Results focused on how young children play with a variety of toys in natural settings., Krause, Oski and Zebrowski, along with Dr. Trawick-Smith, presented their findings at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference in Dallas. TX, on Nov. 8.

Psychology Department Hosts first Psychological Science Night

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. 

Ricky Magner, Undergraduate Research Fellow Presents at CCSU

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.

7 Students to Represent Eastern at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

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

Students Represent Eastern at the New England Psychological Association Conference

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.”

17 Students Present at the COPLAC Northeast Regional Research Conference

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.
Kyle Girard
Renae St. John
Alexis Kurtz



Oral Presentations

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)

Poster Presentations

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)

Dominique Dubois Presents at International Biology Conference

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 Accepted as Presenter at International Conference on Geophysical Research

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 to Present Research at Regional History Conference

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.