A Celebration of Students, Faculty

and Collaborative Learning


April 5, 2019
1:30-3:30 p.m.

 With its fourth Undergraduate Research Symposium, Maryville College again joins other college and university members of the Council on Undergraduate Research this month in promoting the importance of “high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.”

The symposium, which is open to the public and free to attend, gets underway at 1:30 p.m. with oral presentations beginning in three locations of the Clayton Center for the Arts. Students of the Behavioral Sciences, Math and Computer Science and Natural Sciences Divisions will present their research in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. Presentations by students of the Languages and Literature Division will take place in the Harry H. Harter Choral Rehearsal Room. Students representing the Education and Social Sciences Divisions will present in the Fulmer Family Room.

In all, 11 students will give oral presentations.

Starting around 2:15 p.m., students will share poster presentations in the upper-level Grand Corridor of the Clayton Center. During poster presentations, attendees will be able to talk to 16 students from five different academic divisions about their research objectives and methods, data collection and analyses and conclusions. Research topics range from the opioid crisis in Appalachia to the success of American chestnut hybrid saplings in a Walland (Tenn.) orchard.

A reception will coincide with poster presentations.

Undergraduate research has been a distinctive feature of the MC curriculum since 1947, when a two-semester, faculty-guided independent study was made a graduation requirement of all students. Although the name for it has changed over the years — Special Studies, Independent Study, Senior Thesis, Senior Study — the required project has remained a common, shared experience binding alumni whose graduations span almost 70 years.

According to the College’s current catalog, “the Senior Study requirement allows the student to exercise bold initiative and design, plan and complete a substantial piece of work, while gaining the confidence and pride that comes from accomplishment.” In a recent survey of Maryville College’s young alumni, more than 82 percent reported that completing independent research at MC was a “very important” or “important” factor in their career success.

 Below is a listing of all student participants and titles of their presentations.

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Oral Presentations – Behavioral Sciences, Math and Computer Science, Natural Sciences

1:30 p.m., Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall

Taylor Leonard ’19 (Neuroscience) – “Working Memory Related to Antisocial Personality Disorder Traits with a Focus on Impulsivity and Aggression”

Cassidy Mahan ’19 (Psychology)“Sexual Assault Shame: An Analysis of Blame Attribution and Religiosity”

Katelyn Moats ’19 (Biochemistry) – “A potential mechanism underlying the synergy between experimental drug E64FC26 and HDAC inhibitors with a promising outlook for pancreatic and glioblastoma cancers”

Ian Schomer ’19 (Mathematics) – “Mathematics and Music: Generating Polyrhythms from Cyclic Subgroup Structures”

Oral Presentations - Languages & Literature

1:30 p.m., Harry H. Harter Choral Rehearsal Room

Brinley Knowles ’20 (Writing Communication and History) – “All Kids Deserve Representation: The Importance of Representation and Rick Riordan’s Young Adult Books”

Elli McMillen ’19 (Literature in English) – “Come as You Are: An Examination of Sarah Dessen and Young Adult Literature”

Megan Wright ’20 (Literature in English) – “Mountain Talk: The Power of the Appalachian Pen and the Perception of a Region”

Mackenzie Yaksic ’19 (Writing Communication) – “The Use of They as a Singular Pronoun and Its Acceptability”

Oral Presentations – Education, Humanities and Social Sciences

1:30 p.m., Fulmer Family Room

Nate Long ’19 (Spanish and International Business) – “What are the Cultural and Financial Impacts of the Growth of Soccer in Spain?”

Rocky Mauriello ’19 (Physical Education) – “Psychological Momentum in Baseball”

Danielle O’Brien ’19 (Philosophy and History) – “Ideals in History: A Comparative Study of Charles S. Peirce and Reinhold Niebuhr”

Poster Presentations

2:15 p.m., Grand Corridor, Clayton Center for the Arts

Manal Abbas ’19 (Biochemistry) – “Developing a FRET Method to Analyze Molecular Interactions of Protein TLT-1”

Zachary Cardwell ’20 (Finance/Accounting and Economics) and Connor Davis ’19 (Finance/Accounting) – “An Analysis of Supply and Demand in the Insurance Industry”

Abigail Fritts ’20 (History) – “From Fritz to Fritts”

Grace Gass ’19 (Criminal Justice) – “Mountain High: The Opioid Crisis in Appalachia”

Brianna Gibson ’20 (Literature in English) – “Female Community in Sula

Kelsie Hibben ’19 (Biochemistry) – “Utilization of HPLC to Evaluate the Quality of Acetaminophen Tablets from Low- and Middle-Income Countries”

Ariel Kaylor ’19 (Psychology and Human Resource Management) – “30 Years Later: An Analysis of the Effectiveness and Outcomes of the Bonner Scholar Program on a National Scale”

Kathryn Maley ’19 (Biology) – “Success of American Chestnut Hybrid Saplings in a Walland, TN, Orchard”

Sarah Metcalf ’19 (Child Development and Learning with Teacher Licensure) – “Education in the Real World”

Halie Miller ’19 (History) – “The Matriarchs of Maryville College”

Jake Peterson ’19 (Management) – “Automation Impacting the Distribution Center Workplace and the Management of Warehousing”

Andrew Pierce ’19 (Finance/Accounting) – “A Survey of Credit Union Profitability Through the Scope of Analytical Modeling”

Boomer Russell ’19 (Biology) – “Characterization and Quantification of Fibrinogen and TLT-1 Binding Properties”

Kai Wang ’19 (Child Development and Learning) – “The Attitude of Teachers Towards Online Teaching Environments from a Global Perspective”

Hannah Wilson ’19 (Psychology) – “College Students’ Electronics and Social Media Use: The Impact of Nature Exposure and Physical Activity”