A Celebration of Students, Faculty
and Collaborative Learning
April 20, 2018
With its third 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, Education and Social Sciences divisions will present their research in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. Presentations by students of the Fine Arts, Humanities and Languages and Literature divisions will take place in the Harry H. Harter Choral Rehearsal Room. Students representing the Math and Computer Science and Natural Sciences divisions will present in the Fulmer Family Room.
In all, 14 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 13 students from seven different academic divisions about their research objectives and methods, data collection and analyses and conclusions. Research topics range from war photography as an art form to the correlations between plasma concentrations of TLT-1 and clinical outcomes in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome.
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.
Oral Presentations - Fine Arts, Humanities and Languages & Literature
1:30 p.m., Harry H. Harter Choral Rehearsal Room
Allison Franklin ’18 (History) – “Vichy France: Uncovering the Truth”
Lenny Lively ’19 (Religion and Theatre) – “Making Noble, Grand & True: Our Bicentennial Story”
Aliya Makansi ’19 (Philosophy) – “Utilitarian Environmental Ethic”
Sherilyn Smith ’18 (Writing Communications) – “Image and Narrative”
Hannah White ’18 (Music) – “‘The Storyteller’: A Comparison of Opera and Musical Theatre Techniques”
Oral Presentations – Natural Sciences, and Math & Computer Sciences
1:30 p.m., Fulmer Family Room
Cara Coleman ’18 (Biochemistry) – “Characterization of Regulatory T Cell Suppressive Activity”
Chloe Kilpatrick ’18 (Biology) – “Effects of 17α-ethinylestradiol on Danio rerio hepatosomatic index and liver composition”
Nicasio Velez ’18 (Mathematics) – “Mathematical Magic”
Valerie Whitehead ’18 (Biology) – “Population Dynamics of Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) in the Maryville College Woods”
2:15 p.m., Grand Corridor, Clayton Center for the Arts
Rachel Britt ’18 (Design) – “All Feminism”
Madalyn Carpenter ’18 (History with Teacher Licensure) – “The Civil War in Cades Cove”
Chandler Chastain ’18 (Writing Communication) – “The Benefits and Realities of Reading Dog Therapy as an Alternative Reading Method for Early Readers”
Victoria Deal ’19 (Biology) – “Correlations Between Plasma Concentrations of TLT-1 and Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome”
Evan Ezell ’18 (Computer Science and Mathematics) – “Implementing the Dynamic Time Warping Algorithm into the WSTAMP R Package”
Mariah Franklin ’19 (History and Political Science) – “Local Politics, History, and Modern Cartography”
Andrew Horton ’19 (Marketing) – “The Marketing Strategies of ReMax and Keller Williams”
Rebecca Jones ’18 (Writing Communication) – “War Photography as an Art Form”
Jordan McCullough ’18 (History) – “The 1st U.S. Heavy Artillery Unit and the Black Experience in the Civil War”
Brandi Payne ’18 (Design) – “Everjoy, Illinois”
Hannah Robbins ’18 (Neuroscience) – “Effects of Expressive Writing on Intrusive Thoughts and Depressive Symptoms”
Madison Smith ’19 (Finance/Accounting) and Morgan Corso ’19 (Management)– “The Coffee Industry”