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2009 Senior Symposium Schedule

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The 2009 Senior Symposium took place on April 17, 2009.

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10:15AM Session in Kendade 303

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Love, Sexuality and Marriage in Shakespeare
Laura Tallon '09

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The Transformative Power of Sport in Women's Lives
Elissa M. Center '09

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The Influence of a Support Network as Vocational High School Students Transition into School and/or Work
Miki M. Leach '09

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Complications in the Tragic Musical
Chelsea McCracken '09

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Christine de Pizan and the Game of Love
Lakshami M. Mahajan '09

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The Baroque Aesthetic and the Divided Self
Sanam Nader '09


10:30AM Session in Cleveland L-1

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The Aggregation of Aß16-22 Probed by Circular Dichroism and Infrared Spectroscopies
Andrea Grund '09

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Testing the Occurrence of Forward Hyper-Translocation during the Promoter Escape Transition
Yunnan Jiang '09

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LaMarck Revisited: New Evidence for Heritable Epigenetic Changes
Rachael E. Robins '09

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Characterization and Refinement of Oligomycin Resistant Saccharomyces cerevisiae Mutants in the oli-1 and oli-3 Region of Mitochondrial DNA
Neha Sanan '09, Mengru Wang '09

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Kinetic Investigation of Productive and Abortive RNA Synthesis on N25 and N25anti Promoters
Elina Shrestha '09


10:30AM Session in Cleveland L-2

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Analysis of Recent Paleoclimatological Reconstructions: A Re-evaluation of the Impact of Climate Change on the Norse Western Settlements, Western Greenland
Laura C. Carlson '09

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Effects of Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium (N and NPK) Fertilization on Leaf Morphology and Photosynthesis for Evergreen and Deciduous Shrubs in a Boreal Peatland
Rose Smith '09

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A Parable of Water and Power: An Environmental History of Mono Lake, California
Morgan C. Lindsay '09

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Carbon Isotope Exchange Between Calcite and Graphite during Low-grade Metamorphism of Marble, Wildrose Canyon, Death Valley, California: Implications for Geothermometry
Lesley E. Werblin '09

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The Role of Sedges in Methane Emission from a Temperate Fen
Genevieve Noyce '09


10:30AM Session in Cleveland L-3

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Flexor vs. Extensor Activity During Jumping and Swimming in Rana pipiens
Noelle Noyes '09

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Kinematics of Climbing and Unconventional Launching in the Small Marsupial Sugar Glider (Petaurus breviceps)
Addison Kemp '09

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Effects of Temperature on Antifreeze Protein Production in the Longhorn Sculpin (Myoxocephalus octodecemspinosus)
Lauren Fields '09

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Functionality of Pectoral and Forelimb Muscles During the Aerial and Landing Phases of Jumping in Toads (Bufo marinus)
Trupti Akella '09

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Characterization of BdNAM-B1, a Gene in Brachypodium distachyon and Its Role in Nutrient Redistribution
Molly K. Buermann '09


10:30AM Session in Kendade 203

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Decrease in Sleep-dependent Memory Consolidation Due to Aging
Wanling Su '09

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Interference! : Antlions Learn to Alter Feeding Behavior When Faced with Threat of Prey Escape
Laura K. Nos '09, Amy E. Williams '09

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A Conditioned Place Preference Assay to Investigate the Role of GAP-43 in Learning in Zebrafish
Lauren Sigman '09

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Genetic Variation and HIV/AIDS Susceptibility in HIV Seronegative South African Sex Workers
Karen W. Luk '09

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Deadly Inequalities: Structural Violence and the Feminization of HIV in Gulu, Uganda
Moriah Silver '09


10:30AM Session in Kendade 305

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Rethinking Ekomo By María Nsué Angüe: An Equatoguinean Challenge To Spanishness
Anna Mester '09

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Literature, Refuge, and the Human Remainder
Anjuli Ishani Gunaratne '09

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Looking Backward: The Evolution and Effects of Edward Bellamy's Utopia
Alison M. Kobierski '09

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Religious (In)Tolerance: The Transition from Muslim to Christian Rule in 13th to 15th Century Spain
Jessamyn Rising '09

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The Place of Poetry in the Chilean Transition to Democracy
Yana G. Stainova '09

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Economic Protest in Indian Nationalism: Writings and Speeches of Dadabhai Naoroji, Bipin Chandra Pal, and Aurobindo Ghose
Carolyn J. Strobel '09

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The Sadharan
Kanchan Burathoki '09

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Efforts in Mourning: Remapping Early Photorealist Portraiture from Gerhard Richter
Camille Devoe Canon '09


12:30PM Session in Kendade 303

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Perceptions of Relationships
Michele C. Tyre '09

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College Adjustment and Self-Handicapping Among College Students with Learning Disabilities
Myra Braswell '09

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The Construction of the College Hook Up
Elizabeth J. Brennan '09

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The Other Side of the Story: Exploring What High School Students Gain from Work
Katherine I. Magyar '09

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A Dedicated Follower of Fashion: The Ahistoric Rake in Restoration Literature
Zoe H. Gibbons '09

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Perceptions of Relationships
Melissa A. Yanovitch '09

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Pathways to Collective Identity: A Mixed Method Examination of Posttraumatic Cognitions, Group Identity, and Sense of Self
Marissa Sicley '09


12:45PM Session in Cleveland L-1

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Myosin-X (Myo10) Localization and Filopodial Stability are Sensitive to Calmodulin Signalling
Natasha C. Gutierrez '09

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Do uNKs and Secreted IFN-γ Play a Role in Trophoblast Integration into Maternal Blood Vessels in Rat Gestation?
Priyanjali Ghosh '09

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CRBP-1 as a Regulator of TGFβ Signaling in vitro and in vivo
Sara A. Sawka '09

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Generation of rmCAD, A Neuronal Cell Line Stably Expressing A Fluorescent Mitochondrial Label
Ashley Scott '09

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Is Invasive Glossy Buckthorn (Frangula alnus) Allelopathic to Native New England Wetland Margin Vegetation?
Amy Mays '09

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The Inhibition of Neoblast Migration and Cellular Differentiation by Nocodazole and Colchicine in the Brown Planaria Dugesia tigrina
Natasha Rabinowitz '09


12:45PM Session in Cleveland L-2

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Hydrogen-Bond Mediated Self-Assembly of Molecular Stacks
Emily M. Harcourt '09

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Organic Carbon Content of a Flooding Arctic River
Zainab Hussain '09

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The Effect of Diallyl Trisulfide (DATS) on Androgen Receptor Expression and Signaling in Prostate Cancer
Allison G. Smith '09

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Colorimetric Sensor Arrays for the Detection of Toxic Industrial Chemicals
Eva C. Agha '09

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Would You Like a Side of Acrylamide with That?: Acrylamide Content in Fried Foods and How Its Effects Can Be Reduced
Cathy Lew '09

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Characterization of Heteropolymers Involving a New Technique Using 13C NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) Spectroscopy
Stephanie Otema Adu '09


12:45PM Session in Cleveland L-3

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Simulating Proton Conduction Pathways in Strontium Zirconate and Barium Zirconate Perovskite Oxides
Katharyn M. Fletcher '09

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Spectroscopic and Microscopic Characterization of Tri-Octylphosphine Oxide (TOPO) Capped Silver Nanoparticle Monolayers Produced by the Langmuir-Blodgett Technique
Beatrice Ani-Asamoah '09

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Employment of the Fredericks Transition Method to Determine the Elastic Moduli of Macromolecular Liquid Crystals
Erin N. Phillips '09

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Dissolution of BeO in Acidic Media
Elena Puig '09

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Developing a Stable Fluorogenic Method for in vivo Monitoring of Neurotransmitters
Kimberly Sung '09

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Proton Conduction in Cesium Dihydrogen Phosphate
Helen Telila '09


12:45PM Session in Kendade 305

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Identity Formation in Young Adult Transracial Adoptees
Whitney Green '09

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Revising Art History: The Critical Fortunes of Alessandro Botticelli
Ximena A. Gomez '09

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Feminist Theological Experience and Womanist Theological Experience: One and the Same or Different?
Alex White '09

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Asian American Spoken Word: From the Walls of Angel Island to Breaking Silence within Communities
Angela Wu '09

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Acculturation, Family Conflict, and Social Support in Asian and Asian American College Student Families
Minji Yang '09

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The Worth of Art: Pricing the Priceless
Laura Paige Kyber '09

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Beyond "I Can't Help It": Biological Determinism in American Queer Politics and Possibilities for Agency
Shannon Weber '09


1:30PM Session in Kendade 203

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Rational Suicide
Camille Silliman '09

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A Modal Solution to the Mutual Exclusiveness of Essential Omniscience and Human Freedom
Jennifer L. Johnson '09

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When Does Warmness Become Warmth? An Investigation of Children's Vocabulary Acquisition Through Their Writing
Brooke E. Magnus '09


2:30PM Session in Cleveland L-1

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Differential Expression of Chemokines CCL2 and CXCL-1 in a Murine Model of AIDS (MAIDS)
Sophiya Karki '09

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Differential Gene Expression of Serine Protease 2 and Pancreatic Lipase in BALB/c and C57BL/6 Mice in the Murine Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (MAIDS) Model
Nikita Kolhatkar '09

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Early Differences in Lymphatic Vessel Remodeling in the Lymph Nodes of C57BL6 and BALB/c Mice in Response to Murine Leukemia Virus
Vidya Raghavan '09


2:30PM Session in Cleveland L-2

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Formation of Gold Nanoparticles using Various Reducing Agents within Poly(vinyl alcohol) Hydrogel via Diffusion-Controlled Reduction
Insun Yoon '09

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Isotope-Edited Infrared Spectroscopy of 310 Helical Peptides
Patience Moyo '09

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The Reduction of Tetrachloroauric Acid to Incorporate Gold Nanoparticles in Poly(vinyl alcohol) Hydrogels via a Diffusion-Controlled Mechanism
Anna M. Zimmerman '09

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The Role of Hardware Counters in Performance Analysis
Ashley M. Deflumere '09

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Scientific Knowledge, Economic Impacts and Global Climate Change in the Conservation of North Atlantic Right Whales
Rebecca Jablonski-Diehl '09

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Using the Nintendo Wii to Assess Motility
Rebecca Groveman '09


2:30PM Session in Cleveland L-3

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TLR-2 Expression and Function at the Maternal-Fetal Interface in the Rat Model of Pregnancy
Sarah M. Gray '09

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The Behavioral Responses to and the Characterization of Cuticular Pheromones in the House Cricket, Acheta domesticus
Christina Kleespies '09

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Human Sporadic Inclusion Body Myositis in a Drosophila melanogaster Model System
Hyowon Choi '09

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Coexpression of the Amyloid Precursor Protein with Presenilin in a Drosophila melanogaster Model of Sporadic Inculsion Body Myositis
Christine Klepacki '09

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Study of the Interaction of the Cµ4 Domain of IgM and DBL Domains of Variant Antigens Associated with Pregnancy Associated Malaria
Victoire N. Ndong '09

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Protein Analysis of Sporadic Inclusion Body Myositis in a Transgenic Drosophila melanogaster Model
Kori Matsuura '09


2:30PM Session in Kendade 303

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The Determinants of Homeownership: Exploring the Role of Governmental, Market, and Demographic Factors
Natasha Fouad Beydoun '09

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Human Traffic(ing): An Anthropological Analysis of One Event Within the Discourse of Environmental Justice
Caroline Houston Bauer '09

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New Ideas and Existing Structures: Green Building and the Architectural Profession
P. Mae Cooper '09

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Collaborative Development: A Project on Revitalization Efforts in Holyoke, MA
Sarah Krautheim '09

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Exhibits Inside and Out: An Auto-Ethnography of a Science Museum Internship
Alina S. Naujokaitis '09


2:45PM Session in Kendade 203

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Chinese Disability Law, Policy, and the Disabled Child
Kaitlyn K. Szydlowski '09

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A Story of Names
Anni Amberg '09

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The Women in the Picture: A Narrative of Three Uncommon Women
Nancie Hazell '09

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Emancipating Young Minds for Global Leadership: Shaping Children's Conception of People in Other Countries
Flossy M. Azu '09


3:00PM Session in Kendade 305

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Abusing Executive Power in the War Against Terrorism
Sreyashe Dhar '09

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Welfare Reform and Abstinence-Only Sex Education: The Discursive Production of Ideal Citizenship
Meredith Munn '09

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United States National Security and the Changing Nature of Outer Space as a Strategic Asset
Megan P. Chen '09

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"A Force to Be Reckoned With": Women and Peace during the Vietnam War
Hannah Rogal '09

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"Takin' 'er easy for all us sinners": American Ethics and Politics in The Big Lebowski
Jane Alissa Flegal '09

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Liberalism, Communitarianism, and Puritan Political Thought
Brigid M. Davis '09


4:15PM Session in Cleveland L-1

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The Purification of Hydrogenase from Thiocapsa roseoperscina for Future Use in Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Stephanie Donlon '09

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Structure of Supercoiled DNA containing Base Lesions by Atomic Force Microscopy
Lindiwe C. Ndebele '09

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Development of a Rapid Immunoassay for the Detection of Peanut Antigen
Kathryne B. Schwartz '09

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The Third Dimension Stacking of Aβ16-22: From Both Experimental and Computational Approaches
Dong Zhang '09

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Searching for the Presence of a LuxI/LuxR AHL Quorum Sensing System in Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus Using Protein Homology
Laura Bleyendaal '09


4:15PM Session in Cleveland L-2

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Boundaries Transgressed
Cynthia Citlallin Delgado '09

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Queering Sex, Desire, And Genitalia: BDSM, Kink, & Transgender Identity
Isaiah A.W. Bartlett '09

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"Lesbian Until Graduation": The Underpinnings of Perceived Horizontal Hostility Among Lesbian Groups at Mount Holyoke College
Caitlin Healey '09

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Quiet Intensity of the Everyday
Nicole Alden '09

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Process in Motion
Paola M. Di Tolla '09


4:15PM Session in Cleveland L-3

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Thermal Coupling and Lensing in Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers
Kathryn J. Greenberg '09

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Local Electron Transport of Organic Semiconducting Monolayers
Danti Chen '09

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Analyzing the Creasing Instability of Surface Attached Hydrogels
Farhana Momin '09

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Dynamics of Defects in Thin Film PolyStyrene Poly-Methyl Methacrylate (PS-PMMA) at High Temperature
Tolulope Ogunbekun '09

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Maximizing Hard Drive Space: Ferromagnetic Nanorings
Lori-Anne Ashwood '09


4:15PM Session in Kendade 203

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Script to Screen and Beyond: Screwing The Pooch
Hannah C. Scarritt-Selman '09

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A Very British Bacchanalia: Classical Themes in the Works of Joe Orton
Danielle Sanfilippo '09

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From Ellen to The L Word: The Influence of the Feminist Movement on the Depiction of Lesbians on Television
Lillian Rodriguez '09


4:15PM Session in Kendade 303

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Polygons to Projective Surfaces
Celine Pastore '09

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The Rank of an Elliptic Curve
Ingrid Cronburg '09

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Modeling Hepatitis C Treatment and Its Side Effects
Liana V. Medina-Rios '09

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Lights Out: Determining the Solution Sets of Rectangular Boards
Tamar Wilson '09


4:45PM Session in Kendade 305

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(In)Equalities of Power: EU, Russia, and the Energy Equation
Stela R. Nenova '09

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Migration, Immigration and Integration in the European Union
Lara H. Shibata '09

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Citizen and Refugee: US Refugee Policy and Its Impact on Local Communities
Claire M. DeSoi '09