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Colloquium Program

In 2018, almost every college is represented by at least one panel, and there are more panels than ever!

Undergraduate Research and Creativity Colloquium

Location: Harry Jack Gray Center
Day: Thursday, April 12, 2018

12–12:30 p.m.

Check-in for speakers, audience, and guests. Sandwiches and cold drinks available all afternoon, until 6 p.m. Certificates for presenters as each session ends, in room A.

Session I
12:30–1:50 p.m.

Room A

Planning for Success and Exit

Business Plan: Car Fridge

James Coleman, BAR

Business Plan: The Bead Bar

Alexandra Saharek, BAR *

Business Plan: Pro Coach and Caddy 

Lucas Sapin, BAR

Business Plan: The Strike Zone

Alexandra Saharek, BAR  *

The U.K. and the Terrible, Horrible, and Very Bad Brexit

Maggie Qiu, BAR *


Room B

Sound Engineering

Fighting Howls & Hisses in Jet Engines

Patrick Dubiel, CETA

Computational Aeroacoustics of Dual-Stream Nozzle Flows

Iliana Albion-Poles and Jeffrey Severino, CETA

Improved Microfluidic Mixer Design

Stefan Keilich, CETA

Ultrahaptics Investigation: Ultrasound Can Create Mid-Air Haptic Sensations

Alex Aquila, CETA and Jarrett Lagler, CETA *

Room C

Screen Life

Feminist Theory in Modern Video Games: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Horizon Zero Dawn

Samantha Soucy, A&S Cinema

Pax Romana: The Price of Masculine Image

Paolo Celentano, A&S Cinema

Beyond Fiction: Intersections of Realities in Donnee

Ronald LaRussa, A&S Cinema *


Room D

Illustration and Design

Museum Interpretation for the Deaf

Nicole Gibson-Lindholm, HAS

Grey Matters: The Importance of Mental Health

Angelena Delaney, HAS

Exploring UX Design and Academic Collaboration

Matthew Cooper, HAS


1877 Dining Room

Imagined Worlds – Hillyer Panel

Thomas Abusada

Devon Lott

Uchenna Ogechukwu

Harshini Senthil


Session II
2:05–3:20 p.m.

Room A

Analyzing Art and History

The (R)Evolution of Hip-Hop

Loren Milledge, A&S English *

The United Daughters of the Confederacy: History Through Rose Colored Glasses

Danielle Balducci, A&S History

Manet's Boating: French Modernity on the Seine

Caroline Hehir, HAS Art History

James Tissot: Cross Exoticism of a Frenchman in Victorian England

Erin Cunliffe, HAS  Art History

Room B

Studies in Biology and Chemistry

Effect of Lead on Nerve Growth Factor Regulated Embryonic Dorsal Root Ganglion Neurodevelopment

Christopher Cowie and Jeffrey Finch, A&S BIO

Antibiotic resistance of a pathogenic strain of Staphylococcus Aureus cultured from an infected horse wound

Sarah Claxton, A&S BIO *

A Complete Mechanistic Picture: The Kinetics of the Formation of N-Chloro-N-Methylacetamide in Aqueous Solution

Chelsey Tinson, A&S CHEM *

Room C

Cultural Critique and Change

Discovering Feminism Through a First Year Seminar

Juli Dajci, Miranda Kross, Gabriella Navas, A&S

The Effects of Mental Illness on School Shooters

Sean Connelly, A&S CJ *

Bringing PAYCE to the University of Hartford

Juli Dajci and Taylor Zitkus, A&S POL 

The Invisibility and Suppression of Black Women in America

Seana Jean, A&S PSY *

Room D

Sound and Propulsion

Acoustic Absorption of an Architectural Façade

Paul Mangelsdorf and Jacob Ott, CETA

Effect of Aft Rotor on Forward Rotor Wakes in Open Rotor Propulsion System

Charles DeLorenzo, CETA

Investigating the Acoustic Performance of Additively Manufactured Reeds as an Acoustic Liner in Aircraft Engines

WeSaam Lepak, CETA *


            1877 DINING ROOM

Judaic Studies – Past and Present

Ground Penetrating Radar in Israel 2017

Justin Lockhart, A&S POL/History

New Insights on the Cause of the Fall of the Roman Republic

James Moore, A&S POL *

Cultural Identity in the Diaspora: Jewish Symbolism in the Art of Samuel Bak and Siona Benjamin

Merav David, HAS and A&S JS


Session III
3:30–4:45 p.m.

Room A

Gay and Lesbian Literature 

Nightwood by Djuna Barnes

Michelle Mor

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Ellen Donlon 

 Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Kaitlin Glynn

Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

Anna Russell

Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet

Dana Acosta 

Room B

Math Problems

University of Hartford Men’s Basketball Advanced Analytics

Kristina Olenick and Nicole Schaefer, A&S Math

The Cantor Set

Ben Stec, A&S Math

Koch Snowflake Intersections I

Aleksander Marczuk, A&S Math

Koch Snowflake Intersections II

Yonatan Shavit, A&S  Math

Room C

Textual Analysis – Disney, Austen, and Hamlet

The Disney Feminist:  A New Perspective on Gender Stereotypes

Rachel Lloyd-Taylor, Hartt Music *

Sibling Relationships in Austen's Fiction and the Argument for Fanny and William Price

Patrick Clancy-Geske, A&S English

Haunted:  Explicating the Link Between Death, Identity Formation and Legacy in Hamlet

Hannah Cohen, A&S English *

Room D

Design - Analysis and Insights

The Acoustics of a Dorm Room

Aikaterini Stylianides, CETA

Computer Modeling of a Piano Action Mechanism

Jack Case and Jill Farrell, CETA

Solar Powered Self-driving Electric Vehicle for Extraplanetary Exploration

Mike Benvenuto and Stephen DeRosa, CETA

Alternate Locomotion Mechanisms:  Omnidirectional Ground Vehicle

Justin Simko, CETA

1877 Dining Room

no panel

Session IV
5:00–6:15 p.m.

Room A

Biological Changes

The Effects of a Probiotic Diet on Alzheimer's Disease

Destynie Medeiros, A&S BIO

Biomarkers of Marine Environmental Quality

Kharla Colon, Marissa Pan, and Erika Mazurkiewicz, A&S BIO 

Rethinking Alzheimer's: Circadian Clock Gene Expression in Early Stage Disease

Yonina Bykov, A&S BIO *



Room B

Aggressions and Answers

David Boder and Holocaust Voices: Psychological Responses of Survivors

Sarah Baden, A&S PSY

Hawktorah:  Modern Access to an Ancient Text

Amanda Eastman, ENHP

Marissa Levitt, A&S PSY

Microaggressions and Education Disparity

Sheneka Fray and Miguel Salazar, A&S PSY

Can Mindfulness Reduce the Impact Social Media Has On Female Body Experience?

Kendra Brown, A&S PSY *

Room C

Cognitively Flawed - How Thinking Errors Affect Your Life

Avery Buehler, A&S CS                           

Seana Jean, A&S PSY *

Billy McLaughlin, A&S BIO

Talia Marino, A&S ENG                           

Michelle Mor, A&S ENG


Room D

Education and Health Care

Physical Environment Interventions for Dementia Patients

Madison Markey, ENHP

Collaborative Learning at Its Best: A Case Study

Mikayla Pascucci, ENHP

Educating Students on Medical Radiation

Elizabeth Ragozzino, ENHP *

Increasing Understanding Of Childhood Asthma

Megan Pare, ENHP *


* Senior Honors Student