2017 Student Research Symposium

2017 Research Symposium Program (.pdf)

2017 Outstanding Presentations

Christine Leonard, Hunter Walker, Taylor Wood, Heather Draskovich, Isis Navarro, Hunter Drake, Jared Bolton, Sophia Perez, Arielle Stern, Kelly O’Neil

Individuals

Christopher  Acevedo (Biology): “The Expansion of Immunodeficiency“
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Abigail Adu-Siaw (Biology): The factors that influence domestic violence”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Alen Ahmetovic (Biology): “Comparing different variables of hurricanes and evaluating it based on storm intensity”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Marissa Albert
(Biology): “Simple physics is utilized during a tooth
extraction procedure. Certain factors, such as force and pressure are what make these procedures successful”
Faculty Sponsor: Leon Hardy

Stephanie Andrion (Biology): “Dog emotions”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Kristie Armas (Biology): “Does Bergmann’s Rule Apply to Hemidactylus?”
Faculty Sponsor: Alison Gainsbury
Nadira Arnautovic (Biology): “Maternal Reproduction Health Statistics”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Emily Arthur (History & Politics/Education): “The Role of Historical
Simulation in the Secondary Classroom”
Faculty Sponsor: Elisa Minoff

Lisa Backer (Biology): “Winning Wine”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Asia Baldwin (Biology): “Diabetes in Pima Native Women”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Clayton Bania (Biology): “Fish Choice for Aquaponics in Florida ”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Kristen Baxley (Biology): “Breaching Behavior of Sharks”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Kristo Beçka (Physics): “Biosonar”
Faculty Sponsor: Leon Hardy

Lori Bell (Biology ): “Going Blind, Deaf, and Deformed With Age”
Faculty Sponsor:  Deby Cassill

Nina Bernard
(Biology): “To Scent, to Stay, to Strike”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Jared Bolton (Psychology): “What’s Love Got To Do With It”
Faculty Sponsor: Lindsey Rodriguez

Matthew Bryant (Criminology): “Juveniles and Auto Burglary”
Faculty Sponsor: William Ruefle

Colvel Buchanan (Biology) “The culprits behind our deaths”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Haley Burnaman (Environmental Science): “Invasives Recycling: Air Potatoes to Ethanol ”
Faculty Sponsor: Jim Ivey

Anne Burtch (Biology): “Hypertrophy in Vascular Malformations”, “VM Soft Tissue Hypertrophy”, “Medical Uses of Nd YAG laser”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill, Leon Hardy

Darby Capellin (Biology): “America’s Little Bundles of Joy”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Joshua Carbaugh (History): “The Indian Removal Act: A Legal
Deception”
Faculty Sponsor: Elisa Minoff

Austin Cavanaugh (Biology) “Elephant Seals: Defending Your Right to Mate”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Rachel Chambers (Biology):  “Making Cets”
Faculty Sponsor:  Deby Cassill

Alyssa Chappel (Biology): “Sleep”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Shelby Comerford (Biology): “It’s About To Get Cereal”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Nicholas D’Souza (Biology): “Commuters on Campus”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Andrea Day (Biology): “Human Attraction: Fluctuating Asymmetry”
Faculty Sponsor: Leon Hardy

Jasmine De Dios (Biology): “Inotocin: The Key to Ant Compassion?”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill
Hunter Drake (Psychology): “Effects of Serostatus and Meeting Venue on Sexual Behavioral Intentions”
Faculty Sponsor: Tiffany Chenneville

Heather Draskovich (Anthropology): “Investigating Safety Harbor Pottery Function Within the Weeden Island Site (8PI1)”
Faculty Sponsor: John Arthur

Ben Edmunds (Biology): “What’s Killing the Panthers? “
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Yasmine Ellis (Criminology): “Homeless Arestees in St. Petersburg
Florida”
Faculty Sponsor: William Ruefle

Ayah Etyem (Biology): “Flirting with Feathers”, “Healthcare
Worldwide”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Brittany Ewan (Biology): “Mood Colors”
Faculty Sponsor: Anna Dixon

Shelby Ferguson (Biology): “Mental Health Help and Suicide Rates ”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Enzo Ferrara (Biology): “Clinal Application of Lasers ”
Faculty Sponsor: Leon Hardy

Cody Finley (Biology) “The Case of the Snails ”
Faculty Sponsor: Anna Dixon

Libia Garcia (Biology) “A Pregnancy Stretched Out”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Nagabis Gonzalez (Biology): “Dental school Tuition”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Deshanie Govender (Honors): “Establishing the Link Between Race and Academic Performance”
Faculty Sponsor: Tiffany Chenneville, Christina Salnaitis

Natalie Guerra (Biology): “Labeled Learning”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Jessica Hamilton (Biology): “U.S. Renewable Energy Potential”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Melissa Hargrove (English): “Characters and their Feministic Nature in Young Adult Novels ”
Faculty Sponsor: Morgan Gresham

Emily Higginbotham (Biology): “Transfer of Antibiotic Resistance Genes between
E. coli and Natural Bacteria”
Faculty Sponsor: David John
Samantha Holcomb (Biology): “Analysis of Rainfall on Decomposition Rate”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Emily Holden (Business): “Taxes for Robots: Automation and the Future of the
Labor Force”
Faculty Sponsor: Rebecca Harris
Kara Holzerland (Biology): “Great Grey Owl ”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill
Jacquelyn Homolash (Biology): “Precancerous Spots”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Alexandria Howerton (Biology): “Organic Agriculture Continues to Grow”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Nicole Kates (Biology): “Measuring the MTF of the Nikon D5100”
Faculty Sponsor: Leon Hardy

Olivia Javid (Biology): “Cholera”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Natalie Jesski (Biology): “Diabetes in the South”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Mary Keller (Biology): “The Buzz on Beer”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Elisabeth Kittle (Biology): “Major Uses of Land: Function or
Beauty”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Matt Legac (Biology): “The NFL’s Battle of Behemoths”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Christine Leonard (Biology): “Edge Effect on Gall Wasps”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Stephanie Lovisek (Biology): “Lion behaviors”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Rebecca  Lowe-Choa-Lee (Biology): “Biophysics of Pressure, Flow, and Resistance”
Faculty Sponsor: Leon Hardy

Alex Mabie (Psychology): “Exposure to Mental Disorders and Major Choice: Are Psychology Majors really crazy?”
Faculty Sponsor: Christina Salnaitis

Bhargavi Madhu (Biology): “It’s getting on my nerves!
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Elena Marilovtseva (Biology): “Maternal investment in cetaceans”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Rogelio Martinez (Biology): “Opioid Pills by RogelioM.”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Stephanie Martinez (Biology): “Social media: Is it hurting our grades?”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Kelsey Marvin
(Biology): “Florida Rays”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Erica Mayne (Biology): “Behavioral Research of Ants”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Miles McCabe (Biology): “Models of Nerve Pulse Propagation”
Faculty Sponsor: Leon Hardy

Kathleen McClure (Biology): “Work hard, Play Harder: Mammalian Play Behavior”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

John McDuffie (Psychology): “Binaural Beats”
Faculty Sponsor: Christina Salnaitis

Valeria Medina-Garcia (Biology): “In the Eyes of the Dogs”, “Dogs of the Slums”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Jordan Montoya (Biology): “Stats that Win Basketball Playoffs”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

John Moorman (Biology): “Fish Hybridization and Eutrophy”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Daniel Morrow (Biology): “Tails before Teeth”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Nicholas Mulqueen (Biology): “Testing 1,2,3…”, Review of Intro
Ocular Lens Material and Future  Applications”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill, Leon Hardy

Isis Navarro (Anthropology): “Visual Arts Psychotherapy and
Healing”
Faculty Sponsor: Anna Dixon

Ilona Nemeth (Psychology): “Task-dependent Fluency”
Faculty Sponsor: Jennifer O’Brien

Truc Nguyen (Biology): “Memory Prosthesis ”
Faculty Sponsor: Leon Hardy

Karina Noboa (Biology): “Macronutrients for Fat Loss”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill
Denise Nonthe-Cantero (Biology): “Physics of a Heart Attack”
Faculty Sponsor: Leon Hardy

Kelly O’Neil (Biology): “Laysan Albatross Courtship ”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Milo Obas (Biology): “The Sublingual & Sub dermal Effects of
Nitroglycerin on the heart”
Faculty Sponsor: Leon Hardy

Ryan Oltz (Honors): “The Shocking Benefits of Electro-muscle
Stimulation”
Faculty Sponsor: Thomas Smith

Rachel Pacini (History ): “Witchcraft Trials in Early Modern Europe”
Faculty Sponsor: Adrian O’Connor

Malisha Pahari (Biology): “Cancer: A Silent Killer”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Sophia Perez (Psychology): “Trust Me, There’s Hope”
Faculty Sponsor: Lindsey Rodriguez

Valerie Perkins (English): “Queer Cartoons”
Faculty Sponsor: Morgan Gresham

Kala Peterson (Biology): “Hyperkyphosis, Exercise and Function”, “TBA”
Faculty Sponsor: Leon Hardy, Deby Cassill

Corey Puzzo (Geography): “Manatee Vulnerabilities throughout
Florida”
Faculty Sponsor: Barnali Dixon

Mario Quintana (Biology): “Hominid Dental Morphology
Evolution”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Sarah Revitzer (Biology): “Canine Barking Analyzed”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Clayton Richards (History): “Birth of American Empire”
Faculty Sponsor: Larissa Kopytoff

Christopher Rivera (Biology) “A Dive into Swimming Biophysics”
Faculty Sponsor: Leon Hardy

Anissa Robinson (Biology): “Liver Cancer”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Andrew Rogers (Biology): “Fins Up”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Jessica Rojas (Biology): “Australian Shepherds”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Andrew Ropp (Biology): “Fecal Coliform Bacteria Live Here All Year Round And Don’t Mind Extra Salt On Their Summer Water”
Faculty Sponsor:  Deby Cassill

Anna Rosenblatt (Psychology): “Am I driving my partner to drink? Attachment style, relationship satisfaction and drinking to cope”
Faculty Sponsor:  Lindsey Rodriguez

Monika Ross (Biology): “The social interactions of bearded
dragons”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Elizabeth Salvatierra (Political Science): “Voter Access in Florida: Exploring the Variation in Voter Registration Rates at the County Level”
Faculty Sponsor: Thessalia Merivaki

David Sidorenko (Biology): “Electric Phenomena In The Animal Kingdom”
Faculty Sponsor: Leon Hardy

Courtney Smith (Biology): “The Silent Epidemic”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Kimberly Sprenger (Biology): “Deaths: Who’s Most Likely to be
Donors?”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Ashlee Steinberg (Biology): “Coral Comeback”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Arielle Stern (World Languages and Cultures): “A Comparison of the Female Representation in the Golden Age and Contemporary
Mexican Cinema”
Faculty Sponsor: Frederic Leveziel

Kristine Svansson (Biology): “Sex, Drugs, and HIV”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Candy Sweet (Biology): “I Will Survive… Cancer”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Abigail Taylor (Biology): “College : Anxiety Trigger”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Corrin Thibeault (Biology): “TBA”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

David Thompson (Honors): “The Rise of Isolationism In America”
Faculty Sponsor: Thomas Smith

Justice Thornton (Biology): “Growth Characteristics of Candida
albicans in Infant Formula”
Faculty Sponsor: David John

Jordan Tidwell (Biology): “Utilizing Static Tension to Recover from
Rotator Cuff  Injury”
Faculty Sponsor: Leon Hardy

Megan Trout (Biology): “Cholera: Prevention Beyond
Handwashing”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Rachel Urbaniak (Biology): “Just Having A Whale of a Time:
Migratory  Communication in Megaptera novaeangliae”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Thomas VanDeusen (Biology): “Americas Pastime: Lacrosse”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Kennedy Vertin (Biology): “Take a Bite Out of This”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Nhi Vuong
(English): “The Mermaid and the Gumiho”
Faculty Sponsor: Morgan Gresham

Hunter Walker (Biology): “Brevetoxicosis as a Cause of Death in Florida Manatees: A Comparative Study of Brevetoxin C
oncentrations in Stomach Content and Liver Tissue”
Faculty Sponsor: Norine Noonan

Nolan White (Biology): “Hg levels in fish of Florida”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Courtney Wienckowski (Biology): “Male Vs. Female Ant Excavation Behavior”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Taylor Wood (Biology): “Maternal Investment in Red-winged Blackbird”
Faculty Sponsor: Deby Cassill

Kristine Zikmanis (Biology): “Pup Diversity in Carcharhinid Sharks ”
Faculty Sponsor: Thomas Smith

Pairs

 Ashley Chochrek, Kim Pack  (Criminology): “Fraud in Saint Pete from 2012-2016”
Faculty Sponsor: William Ruefle

Kaylyn Fox, Kierra Kelly (Criminology): “Prostitution Arrests”
Faculty Sponsor: William Ruefle

Nagabis Gonzalez, Meilai Nunez (Biology): “Analysis on the antibiotic resistant spectrum of Oran Bacteri ”
Faculty Sponsor: David John

Max Goodman, Alec Spinger (Criminology): “Analysis of Auto Theft”
Faculty Sponsor: William Ruefle

Mark Groom, Dr. James Ivey (Geospatial Analytics Laboratory): “Georeferenced Full Motion Video within ArcGIS Software ”
Faculty Sponsor: Barnali Dixon

Stephen Harris, Erin McGowen (Criminology): “Aggravated assault in St. Petersburg ”
Faculty Sponsor: William Ruefle

Alexander Irizarry, Jessica Holland (Criminology): “Driving Under the Influence”
Faculty Sponsor: William Ruefle

Elizabeth Jackson-Cruz, Bradley Short (Criminology): “Analysis of High Frequency  Repeat Offenders St Petersburg, Fl 2012-2016 ”
Faculty Sponsor: William Ruefle

Daniel Le, Nicholas Towell (Criminology): “Crimes Involving Weapons in  St. Petersburg”
Faculty Sponsor: William Ruefle

Joni LeVea, Matthew Bryant (Criminology): “Juveniles & Auto Burglary”
Faculty Sponsor: William Ruefle

Jake Mathwich, Keaton Fletcher (Honors): “Connecting Formal Mentoring Empirical Principles to the Applied World ”
Faculty Sponsor: Wendy Bedwell

Brandon Quinones, Lisa Iglesia (Criminology): “Opioid Related
Arrests”
Faculty Sponsor: William Ruefle

Veneza Rivera, Simran Menezes (Criminology): “Patterns of Crime and Disorder located in Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida with a main focus on Williams Park”
Faculty Sponsor: William Ruefle

Jacklyn Spatzer, Yasmine Elllis (Criminology): “Homeless Arrestees In Saint Petersburg, FL”
Faculty Sponsor: William Ruefle

Marisa Tonski, Anton Tyshyn (Criminology): “Liquor Law Violations compared to Drug Law Violations in St. Petersburg”
Faculty Sponsor: William Ruefle

Groups

Heather Crews, Alexia Wernert, Brianna Suite,  Jaclyn Dell, Amanda Peluso, Dana Roberts, Jacklyn Spatzer, Susan Fulton (Psychology): “Music Training Effects on
Auditory Processing“
Faculty Sponsor:  Jennifer O’Brien

Jaclyn Dell, Constanza deDios, Carlene Horner,  Rebecca
Martinez
(Psychology): “Can value learning modulate early visual processing?”
Faculty Sponsor:  Jennifer O’Brien