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Oral Presentations

American Beauty - A Closer Look at the Shallow Realities Behind the Illusions of Happiness

Author: STERLING LUND
Mentor: Dr. Judy Isaksen, Communication
Using aspects of Marxist theory as well as visual pleasure theory, I will explore the issues of hegemony and prevalent ideologies that dominate suburban America, illustrated in the 1999 award-winning film, American Beauty, as well as reveal the problems that arise when people try to hide the truth.
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The Aesthetic Effect of Florentine Renaissance Statues on Public Audiences

Author: LINDSAY SUGARMAN
Mentor: Dr. Anna Piperato, Art
The effect that Florentine religious statues had upon public audiences during the Renaissance is examined, focusing on audience perception and aesthetic experience. The result shows a secularization of the works that renders them symbolic, representative not only of their biblical origins, but also of their artists, commissioners, and Florence itself.
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Pythagoras of Samos

Author: ALLISON THOMSON and ELIZABETH WALBURG
Mentor: Dr. Karen O’Hara, Mathematics and Computer Science
The life and contributions of the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras influenced much of modern mathematics. His perspective on the relationship between the natural world and number theory greatly changed the way other intellectuals developed theories. The unique Pythagorean School also played a significant role in Greek Mathematics and inspired future mathematicians.
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Power and Sensitivity: Influences on Work Behavior

Author: LAUREN ZIMMERMAN
Mentor: Dr. Deborah Danzis, Psychology
This study examines the effects of the possession of interpersonal power on accuracy in recognizing facial expressions and sensitivity in interpersonal behaviors. Additionally, the study assesses multiple personality characteristics, including extraversion, dominance, and tolerance, to determine if these variables act as moderators of the power-sensitivity relationship.
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The Millennial Student: The Interaction Between Students and Technology in Higher Education

Author: KELSEY FRASER
Mentor: Dr. Joshua Fisher, Human Relations, Sociology, and Nonprofit Studies
As our world becomes more connected than ever, noticeable changes in college student behavior reflect the influence that technology has on the academic environment. My research looks at the role that technology plays in higher education and the new set of expectations its presence has created which may contribute to common student behaviors.
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Is Printmaking Art?

Author: ALLIE DEARIE and KAYLA BUECHNER
Mentor: Dr. Anna Piperato, Art
What do you consider art? This question is intrinsic to the discussion of printmaking. We will examine prints and printmaking techniques throughout history, from an artistic as well as practical viewpoint.
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Social Media and Civic Engagement

Author: KELSEY HINCHLIFFE
Mentor: Dr. Alixandra Yanus, Political Science
This study analyzes the impact of social media on traditional political participation as well as its impact on new forms of civic engagement. I hypothesize that social media will not translate into increased traditional participation but may in fact lead to increased civic engagement.
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Perceived Parental Control: Implications for Autonomy and Risk-taking among College Students

Author: NICOLE CHRYSSON
Mentor: Dr. Kirsten Li-Barber, Psychology
Gender differences in parental control in adolescents were examined in 56 college students and no significant difference was found. In addition, a slight but not significant correlation was found between autonomy levels and perceived parental control. Finally, there was no significant correlation between levels of parental control and risk-taking.
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Glamorization of Casual Sex in the Media: The Effects on Gender Roles and Sexual Behavior in Society

Author: ASHLEE BRANCH
Mentor: Dr. Judy Isaksen, Communication
This paper- using cultivation analysis and social learning theories- will do a longitudinal cultural/ critical examination of the glamorization of casual sex in the media and the changing effects that it has on gender roles and sexual behavior in society.
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