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Seeking Connection or Protection in Close Relationships as a Function of Situational and Dispositional Factors

Author: LAUREN REESE
Mentor: Dr. Sadie Leder, Psychology
The current work examines when people seek connection vs. prioritize protection in their close relationships. Specifically, this research investigates whether situational variables, like rejection salience, and dispositional variables, like self-esteem, interact to influence when people approach best friends vs. romantic partners.
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What Makes a Siren Sultry: Investigating the Attractiveness Stereotype in Vocal Performance

Author: JOHN PURCELL
Mentor: Dr. Sadie Leder, Psychology
This study evaluated the impact of facial attractiveness on the perception and evaluation of vocal performance and mate selection. It further investigated the physical attractiveness stereotype in a vocal performance setting while also examining the impact of risk regulation and gender differences.
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Regional Differences In Sentencing Practices

Author: Heather Ahn-Redding, COLLEEN EHATT, Ron Lamb and Bonnie Caster
Mentor: Dr. Heather Ahn-Redding, Criminal Justice
This study examines regions of the U.S. for differences in punishment practices and draws upon Borg’s idea of “southern subculture of punitiveness” and historically based conceptions that the South is harsher. Results show that regions in the U.S. appear more similar than dissimilar in their use of various sanctions.
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When the East Meets the West

Author: ZOE ROGERS
Mentor: Mr. Jerry Leimenstoll, Home Furnishings and Interior Design
I designed a throne room inspired by ancient India and Britain, entitled “When the East Meets the West.” The process consisted of historical and cultural research, taking this information and generating appropriate color schemes, patterns, and spatial concepts. The result was an innovative interior with historical inspiration.
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A Throne Room with an Antonio Gaudi Twist

Author: KAYLA KUCERIK
Mentor: Mr. Jerry Leimenstoll, Home Furnishings and Interior Design
The task was to create a unique throne room integrating historical research with personal style. It developed by assessing the design process and asking how to integrate the concepts into one cohesive design. Through my inspiration from architect Antonio Gaudi, I created an exciting, distinct space guided by historical precedents.
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Designing a Modern Public Media Center

Author:ANNE BEUKER, SARAH HUDAK, MEGHAN MCCLOSKEY, ALI KIHM, AND ALLISON SOICHER
Mentor: Ms. Cathy Nowicki, Home Furnishings and Interior Design
A group of Senior Interior Design Students from High Point University is working with the Forsyth County NC Public Library to create a programming book which will address important new design considerations needed for the construction of a new central library (media center) in Winston- Salem, NC.
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Newton’s Calculus

Author:LAURA REESE
Mentor: Dr. Karen O’Hara, Mathematics and Computer Science
“Newton’s Calculus” is a research project exploring the life of Isaac Newton, the mathematical advances leading up to calculus, Newton’s formulation of calculus, and the Calculus Controversy.
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A Pollination Study of Hymenocallis coronaria in the Catawba River, SC.

Author: AMANDA STARRING
Mentor: Dr. Gerald Smith and Joshua W. Campbell, Biology
As a result of human activity, much of the natural habitat of Hymenocallis coronaria, the rocky shoals spider-lily, has been lost. Throughout the peak blooming season we observed potential pollinators of H.coronaria with camera equipment. Our results indicate that numerous insect species may act as a pollinator for H.coronaria.
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Activated Psyllium for use as an Iron Chelating Agent

Author: PAIGE COLEMAN
Mentor: Dr. Chris Fowler, Chemistry and Physics
Hemochromatosis is a disorder that involves the excess uptake of iron into the body. The objective of this research is to modify the structure of psyllium, a common dietary fiber supplement, by attaching a chelating agent that will bind excess iron, and prevent it from being absorbed into the blood stream.
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An Experimental Determination of the Diffusion Coefficient of Ammonia in Glassy Polystyrene

Author: JENNIFER PEARSON and MIRANDA ZUPP
Mentor: Dr. B. Gray Bowman, Chemistry and Physics
The diffusion coefficient of ammonia in a thin film of glassy polystyrene containing a small amount of bromophenol blue was determined by spectroscopic measurement. The color change was caused by the reaction between the weakly acidic dye and the diffusant molecule and was used to follow the diffusion phenomenon.
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Apoptosis Inducing Factor: Optimal pH of enzymatic function

Author: NATALIE REIERSON and GARRETT STEWART
Mentor: Dr. Eric Lewis, Chemistry and Physics
Apoptosis Inducing Factor (AIF) resides in the mitochondria and translocates to the nucleus inducing DNA degradation during an apoptotic event. AIF also has NADH oxidase activity of unknown consequence. We aim to elucidate the optimal pH at which this enzyme functions suggesting cellular location and state during enzymatic activity.
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