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Students to Present Research and Exhibition

Written by Jack Meltzer 

Willimantic, CT - The School of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Connecticut State University will hold its Ninth Annual Student Research and Exhibition Conference from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 17. The conference will take place in several locations across campus, including the Science Building, Webb Hall, Wood Support Services Center and the Student Center.

The conference opens in the Science Building Auditorium (Room 104) and will showcase 11 departments and 13 majors, with 105 projects by more than 95 students supported by 44 faculty mentors. Parents, friends, alumni, corporate representatives, as well as staff from graduate and professional schools are expected to attend this event.  The public is invited. Admission is free.

Some of the research topics include "Game Theory: An Introduction to Mathematical Economic Modeling" by Shawn Falbowski '10; "The Effects of Prolactin Supplementation on Osmoregulatory Gill Tissue during Atlantic Salmon Smoltification" by  Douglas Hackenyos '10; "Sustainable Development in Jamaica: Tourism and Energy" by Veronica Hooker '10; and "Longing" by Benjamin Donnell '11 and Elizabeth Swan '12.

Erin Baniak '10 will present "Child Labor in Willimantic from 1900 to 1930." This research, based on the 1910, 1920 and 1930 censuses and want ads from the Willimantic Chronicle, shows that 54 percent of children were working in 1910.

The research, presentations, performances and artistic exhibits reflect Eastern's liberal arts education mission. Kathryn Harner's research paper, "A Step Toward Equality: Educating Catherine in 'Northanger Abbey,'" deciphers the works of Jane Austen, specifically Austin's feelings about women's ignorance and their lack of education. Harner '12 digs deeper, and discusses Catherine Morland, the heroine in Austen's novel "Northanger Abbey." Wayland Leonard '10 will present his paper, "A Class Struggle and Revolution in Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein.'"  Mary Shelley's classic novel "Frankenstein" is largely perceived as a work of science fiction or horror. Leonard explores the biographical information regarding Shelley's life and the political climate in which she lived, finding it far more likely that the narrative reflects the political landscape of nineteenth-century Europe.

For more information on the Research and Exhibition Conference, contact Carmen Cid at (860) 465-5295 or


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