English Students Present at CSU Undergraduate Research Conference


On November 4th the following students mentored by Dr. Lisa Fraustino presented their work as part of a panel discussion at Central Connecticut State University:

Catherine Allegretti Caulfield’s Cognitive Crisis: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye”

Courtney Werner “Adam Stands Alone: The Effect of the Oedipus Conflict in Cormier’s I Am the Cheese”

Tashanna EdwardsShooting Heaven, a Young Adult Novel in Progress” 

12 Students Present at the COPLAC Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Conference

IMG_1448The following students presented and exhibited their work along with students from Johnson State College (VT), Keene State College (NH), Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey, SUNY Geneseo and University of Maine at Farmington. The conference took place at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts October 21st to 22nd:

Nicholas Kahn (Mentor: Dr. Andy Jones) “Self-Portrait with a Sable Scarf”

IMG_1440Kirsten Read (Mentor: Dr. Afarin Rahmanifar) “An Intergalactic Romance; A Moment Suspended in Time”

IMG_1436Nathan Edwards (Mentor: Dr. James Diller) “How Optimism Relates to Heart Rate Reactivity and Ability to Multitask”

IMG_1422Kailey Pisko (Mentor: Dr. Barbara Murdoch) “Can Microgravity Alter the Ability of the Brain to Self-Repair”

IMG_1424Lauren Atkinson (Mentor: Dr. Barbara Murdoch) “Isolating Antibiotic Compounds Produced by Soil Microbes”

IMG_1428Gabriella M. Scoca (Mentor: Dr. Amy Groth) “The Role of the odd-1 Gene in C. elegans’ Development”

IMG_1427Madeleine Haynes (Mentor: Dr. Meredith Metcalf) “A Comparison of Arsenic Distributions in Groundwater for Study Sites with Similar Hydrogeologic Conditions”

IMG_1431Abby Caselli (Mentor: Dr. Kristi Salters-Pedneault) “Gender, Gender Role Beliefs, and Attitudes about Casual Sex in Relation to Condom Advocacy”

IMG_1442Christina Welch (Mentor: Dr. Barbara Murdoch) “How Can We Coax the Brain to Self-Repair”


Nicole Rivera (Mentor: Dr. Kristen Morgan) ” Theater Set Design for Two Gentlemen of Verona The Musical”

IMG_1463Nicole Green (Mentor: Dr. Tanya Moorehead) “Redefining the Role of the Sibling: Looking into the Lives of Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities”

IMG_1453Kevin Connolly (Mentor: Dr. Barbara Murdoch) “Enhancement of Collagen Production in Skin Cells via Cell Communication Signals”



Economics Professor and Student to Work on NASA Connecticut Space Consortium Grant

Brendan Cunningham, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Economics will be work with  Michael Beckstein (a student in the Economics Department) on the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. The title of the project is “The Efficient Use of Space Orbit” This project looks at the inefficiencies with the use of earth orbit and how launch satellites are decided by satellite operators. There will be an analysis of the strategies satellite operators use in response to allocation mechanisms that may allow the satellite services to improve.

According to their website the Consortium  “is a federally mandated grant, internship, and scholarship program that is funded as a part of NASA Education. There are Space Grant Consortia in all 50 states, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. NASA CTSGC, in an effort to encourage broader participation in NASA research programs, was formed in 1991 by the following post-secondary education institutions: Trinity College, University of Connecticut, and University of New Haven with the University of Hartford as the lead institution.”

Further the purposes of this grant are 1. To inspire the pursuit of careers in STEM fields, with a particular focus of engaging groups that are currently underrepresented with STEM disciplines, 2. Be a model for STEM professional development and 3. Contribute to the economy of Connecticut.

Psychology Students Present at Regional Conference

Sydney Batchelder (Eastern Connecticut State University), Rachel Scrivano (Eastern Connecticut State University), Alyssa Daneault (Eastern Connecticut State University), Yohan Krumov (Eastern Connecticut State University), Gary W. Giumetti, Ph.D. (Quinnipiac University) & Mentor: Jenna L. Scisco, Ph.D. (Eastern Connecticut State University) will present their research titled  The Impact Of Face-To-Face Vs. Cyber-Incivility On Task Performance And Eating Behavior at the 56th Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association. The meeting will be held October 15th at Assumption College.

NEPA presentation

Travel Grant Awarded

IMG_4050James Doucette III (Mentor: Ari de Wilde) received a travel grant to allow him to present his research titled “A Kantian Dilemma: Gender Discrimination Toward Contemporary Women’s Elite Sport. His research will be presented at the North American Society of Sport 2016 Conference In Tampa Bay, Florida in early November.

Students Publish Research

The following publications were co-authored by students in the Education department:

Trawick-Smith, J., Oski, Heather, DePaolis, Kimberly, Krause, Kristen, & Zebrowski, Alyssa (2016). Naptime data meetings to increase the math talk of early care and education providers. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education37, 157-174.

Trawick-Smith, J., Baton, Brooke, Danieluk, Courtney, Marsh, Samantha, & Szarwacki, Monika (in press). Block play as a context for mathematical thinking: the effects of building complexity, peer and teacher interactions, and replica play materials on math learning in preschool. Journal of Early Childhood Research,(volume, pages to be assigned).

Trawick-Smith, J., Wolff, Jennifer, Koschel, Marley, & Vallarelli, Jaime (2015)Effects of toys on the play quality of preschool children: Influence of gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Early Childhood Education Journal, 43, 249–256.

The following publications were authored or co-authored by students in the Psychology department:

Apel, Alexis & Diller, J. W. (In Press). Prison as punishment: a behavior-analytic evaluation of incarceration.The Behavior Analyst.

Blydenburg, Dana & Diller, J. W. (In press). Evaluating components of behavior-analytic training programs. Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Cerino, Eric & Leszczynski, J. P. (2015). Subjective age, activity, and depression in an older adult sample. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 20, 208-216.

Fugère, M. A., Cathey, C., Beetham, Raena & Schaedler, Rachel (in press) Preference for the “Diversity Policy” label versus the “Affirmative Action” policy label, Social Justice Research.

Fugère, M. A, Cousins, A. J., MacLaren, Stephanie (2015). Matching in physical attractiveness and women’s resistance to mate guarding. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 190-195.

Gray, Jenna & Diller, J. W. (In press). Evaluating the work of applied animal behaviorists as applied behavior analysis. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice.

Biology Students Present Research at 2 Conferences

Jacob Dayton has been accepted to present his research at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Waterbird Society in New Bern, North Carolina September 20-23. His research titled “Population Structure of the Eurasian Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) a Species Exhibiting Demographic Expansion” was mentored by Dr. Patty Szczys.


3 other students mentored by Dr. Amy Groth presented their research at the 75th Annual Society for Developmental Biology on August 4-8. This international conference was held over the summer in Boston. The following is a list of student presenters and their research:


Elizabeth Del Buono “An Investigation of Odd-Skipped Homologs in C. elegans”

Katherine Burgos “The Effect of Simulated Microgravity on Neuronal Function and Development in C. Elegans”

Elizabeth Schoell ” Redundancy of Pax Family Genes in Caenorhabditis”

Eastern Chamber Singers Perform with Josh Grobin for 2nd Time


According to University Relations, “The Eastern Chamber Singers left such a positive first impression when they performed with singer/songwriter Josh Groban at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford this past fall that they were asked to perform with him again, this time at the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 29.”  They joined Groban on stage for “Dust and Ashes” and “You Raise me Up.”

34 Psychology Students Present at the 19th Annual CSU Psychology Day

On May 5, 2016, 34 students presented their research at the Annual Connecticut State University Psychology Day held at Southern Connecticut State University. Below is a list of the student presenters, project titles and their mentors:

Diana Santiago Agustin (Dr. Dracobly) “Correlation of Self-Esteem and Sexual Behavior”

Kaylei Arcangel (Dr. Dracobly) “The Relationship between Stress, Procrastination and Academic Performance”

Jesse Bober (Dr. Jin) “A Descriptive Study on College Students’ Sleep Problems”

Melanie Byrne & Royce Manifold (Dr. Jin) “The Effect of Melatonin on the Sleep Problems of Young Children Diagnosed with Autism”

Kailey Cassidy (Dr. Bachiochi) “Disability Identification”

Corrie Cirelli (Dr. Keyes) “Literature Review of School-Based Interventions for Children with ADHD”

Matthew Collin (Dr. Salters-Pedneault) “Relationship between Perceived Stress, Social Control and Alcohol Consumption in a College Sample”

Annalisa Erickson (Dr. Dracobly) “The Effects of Family Support and Early Adversity on Resilience”

Raquel Estrella (Dr. Salters-Pedneault) “Witnessed Victimization, Reports, and Help Seeking Attitudes”

Joseph Fazzino “Environmental Mission Statements’ Influence on Job Persuit, Attractiveness. and Perceived Fit”

Breanna Fortin (Dr. Salters-Pedneault) “Adverse Childhood Experiences, Resilient Traits and Life Satisfaction”

Sonja Gagnon (Dr. Keyes) “Differences in Family Functioning between Emerging Adults with Health and Unhealthy Eating Attitudes”

Michelle Gluhosky (Dr. Keyes) “Forms of Abuse as Discipline and the Impact on Children”

Jennifer Gumbulevich (Dr. Cousins) “The Interaction of Stress, Mobile Phone Use, and Nature Contact”

Ally Johnson (Dr. Bachiochi) “Effects of Religious Commitment and Sexual Compulsivity on Shame”

Marisa LaBrecque (Dr. Salters-Pedneault) “Permissiveness, Satisfaction, and Attachment Style”

Kyle Majewski (Dr. Keyes) “The Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children, Families and Communities”

Solveig Millet (Dr. Danforth) “Stress in Parents of Children with Cerebal Palsy”

Daniel Mueller “Gender, Gender Role and Sexual Orientation”

Amanda Perreault (Dr. Bachiochi) “The Impact of Emotional Intelligence and Ethnicity on Leadership Perceptions”

Stephanie Madden (Dr. Fugere) “Impact of Stereotype Threat on Mathematic Performance of Women”

Karinna Nazaario (Dr. Cousins) “Differences between Commuter and Residential Students, Involvement and Academic Performance”

Michael Pelletier “The Effects of Narcissism and Impulsivity on Empathy”

Rachel Pilver “Stress and Working Memory”

Melanie Ravo (Dr. Dracobly ) “Television Advertisement’s Effect on Children’s Food Preferences”

Meaghan Rodgers (Dr. Danforth) “High Rate Cell-Phone Use and Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults”

Kaylei Roux (Dr. Dracobly) “The Effects of the Color Red on Interest in a Relationship”

Kelsey Sanelli (Dr. Dracobly) “Does an Understanding of Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders Influence Perception of Individuals with Disabilities and Disorders?”

Rachel Scrivano (Dr. Salters-Pedneault) “The Relation between Socioeconomic Status, Life Satisfaction and Attitudes toward the Elderly”

Alexandra Steel (Dr. Bachiochi) “Pet Therapy, Mood and Social Facilitation”

Jordan Viens, Jessica Hynds, & Ryan Wood (Dr. Dracobly) “Variables that Influence Veteran’s and Members of the Armed Forces Success in College”