Biology Department Hosts Honor Society Conference with 11 Student Presenters

The Northeast Region 1 Conference of the Eta Omega Chapter of Beta Beta Beta Nation Honor Society met on the Eastern campus on Saturday, April 23rd. The following students presented their research as oral or poster presentations:

Jacob Dayton ” Genetic Diversity and Structure of Whiskered Tern Colonies in France, Ukraine and Poland to Assess Site Connectivity”

Sarah Denihan “Genetic Structure and Conservation of Common Terns in Manitoba Canada”

Ronald Kaiser “Effects of Desrt Scorpion Venoms on N2a Neuroblastoma Cells”

Katherine Burgos “The Effect of Simulated Microgravity on the Neuronal Function, Neuronal Morphology, and Development of the Nematode, Caenorhabditis Elgans”

Elizabeth DelBuono “An Investigation of Cleft Palate Related Factors in C. Elgans”

Holly Dutko “Effect of Insecticide Treatment on Resistance Mechanisms in Pachysandra”

Lillian Hyde “Molecular Evidence for Extra-Pair Paternity in Whiskered Terns”

Kailey Pisko “Can Microgravity Alter the Ability of the Brain to Self-Repair?”

Elizabeth Schoell “Studying Development in Caenorhabditis Elegans through RNAi-mediated Knockdowns of Pax Family Genes”

Gabriella Scoca “Effects of Odd-1 Loss of Function in C.Elegans Development”

Christina Welch “How Can We Coax the Brain to Self-Repair”


2 Students Selected as Summer Research & Creative Activity Fellows

Nicole Garcia (Performing Arts) will be working with her mentor Dr. Kristen Morgan on the project “Scenic Design, Two Gentlemen of Verona (the Musical).” The project will be completed during Summer Session C resulting in 3-D models of the sets to be presented at an undergraduate research conference and ultimately for the performance in Spring 2017.

Jacob Dayton (Biology) and his mentor (Dr. Patricia Szczys) will also be working during Summer Session C in writing up the results of the research project title “Population Structure of the Eurasian Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) a Species Exhibiting Demographic Expansion.”  The project will be submitted for publication and presentation at a research conference.

2 Students Selected for 2016 Library Research Awards

Christina Welsh (BIO) has been selected to receive the Freshman/Sophomore Award for her research titled “Effect of Different Substrates on the Transcription Level of the Lac operon in Escherichia coli.” Ms. Welch was mentored by Dr. James Camp.

Talia Erris (HIS) (Mentor: Dr. Caitlin Carenen) will be receiving the Junior/Senior Award for “Five Feet of Feminine Anarchy: Press Depictions of Emma Goldman From 1892-1901.”

Copies of both research papers can be found at 

23 Students Creative Writing Published in Eastern Exposure

Eastern Connecticut State University publishes a yearly magazine featuring creative writing by students. Eastern Exposure is published by the Eastern Writer’s Guild which is mentored by English Professor Dan Donaghy Ph.D. This year’s edition features work by the following students:

Alexis Ballirano
Nathan Boutin
Jonah Craggett
Alex Cross
Dakota Dolan
Tashanna Edwards
Quincy Farrow
Sean Gilmartin
Amanda-Marie Goode
Nicole Green
Lyla Maus
Kevin MacVane
Christopher Morris
Robin Morris
Elizabeth Pelletier
Amanda Perreault
Kyle Pratt
Julia Rathbun
Rebeca Rubin
Rachel Scrivano
Emily Shields
Renae St. John

Ash Wolk

2016 Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity Mentor Awards Recipients

At the 2nd CREATE Conference Opening Ceremony on April 15th, 2016, two Awards were presented for outstanding mentoring. Students nominated the professors that resulted in a pending publication and presentation at Regional and an International Conferences.

Dr. James Diller, Associate Professor in the Psychology Department t was nominated by his student, Brett Gelino. Bret’s research with Dr. Diller has resulted in a pending publication and presentation at the International Conference in Behavior Analysis. Brett has been accepted into a doctoral program in Behavior Analysis.


Dr. Jennifer Brown, Associate Professor in the Economics Department was nominated by her student Ian Peters for his project titled “It’s All Very Taxing: Interstate Tax Competition and the Balanced Budget”. Ian presented his research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (16′) and a Regional Mathematics conference.  Ian has been accepted into a Ph.D. program in Economics in Delaware.


Travel Grants Awarded to 2 Students to Present at Regional Conferences

Kenneth Saintonge’s (Mentor: Mary Kenny, Ph.D.) research titled “Communication Perspectives and Context in a Changing Technological Environment” at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Anthropological Association. The conference took place from April 22-23rd at Skidmore College in Sarasota Springs, New York.

Jordan True  from the Economics Department presented at the Pennsylvania Economic Association Conference his work title “Sweep Programs: A New Aspect to an Old Game.”

Performing Arts Student Wins First Place in Singing Competition

More than 90 singers from across the state came to Eastern on March 5 for the annual student auditions of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (CT-NATS). Awards were given to the top three singers in each of eight categories. Six singers from Eastern participated in the auditions including Halie Poirier, Hannah Bythrow, Abigail Perreira, Moriah Perrett  and Judy Reid.


Theatre major Alexis Kurtz ’16 placed first in the College Musical Theater Division and will represent Eastern at the Winner’s Recital in April. “While the CT-NATS auditions rotate locations every year, this was the first time Eastern hosted the event, thanks in large part to the resources available in our new Fine Arts Instructional Center,” said Emily Riggs, music professor at Eastern and member of the board of directors of the CT-NATS.

Environmental Earth Science Student Presents Research

EESat-Geological-2016-Meeting-1024x540Environmental Earth Science (EES) faculty and students recently attended the Geological Society of America (GSA) Northeast Section 51st Annual Meeting in Albany, NY. One of the students, Joshua Bartosiewicz, and his faculty mentor EES Professor Bryan Oakley, presented their research project titled, “The Benthic Geological Habitats of Long Island Sound in the Vicinity of the Thimble Islands and Branford River, CT, USA.”

“Undergraduate research is one of the cornerstones of the work we do as faculty mentors. It offers our students an opportunity to apply classroom studies to real-world problems, and is an important part of training students to be independent, competent scientists,” said Oakley.


Student to Present at the Society for American Archaeology Conference

Erin Strickland will presenting her research titled “Preliminary Results from Two Late Woodland Trash Pits from Block Island, Rhode Island.” The conference will take place April 6th to the 10th in Orlando Florida.

Erin was a recipient of a Project Grant from the Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity Council. Her mentor is Sarah Baires, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology.

Student Chosen as Regional Finalist at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Congratulations to Theatre major, Stephanie Madden, who served as a Stage Manager at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (1/26-31/16) for contributing to the success of the following new play which has been chosen as a regional finalist in the NATIONAL PLAYWRITING PROGRAM!

National Playwriting Program KCACTF Regional Finalist in the 10-Minute Plays Competition:

I WANNA BE FAMOUS, by Chase O’Neill (Hartwick College)

Directed by Ted Clement, Region Co-Vice Chair, KCACTF Region 1

Stage Managed by Stephanie Madden (ECSU)