Major Psychology Minor: Anthropology
Pursue Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina
Thesis Title: Effects of Familiarity and Praise on Learning in the Presence of Others
My thesis aimed to investigate the role of reinforcement and familiarity on changing the impact of social facilitation effects on performance. Social facilitation is a process in which the presence of others causes a physiological arousal state that results in better performance on easy tasks and worse performance on difficult tasks. A sample of 108 undergraduates completed two word-list learning tasks (an easy and difficult list) and two surveys measuring motivation and state-anxiety following the completion of each list. Participants were randomly assigned to a familiar or unfamiliar condition and a praise or no praise condition. There was a main effect of familiarity on word list performance, and of difficulty level on word list performance. No interaction effects were found. This knowledge could be used to offer strategies to decrease anxiety in situations where it would normally affect performance.
Major: Psychology Minor: Digital Art & Design
Pursue Doctorate in Social Psychology at Syracuse University
Thesis Title: Gender, Gender Role Beliefs, and , Attitudes about Casual Sex in Relation to Condom, Advocacy
Two hierarchical linear regression models were evaluated to examine whether gender moderates relationships between gender role beliefs (GRBs), condom advocacy and attitudes towards casual sex. The first model was found to be significant, indicating that gender does moderate the relationship between female GRBs and condom advocacy. Those with more traditional gender roles advocated for condom use less than people with modern gender role beliefs. In the second model, gender significantly moderated the relationship between female GRBs and attitudes towards casual sex, indicating that men have more positive attitudes towards casual sex. Also, those with traditional GRBs had more accepting attitudes towards casual sex.
Major: Psychology Minor: Biology
Will attend NOVA Southeastern University’s MS Family Therapy Program
Thesis Tide: Technology Use, Attachment Styles and Relationship Satisfaction among Dating Couples
Relationship satisfaction is a key contributor toward the prosperity and enjoyment of dose romantic bonds. Technology use and attachment styles are also related to relationship satisfaction. Internet use has been associated with lower life satisfaction and those insecurely attached tend to perceive a larger amount of negative emotions in relationships. Fifty-six couples from Eastern Connecticut State University completed the Relationship Assessment Scale (RAS) for relationship satisfaction, the Close Relationships Revised (ECR-R) Questionnaire for and a technology use scale. Pearson r correlation coefficients found no significant associations between technology use (perceived and actual) and attachment styles with relationship satisfaction. However, a main effect was established where those with secure attachments experienced higher relationship satisfaction. This information can be applied in therapy clinics that introduce attachment style
Major: Biology Minor: Spanish
Pursue Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences
Thesis Title: Enhancement of Collagen Production in Dermal Cells via Transforming Growth Factor- (fGF) Signaling and Other Communication Pathways
A novel method to combat wrinkling due to aging would be to stimulate collagen production in a patient’s skin cells. It is known that collagen production is stimulated by the transforming growth factor-beta (fGF) pathway. However, which other proteins may enhance collagen production is unclear. I test the hypothesis, that collagen production will be enhanced by the activation of TGF- signaling when combined with an additional pathway. In mouse fibroblast cells I altered pathways to test the activation and blockade of TGF- signaling with , and without the activation of the p38 kinase cascade and assessed effects on collagen production. Results indicate that combined pathways mildly enhance collagen stimulation compared to controls; however, collagen levels were greatest with independent TGF- activation as a factor to assess relationship success.
Major: English Concentration: Secondary Education
Plans to teach High School English
Thesis Tide: The Mean Reds Ain’t the Blues: Conceptual Metaphor and Color in Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The author uses conceptual metaphor theory to analyze Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s, paying particular attention to the novel’s original usage of the term ‘the mean reds’ to describe a negative emotion. A full conceptual metaphor analysis of the phrase the mean reds and its connected conceptual metaphorical structures shows that the characters of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Holly in particular, separate themselves from their own emotions, a phenomenon which is indicative of the emotionally stultifying time period in which the novel was written–the 1950s.
Major: Environmental Earth Science
Obtain a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Certification to teach Elementary and Secondary Earth Science
Thesis Title: Paleoecology of Mesozoic Strata in the Hartford and Deerfield Basins,
Connecticut and Massachusetts
Throughout time, Connecticut’s ecosystems have evolved. During the Mesozoic Era, the Hartford and Deerfield Basins formed in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Research into the sedimentology, paleontology, and geochemistry of four sedimentary formations is essential to understand the basins’ changing paleoecology. The sedimentology indicates many environments including a time of alternating playa and lake environments. The lakes in particular contain trace elements which identify a range of lake types. Fossils of fish, reptiles, dinosaurs, invertebrates, and plants have also been identified. The changing fossil specimens both spatially and temporally reveal the variations in Mesozoic ecology with
respect to environmental factors and climate.
Majors: Political Science & Economics Minor: Geography
Pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Policy
Thesis Title: Going Negative: The Effects of Direct Mail Programs on Political Campaigns
Every year, Americans make choices about who they want to represent them in the local, state, and national governments. As such, Political Scientists have long grappled with the question, • “How do voters decide?” This study investigates one facet of the modem political campaign which may affect election outcomes : direct mail pro grams. This research is a case study of a 2016 Connecticut State Senate Race in which voters who received negative direct mail were sent a mail survey that explored how the content of the mail influenced their perceptions of both candidates in the race and their vote. Despite the fact that this advertising is intended to influence Unaffiliated voters the most, results indicate that negative advertising led Unaffiliated voters to op pose the candidate who was responsible for the ad, and favor his opponent.
Majors: Elementary _Education & English
Plans to teach in Spain for one year before returning to the U.S. to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education
Thesis Title: Transgressing the Gap Between Text and Bodies: A Critical Review and Creative Expression Concerning Digital Textual Spaces in Regards to the Ownership of a Woman’s Body
Recently, there has been a growing legacy of female writers utilizing digital textual spaces to critique normative gender roles and claim ownership over their bodies. The textual performance renderable within this digital realm allows for an increased ability to interactively employ metaphorical devices, particularly in dealing with themes of objectification and patriarchal authority. In my thesis, I examine three contemporary female authors-Jennifer Egan, Juliet Davis, and Shelley Jackson and their use of digital texts to perform feminist critiques of society, which I then implement into my own creative expression regarding the evolution of femininity from adolescence to adulthood.
Major: Biology Minor: Bioinformatics
Pursue Master’s Degree in Bioinformatics/Computational Biology
Thesis Title: Integrating Methylation Data into the Gene Expression Database BC-BET to Evaluate Methylation Biomarkers
Cancer is a disease characterized by changes in gene expression. Since gene expression can be altered through various genetic and epigenetic
mechanisms, the discovery of differentially methylated genes can lead to in sight about a gene’s role in regulating tumor formation. In this work, we de scribe the incorporation of methylation data into the Bladder Cancer Biomarker Evaluation Tool (BC-BET). Methylation data from 4 publicly available datasets were downloaded, and the methylation data was processed and evaluated using R A user can now evaluate differential gene expression and methylation between tumor and normal samples for a selected gene.
Major: Biology Minor: Studio Arts
Will attend the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine
Thesis Title: Effects of Glucosinolate Extracts from Various Brassicaceae Species on Salmonella enterica
Glucosinolates are an anti-feeding compound against herbivores, and arc found in a variety of cruciferous vegetables of the Brassicaceae. While some vegetables are bred towards low glucosinolate levels to reduce bitter flavor, others are prized for their spicy taste. A variety of Brarsicaceae species were utilized to analyze any bacteriostatic effects their glucosinolate extracts may have on Salmonella enteria. The Kirby-Bauer disk method was utilized for measuring zones of inhibition, and was compared to spectrophotometer absorption measurements of broth cultures to directly measure bacterial growth. The study showed crude glucosinolate extracts from the four vegetables chosen did not have a bacteriostatic effect on S. enterica.
Major: English Minor. Writing
Accepted into the University of Texas at Dallas Graduate School
Thesis Title: Unchartered Territories: Mapping the Spaces of Grune Narrative in the Modem Action Adventure Genre
My thesis analyzes the usage of space as it connects to narrative tone and storytelling in three games from the action adventure genre: Uncharted 2, The Last of Us, and Rise of the Tomb Roider. Drawing upon spatial theorists like Henry Jenkins and Michael Nitsche, I examine how all three games use spatial archetypes to directly impact both play and narrative, from empowering the player amid a lighthearted romp to leaving them barely at the edge of survival in a post-apocalypse world. Through this examination, the importance of considering spatial design when discussing video game storytelling and genre becomes evident.