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 http://easternct.libguides.com/content.php?pid=62741&sid=5789266. 

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)


Eastern Student Presents at 2016 Posters on the Hill

Sabreena Croteau (Mentor, Dr. Salka) presented her research at the Posters on the Hill Conference April 19-20th. The title of the project is “Democratic Elections in the American States: A Case for Reform.”

Croteau POH 1

To provide some context on this acceptance, going back to 2005, only 1 school has been selected to represent the state of Connecticut. The overall acceptance rate at POH is approximately 10-20%. Of the years where a CT school was selected to present at POH, Eastern has been represented 5 times out of 10.  Only the University of New Haven has been selected more than 1 time in the past 10 years.

Sabreena Croteau, Political Science, Eastern Connecticut State Univesity


Richard Magner, Mathematics, Eastern Connecticut State University


Eric S. Cerino, Psychology, Eastern Connecticut State University
Investigating Subjective Age, Level of Activity, and Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults


Connor Halem Gustave Patros, Psychology, Eastern Connecticut State University
Temporal Discounting & Cardiovascular Reactivity


Erika Harrington, Psychology, Eastern Connecticut State University
Perceived Racism as a Predictor of Depression, Anxiety and Cultural Mistrust

10 Students Present at the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research Conference

Congratulations to the students listed below and their mentors on representing Eastern at the NCUR Conference in April! Eastern had 12 students accepted out of 15 submissions. According to the acceptance email from NCUR, the selection process was much more competitive this year due to the number of submissions (over 4,000).  The work of the students accepted to present at this conference “demonstrated a unique contribution to their field of study.”


Sydney Batchelder  (PSY)  “Shame, Vulnerable Narcissism, and Social Anxiety²  Mentor: Dr. James Diller


Alexandra Cross (PS) “Straightening Out the Russian Mold: How State Controlled Nationalism Ostracizes the LGBT Population²  Mentor: Dr. Martin Mendoza-Botelho


Sabreena Croteau (HIS) “Influence and Interference: U.S. Foreign Policy towards Saudi Arabia 1956-1971²  Mentor: Dr. Caitlin Carenen


Erin Drouin (PS) “From Tradition to Twitter: An Analysis of Traditional Media and Social Media Coverage of Sexual Assault on College Campuses² Mentor: Dr. Nicole Krassas


Michael Freilich (KPE) “Motivations and Points of Attachments for Attending Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Games² Mentor: Dr. Ari de Wilde


Seth McCullock (COM) “Technology on Communicative Ability ³  Mentor: Dr. Jeon Jehoon


Moriah Perrett (PSY) “The Relationship of Gender Role Beliefs and Sociosexual Orientation with Rape Myth Acceptance² Mentor: Dr. Alita Cousins


Ian Peters (ECO) “It’s All Very Taxing: Interstate Tax Competition and the Balanced Budget²  Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Brown


Mackenzie Williams (BIS)   “Dynamic Continuity: The Power of Adaptability in the Graphic Design Industry²  Mentor: Dr. Niti Pandey


Gabriela Wrobel (SOC) “The Effects of Paid Family Leave on the Wages of Female Faculty in New England²  Mentor: Dr. Kim Dugan