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Meet Our Class of 2019 Honors Scholars

Jessica Ahern

Jessica Ahern

Hometown: Woodbridge, CT; Major: Psychology; Thesis: "Physical Attractiveness and Mate Selection on Dating Applications"

Amber Albe

Amber Albe

Hometown: Wallingford, CT; Majors: English & New Media Studies; Thesis: "Exploring, Forming, and Mediating Sexuality Online: The Rhetoric of Pornosexuality on Tumblr"

Emma Avery

Emma Avery

Hometown: Bristol, CT; Majors: Political Science & Environmental Earth Science (Sustainable Energy Concentration); Thesis: "An Analysis of Southern New England Climate: Linking Marine Deposits with Public Records"

Danielle Berube

Danielle Berube

Hometown: Burlington, CT; Major & Minors: Biology, Psychology & Spanish; Thesis: "Rates of Child Compliance With Imperative Versus Interrogative and 'Do' Versus 'Don't' Commands"

Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown

Hometown: Windsor, CT; Major & Minor: Biology & Geographic Information Systems; Thesis: "The Effect of Temperature Change and Plant Invasions on Native Tadpole Performance"

Anthony Coss

Anthony Coss

Hometown: East Haven, CT; Majors: Mathematics & Secondary Education; Thesis: "Serving the Average Secondary Student: Examining What Motivates Students to Learn Mathematics and How Classroom Factors Affect Their Motivation"

Jacob Dayton

Jacob Dayton

Hometown: Bolton, CT; Major: Biology; Thesis: "Differing Patterns of Genetic Diversity and Selection Revealed by Neutral and Novel Candidate Loci Across Differentially Migrating Units of a Seabird Population"

Catherine Falvey

Catherine Falvey

Hometown: West Hartford, CT; Majors: Mathematics & Economics; Thesis: "Educational and Occupational Aspirations: A Consideration of Attainment of American Youth"

Alicia Finegan

Alicia Finegan

Hometown: Norwich, CT; Majors: Biology & Criminology; Thesis: "Investigating the Role of Glutamate Reuptake by Astrocytes in Alzheimer's Disease"

Allison Gagliano

Allison Gagliano

Hometown: Salem, CT; Majors: Mathematics & Computer Science; Thesis: "Multivariate Statistical Models and Their Application to the Study of Adolescent Alcohol Use"

Emily Hill

Emily Hill

Hometown: Willimantic, CT; Majors: Elementary Education & English; Thesis: "Moral Implications of Children's Literature: The Impact of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award in Connecticut"

Haley Knox

Haley Knox

Hometown: Bristol, CT; Major & Minors: Mathematics, Computer Science & Writing; Thesis: "Network Analysis of the Spread of Fake News on Twitter"

Demitra Kourtzidis

Demitra Kourtzidis

Hometown: East Hampton, CT; Major and Minors: Political Science, Economics & Spanish; Thesis: "How States Pass Criminal Justice Policy: A Study of Three Cases"

Jared Simon Kranc

Jared Simon Kranc

Hometown: Colchester, CT; Majors: History (American Studies) & Economics (Business Economics); Thesis: "The Impact of Economics on Hurricane Evacuation"

Katlyn Little

Katlyn Little

Hometown: New Britain, CT; Major & Minor: Biology & Genetic Counseling; Thesis: "Examining the Physiological Role of Therapy Dogs on Stress Level"

Emily Miclon

Emily Miclon

Hometown: Enfield, CT; Major: and Minor: Music (Percussion Performance Concentration) & Spanish; Thesis: "La Musique en Plein Air: Debussy and Open Air Freedom"

Jessica Miclon

Jessica Miclon

Hometown: Enfield, CT; Major & Minors: English, Sociology & Women and Gender Studies; Thesis: Dilate:" A Novel in Stories on Women Living with Vaginismus"

Samuel Pallis

Samuel Pallis

Hometown: Tolland, CT; Major: Biology; Thesis: "Method Analysis for Capturing the Common Mudpuppy"

Malvina Pietrzykowski

Malvina Pietrzykowski

Hometown: Norwich, CT; Major & Minor: Psychology & Biology; Thesis: "Physiological Measures of Pain Empathy Implicating Mirror Neuron Activity and Gender Differences in Self-Reported Empathy"

Samantha Price

Samantha Price

Hometown: Cheshire, CT; Majors & Minor: English, Digital Art & Photography; Thesis: "Resisting the Grand Narrative of Homelessness; Local Stories from the Windham No Freeze Center"

Jessica Purick

Jessica Purick

Hometown: Wading River, NY; Major & Minor: Biology & Mathematics; Thesis: "The Regulation of Multidrug Resistance Protein 4 (Mrp4) Activity by AMP-activated Protein Kinase (AMPK) in the Renal Proximal Tubule"

Jonathan Rappi

Jonathan Rappi

Hometown: Southington, CT; Major: Biology; Thesis: "RNAi Screen for Transcriptional Regulators of Odd-Skipped Genes in C. Elegans"

Francesco Ricigliano

Francesco Ricigliano

Hometown: Southington, CT; Major & Minors: Political Science, Mathematics & Computer Science; Thesis: "A Three-Dimensional Approach to Voter Turnout"

Shayne Sampognaro

Shayne Sampognaro

Hometown: Glastonbury, CT; Major and Minor: Biology & Mathematics; Thesis: "Identification of a Phosphodiesterase-5 Inhibitor"

Elena Sorrentino

Elena Sorrentino

Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY; Majors & Minor: English, New Media Studies & Writing; Thesis: "One Author to Define Them All?: How Fanfiction Authors Utilize Originally Created Female Characters to Portray Gender in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings Series"