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Spring Research Conference

The Spring Research Conference offers graduate and undergraduate students pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts the opportunity to present their original work in a forum of interested and critically engaged minds that is at the same time welcoming and inclusive. It is an excellent chance to practice public speaking and presentation for those who will enter academic fields or careers where these skills are required.

The one-day event includes sections for research papers, posters, creative writing, art, and musical performance and concludes with an awards ceremony where outstanding contributions in all categories are recognized.

The 2015 Spring Research Conference took place on Thursday, March 19th, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University Center.

2015 Awardees

RESEARCH PAPERS


Graduate
1. Erica Valle (HIS), “‘This Man Is Your Friend:’ Chinese Media Portrayals during WWII”
2. Megan E. Nieto (ENG), The Americanization of the Latina/o Diet
3. Matt Arendt (HIS), “The Advancing Hosts of Liberty”: Origins of the Republican Party

Undergraduate
1. Lizandra Santillan (ENG), Paper Tongues: Metafiction as a New Language in Postcolonial Literature
2. Devon Johnson (ENG), Langston Hughes: The Transnational Poet
3. Brandon Trevino (AM STUDIES), The Paradox of Hernandez v. Texas: A Critical Race Theory Analysis


CREATIVE WRITING

Graduate
1. Trudi Carter (ENG), The Burn Pit
2. Sarah Fox (ART), Surviving the Promise of Medicine: An Embodied History
3. Christopher Guzman (ENG), The Lovely, Stationary Life of Tracy Sloacum

Undergraduate
1. Sandra Torrez Bruce (ENG - CW), Could Have Been
2. Jordan Smith (ENG), Time will Tell
3. Kendall Casas (ENG), Life at the Mountain

 

MULTIMEDIA

Undergraduate
1. Vianney Lopez (ART), Human
2. Kendall Casas (ENG), Information Man
3. Travis Fowler (COM), The Last Woman on Earth

 

WORK OF ART

Graduate
1. Alyssa Danna, Destined, but Never Meant to Last
2. Kallie Pfeiffer, Carving to Zen
3. Jason Eric Gonzales, (Tsk) Mira, It’s a Space Ship

Undergraduate
1. Mary Wuest, It’s Fate
2. Alan Serna, Santiago y los Tastoanes
3. Mariah Acevedo, Glare


MUSIC

Graduate
1. Heather Stagg, Chopin's Ballade Op. 23 - The Invisible Narrative
2. Pamela Fischer, Robert Muczynski’s Six Preludes, Pedagogical or Advanced Pieces
3. Rachel Hicks, Feminine Sound?: An Exploration of Lori Laitman’s The Sunflowers

Undergraduate
1. Stefan Greenfield-Casas, Through the Woods: a contextual analysis of Bozza’s En Forêt
2. Ashley Lucero, Beede Lane


RESEARCH POSTERS

Ph.D.
1. Emily Lloyd (ANT), Cheek pouch use in wild Sanje mangabeys, Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania
2. Willie Hale (PSY), Self-monitoring and Authenticity: A more complex relationship than previously thought
3. Lydia E. O. Light (ANT), Flowers or figs: Dietary choices in wild white-handed gibbons

M.S.

1. Jessica Perrotte (PSY), Gender, Depression, Language Preference, and Risky Behavior in Mexican/Mexican-Americans
2. Joshua Brunsman (PSY), The Effect of Context in a Focal Prospective Memory Task
3. Randi Wooding (M. in MUS), Perception of Non-Vibrato Sung Tones

Undergraduate
1. Nigelle Cochran (ENG), Acoustic Analysis of Vowels in Cape Girardeau, Missouri: A Case Study
2. Bryan Dimler (PSY), Reinforcement Schedule Effects on Craving during a Contingency Management Trial
3. Danielle Chapa (PSY), Body Ideals Among Mexican-American and Anglo-American College Aged Men and Women

 

Past Awardees

Conference Video