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Undergraduate Conference

First Annual Undergraduate Conference, sponsored by the CAS Dean's Office

Wednesday, May 4, 2005
1:00 to 5:00pm
MCB Rooms E303, E305, and E209

Opening remarks by
Nanette Veilleux, Associate Professor
Computer Science and Information Technology

All are invited to join us for an afternoon of recognizing an array of work from Simmons College students! In a series of paper and poster sessions beginning at 1:45pm and 3:30pm, students will present their work in the following disciplines: psychology, management, chemistry, econometrics, political science, social justice, art history, sociology, mathematics, computer science, philosophy, music, and communications.

A reading and showcase of creative work by contributors to Sidelines begins at 3:30pm.

Refreshments at 1:00pm and again at 3:15pm.

Presented by Writing Across the Curriculum
Sponsored by the Office of the Dean, CAS

Papers and presentations

Panel A, 1:45 — 3:15pm

Amanda Skuldt — Congressional Formulation of Contemporary U.S.-Syrian Foreign Policy: The Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003 (Political Science)

Christine Tellez -- The Living Wage Movement Sweeps College Campuses and Simmons College (Social Justice)

Jennifer L. Walker -- Policing in Boston: Perceptions of Crime and Policing and Contributing Factors of Police Reform, 1986-1996 (Sociology)

Panel B, 1:45 — 3:15pm

Gupi Ranganathan -- Decorated Feminine Constructions (Art)

Rebecca Smith -- Wittgenstein and the Rabbis of the Babylonian Talmud: A Drawing of Parallels (Philosophy)

Sarah Halter -- The Role of Music in a Fine Arts Museum (Music)

Sara Nelson -- Just Like Everyone Else: Media and Lesbian Personification (Communications)

Panel C, 3:30 — 5:00pm

Joy Kogut -- Predicting the Population Growing in the United States Using
Mathematical Models (Mathematics)

Lyvia Chikri -- Emotional Functioning in Children with IBD (Psychology)

Lyvia Chikri, Diane Au, Alexia Gunn, Chantha Keo, and Susie Michelson --
Introversion-Extraversion and Internalizing/Externalizing Behaviors (Psychology)

Marcia Davitt -- E-mail and Its Impact on Organizational Communication Practices (Computer Science)

Panel D, 3:30 — 5:00pm

Sidelines, the Simmons literary journal. A presentation by contributors.


Posters will be displayed continuously from 1:00 — 5:00pm during the conference. Students will represent, in person, their work during at least one of the poster sessions, at 1:45 — 3:15pm and 3:30 — 5:00pm.

Andrea Ortega and Julia Gardella-Fortier — The Relative Importance of Physical Appearance and Personality on Judgment of Attractiveness (Psychology)

Jessica Francisco, Eleanor Chin, Mei Goon, Patricia Fernandez, Sarah Heller, Carrie Holland, Ashley Jackson, Melanie Klaus-Martin, Katie Lent, Brittany Magaw, Abby Moore, Katelyn Nodeau, Julia Reynolds — Simmons Students as Socially Minded Leaders: Experimental Learning at its Best (Management)

Kelly Shaugnessy, Jessica Piper, and Sarah Goodwin — (untitled) Research Study (Psychology)

Leah Grant, Dharti Patel, Monica Rothwell, Julia Shapiro — A Retrospective Correlational Quasi-Experiment Examining the Relationship Between Exclusive Relationship Status and Semester GPA in Simmons College Undergraduates (Psychology)

Marcy Beth Keddy — Sustainable Approach to Conducting Polymers Using Electrophilic Carbohydrate Reagents (Chemistry)

Meghan Backus, Melanie Lessard, Caitlin McConnell, Katelyn Monaghan — What Does "Home" Mean to College Students? (Psychology)

Tania M. Cabrera, Christina P. Brennan, Becca J. Berry, Ashley M. Johnson — Templating Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate for In-situ Crystal Growth Studies (Chemistry)

Yin Yin Lin — Greening the Oxidation of Borneol to Camphor in the Undergraduate Organic Laboratory (Chemistry)

Zahra Kanji — Beneath Tanzania's Agricultural Productivity: Do Structural Adjustment Programs Hurt Tanzania? (Econometrics)

Jennifer Thompson, Agatha So, Rebecca Casey, Jessica Rosenthal, Emily Restivo, Paige Carambio — The Effects of Strobe Lighting on Coordination and Balance (Psychology)

Donna DeFilippo, Jill Cummins, Mary Roach, Yuka Takahashi, Elizabeth Tenaglia — The Effects of Aroma on Memory and Learning (Psychology)

Maggie Borman, Laura Glick, Sabrina Pescosolido, Barbara Szul — The Effect of Platform Condition on Learning and Memory in a Maze (Psychology)

Past Conferences


The Simmons Undergraduate Conference was discussed on the April 2nd episode of Comm. Cafe - from Simmons College Radio.

Download an MP3 of the interview.