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UHart Students Showcasing Their Work at National Conference on Undergraduate Research


Posted 04/16/2015
Submitted by Barbara Steinberger
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements
The students who are showcasing their work at NCUR also presented their research on April 9 at the University's annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Colloquium. In the photo above, Natalie Dukette presents her research at the colloquium, while fellow NCUR attendees Michelle LaValle, Adam Stankiewicz, and Andres Olarte look on.

The students who are showcasing their work at NCUR also presented their research on April 9 at the University's annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Colloquium. In the photo above, Natalie Dukette presents her research at the colloquium, while fellow NCUR attendees Michelle LaValle, Adam Stankiewicz, and Andres Olarte look on.

Eight University of Hartford students will be presenting their research over the next few days at a highly selective conference of outstanding undergraduates from around the country.

The students, all seniors in the University Honors program, are showcasing their work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. The conference begins today (Thursday, April 16) and runs through Saturday.

This is the second year in a row that University of Hartford student proposals have been accepted for presentation at NCUR, a significant achievement for the University’s growing honors program and a sign of the rigorous, high-level research in which our honors students are engaged.

“This is an incredibly bright and talented group of students,” said Associate Professor Donald Jones, director of the University Honors program. “This is an opportunity for them to interact with their true peers — other top students from around the country.”  Jones is accompanying the students at NCUR. 

Each student has been working closely with a faculty mentor and with Jones, who together taught the students how to write conference proposals and helped them prepare and refine their presentations. The University is paying for the students’ travel and conference-related expenses, thanks in large part to a $10,000 grant from the Parents Association.

The student presentations span a wide range of topics, including efforts to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease through diet, climate change rhetoric among U.S. Senators, the economics of hosting the World Cup, and bystander intervention in sexual violence, to name just a few.

“I’m really excited to share something that I’m passionate about — economic development — with other students in that field,” said Natalie Dukette, whose research looks at an economic development phenomenon in which resource-abundant developing countries tend to grow more slowly than those with far fewer resources.

Several students said they are looking forward to having their audiences challenge them with probing questions about their research. The students also are eager to attend other students’ presentations to see what kinds of research they are doing.

The eight students, their presentations, and their faculty mentors are as follows:

– Natalie Dukette (Economics major, A&S) — “Rethinking the Resource Curse with Complexity Theory”
Faculty Mentor: Jane Horvath

Joshua Gischner  (Judaic Studies major, A&S) — “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Contemporary Controversies of the Jewish Cemetery Clarified through an Historic Shift due to Jewish Emancipation in the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries”
Faculty Mentor: Richard Freund

Reed Ashley Haight (Psychology major, A&S) — “Bystander Intervention in Sexual Violence: Combating Moral Blinders”
Faculty Mentor: Jack Powell

Conor Knox (Mechanical Engineering major with an Acoustics concentration, CETA) — “The Complexity of Time and Sound: Problems of Time-Based Measurements and Regulations”
Faculty Mentor: Eoin King

Michelle LaValle  (Biology/Pre-Med major, A&S) — “Slowing Alzheimer’s Disease: The Effects of a Calorie Restricted Diet”
Faculty Mentor: Jacob Harney

Colleen  McLoughlin (Double major in Rhetoric and Professional Writing, and Politics and Government, A&S) — “The Effect of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ on U.S. Senate Climate Change Rhetoric”
Faculty Mentor: Katharine Owens

Andres Olarte (Double major in Economics and Finance, and Marketing, Barney School of Business) — “Positive or Negative Economic Results: Return on Investment of Hosting the World Cup”
Faculty Mentor: Lillian Kamal

Adam Stankiewicz (Multimedia Web Design and Development major, University Studies) — “Using Visualization to Motivate Student Collaboration in Online Learning Environments”
Faculty Mentor: Larissa Schroeder 






The students who are showcasing their work at NCUR also presented their research on April 9 at the University's annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Colloquium. In the photo above, Natalie Dukette presents her research at the colloquium, while fellow NCUR attendees Michelle LaValle, Adam Stankiewicz, and Andres Olarte look on.

The students who are showcasing their work at NCUR also presented their research on April 9 at the University's annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Colloquium. In the photo above, Natalie Dukette presents her research at the colloquium, while fellow NCUR attendees Michelle LaValle, Adam Stankiewicz, and Andres Olarte look on.