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Thursday, April 19th
8:00 AM


Jenny Warren

Conference Room C

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

8:30 AM

Adaptation as Literary Analysis

Anna Lackey, Texas Woman's University
Cara Davis, Texas Woman's University
Hannah Diaz, Texas Woman's University
Maddison Hurd, Texas Woman's University
AJ Dvorak, Texas Woman's University
Autumn Bush, Texas Woman's University

Conference Room D

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Panel Chair: Gretchen Busl, TWU

Autism & Cancer: Interventions and Interpersonal Communications

Patricia Northcutt
Kevin Holland

Conference Room E

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Panel Chair: Scott Cheney, Collin College

Children's and Adolescent Literature: A Roundtable Discussion

Hayley Pugh, Texas A&M Commerce
Kinsleigh Sawatsky, Texas A&M Commerce
Abigail Welsh, Texas A&M Commerce
Matthew Vondersaar
Peizhao Li
Mike Morrison
Simiul Haque
Michaela Thompson
Jordan Abualijazer
Ife Adeyinka
Hannah Neely
Ashley Rush

Conference Room B

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Chairs: Khimen Cooper, Collin College; Searn Ferrier-Watson, Collin College; Susan Stewart, Texas A&M -- Commerce; Michelle Tvete, Texas A&M -- Commerce

Social Media: Effect, Affect, Teens, and Possible Addiction

Bhairavi Bandekar, Montgomery College Rockville Maryland
Etsube Mesganaw Yitbarek, Montgomery College Rockville Maryland
Karla Lopez, Montgomery College Rockville Maryland
Cathy Tran, UTD
Elizabeth Momoh

Conference Room A

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Panel Chair: Lisa Nevans, Montgomery College Rockville Maryland

Papers Presented:

The iGen Gap: Teenagers viewpoints on social media's power over body image, mental health and brain development

The Effects of Technology on K-12 Students

This paper presents a case study on groups of K-12 students who are taught using innovation-centered teaching where curriculum is based on optimizing individual creative inclinations to create a simulation of product development to learn subjects that are taught in traditional classrooms. The groups consist of students from a diverse set of cultural backgrounds to gain a more well-rounded sample of how students learn using technology. The aim of this paper is to showcase methods that teach students to communicate their ideas effectively, formulate designs, and execute ideas by tailoring curriculum to a student’s natural aptitudes; students can find more fulfillment and develop critical skills for success after their academic career.

Followers of the Facade: The Rising Addiction of Social Media

This research will focus on the psychological effects contributing and resulting from the growing addiction to social media. Social media allows the ability to connect with friends, family and provides a place where ideas and memories can be shared. However, when the content shared is filtered, it creates a false persona established solely to be deemed valued and relevant by followers. The other portion of the research will focus on the inadequacy followers are left with when the content of their reality is not as intriguing as the realities they view online. Social media is a space that allows people to express, influence, and share aspects of their lives, but when these aspects are filtered, it creates a distorted perception of reality.

10:00 AM

Ethical Decision Making

Ariel Furman
Pamela Van de Branden
Alexandra Spaller

Conference Room E

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel Chair: Steven Watkins


Yuqing Liu, UNT
Nicole Hatch
Toluwani Ogunbayode
Siddhant Shelke
Corey Olszewski, UNT

Conference Room D

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel Chair: Meenakshi Beri, Collin College

Poster Session

Jenny Warren, Collin College

Conference Room C

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Conference Room C

- Poster Session

Organically Derived Epigallocatechin Gallate Compounds for Breakdown of the Zika Virus Envelope

Sangita Vasikaran, UNT

Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance of Morphological Traits in the Brine Shrimp, Artemia franciscana

Emmanuel Bakundukize, UNT

Millennials will nullify Inequality for African Americans

Matthew Stusick II

Effects of Environment on the Manifestation of Music Performance Anxiety

Abigail Hawthorne, SMU

Laser-Enhanced Biodegradable Bone Implants: In Vitro-Assessed Biomineralization and Degradation of Mg-Alloy Biomaterials with Optimized Microstructure Modifications

Jonathan Lu

CRASH: Traffic Patterns and Predictive Software

Itzel Tapia

Optimization of Cellulase Production in Bacteria

Wesley Neuer, Hassina

Hamzaoui, and Carol


Auctoritee Demanded: Invalidating Patriarchal Misogyny by Chaucer’s Wife of Bath

Lezli McDaniel

A Deep Learning Approach for Identification of microRNA Regulatory Modules in Breast Cancer

Vasu Jindal, UTD

Changing the Way We Do Healthcare: Using Music Therapy in Medicine

Sophia Wagle

What Type of Bacteriophage Lives in Your Soil?

Olivia Welkener

A Third World Country's Problem

Bianca Senchenko

Poem from the Songbird: Vice Versa, and its Editor

Tiffany Nguyen, UTD

Lucid dream, a treatment of nightmares

Tien Le

Violent Video Games for Children Should be Restricted

Mo Ching Rosanne Ng

Ampicillin Resistance: The Artificial Transformation Process of E. Coli

Abigail Flaming, NCTC

Extraction and Determination of Lead: Square Wave Stripping Voltammetry

Lasya Priya, Elia

Zahabi, and

Hiba Benelbar

Academic Self Efficacy: A Psi Beta Project

Josh Arduengo Psychology students

Genomic Comparison of Bacteriophages in Cluster BF

Tianeaka McClendon, Richard D. Quick, Lee Hughes, UNT

Genomic Comparison of Bacteriophages in Cluster BF

CBD as a Viable Treatment for Autism

Lindsey Dunavan

Growth of Mind (Mixed Media: clay, paint, wire) Ashley Flink

Carousel of Life (Mixed Media: styrofoam, cloth, sticks) Mamie Hyman

A Novel Approach to Influencing Actin-Myosin Interaction by Modulating Myosin Subfragment-2 for the Treatment of Cardiomyopathies Mithilesh Bhaskaruni

Christopher Thang, UNT

Reading Gender and Sexuality in Literature

Tiernan Shaw, Texas Woman's University
Sydney Santschi, Texas Woman's University
Shad Green, Texas Woman's University
Kira Cheek, Texas Woman's University
Chelsea Burton, Texas Woman's University

Conference Room B

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel Chair: Ashley Bender, TWU

The Complexity of American Literature: Writers, Themes, and Ideas

Kendall Brunworth
Caroline Dillard
Thomas Farrell
John McGillewie
Kassidi Dennis
Kris Palmertree

Conference Room A

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel Chair: Lisa Kirby

11:30 AM

Pizza Lunch

Jenny Warren, Collin College

11:30 AM - 12:55 PM

  • Student Success Workshop Option 1: Etiquette with Professor Isip
  • Student Success Workshop Option 2: Leadership with Professor Rich
  • Student Success Workshop Option 3: Grant Writing with Professor Davis

1:00 PM

History Research at UTD

Emily Riso, UTD
Nabilah Nathani, UTD
Ommeid Hosseinalikhan, UTD
Rebekah Boyer, UTD

Conference Room E

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Panel Chair: Debra Pfister, UTD

Literature and Music Reviews

Sara Ann Bowden, UNT
Emily Kedslie
Samantha Quade, Texas Woman's University
Sarah Lehmann, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Douglas R. Laman
Andrew Kim, UNT

Conference Room D

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Panel Chair: Lubna Javeed, Collin College

Making Research Tangible: The Multiple Genre Research Project

Kailey Zoch
Austin Rudeen
Natalie Christiansen
Kiersten Langley
Simbi Sulaiman

Classroom BB-232

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Panel Chair: Scott Cheney, Collin College

Observations as Research in Creative Writing [Student Readings of Original Poetry] followed with discussion of where and how the images were collected

Elizabeth Abrams, Collin College
Samuel Barcelo
Anna Boling
Caroline Dillard
Trexiea Hernandez
Taylor Jariz
Emmie Kedslie
David Matthews
Tiffany Page
James Pyon
Solomon Kidus
Tariq Zuha

Conference Room A

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Panel Chair: Scott Yarbrough, Collin College

Reading Poetry Against the Grain

Maria Cano, Texas Woman's University
Naomi Flores, Texas Woman's University
Shannon Simmons, Texas Woman's University

Conference Room B

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Panel Chair: Ashley Bender, TWU

2:30 PM

Critiques of Five Films: It Happened One Night, Gone with the Wind, The Graduate, The Godfather, and Saving Private Ryan

Lakshmi Telidevara
Kelcei Young
Erin Matlack
Jacob Scroggins
Alexander Faulconer

Conference Room A

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Panel Chair: Deborah Ruiz-Esparza, Collin College

Dragons and Mice, Lost Boys and Nargles: Critically Analyzing Fictional Characters

Nathan Mechler
Stefania Aguilar
Stefan Matic
Ana Marquis

Conference Room B

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Panel Chair: Khimen Cooper, Collin College

Exploring New Frontiers in Children's Literature

Matthew Vondersaar
Kylee Dodson
Byanka Ramos
Mariah Hightower

Classroom BB-106

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Panel Chair: Sean Ferrier-Watson, Collin College

Our panel will explore various issued related to children’s literature, but will specifically focus on the way old and new children’s literature are being adapted into cinematic and digital productions. We will also explore the way fairy tales are used to incorporate a wide array of social issues into child culture. The panelists have each prepared papers that explore the issues touching on new frontiers in children’s literature, ranging from classic fairy tales to contemporary comic books.

"What a Strange and Wonderful Story!": Literary Research and College Writing

Chloe Beam
Payton Charmichael
Amara Dike
Abigail Stewart

Conference Room E

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Panel Chair: Scott Cheney, Collin College

WWII, The Holocaust, and the Politics of Genocide

Jennifer Armstrong, UTD
Dennis Arce, UTD
Liz Dudek, UTD
Marybeth Gill, UTD

Conference Room D

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Panel Chair: Debra Pfister, UTD