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Virtual Academic Spree Day

For 30 years, as part of Academic Spree Day each spring, Clark University has celebrated undergraduate student research and creative work produced with the support and mentorship of faculty and staff. This year, we’ve gone virtual. We believe it’s important to share student work even in the most difficult of times. We invite you to browse the research and creations of the Class of 2020.

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Note: Some posters and presentations have been deemed “Restricted,” viewable only by the Clark community. To access presentations, sign on via Panopto (log in with Moodle). To access posters: If you are not on campus or using a Clark VPN, you may need to visit BePress Account Setup for the Clark Community. Select “Sign Up” using your Clark email; you won’t use your Clark password for this account.

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Posters

Cartoon of man with animals

Making the LEAP: Do First-Generation Students Feel Prepared for Experiential Learning?

Isabel Bleyer ’20 and Hillary Plumb ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Nancy Budwig

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Lobster Programming Language

Skyler Brivic ’20
Funding: LEEP Fellowship
Academic Program: Computer Science
Sponsor: Professor Frederic Green

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Voronoi Decomposition

Voronoi Decomposition of Aperiodic Sets Closed Under Fixed-Parameter Extrapolation

Ngu Dang ’20
Academic Program: Computer Science
Sponsor: Professor Frederic Green

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Switching It Up: Bilingual Education Fostering Cognitive Flexibility and Math Achievement

Lital Dotan ’20
In collaboration with graduate student Sangmi Park
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Alena Esposito

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Evolution of the Revolution: Libyan Perceptions of the Political Situation Before and After the 2011 Protests

Yasmeen El-Gerbi ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Özden Melis Uluğ

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Educating Homeless Parents on the Importance of Play: A Capstone Project Stretching Beyond the Clark Community

Alena Ferreira ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Nancy Budwig

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Comparing Suitabilities in GeoMod to Transition Potentials in Land Change Modeler

Benjamin Gessel ’20 and Ila White ’20
In collaboration with graduate students Megan Brown and Gemma Wilkens
Academic Program: Geography
Sponsor: Professor Robert Pontius

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COVID-19 virus

Analyzing COVID 19 Data in USA using Autocorrelation

Trang Hoang ’20
Academic Program: Mathematics
Sponsor: Professor Michael Satz

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beaker in chemistry

Synthesis and EPR Studies of Pyrazine-Bridged Copper (II) Chains

Emma Kirkman-Davis ’20
Funding: Frederick M. and Alice Murdock Research Fellowship
Academic Program: Chemistry
Sponsor: Professor Mark Turnbull

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Predictors of Success in Post-Secondary Mathematics

Aryana Kubiak ’20
In collaboration with graduate student Sangmi Park
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Alena Esposito

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Dybbuks and Destruction: Explorations into a Yiddish Gothic

Azariah Kurlantzick ’20
Academic Program: English
Sponsor: Professor Lisa Kasmer

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“Why Try?”: The Impact of Self-Stigma on Self-Efficacy Among College Students

Aaron Madow ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Nicole Overstreet

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The Relationship Between Rave Drug Use and Executive Functioning

Malaika Malik ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Kathleen Palm Reed

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The Armenian Genocide: Survivors’ Perceptions of Psychological Needs

Carly Massino ’20
Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Johanna Ray Vollhardt

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Racial Diversity in Massachusetts Teaching Staff

Alana Merly ’20
Program: Sociology
Sponsor: Professor Deborah Merrill

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Both Sides of the Aisle: How Bipartisan Couples Reconcile with their Identities

Natalie Mitchell ’20
In collaboration with graduate student David Yoo
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor James Córdova

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Pangolin

Semantic Integration of Knowledge in Young Adults

Jessica Murgo ’20 and Matthew Swanat ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Alena Esposito

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Taxonomic Coding of Teachers’ Instructional Behaviors and Language of Instruction in Head Start Classrooms Serving Spanish-speaking Children

Emma Nagler ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Alena Esposito

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When a Tie Becomes a Victory: The Fight for Gender Equality in Olympic Boxing

Mikayla Pantano ’20
Academic Program: International Development and Social Change
Sponsor: Professor Cynthia Caron

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The Intersectional Help-Seeking Model for IPV Victimization

Collin Porter ’20
In collaboration with graduate student Gia Gambardella
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Nicole Overstreet

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Does High School Experience with Project Based Learning Relate to Intended Major in College?

Hillary Plumb ’20 and Isabel Bleyer ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Nancy Budwig

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Analyzing Change in Swampland Composition Using TerrSet and the Pontius Matrix

Andrew Rizoli ’20 and Harrison Stone ’21
Academic Program: Geography
Sponsor: Professor Robert Pontius

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bacteria

Multicellular Magnetotactic Bacteria under an Applied Magnetic Field Form Active Crystals

Alejandra Rosselli ’20
In collaboration with graduate student Ben Roque
Funding: Bruce and Shari Weiller Summer Undergraduate Research Award
Academic Program: Physics
Sponsor: Professor Alexander Petroff

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shadow of man

The Effects of Gender Stereotypes and Rape Myths on Male Helpseeking

Ali Serrantino ’20
In collaboration with graduate student Gia Gambardella
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Nicole Overstreet

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Impacts of War and Trauma: Understanding the Perception of Mental Health Among Resettled Somali Refugees

Zahara Shidad ’21
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Nicole Overstreet

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Motivations to be Out Online for LGBTQ+ Young Adults

Jake Sullivan ’20
In collaboration with graduate student Reihonna Frost-Calhoun
Funding: Steinbrecher Fellowship
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Abbie Goldberg

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Parent Survey on Childhood Mental Illness: Age of Onset, Symptoms and Intervention

Madison Thomas ’20
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor Alena Esposito

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L’Après “Barça ou Barsakh”:  L’autonomisation des jeunes à la suite de la crise migratoire au  Sénégal

Sara Vera-Cruz ’20
Academic Program: French and Francophone Studies
Sponsor: Professor Odile Ferly

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Organizational Culture Matters: A Case Study of the Global Research and Advocacy Group

Sara Vera-Cruz ’20
Academic Program: International Development and Social Change
Sponsor: Professor Ellen Foley

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College, Career, Commitment, Oh My: How College Partners Balance Romantic Relationships, Career Plans, and Financial Stability

Amanda Youmans ’20
In collaboration with graduate student Nicholas Canby
Academic Program: Psychology
Sponsor: Professor James Córdova

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Writing Contest Winners

Senior Thesis Art Exhibition

Every year, the Senior Thesis Art Exhibition is held in conjunction with Academic Spree Day. This year is no exception, and in addition to works by studio art majors, we present theatre arts videos by the Class of 2020.

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Clark celebrates graduating seniors with virtual Academic Spree Day

Online program showcases research, creative projects

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