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SPARC Festival

Welcome to SPARC 2021!

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Mount St. Mary’s University faculty dedicate themselves to academic excellence in scholarship and teaching, and they integrate the latest developments of their disciplines into classroom instruction. Our students follow suit by presenting their work at the annual SPARC Festival, which celebrates Scholarship, Performance, Art, Research and Creativity.

At SPARC, we celebrate our excellence in the liberal arts by showcasing the scholarly and creative projects of our academic community who comprise the College of Liberal Arts, the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Natural Science and Mathematics, and the University Honors Program. Our senior honors project presentations reflect our students’ year-long studies of work closely mentored by outstanding faculty on topics of shared interest. These projects serve both as capstone experiences in students’ majors and as springboards to graduate school or a profession. SPARC also features an astonishing array of academic prowess through lightning talks, FIRE talks (Faculty Inquiry Research and Exploration), student debates, poster sessions, concerts, and creative writings.

The format of our festival this year has been modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the exception of the poster sessions, all presentations/sessions will be delivered in hybrid format; attendance can be in person (Mount campus community only, and limited to the allowed capacity of the designated meeting room) or via Zoom (anyone who would like to attend from within or without the campus community, including family and friends of presenters). The poster sessions will be live but completely online using a wonderful web-based resource called Gather Town (this is one of the most exciting innovations of the Festival, and you won’t want to miss it!)

Speakers, times, topics, and locations are listed below. If you need any further information, please contact us.

We look forward to seeing you in person and online!

Michael Turner, Ph.D.
Chair, SPARC Festival

Sarah K. Scott, Ph.D.
Director, University Honors Program

Michael Turner, Ph.D.
Chair, SPARC Festival

Sarah K. Scott, Ph.D.
Director, University Honors Program

Download the Schedule (.xls)

Wednesday, April 21

4:00 PM - Opening Rally - Laughlin Auditorium

Join us as we open SPARC 2021 with a welcome message from President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D.

4:15-5:00 PM - Debate - Laughlin Auditorium

Mentor: Coleen Reyes; Department: Communication
4:15-5:00 PM - Laughlin

Debaters: COMM 303: Argument Class

Resolution: All schools that have gendered sports teams should add an open division to allow for transgendered athletes.

Team 1

Megan Black (Captain)
Brandon Garner (Captain)
Destiny Francois
Luke Speelman
Natalie Solano
Ritik Singh

Team 2

Amani Jones (Captain)
Austin Flowers (Captain)
Kennedy Tyme
Ben Nagy
Jamin Tellez-Olivas
Aaliyah Hill

5:00-6:00 PM - Fire Talks - AC 320

Griffin Rooker, Ph.D.
Use-Inspired, Applied Behavior Analytic Research on Learning Contexts
Research area: Psychology
5:00-5:30 PM - AC 320

Jack Trammel, Ph.D.
The British Empire has always encountered difficulty in distinguishing between its heroes and its monsters…
Research area: Sociology and Criminal Justice
5:30-6:00 PM - AC 320

5:00-7:00 PM - Student Art Exhibition - Williams Art Gallery

Student Art Exhibition
5:00-7:00 PM - Williams Art Gallery

6:00-9:15 PM - Honors Session 1a - Laughlin Auditorium

Kerri M. Czekner
Safer Synthesis of Novel Triphenylpyrylium Salts with Push-Pull Electronic Systems
Mentor: Isaac Mills, Ph.D.
Research area: Biochemistry
6:00-6:35 PM - Laughlin

Ethan D. Pham
Determination of the Atomic Resolution and 3-D Structure of the Geosmin C-Terminal Domain
Mentor: Patrick Lombardi, Ph.D.
Research areas: Biochemistry, Biology, and Chemistry
6:40-7:15 PM - Laughlin

Lauren N. Gray
Quantifying the Contributions of E64 and T66 to the ASCC2:K63Ub2 Interaction [b subscript 2]
Mentor: Patrick Lombardi, Ph.D.
Research area: Chemistry
7:20-7:55 PM - Laughlin

Nicholas C. Starvaggi
Novel Synthesis & Characterization of Red-Shifted Triphenylpyrylium Derivatives
Mentor: Isaac Mills, Ph.D.
Research areas: Chemistry and Biochemistry
8:00-8:35 PM - Laughlin

Bradley A. Owen
Synthesis of Novel Schiff Base Zinc Ligands and Complexes for Photocatalysis
Mentor: Isaac Mills, Ph.D.
Research areas: Chemistry and Biochemistry
8:40-9:15 PM - Laughlin

6:00-8:35 PM - Honors Session 1b - AC 320

Gloria M. DeMoura
Improving Formation for the Discernment of Married Life
Mentor: Paige Hochschild, Ph.D.
Research areas: Theology and Communication
6:00-6:35 PM - AC Room 320

Rachel E. Donohue
Distinct: National Juried Exhibition
Mentor: Elizabeth Holtry, MFA
Research areas: Visual Arts and Communication
6:40-7:15 PM - AC Room 320

Veronica L. Plate
Our Lady of Guadalupe: Bridge Between the Americas
Mentor: Luis Vera, Ph.D.
Research area: Theology
7:20-7:55 PM - AC Room 320

Hannah M. Golway
The Evolvement of Rapid DNA: A Revolution in the Criminal Justice System
Mentor: Joseph J. Vince
Research area: Criminal Justice
8:00-8:35 PM - AC Room 320

6:05-9:00 PM - Lightning Talks Session 1 - Main Library

Erik Menjivar
Authentic Sustainability in a No-Till Agriculture System
Mentor: Abigail Kula, Ph.D.
Research area: Environmental Science
6:05-6:20 PM - Main Library

Ingrid Hazbon
The Abuse of the 911 System
Mentor: Patricia Kreke, Ph.D.
Research area: Biology
6:25-6:40 PM - Main Library

Laura Kingham, Vilius Matalavage and Marcos Gonzales-Sambolin
Downscaling the Synthesis of Methyl Benzoate with Hickman Distillation
Mentor: Patricia Kreke, Ph.D.
Research area: Chemistry
6:45-7:00 PM - Main Library

Dhane Schmelyun
Determining the structural basis of ASCC2’s enhanced affinity for diubiquitin chains
Mentor: Patrick Lombardi, Ph.D.
Research area: Biochemistry
7:05-7:20 PM - Main Library

Samantha Barry
Regulating the Gene Expression of MicroRNA MIR-244 for C. Elegans
Mentor: Mike Turner, Ph.D.
Research area: Biology
7:25-7:40 PM - Main Library

Ingrid Hazbon
The Ultimate Social Science Laboratory: Service as a First Responder
Mentor: John Trammell, Ph.D.
Research area: Biology
7:45-8:00 PM - Main Library

Taylor Brown
Learning How to Hope: Second Chances at Life and Employment
Mentor: Jack Trammell, Ph.D.
Research area: Human Services
8:05-8:20 PM - Main Library

Nathaniel Bald
Österreichische Märtyrer von dem Dritten Reich
Mentor: Susann Samples, Ph.D.
Research area: German
8:25-8:40 PM - Main Library

Emma Weinheimer
Masculinity and the Mouse
Mentor: Pratibha Kumar, Ph.D.
Research area: Communication
8:45-9:00 PM - Main Library

7:30-9:00 PM - Music Ensembles Concert - Knott Auditorium

The String Ensemble will perform in Knott Auditorium at 7:30 PM. All other performances are postponed.

Music Ensembles Concert
Mentor: Mark Carlson, DMA, and Andrew Rosenfeld, DMA; Department: Fine Arts
7:30-9:00 PM - Knott Auditorium

String Ensemble

Nicole Benner (Violin)

Katherine Bloomer (Violin)

Carlos Diaz (Violin)

Tyla Frazier (Violin)

Angeleana Phill (Violin)

Alice Tung (Viola)

Gerald Dukuly (Cello)

Samuel Staton (Base)

Wind Ensemble – Postponed

Elisabeth Busch

Claire Doll

Jared Hampton

Demaris Jackson

Rita Marcotte

Matt McDonald

Devin Shorb

Andrew Turner

Joseph Wolfensberger

Flute Ensemble – Postponed

Claire Doll (C Flute, Alto Flute)

Emma Edwards (C Flute, Bass Flute)

Demaris Jackson (C Flute, Piccolo)

Jennifer Witt (Director)

University Chorale – Postponed

Daysia Barr

Emma Bigony

Pratosh Brahmbhatt

Annie Brennan

Elizabeth Cabral

Zoe Chappell

Gabriela Cranga

Liyah Curry

Patrick Daum

Emma Edwards

Jonathan Hutchinson

Josie Jakpciak

Tess Koerner

Cheyenne McGowan

James McInerney

Sarah Nichols

Matthew Norris

Jade Powell

Maria Stollenwerk

Natalie Torta

Kelechi Udom

Alexa Vasicek

Emily Wuerz

Thursday, April 22

8:00-11:15 AM - Honors Session 2 - Laughlin Auditorium

Laurence M. Canete
Living in the Void: The Future of Space Colonization
Mentor: Brian Heinold, Ph.D.
Research area: Computer Science
8:00-8:35 AM - Laughlin

Ian C. Schirra
Solving Love-Letter Card Game with AI
Mentor: Scott Weiss
Research area: Computer Science
8:40-9:15 AM - Laughlin

Matthew J. McDonald
Yelling Fire in a Movie Theater: Creating a Crowd Panic Simulation Program
Mentor: Brian Heinold, Ph.D.
Research areas: Mathematics and Computer Science
9:20-9:55 AM - Laughlin

Michael A. Stumpo
Securing Computer Networks in Modern Vehicles
Mentor: David King
Research area: Cybersecurity
10:00-10:35 AM - Laughlin

Julia G. Baer
The Impacts of Polyethylene (PE) Microplastics on Bacteria-Bacteriophage Communities in Freshwater Environments
Mentor: Eric Sakowski, Ph.D.
Research areas: Biology and Chemistry
10:40-11:15 AM - Laughlin

8:45-10:00 AM - Panel Session 1a - AC 220

Natalie Meador, Katie Creamer and Logan Lencheski
Earthworks
Mentor: Elizabeth Holtry, MFA
Research area: Fine Arts - Art
8:45-10:00 AM - AC Room 220

8:45-10:00 AM - Panel Session 1b - AC 225

Will Solomon, Maria Elser and Sean Seay
The History, Poetics, and Politics of American Stand-Up Comedy
Mentor: David Wehner, Ph.D.
Research area: English
8:45-10:00 AM - AC Room 225

9:00-11:35 AM - Lightning Talks Session 2b - AC 309

Caleb Barber
Understanding Demographic Trends Around the World
Mentor: John Larivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
9:00-9:15 AM - AC Room 309

Sebastian Flemings
Material Well-Being Throughout the Twentieth Century
Mentor: John Larivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
9:20-9:35 AM - AC Room 309

Matthew Funk
Changing perceptions of civil society in meeting social needs
Mentor: John Larivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
9:40-9:55 AM - AC Room 309

Anne Frederick
Understanding the Moral Failings of the Free Market and How to Question it
Mentor: John Larivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)
10:00-10:15 AM - AC Room 309

Ethan Bower
The Impact of the Social Gospel Movement on Economic Policies of the Twentieth Century and Beyond
Mentor: John Larivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
10:20-10:35 AM - AC Room 309

Ralph Norce
Views on the Human Person with Views on Poverty
Mentor: John Larivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
10:40-10:55 AM - AC Room 309

Yasmin Whitelocke
Marx, Gramsci, and Cultural Marxism
Mentor: John Larivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
11:00-11:15 AM - AC Room 309

Chidozie Nnamene
Role of Human Agency and Action in Developmental Economics
Mentor: John Larivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
11:20-11:35 AM - AC Room 309

9:30-11:00 AM - Poster Session 1 - GatherTown

Patrick O'Hanlon
Exploring the Crucial Role That the Students' Sense of Belonging Plays in Conjunction With Their Academic Success
Mentor: Layton Field, Ph.D.
Research area: Sociology
9:30-11:00 AM - GatherTown

Kelsey Firman
The Development, Transformation, and Impact of Language
Mentor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Sociology
9:30-11:00 AM - GatherTown

Oluwabusola Abayomi
The Pay Gap Between Women of Color and White Women
Mentor: Layton Field, Ph.D.
Research area: Sociology
9:30-11:00 AM - GatherTown

Sarah Nichols
History of Go-Go Music in Washington D.C.
Mentor: Timothy Fritz, Ph.D.
Research area: Sociology
9:30-11:00 AM - GatherTown

Faith Kuckels
The Biological Basis of Social Theory
Mentor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Sociology
9:30-11:00 AM - GatherTown

Lauren Dykes
A Sociological Approach to Grief in Young Persons
Mentor: Layton Field, Ph.D.
Research area: Sociology
9:30-11:00 AM - GatherTown

Noelle Burley
Game Wardens vs Poachers: Minimizing Poaching Crimes
Mentor: Layton Field, Ph.D.
Research area: Sociology
9:30-11:00 AM - GatherTown

Adriana Colburn
Student & Faculty Diversity of Postsecondary Institutions
Mentor: Layton Field, Ph.D.
Research area: Sociology
9:30-11:00 AM - GatherTown

Mary James
The Different types of coercion used in human and sex trafficking
Mentor: Layton Field, Ph.D.
Research area: Sociology
9:30-11:00 AM - GatherTown

Matenyeh Kaba
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Attitudes Towards Death and Dying
Mentor: Mindy Korol, Ph.D.
Research area: Psychology
9:30-11:00 AM - GatherTown

10:15-11:30 AM - Panel Session 2a - AC 220

Jazlyn Ibarra, Mary Hamilton and Maria Elser
Literature and Unpacking Unheard Voices
Mentor: Sarah Scott, Ph.D.
Research area: English
10:15-11:30 AM - AC Room 220

10:15-11:30 AM - Panel Session 2b - AC 225

Kimberly Klabe, Bill Collinge, Ph.D., and Emil Berendt, Ph.D.
Recycling’s Dark Night of the Soul: The State of Recycling in America Today
Research area: Environmental Science
10:15-11:30 AM - AC Room 225

10:40-12:15 AM - Lightning Talks Session 2a - Main Library

Neal Rihel
What's in stock?
Mentor: Rebecca Portier
Research area: Computer Science
10:40-10:55 AM - Main Library

Nolan Key
Dragon Ball Database and Website
Mentor: Scott Weiss
Research area: Computer Science
11:00-11:15 AM - Main Library

Ian Armattoe
My Custom Study App
Mentor: Scott Weiss
Research area: Computer Science
11:20-11:35 AM - Main Library

Ian Schirra
Randomness vs. Foresight: Evaluating Player Opposition in a Card Game
Mentor: Scott Weiss
Research area: Computer Science
11:40-11:55 AM - Main Library

Pablo Badia
Disease Modeling Software
Mentor: Scott Weiss
Research area: Computer Science
12:00-12:15 PM - Main Library

12:30-2:00 PM - Lighted Corners - Main Library

Lighted Corners
Mentor: Tom Bligh, Ph.D.
12:30-2:00 PM - Main Library

Lighted Corners Staff

Editor
Rachel Donohue

Design Editor
Emmy Jansen

Art Editor
Janelle Ramroop

Poetry Co-Editors
Sarah Johnson & Alba Sarria

Fiction Co-Editors
Betsy Busch & Jazlyn Ibarra

Creative Nonfiction Co-Editors
Kerri Czekner & Maria Stollenwerk

Submission Manager
Tyler Jackson

Public Relations Manager
Kayla Cooper

Staff

Oloruntomi Dare

Claire Doll

Madison Hall

Kayla Jones

Sydney Kelly

Javon Sankoh

Malcom Stidham

Victoria Tyler

Contributors

Eden Arouna

Rebekah Balick

Betsy Busch

Katie Creamer

Oloruntomi Dare

Claire Doll

Rachel Donohue

Gerald Dukuly

Maria Elser

Timothy Hrabinski

Jazlyn Ibarra

Trinity Imes

Kayla Jones

James Kempisty

Joanna Kreke

Logan Lencheski

Maya Marks

Natalie Meador

Paige Moseley

Eileen Rosewater

Javon Sankoh

Alba Sarria

Ian Schirra

Margaret Stine

Victoria Tyler

Abbie Woods

Faculty Advisor: Tom Bligh, Ph.D.

12:30-2:00 PM - Panel Presentation - AC Room 220

AMER 202 Students
Generating Meaning in Bob Dylan's "Murder Most Foul"
Mentor: Mark Carlson, DMA, and Jack Dudley, Ph.D.
Research area: Culture and Civilization
12:30-2:00 PM - AC Room 220

1:00-4:15 PM - Honors Session 3a - Laughlin Auditorium

Kate A. Burke
Understanding DNA Repair Machinery: The Characterization of the Binding Interaction of Ubiquitin and ASCC2
Mentor: Patrick Lombardi, Ph.D.
Research area: Biology
1:00-1:35 PM - Laughlin

Kayla R. Kebreau
The Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Mental Health: Does a Higher ACE Score Correlate to a Greater Risk of Sensory Processing Disabilities?
Mentor: Angie Kallarackal, Ph.D.
Research area: Biology
1:40-2:15 PM - Laughlin

Emmanuella Osei-Asante
Determining the Structural Basis for ASCC2 CUE/Ubiquitin Binding
Mentor: Patrick Lombardi, Ph.D.
Research area: Biology
2:20-2:55 PM - Laughlin

Lizanne M. Passaro
Mutagenesis and Ligation in C-Terminal Domain of Geosmin Synthase Gene
Mentor: Patrick Lombardi, Ph.D.
Research area: Biology
3:00-3:35 PM - Laughlin

Adria F.B. Pirozzi
Documenting Effects of Local Adatation on Milkweed Growth
Mentor: Abby Kula, Ph.D.
Research area: Biology
3:40-4:15 PM - Laughlin

1:00-3:35 PM - Honors Session 3b - AC 320

Mary T. Hamilton
Trauma and Gender in Anna Burns's Milkman
Mentor: Jack Dudley, Ph.D.
Research area: English
1:00-1:35 PM - AC Room 320

Nicholas J. Dinunzio
Capitalism, Epistemology, and Narrative Structure in Flann O'Brien's At Swim-Two-Birds
Mentor: Jack Dudley, Ph.D.
Research areas: English and Philosophy
1:40-2:15pm - AC Room 320

Maria G. Elser
Tense Contemporaries: The Relationship Between Fitzgerald and Hemingway
Mentor: Dave Wehner, Ph.D.
Research area: English Education
2:20-2:55 PM - AC Room 320

Elena I. Rittie
Directing During a Pandemic: An Abridged Version of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
Mentor: Kurt Blaugher, Ph.D.
Research areas: Business with Passion for Fine Arts
3:00-3:35 PM - AC Room 320

1:00-2:30 PM - Poster Session 2 - GatherTown

Maya Grassi
Material Well Being Through Time
Mentor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
1:00-2:30 PM - GatherTown

Tristan Olinger
The Undervalued Role of Ideas in the Social Sciences
Mentor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
1:00-2:30 PM - GatherTown

Autumn Burns
Follow the Blockchain: How Cryptocurrency is Changing Financial Crime Investigations
Mentor: Lawrence Hoffman
Research area: Forensic Accounting
1:00-2:30 PM - GatherTown

Lesly Villavicencio
How do Religion and Economics Intersect?
Mentor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
1:00-2:30 PM - GatherTown

Patrick Kueberth
Keynes in Context
Mentor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
1:00-2:30 PM - GatherTown

Megan Black
Maximum Overhang
Mentor: Jonelle Hook, Ph.D.
Research area: Mathematics
1:00-2:30 PM - GatherTown

Joseph Oleskey
What Should I Do? Reward Matrices and Decision Probability
Mentor: Jonelle Hook, Ph.D.
Research area: Mathematics
1:00-2:30 PM - GatherTown

Pablo Badia
Using Graph Theory To Trace The Spread of an Infectious Disease
Mentor: Brian Heinold, Ph.D.
Research area: Mathematics
1:00-2:30 PM - GatherTown

Matthew McDonald
The Sleeping Beauty Problem
Mentor: Jonelle Hook, Ph.D.
Research area: Mathematics
1:00-2:30 PM - GatherTown

Margaret Wishart
Exploration of Equitable Coloring
Mentor: Jonelle Hook, Ph.D.
Research area: Mathematics
1:00-2:30 PM - GatherTown

Emily Eckard, Olivia Gardenhour and Kweku Brew
On Quotients of Fibotomic Polynomials
Mentor: Jonelle Hook, Ph.D.
Research area: Mathematics
1:00-2:30 PM - GatherTown

1:40-5:35 PM - Lightning Talks Session 3a - Main Library

Yafet Brook
School & Library Management
Mentor: Scott Weiss
Research area: Computer Science
1:40-1:55 AM - Zoom only

Carlo Sadsad
Senior Project: Esports Management
Mentor: Scott Weiss
Research area: Computer Science
2:00-2:15 PM - Main Library

Carter Nave
Mount Track and Field website
Mentor: Scott Weiss
Research area: Computer Science
2:20-2:35 PM - Main Library

Kaitlyn Coffey
Databases and Android Studio
Mentor: Scott Weiss
Research area: Computer Science
2:40-2:55 PM - Main Library

Jakob Hild
Music Generated by AI
Mentor: Scott Weiss
Research area: Computer Science
3:00-3:15 PM - Main Library

Matthew McDonald
Simulating Pedestrian Movement
Mentor: Brian Heinold, Ph.D.
Research area: Computer Science
3:20-3:35 PM - Main Library

Michael Yetter
Pitch Data Analysis Using R
Mentor: Scott Weiss
Research area: Computer Science
3:40-3:55 PM - Main Library

James Connelly
Automating the Course Scheduling Process
Mentor: Scott Weiss
Research area: Computer Science
4:00-4:15 PM - Main Library

Michael Burke
Leveraging Online APIs for Efficient Stock Data Exchange
Mentor: Scott Weiss
Research area: Computer Science
4:20-4:35 PM - Main Library

Michael Stumpo
Graph Analysis Application for Network Logs
Mentor: Scott Weiss
Research area: Computer Science
4:40-4:55 PM - Main Library

Michael Hartloff
Feeding Adventure
Mentor: Scott Weiss
Research area: Computer Science
5:00-5:15 AM - Main Library

Javon Sankoh and Laurence Canete
A Game Inspired by Misfortune: Visual Novel Project
Mentor: Scott Weiss
Research area: Computer Science
5:20-5:35 AM - Main Library

2:00-4:15 PM - Lightning Talks Session 3b - AC 309

Russell Armstong
Economic Determinism in Marxism and other Social Thought
Mentor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
2:00-2:15 PM - AC Room 309

Nicholas Santorelli
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's life and his warning for the West
Mentor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
2:20-2:35 PM - AC Room 309

Austin Dodd
Exploring Self-Interest Across Economic Systems
Mentor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
2:40-2:55 PM - AC Room 309

Elizabeth Murray
The Barriers Women Face in the Workplace: A Closer Look at Mount St. Mary’s Alumni
Mentor: Christina Yoder, Ph.D.
Research area: Business
3:00-3:15 PM - AC Room 309

Trey Cook
Free Will and Crime: An Examination of Economic History
Mentor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
3:20-3:35 PM - AC Room 309

Paige Buchanan
Reaching a Net-Zero Economy in the United Kingdom
Mentor: Michael Barry, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
3:40-3:55 PM - AC Room 309

Tyler Cole
Capitalism and Character
Mentor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
4:00-4:15 PM - AC Room 309

2:30-4:00 PM - Panel Presentation - AC Room 220

Samuel Staton and Cory Mohler
Music Major Senior Roundtable
Mentor: Mark Carlson, DMA, and Andy Rosenfeld, DMA
Research area: Visual and Performaing Arts
2:30-4:00 PM - AC Room 220

3:00-4:30 PM - Poster Session 3 - GatherTown

Morgan Young
Where Does a Rat Tend to Rock?
Mentor: Jon Slezak, Ph.D.
Research area: Psychology
3:00-4:30 PM - GatherTown

Faith Kuckels
Are Sprague-Dawley Rats Jazz Music Lovers?
Mentor: Jon Slezak, Ph.D.
Research area: Psychology
3:00-4:30 PM - GatherTown

Vanessa Martin
Are Rats Really Groovy?
Mentor: Jon Slezak, Ph.D.
Research area: Psychology
3:00-4:30 PM - GatherTown

Emily Mendoza
Long-term Pavlovian Conditioning: Is Music Innately Reinforcing?
Mentor: Jon Slezak, Ph.D.
Research area: Psychology
3:00-4:30 PM - GatherTown

Shania Miller
How Does Unaccompanied Minors Survive?
Mentor: Layton Field, Ph.D.
Research area: Criminal Justice
3:00-4:30 PM - GatherTown

Amir Crede
Juvenile Delinquency
Mentor: Layton Field, Ph.D.
Research area: Criminal Justice
3:00-4:30 PM - GatherTown

Tianna Fulmore
The effects of Police Brutality
Mentor: Layton Field, Ph.D.
Research area: Conflict, Peace, and Social Justice
3:00-4:30 PM - GatherTown

Molly Jackson
COVID-19 and the Rise of Computer Crime
Mentor: Layton Field, Ph.D.
Research area: Criminal Justice
3:00-4:30 PM - GatherTown

Santino Servagno
Synthesis and Characterization of CTA2,6 and CTA3,5 Micellar Systems
Mentor: Patricia Kreke, Ph.D.
Research area: Chemistry
3:00-4:30 PM - GatherTown

Rita Anoh
Cellular Signaling Mediated by the Protein Ubiquitin
Mentor: Patrick Lombardi, Ph.D.
Research area: Biochemistry
3:00-4:30 PM - GatherTown

3:00-4:30 PM - Moorings and Tolle Lege - Library 102

Moorings and Tolle Lege
Mentors: Sean Lewis, Ph.D., and Thane Naberhaus, Ph.D.
3:00-4:30 PM - Library 102

Moorings Staff

Senior Editor-in-Chief
Matthew McDonald

Co-Editor-in-Chief
Betsy Busch

Editors

Rachel Wheeler

Rebekah Balick

Gabriela Cranga

Rita Marcotte

Lexi Zambito

Mary Hamilton

Daysia Barr

Contributors

Kelley Northam

Sydney Kelly

Lexi Zambito

Maria Elser

Nicholas Starvaggi

Mary Hamilton

Brandon Garner

Betsy Busch

Faculty Advisors: Sean Lewis, Ph.D., Andrew Rosenfeld, DMA, and Elizabeth Strauss, Ph.D.

Tolle Lege Staff

Co-Editor-in-Chief
Harry Scherer

Co-Editor-in-Chief
Lexi Zambito

Editors

Julia Baer

Nathaniel Bald

Emily Jansen

Savannah Laux

Rachel Lyter

Olivia Prevost

Matthew Pugsley

Glennamarie Rivers

Contributors

Nathaniel Bald

Rebekah Balick

Betsy Busch

Julia Cool

Rachel Lyter

Michael Pray

Timothy Ruflin

Ranil Weerackoon

6:00-9:15 PM - Honors Session 4a - Laughlin Auditorium

Mary A. Mulligan
The Ennoblement of the Ignoble: Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings
Mentor: Josh Brown, Ph.D.
Research areas: Theology and History
6:00-6:35 PM - Laughlin

Henry C. Hoffman
How Northern Cavalry Saved the Union
Mentor: Curtis Johnson, Ph.D.
Research area: History
6:40-7:15 PM - Laughlin

Sean G. Seay
How the Internet Facilitated the Rise of the Alt-Right and Contemporary Neo-Nazism
Mentors: Jack Dudley, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Strauss, Ph.D.
Research areas: History and English
7:20-7:55 PM - Laughlin

Taylor N. Cook
China's Monopoly on Human Rights
Mentor: Allison Berland, Ph.D.
Research area: Political Science
8:00-8:35 PM - Laughlin

Thomas G. Carter
From the Perspective of a Military Child
Mentor: Layton Field, Ph.D.
Research area: Sociology
8:40-9:15 PM - Laughlin

6:00-9:15 PM - Honors Session 4b - AC 320

Katherine S. Bieraugel
Lessons Learned from the Coronavirus Pandemic
Mentor: Mike Barry, Ph.D.
Research area: Business
6:00-6:35 PM - AC Room 320

Elizabeth A. Cabral
How to Increase the Productivity of a Team
Mentor: Christina Yoder, Ph.D.
Research area: Business
6:40-7:15 PM - AC Room 320

Jody I. Shuey
Fundamentals of Healthcare Marketing During COVID-19
Mentor: Christina Yoder, Ph.D.
Research area: Business
7:20-7:55 PM - AC Room 320

Nathaniel F. Bald
The University and Civil Society: Renewal of the Human Person
Mentor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Economics
8:00-8:35 PM - AC Room 320

Sam N. Stephan
Student-Athletes: A Winning Strategy?
Mentor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.
Research areas: Economics and Business
8:40-9:15 PM - AC Room 320

6:05-9:00 PM - Lightning Talks Session 4 - Main Library

James Cannata
What is man? Animal or Miraculous?
Mentor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Theology
6:05-6:20 PM - Main Library

Brea Purdie
The Incompatibility of Catholicism and Conservatism using Catholic Social Teaching
Mentor: Leon Dixon, Ph.D.
Research area: Theology
6:25-6:40 PM - Main Library

Bo Baruani
Does our free will nullify God's sovereignty?
Mentor: John Larrivee, Ph.D.
Research area: Philosophy
6:45-7:00 PM - Main Library

Harry Scherer
Social Justice and Luigi Taparelli: The Origins and Implementation of Modern Catholic Social Teaching
Mentor: Barrett Turner, Ph.D.
Research area: Theology
7:05-7:20 PM - Main Library

Emmy Jansen
A Working Definition of Domestic Terrorism
Mentor: Michael Towle, Ph.D.
Research area: Conflict, Peace, and Social Justice
7:25-7:40 PM - Main Library

Elizabeth Busch
Crones to Covens: Analyzing Trends of Isolation and Community in the Early Modern Witch Craze in Conjunction With the Portrayal of Witches in Contemporary Literature (Part 1)
Mentor: Jamie Gianoutsos, Ph.D.
Research area: English
7:45-8:00 PM - Main Library

Sydney Kelly
Crones to Covens: Analyzing Trends of Isolation and Community in the Early Modern Witch Craze in Conjunction With the Portrayal of Witches in Contemporary Literature (Part 2)
Mentor: Jamie Gianoutsos, Ph.D.
Research area: History
8:05-8:20 PM - Main Library

Harry Scherer
The Literary Pope: Dystopian Literature and the Thought of Pope Francis
Mentor: Sean Lewis, Ph.D.
Research area: English
8:25-8:40 PM - Main Library

Nathaniel Bald
« Je me souviens » : La Langue, l’identité, et le Québec
Mentor: Marco Roman, Ph.D.
Research area: French
8:45-9:00 PM - Main Library

7:30-9:00 PM - Theatrical Performance - Horning Theatre

Scenes from “The Merchant of Venice”
Theatrical Performance
Director: Elena Rittie
Mentor: Kurt Blaugher, Ph.D.
Research area: Fine Arts
7:30-9:00 PM - Horning Theatre

Friday, April 23

8:00-10:35 AM - Honors Session 5a - Laughlin Auditorium

Gabriela K. Cranga
Educate Them in a Christian way of life: A Critical Analysis of 7th Grade Catechesis Texts for Developmental Awareness and Spiritual Growth
Mentor: Carolyn Cook, Ph.D.
Research area: Elementary Education
8:00-8:35 AM - Laughlin

Emily A. Wuerz
Cognitive Emotions and Religion in Mount Students
Mentor: Jonathan Slezak, Ph.D.
Research area: Psychology
8:40-9:15 AM - Laughlin

Joseph A. Oleskey
A Quantitative Analysis of Stimulus Control in a Delay-Discounting Task
Mentor: Jonathan Slezak, Ph.D.
Research area: Psychology
9:20-9:55 AM - Laughlin

Kristina J. Winkeler
In the Midst of a Plastic Crisis: How Did We Get Here and How Can We Move On?
Mentor: Abigail Kula, Ph.D.
Research area: Environmental Science
10:00-10:35 AM - Laughlin

8:00-9:55 AM - Honors Session 5b - Delaplaine Theatre

Jocelyn Castillo
The Robotic Accountant: An Exploration of Robotic Process Automation in Accounting
Mentor: John V. Sherwin, JD
Research area: Accounting
8:00-8:35 AM - Delaplaine Theatre

Cecilia A. Wigginton
The Role of a Forensic Accountant in Law Enforcement
Mentor: Larry Hoffman
Research areas: Accounting and Forensic Accounting
8:40-9:15 AM - Delaplaine Theatre

Ivan W. Korpics
Do Different Coaching Techniques and Philosophies Effect the Development of Division I Student-Athletes?
Mentor: Corinne Farneti, Ph.D.
Research areas: Sport Management and Business
9:20-9:55 AM - Delaplaine Theatre

Festival Formats

As a student, you have the opportunity to present your work through a variety of formats, and chances are you've been preparing something exciting for months! Take a look at these options to see which one works best with your course of study.

Dates and Timeline

  • February 15-26: SPARC submission period
  • April 21-23: SPARC Festival
  • April 23: Academic Awards

Lightning Talks

A Lightning Talk is where you give a brief presentation to hit on the main points of an idea and express what matters most. Don't plan to read a speech or essay in its entirety. Be selective, condensing your talk to its essentials.

Lightning Talk Guidelines

Time

When you submitted your proposal, you indicated your preferences for a one-hour time slot. About a week prior to the festival, you will be notified of your presentation time (15-minute window in that hour). Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your presentation time.

Format

PowerPoint slides or other computer files can be projected on a laptop computer that will be set up prior to your presentation. PowerPoint is not required. Bring your computer and bring the file with you on a flash drive or email it to yourself.

Length

Each presenter has 15 minutes, including time for questions & answers. Plan to speak no longer than 10 minutes. Please honor your time constraints in order to facilitate the presentations that precede or follow yours.

Recommendations

The most successful lightning talks show evidence of preparation, organization, enthusiasm and confidence. Avoid speaking too rapidly or too quietly. Remember to relax and breathe. For best results, practice your talk and ask a friend to time you.

Honors Presentations

An Honors Presentation is the final capstone presentation of an honors thesis, as per the requirements of the University Honors Program. If you're presenting your honors thesis, chances are you've already worked through many months of research and the SPARC Festival is when your findings are presented to the university and greater community.

Panel Presentations

A Panel Presentation involves a small group of presenters (three to six) who talk about various angles on a specific theme. Panels are scheduled for 60-75 minutes and panelists usually speak for roughly 10 minutes each. If you have a panel idea, talk with one of your professors!

Poster Presentations

A poster is a way to presents the result of your project visually, demonstrating your goals, methods and conclusions. Your poster should be self-explanatory, leaving you free to answer questions on the finer details of the project. Poster sessions are scheduled for two-hour blocks.

Guidelines for Creating a SPARC Festival Poster


Location and Time

Poster sessions last two hours and take place in Patriot Hall. You'll need to arrive 15 minutes early to set up.

Format

Design your poster so that it can be tacked onto a 4 foot by 4-foot corkboard. Pushpins will be available. You may use PowerPoint to design a 4 x 4 poster that can be printed in the Center for Instructional Technology and tacked onto the mounting board or design a series of slides (letter-sized or smaller) that can be individually printed and tacked onto the mounting board. You may supplement your poster with a laptop presentation, though access to electric outlets will be limited. If you include audio, keep the volume to a reasonable level.

Content

Present sufficient evidence to support your conclusions, and use illustrations, plots, small tables, or other visually-appealing content over text. If your project was initially in narrative form, then select representative excerpts. Limit yourself to four or five pages of text in a large font legible from a four-foot distance.

Context

Provide background on your goals, methods, and conclusions. What is the underlying question, why is it important, what is the timeline, who were the participants, what activities went into the research, what conclusion did you reach? Share enough information to allow observers to respond with informed questions.

Clarity

Sequence items on your poster in an intuitive way that allows observers to readily understand your project. Use left-to-right, top-to-bottom organization and include letters or arrows if necessary. Feature major points, leaving other findings for informal conversations with SPARC attendees. Provide clear labels for each section of your presentation. Use color to enhance comprehension.

Title and names

Choose a descriptive, catchy title. Include the names of the presenters.

Recommendations

Simplicity is key. Don't try to cover too much material. Say a lot about a little rather than a little about a lot. Rehearse a brief summary of your project. Before you make your poster, create a list of the visuals you would include if you were describing your project with only the visuals. Write the text after you have created the list of visuals.

Examples

For examples of poster sessions from previous SPARC festivals, visit our Facebook page.

Performance Presentations

A Performance Presentation is where you will present a discussion of the process by which a performance of music, theater or performance art is prepared and then perform it. This 20-minute presentation session is followed by a Q&A session with attendants.

SPARC 2020 Abstracts by Major

While the 2020 SPARC Festival was unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the names of presenters and their mentors, titles of presentations and presentation abstracts for all accepted submissions are available and are organized by field of study.

Read the abstracts

SPARC 2019