Oglethorpe University scholars awarded undergraduate research funding

Thirteen Oglethorpe University students have received undergraduate research awards from Oglethorpe's Student Research Development Fund, distributed annually. The recipients are majoring in a range of disciplines, including biology, biopsychology, politics, psychology, sociology, and English.

Funding applications were evaluated by a committee comprised of Oglethorpe faculty: Dr. Lea Alford, Eli Arnold, Dr. Nick Bujak, Dr. Beth Concepcion, Alyssa Kowis, Dr. Glenn Sharfman, Dr. Karen Schmeichel, and Dr. Justin Wise.

Funding recipients are:

Syeda Bano '20, Politics and Sociology major - Bano will present her research on identity development and identity salience of Southeast Asian college students in the southeastern United States at the Annual Southern Sociological Society Conference in Florida in April 2020.

Yasmin Tehrani '20, International Studies and English major - Tehrani will present her paper "Mrs. Dalloway and the Membrane Between Selves" at the International Sigma Tau Delta Conference in Las Vegas.

Ariana Jimenez '20, Biology major - Jimenez will attend the American Society of Cell Biology Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. to present their research on ciliary assembly using the genetic model organism Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a unicellular green algae with two cilia.

Alex Prots '20, Biology major - Prots has conducted surveys with visitors of three different bays on the West (Kona) Coast of Hawaii, and will take her findings to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Bozeman, Montana in March 2020.

Lexi Covalsen '20, English and Comparative Literature major - In March 2020, Covalsen will return to the Sigma Tau Delta international conference in Las Vegas to present her essay "Defining Trauma in the Graphic Novel."

Fernanda Rodrigues '20, English and Comparative Literature major - In March 2020, Rodrigues will attend the Sigma Tau Delta international conference in Las Vegas to present her critical essay "The Satirical Happiness in 'Mad Men,'" which focuses on her analysis of how the television series uses satirical view of 1960s America in similar literary techniques present in Samuel Clemens' texts.

Jaime Croft '20, Biopsychology major
Andrew Aycock '20, Biopsychology major
Croft and Aycock will present research at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference on the possible predictors that could influence attitudes in college students toward cheating. The project looked at how cognitive ability, academic self-efficacy, sense of belonging in school, and locus of control could influence attitudes towards academic dishonesty.

Emily Schultz '20, English and Psychology major
Mikayla Ries '21, Psychology major
At the 2020 Southeastern Psychological Association conference, Ries and Schultz will present their study investigating how signature location might influence participants' honest self-reports of their own personality.

Jalisa Kassam '20, Biopsychology major - Kassam tested factors in students influencing attitudes toward cheating and academic dishonesty. She will present her findings at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference held in New Orleans in April 2020.

Erin Raquel Battaglia '20, Psychology major - Battaglia will continue her research on the effect of severity and type of trauma on the social response to victims. The research suggests that participants responded more to the severity of the survivor's symptoms of distress post-trauma than to the severity of the trauma itself.

Lane Sticher '20, Communication and Rhetoric Studies major - Sticher will present at the Sigma Tau Delta International Conference in Las Vegas in March 2020. There, she will present her research paper "Primetime and the Oppressed Mother," which looks at how primetime television represents women and how working moms are depicted on television.

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