The 1st Annual Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference was held April 26, 2024 at the Hays Theatre. There were 8 oral presentations and 20 poster presentations across 5 Research Categories: Arts & Humanites, Education, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Physical Sciences & Mathematics.

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Full Schedule
2024
Friday, April 26th
10:00 AM

Welcome

Dr. Melissa Gebbia, Molloy University

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:00 AM - 10:05 AM

10:05 AM

Keynote address

Dr. Jodi F. Evans Ph.D., Molloy University

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:05 AM - 10:20 AM

10:20 AM

Investigating the Influence of Prenatal Metals Exposures on Childhood Mitochondrial Biomarkers

Z'Dhanne Williams, Student presenter

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:20 AM - 10:25 AM

10:25 AM

The Effects of Code Switching Dialects for Black and Brown Professionals

Ashley Beaujuin, Student presenter
Hia Datta, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:25 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM

Edward Boccia: A Crossroads of Italian-American History and Art

Audrey Michlig, Student presenter
Rosa JH Berland, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:30 AM - 10:35 AM

10:35 AM

Harnessing the power of anti-Inflammatory additives: A journey towards modulating microglial responses

Doriah Thomas, Student presenter
Martin Garcia, Student presenter
Katherine Rodriguez, Student presenter
Mary Kusenda, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:35 AM - 10:40 AM

10:40 AM

Understanding Speech-Language Pathologists and their Views in Palliative Care

Harrison Fiumaro, Student presenter
Hia Datta, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:40 AM - 10:45 AM

10:45 AM

“Deafinitely” Awesome: Children who are deaf and their path to social success.

Emily Fick, Student presenter
Hia Datta Ph.D., Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

Effects of Music on Memory

Jordan Gilbert, Student presenter
Jennifer C. Elliott PhD, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

Fluvoxamine reverses PTGS2 gene expression and cellular metabolism changes caused by SARS-CoV-2 N protein

Doriah Thomas, Student presenter
Martin Garcia, Student presenter
Katherine Rodriguez, Student presenter
Mary Kusenda, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

From Adolescence to Adulthood - Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Kimberly Jaipersaud, Student presenter
Jaime Vitrano PhD, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

Hands on Learning with CS/DF Standards

Anna Nugent, Student presenter
Kiera Vanbuskirk, Student presenter
Taylor Bentze, Student presenter
Madeline Craig, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

"Healing Takes Practice" Increase Knowledge of Trauma-informed Practice through Focused Supervision to work with children who have experienced sexual abuse.

Diana Guzman, Student presenter
Lois Carey, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

Kindergarten Quandaries: Social Pragmatics of Children who Experienced Remote Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Gabriella Ramos, Student presenter
Hia Datta, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

Mental Health of Incarcerated Individuals

Hunter Shectman, Student presenter
Jaime Vitrano, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

Optimizing an Imaging Protocol to Quantify Mitochondrial Transfer

Z'Dhanne Williams, Student presenter
Edwin Hernandez, Student presenter
Jodi F. Evans Ph.D., Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

Ready to Practice? An Examination of New Graduates’ Feelings of Confidence and Preparedness to Practice as a Registered Nurse

Mary Stevenson, Student presenter
Jennifer Emilie Mannino PhD, Faculty mentor
Lisa Lumley PhD, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

Social Capital in the Workplace: An Examination of New Nurses’ First Job Experiences and Their Plans to Remain in the Profession

Kathy Leistner, Student presenter
Mary Stevenson, (author, non-presenter)
Jennifer Hahl, (author, non-presenter)
Fadjana Joseph, (author, non-presenter)
Kimberly Campbell-Taylor, (author, non-presenter)
Lisa A. Lumley MS, Faculty mentor
Jennifer Emilie Mannino PhD, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

Support Vector Machine Classifier

Abel Parada, Student presenter
Hyokyeong Lee, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

The Effects of Covid-19 on Substance Use Among College Students

Madison M. Wakely, Student presenter
Halle Trahey, Student presenter
Jennifer C. Elliott PhD, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

The Effects of Screen Time and Sleep Quality on Cognitive Function in College Students

Halle R. Trahey, Student presenter
Jennifer C. Elliott Ph.D, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

The Influence of Stress and Academic Performance on Non-Essential Shopping Behaviors In University Students

Kimberly Jaipersaud, Student presenter
Jennifer C. Elliott PhD, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

The Link between Drug Addiction and Emotional Dysregulation: The Mechanisms behind this Relationship

Halle Trahey, Student presenter
Jamie Vitrano Ph.D, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

The Media’s Influence on Disordered Eating and Body Dysmorphia in Males and Females

Alexis Kotanidis, Student presenter
Jamie Vitrano, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

The Relationship Between Being a Collegiate Student-Athlete and Mental Health

Madison M. Wakely, Student presenter
Jaime Vitrano PhD, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

Unlocking Patterns: Simplifying Complex Data Analysis with KNN Classification

Louis Catala, Student presenter
Hyokyeong Lee PhD, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

10:45 AM

Using eDNA to assess impacts of oyster restoration on ecosystem biodiversity at a heavily impacted coastal lagoon

Dominique Di Domenico, Student presenter
Emily Bonacchi, Student presenter
Elizabeth Suter, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

11:35 AM

Crassostra Virginca and Microplastics in The Great South Bay

Aiden Watson, Student presenter
Elizabeth Suter, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

11:35 AM - 11:40 AM

11:40 AM

Practicing what we preach: An understanding of vocal hygiene knowledge and practices in professional voice-users

Carolyn Nicholson, Student presenter
Hia Datta, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

11:40 AM - 11:45 AM

11:45 AM

Interplay of Quorum-Sensing Molecules and Yeast Growth Dynamics: Insights from Strain-Specific Responses

Lynn Jacques, Student presenter
Lauren Bentejac, Student presenter
Cristhian Granda, Student presenter
Natalie Moussa, Student presenter
Christopher Chery, Student presenter
Eimaan Shamoon, Student presenter
Robeily Moran, Student presenter
Li Li, Faculty mentor

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

11:45 AM - 11:50 AM

11:50 AM

Certificate Presentation

Dr. Audrey Cohan EdD, Molloy University

Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Building

11:50 AM - 12:00 PM