Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

 
The Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS) provides Belmont students with an opportunity to present the findings of their independent research projects, listen to distinguished speakers, and enjoy the company of fellow researchers. Below is a selection of papers presented by students.

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Submissions from 2022

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“ESL Programs and the Limitations to Socioeconomic Mobility, Alexia Akhom, Grace Cleland, Jessica Mattsson, and Nigel Marvin

Are Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Present in Nashville Bird Feces, Yezen Alhamda and Carly Ryan Jacobs

Tennessee General Assembly Senate Bill 2310, Autumn Allen, Emily Boggess, Laura Fullerton, and Cora Thomas

At Home in Tennessee Grant: Research for Japan America Society of Tennessee, Nathan Amezcua, Claire Huang, Bradford Kearney, Megan Nolen, and Elena Overstreet

Determining the variation in anthropogenic microfiber pollution in the Richland Creek watershed in Nashville, TN, Asher B. Amundson and Callie D. Swallows

Predicting Math Proficiency in Underrepresented Student Groups, Miracle Awonuga

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The Crown Act, Carrington Aytes

Modeling Anxiety-Induced Avoidance in Rats, Sam Baker, Lindsey Edwards, Essence Hamer, Taylor Hays, Hope Henderson, Pratt Srinivasan, Wesley Stuart, Farris Turner, and Timothy Schoenfeld Ph.D.

The Association Between Personality, Emotional Intelligence, and Romantic Relationship Satisfaction, Sam Baker, Anna Hedger, Samantha Driggers, and Gracie Medley

How Occupying Militaries Impact Controlled Region's Stability, Scott Banker

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Perceptions of Parenting, Self-Esteem, and Relationships, John Bannec, Georgia Foss, Essence Hamer, Mary Elizabeth Holloway, and Lauren Peterson

The Influence of Gender on Sexual Behaviors and Attitudes, Chloe Bellgardt, Paige Underwood, and Charlotte Maracina

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An Exploration of Bedtime Music Genres and Sleep Quality, Hannah Bell, Macie Culberston, Hannah Foss, and Devyn Prater

Structural Analysis of BR3 and SY10 Provides Insight Into the Onset of Bacterial Infective Endocarditis, Paris Berrian; Laura Frigo; Pankaj Sharma, PhD; and Tina Iverson, PhD

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Effects of Social Isolation on Differential Reinforcement of Low Rates Operant Learning, Paige Biebel, Sarah Boegel, Aaron Fontenot, Emma Frazier, Madison Jensen, Annalie Malone, Gabrielle Nicastro, Holland Turner, and Timothy Schoenfeld

Conflict Avoidance in Politics: Understanding the Divide Between Participation and Young American Adults, Taylor Blackwell

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Awareness of Racial Disparities in Healthcare: An Analysis of Undergraduate Science Students’ Perceptions, Liz Bleyer

Occurrence of Kanamycin-Resistant Bacteria Along an Urban Hiking Trail in Nashville, Tennessee, Liz Bleyer, Ashlynn Sherwood, and Grace Hawkins

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PSYCHOLOGY: Hot or Not? I’m masking you., Mariah Boatman

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Examining the Molecular Mechanisms of Obesity Induced by High-Fat Diets as a Risk Factor for Colon Cancer, Hallie Braeuner

The Influence of Argument on Driving Performance, Emma Braswell, Teya Haughey, Tori Flesner, and Sara Margaret Helmsing

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Prevalence of Caffeine Dependency and Daytime Fatigue Amongst Undergraduate Students, Benjamin P. Brown, Josie Nicholson, willa stauffer, Elise M. Crause, and Katie Young

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What is Normal in Mental Health?: A Script Analysis of Next to Normal, Caitlyn Campbell

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Elucidation Strategies: A Case Study of the U.S Supreme Court, Gordon Carroll

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Size Matters: How the Size of Government Influences Polarization, Haidyn R. Carroll

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Psychopathy and Empathy: A Correlational Study, Camille Castillo, Annika Simpson, Lauren Peterson, Bailey Harvey, and Grace Griffin

Structural and Genomic Characterization of a Novel B. Subtilis Phage, Caroline Cone and Rebecca Adams PhD

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Butoh: From WWII To The West, Caroline Conner

Does Listening to Loud Music Increase Errors in Driving Performance?, Bailey Cowen, Inyene Ukpong, Madison Andes, and Averee Porter

An analysis of Tennessee’s take on the “Don't Say Gay” bill: SB 1216 and HB 800, Ashley Crafton, Tiara McCauley, and Zachary Miller

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Social Physique Anxiety and Exercise Motivation, Elise Crause, Sade Alalade, Maeve Carei, Audrey Lyle, Beth Virostek, and Patrick Morse PhD

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Trust in Government and the Ideological Center of the American Public, Madison Crenshaw

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Effects of Chronic Exercise on Acute Running Effects on Spatial Working Memory, Khalil Dabdoub, Merry Bailey, Ashley Brook, Wesley Gernt, Kaylianna McCormick, Raul Rodriguez-Calvillo, Caitlyn Tyree, Joseph Waller, and Timothy Schoenfeld PhD

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Generating Improved RNA Localization Reporters Using the U1hp-U1A System, Ryan Dannemiller and Rebecca Adams PhD

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Characterization of NBTI-induced single- and double-stranded DNA breaks mediated by Neisseria gonorrhoeae type II topoisomerases, Soziema Dauda

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The Perception of the Flu Vaccine Among College Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Genevieve Delano

Student Research Panel: The World As I See It, Josie Edwards, Caroline Elliott, Cameron Fish, Pierce Newman, and Jack Tucker

Determining the role of twist1b and twist2 in Zebrafish Tendon Development, Lindsey Edwards and Nikki Glenn Ph.D.

The Relationship Between Sleep and Driving Performance, Sondos El-hulu, Andy van der Merwe, Caroline Haynes, and Audrey Wade

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The Prisoner Plateau: How Prisons Affect Rural Economies, Andi Ellis

Fake News, Foreign Opinions, and Personal Beliefs, Oh My!, Katelyn Elvington

Modification of SSA4 reporter plasmid for regulated expression, Jake Finlay and Rebecca Adams PhD

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PSYCHOLOGY: The Effect of Guided Meditation and Meditation History on False Memory Susceptibility, Caroline G. Firmin, Jessica Dahm, Khalil Dabdoub, and Benjamin Brown

It's Painfully Evident, or Is It? An Investigation of Empathy and Sleep Quality on Pain Identification in Faces, Tori Flesner and Carole Scherling

Analyzing Aural Scores’ Effectiveness and Impact on the d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community’s Musical Interpretation, Abigail Foley, Nick Wright, and Aireal Wilson

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Education for Algorithms and Advocacy, Aaron Fontenot, Leah Kuhn, Kila Johnson, Anthony Poli, and Hunter Merideth

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A Kinetic Analysis of Bleaching Synthetic Indigo in Solution, Emily Fry

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Exercise Motivation Based on Gender and Body Satisfaction, Caroline Gheen, Christopher Toepfer, Taylor L. Garrels, Amelia C. Hayes, Amanda Myers, and Macie Culbertson

The Influence of Stigma on Mass Incarceration and Homelessness, Angela Goodearl, Olivia Miller, and MaCayla Thurmon

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COVID, Is It Me Or Is It You?, Jillian Graham and Sondos El-hulu

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Can State Gratitude be Increased through Mindfulness Practice and a Gratitude Story?, Grace Gray, Grace Harris, Gabrielle Givers, Caroline Hopper, and Grabriella Gonzalez

The Cost of Denying Public Education to Undocumented Students in Tennessee, Maddie Griffin, Jacob Shelton, Mack Martin, vianney muniz, and Julianne Hughart

Using Population Data to Predict Crime Rates for Washington State, Chris Guardo

Investigation of WINN55,212-2 on Development of Zebrafish Endocannabinoid System, Allison Gunderson; Madison Wade; and Nicole Glenn, PhD

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The Relationship Between Moral Foundations and Substance Abuse Attitudes, Olivia Haffey, Christina Duncan, and Samantha Driggers

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An Exploration of Online Sex Work, Olivia Haffey, Carolyn Miller, and Emily Isbell

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Isolation of plasmids and confirmation of rescue from Dbp5-Nup159 multicopy suppressor screen, Zoe Harbison

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Generating a Colorimetric SSA4 Transcript Export Reporter For Multicopy Suppression Screen in S. cerevisiae, Zaid Hatem

Determining the Abundance and Density of Cats in an Urban Neighborhood in Nashville, TN, Alexus M. Hatfield

Emotional Response to Emergency Alarms, Anna Hedger, Sarah Boegel, Cailyn Currie, and Morgan Louderback

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The Journey of Grief Campaign: An Analysis of Qui Nguyen's play; She Kills Monsters, Eve Helak

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Personality & COVID Attitudes, Riley Herman, Camille Witt, Devanee Pappas, Talaia Goodman, Adriana Calzavara, and Kaylee Franzen

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Examining Geographic and Temporal Trends in Symbiotic Relationships Between Sharks and Remoras, Zachary Hilt and Matthew Heard

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Keeping One's Friends Close: The Maintenance of Cooperation in Supposedly Fragmenting Alliances, Ethan M. Ingram

Yeast Three Hybrid Screen in Search of SSA4 3’ UTR Binding Protein in S. cerevisiae, Emma Irbe

Investigation of the Role of Twist2 on Bone Development in Zebrafish, Elma Jashim and Nikki Glenn

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Relationships Among Personality, Burnout, Perceived Stress in the COVID-19 Pandemic, Emma Keegan, Kate Grady, Teya Haughey, and Camille Witt

Predicting Overs in the NBA, Spencer Kerch

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Combating Mass Incarceration Through Communication, Rose P. Kores and Sara-Lou Adams

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New Myths and My Religion, Pallas Lane Umbra

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Yeast two-hybrid (Y2H) to test Dbp5-Gle1 interaction dependence on Nup42, Gia Le and Rebecca Adams

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The Relationship Between Neuroticism and Situation Perception, Elizabeth G. Lester, Gigi Emiliani, Keeley Trainer, and Kaylianna McCormick

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An Interactive Simulation for Teaching Maxwell-Boltzmann Statistics, Josh Lewis and Steve Robinson

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Internalized Misogyny as displayed by Aunt March in Little Women, Sydney Lofton

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Understanding the impacts of urbanization on predation risk for lizards across the United States, Linnea Lyons, Eliana Blash, Amanda Overbye, Isabel Hartwig, Amy Chen, and Jacqueline McLean

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Coronavirus in America; Have Partisan Politics Permeated the Pandemic?, Annabelle G. Macrae

Polarization in the Digital Age, Kaitlyn Manis

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Advocating for Data and Privacy Rights Through Social Media, Chandler O. Maynard, Tre'Jean Watkins, Kingston Gardner, and Joseph Manzo

Investigating Clostridioides difficile Genes Important during Zinc Limitation in the Presence of the Intestinal Microbiota, Tess McNeely; Matthew Munneke; Erin Green PhD; and Eric Skaar PhD, MPH

Predicting Sale/Payment/Contract Types in Residential Real Estate, Yosef Mehio

The Right to Refuse Reporter Disclosure for Child Abuse and Neglect Reports, Grace Mersino, JT Albert, Lauren Carelli, and Fatima Whaley

Using Methods of Fluid Dynamics to Model Acoustic Movement, Drew Miccoli

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Emotionally-Charged Music Influences Attentional Bias Towards Positive Colors, Abigail Mitchell and Carole Scherling

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Strengthening Adolescents with Anxiety Through Drama Therapy, Jeremy M. Moeller

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Strengthening Adolescents with Anxiety Through Drama Therapy, Jeremy M. Moeller

Moral Foundations, Disgust Sensitivity, and Homonegative Values, Brandon Moore, Rachael Arnold, Genevie Lage, Autumn Rullman, and Emily Amin

Far-Right Extremism in Online Spaces, Brandon Moore, Charley Yancy, and Nina Rose

Bearers of Bad News, William Mason Moses

Analyzing the function of putative Mex67 phosphorylation sites in S. cerevisiae, Kristen Murray and Rebecca Adams

Stereotyping the Streets: An Exploration into the Roots of Homelessness, Pearce Newman and Pierce Newman

Pursuit of the Vote: Factors Utilized in Resisting Discrimination in Democratic Elections, Matthew Nicholson

The Relationship Between Social Media Usage, Self-Esteem, and Eating Attitudes, Brinkley Norton, Grace Gray, Olivia Haffey, Grace Harris, and Lindsey N. Ross

The Effects of Meditation and Testing Anxiety on Spatial Ability Tasks, Brinkley Norton, Kaylianna McCormick, Mary Caroline Minter, and Hannah Orndorff

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Examining the Myotome and Myotendinous Junction in twist1b and twist2 Morpholino-knockdown Zebrafish Embryos, Avery Nowak; Lilyan Hallum; and Nicole Glenn, PhD

Social Isolation and Adverse Mental Health Outcomes Among College Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Celeste O'Brien

Properties of a Nonlinear Differential Equation, Max Ortner

The Faith Factor: The Role of Religion in the Voting Priorities of Latino Americans, John Overstreet

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Technology and Democracy: What is driving us apart?, Lilly Owens, Lucy Swearigen, Bella Belmont, and Alex Becker

The Influence of Social Media on Political Polarization, Sweeti Patel

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Mutating Wildtype DPB5 to Assess if a Conserved Patch of Amino Acids is Significant in DBP5’s Selectivity During Nuclear Export., Indira Peters