Science University Research Symposium (SURS)

 
Belmont’s College of Sciences & Mathematics hosts the Science Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) each fall semester. The first annual event was held December 2, 2004, with 27 presenters and has grown to over 100 presenters in 2019. SURS is the culmination of many hours of undergraduate research work done during the summer and fall with faculty advisors and peers and offers these research students the opportunity to show the Belmont community the interesting research that is being done.

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Submissions from 2023

Synthesis and Characterization of Terbium(III) Complexes: Can we Manipulate the Emission Signature?, Ryan Gagnon

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Distillation of Eugenol from Betel Leaves using Dichloromethane vs M.T.B.E, Muhammad Malik

Can you HAND-le these emotions? An investigation on hemispheric dominance with exposure to visual stimuli., Prathyusha Gowri Srinivasan, Keirsten Howard, Youstina Tadros, and Hannah Potts

Can you HAND-le these emotions? An investigation on hemispheric dominance with exposure to auditory stimuli, Prathyusha Gowri Srinivasan, Farris Turner, Mason Anderson, and Brigham Finch

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Green and Non-Green Extraction of Eugenol from Cloves Using Steam Distillation, Bek Yuldashbaev

Submissions from 2022

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Falling in Love With Your Best Friend: Do We Select Friends in the Same Way We Select Romantic Partners?, Audrey Akins, Jada Rolston, MyKayla Spurlin, and Farris Turner

Examining Implicit Biases in Relation to Self-Presentation and Audience-Tuning Effects, Folasade S. Alalade

Negative Arousal and its Influence on Memory Recall, Folasade S. Alalade, Christina Duncan, Camille Castillo, and Lindsey Mathews

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Social Connectedness in Different Relationship Contexts, Kirsten M. Ask, Carolyn Lowe, Niya McKinley, and Mary C. Minter

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Identifying Adaptor Proteins for Selective mRNA Export in S. cerevisiae, Chloe Baker and Rebecca Adams

Growth of Herbs on a Green Roof Versus Gardening Box, Taylor Beck and Evan Mason

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Investigating the effect of online tests on physiological arousal during math tests in college students, Ginnie Berry

The Relationship Between Personality Traits and Self-Control, Sarah Bouthillier, Sondos El-hulu, Khalil Dabdoub, and Ashley Brook

Iterative Methods for Solving Equations, Sophia M. Brix

Cognitive Deficiencies Within Three Dementias: Alzheimer’s, Fronto-Temporal, and Lewy Body, Benjamin P. Brown, Nikki Walheim, Nicole White, and Amanda Myers

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Can your past predict your future behaviors? Investigating the Impact of Childhood Experiences., Savannah Campbell, Molly Georgas, Arwen Rolinitis, and Carole Scherling

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Negative Arousal and its Influence on Memory Recall, Camille Castillo, Lindsey Mathews, Christina Duncan, and Folasade S. Alalade

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Cognitive Load Effect on Moral Decision Making, Elise Crause, Liz Eisenga, Caroline Hopper, and Merry Bailey

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The Impacts of Reward Salience on Rate of Learning & Extinction, Elise Crause, Mykayla Spurlin, Davis Eddleman, Lindsey Mathews, and Sarah Headapohl

Hunger State Modulation of Dopamine Dynamics Across Subregions of Striatum, John N. Crow

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Identification of Clinical and Behavioral Outcomes Predictive of FTLD-TDP Pathology, Nevin Crow, Virginia A. Berry, and Eric Febles

Effects of Acute Exposure to Blue Light on Spatial Memory in Rats, Nevin Crow, Gracie Medley, Melody Alvarez, Kate Grady, and Abby Westbrooks

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Aerobic vs. Anaerobic Exercise: The Role of Exercise Attitudes, Frequency, and Perception of Effort in Cognitive and Psychological Benefits, Khalil Dabdoub and Michael Oliver

Picture That! EEG views imagery of your mind's eye, Sinead Doogan, Jillian Graham, Raul Rodriguez-Calvillo, and Ingrid Quezada

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Comparison of Kanamycin-Resistant Bacteria in Earthworm Digestive Tracts and Soil From Compost Bins, Samantha Dooyema, Martin Dolan, and Abigal Morse

Bilingualism as a Possible Protective Factor in the Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Cognition, Sondos El-hulu

The Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Cognition, Sondos El-hulu, Samantha Urban, Caroline Gheen, and Paige Biebel

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Assessing Selective Export of Fluorescent SSA4 Reporters, Caroline Firmin and Rebecca Adams

Altering Conserved Residues on Dbp5 in S. cerevisiae to Assess Function, Maddy R. Ford and Rebecca Adams

Picture That! Imagery of Your Mind's Eye, Jillian Graham, Lindsey Edwards, Marie Martan, and Emma Keegan

Identification of genes that rescue Dbp5-Nup159 temperature-sensitivity, Zoe Harbison and Rebecca Adams

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The Relationship among Gender, Attachment Style and the Perception of Text Message Valence, Bailey Harvey, Ivy Huesmann, Marie Martan, and Gavin Mitchell

Relationship Between Kanamycin-Resistant Bacteria and Socioeconomic Status of Playgrounds in Nashville, TN, Remah Hatem, Shaimah Abu-Bakr, and Donia Mousley

Analysis of the Correlation Between Anthocyanin Concentration and Antioxidative Capacity in Different Forms of Tart Cherry, Alexandria P. Haynes and Dr. Kimberlee Entsminger

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Are We Ovary-Acting? All Visuospatial Abilities May Not Be Equally Affected Throughout the Menstrual Cycle., Caroline G. Haynes and Audrey N. Wade

Bijective Proofs of Word Avoidance Identities, Isaiah Hollars, Julia Carrigan, and Eric Rowland

Occurrence of Exotic and Native Earthworms in Residential Compost Bins, Shannon M. Jeffries and Rachel A. Lafont

Antimicrobial Properties of Roots, Stems, and Leaves of Homalosorus pycnocarpos, Polystichum acrostichoides, and Sceptridium dissectum, Carolyn Johnson, Avery Myers, and Leslie DeLeon

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Occurrence of Bat Species at Water Sources in Two Urban Parks in Nashville, Tennessee, Maya Kiev, Austin Farris, and Evan Mason

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Investigating the Impact of Unlimited Sucrose During Adolescence on Flex Maze Performance in Rats, Emma Klopatek, Emily Tobolski, Bailey Harvey, Danielle Frances, Taylor Garrels, and Gillian Lado

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Using Neural Networks to Model Guitar Distortion, Caleb Koch, Scott Hawley, and Andrew Fyfe

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Testing SSA4::ADE3 Reporters for MCS Screening, Chloe Ledford and Rebecca Adams PhD

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Occurrence of Kanamycin-Resistant Bacteria Relative to Anthropogenic Pollution Along Richland Creek in Nashville, TN​, Jolene Ho Mach, Annie Le, and Brandon Torres Ramirez

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Sex Differences in the Disease Progression of FTD vs AD, Abigail Mitchell, Danielle Frances, and Chase Metzger

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The Impact of Emotionally Charged Music on Attentional Bias Towards Color, Abigail Mitchell and Khanh Nguyen

Binaural Mixing Using a Recurrent Neural Network, Grant Morgan

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Bat House Environmental Factors affecting Bat Activity, Kim Nguyen and Harsh Patel

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Assessing Cognitive Flexibility with the ID/ED Set-Shifting Task in Rats Modeling Depression, Hannah Orndorff, Rachael Arnold, Caroline Gheen, Grace Gray, Christopher Toepfer, and Ivy Heusmann

Psychology: The Effect of Politically-Charged Mortality Salience on Political In-Group Identification, Devanee Pappas, Kaylee Franzen, Cole Peterson, Chris Toepfer, and Autumn Rullman

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Isolation and Characterization of novel B. subtilis bacteriophages, Johnson Phung and Rebecca Adams

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Psychology: Physiological effects of negative international news on, Ingrid Quezada, Husna Nabi, Willa Stauffer, and Katie Young

The Study of the Relationship Between the Environment and Its Effects on Memory, Mikaela Renaud, Essence Hamer, and Teya Haughey

Self-Compassion as a Protective Factor against COVID-19 Stressors and Psychological Distress in Emerging Adults: A Literature Review and Study Proposal, Arwen Rolinitis and Abigail Heller

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How Disgust in Germ Averse Individuals Biases Avoidance Decision-Making, Wesley Stuart and Timothy Schoenfeld PhD

How Spirituality Correlates with College Students’ Views on Potential Romantic Relationships, Emily Tobolski, Emma Klopatek, Mikaela Renaud, and Indira Peters

Analyzing Dbp5 Residues Required for Interaction with Nab2, Daisy Torres

The Effect of Greenroof Growing Substrate on Edible Drought-Tolerant and Drought-Sensitive Plants, Cassie Tull, Asher Amundson, Amya Bingham, and Delia Gibbs

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Establishing a Biochemical System for the Purification and ATPase activity of GST-Dbp5, Sarah R. Utley, Rachel E. Rigsby PhD, and Rebecca L. Adams PhD

Effect of Chemotherapy on Visuospatial N-back Task Performance: an fMRI Study in Breast Cancer Patients, Teel Walters, Husna Nabi, and Emory Ware

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Effects of Intercropping on Garlic Growth in a Green Roof Setting, Kennedy Warden, Thomas Loose, and Max Stone

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The Relationship Between Implicit Attitudes and Displayed Behaviors, Azalia White, Talaia Goodman, Lilly Rogers, and Serenity Ogedegbe

exhibit_code: An Interactive Code Art Experience, Claire Winogrodzki

The Impact of Childhood Experiences: What Can Change Your Cognition?, Camille Witt, Caroline Firmin, Emma Frazier, and Brooke Chapman

Relationships Among Gender in Politics, Perceived Competency, and Likelihood of Voting, Camille Witt, Hannah Walling, Nicole Buttrey, and Gill Lado

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The Effects of Peer Pressure on Social Conformity, Jeniffer Zou, Kayla Colley, Abby Westbrook, Caroline Grace Coey, and Meg Combs