McNair-Ballotti Research Symposium (MRURS)

The Center for Academic Access and Opportunity and the Center for Learning and Academic Success in the Division of Student Success proudly present the 2017 McNair-Ballotti Undergraduate Research Symposium.


The Center for Academic Access and Opportunity and the Center for Learning and Academic Success in the Division of Student Success proudly present the 2017 McNair-Ballotti Undergraduate Research Symposium. The symposium was designed to showcase the scholarship of the Ballotti Research Scholars in Learning and Educational Research topics and serve as a platform for McNair Scholars to present and defend their research proposals prior to engaging in an intensive summer research internship in a variety of disciplines.

Each student will present their work and have time to answer a series of questions from the audience. All presentations will be judged and scored to compete for a best-in-class presentation award. Three awards will be presented at the end of the symposium in the following categories:

  1. Learning and Educational Research
  2. Natural and Physical Sciences
  3. Applied and Social Sciences

The following is the detailed schedule of the event and student presentations:

9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Breakfast
9:15 - 10:35
Panel 1 - Introduction by Brian Smith, PhD
Henry Mai -What Prevents a Student from Seeking a Tutor?
Ana Vergara -Re-evaluating English-Only Tutoring Sessions
Amberly Mendes -Implementing the Three Principles of Universal Design for Learning in Tutoring Sessions at Postsecondary Institutions to Enhance the Learning of Students with Disabilities
Lilianne Exinor -Stigma of Dissociative Identity Disorder
John Brown -The Social Construction of Black Masculinity in a Correctional Facility
10:40 - 12:00
Panel 2 - Introduction by Abraham Peña-Talamantes
Taylor White -The Interactions of the Intracellular Bacteria Wolbachia with their Host Cells
11:00 Paul Johnson -Secondary Neutron Shielding in Next Generation Spacecraft
11:15 Kaitlin Morill -The Accuracy of Modern Technology in Measuring Heart Rate
11:30 Sheikh Nasher -Service Learning Mentoring: The Chain of Social Justice
11:45 Maryam Canty -Investigating the Impact of Colonization on the Social Identity between the Hutus and Tutsi Tribes of Rwanda: Late 9th Century to Present
12:00 Lunch
12:40 - 1:45 Panel 3 - Introduction by Kait Bouthillette
12:45 Sabrina Phanor -Domain Analysis of the ConB Mating Protein
1:00 Mileika Jaime -Testing of Mutated Alleles Involved in Lynch Syndrome
1:15 Marissa Kaufman -Does the Upregulation of the P450 Gene Prove Cause of Oxidation Sensitivity in Caulobacter Cescentus
1:30 Kadiatu Kamara -Understanding the Relationship between Glutathione Peroxidase 3 (GPx-3) and the Possibilities of Uremic Cardiomyopathy
1:50 - 2:55 Panel 4 - Introduction by Nathan Roman
1:55 Nicholas Montanez -Promoting Independent Revision for ELL Writers
2:10 Lindsay Doyle -Visual Aids: Adapting to Diverse Learners in Tutoring Sessions
2:25 Joshua Weissman LaFrance -An Evaluation of Student-Oriented Approaches to Writer's Block
2:40 AJ Liu -More than Just Content Tutoring: Support and Motivation
2:55 Networking/Judging Counts
3:15 Closing and Awards