McNair-Ballotti Undergraduate Research Symposium (MBURS)
Welcome to the online home of the McNair-Ballotti Undergraduate Research Symposium. The McNair-Ballotti Undergraduate Research Symposium is designed to showcase the scholarship of Suffolk University undergraduates participating in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program housed within the Center for Academic Access & Opportunity and recipients of the Geno A. Ballotti Scholarship in the Center for Learning & Academic Success.
Under normal circumstances, the symposium takes place in person on Suffolk University's Boston campus; however, due to the stay-at-home advisory in place in the commonwealth of Massachusetts, we are holding this year's symposium remotely and asynchronously. The video presentations here represent the culmination of many months of work on the part of the participants and their faculty advisors, so we encourage you to interact with the presenters in the comment space for each video.
Abraham E. Pena-Talamantes, CAAO & Jamie P. Bondar, CLAS
"Welcome from the Directors"
“Assistive Technology in Writing Tutoring”
Lismar D. García
“The Impact of Parks and Playgrounds”
Leticia Adao Gomes
“Element AR: Augmented Reality App for Chemistry Education”
María Cecilia Gómez
“A KAP Study on STIs and Early Fertility Among Adolescents in Kenya”
“Race, Body Shaming, and the Pursuit of the Ideal in the Fashion Industry”
Olivia Paige Lapolla
“A Study on the Discourse Surrounding Sexual Harassment in the Workplace as Exhibited in Prominent American Media Sources and Societal Conversation Relevant to the #MeToo Cultural Movement”
“Improve Retention in STEM Fields through Cooperative Learning”
“Regulation of RpoS through RbsD”
“Social Media Marketing: What Can Make or Break Your Small Business”
Dieynaba Awa Ndiaye
“Big Data Technology in Education: Enhancement of Learning Experience with Students and Faculty”
“Rate of Escape of Group A Streptococcus from Within Host Cells"
Sai Akshaya Vivekanandan
“Tutor Mentality: The Psychological Skills Required by Peer Tutors and the Effects of Tutoring on Their Mental Health”