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 Pena-Talamantes and Jamie BondarAbraham E. Pena-Talamantes, CAAO & Jamie P. Bondar, CLAS
"Welcome from the Directors"

Emily DicheleEmily Dichele
Ballotti Scholar
“Assistive Technology in Writing Tutoring”

Lismar GarciaLismar D. García
McNair Scholar
“The Impact of Parks and Playgrounds”

Leticia GomesLeticia Adao Gomes
Ballotti Scholar
“Element AR: Augmented Reality App for Chemistry Education”

Maria GomezMaría Cecilia Gómez
McNair Scholar
“A KAP Study on STIs and Early Fertility Among Adolescents in Kenya”

Mariama KamaraMariama Kamara
McNair Scholar
“Race, Body Shaming, and the Pursuit of the Ideal in the Fashion Industry”

Olivia LapollaOlivia Paige Lapolla
McNair Scholar
“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”

Ngoc LuuNgoc Luu
Ballotti Scholar
“Improve Retention in STEM Fields through Cooperative Learning”

Esteban MarteEsteban Marte
McNair Scholar
“Regulation of RpoS through RbsD”

Danilo MartinezDanilo Martínez
McNair Scholar
“Social Media Marketing: What Can Make or Break Your Small Business”

Dieynaba NdiayeDieynaba Awa Ndiaye
Ballotti Scholar
“Big Data Technology in Education: Enhancement of Learning Experience with Students and Faculty”

Natalie RobertsonNatalie Robertson
McNair Scholar
“Rate of Escape of Group A Streptococcus from Within Host Cells"

Mary SiriboeMary G. Siriboe
McNair Scholar
“Dimethylsilanediol Production from Volatile Methylsiloxanes and Hydroxyl Radicals in the ISS Atmosphere: A Computational Investigation”

Sai Akshaya VivekanandanSai Akshaya Vivekanandan
Ballotti Scholar
“Tutor Mentality: The Psychological Skills Required by Peer Tutors and the Effects of Tutoring on Their Mental Health”