McNair-Ballotti Undergraduate Research Symposium (MBURS)
Welcome to the online home of the McNair-Ballotti Undergraduate Research Symposium. The 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, 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.
Dr. Jarvis Chen, CAAO
& Jamie P. Bondar, CLAS
“Welcome from the Directors”
"Empowering to Give Back: An Analysis of the Potential Economic Contributions of Career Development and Life Skills Training Programs for Inmates in the State of Massachusetts"
"The Impact of Social Media Influencers on the Black Lives Matter Movement"
Leticia Adao Gomes
“Virtual 3D Models in Chemistry Instruction”
- Chirality Handout [PDF]
- Enantiomers Handout [PDF]
- Stereoisomers Handout [PDF]
- VSEPR Handout [PDF]
Juan Miguel Gutierrez
“Cultural Wealth and Hiring Practices: An Analysis of Recruitment Methods of Teacher Hiring Pipeline Programs in Boston”
Charlie Guthrie & Thien Nguyen
“Improving the Online Learning Environment Through Music”
Samantha Leigh Imber
“COVID-19 Impacts on Peer Tutoring: How to Support Students Through a Pandemic”
“Cultural Differences Pertaining to Sustainability”
“Queering the Online Writing Center: How Writing Centers Can Support LGBTQ+ Students Through Virtual Learning.”
Olivia Paige Lapolla
“Liberté, Égalité, Maternité: Framing Motherhood in the Era of the French Revolution”
“Assessment of the Effects of Cranberry Agriculture to Stream Health in the Buzzard Bay Watershed”
Dieynaba Awa Ndiaye
“Universal Design for Learning: Tutoring Techniques that can Help Students with Disabilities”
“Going Online: How the Utilization of Social Media and Other Online Platforms Assists Small Businesses During a Worldwide Pandemic”
Thomas P. Nguyen
“Does Peer Mentoring Improve Agricultural Attitudes of St. Lucian Youth?”
“in silico Assessment of Antimicrobial Resistance in Consumer Probiotics”
“Determining Kinetic Parameters of the SfnG-Catalyzed Conversion of Dimethylsulfone Into Methanesulfinate”
“A Comparison Study of Massachusetts School Boards: What Makes an Effective School Board”