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.

View the MBURS 2020 video presentations.

Jarvis ChenJamie BondarDr. Jarvis Chen, CAAO
& Jamie P. Bondar, CLAS
“Welcome from the Directors”

Caroline AlmonteCaroline Almonte
McNair Scholar
"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"

Samantha BerlusSamantha Berlus
McNair Scholar
"The Impact of Social Media Influencers on the Black Lives Matter Movement"

Leticia Adao GomesLeticia Adao Gomes
Ballotti Scholar
“Virtual 3D Models in Chemistry Instruction”

Presentation Handouts:
Chirality Handout [PDF]
Enantiomers Handout [PDF]
Stereoisomers Handout [PDF]
VSEPR Handout [PDF]

Juan Miguel GutierrezJuan Miguel Gutierrez
McNair Scholar
“Cultural Wealth and Hiring Practices: An Analysis of Recruitment Methods of Teacher Hiring Pipeline Programs in Boston”

Charlie GuthrieThien NguyenCharlie Guthrie & Thien Nguyen
Ballotti Scholars
“Improving the Online Learning Environment Through Music”

Samantha Leigh Imber Samantha Leigh Imber
Ballotti Scholar
“COVID-19 Impacts on Peer Tutoring: How to Support Students Through a Pandemic”

Gurpal KaurGurpal Kaur
McNair Scholar
“Cultural Differences Pertaining to Sustainability”

Matthew KutrolliMatthew Kutrolli
Ballotti Scholar
“Queering the Online Writing Center: How Writing Centers Can Support LGBTQ+ Students Through Virtual Learning.”

Olivia LapollaOlivia Paige Lapolla
McNair Scholar
“Liberté, Égalité, Maternité: Framing Motherhood in the Era of the French Revolution”

Mariella McEachernMariella McEachern
McNair Scholar
“Assessment of the Effects of Cranberry Agriculture to Stream Health in the Buzzard Bay Watershed”

Dieynaba Awa NdiayeDieynaba Awa Ndiaye
Ballotti Scholar
“Universal Design for Learning: Tutoring Techniques that can Help Students with Disabilities”

Despina MuratogluDespina Muratoglu
McNair Scholar
“Going Online: How the Utilization of Social Media and Other Online Platforms Assists Small Businesses During a Worldwide Pandemic”

Thomas P. NguyenThomas P. Nguyen
McNair Scholar
“Does Peer Mentoring Improve Agricultural Attitudes of St. Lucian Youth?”

Natalie RobertsonNatalie Robertson
McNair Scholar
“in silico Assessment of Antimicrobial Resistance in Consumer Probiotics”

Breno SilvaBreno Silva
McNair Scholar
“Determining Kinetic Parameters of the SfnG-Catalyzed Conversion of Dimethylsulfone Into Methanesulfinate”

Mardochée SylvestreMardochée Sylvestre
McNair Scholar
“A Comparison Study of Massachusetts School Boards: What Makes an Effective School Board”