Student Research Conference

18th Annual COAS Research Conference

 April 28-29, 2022

Indiana University Northwest invites the community to its 18th Annual College of Arts & Sciences Student Research Conference. 


Thursday, April 28, 2022

 9:00 – 10:30 am ALCC 105 A

Faculty Moderator: Stephen Zolvinski

 Tessa Wilk, Generational Differences Between Families’ Funeral Planning: A Case Study From Northwest Indiana (Faculty Sponsor, Stephen Zolvinski)

 Aasia Malik, Effects of Hijab Practice: Pakistani Muslim Men and Women in Northwest Indiana(Faculty Sponsor, Stephen Zolvinski)

 Cesar Torralva-Trejo, Attitudes Toward Covid-19 Vaccines: A Study Among the Mexican Immigrant Community in Northwest Indiana (Faculty Sponsor, Stephen Zolvinski)


 9:00-10:30 am ALCC 105 C

Faculty Moderator: Erin Argyilan

 Alphonzo Smith, A Comparative Study of Supervised Learning Algorithms: Does Deep Learning Really Improve Customer Churn Analysis (Faculty Sponsor, Jie Wang)

 Courtney Steele, Coding Using “Nice” Matrices” (Faculty Sponsor, Vesna Kilibarda)

 Gena Grah, Nick Doneski, Edward Donahue, Morgan Nagy, Alec Siurek, Chis Smith, Hope Stone, Arin Voltolina, A Mineralogical and Geomorphological Analysis of Dune Samples from Northwest Indiana (Faculty Sponsors, Erin Argyilan and Zoran Kilibarda)


10:40 am – noon  ALCC 105A

Faculty Moderator: Mashrur Shahid Hossain

 Nayeli De Leon, From “It’s barbaric” to “The Miracle is you”: Diversity in Disney Animated Features (Faculty Sponsor, Mashrur Shahid Hossain)

 Ashley O’Donnell, Who Wants to be America’s Next Heartthrob?: Exploring Contemporary Media’s Framing of Youth Masculinities (Faculty Sponsor, Mashrur Shahid Hossain)

 Richanne Matthews, Society’s Betrayal: Contributions to Maternal Child Abuse (Faculty Sponsor, Tanice Foltz)

 Kaja Sims, The Mental Health Effects of Domestic Violence (Faculty Sponsor, Tanice Foltz)


10:40 am – noon   ALCC 105 C

Faculty Moderator: Ming Gao

 Brooke Pumnea, The Influence of Me31B Motif Mutations on Protein Expression in Drosophila Melanogaster (Faculty Sponsor, Ming Gao)

 John Eshak, Aidan McCambridge, Carol Dilts, Neal Govani, In Silico CRISPR-induced Point Mutation me31B Gene Editing in Drosophila Abstract (Faculty Sponsor, Ming Gao) 

 Carol Dilts, Mutation of Functional Motifs in Drosophila me31B Gene Via CRISPR (Faculty Sponsor, Ming Gao)

 Keynote Talk

 A Social Movement History of the United States

With Special Focus on the Post-Reconstruction Conservative Movement

Professor Jack Bloom

 12:30-1:30 pm Bruce Bergland Auditorium


Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Dr. Vicki Román-Lagunas, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jack Bloom, Winner of the Annual Academic Affairs Distinguished Research Award and Professor of Sociology, Indiana University Northwest

 Abstract: This talk notes that the history of the United States is filled with periods when conservative and progressive movements dominated the country.  It outlines those periods and then focuses on one of them: the conservative period following Reconstruction that lasted until the New Deal.

 1:30-2:30 Reception and Poster Session

Savannah Spine

 Alexandria Umbarger, Richanne Matthews, Service-Learning in Psychology: Increasing Awareness for Substance Use Issues through Student-Community Partnerships (Faculty Sponsor, Maureen Rutherford)

 Richanne Matthews, Alexandria Umbarger, Mercedes Andrade, Dose-response of Clomipramine on Zebrafish(Danio Rerio) Behavior, (Faculty Sponsor, Maureen Rutherford)

 Sydney Jostes, Danielle Dixon, Calvin Stockton, Kristyn Rogers, How Test Anxiety Influences the Ability to Use a Warning to Reduce Memory for Critical Lures in a DRM Task (Faculty Sponsor, Frances Daniel)

 Karlaisela Trujillo, Ashley Andrade, Fatima Mahmood, Adisen Putnam, Rayyan Siddiqui, How Warnings and Cognitive Reflection Influence the Creation of False Memories (Faculty Sponsor, Frances Daniel)


 Friday, April 29, 2022 

 9:00 – 10:30 am Room AS 1041

Faculty Moderator: Brian O’Camb

Scout Seitz, Monstrous Desire in Kathe Koja “Angels in Love” (Faculty Sponsor, Brian O’Camb)

 Nick Dyman, How Does PBL Impact Students’ Engagement and Ability to Apply Amendments to Their Lives, Attitudes and Opinions in a Flipped Classroom? (Faculty Sponsor, Anita Benna)

 Jessica Brehmer, The Forced Sterilization of Women in U.S. Prisons (Faculty Sponsor, Monica Solinas-Saunders)


9:00 – 10:30 am Room AS 2128

Faculty Moderator: Harold Olivey

 Megan Proffer, The Inefficiency of CRISPR-Cas9: Appearance and Mitigation of Off-Target Effects (Faculty Sponsor, Harold Olivey)

 Dimitri Kardoulias, Muscle Hypertrophy (Faculty Sponsor, Harold Olivey)

 Patricia Rodriguez-Triana Hidalgo, Enantioselectivity in Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacokinetics, and Toxicity of Pharmaceuticals (Faculty Sponsor, Harold Olivey)


10:35 - noon   Room AS 1041

Faculty Moderator: Harold Olivey

 Ishika Prakash, The Use of Mouse Models in the Study of Human Turner Syndrome, (Faculty Sponsor, Harold Olivey)

 Demiana Elgendi, Probiotics Contributing to the Human Microbiome (Faculty Sponsor, Harold Olivey)

 Faith Mikolajczyk, Angad Sidhu, Co-occurrence of Antibiotic Resistance Genes with Septic System Pollution in Aquatic Environments (Faculty Sponsor, Jen Fisher)

 10:35 – noon   Room AS 2128

Faculty Moderator: Jessica Warren

 Noor Malik, ATP Dependent-RNA helicase in Drosophila Melanogaster (Faculty Sponsor, Nelson De Leon)

 Patricia Rodriguez-Triana Hidalgo, Stereoselective Synthesis and Separation Techniques of Chiral Pharmaceuticals (Faculty Sponsor, Nelson De Leon)

 Christopher Addison, A Review of Carbon Capture Technology, (Faculty Sponsor, Nelson De Leon)

 Gavin Cantu, Assessing Light Pollution and Illuminance at Indiana University (Faculty Sponsor, Jessica Warren)



Keynote Talk

 “And heal me with that which is illness”: Conceptualizing Critical Health Theory”

Professor Mashrur Shahid Hossain

 12:15 – 1:15 pm AS 1041

 Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Tanice Foltz, Professor of Sociology.

 Keynote Speaker:  Mashrur Shahid Hossain, Visiting Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence and Professor of English, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh.

 Abstract: We have been witnessing these days the emergence and consolidation of influential critical theories, ranging from Ecocriticism and Critical Race Theory to Digital Humanities and Blue Humanities. These theories have had significant impact on the ways we view and interact with ourselves, the others, and the world. While disability study and the theory of the affect have gained currency in our recent studies on literature and culture, the issues of health, disease, and ageing on the one hand, and medication, surgery and health care on the other have remained largely ignored. It is in this context that I think the emergence of a health-oriented critical theory is required. I, therefore, put forward “Critical Health Theory”, or CHT– a critical-affective intervention in the relationship and inter-animation of one, literature and two, health, health care and medicine across culture and history. Appropriating Critical Health and Medical Humanities, CHT is a mechanism of reading, which is likely to render our reading of literature and art more efficient and exciting, our understanding of health, disease and ageing more nuanced, and our performance in everyday life and health care more empathic and effective.



Special Thanks To

Dr. Mark Hoyert, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Christopher Young, Dr. Maureen Rutherford and all of the Faculty Sponsors who have guided our presenters on their paths of discovery during the past academic year.  We also thank many additional people who have worked behind the scenes to make this event possible:  Aaron Pigors, Eric Bottger, Rob Seals and their team of people in Instructional Media Services, Nicolle Krause in Web Services, TerryAnn Defenser and Ed Mamrila in Special Events and Mary Hackett.

A very special thank you to Allison O'Flinn, our graphic arts Instructor for the illustration on our program cover and our social media pages.