2018 Student Research Symposium
Tuesday, April 10


9:00 - 10:30 AM
Poster Session | Learning Commons, Stewart Memorial Library

10:30 - 11:30 AM
Distinguished Alumni Speaker | Lizzie Schoon '05 | "From Hookers to Health Promotion: How Coe Prepared Me for Living in Uncertain Times" | Perrine Gallery, Stewart Memorial Library

1:00 - 2:15 PM
Presentation Session 1 | Multiple Locations

2:30 - 3:45 PM
Presentation Session 2 | Multiple Locations

Featured Art: "Specimen," a digital painting by Theodore Williams
» Featured Art: "Specimen," a digital painting by Theodore Williams


Program Details


9:00 - 10:30 AM
Learning Commons, Stewart Memorial Library


Aditya, Varsha  (2021), Brooke Ransom (2021), Peyton McGuire (2021), Henry Hoyhtya (2021) & Anna Dvorak (2021)
Faculty Sponsor, Karla Steffens
Musicians Collective: Songwriting for the ARC

Bordwell, James (2021), Brody Stanford (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Benjamin Chihak
VR Road Crossing Study

Brown, Christina (2018) & Dalton Sams (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, David Lo
Mechanistic Target of Rapamycin Complex 1 and Nuclear Factor Kappa B Signaling in Neurons and Microglia: Implications for Hypothalamic Inflammation and the Development of Obesity

Carroll, Christiana  (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Randolph Christensen
Investigation of Potential Role of BDNF in the Regeneration of Ambystoma mexicanum Spinal Cord

Curtis, Kris  ( 2018) & Jake Van Oort (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Maria Dean
The Structure Characterization of Biocement Proteins from Phragmatopoma lapidosa

DeCeanne, Anthony  (2018)
Faculty Sponsors, Steve Feller & Mario Affatigato
Producing Amorphous Tellurium Dioxide

Denzer, Katrina M.  (2018), Lindo Castillo (2018), Jocelyn Gilbert (2019)
Faculty Sponsor, Wendy Dunn
We know where you (want to) live: Survey on Coe College room draw and housing

Flores, Cameron  (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Richard Eichhorn
A Study of Economic Integration in Southern Africa

Franke, Mareena (2019)
Faculty Sponsor, Scott Stoudt
Structures and Rotational Dynamics of (Triarylmethyl)germane Propellers

Garcia, Jeffrey  (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Stephen Hughes
Computer Policy Review: Examining College Computing Environments

Golder, Meghan (2019), Galen Kardinal (2020), Hayley Walton (2019), Paige Nelson (2019)
Faculty Sponsor, Scout Kelly
Don’t Delay What Can Be Done Today: Planned Delays Are Associated with Lower Physical Activity for Those with Weak Intentions

Gooding - Lord, Emma  (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Paul Storer
Antihistamines Regulate Activation and Growth Factor Expression in N9 Microglia

Gunsch, Andrew  (2020)
Faculty Sponsor, Ugur Akgun
A Compact Proton Imaging Detector

Heisterman, Iyonna (2019) & Wenxia Sweeney (2020)
Faculty Sponsor, Nukhet Yarbrough
Creative Thinking and Memory for Word Lists: Are Divergent Thinkers More or Less Likely to Construct False Memories?

Hess, Jade (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, David Lo
Comparing activated microglial interactions with brain vasculature due to intraperitoneal versus subcutaneous LPS initiated neuroinflammation

Klingaman, Michaela (2018) & Garrett Forgey (Alum)
Faculty Sponsor, Jesse Ellis
House Sparrow and Eurasian Tree Sparrow Population Sampling in the Cedar Rapids Area

Kloft, Luke (2019)
Faculty Sponsor, Randolph Christensen
Investigating the Presence of Radical fringe in Axolotl Limb Regeneration

Knudson, Alyssa (2019)
Faculty Sponsor, Cassy Cozine
Astragalus treatment on Caenorhabditis elegans stress and antimicrobial response pathways and longevity

Koster, Hanna  (2018) & Allison Bryan (2020)
Faculty Sponsor, Maria Dean
Raman Spectroscopy Analysis of Pectinaria gouldii Biocement

Lindell, Cara (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Pamela Carstens
Making of a Mold: Advertising's Obsession with the Thin Ideal

Martinez, Mikaela (2018) & Claire Tollefsrud (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Nukhet Yarbrough
Memory Access in Creative Thinking and Categorization

Mehmen, Taylor (2020)
Faculty Sponsor, Steve Feller
An Anomaly in the Glass Transition Widths of Lithium Cesium Borate Glasses

Miller, Brandon  (2018), Kelsey Craig (2019), Emma Gooding-Lord (2018), Erica Coxhead (2019)
Faculty Sponsors, Benjamin Tallman & Scout Kelly
Nurses' Perceptions and Attitudes Towards the Management of Patients' Pain

Obiesie, Christine (2018) & Abhinav Shrestha
Faculty Sponsor, Paula Sanchini
Distribution of Quercus spp. in forests of Palisades-Kepler State Park, Linn County, Iowa

Rees Van Den Abbeele, Sigrid (2020)
Faculty Sponsor, Kayla Lyftogt
The Real Cost of Homelessness

Renwick, Mitch  (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Jesse Ellis
Vocal Repertoire in Ovenbirds

Rummans, Sidniann (2018)
Faculty Sponsors, Michael Baker & Benjamin Tallman
Reducing Premature Infant Stress: Intrauterine Sounds and Maternal Heartbeat as a Music Therapy Intervention in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Schauner, Robert (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Cassy Cozine
The effects of curcumin on the MAPK pathway in C. elegans

Schlesinger, Laura  (2018) & Anna Marek (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Brittney Miller
A Connection Between Quadratic Rational Maps and Linear Fractional Maps

Springsteen, Jean (2019)
Faculty Sponsor, Jon White
Minimal Fault-Free Tilings on Packed Rectangular Boards with Uniform Rectangular Blocks

Thoma, Rachel (2018), Claire Tollefsrud (2018) & Kei Yoshida (2020)
Faculty Sponsor, Sara Farrell
The Relationship Between PsyCap, Grit, and Academic Outcomes

Tupper, Claire (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Joyce Janca-Aji
Understanding our African neighbors in Cedar Rapids: Creating an interactive game from oral history narratives

Volz, Larissa (2018) & Kristina Myers (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Jesse Ellis
The Vocal Repertoire of Black-capped Chickadees in the Cedar Rapids Area

Walton, Hayley  (2019), Paige Nelson (2019), Meghan Golder (2019), Galen Kardinal (2020)
Faculty Sponsor, Scout Kelly
Do Good Things Come to Those Who Wait? Evaluating the Relationship between Procrastination and Physical Activity

Wisnousky, Holly (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Paul Storer
Effect of B-Estradiol on Glutamate Transporter Expression in Cultured C-6 Astrocytes 


10:30 - 11:30 AM
Perrine Gallery, Stewart Memorial Library


"From Hookers to Health Promotion: How Coe Prepared Me for Living in Uncertain Times”

A 2005 Coe graduate, Lizzie Schoon started her career in public service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Southern African after earning her BA in biology and environmental science. As a volunteer, she managed programs that worked with local people to think about food as medicine, especially those with compromised immune systems. One in four people in Lesotho, the country in which she served, had HIV and Tuberculosis was just as prevalent. While in Africa, Lizzie also helped initiate several community garden projects in primary schools in conjunction with nutrition programming for students.

Upon returning to the US, she earned her master’s in public administration while working as an administrative assistant for the Denver Police Department’s Vice and Drug Control Bureau. Working in the vice bureau brought her face to face with the realities of Denver’s sex and drug trade, and Lizzie focused her master’s capstone research on human trafficking and local law enforcement in the metro area.

In the last semester of her master’s program, she took an internship with the City of Denver Office of Human Resources. In this role, she was tasked with creating a new workplace wellness program for city employees. The internship became a full time position implementing the program she designed for the 9000 employees of the city with the goal of reducing their health risks. The program provides holistic wellbeing programs that cover everything from understanding one’s bloodwork to meditation to financial education.


1:00 - 2:15 PM


Panel A: Peterson Hall 119
Dr. Ben Chihak, Facilitator


1:00-1:15 PM

Robert Schauner (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Martin St. Clair

Effect of carotenoids on the fluidity of membrane-derived lipid vesicles
Membranes are semipermeable barriers designed to separate biosynthetic reactions and contaminants. The heterogeneous organization of biological membranes is important for homeostasis. Bacterial cells produce carotenoids which are thought to play a role in modulating membrane fluidity. To determine this role, we are utilizing a carotenoid-deficient mutant (ΔcrtB) of Pantoea sp. YR343. Preliminary data indicate crtB differs in membrane composition and fluidity compared to wild-type cells. We created protein-less membrane-derived lipid vesicles for Atomic Force Microscopy studies. By comparing the measurements between the wild-type and the mutant, the effects of carotenoids on fluidity can be elucidated.

1:20-1:35 PM

Khadija Amin (2019), Chris Arias (2021), Eliana Baker (2020), Simone Bouffard (2018), Jaelynn Smith (2021), Zhane Hedgeman (2018) & Mallory Hillman (2021)
Faculty Sponsor, Heidi Bursch

Intergenerational Connections at Coe: Partnering Coe students with socially isolated low-income older adults from the Coe neighborhood to address social isolation. (A community-based service project in partnership with Aging Services, Inc.)
Social isolation significantly and negatively affects physical and mental health of older adults. Method: The purpose of this project funded through CIC and AARP was to relieve objective and subjective social isolation for a small sample of students and older adults. We created a curriculum grounded in evidence-based interventions including education, one-on-one visitation, group activities and community involvement. Students received stipends to trial the curriculum. Findings: Student capstone projects created in collaboration with their partners illustrate positive effects of relationship-building and interventions on students and their partners. Our community partner from Aging Services presents preliminary pre- and post-intervention data.

1:40-2:10 PM

Collin Wilkinson (2018)
Faculty Sponsors, Ugur Akgun & Firdevs Duru

Coe Computational Physics: Four years in Retrospect
In the past four years the number and variety of computational projects pursued in the physics department has rapidly expanded; each professor in the physics department now has some form of computational experiment. In this talk the last four years will be explored through the projects that marked each year as well as explaining the strength that each of the team members brought to the various projects. The experiments range from topological constraints of materials to using cutting edge artificial intelligence to predict the location of nuclear weapons.


Panel B: Marquis Hall 201
Dr. Brittney Miller, Facilitator


1:00-1:15 PM

Jazmyne McNair (2021)
Faculty Sponsor, Bob Benson

"Friday Night": The Process of Songwriting and Music Production
This presentation will document the process of creating a song and display the amount of collaboration required in the production of music. From a simple idea for a chorus/hook, a demo recording was created which was used to produce the final recording in the studio. Many different students contributed to various aspects of the song, and this presentation with demonstrate all of their efforts.

1:20-1:35 PM

Sam Collins (2019)
Faculty Sponsor, Ugur Akgun

Improvement of lysozyme stability: Effect of copolymer on thermal and chemical stability
This research conducted at Clemson University sought to improve enzyme stability for industrial uses by adding a copolymer. To do preliminary tests of increased stability molecular dynamic simulations of the system were created and run with GROMACS. Previous results demonstrated the ability for the copolymer to significantly increase the thermal stability of the lysozyme. Early results using ethanol suggested the copolymer also increased the chemical stability. By increasing the thermal and chemical stability of enzymes, their numerous industrial applications would become more practical, as enzymes could be used in harsher and less ideal conditions.

1:40-1:55 PM

Claire Tollefsrud (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Nick Twemlow

The Gods of the Northern Mountains
The Gods of the Northern Mountains is a story about grief, family, loss and adventure. This fantasy piece incorporates themes of loyalty, trust, feminism and fate, as three siblings find themselves called upon to leave their known world behind and finally reclaim their powerful heritage.

2:00-2:15 PM

Maggie Hart (2020)
Faculty Sponsor, Derek Buckaloo

Time Will Tell: The Influence of Second-Wave Feminism on Time Magazine Advertisements, 1957 & 1977
Second-wave feminism challenged the ideas of womanhood that were the consensus in the 1950s, including the way advertising portrayed women. To determine if second-wave feminism influenced advertising, qualitative data was gathered from advertisements printed in Time magazine in 1977 and 1957. Content analysis was used to draw conclusions in three areas: the types of work women were presented performing, the decorative roles women played in advertising, and the products marketed to certain genders. This analysis indicates that 1977 advertisements do vary from 1957 ads, but ultimately fell short of the changes called for by the advertising critique of the movement.


Panel C: Kesler Lecture Hall
Dr. Firdevs Duru, Facilitator


1:00-1:15 PM

Sonja Peterson (2018), Megan Peterson (2019) & Cody Leach (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Benjamin Tallman

Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL) Following an Elective Orthopedic Surgery and the Implementation of Research Into Clinical Practice
This pilot study examined the combined effect of two non-pharmacologic interventions for patients undergoing an elective total knee or hip replacement surgery. While joint replacement surgeries typically have high satisfaction rates, pain and anxiety can negatively impact treatment outcomes. Opioid medications are commonly prescribed for pain following surgery. However, these medications can have potentially adverse and debilitating side effects. This study examined the use of cognitively-mediated relaxation exercises (e.g., guided imagery, passive progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness meditation) and soft-tissue massage as two combined non-pharmacologic treatments to manage postsurgical pain.

1:20-1:35 PM

Sonia Elossais (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Drew Westberg

Consequences and Constitutionality of the Basic Income Guarantee
The aim of this paper is to examine how the basic income guarantee (or universal basic income) effects an individual's incentives. In addition, the effects will be compared with another suggested reform: the federal job guarantee. In addition, this paper will provide an analysis of the constitutionality of such policies.Through the data and models, the paper will show that the effects on incentives depends on individual preferences and that the constitutionality depends on the way these programs would be implemented.

1:40-1:55 PM

Qierra Brockman (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Katie Rodgers

Empathy Curriculum
During the 2016-17 year, I developed an Empathy Curriculum that focuses on the different identifiers that people use. The curriculum is a series of modules designed to allow students to practice having a conversation that leads to deeper discussion about race, ethnicity, sexual identity, religion, and politics in the classroom. During the 2017-18 school year, this curriculum was piloted in six FYS courses, ACEs training, and Spring Res Life training. Using a survey and post-curriculum interviews, the curriculum was assessed by measuring levels of empathy in students and the experiences of faculty who implemented it.

2:00-2:15 PM

Ben Sagers (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Drew Westberg

How should we measure the impacts of minimum wages?
This presentation outlines the history and evolution of the methodologies employed in minimum wage research. As more data has become available, studies have shifted from a focus on time-series regressions to quasi-natural experiments. Natural experiments in the social sciences are prone to noise, and numerous attempts have been made to minimize noise in these natural experiments through improved econometric design. I propose a new design for minimum wage research that uses an enhanced synthetic control method to generate a range of results which seeks to minimize the noise left in my results.


Panel D: Stuart Hall 405
Dr. Christopher Johnson, Facilitator


1:00-1:15 PM

Deborah Cain (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, David Nordmann

Internship at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum and Library
This presentation outlines the history and evolution of the methodologies employed in minimum wage research. As more data has become available, studies have shifted from a focus on time-series regressions to quasi-natural experiments. Natural experiments in the social sciences are prone to noise, and numerous attempts have been made to minimize noise in these natural experiments through improved econometric design. I propose a new design for minimum wage research that uses an enhanced synthetic control method to generate a range of results which seeks to minimize the noise left in my results.

1:20-1:35 PM

Mia Resa (2020), Audin Ovik (2018) & Sacora Fisher (2020)
Faculty Sponsor, Renee Penalver

The effects of language proficiency and word frequency on cognitive operations in source memory.
Our research observes how using different cognitive operations, language proficiency, and word frequency impact bilingual performance on a source memory task. Performance on source memory tasks will be measured using forced-choice discrimination accuracy scores in recognition memory. Participants will name low-frequency and high-frequency pictures or words in their dominant or non-dominant language.The cognitive processes involved in naming a picture and naming a word are different (Parker, 1995). The investigation of how the bilingual experience affects source memory remains relatively unexplored. Based off of most models of language proficiency, we hypothesize that bilinguals will have better performance in their non-dominant than dominant language. Results will be discussed in terms of the source monitoring framework.

1:40-1:55 PM

Blake Lishka (2017)
Faculty Sponsor, Elaine Rydze

Student Teaching in Houston
A presentation outlining my semester student teaching with Aldine Independent School District in Houston, TX.

2:00-2:15 PM

Meredith Wall (2019)
Faculty Sponsor, Nathan Hodges

Implementing a Needs Assessment in the FYS Classroom: Reflections from a Writing Fellow
This project examines my lived experiences as a Writing Center Fellow developing and implementing the Needs Assessment (survey of individual's personal history, writing experience, applicable feelings) for students in FYS classes. I focused on the lack of individualization in WC conferences through this new student-centered learning model. I explore three case studies from my experiences that illustrate the possibilities and constraints presented by implementing the NA, including tensions arising from Fellow's role as mediator between student and professor, and how to negotiate personal boundaries with each student.


Panel E: Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium
Dr. Michelle Blair, Facilitator


1:00-1:15 PM

Zoe Tien (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Loralee Songer

Recital Excerpt
I will be singing Deh vieni, non tardar from Le Nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Im Frühling, by Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Domine Deus from Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), and Pulled from The Addams Family by Andrew Lippa (b.1964). In Deh vieni, Susanna teases Figaro by singing a love song to her beloved- whom he believes is the Count. Im Frühling is one of ten poems by Ernst Schulze, set to music by Schubert in 1826. Domine Deus is a movement of a Gloria written for the Ospedale della Pietà choir. In Pulled, Wednesday Addams fights with her feelings for a "normal" boy.

1:20-1:35 PM

Kyrsha Balderas (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Kate Aspengren

IS: A docudrama about Imposter Syndrome
Have you ever chalked your success up to luck and felt like someone was going to call you out on your "so-called success?" Using data gathered from interviews with Coe students, faculty, and staff, a play emerged to demonstrate the effects of imposter syndrome. This docudrama attempts to show the good, bad, ugly, and beauty of imposter syndrome. The main purpose of this play is to call attention to imposter syndrome and the effects it has on people.


2:30 - 3:45 PM


Panel A: Peterson Hall 119
Dr. Cassy Cozine, Facilitator


2:30-2:45 PM

Zeki Salah (2020)
Faculty Sponsor, Meira Kensky

D. T. Suzuki's Presentation of Zen to the United States
This paper analyzes the historiographic accounts of Carl Jackson and Thomas Tweed on D. T. Suzuki's presentation of Zen to the United States. Jackson proposes that Suzuki depicted Zen as a universal religion to promote it as individualistic and compatible with science. Tweed focuses on how Suzuki's relationship with Albert Edmunds introduced Swedenborgian thought to Suzuki's Zen philosophy. I critique Jackson for ignoring Suzuki's personal development and Tweed for unclearly framing Suzuki's exchanges. I propose that a shift in the American perception of Japanese culture occurred following World War II that influenced Suzuki's reception in the United States.

2:50-3:05 PM

Meredith Wall (2019)
Faculty Sponsor, Geoff Chaplin

Incarnate Christ as Remedy for Man's Sorrows
In the Summa Theologiae, Thomas Aquinas' Christology centers on how the Incarnate Christ's humanity was expressed through His trials and sorrow. In the Summa and in The Catechetical Instructions, Thomas argues that prayer is the contemplation of truth and thus a remedy for sorrow. As a proper object of man's contemplation, Christ is thus the proper remedy for man's sorrow. This paper explores how Christ addressed the proper object of sorrow, man's own evil, through the Atonement, and how He modeled prayer, especially prayer as a remedy for man's sorrow, through His humanity.

3:10-3:25 PM

Dahlia Baker (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Ugur Akgun

Robotic Characterization of Rocky Asteroid Surfaces
In the aerospace community, there is a growing need for better characterization of an asteroid's shape, surface, spin, and location in relation to Earth. This data must be taken remotely with roving satellites that must be able to identify asteroid characteristics independently of human-driven data analyzation. This project investigates current methods of feature detection and tests new algorithmic approaches to solving the shape of an asteroid from 2D visual imagery. By combining astrodynamics, robotics, and computer vision, the detection of asteroid rocky features can be improved and automated for future exploration missions.

3:30-3:45 PM

Jade Hess (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, David Lo

Comparing activated microglial interactions with brain vasculature due to intraperitoneal versus subcutaneous LPS initiated neuroinflammation
Microglia are in constant contact with the brain vasculature, but the extent of glial-vasculature interaction is unknown. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) released by bacterial cell wall can trigger both a circulating innate immune response and neuroinflammation in the brain.

This study evaluates the effects of a single 1 and 2 mg/ kg LPS via a subcutaneous (s.c.) route compared to intraperitoneal (i.p.) route. The neuroinflammation and liver damage observed via the s.c. route will be compared to the i.p. to determine the degree in differences in the magnitude of the microglial activation.


Panel B: Marquis Hall 201
Dr. Scout Kelly, Facilitator


2:30-2:45 PM

Steven Sharkey-Dye (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Derek Buckaloo

The More Things Change: Colin Kaepernick's Protest and Its Critics
Many believe that "sports and politics should not mix"; that these are separate realms that serve two different purposes. Just in the past few years, a spike of police related deaths and a polarized political campaign pushed the ex-49er quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, to take a stand on the conflicts going on in America. What many would consider a unique occurrence from Kaepernick is, in fact, part of a long illustrious history of African American athletes who use their platform to urge change, as Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, John Carlos, and Tommie Smith once did. In addition, however, the negative backlash to Kaepernick's protest has a long, less illustrious history; these are critics who parry the thrust of Kaepernick's protest by criticizing his means and questioning his patriotism, instead of addressing the issues he is protesting. Thus, both Colin Kaepernick's protest and its critics are the latest version of a long-standing pattern in America's racial history, in which sports and politics do mix.

2:50-3:05 PM

Marissa Hedlund (2019)
Faculty Sponsor, Mario Affatigato

Electrical Conductivity of Cu-Te-V Oxide Glasses
In this work, ternary glass systems were explored to determine the factors affecting conductivity at room temperature, and tellurium vanadate glasses that were doped with copper and silver oxides are highlighted. The focus of the study was measuring the samples' DC conductivity, and deducing structural characteristics using Raman and FTIR spectroscopies. Evidence of phase separation was examined with DSC measurements. Change in structure of the samples, as well as potential evidence of crystallization, was found using X-ray diffractometry and Raman spectroscopy.

3:10 - 3:25 PM

Tori Eng (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Steve Feller & Ugur Akgun

Why the History of Physics Matters?
In the past four years the number and variety of computational projects pursued in the physics department has rapidly expanded; each professor in the physics department now has some form of computational experiment. In this talk the last four years will be explored through the projects that marked each year as well as explaining the strength that each of the team members brought to the various projects. The experiments range from topological constraints of materials to using cutting edge artificial intelligence to predict the location of nuclear weapons.

3:30-3:45 PM

Briana Gipson (2019)
Faculty Sponsor, Brie Swenson Arnold

"Still I Rise": The Economic Vulnerability and Strength of African American Women in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the Early Twentieth Century
This presentation will uncover the life of Naomi Hutson. Born into an interracial family in 1879, Hutson migrated to Cedar Rapids in 1899. Like many Black women of the time, she most likely moved in search of greater economic self-sufficiency and protection. Yet, once in Cedar Rapids, she would confront the economic and citizenship struggles faced by many turn-of-the-twentieth-century African American women, especially after her first husband’s neglect and abuse. Using primary sources such as census records, marriage records, and newspaper articles, this paper explores how Hutson embodied Black women's agency over broader social and economic inequalities in early twentieth century Cedar Rapids.


Panel C: Kesler Lecture Hall
Dr. Renee Penalver, Facilitator


2:30-2:45 PM

Caleb Kulinski (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, John Chaimov

Filling in the Gaps: A Study of NGOs Providing Supplementary Educational Services in Pune, India
Accessibility of education has long been a priority for both state and non-state actors but a focus has increasingly been shifted towards the quality of education. Despite series of initiatives and policies made on the national level, India continues to face large issues in quality of the state-provided education. NGOs have long been a key actor in addressing these issues. Operational models that NGOs employ in trying to address these issues either take the form of alternative or supplementary educational services. As outlined in this study, supplementary educational services provide a better environment for reform of the educational system. This can be seen in analyzing the operations and impacts of three NGOS providing supplementary educational services in Pune, India.

2:50-3:05 PM

Hayley Luna (2019)
Faculty Sponsor, John Chaimov

We Don't Talk About That
If your every move in the classroom was recorded, would you participate differently? Each year Coe College sends students around the world to study. Their experiences range widely depending on the country selected and their area of study. For example, what is it like for an American student to attend college in China? By incorporating a firsthand account and additional research, this presentation sets out to answer this question. Classroom culture is particularly interesting when comparing and contrasting these atmospheres. Being educated at an American liberal arts college varies greatly from being educated at a Chinese international university.

3:10-3:25 PM

Lauren Winchester (2018)
Faculty Sponsors, Terri Donofrio & Nathan Hodges

Wander(n) & Adventuring: A mixed-method analysis of the character of German national parks
My thesis seeks to answer the questions: what is the character of a German national park? How are parks' characters constructed? What roles do people play in that construction? I use autoethnography and rhetorical criticism to explore my experiences in German national parks -- the Black Forest (Schwarzwald), Hunsrück-Hochwald, and Eifel National Parks -- and some of those parks' brochures. The parks' characters are distinctive yet echo each other thematically. The tensions I examine include the boundedness-permeable border dialectic, the way that time layers and slides across a place, and the role of people in nature, nature’s depiction, and nature’s protection.

3:30-3:45 PM

Alivia Nelson (2019) & Erica Ernzen (2020)
Faculty Sponsor, Renee Penalver

Did I just say that out loud?: The effects of word frequency and language proficiency for low- proficiency bilinguals in perceptual source memory
The question of how bilingualism impacts memory remains relatively unexplored. Previous iterations of experiments investigating how the bilingual experience affects source memory were conducted at University of Texas at El Paso. The city of El Paso is located on the border of the United States and Mexico and has a large Spanish-English bilingual population. Participants in this region are equally proficient in both of their languages. However, less proficient bilinguals are more representative of the general bilingual population. Thus, it is important to replicate this research using non-border region samples of bilinguals. We hypothesize that bilinguals with lower levels of proficiency in regions of the United States (e.g., Cedar Rapids) where Spanish is less commonly used will shed light on the architecture of the bilingual mind. At Coe College, we intend to collect a sample that includes bilinguals from Argentina studying in America, people who grew up in Latino families, and people studying Spanish for a minor or major for their bachelor's degree. Objective language proficiencies of English and Spanish will be assessed using the Woodcock-Muñoz standardized language assessment. Participants will complete a source memory task. Data has not yet been collected or processed. We predict that participants will be better able to recognize words and pictures when they are of low-frequency and presented in the non- dominant language.


Panel D: Stuart Hall 405
Dr. Josh Christensen, Facilitator


2:30-2:45 PM

Carmin Robson (2019) & Devin Lawson (2019)
Faculty Sponsors, Jon White & Brittney Miller

Majority Judgment as an Alternative American Voting System
In the aftermath of the 2016 election, many of the deficiencies in the American voting system have to come to light. While most mathematicians are in agreement that plurality voting, our current system, is the least likely to meet voters' needs, they’re unable to back a single alternative voting method. Currently, majority judgment has the most integrity of proposed alternative voting methods, but the data behind it doesn't have political roots. Using the Pew Research Center's 2014 Political Typology data-set, we simulated potential outcomes for the 2016 election to see if a majority judgment voting system could more accurately reflect the desires of American voters.

2:50-3:05 PM

Rachael Lenmark (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Kimberly Lanegran

Voter Outreach in Linn County: An Internship Experience in Local Government
A presentation on my internship experience this semester at Linn County Election Services working on Voter Outreach projects in high schools, colleges, and universities in Linn County. This presentation addresses the following questions: Why is Linn County Elections focusing on Voter Outreach in high schools, colleges and universities? What accomplishments and disappointments did I find in my work? What roadblocks did I encounter in achieving the goals set out by my Supervisor Rebecca Stonawski and Auditor Joel Miller? What future is there in this position/project with Linn County Elections? What are the benefits to an internship in local government for a Coe student?

3:10-3:25 PM

Mason Van Gorp (2019) & Wade Hill (2019)
Faculty Sponsor, Kimberly Lanegran

Partisan Voting: Moderating Made Impossible
How does one measure loyalty? Though the United States constitution makes no mention of them, political parties perform integral tasks in the United States government. For the American people, it's a part of one's identification. For America's Legislators, political party identification aids them in developing policies favorable to their issues, bringing people together and organizing them towards a common agenda, and persuading voters to participate in the democratic process of voting. As relations and rhetoric between America's two most long-standing parties becomes noticeably more vitriolic under the Trump Administration, many are asking critical questions. What has caused party tensions to reach a seemingly unprecedented height? Has hyper-loyalty in party politics prohibited potentially moderate legislators and dialogue? Through analyzing party platforms and bills that address partisan issues during the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations, this research draws critical conclusions regarding today's political climate founded on voting trends revealed by an original system designed to score current members of Congress on their partisanship during their tenure in Washington.

3:30-3:45 PM

Robert Robinson (2018) & Corbin Faidley (2019)
Faculty Sponsor, Stephen Hughes

Technology Assisted Review with Iterative Classification
Manually extracting information from large text-oriented datasets can be impractical, and language variations in the text can defy simple keyword-driven searches. This suggests the need for an intermediate approach that would allow for a technology assisted review of the documents. The research team developed a tool to allow users to interactively classify individual pages of a large text document and feed the results into a learning algorithm. As the algorithm's predictive accuracy improves, it continually assumes a more informed role in selecting text segments for the human to evaluate until it is reliable enough to finish the classification task unsupervised.


Panel E: Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium
Dr. Deanna Downes, Facilitator


2:30-2:45 PM

Samantha Jankowski (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Joyce Janca-Aji

A Genderless World: The Division Between Male and Female in Japan and America
After collecting a series of insights from Americans and Japanese exchange students alike, a number of monologues have been prepared and are ready to be performed. By showing the similarities and differences in gender roles in America and Japan, we can enlighten individuals about the misconceptions of Japanese culture and the struggles both countries face in terms of complying and rebelling from gendered norms.

2:50-3:05 PM

Kailey Braff (2018)
Faculty Sponsor, Brett Wolgast

Piano Performance

3:10-3:25 PM

William Pollock (2019)
Faculty Sponsor, Brett Wolgast

Musical Composition (performed by Andrew Acosta, Viola)

3:30-3:45 PM

Laura Gibson (2019)
Faculty Sponsor, Brett Wolgast

Clarinet Performance