Student researchers shine at the 2024 CHSS Undergraduate Research Symposium

 

A few of the Undergraduate Research Symposium award recipients, from left to right: Isabelle Tomita, Grace Catello, Ben Gallimore, Greg Oler, Alyssa Cazier, Shannon Teri, and Gracie Davidson. Photo by Marissa Joyce 

On April 18, 2024, George Mason University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) hosted its 14th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium to showcase the scholarly work of its undergraduate students. This year 43 students presented their research in Horizon Hall atrium, where students, faculty, staff, and guests gathered to take part in the scholarly discourse and support the presenters.

“Each year the quality, creativity, and social impact of CHSS undergraduate research is impressive, and this year was no exception,” said Lisa C. Breglia, CHSS senior associate dean for Undergraduate Affairs, associate professor of Global Affairs, who organized the symposium along with assistant dean Amanda Torres. “Not only does the symposium showcase individual research efforts, but it also shows how, as a college community, the humanities and social sciences are making a difference in how we understand and ultimately, perhaps, seek to change the world around us.”

Faculty judges met personally with the presenting students and scored the projects, selecting winners at the conclusion of the symposium. Congratulations to all participants for their impressive research and presentations.

The 2024 award recipients are:

Excellence in Research Award

Elene Lipartiani (Psychology): Reactions to Feedback and Its Impact on Burnout. Faculty mentor: Lauren Kuykendall, associate professor of industrial-organizational psychology

Isabelle Tomita (Criminology, Law and Society): Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence: Connections, Consequences, and Responses. Faculty mentor: Yasemin Irvin-Erickson, assistant professor of criminology, law and society

Yaye Wore Cisse (Global Affairs): Striking Balance Between National Security and Civil Liberties within the Context of Domestic Terrorism in the U.S. Faculty mentor: Ilona Moore, assistant director of global affairs, undergraduate  director of global affairs, and assistant term professor in the Global Affairs Program

Social Impact Award

Ben Gallimore (Psychology): Ethnicity and Income Effects on Change in Disability Status Over Time for Elementary School Students. Faculty mentor: Adam Winsler, professor of applied developmental psychology

Grace Catello (Psychology): Hybrid Work and Physical health behaviors. Faculty mentor: Seth Kaplan, professor of industrial-organizational psychology

Alyssa Cazier (Sociology) - Gender-Queering the Workplace: Addressing Normative Gender Beliefs, Stereotypes, and Ideologies at Work. Faculty mentor: Elizangela Storelli, associate professor of sociology

Deiba Muslim (Global Affairs) - Modernization of Sharia. Faculty mentor: Ilona Moore, assistant director of global affairs, undergraduate  director of global affairs, and assistant term professor in the Global Affairs Program

Anna Matthei (Global Affairs) - Realizing West Africa's Economic Potential Through Cocoa Processing. Faculty mentor: Patrick Ukat, global affairs adjunct faculty

Sophie Wagner (Global Affairs, French) - The Different Responses to Hurricane Matthew and the Effects on Displacement. Faculty mentor: Ilona Moore, assistant director of global affairs, undergraduate  director of global affairs, and assistant term professor in the Global Affairs Program

Innovation in Methods and Ideas Award

Shannon Teri (Global Affairs, Mechanical Engineering) - Governance and Sustainable Development: San Pablo de Amali. Faculty mentor: Patrick Ukat, global affairs adjunct faculty

Greg Oler (History) - Occupation, Liberation, and Persecution: Revisiting American Occupation Policy on Left Wing Movements. Faculty mentor: Samuel Huneke, assistant professor of history

Gracie Davidson (English) - Fungal Fiction: The Development of Fungi in Literature from the 19th –21st Century. Faculty mentors: Michael Malouf, professor of English, and Jessica Hurley, assistant professor of English