May 1, 2013

Student Accomplishments 2012-2013

Student Accomplishments 2012-2013

Ashley Almeida '14, Brynne Medeiros '14 and Sondra Petrone '13, along with Associate Professor of Psychology Kimberly Smirles presented a poster, "Ideal Partner Perceptions: Examining Body Discrepancies, Social Attitudes, and Body Satisfaction," at the Eastern Psychological Association's annual conference in New York City in March 2013.

Sara Annicelli '13, Chenae Earle '13, Zachary Raffa '13 and Taylor Ross '13 (Team Aria Forte) earned Global Top 100 rankings for four consecutive weeks in the Business Strategy Simulation Game: Overall Score (52nd best), Earnings per Share (22nd best) and Stock Price (17th best). The game is part of Lecturer in Management and Economics Kelly Kasic's Strategic Management course, and students competed against approximately 11,000 teams in 49 countries.

Karissa Annichiarico '14 was awarded a Gilman Scholarship for study abroad in the spring 2013 semester.  The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue academic studies abroad with the intention of better preparing U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Annichiarico traveled to Morocco to study how local college students viewed the Arab Spring.

Samantha Bissell '15 received the St. Julie Billiart Summer Community Service Fellowship supported by Emmanuel's Center for Mission Engagement. She will focus on social science education for adult learners at Julie's Family Learning Program in South Boston. Bissell will receive on-campus housing at Emmanuel and a stipend for the summer.

Julia Brennan '13 had her essay, "Of Sound Mind" published in Stepping Stones Magazine.  The essay was written last spring in Associate Professor of English Mary Beth Pope's Advanced Prose Writing class.

Hillary Butts '13 and Alex Petty '13, with Sunaro Ngourn '12, Jamie Anderson '12 and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Aren Gerdon, presented the poster "Quartz Crystal Microbalance Analysis of DNA-templated Calcium Phosphate Mineralization" at Pittcon, in Philadelphia, Pa., in March 2013.

Caitlin Camara '13, Hariklia Gerakas '13 and Jacqueline Murray '13 (Team Energizer) earned Global Top 100 rankings for four consecutive weeks in the Business Strategy Simulation Game: Earnings per Share (55th best) and Stock Price (70th best). The game is part of Lecturer in Management and Economics Kelly Kasic's Strategic Management course, and students compete against approximately 11,000 teams in 49 countries.

Adam Campbell '13 co-authored an op-ed for the Boston Herald, "Legislature must open up on spending," while serving as an intern at The Pioneer Institute as part of his Senior Seminar Internship course.

Through Emmanuel's partnership with the Washington Center, Kristina Capo '14 attended the Republican National Convention from August 18th-31st in Tampa, Fla., working with the Republican National Committee of Arrangements.

Julia Cardoso '13 received a Summer Community Service Fellowship from the Jean Yawkey Center for Community Leadership. She will work with Sociedad Latina in Mission Hill. Cardoso will receive on-campus housing at Emmanuel and a stipend for the summer.

Chelsea Couture '14 received a Summer Community Service Fellowship from the Jean Yawkey Center for Community Leadership. She will work with the Social Impact Center at Roxbury Presbyterian Church. Couture will receive on-campus housing at Emmanuel and a stipend for the summer.

Rijad Custovic '16 worked with Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair Thomas Wall on an independent research project that resulted in his paper "Badiou: Religion as Event," that was presented at the 6th annual North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy, held on March 23rd in Philadelphia, Pa.

Frank DeCusati '13, Catherine Temme '15 and Margaret Zonay '15, along with Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Chair Linda Lin, presented their poster, "Do Women and Men Experience Pluralistic Ignorance in their Estimates of Other's Exercise and Dieting Behaviors?" at the Eastern Psychological Association's annual conference in New York City in March 2013.

Frank DeCusati '13 and Brittany Merrill '12, with Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Chair Linda Lin, presented the following papers at the 2012 meeting of the New England Psychological Association: "Social Norms and Weight Prejudice"; "The Influence of Family and Close Friends on Weight Expectations and Eating Disordered Attitudes"; "Using Tailored Normative Feedback as an Intervention for Eating Disordered Attitudes and Poor Body Image"; and "Using a Cognitive Dissonance Intervention to Reduce Antifat Attitudes."

Spencer Deschenes '14 and Assistant Professor of Psychology Jacqueline Alfonso Barry presented "Do Drinking Games Matter? An Examination in a Mandated Student Sample" at the October 2012 meeting of the New England Psychological Association. The paper was also published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse in January 2013.

Maxwell Dolan's '13 essay, "Casting," was accepted for publication in the July 2013 issue of Whiskey Paper Review. The essay was written for Associate Professor of English Mary Beth Pope.

Brittany Farias '13 and Kelly Tan '13, along with Sunaro Ngourn '12 and Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair Faina Ryvkin, presented the following posters at the 11th annual New England Undergraduate Symposium on Sustainability and the Environment at Bridgewater State University, in December 2012: "Water quality assessment of the Muddy River: Monitoring Escherichia coli levels in water and soil deposits"; "Testing Lead Content in Soil Samples of Playgrounds in Fall River, Massachusetts"; and "Flame atomic absorption spectroscopy analysis of lead content in foundation makeup."

Christopher Fitzpatrick '13 and Associate Professor of Psychology Kimberly Smirles presented a paper entitled "Predictors of Women's Body Satisfaction: Media, Body Discrepancy, and Thin Ideal Internalization" at the Eastern Psychological Association's annual conference in New York City in March.

Lauren Gagnon '13 was awarded a Travel Grant-in-Aid from the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) to present a poster at the Undergraduate Research Poster Session at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans, La., in April 2013. She and Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair Faina Ryvkin presented their research on "Size Controlled Synthesis of Quantum Dots for Biological and Chemical Detection" in the division of Chemistry and Education.

Conor Gomes' 15 and Emma Ste. Marie '15, along with Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair Faina Ryvkin, presented a poster on "Application of Biodetergents for the Facilitation of Lysyl Oxidase Purification" in the division of Biological Chemistry at the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans, La., in April.

Lena Hajjar '14 and Daniel Helkey '13 competed with students from colleges and universities of New England, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Williams College, at the 4th annual mathematics competition at Central Connecticut State University on April 13th

Daniel Helkey '13 had a poster, "Incorporating Forward-Looking Signals into Covariance Matrix Estimation for Portfolio Optimization" accepted for the National Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, Calif., on January 9th-12th.  He presented the research he completed during the summer at the Research Experience for Undergraduates program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Daniel Helkey '13, Joe Horgan '13 and Eliza Kosoy '14 organized a FIRST LEGO League for local middle school students. The team met on Saturdays during the 2012-2013 academic year. Lecturer in Mathematics Maia Kelley, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair Yulia Dementieva and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Christine Sample served as mentors.

Raven Heroux '13 had two essays accepted for publication. "Training Wheels" will appear in the spring issue of Bookends Review and "Technical Difficulties" was accepted for publication in The Healing Muse: A Journal of Literary and Visual Arts, published by The State University of New York's Center for Bioethics and Humanities. The essays were written for Associate Professor of English Mary Beth Pope's Writing Seminar.

Dylan Hillsburg '13 and Richard Morrow '14, with Associate Professor of Psychology Michael Jarvinen, presented two posters, "The Effects of Retinal Degeneration on Neurotrophin Expression in the Visual Cortex" and "Innovative Use of Digital Video vs. Traditional Strategies" at the National Society for Neuroscience Conference in New Orleans, La., on October 13th and October 16th.


Denisse Huezo-Rosales '14 received the St. Julie Billiart Summer Community Service Fellowship supported by Emmanuel's Center for Mission Engagement . She will be focusing on art curriculum with students at the Notre Dame Montessori Preschool in Dorchester, Mass. Huezo-Rosales will receive on-campus housing at Emmanuel and a stipend for the summer.

Kirsten King '14 received the St. Julie Billiart Summer Community Service Fellowship supported by Emmanuel's Center for Mission Engagement. She will be working with the Advancement Office at the Notre Dame Education Center in South Boston. King will receive on-campus housing at Emmanuel and a stipend for the summer.

Ruthie Kirchner '15 read her poem, "Vernon," at the 2013 Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival on April 11th at Boston College. The poem was composed in Assistant Professor of English and Global Studies Monique-Adelle Callahan's "Poetry Writing" course.

Eliza Kosoy '14 was accepted to participate in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics during the spring 2013 semester.  The program gives mathematics students the opportunity to study with eminent Hungarian professors.  The classes are taught in English and considerable time is devoted to problem solving and creativity.   

Melissa Kuhn '13 and Anthony Ferranti '14, with Professor of Psychology Joyce Benenson, presented a poster on sex differences in preparedness to reconcile conflicts at the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences in Weekhawken, N.J., on April 26th.
  
Hannah Lane's '13 creative non-fiction work, "Buon Viaggio," was published in the February 2013 issue of Bengal Lights. The essay was written for Associate Professor of English Mary Beth Pope.

Haley Larson '13, Amy DeNuzzio '14 and Vicky Kachinski '15, along with Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Chair Linda Lin, presented their poster, "Gender Differences in the Accuracy of Weight Preferences of Same-Sex Versus Opposite-Sex Reference Groups," at the Eastern Psychological Association's annual conference in New York City in March.

Greg Letellier '14 presented his paper, "Winslow Homer's Wood Island Light and the Folklore of Maine," on April 13th, as part of an art history undergraduate symposium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He also had his poem, "You Look Good," accepted for publication in the September 2013 issue of Emerge Literary Journal. The poem was written for Assistant Professor of English and Global Studies Monique-Adelle Callahan's Poetry Writing course.

Michael Lynch '13 and Daniel Turman '12 (current Ph.D. candidate at Brandeis University), along with Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair Faina Ryvkin, presented a poster on "Computational Investigation of the Interactions of Lysyl Oxidase with its Natural Substrates" in the division of Computers in Chemistry at the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans, La., in April.

Benjamin Mathews '15 and Briana Mousley '15 presented a poster, "Development of a Single Molecule DNA Cleavage Assay," with Assistant Professor of Physics Allen Price at the 57th Annual Meeting of Biophysical Society in Philadelphia, Pa. on February 2nd-6th.

Through Emmanuel's partnership with the Washington Center, Peter Morency '13 attended the Democratic National Convention from August 25th-September 7th in Charlotte, N.C., participating in a fieldwork position with the Massachusetts Democratic Delegation.

Samuel Nickerson's '13 essay, "Lasting Impressionisms," was accepted for publication in the summer 2013 issue of The Bicycle Review. The essay was written for Associate Professor of English Mary Beth Pope.

Simon Pilecki '14 was awarded a Gilman Scholarship for study abroad in the spring 2013 semester.  The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue academic studies abroad. Pilecki traveled to India to focus on topics such as Islamic culture in India and religious integration in the political system.

Elizabeth Rioux '14 represented the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur NGO at the 59th session of the Harvard National Model UN Conference. Rioux learned about the SNDs through her involvement in Emmanuel's 1804 Society.

Mary Kate Roffey '16 was named a representative from Plymouth County, Mass., on the Governor's Statewide Youth Council in November 2012.

Emily Shea '14 received a Summer Community Service Fellowship from the Jean Yawkey Center for Community Leadership. She will work with ABCD Parker Hill/Fenway in Roxbury, Mass. Shea will receive on-campus housing at Emmanuel and a stipend for the summer.

Courtney Stern '15 was crowned Miss Commonwealth on April 28th. She will compete in the Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Pageant in the Miss America Organization on June 29, 2013.

Emily Stewart '15 placed fourth in her age group in the World Irish Dancing Championships in Boston, Mass. in March. She was also crowned the North American Irish Dancing Champion in her age group last summer in Chicago and recently finished third at the All Scotland Championships in Glasgow.

Ngoc Truong '13 and Taylor Whitehill '13, with Associate Professor of Management Patricia Clarke, presented "Implications of Leverage: A Case Study of American Apparel" at the Financial Education Association Annual Meeting on September 14th in Charleston, S.C.

David Weiss '14 and Associate Professor of Chemistry Christine Jaworek-Lopes presented a poster, "Microwave synthesis of fluorescein and selected derivatives of fluorescein," at the 245th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, La., in April.