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Twenty-one students presented their findings at the 28th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 3-5 at University of Kentucky-Lexington.

NCUR is the largest conference of its kind in the country with approximately 2,000 undergraduates from more than 250 colleges and universities in attendance. Over Lafayette’s 27 years of participation, more than 700 students have been accepted to present their research.

Professor Robert Kurt, Tiffany Phuong ’16, Kofi Boateng ’16, and Professor Chun Wai Liew work in the lab.

Wearing lab coats, professor Robert Kurt, Tiffany Phuong ’16, Kofi Boateng ’16, and Professor Chun Wai Liew work in the lab.

Students invited to the conference represent majors in all four of the College’s academic divisions. They worked with faculty members through the College’s honors thesis, independent study, or EXCEL Scholars undergraduate research programs. Lafayette’s focus on close student-faculty interaction has made it a national leader in undergraduate research. Many of the hundreds of students who participate in these programs each year publish their work in academic journals and present at regional and national conferences.

Lauren Berry ’14 (Havertown, Pa.), psychology
“A Weighty Issue: Is Perfectionism in Female College Athletes a Possible Predictor Of Eating Disorders?”
John Shaw, associate professor of psychology

Victoria Bonisese ’14 (Nazareth, Pa.), double major in economics and psychology
“Are For-Profit Hospitals Bad for Your Health?”
Susan Averett, Dana Professor of Economics

Emily Crossette ’15 (Glenside, Pa.), civil engineering
“Calculating Our Estrogen Footprint: Testing a Procedure to Quantify the Estrogenic Compounds Released by Wastewater Treatment Plants”
Arthur Kney, associate professor and head of civil and environmental engineering

Joshua Feinberg ’14 (Hudson, Mass.), double major in government & law and anthropology & sociology
“The Foreign Policy of Contemporary Russia: How Did Cold War Diplomacy Transpire to Perturbing Alignment With Syria?”
Katalin Fabian, associate professor of government and law

Abigail Floyd-Jones ’14 (West Chester, Pa.), double major in economics and policy studies
“Faulty Financial Reporting: The Evolution of Earnings Restatements”
Rosie Bukics, Jones Professor of Economics

Danielle Fontaine ’14 (Weston, Conn.), double major in history and English
“British-Jewish Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War”
Robert Weiner, Jones Professor of History

Madeline Gambino ’14 (Bethlehem, Pa.), double major in religious studies and history
“Heritage and (Dis)Continuity: Maintaining Transnational Religious Identity in a Maronite Community”
Rachel Goshgarian, assistant professor of history

Adam Grey ’14 (Wellesley, Mass.), mechanical engineering
|“The Structural Significance of Charlemagne’s Palatine Chapel”
Leonard Van Gulick, Baird Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Wah Loon Keng ’16 (Gelugor, Malaysia), physics
“The Yao Graph Y5 is a Spanner”
Ge Xia, associate professor of computer science

Lauren Matturri ’14 (Chatham, N.J.), economics
“An International Civil War: How Did Diamonds in Sierra Leone Play a Central Role in Creating and Maintaining Armed Conflict?”
Katalin Fabian, associate professor of government and law

Linh Nguyen ’14 (Hanoi, Viet Nam), double major in economics and mathematics
“The Prospect of a Common Currency for Asean-Plus-Three Countries”
James Devault, professor of economics

Shannon Nitroy ’14 (Lancaster, Pa.), double major in economics and mathematics
“A Study of a New Curriculum: The Effect of Easton Weed and Seed’s ‘Summer Nights’ Program on Learning Loss”
Christopher Ruebeck, associate professor of economics

Tiffany Phuong ’16 (Aldan, Pa.), biology
“Understanding Signaling in 4t1 Cells Using Co-Immunoprecipitations and Computer Modeling”
Robert Kurt, professor and head of biology

Timothy Simon ’14 (Green Village, N.J.), religious studies
“The Dichotomy of Religious Northern Ireland”
Eric Ziolkowski, Manson Professor of Religious Studies

Erin Townley ’14 (Middletown, N.Y.), neuroscience
“An Endless Song: Aphasia, Music Therapy, and Communication”
Jennifer Kelly, associate professor of music

Rachel Venaglia ’14 (Old Bridge, N.J.), psychology
“Empowering Students to Make Their Own Choices: Reducing College Drinking”
John Shaw, associate professor of psychology

Eugene Warnick ’15 (Hanover Township, Pa.), biochemistry
“The Synthesis and Electrochemistry of 1,1′- Disubstituted Cobaltocenium Compounds”
Chip Nataro, professor of chemistry

Sean Waters ’14 (Nazareth, Pa.), mechanical engineering
“Automated Shape Modeling for Undulatory Swimmers Using Blum’s Medial Axis”
Robert Root, professor and head of mathematics

Sara Yeganeh ’14 (Hillsborough, N.J.), double major in government & law and psychology
“Distracted into Destruction: The Effects of Distracting Political Advertisements on Candidate Quality and ‘Correct Voting’ and its Corruption of the Electoral Process”
Elizabeth Suhay, assistant professor of government and law

Yue Yin ’14 (Shanghai, China), chemical engineering
“Agent-Based Modeling of Capacity Constrained Oligopoly”
Christopher Ruebeck, associate professor of economics

Guanxiong Zhou ’14 (Beijing, China), double major in economics and international affairs
“Exploring Regulatory Strategies to Facilitate the Growth of Peer-To-Peer Lending Industry in China”
David Stifel, associate professor of economics

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