The Undergraduate Research Symposium at UMSL provides a professional-style venue for undergraduates to present their original research, scholarship, and creative works to faculty, staff, administrators, students, and visitors. To find out more about URS visit http://urs.umsl.edu/

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Afterlight: Game Design and the Power of Narrative, Elio Hollenbeck

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Animal Conservation in St. Louis, Kate O'Sullivan

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A Vaccine Against Holocaust Denial: Knowledge, Riley Andreasen

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Chemtrails: Deadly Skies or Dangerous Misinformation?, Abigail Foust

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Comparing Sucrose Preference Between Colonies of Bombus impatiens, Kevin R. Corrigan, Becky Hansis-O'Niell, and Aimee Sue Dunlap

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Conceptualizing Nazism in America through Alternative History Media, Matthew Fear

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Content Analysis of Backyard Conservation Websites, Katie George and Sam Holzer

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COVID-19 Effects on Adolescent Anxiety, Lyndsay Michelle

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Determination of Antibody Affinity for the Alzheimer’s Amyloid-β Protein, Bree Carlton

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Effects of Beauveria bassiana on the Mortality and Thorax Width of Bombus impatiens Colonies, Bri Petty

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Effects of Foster Children’s Epigenetics in Abusive Environments, Shamika Ellis and Theresa Moore

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Effects of Fungal Biopesticide Doses on Mortality in Bumble Bees, Colton Burris

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Erwin Rommel: Noble Knight of Germany or Nazi Knave?, Jake Schultz

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Etherification of Propargylic Alcohol using Ferrocenium Ions, Cody Amann, Sai Anvesh Bezawada, and Eike B. Bauer

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Evaluating Farm Size Change as an Expression of Preferential Alignment in the Corporate Food Regime, Rachael Carpenter

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Examining Immune Markers as Determinants of Cognitive Difficulties Among Perinatally Infected Youth with HIV, Addie Halbrook, Jacob Bolzenius, Julie Mannarino, and Robert Paul

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Exploring Best Practices in UMSL’s Collaborative Laboratory Internship and Mentoring Blueprint (CLIMB) Program, Dakota Warren

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Finding gene candidates that interact with MarA to control hilA expression in Salmonella enterica, Kylee Hempel

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Gangsterism, the Urban Ruling Elite, and the Guomindang: Power Sharing During the Early Years of the Chinese Republic, 1927-1937, Evan Boyle

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Hogan's Heroes: Fact or Fiction?, Mark Granicke

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Holocaust Denial: The Conspiracy of Ignorance, Morgan Nelson

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Hope for the Unhoused: Medical treatment access and retention among unhoused individuals with Opioid Use Disorder in the St. Louis region, Allison Token

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How Technology is Helping Holocaust Deniers Rewrite History, Michael Raffelson

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How the West Was Stolen: A Closer Look at the St.Louis Treaty of 1804, Lisa Kozieja

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Human Zoo Healthcare at the 1904 World’s Fair, Angel Blake

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Hvaldimir: Russian Beluga Spy Whale, John Granicke

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"I Hate Illinois Nazis:" Remembering Hate Speech and the First Amendment in Skokie, Illinois, Morgan Myers

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Investigation of Alzheimer’s Amyloid-β Protein Aggregation With a New Fluorescent Dye., Emma Alberty

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"Killin' Nazis": How Jews are Portrayed in Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds, Skylar Baxter

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Learning curves in bumblebee foraging (Bombus impatiens), Samir Benbakir, Becky Hansis-O'Niell, and Aimee Sue Dunlap

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Life Beyond the Horizon: The Universe Was Born in a Black Hole, Zahria Patrick

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Lucas' Empire: Star Wars and Nazi Germany, Karli Dean

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Magneto’s Origin in the Holocaust and how it Influences His Character Today, Rena Usprich

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Memory as a Foundation for Learning, Manuel Vicuna and Juan Manuel Vicuna

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NBA Conspiracies: A League That Values Money Over Honesty, Rebecca Littrel

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Precautionary Buying During the COVID Pandemic: Evidence from Grocery Scanner Data, Blake Williams and Trilce Encarnacion

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Preserving Sacred Memory: The Effort to Create the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Jessica Wachtel

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Psychopathy & Perceptions of Control, Amy Kenny

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Recognition Promotes Sodomy: Gay Lib Vs. The University of Missouri, Micah Hillier

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Recovering Ancient DNA Using the Polymerase Chain Reaction, Rose Jennings

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Socio-Demographic Risks Affect Executive Functioning, Brittny Rodgers; Nicole Shelley; and Hannah B. White, Ph.D

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Space Nazis - The Specific Connections Between Star Wars and Nazi Germany, Jeremy Dobrzanski

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Stability and Crisis Response: Comparing the U.S. and Canadian Banking Systems, Sarah E. Boslaugh

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Studying the genes and conditions that influence root development, Tessa Holtkamp and Hannah Ordonez Webb

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Surveys of Aphonopelma hentzi in Missouri: Conservation Efforts through Population, Genetics, and Habitat Studies, Anderson B. Spencer Mr. and Becky Hansis-O'Niell

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Telehealth Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Missouri’s Urban and Rural Areas Prior to and Since COVID-19, Aurora Rojo, Rashmi Ghonasgi, Zachary Budesa, and Rachel Winograd

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The 1904 World’s Fair: Intended Impact of the U.S. Government Building Versus Visitor Experience, Dalton King

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The association between coping-motivated drinking and alcohol-related consequences., Jacob D. Salser, Ian A. McNamara, and Ryan W. Carpenter

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The Effect of Caffeine on Bee Behavior: A Progressive Ratio Study, Kayle Cohen, Becky Hansis-O'Neill, and Aimee Dunlap Dr

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The Effect of Variation of N-Substituents on Oxidopyridinium Ions in (4+3) Cycloadditions, Zahria Patrick and Madison Clark

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The Failed 1971-1973 Redevelopment of Pruitt-Igoe, Rachael Heriford

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The Fentanyl Crisis in the African American Community: Exploring Geographic Differences in Overdose in the St. Louis Region, Tanys Giles, Devin Banks, Rashmi Ghonasgi, Maria Paschke, and Rachel Winograd

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The Fight for Fluoridation in STL, Noor Yousaf

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The Life and Music of Hazel Felman, Shane Devine

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The Revolutionary St. Louis Insane Asylum, Julia Talbert

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The Roaring Lion of Berlin: The Life, Thought, and Influence of Eugen Dühring, Arden Roy

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Third Reich in Harry Potter: Fiction Imitating Fact, Paul Sanders

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Total Variation Flow in R^n Dimensions with Examples Relating to Perimeters of Level Sets, Luis Schneegans and Victoria Shumakovich

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Tritons United: Against Gender-Based Violence, Kayla Bowling, Jessica Emert, Kimberly Werner, and Maggie Gross

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Unraveling the Truth: The Wannsee Conference and Holocaust Denial, Howie Parkes

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White Allies in the American South, Diamond Cannady

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2024 Program, Kate Votaw

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2023 Program, Kate Votaw

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Gonorrhea: Tragic Effects on Women ​, Aleah Thompson

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Seeing Me: Influential Queer Black Men in Entertainment, Jay Gaskin

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Bananas vs. Coffee: Why Did One Instigate Violence and the Other Community?, Sydney Stark

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Alzheimer's: The Invisible Second Victim, Emma Alberty

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Analysis of SoxS in S. typhimurium by Transposon Mutagenesis, Joel Hanns, Brenda Pratte, Lon Chubiz PhD, and Lauren Daugherty

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Analyzing the Variable Pain, Payton Ruediger, Ryan W. Carpenter, and Melissa Nance

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A New Life for UMSL’s African Instrument Collection, Brandon Elliott, Shane Devine, and Kieth Stephens

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Asthma in St. Louis: A Crisis of Equity, Ashley Maempa

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A Study of Brain Cell Loss In the Student Body of UMSL: Brain Stew., Cullen Landolt, Mya Horn, Aimee Q. Pieper, Abby 6. Wall, and Kenny "Special K" Miller Esq

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Bridging the Gap: Informal Sex Education on TikTok, anne brown

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Cinema Exhibition In St. Louis, 1920: A Thriving Business, Sarah E. Boslaugh

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Comparative Performance of Food and Nutrition Security Operations, Maya Harter

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Competition between honey bees (Apis mellifera) and native bees: an investigation in urban community gardens in St. Louis, Missouri, Owen Ireton

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Eating Disorders: Creating a New Standard, Bree Carlton

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E. coli: The 1993 Jack in the Box Nightmare, Jared Morton

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Externalizing Behavior Predicts Differential Patterns of Substance Use among Adolescents by Race, Andrea Palacios

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Gender Dysphoria: The Widespread "Social" Disease of the 21st Century, Aria Spencer

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Challenges in Everyday Life, Chloe Wilke

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Giving of One’s Self: Perceptions, Experiences, and Motivations in United States Blood Donation, Allison Huene, Jamie Jones, Hayden Steingruby, and Alexis Warnecke

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How Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Can Change the World, Jacob Fox

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Jesse James' Hideout or Civil War Midden?, Steven Meyer, Tim Evers, and Ben Ebert

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Leprosy: How it Defined a King, Paul Sanders

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Malaria: Existence Perpetuated by a Counterfeit Drug Industry, Nicholas Black

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Mow It or Grow It?, Neighborhood Survey of UMSL Sustainability, CRT Moorhead

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Mythos Modernized: Echoes of the Literary Past in Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse (2019), Kayla Burrows

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Polio: Healthcare Workers Murdered for Eradication Efforts, Emily Beauto

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Putin's Russia: Lineage of Totalitarianism, Micah Hillier

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Rabies lyssavirus: A Vector for Stories​, Daniel Olejniczak

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Resolving the Repression Pathway of Virulence Gene hilA in Salmonella, Alexandra King, Lon Chubiz PhD, Brenda Pratte, and Lauren Daugherty

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Respiratory Diseases: Results of 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Effort, Isabel Schnittker

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Schizophrenia and Social Stigma: How Society Views Those With Mental Illness, Rebecca Littrel

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Staph Infection: Hospitals Battle Against A Deadly Menace, Mckenzie Lamos

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Successful Women Majoring in STEM Have Higher Optimism and Lower Stigma Consciousness, Bridget Muise and Bettina Casad

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Synthesis of Curcumin Derivatives: Increasing Compound Stability, Chloe Wilke

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The Demise of the Beef Industry, Natalie Powers

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The Diversification of the Anti-Vietnam War Movement: An Analysis of the St. Louis Peace Information Center Files, Reagan Elkhashab

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The Effects of Floral Attributes and Conspecifics on Bumble Bee Forager Memory, Lucas Lauter and Tiffany Dinh