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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Works from 2021

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From Ridicule To Reform: Potential Solutions to the Domestic Violence Crisis, Kelly Gordon

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Madness and Sanity: Wisdom of Madmen and the Wise Men Madness in the 19th century, Norah Roudhan

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Radioactive Waste Management in St. Louis, Amanda Lopez

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Resilience and Grit: Foundations of Mindset Differences in Adult Children of Alcoholics and Adult Children of Non-Alcoholics, Christopher Vance

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Torches of Freedom and Gender Inequality, Amna Baghli

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A computational study of genotype-phenotype mutation patterns, Kamaludin Dingle, Omar Tawfik, and Ahmed Aldabagh

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Antonia Sentner's Fight Against Deportation: An Example of the Federal Government's Fight Against Communism, Claire Wehking

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A Study Analysis of a New Vitiligo Treatment: Patent WO 20200588091A, Shaikha Al-Mousherji

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A Velvet Rope of Exclusion: The Delmar Divide, Madison Beirne

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BOLD Signal Variability Patterns in Neural Correlates of Reflection and Brooding Components of Rumination, Katie Leutzinger and Carissa Philippi

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Communicating Sustainability: Pollinators and North St. Louis Home Owners, Sarah Kelly and Tori Thoele

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Constraints on Art During the Nazi Era and the Shift to Modern Art After World War II, Aria Spencer

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Development of a Biocompatible Carrier for a Study of pH Response Drug Release, Brittany Richardson

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Effects of Chronic Stress on Infant Memory, Theresa A. Moore and Hannah B. White

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How does Internet delivered Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills training reduce suicide risk? Examining the granularity of suicidal ideation, Joseph Rameer and Chelsey Wilks

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MarA Repression of Virulence Gene HilA in Salmonella, Alexandra King, Lauren Daugherty, and Lon Chubiz PhD

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Maternal Depression and Infant’s Bias Towards Faces, Annie Ray and Hannah B. White

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Mutations in Several Auxin Biosynthesis Genes and their Effects on Plant Phenotypes in Arabidopsis, Gabriela Hernandez, Lauren Huebner, and Bethany Karlin Zolman

Nazi Art, Jacob Riefesel

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Nazi Germany and The Coalition Against Alcohol and Tobacco Use, Elli McElhannon

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Paternal Parenting Stress during Middle Childhood: The Impact of COVID-19, Vanessa Newell, Kathryn E. Cherry, and Emily D. Gerstein

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Phenotype bias determines how natural RNA structures occupy the morphospace of all possible shapes, Fatme Ghaddar, Dr Kamaludin Dingle, Dr Petr Sulc, and Prof Ard A. Louis

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Sense of Belonging Increases Performance Expectations among Women in STEM Fields, anne brown and Ariana Gaydon

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Sounds of the Reich: Nazi Party Radio and Speeches, Katelyn Hanners

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Statistical Analysis of Birth Control Counseling Recipients, Aman Chishti

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Stress, Resilience, and Impulsivity, Kendra Clark, Adam Runyan, and Carissa Philippi

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Synthesis of Glycopharmaceuticals for the Treatment of Microbial sepsis, Nicholas Forsythe, Alexei Demchenko, and Catherine Alex

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Teletherapy among Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinicians and Associations with Treatment of Patients at Risk for Suicide, Kevin Rebmann

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The Allies and the Holocaust, Mark Granicke

The Chemical Synthesis of Building Blocks of Sugars found in Human Milk, Ikra Ahmad

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The Effect of Barriers to Treatments, and the Attitudes and Beliefs toward Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) on the Readiness to Change within Young Adults Engaging in Regular Alcohol and Opioid Use., Kylie Thorwardson, Ryan Carpenter, and Miriam Mead

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Young Adults Regularly Using Alcohol and Opioids, Mimi Mead, Kylie Thorwardson, and Ryan Carpenter

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The injustices behind America’s incarceration boom, Jay Widlacki

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The Relationship Between Infant-Family Routines, Number of Caregivers and Infant Basal Cortisol, Vanessa Newell and Hannah B. White

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The Relationship Between Resilience, Stress & PTSD, Hadeal Al-hamdani Ms., Adam Runyan Mr, and Carissa Philippi Mrs.

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The White Rose: German Resistance During the Third Reich, Kelli Dockery

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A Literature Review on the Issue of Comparing and Contrasting the FED’s Actions in Response to Covid-19 and the Great Recession, Julian Meyerstrom

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Brain Stew, Cullen Landolt, Mya Horn, Kenneth Miller, and Aimee Pieper

Curcumin: An Agent to Fight Sepsis, Jessica Doshi

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Ethical Dilemma: Police Access to Private Internet Data An analysis of the ECPA of 1986, its effects on the St. Louis area, and the proposed solutions to remedy this outdated document., Amber Essary

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Signing to Success: Developing Effective ASL Curricula in Secondary Public Education, Claire Sutterer

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Skills for Living with Loss, Emily McNeil

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Spectral Analysis of a New Electronic Transition of Platinum Fluoride, PtF, Carol Welch

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The Role of the Reader is to Fallow: Responding to the Negative Reception of Paul Verhoeven’s Film Adaptation of Starship Troopers, Julian Meyerstrom

Works from 2020

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Could Social Media be a Mortality Salience Prime?, Miriam Mead

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Historical Trauma Response Scores as a Function of Unresolved Grief and Substance Use Disorder in American Indian Populations, Andrew R. Saunders

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Public Opinion on Capital Punishment, Sydney Young

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Analysis of Deuterated Standards for Determination of Humulones and Their Derivatives in Beer, Matthew Murphy and Bruce Hamper Dr.

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Chronic Stress in Relation to Locus of Control, Kendra Clark, Miranda Jany, and Carissa Philippi

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Examining Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Services and Information for Young Women with Physical Motor Disabilities in Dakar, Senegal, Olivia Soule and Diatou Sonko

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Father's Profession Predicts Academic Outcomes for Women in STEM, Christopher Bach and Bettina Casad

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Public Opinion on Capital Punishment, Sydney Young

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Rurality of Medical Provider and Race of Patient as Risk Factors for Overdose in Opioid Use Disorder Populations, Christopher Vance, Colleen Mulligan, David Von Nordheim, and Jodi Heaps-Woodruff Ph.D.

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Silver Salt-Mediate Benzylation of Carbohydrates Under Mildly Acidic Conditions, Nicholas Forsythe, Samira Escopy, Yashapal Singh 2436808, and Alexei Demchenko

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Stressful life events correlate with depression symptoms, Michelle Mercedes Meng

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The Collective Submitted Works from Honors 2030, Rob Wilson, Odette Beagrie, Sophia Bell, neeha chaudhry, Allison Christman, Zahrak Farese, Olivia Fuller, Kathryn Grothen, Meghan Hruskocy, Cullen Landolt, Maddesyn Langley, Sarah Jane Matt, Samantha McKlin, Hunter Moore, and Maxwell R. Wootten

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The Influence of Anhedonic Symptom Severity on dmPFC Connectivity in PTSD, Nathan L. Bugger, Sally M. Pessin, Carissa Philippi, and Steven Bruce

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The protection of children and their rights: A comparison between the United States and Costa Rica, Abigail Rothweiler

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The Relationship Between Self-Focus and Anxiety, Katie Leutzinger, Leah Reyna, and Carissa L. Philippi

Works from 2019

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Comparing Two Species: Historical Phylogeography and Species Delimitation of Myiarchus Flycatchers in the West Indies., Emily L. Staden, Meghann Humphries, Leticia Soares, and Kasey Fowler-Finn

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Disabled Gods: A Critical Disability Studies Analysis of Ancient Greek Myths, Haley R. Graham

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Academic Self-Efficacy and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Predict Intentions to Pursue Graduate School, Elizabeth A. Koellner, Heather M. Lange, Drake A. Anderson, Steven J. Mellifont, and Bettina J. Casad

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Building Blocks for Oligosaccharide Synthesis, Mariya Novakova, Mithila Bandara, and Catherine Alex

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) Ethogram & Handedness Study, Tricia A. Flesner

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Childhood Obesity: A Childhood Nightmare, Sarah S. Teemul

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Cloning, Sequencing, Expression and Characterization of an Alzheimer’s-Specific Monoclonal Antibody, Anna K. Jones and Thao Pham

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Comparison of Hop Derived Humulone Constituents in Beer Using UV-Vis, HPLC, and LC-MS, Aaron Boland, Nicholas Viriyasiri, and Hunter Campbell

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Comparison of Hop Derived Humulone Constituents in Beer Using UV-Vis, HPLC, and LC-MS, Aaron I. Boland, Nicholas Viriyasiri, Lorna Espinosa, Hunter Campbell, and Kurt Driesner

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Controlling an Invasive Forest Pest, the Asiatic Oak Weevil (cyrtepistomus castaneus), Using Prescribed Fire, Nicole J. Hayes-Wolff and Laura Bhatti-Catano

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Correlates of Seasonal Variation in a Community of Shelter Building Lepidoptera, Christopher J. Ernst

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Cystic Fibrosis: Support Networks Help Patients Lead Normal Lives, Brandon D. Vestal

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Development of a Protofibril-Selective Sandwich ELISA to Analyze Alzheimer’s Amyloid-β Levels, Marina Villoch Diaz Maurino and Cristina Sinobas Pereira

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HPLC-Based Automated Synthesis: Building Blocks for the Development of New Technologies, Hayley B. Steber and Matteo Panza

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Identifying New Genes that Regulate Nitrogen Fixation in A. variabilis, Mara N. Hamilton and Brenda Pratte

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Impact of Literacy Rates on Democratic Desire, Katherine Volandt

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Knot Groups of Torus Knots, Alexander H. Galindo

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"Modifying CBT for Cognitively Impaired Older Adults with Depression ", Abigail Foster and Mary Wells

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Molecular Assembly Line for Intramolecular Electron Transferring Bimetallic Fe and Mn Cyanometallate Clusters, Austin L. Stelling and Nigam Rath

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Regulation of mRNA Decay by Puf Proteins is Dependent on Environmental Conditions, Anthony Fischer, Alexandra Hamrick, and Shayna Mueller

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Right/Left Hemisphere Lateralization: Correlation Between Individual Differences in Subjective Wellbeing, Happiness, Life Satisfaction, Success, Personality and Thinking Styles, Wallat M. Baban

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The Dimensional Relationship Between Age of First Traumatic Exposure and Perceptions of Control: A Pilot Study, Ellen L. Gruebbeling, Miranda Jany, and Carissa Philippi

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The Effects of Previous Childhood Trauma on Dissociative Symptoms in Adult Survivors of Recent Trauma, Lillith J. Clark, Natalia M. Kecala, Brittany F. Goodman, and Rebecca C. Chesher

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The Relationship Between Phonemic Decoding Ability and Recall Accuracy and Reaction Time, Melissa Growney, Max Schechter, and Adam Runyan

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Missing the 'B' in LGBTQ+, Jenna C. Haddock