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Students--and Faculty Mentors--
in Undergraduate Research Program

Recent Student Projects

Fall 2011

Tiara Brown. “Fathers’ Influences on Their Daughters’ University Experiences.” Mentor: Prof. Lynn Collins, Psychology.

Wesley Davis. “Association Between Childhood Trauma and Impulsivity.” Mentor: Prof. Megan Spokas, Psychology.

Jacob Dylik. "Personalizing News and Media in the 21st Century: Understanding the Transformations in the Way People, Professionals, and Brands Operate in a Social and Digital World." Mentor: Brother Gerald Molyneaux, Communication.

Rebecca Owen Fontenot. “Transportation to the White Highlands: An Investigation of the Social Order of the British Colony in Kenya.” Mentor: Prof. Michael McInneshin, History.

Sylvia Ghaly, “History and Development of Film Title Sequences.” Mentor: Prof. Conrad Gleber, Digital Arts.
Lentner Jaraba. “Research: Benefits of Affiliation, II.” Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Kyle Jasso. “Mobile Application Development, II.” Mentor: Prof. Thomas Blum, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Steven Johnston. “Defining Terrorism in Law.” Mentor: Prof. Michael Boyle, Political Science.

Amanda Kalk. “History and Development of Film Title Sequences.” Mentor: Prof. Conrad Gleber, Digital Arts.

Morgan Kamerdze. “Global Study of Future Outlook, II.” Mentor: Prof Dahra Williams, Psychology.

Sarah Kennedy. “Training in Sales Skills.” Mentor: Professor David Jones, Marketing.

Sun Kim. “Music and Emotions.” Mentor:  Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Kathleen Lewis. “Youth Sexual Behavior: A Cross-Cultural Comparison.” Mentor: Prof. Kathleen Bogle, Sociology and Criminal Justice.

Trevor McLaughlin. “Current Practices of Disaster Relief with Adults.” Mentor: Prof. Donna Fiedler, Social Work.

Andrea Moffa. “Brain Damage in Rodent Models of Binge Drinking: How Much is Too Much?” Mentor: Prof. Gerald Ballough, Biology.

Matthew Neski. “Storytelling through Game Narrative.” Mentor: Prof. Conrad Gleber, Digital Arts.

Rebecca-Rose Perez. “Research: Benefits of Affiliation, II.” Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Hayley Rees. “Youth Sexual Behavior: A Cross-Cultural Comparison.” Mentor: Prof. Kathleen Bogle, Sociology and Criminal Justice.

Gil Rivera. “Brain Damage in Rodent Models of Binge Drinking: How Much is Too Much?” Mentor: Prof. Gerald Ballough, Biology.

Kevin Smith. “Documentary Film on the African-American Great Migration North.” Mentors: John  Beatty, English; Huntley Collins, Communication.

Gregory Spraggins.  “Character Development Aspects of Game Design.” Mentor: Prof. Conrad Gleber, Digital Arts.

Brendan Young. “Bereavement Programs in Higher Education.” Mentor: Prof. Jeanine Mariscotti, Social Work.


Spring 2011


Jessika Acilio. “The Impact of Flowers on Negative Mood States, II.”  Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Lauren Berkoski. “Negative Maintenance Behaviors and Jealousy on Facebook.”  Mentor: Prof. Marianne Dainton, Communication.

Briana Bronstein. “Effectiveness of Integrated Approaches in an Autistic Support Classroom.”  Mentor: Prof. Carole Patrylo, Education.

Tiara C. Brown. “Fathers’ Impacts on Daughters’ College Experiences.” Mentor: Prof. Lynn Collins, Psychology.

Keely Byron. “National Bias in the Presentation of History.” Mentor: Prof. Stuart Leibiger, History.

Christina Carty. “CEO Pay.” Mentor: Prof. Elizabeth Cooper, Finance.

Travis Cunningham. “Crystal Medicine and Aboriginal Spirituality.” Mentor: Prof. Stefan Schindler, Philosophy. (Research conducted at Deakin University, Australia.)

Rachel Diver. “Research on Emotion Expression, II: MAX.” Mentor: Prof. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Kathryn Feld. “Research on Philadelphia Social Circles ca. 1900: A Signed Belfield Table Scarf.” Prof. James Butler, English.

Jeffrey Fonseca. “Research in the Ecology of Emotion: Fear, II.” Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Lindsay Fry. “Impact of Environmental Sounds on Performance, II.” Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Timothy Gallen. “Security Detection for Botnets.” Mentor: Prof. Margaret McCoey, Mathematics and Computer Science.

John Himmelman. “Mobile Application Development.” Mentor: Prof. Thomas Blum, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Lentner Jaraba. “Research: Benefits of Affiliation.” Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Kyle Jasso. “Mobile Application Development.” Mentor: Prof. Thomas Blum, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Morgan Kamerdze. “Research: Comparison of Positive Global Outlook among United States and Tanzanian Students, II.” Mentor: Dr. Dahra J. Williams, Psychology.  (Research conducted at Makumira University College, Tumaini University, Tanzania, continuing Fall 2010 research on same topic at La Salle University.)

Suzanne Lipovsky. “How the Media Shapes Public Perception of Youth.” Mentor: Prof. Kathleen Bogle, Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice.

Brian Murphy. “Mobile Application Development.” Mentor: Prof. Conrad Gleber, Digital Arts.

Elena Pace. “Error-Monitoring and Speech Motor Control.” Mentor: Prof. Jennifer Kleinow, Speech-Language-Hearing.

Rebecca-Rose Perez. “Research: Benefits of Affiliation.” Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Ashley Pfeiffer. “Evelen Waugh’s England.” Mentor: Prof. Stephen Smith, English.

Shannon Prendergrast. “How to Mentor Middle School Students.” Mentor: Prof. Marjorie Allen, Integrative Studies; English.

Sara Shaw. “Research on Theory of Mind, II.” Mentor: Prof. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Gregory Spraggins. “Mobile Application Development.” Mentor: Prof. Conrad Gleber, Digital Arts.

Nathaniel Tarnoviski. “A Preliminary Edition of the First Volume of Alexander Baumgarten’s Aesthetics.” Mentor: John Hymers, Philosophy.

Christopher Wolk. “Relationships among Self-Efficacy, Metacognition, and Comprehension.” Mentor: Prof. Sharon Lee Armstrong, Psychology.


Fall 2010

Jessika Acilio. “Research: Flowers & Mood States.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Christine Diana. “Israeli Mandate & the Middle Eastern Conflict.” Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Hill, Political Science.

Rachel Diver. “Research on Emotion Expression.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Jeffrey Fonseca. “Research: Ecology of Emotion—Fear.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Lindsay Fry. “Research: Environmental Sounds & Performance.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Morgan Kamerdze. “Research: Comparison of Positive Global Outlook among United States and Tanzanian Students.” Mentor: Dr. Dahra J. Williams, Psychology.

Adam Kammler. “Research: Tracing a Myth--Cinderella in Many Cultures.” Mentor: Dr. Vincent Kling, Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Trevon Rainford. “Research: Cultural Attitudes and Philadelphia’s Ethnic Restaurants.” Mentor: Dr. Pingjun Jiang, Marketing.

Stefanie Poehacker. “Research: Environmental Sounds and Performance.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Sara Shaw. “Research: Theory of Mind.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Michael Sweeney. “Research: The History of Psychology at La Salle. Mentor: Brother Joseph Burke, Psychology.

Spring, 2010
            
Elizabeth Costello, “Psychological First Aid and Children.” Mentor: Dr. Donna Fiedler, Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice.

Meghan Kraenbring, “Making a Case for Ecological Validity: Using Stories and Dynamic Videos to Study Empathy in Young Children.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Kathleen E. McNeill, “Making a Case for Ecological Validity: Using Stories and Dynamic Videos to Study Empathy in Young Children.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology,

Andrew North, “Nanoelectronics: The Future of Energy.” Mentor: Dr. Michael Prushan, Chemistry.

Stefanie Poehacker. “Environmental Sounds & Performance.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson. Psychology.

Nathaniel C. Tarnoviski, “Plight of the American Citizen within Stalin's Gulag.” Mentor: Dr. Barbara Allen, History.

Jessica C. Ulmer, “Making a Case for Ecological Validity: Using Stories and Dynamic Videos to Study Empathy in Young Children.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Megan Weiss, “The Effects of the 2007 Earthquake on Afro-Peruvian Populations.” Mentor: Dr. Luisa Ossa, Foreign Languages and Literatures.


Fall, 2009

Cory Anotado, “ActionScript for Game Design.” Mentor: Dr. Conrad Gleber. Digital Arts.

Mariane Gabros, “Research in Language Development. Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Krista Gross, “The Impact of Flowers on Recovery from Negative Mood States.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson. Psychology.

Meghan Kraenbring, “Making a Case for Ecological Validity: Using Stories and Dynamic Videos to Study Empathy in Young Children.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Kathleen E. McNeill, “Making a Case for Ecological Validity: Using Stories and Dynamic Videos to Study Empathy in Young Children.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology,

Rose Motley, “Organizational Image and University Open House Effectiveness.”  Mentor: Dr. Andrea Pampaloni, Communication.

Maria Muscara, “Hand Holding in a College Population.” Mentor: Dr. Marianne Dainton, Communication.

Kevin Prendergast, “Research in Economic Background and Degree of Religious Participation.” Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Paulin, Economics.

Emma Petrucci, “Research in Selective Mutism.” Mentor: Dr. Evelyn Klein, Speech, Language, Hearing.

Nina Ross, “Bridging the Information Gap between Borrowers and Microfinance Lenders.” Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Cooper, Finance.

Matthew Sheehan, “A Case Study of At-Risk Students Participating in an Out-of-School Program.” Mentor: Dr. Judith Stull, Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice.

Jessica C. Ulmer, “Making a Case for Ecological Validity: Using Stories and Dynamic Videos to Study Empathy in Young Children.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.


Spring 2009

Natalie Bach, “Creative Coding and Computational Art: A Comparative Analysis of Processing and Autodesk Maya.” Mentor: Conrad Gleber, Digital Arts.

Jessica Boylan, “Research: Measuring the Effect of Using Televised Programs to Examine Children’s Foreign Word Learning.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Regina Carr, “Assessment of Speech and Language in Spanish-English Bilingual Children: A Meta-Analysis.”  Mentor: Dr. Cesar Ruiz, Speech-Language-Hearing.

Ashley Dautrich, “Influence of Expressive Writing on Anxiety in College Students.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Richard Davis. “Number Theory: Mod p Arithmetic, Group Theory, Cryptography, Arithmetic Functions, Zeta and L-functions, Diophantine Equations.” Mentor: Dr. Anne Edlin, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Jessica DiDonato, “Capital Structure Implications of Microfinance Institution Performance in Africa.” Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Webb, Finance.

Patricia Dormer, “Investigation of Hypothesis that Increases in Anterior Cingulate Activation Can Lead to Changes in Speech Motor Control in Typical Speakers.” Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Kleinow, Speech-Language-Hearing.

Krista Gross, “Presenting a Gift as a Facilitator of a Positive Mood.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Kara Harpel, “Impact of Environmental Sounds on Emotion and Recovery from Negative Emotion.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Christine Keely, “Research: Poetics and Poetry Writing.” Mentor: Prof. Bryan Narendorf. English.

Joan Lyall, “Investigation of Hypothesis that Increases in Anterior Cingulate Activation Can Lead to Changes in Speech Motor Control in Typical Speakers.” Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Kleinow, Speech-Language-Hearing.

Bridget Murray, “The Effects of Congruent Music on Recall of Narrative Details.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Andrew North, “Storing Large Quantities of Renewable Energy in the Nanomaterial Graphene.” Mentor: Dr. William Weaver, Integrated Science, Business, Technology.

Alyssa Oshiro, “Science and Math Education of Hispanics.” Mentor: Dr. Preston Feden, Education.

Elizabeth Provenzano, “Research: Measuring the Effect of Using Televised Programs to Examine Children’s Foreign Word Learning.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Victoria Ridge, “Dating Relationships in Chile.” Mentor: Dr. Marianne Dainton, Communication.

Kevin Thomas, “Comparison of Digital Drawing Interfaces.” Mentor: Conrad Gleber, Digital Arts.

Alessandra Valerio, “Investigation of Hypothesis that Increases in Anterior Cingulate Activation Can Lead to Changes in Speech Motor Control in Typical Speakers.” Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Kleinow, Speech-Language-Hearing.

Shaunna Wallace, “Research: Gods and Goddesses in Greek and Egyptian Mythology.” Mentor: Dr. Stefan Donald Schindler, Philosophy.
 
Ryan Walsh, “The Business Concept of ‘Third Places’: Starbucks and Price Sensitivity.” Mentor: Dr. Pingjun Jiang, Marketing.

Michael Waxman, “Impact of Environmental Sounds on Emotion and Recovery from Negative Emotion.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Fall 2008

Jessica Boylan, “Research: Language Development.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Ashley Dautrich, “Research: Stress and Gender.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Christa Dominick, “Micro-Credit Loans in Peru.” Mentor: Dr. Luisa Ossa, Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Haley Froshour, “Education Department Digital Documentary.” Mentor: Dr. John Sweeder, Education.

Kara Harpel, “Research: Sounds and Emotion.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Sara Hazzard, “Research: Success in Science.” Mentor: Judith Stull, Criminal Justice, Social Work  and Sociology.

Allison Hoffman, “Education Department Digital Documentary.” Mentor: Dr. John Sweeder, Education.

Mark Howell, “Alternative History: 3rd Reich.” Mentor: Vincent Kling, Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Sean Fitts, “Research: Poetry and Poetics.” Mentor: Dr. Bryan Narendorf, English.

Adrienne Flick, “Research: Social Work Advisory Boards.” Mentor: Dr. Janine Mariscotti, Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology.

Sarah Katzianer, “Research: Alternative Therapies.” Mentor:  Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Bridget Murray, “Congruent Music and Recall.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Alyssa Oshiro, “Research: Grant Writing.” Mentor: Dr. Preston Feden, Education.

Elizabeth Provenzano, “Research: Language Development.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Tesla Thomas, “Eastern Spirituality and Western Economics and Politics.” Mentor: Stefan Schindler, Philosophy.

Michael Waxman, “Research: Sounds and Emotion.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Michal Wilczewski, “Research: Warsaw Ghetto.” Mentor: Dr. Marjorie Allen, English and Integrative Studies.

Spring 2008

Stacy Mae Armstrong, “Research: Current Topics in Bioethics.” Mentor: Dr. Henry Dmochowski, Philosophy.

Lauren Balliet, “The Concept of ‘Emptiness’ in Literature.” Mentor: Dr. Vincent Kling, Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Jason Callaghan, “Conformal Mapping and the Use of Maple Software to Depict Results.” Mentor: Dr. Carl McCarty, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Regina Carr, “Effects of Emotional Priming on Speech Motor Control.” Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Kleinow, Speech-Language-Hearing Science.

Christina Connelly, “Effects of Emotional Priming on Speech Motor Control.” Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Kleinow, Speech-Language-Hearing Science.

John Coyle, “Effects of Odors on how People Perceive Others.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Louis Fair, “Investigation of Male and Female Responses to Visual Events.” Mentor. Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Caitlin Harding, “The Effects of Floral Odors on Human Response to Fearful Stimuli.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Kelly Jones, Interaction between Pleasant Odors and Mood States on Attitudes.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Liane McCarroll, “Meta-Analysis of Current Literature Focusing on the Linguistic Correlates of Adult Stuttering.” Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Kleinow, Speech-Language-Hearing Science.

Brian McDermott, “Musical Composition and Digital Sound Production.” Mentor: Dr. Susan McDonald, Music.

Robert McGinley, “The Programming Language Ruby and Its Database Applications.” Mentor: Prof. Margaret McCoey, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Molly Malone, “Thinking Outside the (TV) Box: How Television can affect Adolescent Body Image.” Mentor: Dr. Donna Celano, Communication.

Michelle Plucinsky, “Investigation of Religiosity and Participants’ Responses to Film Clips.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Michael Purvis, “The Programming Language Ruby and Its Database Applications.” Mentor: Prof. Margaret McCoey, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Trisha Russo, “Assessment of Emotion Induced by Film Clips.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

David Sautter, “Lord Byron and Childe Harold: Looking through the Mirror. Mentor: Dr. Stephen Smith, English.

Sara Werth, “Impact of the Environment on Fear Responses.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Ellis Wilson, “Dynamics of Live CDs and USBs and their Application in a Parallel Computing Environment.” Mentor: Dr. Michael Prushan, Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Fall 2007

John Coyle, “Effects of Odor on Person Perception.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Caitlin Harding, “The Effects of Flowers on Interrupting Responses to Fear Stimuli.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Kelly C. Jones, “Human Olfaction and Mood: The Impact of the Interaction of Pleasant Odors and Mood states on Attitudes.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

Ashley Keates, “Assessing Speech-Language Skills in Children with Selective Mutism.” Mentor: Dr. Evelyn Klein, Speech-Language-Hearing Science.

Lauren Hauhn, “Cold War Super-Power Summits.” Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Hill, Political Science.

Mary Anne Ihlenfeldt, “Research: Corporate Culture.” Mentor: Prof. Gregory Bruce, Management.

Jamie Libonate, “Statistical Analysis of Effectiveness of Out-of-School Science and Math Programs.” Mentor: Dr. Judith Stull, Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice.

Michael M. Maiden, “Emotion Understanding in Early Childhood.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Kevin Mulderig, “Research: 3-D Animation.” Mentor: Dr. Raymond Kirsch, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Emma Petrucci, “Assessing Speech-Language Skills in Children with Selective Mutism.” Mentor: Dr. Evelyn Klein, Speech-Language-Hearing Science.

Michelle A. Plucinsky, “Research on Emotion Elicitation.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Trisha Russo, “Research on Emotion Elicitation.” Mentor: Dr. Diana Montague, Psychology.

Sara Werth, “The Effects of Flowers on Interrupting Responses to Fear Stimuli.” Mentor: Dr. Patricia Wilson, Psychology.

 

Spring 2007

Traci Barisciano, “Research: Spatial Estimation.” (Mentor: Prof. David Falcone, Psychology; Prof. Sean Duffy, Psychology, Rutgers University)

Brittany Buckwalter, “Odors and Emotion––Continuing Study.” (Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology)

Christopher Clark, “Research in Music Composition.” (Mentor: Prof. Stephen Jamison, Fine Arts)

Mary Cordivari, “Research: Educational Technology II.” (Mentors: Profs. Maryanne Bednar and John Sweeder, Education)

Marinella Della Vecchia, “Reviving Gaelic Irish.” (Mentor: Prof. John Buckley, Foreign Languages and Literatures)

Michelle Demeyer, “Research: Spatial Estimation.” (Mentor: Prof. David Falcone, Psychology; Prof. Sean Duffy, Psychology, Rutgers University)

Meggin Forti, “Pleasant Odor Study.” (Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology)

Diana Holland, “Research: Educational Technology II.” (Mentors: Profs. Maryanne Bednar and John Sweeder, Education)

Mark Howell, “World War II: Alternative Histories.” (Mentor: Prof. Vincent Kling, English and German)

Alyssa Kerin, “Odors and Mood Inductions.” (Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology)

Lauren Ludwig, “Digistal Arts Game Programming.” (Mentor: Prof. Raymond Kirsch, Mathematics and Computer Science)

Sherrita McCray, “Independent Research on Emotion.” (Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague, Psychology)

Matthew Mastronardo, “Research in Emotion and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.” (Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague, Psychology)

Jessica Nelson, “Independent Research on Emotion.” (Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague, Psychology)

Allison Ours, “Research: Educational Technology II.” (Mentors: Profs. Maryanne Bednar and John Sweeder, Education)

David Prisco, “Fundamental Attribution Error.” (Mentor: Prof. Jennifer Block-Lerner, Psychology)

Stacy Vinci, “Independent Research on Emotion.” (Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague, Psychology)

Gerard Zitnik, “Mood Inductions.” (Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology)

 

Fall 2006

Brittany Buckwalter, “Research: The Effects of Fine Fragrances on Person Perception.” (Mentor: Prof. Patrica Wilson, Psychology)

Paul Coneys, “Research: Filmmaking.” (Mentor: Brother Gerard Molyneaux, Communication)

Mary Cordivari, “Investigating Educational Technology and Instructional Practices. (Mentors: Prof. Maryanne Bednar and John Sweeder, Education)

Meggin Forti, “Research: The Effects of Pleasant Odors on Emotional Intelligence.” (Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology)

Andreea Fratila, “Is the Justice System Just Enough” An Econometric Inquiry into the Factors Influencing One’s Probability of Being Convicted.” (Mentor: Prof. Elizabeth Paulin, Economics)

Kristine Greenwood, “Researching Medieval Greek Manuscripts of Adversus Ioudaios (Against the Jews) Dialogues.” (Mentor: Prof. Jacqueline Pastis)

Diana Holland, “Investigating Educational Technology and Instructional Practices. (Mentors: Prof. Maryanne Bednar and John Sweeder, Education)

Alyssa Kerin, “The Effect of Movie Clips on Mood Inducement.” (Mentor: Prof. Patrica Wilson, Psychology)

Amelia Longo, “Research: Complexity Theory and Economics.” (Mentor: Prof. David Falcone, Psychology)

Sherrita McCray, “Research in Emotion Induction: Individual Responses to Films.” (Mentor: Dr. Diane Montague, Psychology)

Matthew L. Mastronardo, “Independent Research in ADHD and Emotion in Early Childhood.” (Mentor: Dr. Diane Montague, Psychology)

Jessica Nelson, “Research on Emotion: Relationship to Attitudes about Sexuality and Religiosity.” (Mentor: Dr. Diane Montague, Psychology)

Allison Ours, “Investigating Educational Technology and Instructional Practices. (Mentors: Prof. Maryanne Bednar and John Sweeder, Education)

Amanda Pérez, “Research: Social Workers and Empathy in Understanding Clients’ Reactions Toward Prejudice and Discrimination.” (Mentor: Prof. Donna Fiedler, Social Work)

David Prisco, “Mood and the Fundamental Attribution Error.” (Mentor: Prof. Erin O’Hea, Psychology)

Jason Roeckle, “Research: Advanced Lightwave.” (Mentor: Prof. Raymond P. Kirsch, Digital Arts and Multimedia)

Leonora Sapp, “The Influence of World War II on the Photography of Daido Moriyama and Shomei Tomatsu.” (Mentor: Prof. Ellen Schupack, Fine Arts)

Stacey Vinci, “Research on Emotion Induction: Relationship to Attitudes About Sexuality and Abortion.” (Mentor: Dr. Diane Montague, Psychology)

Stephanie Ward, “Research: Critical Thinking.” (Mentor: Prof. Henry Dmochowski, Philosophy)

Gerald Zitnik, III, “Research: Mood Inductions.” (Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology)

Spring 2006

Erin Brennan, “The Effect of Perceived Parenting Styles on College Students’ Drinking Behaviors” (Mentor: Prof. Erin O’Hea, Psychology)

Peter Caban, “Digital Figure Painting” (Mentor: Prof. Sandra Camomile, Fine Arts; Digital Arts)

Carolyn F. Caine, “Editing Owen Wister’s Poetry” (Mentor: Prof. James Butler, English)

William D. Evans, “Exploring Game Programming” (Mentor: Prof. Raymond Kirsch, Mathematics and Computer Science)

Ashley Flower, “‘The Evolution of Friendship’: Changes in Friendship Across the Lifespan” (Prof. Elaine Zelley, Communication)

Jamie Gross, “Negative Relationship Maintenance Behaviors” (Mentor: Prof. Marianne Dainton, Communication)

Nicole Helverson, “Research in Emotion Induction” (Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague, Psychology)

Christina Jones, “Relationships between Postpartum Mood Changes and Breastfeeding” (Mentor: Prof. Randy Fingerhut, Psychology)

Amelia Longo, “Hilde Spiel: Welche Welt ist meine Welt?” (Mentor: Prof. Vincent Kling, English; Foreign Languages and Literatures)

Jessica McClure, “Research in Emotion Induction” (Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague, Psychology)

Aaron Posner, “Exploring Game Programming” (Mentor: Prof. Raymond Kirsch, Mathematics and Computer Science)

Julie Radico, “The Impact of Olfactory Senses on Personal Preferences” (Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology)

Jeffrey Shall, “Men and Their Gods” (Mentor: Rev. Francis Berna, Religion)

Brian Story, “Visualizing Complex Functions Using Four-Dimensional Graphs” (Mentor: Prof. Carl McCarty, Mathematics and Computer Science)

Ryan J. Tarrant, “Database Windows and Internet Applications” (Mentor: Prof. Stephen Longo, Mathematics and Computer Science)

Juli Thanki, “‘No Depression in Heaven’: Music of the 1930s” (Mentor: Prof. John Seydow, English)

Mary Tramel, “Eating Disorders in College Students” (Mentor: Prof. Lynn H. Collins, Psychology)
Research Course in Honors Program

In addition to students working in the Undergraduate Research Program, the following students are pursuing research in Spring, 2006, through a capstone course in the Honors Program (Director: John Grady). These students in Honors 499 meet as a group with Dr. Stephen Smith, English, and each student also works with a faculty mentor.

Jennifer Abraczinskas, “Agents of Bioterrorism” (Prof. William Price, Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Kelly Allen, “Political Influence on Columbian Literature” (Mentor: Dr. Luisa Ossa, Foreign Languages and Literatures)

Lisa Angelucci, “Scientific Theory in the Works of Tom Stoppard” (Mentor: Prof. Stephen Smith, English)

Elizabeth Bukis, “Internal Revenue Code Section 183 as it Relates to Horse Boarding, Breeding, Racing, Lessons, and Showing” (Mentor: Prof. John Zook, Accounting)

Edward Clark, “Finding Rivers: An Assessment of Pat Barker’s Characterization of Dr. William Rivers in the Regeneration Trilogy” (Mentor: Prof. Vincent Kling, English; Foreign Language and Literatures)

Brendan Cooney, “Kurt Vonnegut and Human Progress” (Mentor: Prof. Maribel Molyneaux, English)

Joseph Cosella, “The Life of a College Student as Expressed through Art” (Mentor: Prof. David McShane, Honors Program)

Leyla Eraslan, “‘Tom & Janet’: An Original Play” (Mentor: Prof. Stephen Smith, English)

Suzanne Guerin, “Catholic Church Art and Architecture in Philadelphia” (Brother Robert Kinzler, University Ministry and Service)

Christine Lim, “Examining La Salle University’s Writing Fellows Program and Its Effect on Writers’ Development” (Mentor: Prof. Margot Soven, English)

Francesca Lo Basso, “‘Finding Nowhere’: A Novella” (Mentor: Prof. Kevin Grauke, English)

Christine Malizzia, “America and the Sea: Literature as an Allegory for the Human Condition” (Mentor: Prof. John Seydow, English)

Katie O’Connor, “Freelance Writing: Research and Experience” (Mentor: Prof. John Beatty, English; Digital Arts)

Katharine Prokop, “To Assemble or Not to Assemble: Synthesis of Mono- and Poly-nuclear Nickel (II) Complexes with Thioether-Oxime Ligands” (Prof. Michael Prushan, Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Matthew Ryan, “Business Ethics” (Mentor: Prof. David Culp, Business Law)

Colleen Smith, “Ireland: A Political, Religious, and Cultural History” (Mentor: Prof. John Buckley, Foreign Languages and Literatures)

Jason Yinger, “7 Deadly Sins, 7 Short Stories” (Mentor: Prof. Kevin Grauke, English)

Fall 2005

Anna Alesiani, “Literary and Cultural Perspectives: Eastern and Western Writing” (Mentor: Prof. Judith Musser, English).


Jennifer Angesback, “Research: Flash/ActionScripting” (Mentor, Margaret McCoey, Math and Computer Sciences).


Erin Brennan. The Effect of Parenting Style on College Students’ Alcohol Consumption” (Mentor: Prof. Erin O’Hea, Psychology).


Zachary Brown, “James Joyce’s Ulysses” (Mentor: Prof. Vincent Kling, English).


Meghan Foster, “Research: Cognitive Performance” (Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology).


Carekee Fung, “Literary and Cultural Perspectives: Eastern and Western Writing” (Mentor: Prof. Judith Musser, English).


Nicole Helverson, “Research in Emotion Deduction: Universality of Responses to Film” (Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague, Psychology).

Christina Jones, “Assessing Medical Professionals’ Knowledge of and Treatment for Postpartum Depression” (Mentor: Prof. Randy Fingerhut).

Elizabeth Kierzek, “Research: Flash/ActionScripting” (Mentor: Prof. Margaret McCoey, Math and Computer Sciences).

Andrew Kuny, “James Joyce’s Ulysses” (Mentor: Prof. Vincent Kling, English).

Jessica McClure, “Research in Infant Perception: Emotion Expression” (Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague, Psychology).

Karoline Orzechowski, ““Research in Emotion Deduction: Universality of Responses to Film” (Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague, Psychology).

Stephanie Randazzo, “An Exploration of Globalization from a Social Work Perspective” (Mentor: Prof. Bonni Zetick, Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice).
Krysten Seabrook, “Dorothea Tanning” (Mentor: Prof. Siobhan Conaty, Art History).

Vincent Tarducci, “Research: Cognitive Performance” (Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology).

Mary Tramel, “The Prevalence of Egosyntonic Eating Disorder Symptomology in the College Population” (Mentor: Prof. Lynn Collins, Psychology).

Summer 2005

Anne Alesiani, “Effectiveness and Efficiency of Embedding and Distributing Constant Time Delay Procedures across Instructional times as well as Transition Times” (Mentor: Prof. Sharon Schoen, Education).

Giavanna DeRita, “Afro-Hispanics and Asians in the Works of Manuel Zapata Olivella” (Mentor: Prof. Luisa Ossa, Foreign Languages and Literatures).
Daniel Feld, “Screen Adaptations of British Literature” (Mentor: Prof. Kevin Harty, English).

Sabrina Keller, “Beyond Assault: the Many Face of Intimate Partner Abuse” (Mentor: Prof. Marie Mele, Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice).
Ashley Lott, “Treatment Options for Sex Offenders” (Mentor: Prof. Marie Mele, Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice).

Thomas Plick, “A Two-Phased Approach to Building a #D Game Engine” Mentor: Prof. Raymond Kirsch, Math and Computer Sciences).

Diana Tomezsko, “The Synthesis and Characterization of an Oxo/(Hydroxo).-centered Nickel(II). Trimer from a Phenol Functionalized Di-(2-pyridyl).methylamine Ligand” (Mentor: Prof. Michael Prushan, Chemistry).

Spring, 2005

Charles Buehrle, “Graphical Problems Solved in Maple” (Mentor: Prof. Carl McCarty, Mathematics and Computer Science).

Henry Daum, “Data Mining Research” (Mentor: Prof. Michael Redmond, Mathematics and Computer Science).

Giavanna DeRita, “The Displacement of AfroColumbians” (Mentor: Prof. Luisa Ossa, Foreign Languages).

Jessica Eisele, “Turner Prize Winners: Reactions by Popular and Scholarly Media in Britain and the United States” (Mentor: Prof. Siobhan Conaty, Fine Arts).

Andrew Estroff, “Research: LightWave 3D Program” (Mentor: Prof. Raymond Kirsch, Mathematics and Computer Science).

Dylan Falcone, “Perspectives of Lyrical Poetry” (Mentor: Prof. Bernhardt Blumenthal, Foreign Languages).

Michael Finnegan, “The Progression of Typography and Digital Media” (Mentor: Prof. Sandra Camomile, Digital Arts).

Meghan Foster, “Effects of Excitement on Cognitive Performance” (Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology).

Carekee Fung, “20th Century Asian-American Literature” (Mentor: Prof. Maribel Molyneaux)

Kathryn Hospital, “Research: LightWave 3D Program” (Mentor: Prof. Raymond Kirsch, Mathematics and Computer Science”).

Victoria Kline, “The Role of Social Work in Inner-City Catholic Churches” (Mentor: Prof. Bonnie Zetick, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work).

Katharine Lantz, “Positive Mood Induction in Women and Their Ratings of Physical Attractiveness” (Mentor: Patricia Wilson, Psychology).

Ed Mahon, “Russian Roulette: East and West in Russian Literature and Culture, 1800-present)” (Mentor: Prof. Vincent Kling, English)

Mathew Pernice, “The Progression of Typography and Digital Media” (Mentor: Prof. Sandra Camomile, Digital Arts).

Jennie Sheiman, “Research in Emotional Perception” (Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague, Psychology).

Vincent Tarducci, “Effects of Humor on Cognitive Performance” (Mentor: Prof. Patricia Wilson, Psychology).

Amanda Tolino, “Andy Warhol and the Campbell’s Soup Can” (Mentor: Prof. Siobhan Conaty, Fine Arts).

Elizabeth Walsh, “Investigation of Ancient Korean Art and Buddhism” (Mentor: Prof. Siobhan Conaty, Fine Arts).

Glenn Winters, “The Progression of Typography and Digital Media” (Mentor: Prof. Sandra Camomile, Digital Arts).

Diane Woyciechowski, “Positive Mood Induction and Ratings of Attractiveness and Personality” (Mentor: Patricia Wilson, Psychology).

The following students are conducting their research projects under the direction of Dr. Michael Prushan in the Department of Chemistry research course:

Jennifer Di Tizio, "Studies of the Oxidation-Reduction of Cytochrome c with Copper(II) Complexes."

Erin McGuigan, "Synthesis of Tri- and Tetra-nuclear Transition Metal Complexes with Cyanurate and Polycarboxylate Ligands."

Thomas Maguire, "Synthesis and Characterization of a Hexanuclear Nickel(II) Complex."

 

Fall 2004

Claire Davis, “Art and the Human Element” (Mentor: Prof. Siobhan Conaty, Art History).

Megan Doherty, “History of the Lipogram” (Mentor: Prof. Vincent Kling, English).

Abigail Eddy, “Comparing Social Work Education in the United States and in East and West Europe” (Mentor: Prof. Janine Mariscotti, Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice).

Lauren Long, “Research in Infant Perception” (Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague, Psychology).

Justin Morace, “Mixing Digital Media” (Mentor: Prof. Sandra Camomile, Digital Arts).

Robert K. Peach, “Southern Writers and Their Worlds” (Mentor: Prof. Vincent Kling).

Jennine Sheiman, “Research in Infant Perception” (Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague, Psychology).

Laura Thackray, “Research on Anxiety Disorders” (Mentor: Prof. Cynthia Turk, Psychology).

Diane Woyciechowski, “Research in Infant Perception” (Mentor: Prof Diane Montague, Psychology).


Summer 2004

Matthew Francis Cabrey, “Social Anxiety, Taijin Kyofusho Symptoms (TKS), and Self Construal” (Mentor: Prof. Cynthia Turk, Psychology).

Maureen Cech, “Fan Web Site Creators and their Creations” (Mentor: Prof. John Beattty, English).

Gina Cline, “Relationship Maintenance Research” (Mentor: Prof. Brooks Aylor, Communication).

Lauren Long, “Research in Infant Perception.” (Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague, Psychology).

Andrew McDonald, “Characterization of the Potomac Aquifer System” (Mentor: Prof. Hank Bart, Geology, Physics and Environmental Science).

Louis Mattioli, “Synthesis and Characterization of Equilateral Nickel(II) Triangular Complexes” (Mentor: Prof. Michael Prushan, Chemistry).

Matthew Posivak, “History of Pennsport in Philadelphia” (Mentor: Prof. James Butler, English).

Laura Thackray, “Understanding Post-Partum Depression” (Mentor: Prof. Randy Fingerhut, Psychology).

The following research project was administered by the Biology Department (Prof. Norbert Belzer, Chair):

Theresa M. Ferrara, "Cardiomyopathy in Congenital Hyperinsulinism,” (Mentor: Dr. Andrea Kelly, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia).

Spring, 2004

Ty Burrowbridge, “Integrating Imagery” (Mentor: Prof. Sandra Camomile)

Daniel Cushman, “Advanced Combinatorics in Maple” (Mentor: Prof. Carl McCarty)

Denise-Mary M. Fitzpatrick, “La Salle University Students’ Knowledge of Communicable Diseases and Behaviors that Promote/Prevent Disease” (Mentor: Prof. Patti Zuzelo)

Shirley Grass, “Walking the Labyrinth” (Mentor: Prof. Janine Mariscotti)

Matthew A Myrick, “Use of Social Work Values Among University Resident Life Staff” (Mentor: Prof. Janine Mariscotti)

William Wiegman, “A Comparison of Testimony in the Cases of Convicted Murders by Defense and Prosecution Mental Health Experts in Bucks County, PA, between 1991- 2003” (Mentor: Brother Joseph Burke)

Fall, 2003

Dan Cushman, "Numerical Methods in Number Theory" (Mentor: Prof. Jonathan Knappenberger, Math/Computer Science)

Lindsay DeMuth, " Research in Infant Perception," a joint project with Jolene Westraad and Jennifer Higgins (Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague, Psychology)

Greta Forst, "Mentoring Student Teachers" (Mentor: Prof. John Sweeder, Education)

Lauren Fritsky, “The Beat Movement,” (Mentor Vincent Kling, English)

Jennifer Higgins, "Research in Infant Perception" a joint project with Lindsay DeMuth and Jolene Westraad (Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague, Psychology)

Edward P. Mahon, "Updike Through the Years" (Mentor: Brother Emery Mollenhauer, English)

Hilary Nunes, "Death and Post-Modern Philosophy" (Mentor: Prof. Robert Dobie, Philosophy)

Karen Toner, "A Study of Women's Communication and Competitiveness" (Mentor: Prof. Elaine Zelley, Communication)

Jolene Westraad, "Research in Infant Perception" a joint project with Lindsay DeMuth and Jennifer Higgins (Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague, Psychology)

Spring, 2003

Jason Ager, "The Poetry of Else Lasker Schüler" (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Bernhardt Blumenthal)

Brenda Brabham, "Gender Difference in Ethical Decision-Making" (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Lynn Miller)

Ludwika Chrzastowska, "Integration of Poland Into the European Union" (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Edward Turzanski)

Renée D'Angelo, "Study of Instructional Procedures and Interventions for the Autustic Student" (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Carole Patrylo)

Colleen Davin, "Jealousy, Gender, and Sexual Intimacy" (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Lynn Collins)

Lindsay DeMuth, "Development of Emotion Perception in Infants" (Faculty Member: Prof. Diane Montague; collaborative project with Jennifer E. Higgins and Jolene Westraad)

Elena DiGiovanna, "The Effects of a Human Sexuality Course on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Comfort About Sexuality Among College Students" (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Janine Mariscotti)

Richard Haas, "Mental Imagery in Tunnel Vision Patients" (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Sharon Armstrong)

Jennifer E. Higgins, "Development of Emotion Perception in Infants" (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague; collaborative project with Lindsay DeMuth and Jolene Westraad)

Stephen J. Kohut "Psycopharmacology" (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ellen Walker)

W. Thomas McAllister, "Literary Representations of the Holocaust" (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marjorie Allen)

Adam McGrath, "Irish Art and Literature: Louis le Brocquy and Seamus Heaney" (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Siobhain Conaty)

Joshua Schneiderman, "Thomas Pynchon" (Faculty Mentor: Brother Gabriel Fagan)

Jillian Szczepaniak-Gillece, "Shakespeare and Mental Illness" (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Claire Busse)

Jolene Westraad, "Development of Emotion Perception in Infants" (Faculty Member: Prof. Diane Montague; collaborative project with Jennifer E. Higgins and Lindsay DeMuth)


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