Undergraduate Research Symposium

March 22, -

Join us for our 14th Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, March 22 from 8:30am to 1:30pm. 

This annual symposium is an important opportunity to showcase the wonderful work of our undergraduates and an important step in their own paths as researchers—to share and discuss their work publicly. 

Please find the schedule of panels below:


8:30 – 8:55 Pastries & Coffee Buffet 

8:55 – 9:00 Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Laura Florand, DUS, Dept. of Romance Studies

9:00 – 9:45  Society and Self

Moderator: Deborah Jenson
Respondent: Barbara Ofosu-Somuah

Colby Cheshire: Social Identity in 19th Century French Literature
Balraj Dhanoa: Fields of Dreams and Opioid Chai: Shedding Light on Sikh Slavery in Italy 
Madeleine Reinhard: Godard and Painting: Creating the Musée Imaginaire of the Still-Alive

9:45 – 10:30 Ethics and Power in Relationships

Moderator: Anne-Gaëlle Saliot
Respondent: Anna-Paden Carson

Sofia Bliss-Carrascosa: It’s because of you that I reacted this way: the impact of maternal figures on young women's self-image and eating disorders
Harper Wilkinson: Calvino e Il Discorso Post-Umano: Esplorando Il Cavaliere Inesistente
Angelli Garibaldi: We Talk Money: Language and Money in Don Quixote 

10:45 – 11:30 Intersections and Representations of Gender and Ethnicity

Moderator: Sarah Quesada
Respondents: Saskia Ziolkowski, Michaelle Vilmont

Jacob Carnes: Homosexual and Jewish Identities Intertwined in Italy
Aayushi Patel: Construction of Gender Identity through the Discourse of French Decadence Literature 
Christina Liang: Women Through Godard’s Lens: An Evolution of Portrayal from the 1960s to 1980s

11:30 – 12:15 Narratives of Trauma and Survival 

Moderator: Gustavo Furtado
Respondent: Barbara Halla

Madison Johns: Oppression and Evolving Identities in Italian Literature: Jewish Characters in Contemporary Novels
Arielle Stern: A Zone of Shadow (Une Zone d’Ombre ): Godard, Montage, and the Irrepresentability of the Holocaust
Brianna Cellini: The butterfly's broken wing: the contemporary concept of identity metamorphosis through the lens of neurotrauma patients' narratives

12:15 Lunch Buffet

12:30 – 1:00 Poster Session 

Facilitators: Jose Maria Rodriguez Garcia, Joan Clifford, Sandy Valnes Quammen
Sancia Milton: A Chivalric Script
Athmika Krishnan: The Children of Salinas: Uncovering the Impacts of Quiet Chemical Warfare
Rosa Golchin: Deliberative Approaches to Climate Change Policy: A Case Study of The French Citizens Climate Convention
Clare Sobolewski: The Pilgrimage of Life
Alejandra Mella-Velazquez: Prevalence and Preferences in Care-seeking Behaviors Among Hispanics - Disparities in Patient Decision-making

1:00 Closing Remarks

Elvira Vilches, DUS, Dept. of Romance Studies

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