This collection of UNH Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) presentations has been created by the University Library in collaboration with the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, the administrative home of the URC. To add your oral or poster presentation, please click the "Submit Research" link on the left sidebar. If you are unable to contribute your entire research presentation, you may submit just an abstract either by entering it into the submission form or uploading a document.

URC event programs, which list the schedule of students’ presentations at specific URC events, may be found on the URC website, www.unh.edu/urc.

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Submissions from 2022

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The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Audit Timeliness, Daniel Andrews

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Dog Sees God: Confessions of A Teenage Blockhead, Bryson Badeau

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Celda 211 as a Social Commentary, Olivia Ann Balabanis

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Use of Humanitarian Parole as an Immigration Pathway within the context of the Afghan Evacuation, Emory Bayer

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Finding what covariates most accurately predict foot traffic in seafood restaurants, Isabel P. Beaulieu

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Knowledge Gaps: Addressing the Need for Palliative Care Education for University Students, Odin T. Bickford

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Good, Clean, and Fair Food Careers, Jordan M. Bohan

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The Effect of Infertility Treatments on Female Labor Supply in the United States, Emily Bolognino

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Wood Fiber Effects on Rhizoctonia Solani Disease Severity Using Raphanus Sativus as the Model System, Bethany Faith Bussey, Madeleine Hassett, and Anissa Poleatewich

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Morality Based Messaging? An Examination of State Health Departments' Facebook Posts in Advertising COVID-19 Vaccines, Kylee R. Casner

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The Causes and Consequences of Japan's Aging Population, Harrison A. D. Clark

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The effect of post-meal walking on daytime blood pressure in young adult women, Maison P. D'Amelio, Bilal A. Chaudhry, Ciana B. Lazu, and Michael S. Brian

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How do People's Political Ideologies Change for Social Versus Economic Policies?, Matthew James Demarest

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The Dynamics of Perceptual Filling-In and Motion Induced Blindness During Binocular Rivalry, Kaylyn Dickinson, Georgia Gempler, and Emily Komerska

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Anti-HIV Antibody Optimization via Site Saturation Mutagenesis, Eli M. Duggan, Matheus Oliveira de Souza, and Brunojoel Hatungimana

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The Fate and Transport of 17-beta Estradiol, 17-alpha Ethinyl Estradiol, and Estrone in Wastewater Treatment, Alexis Marie Eaton

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Research Findings: Benefits of Music Therapy, Lauren Ferraro

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Land Grabs in Latin America: How Land Acquisition and Expropriation Have Come To Favor The Elite, And How This Affects Markers of Development, Autumn H. Goldenberg

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Examining Potential for Improvement in Composting and Waste Diversion in the UNH, Durham, Lee, and ORCSD Region, Chloe C. Gross

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Lunar Regolith Effects on Sand Casted Material Properties, Jacob Lewis

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Assessing shifting phytoplankton and bacteria population abundances in response to environmental instability, Rachel E. Lewis and Elizabeth Harvey, Ph. D.

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Low-frequency Waves due to Newborn Interstellar Pickup He+ Observed by the Ulysses Spacecraft, Anastasia V. Marchuk and Charles Smith

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The Troubled Teen Industry and Its Effects: An Oral History, Jamie WW Mater

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Determinants of wealth inequality in China, Peter D. Mulvey

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The Resurrection of Yik Yak, Lily J. Neher

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Development of a Fluxgate Magnetometer Model, Eleonora Olsmats

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TikTok: A New Source of Labor, Maxwell M. Oxendine

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Deaf People and the Holocaust, Jordan White

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Controls on Carbon Gas Fluxes From a Temperate Forest Soil, Natalie A. White

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Experiential Learning versus Microcredentials: Educational Needs of Undergraduate Students and Working Professionals, Hannah J. Wirth

Submissions from 2021

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End of Life Care: An Internship at Brookhaven Hospice Facilities, Maryam Ahmad

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Shades of Tangerine: A Creative Nonfiction Exploration of Identity, Feminism, and the 1960s, Marlies Amberger

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The Neurological/Neuropsychiatric Outcomes of COVID-19, Nicolette Barber

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The Sequencing of The Archaeon Halococcus dombrowskii and An Unknown Bacteria, Nicolette Barber and Abbey Olsen

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Occurrence of Pulmonary Arteritis with Lungworm Infections in Gray Seals from Cape Cod, 2013-2020, Jillian R. Broadhurst and Inga Sidor DVM, MS, DACVP

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Classroom Ventilation Methods to Prevent Particle Transfer, Hunter Bowen Cini

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Apologetic Discourse in Sexual Allegation Scandals, Jake M. Connolly

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Initial Characterization of Microplastic Contamination in the Great Bay Estuary, Joe DeGregorio

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Water Quality Sensor for Coastal Structure Analyses, Alexis Marie Eaton, Kathryn Rosamond Carlson, Katie Lee O'Brien, and Philip McGrath Breton

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Waiting to Inhale, Jada Lyn Ferreira

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An Analysis of The Hershey Company's Sustainability Practices, Nicholas Nolan Fuller

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Predicting College Enrollment During a Global Crisis, Jake Colin Hewins

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COVID-19 Rule Compliance in Essential and Non-Essential Workers: Relationship with Psychosocial Factors and Coping, Elizabeth Mary McGowan

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Exploring the Effects of Concussion on Pediatric Quality of Life, Emily G. Moor and Patricia M. Kelshaw

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Nationalism in the East China Sea, Sawyer Rogers

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Painted Characters: Developing a Self-Image, Emma R. Stine

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Using Ribosomes to Create Other Polymers, Tyler James St. Peter

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Assessing the Impacts of COVID-19 on Plastic Consumption and Recycling Behavior on College Campuses, McKenna Leigh Wells

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Internship at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at New Hampshire, Joli White

Submissions from 2020

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Children and Poverty: How a Lack of Resources can Leave A Child Behind, Maryam S. Abdi

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Synapse: Bridging the Gap Between Music and Technology, Maryam Ahmad

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The Effect of Substrate Type on the Growth of Winter Rye Seeds in Manchester, New Hampshire, Maryam Ahmad

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Social Media's Impact on Mental Health, Alayna M. Blodgett

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Native Americans and Climate Change, Nicolette Cooper

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Examination of Individual Differences in Source-Based Writing, Isabella A. Craig

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Stream Greenhouse Gas Emissions Along a Wetland Gradient in the Ipswich River, Massachusetts, Diane DeVries

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Wireless Data Processing System for IoT-Enabled Devices, Eli M. Duggan, Tinh H. Phuong, Orianne J. Sinclair, and Samuel P. Mercer

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Boring Ideas: Exploring Boredom as an Incubator to Creativity, Lauren E. Flynn, Catherine A. McGrath, and Caitlin S. Mills

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Impacts of Inappropriate Human Possession of Wildlife on the Animal’s Well-being, Anika Frink

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Spore Surface Display and Engineering of Plastic Degrading Enzymes, Mrinal Ganash

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Examination of Effective Connectivity During Cognitive Flexibility, Jessica A. Hosea

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Bumps Within the Bump, Lauren J. Kreinces

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Religion in Presidential Elections: the Faithful as a Political Bloc in the 21st-century, Nick R. LaCourse

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Northeastern Ballet Theatre: The Art and Discipline of Ballet, Elizabeth H. Langfeld

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Examining the Relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Health-Risk Behaviors Among Adolescents in New Hampshire, Riana S. Malik

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Graph theory analysis of induced neural plasticity post- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for chronic pain, Sarah K. Meier

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Frankia & Friends: Roles of Various Nodule Inhabitants in the Actinorhizal Symbiosis, Kelsey C. Mercurio, Ian Davis, Céline Pesce, Erik Swanson, and Louis Tisa

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Investigating Threats of Small Mammal Populations and Associated Predation in Captive Breeding Pens of New England Cottontail, Jenna N. O'del, Allison M. Stefanelli, Melissa L. Bauer, and Adrienne I. Kovach

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Green sea urchins need friends: Decision making and risk in Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis in competitive and non-competitive foraging environments, Jenna N. O'del, Sierra Rose M. Walsh, Nathaniel N. Spada, and Larry G. Harris

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Effects of Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) Concentration on mRNA Expression of Cellular Communication Network Factor 1 (CCN1) in Bovine Granulosa Cells, Abigail Palin, Sarah Piet, Dean Elder, and Paul Tsang

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Understanding Caregiver Experiences: Examining the Transition Out of the Educational System for Children with Cognitive Disabilities, Elizabeth B. Preble

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Did Bioaccumulation of BMAA in a Food Chain Contribute to the Death of a Common Loon (Gavia immer) in Province Lake, NH?, Alissa Shea and Michelle Verstraaten

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The Impact of Atlantic Butterfish (Peprilus triacanthus) in the Diet of Common Tern Chicks (Sterna hirundo) in the Gulf of Maine, Olivia A. Smith, Elizabeth Craig, and Gregg Moore

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Design and Implementation of a Nutrition Education Program at the Strafford County Department of Corrections, Grace N. Stott

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The Divided American Dream: Upward Mobility Across the U.S., Enoska Ventura

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Regional brain activation in chronic pain: a functional connectivity meta-analysis with healthy controls and chronic pain patients, Noah C. Waller and Donald A. Robin Dr.

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Assessing Salt Marsh Resilience at Moody Point, Great Bay Estuary, NH, Natalie A. White and Gregg E. Moore

Submissions from 2019

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Examining the History and Current State of Cortical Visual Impairment in Children, Maryam Ahmad

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Silk-Gelatin Composite Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering, Ryann D. Boudreau, Rachel A. Yee, and Kyung Jae Jeong

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Heir to Finn: Mythological and Historical Narratives of Irish Identity, Adam JC Bovie

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More Than a Feeling: "I feel like" as an Epistemic Hedge, Adam JC Bovie

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Evaluation of Antibiotic Use in Shelter Cats With Upper Respiratory Infection: A Prospective Study, Jillian R. Broadhurst

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Gross National Happiness, Elizabeth Cunningham

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Examining the Use and Perception of Harm of JUULs by College Students: A Qualitative Study, Kendall Dapprich

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Comparing Amino Acid Sample Recovery for Heated vs. Non-heated N2 Reduction (An Amino Acid Method), Diane DeVries, Scott Greenwood, and Stuart Grandy

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Analysis of Analytes in Human Serum Under Conditions of Routine and Delayed Centrifugation, Grace E. DiPersio

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Graduating College as an English Major, Ryan P. Donahue

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CBT For Students, Jace Eaton

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Social Media and Technology in Maker Culture, Genevieve Grasso and Brianna Donovan

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Brands Take A Stand for Good: The Effect of Brand Activism on Social Media Engagement, Alexis A. Gray

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Determinants of Student Debt in New England, Alexis A. Gray

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Detection of American Eel in NH Rivers using eDNA: A Comparison of Metabarcoding and ddPCR, Jessica Haskins, Devin Thomas, Alison Watts, and W. Kelley Thomas

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Making Meaning of Consent: A Content Analysis, Sonja Winter Heels

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Global Meta-Analysis of Nitrogen Cycling Dynamics in Agricultural Soils, Taylor Hennas

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Genome Sequence and Analysis of Unsequenced Bacteria, Lauren C. Iannazzi and Kyle S. MacLea

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"pocketful of stars" and other poems, Caleb N. Jagoda

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Scaling Methane Emissions Using Vegetation Cover Type at Sallie’s Fen, Madeline Ann Juffras and Michael Zampini

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly about GMO, Wenbin Liu

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The Design and Development of a Modular Robotic Control Board for Multiple Applications, Stephanie Lo

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The Impact of Studio Ghibli Films on Young Asian-American Identity, Hannah G. Matillano