Undergraduate Academic Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Undergraduate Research Symposium 2016

Each spring, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences hosts an Undergraduate Research Symposium. The symposium is a forum for undergraduate students to showcase their scholarship and creative activity.

The eighth annual College of Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on Monday, April 25th, 2016 from 12pm to 4:30pm.

Students may apply to present their work in the form of a poster or oral presentation. Faculty judges select award winners, and winners receive monetary awards in addition to formal recognition at a reception following the event.

All undergraduates with a major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are eligible to participate, however students should be working on supervised projects (course research or independent research, during the Fall 2015 and/or Spring 2016 terms). Research projects should be supervised by a Mason faculty member. 



Symposium Schedule

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Oral Presentations

12:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Johnson Center, Gold Room

Poster Session A

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. - Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

Poster Session B

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. - Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

Reception and Award Presentation

4:00 p.m. - Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall 


2016 Oral Presentation Schedule


Matthew Shultz, Individualized Study
Faculty Member: Professor Foster

Social Media Risk Management: A Policy for Loudoun County Fire Department

Zachary Cady, Economics
Faculty Member: Professor Dunick

Your Own Personalized Religion: Supplying Ideologically-Modified Catholic Theology to Americans

Cayla Milius, Psychology
Faculty Member: Professor Kashdan

Happiness, meaning in life, and sexual health and well-being:  A daily diary investigation

Student: Alenamie Alegrado, PSYC and Taylor Gara, Psychology
Faculty Member: Professor Winsler

Predictors of Music Class Enrollment and Persistence in Middle School among Low-SES, Ethnically Diverse Students

Alison Ruckstuhl, Psychology
Faculty Member: Professor Fischer

Race as a Moderator Between Fear of Fat and Weight Stigma

Sarah Brosnahan, English
Faculty Member: Professor Samuelian

The Human Soul Adrift: A Vision of Orphanhood in Melville’s Moby-Dick

1:30-1:45 – BREAK

Bridget Bukovich, History
Faculty Member: Professor Zagarri

An Abundance of Good Will

Heather Gonyeau, History
Faculty Member: Professor Greet

Voices of Resistance: Artistic Responses to Oppression in Cold War Latin America


Mohammad Abou-Ghazala, Global Affairs
Faculty Member: Professor Singh

Postcolonial Implosion

Rebecca Lee, Global Affairs
Faculty Member: Professor Jones

Defining Armed Attacks in the Context of Cyber Warfare


Student: Mariam Ghanem, Economics, Global Affairs
Faculty Member: Professor Dunick

Foreign Direct Investment, Contract Enforcement, and Economic Growth: Egypt vs. Turkey


Stepan Gordeev, Economics
Faculty Member: Professor Dunick

Estimating the Genuine Progress Indicator for Russia


CHSS 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium Abstract Submission Guidelines:

1. Each student member can submit only one abstract. A student member may submit their abstract for Oral or Poster session consideration. Students that are not selected for an Oral Presentation will be offered a slot in one of the poster sessions.

2. Each research presentation must have a sponsoring faculty mentor/advisor This person, known as the research sponsor, should be listed as an author of the abstract. Please seek the approval of your research mentor before submitting your abstract.

3. Each abstract should be at least 100 words and no more than 500 words. The abstract should state the work's objective, briefly describe method of work and provide a brief summary of result and conclusions

4. Material presented at the symposium must be substantively similar to that described in the abstract

OSCAR Poster Prep Workshop Times and Dates

All workshops are located in Fenwick Library room 1014B

March 23: 10 AM
March 25: 1 PM
April 11:   3 PM
April 13:   10 AM

More information regarding the workshops can be found on the OSCAR website


Questions about the symposium or application process can be directed to Dr. Vita Vock, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

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