The project presentations have been split up into three sessions, broken down based on discipline. Details on the sessions and the students speaking during each session can be found below.

Scientific Modeling & New Technology Presentations, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Students will present their research in the field of STEM where they will discuss findings and analysis on scientific and quantitative models as well as how the manufacturing of tools and processes could be improved.


12:00 PM: Welcoming Remarks

12:10 PM: Ernest Scoma, Computational and Integrative Biology Ph.D. student

  • Prune Regulates the Metabolism of Mammalian Inorganic Polyphosphates and Bioenergetics

12:20 PM: Temi Akinode, Computational and Integrative Biology M.S. student

  • Coupling Compartmental Models with Markov Chains and Measure Evolution Equations to Capture Virus Mutability in Different Sociodemographic Variables

12:30 PM: Jahmal Ennis, Computational and Integrative Biology Ph.D. student

12:40 PM: Jennifer Epstein, Forensic Science M.S. student

  • A New Novel Swab Made of Chitosan and Silk and its Possible Use in Forensic DNA Collection

Society, Culture, & Relationships Through Creative Works Presentations, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

This hour will feature presentations focused on research in the humanities that explores the identities, relationships, and community connections found in and through creative works.


1:00 PM: Welcoming Remarks

1:10 PM: Juliet Gelfman-Randazzo, Creative Writing M.F.A student

1:20 PM: Joseph Giunta, Childhood Studies Ph.D. student

  • “Because I Have to Grow Up Tomorrow”: Breaking Down Disney’s Sociocultural Imaginings of Femininity and Childhood in Early 1950s Animated Feature Films

1:30 PM: Halle Singh, Childhood Studies Ph.D. student

  • The (Im)possibility of Nighttime: Girlhood and Life After Dark

1:40 PM: E Lev Feinman Childhood Studies Ph.D. student

  • Something in the Water: Netting Transgender Girl(hood)s

1:50 PM: Jeff Hawley, Liberal Studies M.A. student

  • Religious ‘Nones’: The Varying Psychological and Philosophical ‘Roots and Fruits’ of Religious Non-Belief

Policy, Community Impacts, & Perspectives Presentations, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

This hour will feature presentations focused on humanities and social science research that examines the ways policies, programs, categorizations, and identities impact communities and individuals.


2:00 PM: Kathleen Lopez, Public Affairs Ph.D. student

  • Organizing for Change: Examining Strategies in the Distressed City of Camden

2:10 PM: Dylan O’Donoghue, Public Affairs Ph.D. student

  • Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs) as a Mechanism to Redistribute Local Power and Wealth from Higher Education Institutions to the City of Philadelphia

2:20 PM: Prakash Kandel, Public Affairs Ph.D. student

  • The Determinants and Impacts of Allowing Cannabis Businesses: Evidence from New Jersey Municipalities

2:30 PM: Ysabela Golden, History M.A. student

2:40 PM: Jason Snyder and Grace Grady Psychology M.A. students

2:50 PM: Deborah Lynam, Childhood Studies M.A. student

  • The “Beginning Reader” and the Construction of Children as Deviant Learners, 1955-1975