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Submissions from 2018

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Educating Indigenous Populations in Rural Guatamala about Menstrual Hygiene Management in Collaboration with Days For Girls International, Molly Barker, Alicia Buynovsky, Stefanie Falcone, Julia Gonfiantini, Allison Johnston, and Meghan Liquindoli

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Block Island, Horseshoe Crab Paradise?, Amanda Beecher and Christina Cerreta

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Water You Looking At? Land Usage and Water Quality in Dingle, Ireland, Elizabeth Bouchard and Jenna Rondeau

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Comparison of Wild-Type versus Mutant L1CAM Expression in Cultured Neurons, David R. Cannata, Eva Murphy, Cassandra Lew, and Samantha Pignatelli

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KeepUp, Zachary Cloutier and Nicolas A. Treglia

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Di-n-Butyl phthalate or DBP, a Common Ingredient in Plastics, Induces Craniofacial Defects During Embryonic Development, Danielle Cusmano and Tanner Jergensen

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Medical Advantages of Allogeneic vs Autologous Stem Cell Transplants as Treatment in Blood Related Cancer Patients, Hailey Erwin

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Using Predation Rates to Assess the Function of Restored Spartina alterniflora marshe, Christelle Exile

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Restoration Efforts at Stratford Point: The Development of a Living Shoreline, Nicholas M. Faulise

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Connecticut Living Shoreline and Its Effect on Spawning Horseshoe Crabs, Jordan Frederick and Andrew Amuro

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Ambiguities in the Efficacy of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors in the Treatment of Depression, Stephanie Giblin

An Analysis of Gibbon Great Calls During Singing Duets, Stephanie Giblin and Alexandria Mesropyan

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Patterns of Amphipod Feeding and Phenolic Content in Apical and Middle Portions of Invasive Myriophyllum spicatum and Native Ceratophyllum demersum, Meghan Kebalka

Annotation of Schizophyllum commune mating-type loci reveals distinct patterns of evolution, Mia Magazin, Mike Boyles, and Arianna Leo

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The Ethical and Scientific Debate Behind Human Reproductive Cloning by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer, Ashley Marx

Analysis of Microbial Community Diversity in Two Watersheds on the Dingle Peninsula, Kendra Sherman and Victoria Salvatore

Isolation and Characterization of "Wild" Microbes for Brewing, Jessica Zolotarevsky, Katherine Napoli, and Kiley Ridgway

Submissions from 2017

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Phenolic levels of invasive Myriophyllum spicatum and native Elodea canadensis at different temperatures, TIffany Balling

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Song Complexity Increases During White-Handed Gibbon (Hylobates lar) Duets, Pedrica Belizaire and Scott D. Russo

Practical use of population level genetic diversity for yeast strain identification in the craft brewing industry., Bernadette Boffice

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Avian Migratory Flight & Oxidative Stress: The Impact of Exercise on Erythrocytic Antioxidant Defense Systems, Keara Bohannon

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Phantom Limb Pain: It’s Not ‘All in my Mind, it’s in my Neurons!', Meredith Conroy (Class of 2017)

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The effects of dietary antioxidants on oxidative stress levels in European Starlings, Sturnus vulgaris, Olivia Fatica

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A Unique Approach to Restoring Coastal Habitats, Cap Heavy Metals, Abate Wave Energy and Allow Successful Horseshoe Crab Spawning, Nicholas M. Faulise, Martha Sepulveda, and Joseph Klein

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Geospatial Grey Areas: Utilizing GIS to Analyze Coastal Land Use Patterns, Steven Frappier, Shayelagh Rooney, and Jenna Rondeau

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Effects of Estrogen and Bisphenol-A Exposure During Adolescent Development: A Golgi Study, Jennifer Hagedorn, Emma Madden, and Michael Riccio

Assessment of Cadmium Tolerance and Oxidative Stress Response in Limulus polyphemus, Meghan Hutch, Jenna Lynch, Michael Harris, and Suzanne Deschenes

Dual selective pressures on the Aα locus of Schizophyllum commune: protein homology vs. sequence divergence, Arianna Leo and Mia Magazin

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Internship Experience at A Plus Dental Care, Josias Madera

In-vivo confirmation of A-alpha mating-type identity predicted from genomic sequences in Schizophyllum commune, Michelle Martins

Meiofauna and Algal Distribution on Spartina alterniflora Stems Along the Connecticut Coast, Erin Marx

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Treatment for Respiratory Distress in Premature Infants, Teresa Pacelli

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Water You Waiting For? Assessment Of Water Quality Across Two Divergent Coastal Watersheds, Lisa Pinney, Elizabeth Bouchard, and Kim D'Adamo

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Protein Targeting of L1CAM Mutants in Cultured Neurons, Gianna Raimondi, Alexandria Boering, Samantha Pignatelli, Cassandra Lew, and Teresa Pacelli

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The Use of Stem Cells and their Regenerative Properties in the Treatment of Cartilage and Bone Disorders, Allison Riggs

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Alzheimer's: A Tale of Two Diseases, Kevin Rivera

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Butyl Benzyl Phthalate (BBP) Induces Caudal Defects During Embryonic Development, Nicole Roy, Ewelina Zambrzycka, and Jenna Santangelo

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Butyl Benzyl Phthalate or BBP, a Common Ingredient in Plastics, Induces Caudal Defects During Embryonic Development, Jenna Santangelo, Ewelina Zambrzycka, and Nicole M. Roy

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Potential Role of Phenolics in Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) Invasion Success, Annelise Slack, LaTina Steele, and Sara Zaytoun

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The Dynamics of Sonic Hedgehog Function in Salamander Limb Development, Paige Smith

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Dietary Fatty Acid Content & Neurogenesis: Identification of Specific Fatty Acids Correlated with Neurogenesis in European Starlings, Sturnus vulgaris, Maxwell Trudeau

Submissions from 2016

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Glyphosate Induces Neurotoxicity in Zebrafish, Nicole Roy, Bruno Carneiro, and Jeremy Ochs

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Glyphosate Induces Cardiovascular Toxicity in Danio Rerio, Nicole M. Roy, Jeremy Ochs, Ewelina Zambrzycka, and Ariann Anderson

Submissions from 2015

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Evaluation of the Developmental Toxicity of Lead in the Danio rerio Body, Nicole M. Roy, Sarah DeWolf, and Bruno Carneiro

Submissions from 2014

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The Effects of pknox1.1 Knockdown on hoxb1a Expression in r4 of Danio rerio Hindbrain, Kevin Hess (Class of 2015)

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Project Limulus: Sacred Heart University, Sarah E. Pfeffer (Class of 2013)

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Neural Alterations from Lead Exposure in Zebrafish, Nicole Roy, Sarah DeWolf, Alexius Schutt, Ashia Wright, and LaTina Steele

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Angelman Syndrome, Stephanie Sorbara (Class of 2015)

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Gut Bacteria and their Influence on Metabolic Disorders, Stephanie Sorbara (Class of 2015)

Submissions from 2011

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Estimation of Short-Term Tag-Induced Mortality in Horseshoe Crabs Limulus Polyphemus, Jennifer Mattei, Mark Beekey, H. R. Potter, C. S. Bond, Alyssa Woronik, J. A. Roberts, and K. A. Smith

Submissions from 2010

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Movement Patterns and Population Genetics of the American Horseshoe Crab in Relation to Long Island Sound Conservation Strategies, Jo-Marie Kasinak, Kirk A. Bartholomew, Mark Beekey, and Jennifer Mattei

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Reproductive Behavior in Horseshoe Crabs: Does Density Matter?, Jennifer Mattei, Mark Beekey, Adam Rudman, and Alyssa Woronik

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Genome Sequence of the Model Mushroom Schizophyllum Commune, Robin A. Ohm, Jan F. De Jong, Luis G. Lugones, Andrea Aerts, Erika Kothe, Jason E. Stajich, Ronald P. De Vries, Eric Record, Anthony Levasseur, Scott E. Baker, Kirk A. Bartholomew, Pedro M. Coutinho, Susann Erdmann, Thomas J. Fowler, Allen C. Gathmen, Vincent Lombard, Bernard Henrissat, Nicole Knabe, Ursula Kues, and Walt W. Lily

Submissions from 2007

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The E705K Mutation in hPMS2 Exerts Recessive, Not Dominant, Effects on Mismatch Repair, Suzanne M. Deschênes, Guy Tomer, Megan Nguyen, Naz Erdeniz, Nicole C. Juba, Natalia Sepúlveda, Jenna E. Pisani, and R. Michael Liskay

Submissions from 2006

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A Switch from Polyandry to Serial Monogamy: Results from a Three Year Tagging Study of Horseshoe Crabs in Long Island Sound, Jennifer Mattei Ph.D., Paul Goodell, Christine DePierro, and Meghann Burke