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Submissions from 2022

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Small Grassland Restorations may not be Enough to Restore Local Bird Diversity, Jonathan Austin and Alexandra Belotii

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Di-butyl Phthalate (DBP) Induces Defects During Embryonic Eye Development in Zebrafish, Sophie Barbagallo, Cassidy Baldauf, Emily Orosco, and Nicole M. Roy

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Are Horseshoe Crabs, Limulus polyphemus, Functionally Extinct in Long Island Sound?, Ann Bassey

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Are Plant Size Differences in a Restored and a Natural Spartina alterniflora Marsh in Connecticut driven by Genetics or Environment?, Loretta Marie Borghi

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Exploring the Dangers and Unexpected Advantages of Blue Light, Gianna Ciardiello

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Hashtag Suicide: Social Media Correlates to American Adolescent Suicide Deaths, Tinamarie Dadic

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Using CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing to Test the Hotspot Hypothesis, Mariah Daley

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Can Running Make You Smarter? -- Effects of Running on Adult Neurogenesis in the Hippocampus, Amanda Fasolino

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Restored Marsh Structure and Potential to Function as a Refuge for Invasive Crabs, Gabriel Garcia

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An Examination of Electronic Nicotine Delivery System Use Among College Students Using Social Cognitive Theory, Anna E. Greer, Kerry Morgan, Jessica Samuolis, Gabrielle Diaz, Julianna Merighi, and Patrick Mahoney

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Reaching a Compromised Solution to an Ongoing Debate: Ethics of Abortion, Nicole Guidi

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Protein Targeting of Amyloid Precursor Protein in Cultured Neurons, Maria Hatziminadakis

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Oxidation of Indanol to Indanone Through the Optimization of Various Parameters of Microwave Irradiation, Kristine Hawkins

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Why Don’t Many Physicians Believe in Chronic Lyme Disease? The Sociological and Psychological Impact This Places on Patients and the Need for Higher Sensitive Testing, Jocelyn Jernegan

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Interventional Orthopedics: The Future of Musculoskeletal Injury Treatment, Shannon Jordan

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Allelopathic Interactions between Duncanopsammia axifuga and Ulva lactuca, Naeema Kandawala

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The Role of Structural Racism in Defining the Treatment of Minorities, Especially Black Americans, as Physicians and Patients in Healthcare, Anna Klein

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Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) Prevents Meadow Restoration, Deepening the Pollinator Crisis, Anna Klein and Nicole Guidi

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Future Research of Xenotransplantation to Improve Human Health, Kayla Kruk

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Genomic Analysis of the A-beta Mating-Type Locus of Schizophyllum commune, Margaret A. Lalor and Lauren Bayreuther

Investigation of the Role of Deregulated microRNAs in Melanoma Pathogenesis and progress, Jamie Maresca, Maximilian Lilo, Noelle Butera, and Simona Bruno

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Does Native Plant Density Matter for Coastal/shrub Habitat Restoration in the Presence of Non-native Invasive Species?, Molly Martin and Graham Templeman

Comparison of Wild-type and A53T Mutant of Alpha-Synuclein in Cultured Neurons, Kayla McKosky

Pellets or Seeds; The Fatty Acid Composition of Three Commercially Produced Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata) Diets and What They Provide Females for Egg Laying, Sana Mohammad

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Effects of Ulva Sp. on Water Quality: Implications for Coral Reefs, Aidan Murphy

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Behavior, Environment, and Genetics as Causes of Obesity as an Epidemic, and How America can Prevent the Negative Stigma Associated with the Obese, Talia Nieto

The Safety and Efficacy of Stem Cell Treatments for Neurological Conditions, Meghan O'Farrell

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The Suitability of Fringing Salt Marshes as Nesting Habitats for the American Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polyphemus, in Long Island Sound., Cithlaly Palacios Garcia

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The Social and Hierarchical Implications of the Propagation of a Male God, Julianna Rezza

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Myogenesis Stimulation in C2C12 Cells by Capsaicin, Jenifer Rodrigues, Kendall Decker, and Brenna Regan

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Delineating Accessory Olfactory Bulb Anatomical Projections to Downstream Social Brain Centers in Mice, Paige Schroeder, Brooke Cyr, and Dayne Rayford

Biomechanics of Slope Walking, Kelly Solak, Samantha Freda, Ryan Whalen, and Sarah L. Feeley

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The Debate of Physician-Assisted Suicide, Kennedy Spiering

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Pellets or seeds; the fatty acid composition of three commercially produced Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata) diets and what they provide females for egg laying., Katrina Tessier

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After six years, has the restoration of saltmarsh and oyster reef habitats restored ecosystem services in Stratford, Connecticut?, Julia Vinci and Madison Eaton

Dune Restoration in Stratford, Connecticut: High Native Grass Density Wards Off Invasive Species, Sydney Ward and Stephanie Davino

Submissions from 2021

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The Influence of Virtual Learning on the Rise in Screen Time Usage and Blue Light Exposure Ultimately Expanding Sleep Disturbances amongst Students, Melis Akman

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Risk of Memory Erasers to Reduce Effects of PTSD, Emily Alexis

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Gene Editing of Human Embryos Using CRISPR/Cas9, Sabrina Biagini

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The American Misconceptions About the HPV Vaccine, Brooke N. Cahill

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What are the Benefits of the Implementation of Dance into Elementary Curriculum on Child Development?, Chandler DeCusati

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The Role of Gender in Medical Professionals: Analysis of Nurse Practitioners (NP), Physician Assistant (PA), and Medical Doctor (MD), Alana Dolcemascolo

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Environmental Exposure and Risk for Miscarriage, Ava Fabian

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Patterns of Grazing and Phenolic Content within Restored and Natural Spartina alterniflora Marshes, Tiana Giovatto

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Athletics vs Performing Arts, Thomas Goodwin

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Role of APEX2 in DNA Repair Mechanisms, Mirjam Grebenc

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A World of Nuclear Power, Tyler Heinz

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The Secularization of Marriage and its Effect on the Separation of Church and State: A Legal Analysis of the Influences of Christianity on Moral Law, Isabella Michelucci

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How Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Effect Growth Rates of Duncanopsammia axifuga Corals, Aidan Murphy and Patrick O’Donnell

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Defining the Sociological and Psychological Terms of Systemic Racism, and Exploring the Neurobiological root of Racism, Anh Nguyen

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The Benefits Behind Equine Assisted Therapy, Sierrah Rich

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Tick-borne Encephalitis Survey and Phylogenetic Study of Powassan Virus in Fairfield County, Connecticut, Amber Santorelli, Alana Fumo, Isabella Michelucci, and Anna Carney

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Infertility and the Ethics of In Vitro Fertilization, Morgan A. Voulo

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Anxiety Disorders: The Change Over Time and Their Effect on College Students Today, Sara Webel

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EUAdb: A Resource for COVID-19 Test Development and Comparison, Alyssa Woronik, Henry W. Shaffer, Karin Kiontke, Jon M. Laurent, Ronald Zambrano, Mariah Daley, Jef D. Boeke, and David H. Fitch

Submissions from 2020

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Looking Through the Eyes of Student Athletes, Rachel Bamford

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Bottlenose Dolphin Calf Social Development Over the First Two Years of Life, Madison Bradley

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A Comparative Test of Creative Thinking in Bottlenose Dolphins and Preschool Children, Madison Bradley, Iva Barun, Kylie Cardinali, Tia Deleo, Nicole Malatestinic, Nikole Rudis, Cassandra Zoetjes, Heather Hill, Kathleen Dudzinksi, Teri Bolton, Deirdre Yeater, and Dawn Melzer

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A Rare Case of Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus After Photodynamic Therapy, Madison Bradley, Sonal Muzumdar, Neda Shahriari, Marti J. Rothe, and Madina Falcone

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Native Pollinator Bombus Impatiens (Apidae) Prefers Non-native Flower Resources in Isolated Foraging Preferences Assays, Anna Carney, Victoria Jordan, and Lexi Edwards

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Next-Generation Sequencing: Genomic Profiling Leads to the Advancement of Personalized Cancer Care, Stephanie Castagliuolo

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Don’t Let Your Vacation Ruin the Destination, Jessica Curcio

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Metabolic Efficiency and Mechanics of Walking On Sloped Terrain, Layla Galavotti, Nicholas Ayala, Justin C. Wager, and Kristen Savell

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The Genetic and Environmental Factors of Childhood Obesity and Determining its Overall Effect on Wellbeing, Janessa Leva

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The Biological and Sociological Mechanisms Affecting the Development of Male Hormonal Contraception, Rianna McNamee

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Migration Challenges of the Anguilla rostrata (American Eel) from Anthropogenic Impacts., Benjamin Miller

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CXCL9 Expression and Purification: Identifying Further Structural and Functional Relationships with Ligands, Eva Murphy

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The Decline of the Horseshoe Crab in the Long Island Sound, Adrian Nelson

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Social and Socio-sexual Interactions in Belugas (Delphinapterus leucas), Ashley Penczynzyn and Kelly Rosenbaum

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Limb Evolvability in Pan Troglodytes, Kathleen Quinn and Amanda Woodbury

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The Impact of Up-Close Animal Encounters on Aquarium Visitors Conservation Behaviors, Kelly Rosenbaum, Ashley Penczynzyn, and Dr. Deirdre Yeater

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Patterns of Chemical Defense Production and Amphipod Grazing in Invasive Myriophyllum spicatum and Native Ceratophyllum demersum, Cassie Simonides

Submissions from 2019

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The Controversial Nature of Vaccinations, Emily Farina

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Di-butyl phthalate (DBP) Induces Craniofacial Defects during Embryonic Development in Zebrafish, Tanner Jergensen, Danielle Cusmano, and Nicole M. Roy

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The Role of Competitive Interactions, Phenolics, and Feeding by Mesograzers in Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum Spicatum) Invasions, Jenna Larson and Rachel DeMarzo

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Social Behavior in Belugas (Delphinapterus leucas), Stephanie N. Leson, Ashley F. Penczynzyn, Erin S. Perotta, and Garrett P. Roy

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Isolation and Characterization of "Wild" Microbes for Brewing, Katherine Napoli, Marissa Yost, and Nauel Tejada

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Di-Butyl Phthalate (DBP) Induces Defects in Eye Development in Zebrafish, Emily Orosco

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Effect of storm events on submarine groundwater discharge measured by radon flux, Victoria Schoenwald

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Distribution of Epiphytes and Meiofauna on Live and Dead Spartina Alterniflora Stems in Connecticut and Georgia Salt Marshes, Cassie Simonides

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Measuring Predation Rates and Spartina Alterniflora Stem Densities to Determine Structure and Function of Restored Salt Marshes, Elizabeth Sosa

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Artificial Intelligence: Ethical Issues and its Applications in Cyber Security, Nathan Vargoshe

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The Impact of Anadamide on the AMPK Pathyway of C2C12 Cells, Amanda M. Witkowski, Ryan Sledzik, and Julia Scherer

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