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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, Dr. Deirdre Yeater, and Dr. Dawn Melzer

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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 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, Amanda Woodbury, and Kristen Savell

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

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

Phenolic Levels of Invasive Myriophyllum Spicatum and Native Elodea Canadensis at Different Temperatures,", TIffany Balling

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

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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)

The Effects of Dietary Antioxidants on Oxidative Stress Levels in European Starlings, Sturnus Vulgaris, Olivia Fatica

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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

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

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

The Dynamics of Sonic Hedgehog Function in Salamander Limb Development, Mary Garside, Paige Smith, and James Siclari

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The Dynamics of Sonic Hedgehog Function in Salamander Limb Development, Mary Garside, Paige Smith, and James Siclari

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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

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 A-Alpha Locus of Schizophyllum Commune: Protein Homology vs. Sequence Divergence, Arianna Leo and Mia Magazin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dietary Fatty Acid Content and Nuerogenesis: Identification of Specific Fatty Acids Correlated with Nuerogenesis in European Starlings, Sturnus Vulgaris, Maxwell Trudeau

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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