Emmanuel College Undergraduate Students Present Breakthrough Research at Senior Distinction Day

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49 Presentations Represent a Broad Range of Disciplines Across the Arts and Sciences

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We are so proud of our senior distinction candidates whose hard work and intellectual exuberance have resulted in groundbreaking research across a wide range of fields.

Emmanuel College held its annual “Senior Distinction Day” on its Boston campus on Thursday, April 28. Throughout the day, there were 49 distinction in the field presentations from undergraduate students. The day was a celebration of the achievements of distinction candidates as they presented the culmination of their research. The presentations were open to the entire community including students, faculty, and staff.

Emmanuel students who earned a grade point average of 3.5 in major courses had the opportunity to complete a significant research project to graduate with distinction in their field of concentration. Senior Distinction Day is an annual event that takes place at Emmanuel College.

"We are so proud of our senior distinction candidates whose hard work and intellectual exuberance have resulted in groundbreaking research across a wide range of fields,” said Dr. William C. Leonard, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Emmanuel College. “We also are very appreciative of the faculty advisors who have served as great mentors. They have enabled the students to translate their talents and training into exceptional research and have prepared them for meaningful careers.”

This year’s presentations represented a broad range of disciplines including Studio Art, Art Therapy, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary Education, Communication & Media Studies, Literature, History, Biostatistics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Diplomacy & Security, Sustainability & Global Justice, Psychology, and Sociology.

A few of the 2016 topics included:

  • “Longevity promoting mechanisms: Examining the effect of lifespan associated genes on intestinal stem cell homeostasis,” presented by Ms. Emily Porter and advised by Dr. Andrei Avanesov and Dr. Vadim Gladyshev, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • “Evolution of DNA templates for hydroxyapatite mineralization in the presence of physiological NaCl,” presented by Mr. Keith Baillargeon and advised by Dr. Aren Gerdon
  • “A Marginal Man: Intersectionality in the life and work of John Fante,” presented by Ms. Victoria Glavin and advised Dr. Matthew Elliott
  • “Statistical analysis of SNPs to predict Alzheimer’s disease,” presented by Ms. Kaitlin Todd and advised by Dr. Yulia Dementieva
  • “The Socioeconomic Divide: The differences between development in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa,” presented by Ms. Annalyn Bachmann and advised by Dr. Adam Silver
  • “The Explosive Electorate: An examination into why terrorist groups join electoral politics,” presented by Mr. Timothy Hopp and advised by Dr. Adam Silver
  • “Identifying differential white matter pathology between Chronic Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder,” presented by Ms. Carissa Tuozzo and advised by Dr. Melanie Leussis

For the full list of project titles and abstracts, click here.

About Emmanuel College
The only Catholic college in the heart of Boston, Emmanuel educates and inspires more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation and around the world. The College provides boundless opportunities for students to expand their worldview through rigorous coursework, collaborations with distinguished and dedicated faculty, participation in a vibrant campus community, and countless internship and career opportunities throughout the Boston area and beyond. Emmanuel’s more than 50 programs in the sciences and liberal arts foster spirited discourse and substantive learning experiences that honor the College’s commitment to educate the whole person and provide an ethical and relevant 21st-century education. For more information, visit http://www.emmanuel.edu.

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