Students Present Research During Summer Scholars Research Symposium

Sep. 13, 2021
On September 8, 19 Assumption students presented the research projects they worked on during the summer, providing the campus community an opportunity to learn about and recognize the impressive scholarship and dedication of students and faculty in their pursuit of discovery.

Over the summer, 19 Assumption students collaborated with faculty to conduct research relevant to their individual fields of study ranging from cancer research to adolescent behavioral studies. The students presented their original research projects during a Summer Scholars Research Symposium on September 8, providing the campus community an opportunity to learn about and recognize the impressive scholarship and dedication of students and faculty in their pursuit of discovery.

“For many of our students, learning occurs throughout the year: in the classroom, in laboratories and in the field during the fall and spring semesters as well as during the summer,” said Paula Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., professor of psychology and dean of the D’Amour College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Assumption faculty eagerly embrace opportunities to collaborate with students on innovative research projects where they share their expertise and research methods to enhance students’ academic experience. Assumption strives to form graduates intellectually as they prepare for meaningful careers, something that is nurtured both in the classroom and through experiential learning such as this.”

The summer research projects are funded by the D’Amour Summer Scholars Research Program, the Honors Program, the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences, and the Neuroscience Program.

Student projects presented at the Summer Scholars Research Symposium included:

Neural Markers of Effort-Based Decision-Making in Schizophrenic Individuals (Julie Aguiar ’22, Leominster)

The Role of Depression in Young Adults’ Emotional Competence and Co-caregiving (Kyra Belden ’23, Hollis, NH)

Interleukin-6 and its Downstream Targets May Contribute to the Aggressiveness of Pregnancy Associated Breast Cancer (Ryan Burns ’22, Danville, NH)

Desmid Communities in NH Wetlands Do Not Show a Strong Relationship with Water Chemistry (Jennifer Call ’22, Belmont; Mollie Magner ’22, Shrewsbury)

Using Digital Software to Train ABA Service Delivery Staff (Patrick Davidson ’22, Woonsocket, RI)

High-Throughput Fourier-Transform Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching (Courtney Deslauriers ’23, North Smithfield, RI)

Can Transfusions for Outliers be Justified: A Retrospective Chart Review (Vincenzo DiCarlo ’22, Hazlet, NJ)

Teen Dating Experiences and Help-seeking Behaviors (Kaitlin Durkin ’22, Shrewsbury)

Phototactic Behavior of Red-Tailed Fairy Shrimp (Streptocephalus mackini) (Maria Gaughan ’23, Somersworth, NH)

Effects of Risk-Taking on Learning in Preschool Aged Children (Mia Hoyos-Murray ’22, Northborough)

Quantitative Ultrasonic Properties of Prostate Cells (Sarah Iacoviello ’23, Lunenburg; Emma Ushchak ’22, Middletown, CT)

Predicting the Regulatory Pathways Responsible for Lipid Accumulation in Stromal Cells Suring Pregnancy-Associated Breast Cancer (Cole Labonne ’23, Mendon)

Modeling and Analysis of Laminar Flow Patterns in Millifluidic Devices (Brian Leger ’23, Leominster)

Do Extracellular Matrix Molecules Sculpt Neuronal Synapse Development? (Lili MacQuarrie ’23, Duxbury; Hailey McKillop ’23, Weare, NH; Sierra O’Keefe ’22, Milford, CT)

Listening to Students with Autism: A Systematic Literature Review on the Perceptions of Students with ASD on Inclusion (Kimberly Preece ’22, Meriden, CT)