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2021 Virtual Graduate Research Symposium

 

Welcome to the 2021 Virtual Graduate Research Symposium! The Graduate School is excited to host this year's event - our 13th symposium - with 54 entries in three different competition categories: poster, research paper, and 3 Minute Thesis (3MT). Our virtual event is scheduled to take place Tuesday, April 20th at 5:30 pm. This year, we feature projects from the following graduate programs: Business Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Elementary Education, English, Exercise and Sport Administration, History and Social Studies Education, Professional School Counseling, Public Administration, Science Education, and Social Work.

For each symposium participant, you will find a link to the submitted project and a link to the participant’s WebEx personal room, where you can join the participant to comment on his/her submission, ask follow-up questions, or simply pop in to say “hello.” 

This year, we will award $500 to the first place, $200 to second place, and $100 to third place finishers in each of the competition categories. 

And, on the behalf of The Graduate School and our symposium participants, many thanks to our faculty judges!

  • Dr. Dan Parisian (Economics and Decision Sciences)
  • Dr. Roger Ladd (English)
  • Dr. Nicole Stargell (Counseling)
  • Dr. Joe West (Economics and Decision Sciences)
  • Dr. David Oxendine (Teacher Education)
  • Dr. Sojin Jang (Political Science and Public Administration)

 

SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM (PDF)

 

 

Project Type: Papers

Wesley Constandse

A Dilemma of Faith Resulting from the Crucible of Tragedy: The Less Told Story of the Struggles of Faith of Members of the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies

Wesley Constandse
(History and Social Studies)

Samantha Asfour

Barriers to Medication-Assisted Treatment: Recommendations for Professional Counseling Practice

Samantha Asfour
(Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Sarah Shannon-Mohamed

Can Money Determine Happiness? A Regression Analysis on the Impact of Factors that Contribute to Happiness on Wealth

Sarah Shannon-Mohamed
(Public Administration)

Brittany Millson

Curriculum Used in Real World Experiences

Brittany Millson
(Elementary Education)

Elizabeth Gagne

Malfoy, Draco Malfoy: Exploring Toxic Masculinity in Harry Potter

Elizabeth Gagne
(English Education)

Michael Fernandes De Almeida

Plant Extracts Stimulate the Autophagy-Lysosomal Pathway and Improve Synaptic Markers in a Brain Slice Model of Age-Related Protein Accumulation Stress

Michael Fernandes De Almeida
(BioTech Center)

Megan Smith

Policy Paper: Solitary Confinement in American Prisons

Megan Smith
(Social Work)

Brendan Bellavia

The Effectiveness of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on Early Childhood Trauma

Brendan Bellavia
(Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Shauna Haslem

Unified Development Ordinance Adoption and its Impact on Social and Economic Growth on Municipalities in North Carolina

Shauna Haslem
(Public Administration)

Amelia Simpson

Without and Within: Secondhand Trauma in Cynthia Ozick’s “The Shawl”

Amelia Simpson
(English Education)

This year, we have 10 research papers that were entered into the research paper competition. These papers will be judged on the basis of their originality, clarity of the thesis statement and purpose, the overall quality of writing, the appropriateness of evidence and conceptual/theoretical framework, and the work's contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular field.

 

 

Project Type: Posters

Brittany Chess

A Brief Overview of the Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa during Adolescence: A Primer for Elementary School Teachers, Counselors, and Administrator

Brittany Chess
(Professional School Counseling)

Amanda Gallavan

ALEC Influence on Policy Making

Amanda Gallavan
(Public Administration)

Sha'nee Wasson

Black LGBTQ+ Identified Young Adults in the Southeast United States Experiences of Identity Disclosure Within Their Family Systems

Sha'nee Wasson
(Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Amelia Gillette

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools

Amelia Gillette
(Professional School Counseling)

Brittany Coulsting

Combating Vicarious Trauma Through the Use of Exercise for Self-Care

Brittany Coulsting
(Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Jennifer Kerekes

Coping with the Death of a Parent

Jennifer Kerekes
(Professional School Counseling)

Tia Clement

COVID-19: Working Remote

Tia Clement
(Business Administration)

Ashley Hunt

Daily Positive Affirmations and School Pledges in Creating Student Success

Ashley Hunt
(Professional School Counseling)

Kaceia McDonald

Effectively Helping Young People Achieve Their Potential: An Overview of Recent Research Findings

Kaceia McDonald
(Professional School Counseling)

David Pearce

Global Flood Myths: An Evolution of Scholarship

David Pearce II
(History and Social Studies)

Anthony F. Rose

Harm Reduction: What's the Fuss?

Anthony Rose
(Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Kayla Kerns

Importance of Positivity In Schools

Kayla Kerns
(Professional School Counseling)

Michelle Martin

Intellectual Disabilities in School-Aged Children

Michelle Martin
(Professional School Counseling)

Crismira Egerton

Interparental Conflict and Adolescents' Social-Emotional Development

Crismira Egerton
(Professional School Counseling)

Toni Spell

Making a “Paws”itive Impact “Fur” Our Students

Toni Spell
(Professional School Counseling)

Lauren Werner

Mindfulness and Goal Attainment as a Performance Measure in Student-Athletes and Traditional Students at a Rural Division II College

Lauren Werner
(Exercise & Sports Administration)

Imani Coleman

Minorities Too!

Imani Coleman
(Elementary Education)

Andrew Diemer

Pines, Swamps and Fields: A Geographic Study of the Tory War 1781

Andrew Diemer
(History and Social Studies)

Avvette Smith

Predicting School Counseling Student Success Through Non-Cognitive Factors

Avvette Smith
(Professional School Counseling)

Kathryn Fonseca

Psychological Well-Being and Goal Attainment in College Student-Athletes

Kathryn Fonseca
(Exercise & Sports Administration)

Ean Ormsby

Relationship Between Athletic Ability and Motivation

Ean Ormsby
(Exercise & Sports Administration)

Steven B. Brown

Science Self-Efficacy in Undergraduate Non-Major Community College Students Using Citizen Science Projects

Steven Brown
(Science Education)

Laura McAliley

Short-Term Study Abroad Widens Horizons

Laura McAliley
(Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Keschia Daussy

Signs of Suicide: Suicide Prevention Program Among Middle School Students

Keschia Daussy
(Professional School Counseling)

Ethan Gardner

Students Reasoning to Pursue an MBA Degree

Ethan Gardner
(Business Administration)

Guy Silva

Terror Management Theory and its Effect on North Carolinians During COVID-19

Guy Silva
(Business Administration)

Emily DeSpain

The Achievement Gap & the Effects of COVID-19

Emily DeSpain
(Professional School Counseling)

Alexis Nappier

The Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on the Academic Performance of Students in Grades K-12

Alexis Nappier & Paula Knox
(Professional School Counseling)

Paula Knox

The Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on the Academic Performance of Students in Grades K-12

Paula Knox & Alexis Nappier
(Professional School Counseling)

Jennifer T. Stewart

The Effects of Incarcerated Parents on School Aged Children

Jennifer Stewart
(Professional School Counseling)

Mackenzie Pereira

The Effects of Mindfulness Practices Within the Classroom on Academic Achievement

Mackenzie Pereira & Haley DeLiberto
(Professional School Counseling)

Haley DeLiberto

The Effects of Mindfulness Practices Within the Classroom on Academic Achievement

Haley DeLiberto & Mackenzie Pereira
(Professional School Counseling)

Kaylyn D. Fourtunia

The Effects of Social Media on Adolescent’s Body Image

Kaylyn Fourtunia
(Professional School Counseling)

Kristin Rimberg

The Efficacy of Masks

Kristin Rimberg
(Business Administration)

Darius Z. Whitted

The Impact of Covid-19 on the U.S.

Darius Whitted
(Business Administration)

Meagan Lowery

The Impact of Research-Based Interventions on Academic Underachievement Among K-12 Students

Meagan Lowery
(Professional School Counseling)

Brandy Geary

Transformational Leaders: Addictive Personalities Leads to Mass Casualties

Brandy Geary
(Business Administration)

James Locklear

Undergraduate Students' Knowledge of Pollinators and Pollinator Conservation

James Locklear
(Science Education)

Michelin Henderson-Maldonado

What Are We Missing?: Discussing Inclusion and Accessibility at UNC Pembroke

Michelin Henderson-Maldonado & Emily Nick
(Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Emily Nick

What Are We Missing?: Discussing Inclusion and Accessibility at UNC Pembroke

Emily Nick & Michelin Henderson-Maldonado
(Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Francesca Latorraca

Women in Higher Education

Francesca Latorraca
(Exercise & Sports Administration)

Timothy Hinton

Woodpecker Species as Bioindicators in Agricultural Landscapes

Timothy Hinton
(Science Education)

A poster presentation is a way to communicate your research or your understanding of a topic in a short and concise visual format. This year, we have 26 posters entered into the poster competition and additional 13 posters that are presented outside of the competition. 

 

 

Project Type: 3MT

Sarah Shannon-Mohamed

Impacts to Opportunities: The COVID-19 Pandemic and the U.S. Water Sector

Sarah Shannon-Mohamed
(Public Administration)

Rachel Jacobs

Student Experience in Faculty Led Study Abroad

Rachel Jacobs
(Professional School Counseling)

Abigail Cain

The Connection Between Parent Involvement and Student Success

Abigail Cain
(Elementary Education)

Alhaji Keith

Treatment vs. Punishment: A Look Towards the Future

Alhaji Keith
(Social Work)

Kristine Castelo

Women: An Underrepresented Asset in C-Suite Healthcare Roles in NC

Kristine Castelo
(Business Administration)

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition that challenges graduate students to present their research in a compelling, three-minute speech, relaying the significance and relevance to a non-specialist audience. The time limitations force the presenter to consolidate their work and ideas. The first 3MT was held at the University of Queensland in 2008 with 160 graduate students competing. Today, the 3MT competition has grown to over 170 universities across more than 17 countries worldwide. UNCP hosted its annual 3MT event since 2017. This year, we have 5 competitors.