Southeast URSCA 2022

Welcome to the 2022 Southeast Regional Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity Virtual Conference, hosted by New College of Florida! We’re thrilled to have a wide variety of topics and themes represented here. Please take some time to view the presentations before the live Q&A sessions on 9 April (schedule below). You can also peruse the presenters listed alphabetically or by institution by using the links below.

View sessions by speakers last name here.

View sessions by Institution here.

On behalf of all of our COPLAC partners I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all of you attending the Southeast Regional Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity Conference. We regret that we could not host this year’s conference on our beautiful bayfront campus here in Sarasota, Florida but we hope to be able to get another opportunity to do so next Spring. A special thanks to Claire Bailey and Cole Woodcox for the marvelous effort they put into making this happen virtually this year. I hope all of you enjoy this opportunity to share your research and creative activities and learn from one another. Thank you for participating and we hope to see you in person next year!
– Provost Suzanne Sherman


9:30-9:55 am

Oral Presentation Session 1
American University From a European Perspective
Emily Hafner, University of Montevallo

James A. Bland High School: Working Toward a National Register of Historic Places Nomination
Math Rowe, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Impact of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) on Family Functions
Benjamin Little, Mississippi University for Women

Gun Policy and its Ramification in America
Eva Dirr, University of Montevallo

9:55-10:20 am

Oral Presentation Session 2
Endogenous CFTR Expression in Human Epithelial Cell Lines
Zithlaly Amezquita, Mississippi University for Women

Assessing the Influence of Fire History on Wild American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) Populations on Pine Mountain, Kentucky
Liah Continentino, New College of Florida

Online and Traditional Assessments: Kahoot! Vs. Timed Quizzes
Meredith Avera, University of Montevallo

10:20-10:50 am

Poster Session

Cyanobacteria Community Analyses and Cyanotoxin Testing in Lake Sinclair, Georgia
Maung V. Tlung, Georgia College & State University

Testing Various Collection Methods for Freshwater Microbial Environmental Metabarcoding
Kayla B. Deel, Isabella J. Maggard, B. Hope Mitchell, Megan E. Roark, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Invasive Hydrilla Population Dynamics in Lake Sinclair, Georgia
Meagan E. Henderson, Georgia College & State University

Convenience or Reckless Spending? How Mobile Payment Apps Can Help College Students Manage Their Money
Mikayla Reed, Mississippi University for Women

Design and Testing of a Portable Solar Generator
Evan Dunnam, Bennet Schwab, Noah Pendrey, and Wesley Sutton, Georgia College & State University

10:50-11:15 am

Oral Presentation Session 3

Heathendom’s Return: The Cultural and Romanticized Revival of Norse Paganism in the Norwegian Black Metal Church Arsons
Albert Jackson, University of South Carolina Aiken

Flatliners: The Musical
Annslyn Pilkington, University of Montevallo

An Interpretation of the Progression and Subversion of the Joker Character: A Critical Rhetorical Analysis
Noah Anderson, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Crafting the Next World Through Poetry
Becca Hadwen, New College of Florida