February 18, 2020

Largest group of SURFs accepted yet to present summer research

The spring of 2020 is going to be a busy one for many of last summer’s undergraduate researchers. A record number of eleven Mellon students --almost half of last summer’s group-- have been accepted to present their research at professional conferences, with several students being accepted to two or more conferences and/or publications!  Congratulations to each of these research teams!  We are so proud of you!       


Ry Eskridge (Mellon '19) will be presenting her poster at the student poster session at the 2020 AsiaNetwork conference in Columbus, OH in April. Ry’s mentor is Dr. Jie Zhang.

Jamiless Lopez (Mellon '18) was accepted in the oral presentation category at NCUR 2020 in Bozeman, MT with her project "Las Abuelitas y Sus Obras De Amor: Material Culture and the Hidden Histories in Latinas’ Creative Work at La Trinidad United Methodist Church." Jamiless, who is also a McNair scholar,  has been mentored by Dr. Angela Tarango for the past two years.


    Nick Smetzer (Mellon '19), was accepted by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) to present his summer research project, "The Digital Veil of Ignorance: Video Games as Interactive Thought Experiments," in the poster session at the their 2020 conference in Atlanta, GA in February. Nick is mentored by Dr. Aaron Delwiche.




Adam Toler (Mellon '19) is co-presenting with his mentor Dr. Chad Spigel on "Recreating Primary Source Data for Ancient Jewish Villages" at the SWCRS (Southwest Commission on Religious Studies) conference in Dallas, TX. 

Peyton Tvrdy (Mellon '19) and Jonathan Chapman (Mellon '19) had their paper accepted for presentation at the 11th Annual Texas A & M History Conference. Payton and Jonathan, who were on the 2019 Mellon Institute team, are mentored by Dr. Lauren Turek.



Check out a video of the first part of their presentation!


Several students were accepted to two or more conferences!  


Abbi Bowen (Mellon '19) is traveling to Chicago, Il to present her project, "Selfish Plants and Multispecies Creativity," at the 2020 HERA (Humanities Education and Research Association) conference. Abbi's paper was also accepted for publication in the next issue of The Expositor.

Abbi’s mentor is Dr. Heather Sullivan.  



Sara Heridia (Mellon '19) was accepted to present at Posters on the Hill in Washington DC, at the 2020 MPSA (Midwest Political Science Association) conference in Chicago, Il and at the WPSA (Western Political Science Association) conference in Los Angeles, CA. Sara, who is also a McNair scholar, is mentored by Dr. David Crockett.


Nathaniel Pigott (Mellon '19) was accepted to present at the poster session at the 2020 AsiaNetwork conference in Columbus, OH. Nathaniel will also be co-presenting his research with his mentor, Dr. Gina Tam, at the 2020 Southwest Fulbright Research Symposium in San Antonio, TX.


Allyson Young (Mellon '19) was accepted to present on "Holocaust Presentation through the Graphic Novel Form" at NCUR (National Conference of Undegraduate Research) 2020 in Bozeman, MT and at the 11th Annual Texas A&M History Conference at College Station, TX. Allyson’s mentor is Dr. Victoria Aarons




Lizzie Ruetschle (Mellon '19) and Hannah Friedrich (Mellon '19) traveled to PAMLA in San Diego, CA in the fall of 2019  to present their summer research on "Classical Receptions in Games."  Lizzie and Hannah are mentored by Dr. Benjamin Stevens.



Please check back for more conference photos!