HPU’s Second Annual Research Symposium Allows Students to Present as Scholars

Physics major Stephen Vultaggio showcases his discovery of a new Rapidly-Pulsating Hot Subdwarf Star.

Physics major Stephen Vultaggio showcases his discovery of a new Rapidly-Pulsating Hot Subdwarf Star.

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 6, 2014 – The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works at High Point University recently continued a tradition this year that showcases the diverse knowledge of HPU students at the second annual High Point University Research and Creative Works Symposium (HighPURCS).

The second HighPURCS was held at the end of the academic year, bringing more than 96 students together to present research projects to fellow students, faculty and staff in Phillips Hall. They presented their research as scholars in oral, poster, and theatre presentations, and even interior design displays.

“1.6 million students will be graduating from college next month and 1.6 million college graduates will be looking for the same jobs,” says Dr. Joanne Altman, director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works. “It’s important for our students to be able to stand out from the crowd, and doing undergraduate research or creative work helps students stand out.”

Devin Plyler presents “Virginia Woolf’s Androgynous Ideal: The Procreative Mind in Mrs. Dalloway.”

Devan Plyler presents “Virginia Woolf’s Androgynous Ideal: The Procreative Mind in Mrs. Dalloway.”


“I am so thankful to my mentor for putting this research piece together with me,” says Sam Kizer, student presenter. “It was quite an amazing experience to present my work in front of my peers and to be surrounded by the compelling work of other students at HPU.”


Oral and theatre presentations included:

  • Alexandra Glasure – Can you See Me Now?;
  • Molly O’Keeffe – Gallery Show 101;
  • Stephen Vultaggio and Dr. Brad Barlow – A Survey for Pulsating Hot Subdwarf Stars with SKYNET;
  • Allison Arpante, James Smoliga, Christina Giusto, Anh-Dung Nguyen and Kevin Ford – Reaction Time is Impaired on Large, but Not Small, Visual Field Activities in Athletes with a Self-Reported History of Concussion;
  • Andrea Baellow, Michelle Boling, Lindsay DiStefano, Kate Pfile and Yum Nguyen – Landing Kinematics Differ Between Adolescents with High and Low Values of Asymmetrical Unilateral Hip Rotation;
  • James Kizer – Queer Cyberactivism and its Influence on North Carolina’s Amendment One;
  • Devan Plyler – Virginia Woolf’s Androgynous Ideal: The Procreative Mind in Mrs. Dalloway;
  • Alexandra Love – Gender Roles and Stereotypes in Beauty and the Beast;
  • Kylie Foster, Dr. Joanne Altman and Haley Hegedus – The Effect of Canine Personality on Pet Recovery from Anesthesia;
  • Katelyn Long, Jacqueline Simpson and Dr. Joanne Altman – A Review of the Comparative Study of Human and Non-human Cognitive Ability;
  • Zachary Molan – Store Atmospherics;
  • Kayla Dolan – Utilizing a RtI Service Learning Program to Train Pre-Service Teachers;
  • Alyssa Springer – A Globalized Education: A Comparative Study of the International Baccalaureate and Common Core State Standards Systems;
  • Sam Mjalli – Employment Law and Lochner: The Legal Tale of an Evolving Society;
  • Elizabeth Fiddyment – The Supreme Court and the Reconstruction Amendments;
  • Ashley Quinn Hagen – The Secret  Stimulants: The U.S. vs. Coca-Cola’s Impact on The Food and Drug Act of 1906;
  • Lake Slabach – Capital Punishment in the United States;
  • James Walls – The Destruction of Standard Oil and the Rise of Antitrust;
  • Richard Warren – From Acceptable to Atrocious: The Evolution of North Carolina Domestic Violence Law;
  • Courtney Feiman and Joshua Stein – Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival;
  • Rachel Garrett – Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Stage Management Fellowship;
  • Jamison Meyer – ACTF SDC Directing Fellowship Program;
  • Nina Yasick, DeAnna Hughes, Ashlee Branch, Madison Jordan and Chaz Duffy – The What-Ifs That We Carry;
  • Thomas Langford and Christian Weigandt – Why MC Hammer Could Never be a Computer Scientist: Because You CAN Touch This: Building a Touchscreen Computer;
  • Nick Zayatz and David Naylor – Is Democracy a Total Train Wreck? An Exploration of Voting Anomalies in Real World Data;
  • Brenn Bolding, Kevin Ford, James Smoliga and Yum Nguyen – Computerized Neurocognitive Performance Does Not Reflect Gross Visual-Motor Function During Concussion Baseline Assessment;
  • Jennifer Keith, Kevin Ford, Taylor Wimbish and Yum Nguyen – Asymmetry in a Functional Hop Test Effectively Identifies Differences in Landing Kinematics;
  • Shannon Curley – Dead Man Walking: Provoking Audiences to Reconsider the Legal and Moral Implications of the Death Penalty Through Film Narrative;
  • Ashley Russell – Face-To-Face With Technology;
  • Jessica Coble – The Effects of Group Characteristic and Ostracism on Prosocial Behavior;
  • Cameron Griffin – Adjustment to College in Only-Children and Children with Siblings;
  • Morgan Falls – Tres Lucias, Una Nacion: La Importancia de una Identidad Cubana;
  • Stacie Sampson – El Despertar de las Mujeres en la Guerra Civil de El Salvador;
  • Ethan Winter – The Curt Flood Case and the Birth of Modern Free-Agency in Major League Baseball;
  • Marcella Gibson – Something Cool About Vincente Minnelli;
  • Rebecca Woodley-Oliver – Japanese Internment During World War II And Civil Rights;
  • Shane Keene – Desegregation of Little Rock Central High School;
  • Alex Palmer – American Slave Cases from 1818-1860.


Poster and exhibit presentations included:

  • Rob Rivera, Haley Ruehle, Martie Bell, Amber Hoots and Rob Warrick – Technology in the Gym: Using Wii to Teach Bowling Skills
  • Tayla Curran – The Healing Power of Narrative Medicine: Aiding Adults in Aging Creatively;
  • Michelle Tarangelo – The Legal World of Moll Flanders: Crime and Deviance in the Eighteenth Century;
  • Carl Rugato, Matthew McKone, Alexandra Mauch and Chloe Kunar – United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Technology Olympics;
  • Jaimie Bartlett – The Role of Personality in the Propensity to Deceive for Extrinsic/Intrinsic Reward;
  • Emmaline Doherty – Rekindling: The Effects of Risk Regulation and Need to Belong;
  • Elizabeth Ezzell – Reducing Stigma for Mental Illness;
  • Cameron Griffin, Katerina Andrews and Michael Dudley – Identifying Distinction in Covert and Overt Narcissism: Links to Language Use, Self-Esteem and Gender Differences;
  • Alex Ortowski – Risk Regulation and Destiny vs. Growth Beliefs;
  • Lindsey Anuzis, Jackie Tonkovich and Kaila Tuccio – Parenting Connections to College Students and Their Academic Entitlement;
  • Carlisa Warner and Lydia Monteiro – The Influence of Testing on Memory in Elementary School Children;
  • Kathleen Kelley – Operationalizing Attempted Mass Murder;
  • Ryann Quigley and Dr. Scott Ingram – Internet Hacktivism: Is it Worth the Effort?
  • Andrea Perrault – Steady State Dopamine in a Single Neuron;
  • Benjamin May and Stephanie Pettit – Emmy Noether Contributions as a Mathematician and Physicist;
  • Anna Katherine Barker – The Effects of Neurocognitive Visual Reaction Training on Division I Athletes;
  • Lauren Blackwell – Do Track and Field Athletes Competing in Events with Asymmetric Movements Have Bilateral Differences in Hip Bone Mineral Density?;
  • Katherine Hahn, Kevin Ford, Curry Williams, Chip Wintringham and James Smoliga – Arch Height Index is Related to Peak Ground Reaction Force and Impulse During Maximal Sprinting;
  • Lauren Terry – The Effectiveness of Injury Prevention Programs in Reducing Lower Extremity Injury Risk in Basketball Players: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis;
  • Stephen Walser and James Smoliga – Reliability of Knee Joint Threshold to Detect Passive Motion Across Multiple Angles and Angular Velocities;
  • Paige Ward – Comparison of Lower Extremity Landing Biomechanics of Collegiate Basketball and Soccer Players;
  • Taylor Wimbish – Hip Strategy During Landing Reduces Knee Abduction Moment in Collegiate Soccer Players;
  • Leah Anne Wirfel, James Smoliga, Danielle Paul and Kevin Ford – Effects of Body Weight Unloading on In-Shoe Forces During Treadmill Running;
  • Lindsay Jessy Brooks, Joshua Campbell and Julie Murphy – Bioaccumulation of Total mercury in Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) from Alabama;
  • W. Scotty Fravel – Thermogenic Effects of Anthocyanin Pigments in Evergreen Leaves;
  • Amanda Garrison and Gerald Smith – Populational Investigation of Spider-lilies Distributed in the Atlantic Coastal Plain;
  • Alex Hart and Gerald Smith – Phylogenetic Investigation of Selected Species in Habranthus and Zephyranthes;
  • Haley Hegedus, Joshua Campbell and James Martin – Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Abundance and Diversity in Four Different Biofuel Treatments;
  • Alyssa Heisler, Jasmine Jordan, David Cook and W. Scotty Fravel – Effects of Regional Cloud Patterns on Microclimate and Shoot-level Photosynthetic Gas Exchange in Picea engelmannii and Abies lasiocarpa at Treeline, Medicine Bow Mountains, Wyoming, USA;
  • Alexandra Louk – Triclosan’s Estrogenic Effects on Early Zebra Fish Development;
  • Chase Manuel – Determining if Alternative “Green” Cleaners are Effective Measures to Inhibit MRSA Growth;
  • Danielle Miller – Potential Estrogenic Effect of Epigallocatechin Gallate’s on Early Zebra Fish Development;
  • Kelsey Ortiz, Joshua Campbell, Matthew Waters and Frederick Rich – A Record of Ecological/Anthropological Change from Bat Guano Deposits in Fern Cave, Jackson County- Alabama;
  • Taylor Patzwhal, Joshua Campbell and James Martin – Pollinating and Beneficial Insects Within Four Treatments of Switchgrass and Pine;
  • Jennifer Silk – Resveratol’s Estrogenic Effect on Early Zebra Fish Development;
  • Kim Winiker and John Vitello – Occurrence of the Red-eared Slider, a Non-native Pond Turtle, in Central North Carolina;
  • Andrew Bosio – The Thermodynamic Properties of Recyclable Materials;
  • Caitlin Ferguson – Spectroscopic and Microscopic Analysis of Chloroform Vapor Exposed Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) Surfaces;
  • Brea Hampton – Analyzing Human Tat-SF1 Binding to the HIV-1 Genome;
  • Jennifer Pearson and Miranda Zupp – Tat-Specific Factor 1’s Role in Insulin Signaling;
  • Jacob Brooks and Briana Fiser – Using vPython Modeling to Design the Magnetics for an Artificial Cilia Platform;
  • Junjie Liao and Amiras Simeonides – Framed: Physics in Non-Inertial Reference Frames;
  • Mia LeNoir – Pinecone Chair.
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