9 – 9:45 a.m. — Concurrent Sessions A

ScienceFest (Session A)

9 a.m., Wiley Hall Auditorium (2nd floor)
  • Ancient Egyptian Fractions in a Modern Context
    Sean Collier
  • The Effects of Aging and Exercise of the Equus caballus Measured through Lactate Levels
    Mandy Snow
  • Epithelial Mucosal Swabbing of Frogs (Ranidae) as an Indicator of Bovine Fecal Coliform Contamination of Aquatic Habitats in Southwest Virginia
    Brandon Gearhart
  • Morphological, Ecological, and Genetic Variation in the Phlox glaberrima - P. carolina Complex
    Jordan W. Bennett

Honors Showcase (Session A)

9 a.m., McGlothlin - Street Hall (MS) 102
  • All Our Teams: The Geography of SEC Fandom and Southern Identity
    Alex Cooper
  • Determining NBA Success in 140 characters or less
    Jessica Richardson
  • The True Efficacy of Antipsychotic Medication
    Kevin Watts
  • Developmental Influences on the Relationship among Objective and Projective Measures of Children's Psychological Functioning
    Jordan Greenburg

Exploring the Underground Railroad through Literature (Session A)

9 a.m., Calliopean Room, Byars hall

Students in this senior seminar have prepared focused presentations based on original research in a seminar devoted to the exploration of the interactions of fiction and nonfiction about the Underground Railroad.

  • “Delivering Savages to the Light”: The Female White Savior in Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad and Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible
    Ellie Hogg
    The purpose of this research is to explore the power dynamics of religion and gender within the white savior complex. Using both textual analysis of fiction as well as historical interpretation, I discuss the efforts of white Christian women to become embody the white saviors archetype. Specifically, I utilize Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad and Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible as primary sources to demonstrate the complexity of the white-savior dynamic when examined through a feminist lens.

  • At the Crossroads: An Examination of Freedom in Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad
    Mary Margaret Bundy
    From the beginning of American education, students are taught about what the nation as a whole embodies. This paper explores freedom as one of those ideals. To some, freedom means being able to own property and express American nationalism. To others, freedom means simply owning themselves. The research illustrates how these two sides of freedom surrounding the Underground Railroad drive Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.

  • “Slave Identity” and Double Consciousness: How Christianity Negatively Reflects Black and White Characters in Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad
    Samantha Walls
    The purpose of this research is to analyze double consciousness caused by Christianity in the American south in Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad and how the lack of identity negatively affects both white and black individuals involved with slavery. Because of this overwhelming lack of self identity of people involved with slavery, we can use historical texts, such as slave narratives collected from William Still, to see a fuller effect of Christianity on these individuals.

Bonner Scholar Capstone Presentations

9 a.m., Byars Hall 027

Sponsored by the Appalachian Center for Civic Life
Chelsea Delapp, Chris Blankenship, Chris Brooks, Laken Brooks, Marquise Coleman, Ebone Everett, Bridgette Floyd, Allie Hooper, Asja Jenkins, Adeline Kamaliza, Brittiany Mills, Julie Meadows, Desmond Perry, Brandon Self, William Spencer, Kennady Thomason, Breana Wallen, Jesse Wright, Helen Hurtado & Madison Garrett

Emory Abroad: Students Share the Joys, Challenges & Benefits of International Education

9 a.m., McGlothlin — Street Hall (MS) 302 — WATCH LIVE

Sponsored by Emory & Henry International Education

E&H students who have explored the world describe their experiences and the cultures they encountered. They will share the joys, challenges, and personal and academic benefits that come from spending time abroad. After presenting on their experiences abroad, students will answer questions about learning, serving, and living in a foreign country.

Jessica Myer, Sara Foster, Emily Jones, Casey Heinlein & Jake Caudill

Modern Mathematicians

All Day, Byars HALL first floor atrium

Students in Math 120 this semester researched and prepared posters exploring the work of modern mathematicians. Posters will be on display throughout the day.


Zoe Adamson, Alexandra Delby, Jasmine Elkins, Wagitci Gear, Robert Gentry, Camille Gray, Elise Harvey, Rachel Hubble, Adam Jarvis, James Jiggetts, Melody Lipford, Olivia Martus, Ronald Miller & Emily Morris