10 – 10:45 a.m. — Concurrent Sessions B

ScienceFest (Session B)

10 a.m., Wiley Hall Auditorium (2nd floor)
  • Comparison of Butterfly Biodiversity at the Edge vs. the Interior of a Panamanian Jungle and Savanna Habitat
    Ali Singleton & Brittiany Mills
  • Hellbenders in Peril: Saving America's Giant Appalachian salamander
    Kelsey Little
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Endohedral Metallofullerenes
    Dawnna Metcalfe

Honors Showcase (Session B)

10 a.m., McGlothlin – Street Hall (MS) 102
  • The Divided States of America
    Kelly Bok
  • Power Through Religion: A Woman's Role in Ancient Greece
    Kaitlyn Martin
  • Toward a New Paradigm of Reproductive Justice
    Andrew Siva
  • The Impact of Social Movements on Consumer Purchasing Behavior in Cosmetics
    Kia Hamilton

Exploring the Underground Railroad through Literature (Session B)

10 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.

  • Evolution of Readership: An Exploration of the Developing Uses for Genres of Slave Literature
    Carrie Lambert
    In today’s society, audiences often need to feel entertained in order to be interested in a work, and the combination of different sources can create that interest and provide the necessary context. The purpose of this research has been to explore how utilization of the different purposes served by the slave narrative and historical fiction genres provide an opportunity to change the way the public is informed about slavery. I will explore the claim that such works of fiction, specifically Colson Whitehead’s imaginative novel The Underground Railroad, must serve as a guide to further reading or as a supplement to the nonfiction works.
  • Caging Bodies: Slave Punishment in William Still’s Underground Railroad Narratives and in Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad
    Laken Brooks
    Foucault writes about how society punishes its citizens. Public punishment is a witnessing tool that reveals truth to the public and to God and create a sense of order by balancing a crime with justice. Floggings of slaves and living exhibits of people of color, though, do not hinge from finding truth or even off a crime; therefore, slave masters distort the social contract of public punishment into a chaotic entitlement for the bodies of people of color. This research examines these concepts in the context of Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad.

  • The Performance of Race in Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad
    Amber Robinson
    Race is not merely a trait that a person has--it is a social construct imposed on the individual that is consciously and unconsciously performed both in reality and in the fictional world of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. This essay will examine the complexity of racial performance in Whitehead’s novel using DuBois’s theory of double consciousness and cultural myths of the nineteenth century.

Learning and Serving: Civic Projects with the Appalachian Center for Civic Life

10 a.m., Byars Hall 027
  • Hunting for GOLD: Environmental Education through Geocaching
    Jake Caudill, Sam Caudill & Walker Long
  • Light It Up Blue: Raising Awareness about Autism
    Leah Elswick
  • Helping Hands, Hammers, Homes: Intentional Spring Break Partnerships with Sea Island, SC Habitat for Humanity
    Liam Batson & Julie Meadows
  • Youth Civic Engagement: How is it Beneficial to a Small Town
    Julie Meadows

Unite SWVA: The Stories

10 a.m., McGlothlin – Street Hall (MS) 302 — WATCH LIVE
As part of the #uniteSWVA campaign, the Emory & Henry College Mass Communications advanced video production class will be creating a video series focused on increasing the community’s brand awareness of the United Way. The stories will focus on the relationships, change, partnerships, and the role of United Way plays in helping improve and shape Southwest Virginia. The three completed videos will be used in the marketing plan via social media, campaign presentations, website, and commercials. The three videos will focus on:
1. Health - United Way of Southwest Virginia is building a healthier, more resilient community by promoting healthy eating and physical activity, expanding access to quality health care, lowering the cost of prescription medications, and integrating health into early childhood development.
2. Education - United Way of Southwest Virginia makes sure children and youth can start school ready to succeed, become proficient readers at a young age, stay on track in middle school, earn their high school diploma, and pursue a higher education or career.
3. Financial Stability - United Way of Southwest Virginia empowers people to get on stable financial ground with proven methods like tax preparation assistance through dozens of VITA sites across the region and community partnerships aimed at helping local families keep their hard-earned money. The result is a thriving community where everyone has more opportunity to succeed.

Andrew Davis, Kauhlil King, Emma Grace Thompson, Abby Hathorn, Sierra Howell, Jesse Wright & Jordan Hawkins

Modern Mathematicians


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