Over 100 presenters submitted their work to the CCU Virtual Undergraduate Research Competition, illustrating the outstanding quality of student research at the university. Presentations were judged by 70 faculty judges. Prizes were awarded in several categories. The first place awards will be formally presented at the Honors Convocation.

Oral Presentations: Humanities, Fine Arts, and Education

Oral Presentations: Science

Poster Presentations

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2021 Undergraduate Research Competition Program
2021 Undergraduate Research Competition Abstracts

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2021
Wednesday, April 21st
12:00 PM

Effects of Continuous and Intermittent Blood Flow Restriction on Physiological Responses during Aerobic Exercise

James Brown, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Measuring Total Coliform and E. coli Counts at Surfside Beach, South Carolina

Carissa Church, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Initial investigation of wildflower honey using headspace solid-phase microextraction coupled with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for geographical information

Tyra Countiss, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Measuring Nitrogen Levels in Stormwater Runoff to Waccamaw River, South Carolina

Julianna Davis, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Analysis of E. coli and Total Coliform in Pond 501 West in Coastal Carolina University

Nathan Dempski, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Measuring Turbidity and TDS levels on Coastal Carolina University's Campus

Duvall Dickerson-Evans, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

New Findings in Fundamental Physics or Discrepant Measurements?

Alex Eggleston, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Synapomorphic Patterns in HIV Gag Gene Sequences

Samantha Elsey, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The COVID-19 Sentinel Project: Monitoring the incident rate of COVID-19 on campus

Madison Gentilo, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Confirmation Bias in Police Decision Making

Bridget Greenhalgh, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Using Creative Writing and Literacy to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline

Tyler Gross, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Myoglobin Mutations in Varying Altitudes

Taylor Hackett, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Water Quality in Georgetown County

Hobie Hobart, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Nitrogen and Phosphorus Monitoring in Crabtree Swamp Water

Ronny Hucks, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Enterococci Lurking in Myrtle Beach

Kove Lambert, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Deep Water Renewal of Loch Etive

Sydney Madden, Coastal Carolina University
Brooke Dunnery, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Similarities in SLITRK Gene Mutations and the Development of Neurological Disorders

Brittney Mazen, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Novel Micro-Plastics Extraction Line: Elutriation, Chemical Digestion, and Density Separation

Nicole McHugh, Coastal Carolina University
Daniel O'Hara, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Billie Eilish and VR: Music Preferences and Environmental Influences

Brett Richardson, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Measuring Biochemical Oxygen Demand in Crabtree Swamp in Conway SC

Allen Ruff, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Salinity of the Mouth of Swash in Briarcliffe Acres

Jhamarcus Smith, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Strontium-90 Radioactivity Variation with Earth-Sun Distance Resulting in Severe Nuclear Accidents

Jessica Solomon, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Water Quality monitoring for Salinity and Enterococcus in Surfside Beach

Devonta Stanley, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Perceived stress levels and bacteriophage presence on the campus of Coastal Carolina University

Korinne Swanson, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Alkalinity on the Waccamaw River at Murrells Landing

Jacob Teramo, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Turbidity & TDS Monitoring at Coastal Carolina University

Nikita Tolbert, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Absorbance at the Crabtree

Jaquon Williams, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Gauging the Turbidity and Conductivity of Water in the Crabtree Swamp

Ryan Yeoman, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 1

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

2:30 PM

College Students' Attitudes Towards Physical and Online Sex Workers

Grace Carrino, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Shark Diversity and Relative Abundance at Myrtle Beach, SC Fishing Piers

Lynsey Isner, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 1

2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

The balance between national security and civil liberties: Protecting citizens' privacy in the face of the rising threat of domestic terrorism

Holly McGrath, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

2:50 PM

Diatom Assemblage Used as an Indicator of Extreme Inland Flooding

Andrew Einhorn, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 1

2:50 PM - 3:10 PM

The Effect of Post-Event Information on Recognition and Confidence

Emily Scott, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

2:50 PM - 3:10 PM

The Padme Amidala Effect

Mackenzie Volpert, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

2:50 PM - 3:10 PM

3:10 PM

The influence of bottom type and stratification on reef fish community structure at GRNMS

Bridget Campbell, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 1

3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Virtually or In the Classroom? Elementary Students' Preference for Learning Environment and the Implications on Their Academic Performance

Ashley Perkins, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Poetry, Politics, and Social Justice: The Role of Creative Writing in a Post-Trump America

Sage Short, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

3:30 PM

Behavior management systems in the classroom: Which systems are used most often?

Molly Antkowiak, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

A Collaborative Analysis of British Literature

Chrissandra Dandy, Coastal Carolina University
Hannah Yurkin, Coastal Carolina University
Kyle Blandford, Coastal Carolina University
Melanie Schlesser, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

An analysis of recent Coyote (Canis latrans) sightings in the greater Myrtle Beach area in South Carolina

Krystal Lamb, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 1

3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

4:10 PM

A sclerochronological analysis of Eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) in North Inlet estuary, South Carolina

James Klein, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 1

4:10 PM - 4:30 PM

Reflections on van Eyck: The Meaning of Mirrors in Portraiture

Jenna Smith, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

4:10 PM - 4:30 PM

4:30 PM

pH Low Insertion Peptide (pHLIP) Insertion Pathway into the Membrane

Natalie Cyterski, Coastal Carolina University
Megan Cyterski, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 1

4:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Risk Mapping of Possible Forest Fires in California

Allison DeBoy, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

4:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Music Therapy and Mental Health

Sydney Vogel, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

4:30 PM - 4:50 PM

4:50 PM

Evaluation of Different Isotopes in Brachytherapy Seeds Using Monte Carlo Simulations in the EGSnrc Software

Klea Hoxha, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 1

4:50 PM - 5:10 PM

"Homeward Bound," From "Aurora - Suite for Orchestra," Op. 7

Ethan Toavs, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

4:50 PM - 5:10 PM

5:10 PM

Detection of Tomato Mosaic Virus Using a Novel at Home RT-PCR Approach

Kaylee Petraccione, Coastal Carolina University
Emma Lehmann, Coastal Carolina University
Molly Tancini, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 1

5:10 PM - 5:30 PM

"Street shop" culture: Analyzing a southern tattoo shop's artists

S. Bryce Ross, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

5:10 PM - 5:30 PM

5:30 PM

The (Final) Days of Our Lives: An Analysis of End-of-Life Health Care in Soap Operas

Danielle Johnson, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

5:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Regulatory RNA structure in Streptococcus pyogenes: Terminator of streptolysin S associated gene A

Sara Nibar, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 1

5:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Thursday, April 22nd
12:00 PM

Inherent Racism of the D.A.R.E. Program

Megan Walter, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

12:20 PM

Effect of Aerobic Exercise with Blood Flow Restriction on Substrate Utilization and Energy Expenditure

Nathen Andrews, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

12:20 PM - 12:40 PM

Using modern Gorilla gorilla to understand Paranthropus Boisei

Glorianna Belyski, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

12:20 PM - 12:40 PM

12:40 PM

Visualizing Health Inequality in Sumter County, SC

Hanna Deckert, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

12:40 PM - 1:00 PM

Economic Effect of Localized Anthropogenic Seafloor Changes in the Florida Keys

Johnathan Johnson, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

12:40 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM

The Inclusivity of Emotional Abuse Definitions and Interest Groups

Alexandria Banning, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM

Gun Violence: An Analysis of Public Perception and Experience in the Southeast

Caroline Durham, Coastal Carolina University
Armani Sumpter, Coastal Carolina University
Jonah Nordeen, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM

1:20 PM

Homology of a Maturase to the Heart of the Nuclear Spliceosome

Isabella Becker, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

1:20 PM - 1:40 PM

The War on Addiction: Incarceration vs Rehabilitation During the Opioid Epidemic

Caitlin Rhodes, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

1:20 PM - 1:40 PM

2:00 PM

Investigation of Potential Protactinium Safeguards Vulnerabilities for Thorium Fuel Cycles

Victoria Davis, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 1

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

A Case Study Comparison of Coal Fired CCUS Plants in the United States and China

Margaret Shoop, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on intimate partner violence

Casey Sullivan, Coastal Carolina University
Alyssa Simpson, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

2:20 PM

The influence of gut microbiota in development of Alzheimer's disease

Wesley Caudle, Coastal Carolina University
Mackenzie Gibbs, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM

Aid as a Screwdriver, Violence as the Nail: The Uncertain Effects of Aid on Violence in Iraq, 2004-2010

Morgan-McKay Hoppmann, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM

Synthesis and Phase Diagram Investigation of Spinel Vanadates

Benjamin Pfingstler, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 1

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM

2:40 PM

The Role of Religion and Politics in the Evolution of Saudi Arabia

Hannah Clegg, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM

Use of Loom-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) for the Detection of Tomato Mosaic Virus

Caleb Jones, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM

Nuclear Islam: Pakistan and the Bomb

Kevin Joyce, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM

The effect of sunscreen on the life expectancy of Palaemonetes pugio

Allison Kladler, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Microfluidic Microplastic Separation

Grant Mitchell, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 1

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM

3:20 PM

Organic matter spatial and temporal patterns in coastal sands of Long Bay, South Carolina

Kayla Christofferson, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

3:20 PM - 3:40 PM

Why South Carolina Schools Need Media Literacy Lessons: Updating and Navigating School Curriculums in a Digital Age

Sarah McGonigle, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 3

3:20 PM - 3:40 PM

The Role of Radiation on Martian Dust Storms

Tanner Saussaman, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 1

3:20 PM - 3:40 PM

3:40 PM

Analyzing Uncertainty and Economic Setbacks of COVID-19 in South Carolina

David Custer, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 1

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM

Isolated Point Discharges into Coastal Swashes as Nutrient Sources to Coastal Waters

Mary Olsen, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Session Room 2

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM

4:30 PM

Lichen Delimitation Within the Collemataceae Family

Catherine Austin, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Monitoring TDS and Conductivity at the Murrels Inlet Oyster Landing

Nicholas Baxley, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Watching for Nuclear Proliferation with Neutrinos

Lee Beeson, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Monitoring Chlorophyll A and Pheophytin at Crabtree Swamp

James Blankenship, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Initial investigation of select pesticides present in wildflower honey using headspace solid-phase microextraction coupled with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry

Maura Bramlitt, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Are the Salinity and Enterococci actives Within Safe Levels in North Myrtle Beach's Waters?

Hunter Bulin, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Nitrogen Pollution in Surface Water on Highway 544W: How This Impacts the Health and Safety of the Waccamaw River

Savannah Burdette, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Water Monitoring at CCU (Conductivity, pH, DO)

Gage Campbell, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

How Does Turbidity and TDS Affect Water Quality and the Ecosystem

Kered Class, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Does Coastal Carolina Wall Pond Bridge Have Too Much Nitrogen?

Jacquelyn Colangelo, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Detecting Radium-226 In Submarine Groundwater Discharge

Rashaun Davis, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Acute Physiological and Perceptional Responses to Unilateral versus Bilateral Walking with Blood Flow Restriction

Sage Donaldson, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Water Quality Monitoring for PH, Dissolved Oxygen, and Conductivity at 501 West

Justin Henry, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Women's Collegiate Lacrosse team Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Muscular Strength

Kaylee Kaczvinsky, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Monitoring conductivity levels at the Mouth of the swash in Briarcliffe Acres

Ryan Kerns, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Effects of Carbon-14 radioactivity variations in medical dosimetry

Emma Kurth, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Anthropogenic impacts on the territoriality of the ghost crab, Ocypode quadrata, along the Grand Strand, South Carolina.

Meredith LaLumia, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Assessing Biodiversity in Sea Turtles using COI Sequence Data

Zachary Lane, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Monitoring Nitrogen Levels at 11th Ave. N Surfside Beach, SC

Kyle LaVoie, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Gender Biases in Jury Decision Making

Sidney McLaughlin, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Briarcliffe Acres, Mouth of Swash: Monitoring E. coli, Enterococci

Tyrone Mitchell, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Montessori Education: Teaching Self-Regulation through Virtual Instruction

Brooke Myers, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Monitoring Salinity Levels at Murrells Inlet Oyster Beach, South Carolina

Jaquan Reed, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Tracking microplastics throughout a beach renourishment project on Pawley's Island, South Carolina

Madeline Rothwell, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Eavesdropping on fishes reveals alterations in the soundscape across tidal creeks

Abigail Solarz, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

How Sonar May Not Be the Only Means for Detecting Nuclear Submarines

Zachary Stevens, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

A Research Study of the Correlation Between Student Self-Advocacy and Postsecondary Success

Kaleigh Tarabek, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Monitoring Chlorophyll / Pheophytin in Waccamaw River

Jade Washington, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

E. coli and Total Coliform

Emilio Wilson, Coastal Carolina University

Virtual Poster Session 2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM