2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Symposium

Submitted by Kevin Emerson Associate Professor of Biology
June 27, 2018 - 4:00 pm

SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) is a selective eight-week annual summer program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where students from intentionally varied disciplines engage in directed research or creative work. While working full-time on their projects, students also participate in workshops and group meetings to sharpen their professional skills.

The 2018 SURF students will be presenting their work at the SURF Symposium.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Glendening Annex

July 6, 2018, 9:00-3:15 p.m.


Symposium Schedule

Coffee Break

Opening Remarks (Kevin Emerson)

Elizabeth (Izzy) Peterson, Studio Art (Major), Film/Media Studies (Minor)
Influence: Subverting Propaganda Films with Experimental Animation
Mentor: Barry Muchnick, Environmental Studies

Lily Pohlenz, Biology (Major), Philosophy (Minor)
What’s the buzz on somatic Wolbachia infection? Using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism to understand the control of disease transmission in mosquitoes
Mentor: Kevin Emerson, Biology

Andy Turszick, Theater Studies (Major), Film/Media Studies (Minor), Religious Studies (Minor)
Power Over Bodies: Scenographic Designs for Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus
Mentor: Mark Rhoda, Theater, Film, and Media Studies

Stephanie Schoch, Computer Science (Major), Psychology (Major)
Visualizing refugee health data: Investigating the use of legends - presence, placement, and proximity
Mentor: Amanda VerMeulen, Library

Justyce Bennett, Anthropology (Major), Art History (Major)
Visual and Material Cultures of Slavery: The View from Art History
Mentor: Emily Casey, Art History

Lunch Break

Kelly Healy, Biology (Major), Biochemistry (Major), Music (Minor)

Poster presentation: Mapping a protein: locating metal-binding sites in metallothionein-1
Mentor: Shanen Sherrer, Chemistry

Nicholas D’Antona, Chemistry (Major), Applied Math (Minor), Physics (Minor)
Printing perovskite solar cells: a low-cost production method for renewable energy
Mentor: Troy Townsend, Chemistry

Bethany Laffan, English (Major), History (Minor)
Literary Rockstar: A Reception Study of Haruki Murakami's Popularity in Japan and the United States
Mentor: Jeffrey Coleman, English

James Judlick, Psychology (Major), Sociology (Minor)
Queer Eye for the Employer: A Résumé Audit Study for LGBTQ Individuals
Mentor: Ayse Ikizler, Psychology

Closing Remarks (Mark Rhoda)


We would like to extend “special thanks” to the following for their unwavering support of and contributions to SURF ‘18: SMCM President Tuajuanda Jordan; Katie Gantz, Associate Dean of Faculty; Christine Wooley, Associate Dean of Curriculum; Katie Guy and Frances Titus, Fiscal Administrators; Pamela Mann, Librarian; Mitch Vicieux, Office of Student Support Services, former SURF fellow ‘17; Adam Malisch, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; Lee Capristo, Office of Marketing and Communications