Aiken Fellows Adapt Their Bachelor’s Essays for Social Distancing

Abigail Reeves ’20 presents her 3MT on “Predicting Reactivity of Homologous Sulfohydrolases via a Bioinformatics Approach”

In any other year, the senior class of Aiken Fellows would have spent the first week of April summarizing their Honors College Bachelor’s Essay projects for a packed auditorium. These presentations have long functioned as a culminating moment for members of the Aiken Fellows Society to share and celebrate their impressive academic undertakings. But like everyone else this spring, Fellows in the Class of 2020 were forced to improvise.

Unable to gather in public due to Covid-19, the group instead took their presentations online. Students recorded themselves digitally from their homes, putting their own interpretive spin on the 3-Minute Thesis, a presentation format made popular by an international graduate school research competition.

Despite having to contend with connectivity issues, improvised recording equipment, and the stress of wrapping up their college careers under unexpected circumstances, Fellows still managed to articulate the remarkably impressive research they completed in their time at the Honors College.

Check out the presentations below!

Abbie Kline
A Unique Movement in Business: An Illustration of Transformational Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship
Advisor: Dr. Amanda Ruth-McSwain, Department of Communication

Abigail Reeves
Predicting Reactivity of Homologous Sulfohydrolases via a Bioinformatics Approach
Advisors: Dr. Jennifer Fox, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Dr. Marcello Forconi, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Ashley Layne
Style Over Substance: Biases Against Individuals with Autism in Job Interviews
Advisor: Dr. Cynthia May, Department of Psychology

Asia Pitts
On Community and its Variations: Social Capital in the Context of Race
Advisor: Dr. Heath Hoffman, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Blaine Billings
Modality and What Should Would Be Acceptable: Syntactic Promiscuity in Spanish and English Double Modal Constructions
Advisor: Dr. Ricard Viñas de Puig, Department of Hispanic Studies

Casey Roche
Connecting Narcissism and Political Ideation Through Emotional Intelligence
Advisor: Dr. Amy Kolak, Department of Psychology

Chase Myers
Charleston Flood Mapping
Advisor: Professor Lancie Affonso, Department of Computer Science; Dr. Norman Levine, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Daniela Adjunta
Phenology of Tall-versus Short-Zone Ecotypes of Spartina alterniflora: A Mechanism for Maintaining Local Adaptation?
Advisor: Dr. Erik Sotka, Department of Biology

Dashiell Jay
Bilayer Interactions of the Endogenous Opioids
Advisor: Dr. Michael Giuliano, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Hannah Addis
Determining the Mechanism of Eukaryotic Heme a Synthase
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Fox, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Jami Lee
Macroscopic Variation in Arabidopsis Mutants Compensates for Stomatal Uniformity Across Soil Nutrient Environments
Advisor: Dr. Courtney Murren, Department of Biology

Katya Caleca
Cyber Power in International Relations
Advisor: Dr. John Creed, Department of Political Science

Kyra Swartz
The Road to November: Explorations in Epilepsy and Family
Advisor: Dr. Tony Varallo, Department of English

Madi Crow
Sí Hablo Dialecto: Un Estudio Para Identificar la Presencia de y Fomentar el Orgullo por las Lenguas Indígenas en Charleston, SC
Advisor: Dr. Ricard Viñas de Puig, Department of Hispanic Studies

Mary Geer Kirkland
Fishing for Environmental Justice: International Fishery Law on the High Seas
Advisor: Dr. Blake Scott, International Studies Program

Matt Battin
The Nature of Gentrification in Charleston
Advisors: Robby Maynor, Honors College; Dr. Maren Trochmann, Department of Political Science; Dr. Kendra Stewart, Department of Political Science

Mikayla Drost
Seafloor Mapping for Predicting Deep-Sea Corral Habitat, Southeast U.S. Continental Margin
Advisor: Dr. Leslie Sauter, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Niamh Cahill
Investigation of Aged and Irradiated Meclizine Tablets for NASA Space Mission Planning
Advisor: Dr. Wendy Cory, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Rachel Bradley
The Impact of Drought on Entrepreneurship in Middle- and Low-Income Countries
Advisor: Dr. Beatriz Maldonado, Department of Economics

Rachel Simoneaux
Food as thy Medicine: The Effects of Low-Carbohydrate Diets on Weight Loss and Patients with Type-2 Diabetes
Advisor: Dr. Olivia Thompson, Public Health

Renee Fraley
A Comparison of Working Conditions and Employee Productivity in the U.S. and E.U.
Dr. Rene Mueller, Department of Management and Marketing

Sam Kirsch
Synergy of Scleraxis and CD36 in the Activation of Fibroblasts and Epithelia Cells “Potential Role in Fibrosis”
Advisors: Dr. Renaud Geslain, Department of Biology; Dr. Titus Reaves, MUSC Department of Regenerative Medicine

Sarah Shtessel
Supreme Court Bias Towards Religion in RLUIPA Cases
Advisor: Dr. Briana McGinnis, Department of Political Science

Stephanie Hustad
The Effect of Fetal Exposure to the Obesogen Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate on the Mouse Gut Microbiome
Advisor: Dr. Moshe Rhodes, Department of Biology

Tripp Keeffe
Hope in the Obama Years
Advisor: Dr. John Creed, Department of Political Science

Will McEwen
The Alchian-Allen Effect on Cigarettes and Vaping Products
Advisor: Dr. Doug Walker, Department of Economics

Zainab Dossaji
Humanitarianism in Flux: A Case Study in Yemen
Advisor: Dr. John Creed, Department of Political Science

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