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32nd Annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference

Mathias Student Research Conference Save the Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022 | Virtual

The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is pleased to announce the 32nd Anniversary of the Annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference, a forum for CAS students to present original scholarly and creative works before colleagues, faculty, and friends, will take place virtually on March 19, 2022.

This event is sponsored in part by a generous grant from AU trustee and alumna Robyn Rafferty Mathias as well as by the NASA District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium.

Info for Student Presenters


Students from all disciplines of CAS are encouraged to participate. Students in other AU schools may submit work that was completed in a CAS course.


Each oral and poster presentation will be juried by a group of AU Community Judges. Top presenters will be awarded a Certificate signed by the CAS Dean. All CAS student participants will be eligible to apply for a stipend for travel to a local, regional or national conference of their choosing.


Contact Quiamony Gaskins ( or Kathryn Walters-Conte (

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9-9:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks by Dean Max Paul Friedman
9:30-11 a.m.
Session 1: Art As Life
Zola Hoehn
Elizabeth Saul
Brianna Cooney
Ashleigh Molina
Ames Jewart
Session 2: Brain and Cognition 1
Kira Ashton
Sidney Murray
Marissa Marko
Sarisha Jagasia
Olivia Dragovits
Caleb Darden
Session 3: Challenging Stereotypes
Alison Holdsworth
Kayla Conklin
Rebekah Potter
Ria Dutta
Catherine Brookes
Pennell Hannah
Nanette Karkari
Session 4: Our City Our Environment
Elisa Davey
Josh Rivera
Natalie Landaverde
Joseph Barnes
Kruttika Gopal
Madeline Caballero
Session 5: Politics and Power
Paulina Zacharko
Collin Coil
Sanaa Phinizy
Gianna Williams
Jennifer Wendler
Gwyneth Morgan
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Faculty Panel Discussion on Research 

Moderator: Kim Blankenship (Sociology) 

Featured Panelists: 
Nika Elder (Art) 
Boris Gershman (Economics) 
Barbara Balestra (Environmental Science) 
Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Literature)

1-2 p.m.
Session 1: Applications of Machine Learning and Big Data
Anyi Xu
Caleb Dando-Haenisch
Tate Altman
David Dunleavy
Session 2: How Covid has changed Life, Politics and Economy
Kai Wasson
Julia Whitman
Chloe Baldauf
Amanda Conway
Session 3: Understanding our Vices
Eric Turnquist
Sara Bowman
Lindsey Sparrock
Candace Roy
2:30-4 p.m.
Session 1: Knowledge, Identity and Agency
Kyra Stella and Susan Stitt
Hannah Woulfe
Cecilia Carbonell
Joshua Sucec
Victoria Fink and Marilyn Quacoe
Session 2: Brain and Cognition 2
Jenna Archambeau
Anna Ruprecht
Elizabeth McCarthy
Sydney Cerveny, Robby Jones and Hayley Manke
Kyra Lozynskyj
Nicole Loy
Session 3: From Organic Molecules to Organs
Ashley Bastin
Annastelle Cohen
Rebecca May
Jennifer Silva
Olivia Johnston
Laura Rose Purkey
Session 4: Health and Health Equity
Sophie C. Hathaway
Hope Alex, Ruby Schrag, Louise Plever & Anish Kubal
Paige Hofschire
Nicholas DeVito
Nisaa Chaudhry
Session 5: Year of Climate Action
Dayna F de Montagnac
Mary Ruxsarash
Nitya Aggarwal, Liana Garcia, Hannah Nisonson, Kayah Ryerson and Kendall Witters
Andrew Kurz
Kerrie Roan
Aileen McDonald
4:05-5 p.m.

Research is the Common Thread 
Featured presentation by Charles Pierre


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