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Fall Showcase Schedule

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Harper College Rm 320

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                    
Supporting Student Success in College                                   
A Cross-Sectional Study into Physical Activity and Academic Achievement in Undergraduate Students at the University of South Carolina
Anne Kowalski, Public Health
Thesis Director: Dr. Christine Pellegrini
Second Reader: Katherine Devivio

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.                
Qualitative Research in Global Studies                       
Country-of-Origin Information Reports: The Political and Legal Geographies of Central American Migrants
Elise Dosch, Global Studies
Thesis Director: Dr. Austin Crane
Second Reader: Dr. Carolina Nagel

"The Opium of the People" – The Effects of Soviet State Atheism on the Muslims of Central Asia
Joshua Hughes, Political Science and Russian
Thesis Director: Dr. Judith Kalb
Second Reader: Dr. Noah Gardiner

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.               
Stigma and Racial Disparities in Health Care Access                                                   
The Effects of Mental Health Literacy and Perceived Social Support on Mental Health Stigma Across Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States: A Survey-Based Analysis
Isabel Jordan, Psychology
Thesis Director: Dr. Dan Cooper
Second Reader: Jayxa Alonzo

Understanding the Diagnostic Experiences of Black Families with ASD
Kaleb Phelps, Public Health
Thesis Director: Dr. Jessica Bradshaw
Second Reader: Dr. Katie Franke

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                                                                    
Luncheon Roundtable (RSVP Required)

What To Do Next With Your Senior Thesis
Panelists will discuss opportunities for broadening the impact of your thesis for your personal benefit and for knowledge communities outside the Honors College and USC. We will discuss strategies for using your senior thesis as a jumping-off point for graduate fellowship opportunities for publication in open-access and peer-reviewed outlets.

Heidi Bretz, National Fellowships Coordinator, National Fellowships and Scholar Programs
Amie Freeman, Scholarly Communication and Open Initiatives Librarian, University Libraries
Tracy Skipper, Senior Thesis Director, South Carolina Honors College

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.        
Advancing Health Outcomes              
Advancing Dance Medicine: A Comprehensive Framework for Specialized Physical Therapy
Emma Gravatte, Exercise Science
Thesis Director: Professor Jennifer Deckert
Second Reader: Dr. Shawn Arent

Abnormal Ovarian Phenotypes in hMMP14 Overexpressing Mice
Lauren James, Biological Sciences
Thesis Director: Dr. Holly LaVoie
Second Reader: Dr. Edie Goldsmith

Characterizing the Relationship Between Baseline Heart Rate and Sleep Quality Across Children With Fragile X Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Typically Developing Controls
Sarah Walker, Exercise Science
Thesis Director: Dr. Jane Roberts
Second Readers: Chandler Knott and Kaitlyn Cortez

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.        
Plant Ecology               
Differences in Tolerance to Simulated Herbivory in Perennial vs. Annual Populations of Mimulus guttatus
Gabrielle Gagnon, Biological Sciences
Thesis Director: Dr. Eric LoPresti
Second Reader: Dr. Katherine Toll

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.        
Program Evaluation    
Innovation in the Moore School Ecosystem: Cultivating Success in a Four-Year Business School
Taylor Marshall, Finance and Management Entrepreneurship
Thesis Director: Dr. Jeff Savage
Second Reader: Cameron Wall

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.