2014 Sage Undergraduate Research Day


2014 Sage Undergraduate Research Day Schedule
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Troy and Albany, NY
(final as of 4/28/14)

Albany Campus Morning Events

Art + Design Building, 1st floor lobby
Refreshments will be served

Graphic + Media Design Senior Capstone

Sean Hovendick
Opalka Gallery Lecture Hall

The Graphic + Media Design Senior Capstone is a self-initiated, two-semester research and development experience for students nearing completion of the BFA degree in Graphic + Media Design (GMD). Students begin with a thorough investigation of a design problem utilizing research methods common throughout the creative industry. Findings are then compiled into a written proposal and prepared as a formal presentation. This proposal is the foundation for a body of work that is created throughout both semesters of the Senior Capstone, which includes numerous deliverables that make up the overall design solution. Faculty and fellow students alike guide the development and progression of the students' projects through advising, lectures, group critiques, formal presentations, field trips and writing assignments. GMD seniors will participate in the Sage College Undergraduate Research Day by presenting their completed projects and answering questions from the audience.

Fine Arts Capstone

Beau Comeaux
Armory 102

The Fine Arts Capstone students will be giving brief artist talks regarding their creative explorations including influences, research, experimentation and output. Drop in to get a look inside the minds of Sage art students.

iThink 301 Presentations

Michael Bienkowski
Art + Design Building, 2nd Floor

Students in Professor Bienkowski's Innovation Thinking (ITK 301) class are researching the background and human nature of "newcomers," political refugees, who reside in Albany and are assisted by The Refugee Roundtable, a grass-roots organization of two hundred volunteers in Albany, N.Y. Seven student teams will present their targeted human need, research, and anticipated outcome for a project involving a "How To Survive Being a Teen in America" guide or a food guide that helps newcomers maintain a link with their home through information about the best food in the area. For this six week project, The iThink teams are organized by six nations that students have researched--Burma, Somalia, Syria, Nepal, Liberia, and Iraq—all home nations for Albany newcomers.

Female Offenders
Marisa Beeble
Armory 226, 230

Students will present posters emphasizing the causes and consequences of women's involvement in the criminal justice system. Topics will vary and include women's pathways to crime, barriers to successful community reintegration, characteristics of violent female offenders, and women's experiences of incarceration. Presentations will provide an overview of the current literature. Posters will be complemented by a "Prison Cuisine Potluck". Students will work in pairs to prepare a dish crafted using ingredients that would be accessible via a jail or prison commissary to demonstrate the resourcefulness of incarcerated women and the oppressive circumstances that are commonplace in correctional institutions.

Interior Design

Lynn Capirsello and Janice Medina
ADB 302 and hallway

Students from all levels in the interior design program will discuss their research, design concepts, and presentations of their studio work created within the academic year.  Projects vary from residential design, retail design, hospitality design, healthcare design, and office design.  Learn about the design process and the technology used in creating visionary ideas for environments we all live, work, and play in. Includes Residential Design, Office Design, AutoCAD II, Contract I, Contract II, Capstone I, Capstone II.

BIO-307 Biology Internship
Stacie Kutz
Armory 217

Students in the Biology Department at SCA must complete a 120 hour internship as a culminating course for their degree in the program.  It is thought that obtaining experience in their field of interest allows students to apply theoretical skills to practical work situations, enables students to develop effective interpersonal skills in the workplace and provides students with the opportunity to test their aptitude for a particular career.  This year students have completed internships in fields including physical therapy, endocrinology, veterinary medicine, and basic research.  These students will present information on the goals they established for these internships, whether they met these goals, the content of their work and how these internships helped in creating a path for their career choices. 

Law & Society Capstone Seminar
Bobbi Gabrenya
Armory 209, 213

In this year’s Law & Society Capstone Seminar, students were given the theme of dishonesty for their researched thesis papers & posters. The topics were incredibly diverse including dishonesty among adolescents (the influence of Facebook on the procurement of fake IDs), dishonesty in law enforcement (the addition of a written rather than oral oath may prevent perjury), and even dishonesty in the Affordable Care Act (there is a provision for psychiatric care, but there are fewer and fewer psychiatrists). Results of research will be presented.

Gender Bias Athletic Coaching
Eileen Brownell, Faculty Advisor
Chelsea Martin, Presenter
Armory 102

Athletic coaches use a personal coaching style when interacting with players. This coaching style is a combination of personality characteristics, decision-making styles and personal philosophy. The two major coaching styles identified by scholars are autonomous and controlling. Outcomes associated with these coaching styles include the level of player self-determination and motivation. Research suggests that autonomous-coaching style leads to less self-determined, extrinsically motivated players. Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation contributes to whether a team is self-determined. A team that has self-determined players will more than likely have better task and social cohesion on their teams. Coaching style is an important factor when determining an athlete’s motivation for sport, the performance of the players and team, and overall cohesion.

BUS/ACC 327 Internship in Business
Eileen Brownell
Armory 102

School of Management Business interns will provide an overview of their experimental work-based learning and identify how they achieved the course learning outcomes.  Q & A session will follow. This presentation will be beneficial to SCA juniors as they prepare for their internship.

Biology Senior Research Symposium
Mary Rea
Armory 205
Students majoring in Biology at RSC complete a year-long independent project with a supervising faculty member. SCA biology majors can also participate in research projects. Typically students complete their projects in their final year before graduation. This year students participated in projects involving many interesting topics including effects of bacteria on mouse behavior, falls in the elderly, wound repair, and antibiotic effects of honey. Most research projects were completed in faculty laboratories at Sage and some at other local institutions such as Albany Medical Center. Our students have also presented at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and the TriBeta Regional Conference.
Business Strategy

Business Strategy II
Kevin A. Fletcher
Armory 102                                                                                      

Business Strategy II students will be presenting the results of a semester-long online business simulation.  Each team of four students has made financial, R&D, manufacturing, and marketing decisions for a mock business, in competition with other teams and computer teams.

Award Ceremony
Presentation of the Libraries Research Award

Armory 102

The Sage Colleges Libraries Research Award recognizes papers or projects that demonstrate exceptional use of library resources. Papers are judged based on the demonstrated ability to use library resources effectively and on the overall quality of presentation.

TriBeta Award Ceremony (Biology)
Science 101

The Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (TriBeta) is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending the boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 200,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 553 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The Chi Alpha Chapter at RSC has been expanded to include all qualified biology majors at the Sage Colleges.

Work on Display

PBH201: Health and Society: Survey of Public Health
Dayna Maniccia
Art + Design Building, 1st floor lobby

The display will provide the audience with an overview of public health and how it impact society. Photographs and brief descriptions will be used to illustrate public health in our daily lives.

BFA 10 Preview
Opalka Gallery

Preview the Sage College of Albany tenth annual Bachelor of Arts exhibition. The show opens Friday, May 2, with a reception from 5-8pm.

Troy Campus Morning Events

  • 7:30-9:30am: Coffee and Pastries; Programs Available, Buchman Pavilion
  • 8:00-10:30am: History Senior Seminar Presentations, Gurley 105
  • 8:30-10:30am: Nursing Capstone Poster Presentations, Sage Hall Parlors
  • 8:30-10:30am: Mathematics Senior Seminar Presentations, MLAB
  • 8:30-9:30am: Oxford Style Tutorial Symposia, French House Annex, Moliere
  • 9:00-10:30: Psychology Seminar Students and Special Project Honors Presentations, Gurley 301
  • 10-10:30: English Honors Project Presentation, French House Annex Moliere

Combined Sage Colleges Events


Albany Campus

  • 10:30 and 11:30am: School bus leaves Troy for Albany campus (Shuttles will run throughout the afternoon)
  • 11:00-1:00pm: Buffet Lunch, Kahl CC
  • 12:30: Second Annual Sage Colleges "Last Lecture": Dr. Mary Rea, Professor of Biology, Kahl Gymnasium
  • 1:30-6:00pm: The Sage Colleges Undergraduate Research Symposium (Programs and Refreshments available outside of Kahl 224)
  • 4:00pm: School bus leaves Albany for Troy campus (Shuttles will run throughout the afternoon)

Session 1: 1:30-2:30pm

Psychology/Interior Design (Kahl 104) (Faculty Moderator: Dr. Janel Leone)

  • Amaris Done, "Communication in Healthcare"
  • Sarah Bonhote, "Obstacles in Healthcare Design"
  • Emily R. LaBeau, "The Connection between Clothing and Helping Behavior"

Literature 1 (Kahl 224) (Faculty Moderator: Dr. Shealeen Meaney)

  • Kayla Nelson, "Growth in the Garden: A Jungian Reading of the Orphans in The Secret Garden"
  • Emily Woerthman, "Steinbeck's Domestics: The Gender Inequity of Travel and Space in Three American Narratives"
  • Samantha Tirrell, "Formidable Femininity: The Stigmas of Gender in Roald Dahl's Matilda"
  • Bethaney TenEyck, Jenna Mazzachelli, Carina Blucher, "Post-Colonial Analysis of Nervous Conditions"

Chemistry/Biochemistry (Kahl 104) (Faculty Moderator: Dr. Thomas Gray)

  • Brittany O'Brien, "Powassan Virus and its Prevalence in the Hudson Valley of New York State"
  • Lisa Eytel, "Preparation of stilbenoid phytoalexins via Heck reaction coupling of substituted phenylstyrenes and iodobenzenes"

History 1/Political Science 1 (Kahl 105) (Faculty Moderator: Prof. Roberta Gabrenya)

  • Yagana Hafed, "United States and Pakistan: Why the US Provides Aid to a Nation that Supports Anti-Western Terrorists"
  • Charmaine Wood, "Attitudes About Surveillance"
  • Brianna Reed, "The Role of the Extremist in Political Polarization"
  • Audrey Smith, "The Role of Gender in Politics within the United States"

Session 2: 2:40-3:40pm

History 2/Economics (Kahl 105) (Faculty Moderator: Dr. Manijeh Sabi)

  • Daniele Lyman, "Economy in Transition: The Ukraine"
  • Michelle Masters, "The Transitioning Economies of China and Poland"
  • Daniele Lyman, "Ancient Egypt: The Belief in Life After Death in the Old Kingdom (2755 - 2255BC)"
  • Theresa Hotte, "From Rumpshakers to Treasure: Comparing Language Surrounding Women in Popular Music in 1993 and 2013"

Psychology (Kahl 224) (Faculty Moderator: Dr. Sarah Butler)

  • Joan Cooney, "Married to Social Media: An Analysis of the Association between Social Media Engagement and Psychological Well-Being"
  • Brenda Gausby, "Altruism and Retention in Disaster Recovery Workforce"
  • Margaret Lundquist, "Using Clothing to Communicate Sexual Identity - The Use of Clothing to Play Down or Express LGBT Status"
  • David Pierce, "Veterans' Perceptions of Mental Health Services vs Physical Health Services"

Mathematics (Kahl 347) (Faculty Moderator: Dr. Deb Lawrence)

  • Lauren Brady-Haskell, "Fourier Transforms and Signal Processing Within Music"
  • Kendra Anderson, "Mathematics and Pension Funds"
  • Bethaney TenEyck, "Cryptology - A Comparison of the Knapsack and Hill Cipher Encoding Schemes"

Session 3: 3:50-4:50pm

English 2/Theater (Kahl 347) (Faculty Moderator: Dr. Tonya Moutray)

  • Annalise Krajeski, "We shall drive every blasted Englishman into the sea: Environment and Imperialism in A Passage To India"
  • Emily Woerthman, "Sembene and Indentured Servitude: Modern Forms of Slavery in a Postcolonial World"
  • Samantha M. Teater, "Painting upon Darkness all sorts of Phantoms: A Post-Colonial Analysis of Confessions of an English Opium Eater"
  • Samantha Tirrell, Savanna Gephard, "Commercial Theater: A Gendered Game"

Sociology/Political Science 2 (Kahl 105) (Faculty Moderator: Dr. Andor Skotnes)
Margaret Brenenstuhl, "Capitalism, Socialism and the Environment"

  • Christine Woods, "Climate Crisis Center at Sage"
  • Theresa Hotte, "Exploring Socialism in American History"
  • Jeanna Tremblay, "Prostitutes and Bad JuJu" (Ferguson Scholar)

Posters: Miscellaneous Disciplines (Kahl 224)

  • Rebecca Fowler, "Chia Seeds: An Overview of Consumption & Potential Health Benefits"
  • Sarah Roehr, "Surgical Versus Non-Surgical Interventions for Fractures"
  • Samantha LoCicero, "Not Just Boys Fun: Women's Equality in Punk Rock"
  • Rebecca Akins, "Women Crushing Barriers: A Look at the 60's and 70's Feminist Movement"
  • Shari M. Rivage, "Established Relationships: Verbal Aggression and its Affect on Interrogator Credibility as Perceived by Suspects"
  • Maribeth Hunt, "What does your identity mean to you?"
  • Julie Fisher, "The Restorative Process and Binge Drinking"

Session 4: 5:00-6:00pm

Mixed Bag: Art History/Women's Studies/Management (Kahl 224) (Faculty Moderator: Dr. Michelle Napierski-Prancl)

  • Alyssa Schaff, "Mail Art in the Works of Johnson and Banana"
  • KellyRose Fluty, "Sexual Assault, Rape, and the College Crisis: Will Your Institution Keep You Safe?"
  • Megan Rooney, "Victimization and Suicidal Behavior Among Female College Students"
  • Chelsea Martin, "Coaching Style and Player Motivation"

Biology/Computer Information Systems (Kahl 104) (Faculty Moderator: Dr. Mary Rea)

  • Shannon Alois, "Uses for Simulation Software in Biological Science"
  • Ashley Fortin, "Honey of an Idea: Alternative Treatment for Propionibacterium Acnes"
  • Sara Malott, "Investigating the effects of Sodium Butyrate on growth factor-induced cell migration"

Graphic Design (Kahl 105) (Faculty Moderator: Prof. Sean Hovendick)

  • Ariel Smullen, "Wishful Thinking"
  • Lindsay Clark, "Expressive Commons"
  • Heather Schwendner, "FoodCycle, Trading Organic Waste for Fresh Local Produce"
  • Benjamin Exterkamp, "Hypknow"

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