A Celebration of Student Academic Achievement

The Mount David Summit is Bates’ annual campus-wide celebration of student academic achievement. The Summit highlights undergraduate research; student creative work in art, dance, theater, music and film/video; projects conducted in the context of academic courses; and community-engaged research. The Summit spotlights the rich intellectual life of our students. The event is sponsored by the Dean of the Faculty’s Office and the Student Research Program.

The Summit takes place Saturday, May 15, has events beginning at 11 AM, 1 PM, 2:30 PM, and 4 PM Eastern Time. Within each time block, you’ll find research poster session, and 5 to 6 other sessions in which groups of students will deliver short talks, panel discussions, debates, or literary readings. The events are organized into “breakout rooms” on Zoom.

Each research poster has its own Zoom Room, so within each time block you can visit several posters and talk to students about their research. For the talks and panel discussions, each session also has its own Zoom Room, with 2 or more talks.

To find out who is presenting when and where, you can consult the schedule below. When you join the Summit in Zoom, you’ll also see a directory of presentations underway during the current time block. Learn about navigating the Summit on Zoom (PDF). 


President Spencer and Dean Hill: Welcome to the Summit



Schedule of Presenters, Saturday, 15 May

The 2021 Summit will be a virtual event, featuring posters sessions, talks, panels, screenings, and performances. Our programming is covered over four sessions throughout the day.

Summit SessionTimeJump to Schedule
Session 111:00 AM – 12:15 PM ETJump to Session 1
Session 21:00 – 2:15 PM ETJump to Session 2
Session 32:30 – 3:45 PM ETJump to Session 3
Session 44:00-5:15 PM ETJump to Session 4

Complete Schedule

The complete schedule below allows for searching of names and keywords as well as filtering Summit session. More information on each presentation including abstracts is also available.


Student Name Presentation Title/Event Title (shaded) Summit Session Zoom Breakout Room
 Poster Session I: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Climate Sciences (Zoom Rooms 1-15)1 
Jennifer Bouzy ’21The Mutational Analysis of Amino Acids on the Function of Rotavirus Viroporin NSP4 at Position 7811
Jeremy Bennett ’21Computational Modeling of Viroporin Proteins from RNA Viruses12
Haley Washington ’21Investigating the Role of Amino Acids on the Function of Rotavirus NSP4 (Non-structural Protein) at Position 7813
Erin Murphy ’21Blunted Response to Low-oxygen Environments in Envigo Sprague-Dawley Rats14
Emily Woods ’21Tapeworm DNA analysis in Leach’s Storm-petrels15
Emma Proietti ’21Coastal Forest Response to Past Floods and Storm Surges in the Gulf of Maine16
Cole Fuller ’21The Effect of Saltwater Intrusion on Pinus rigida Stands at the Bates Morse Mountain Conservation Area17
Elizabeth Bennett ’21Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor-Associated Myocarditis18
Alice Li ’21Average and Local Structure of High IR-reflective Inorganic Pigments Y(In, Mn)O3 and Y(In, Cu, Ti)O319
Joyce Gong ’21Exploring Multiferroic Potential in Pyrochlores through Structural Characterization110
Emma York ’21Origins of Color in Chromium-Doped Potassium Alum111
Jake O’Hara ’21The Role of Stoichiometry on Polarity in Lead Niobate Pyrochlores112
Owen Bailey ’22Characterization of Polar Materials through Second Harmonic Generation113
Carolyn Snow ’21A Comparison of Sediments from above and below a Tidal Restriction in the Back River Creek Marsh, Woolwich, ME114
Daniel Riggi ’21The Effect of Fluorine on the Density and Partial Molar Volume of Aluminosilicate Melts115
 Psychology I: Mind and Body116
Lauryn Boucree ’21Difference in Self-Concept among Division I Black and White Athletes116
Sarah King ’21Perceptions of Belonging in College Students during Coronavirus: Assessing the Impact of Course Modality116
Nicki Lane ’21The Impact of Widespread Isolation on the Psychological Well-Being of Children in Their Later Childhood Years116
 Theater Makers I: Acting, Directing, Costume Design117
Jade Zhang ’21Interpreting Culture through the Lenses of Costume117
Deon Custard ’21“Put Me Into Good Fooling”: Using Shakespeare to Approach a Post-Bakhtinian Carnivalesque117
Patrick Reilly ’21Directing A Gaggle of Saints: Theatrical Process and Performance during COVID-19117
Muskan Verma ’21Playing Sue in A Gaggle of Saints: An Actor’s Process117
 Research and the Public Good: Multidisciplinary Explorations  118
Emma Block ’22Maine Prisoner Reentry Network: Benefits and Barriers to Post-Incarceration Reentry Resources118
Frederik Cornelius-Knudsen ’21Branding Lewiston: The Origin and Politics of the Phrase “Dirty Lew”118
Amelia Keleher ’21Local Food, Local Places: Cultivating a Local Food and Agriculture Brand in Lewiston-Auburn118
Sophie Landes ’21The Role of Community Land Trusts in Resisting Gentrification: A Lewiston, Maine Case Study118
Hannah McKenzie ’21Exploring “Cultural Sensitivity” among Frontline Workers Addressing Violence against Women in Lewiston, Maine118
 STEM I: Research in Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Physics119
Juliana Martino ’21The Future of Nuclear Reactors119
Joe Inger ’21Development of Novel Nitrocinnamoyl Glycosides as Antimicrobial Agents119
Ryan Carlson ’21Predicting Long-term Changes in Microbial Carbon Flux due to Climate Change using S. coelicolor as a Model Organism119
Drew Murdock ’21Mixed Messages: Analyzing the Effects of pzn Small Molecules and Other Environmental Conditions on S. epidermidis Proliferation and Biofilm Formation119
 Summit Literary Reading120
Sommer Glasgow ’21Transplanted: A Reading from a Collection of Short Stories120
Will Kraus ’21Tributary120
Naythan Delgado ’21Selected Poems120
Anna Mangum ’21ELEANOR120
Jake Michael ’21Gwendolyn Rutgur’s Residence120
Session 2   
 Poster Session II: Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Climate Scences, Physics (Zoom Rooms 1-14)2 
Dylan Muldoon ’21Next-generation Sequencing of Ephydatia muelleri Endosymbiotic Microalgae21
Ivy Nguyen ’21The Scavenger Receptor Repertoire in Ephydatia muelleri and Its Putative Role in Ephydatia muelleri-Chlorella vulgaris Symbiosis22
Jasmine Nutakki ’21Gene Regulatory Pathway Analysis for Freshwater Algal Symbioses in the SSU and ITS Region23
Anna Barrow ’21Synthetic Studies of Linderfruticoside A24
Volney Spalding ’21Role of the pzn Gene Cluster in Biofilm Formation of Staphylococcus epidermidis25
Dan Colombo ’21Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Caffeoyl-based Phenylpropanoid Glycosides26
Tim Edson ’21Anchimeric Assistance of Orthoesters in Glycosylation27
Trisha Kibugi ’21Synthesis of Pyrazinone Products28
Munashe Machoko ’21Computational Epitope Mapping of the Coronavirus29
Olympia Fisher ’21Quantifying Changes in Snow Conditions and Water Equivalent as Result of Arctic Warming in Linnedalen, Svalbard210
Will Jaekle ’21Studying the Physical Conditions of Ionized, Outflowing Gas for Galaxies in the MaNGA Survey211
Sofia Edgar ’23Exploring Outflows, Dust, and Star Formation Rate Uncertainties in Compact Starburst Galaxies212
Kieran Edmonds ’22Exploring Outflows, Dust, and Star Formation Rate Uncertainties in Compact Starburst Galaxies212
Tasha Jones ’22Exploring Outflows, Dust, and Star Formation Rate Uncertainties in Compact Starburst Galaxies212
Paul Chapman ’21Numerical Analysis of Dynamics of Vertical-cavity-surface-emitting Lasers with Optical Injection213
Brooks Clement ’21Dynamics of a Semiconductor Laser Subject to Optical Feedback214
 Reimagining Eden: Midrashic Meanderings in the Primordial Garden215
Matt Suslovic ’21Reimagining Eden: Midrashic Meanderings in the Primordial Garden215
Khushi Choudhary ’23Reimagining Eden: Midrashic Meanderings in the Primordial Garden215
Anna Maheu ’21Reimagining Eden: Midrashic Meanderings in the Primordial Garden215
 Contemporary Social Issues: Sociological Perspectives216
Emma Bouchey ’21Queerness for Kids: A Content Analysis of LGBTQ Picture Books216
Layla Dozier ’21The Kingdom of God on Earth: An Analysis of Black Space and Place through Father Divine216
Lily Edelman-Gold ’21A Comparative Analysis of Media Rhetoric in Response to the Capitol Hill Attack on January 6, 2021216
Genesis Paulino ’21“Las cosas pueden solucionarse hablando”: An Analysis of the Economic Circumstances of Cuba through the Cuban and United States Student Lens216
Abby Ryan ’21Gender and Education: What Do Teachers Believe about the Gender Differences in Teaching?216
Aidan Temperino ’21Understanding the State of Harm Reduction: Challenges to Implementation in Rural Maine216
 Arts and Humanities: Expression, Perception, Appropriation217
Oliver Russell ’21Deutsches Blut und japanischer Boden: Arnold Fanck’s Die Tochter des Samurai as a Reflection of National Socialist Values217
Jack Cantor ’23Dancing with Light: Photographic Approaches to Wilderness217
Maya Benziger ’22Reality, Artificiality, and the World of K/DA217
 STEM II: Research in Biochemistry and Chemistry218
Nicole Kumbula ’21Characterization of Structural Origin of the Compositionally Dependent Viscosity of Aluminosilicate through Scattering Techniques218
Martha Bishop ’21The Roles of TCF4 and TET2 in Learning and Memory Disorders218
Mallory Caron ’21What If You Could Never Forget? Engram-specific TET2 Knockout Leads to Selective Memory Enhancement218
Nick White ’21Computational Modeling of TET Inhibitors and Synthesis of New Leads  218
 Uninvited Dance Partner: Creative Endeavors in a Pandemic220
Ellie Friends ’21Uninvited Dance Partner: Creative Endeavors in a Pandemic220
Erick Gredonia ’21Uninvited Dance Partner: Creative Endeavors in a Pandemic220
Isabel Honigman ’22Uninvited Dance Partner: Creative Endeavors in a Pandemic220
Talia Kurlansky ’22Uninvited Dance Partner: Creative Endeavors in a Pandemic220
Lauren Reed ’23Uninvited Dance Partner: Creative Endeavors in a Pandemic220
Session 3   
 Poster Session III: Biochemistry and Chemistry (Zoom Room 1-15)3 
Alexander Berzansky ’21Plasmonic Generation of Second and Third Order Optical Nonlinear Harmonics through the Utilization of Shape Controlled Gold and Silver Nanostructures32
Jhansi Kolli ’21Localization of rpoA, rpsM, and rrp1 within the Structural Constraints of B. Burgdorferi using FISH and STED Microscopy 33
Brian Boitnott ’21Laser-Induced Plasmonics and Nonlinear Optical Effects in Gold Nanoparticles34
Sam Britner ’21Plasmonic Behavior on Gold Nanostructures through Scanning Near-Field Microscopy35
Brittany Seipp ’21Synthesizing TET Enzyme Inhibitors: Hydroxymethyl Derivatives of Bobcat 33936
Ben Goldberg ’21The Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics of a Novel TET2 Inhibitor, and Its Potential Therapeutic Use37
Allen Schroeder ’21The Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics of a Novel TET2 Inhibitor, and Its Potential Therapeutic Use37
Wuyue Zhou ’21The Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics of a Novel TET2 Inhibitor, and Its Potential Therapeutic Use37
Eli Mihan ’21Development of Methods for Obtaining Catalytically Active E3 Ubiquitin Ligases ARIH1, ARIH2, and DTX3L through Induction in E. coli38
Sofia Esquibies ’21Identification of the Encephalomyocarditis Virus 3C Protease Catalytic Acidic Amino Acid39
Ellie Murphy ’21The Trajectory of Algal-based Biofuel Production Using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated Gene Editing to Mitigate Public Health Risks Associated with Crude Oil Extraction and Refinement310
Katherine Towle ’21Biofilm Formation and Growth Behavior of Several Strains of Staphylococcus epidermidis311
Xing Wang ’21Biofilm Formation of Staphylococcus epidermidis in Skin Stress Conditions312
Rowan Cutler ’21Using Fluorescence Nanoscopy to Study RNA Localization in Borrelia burgdorferi, the Spirochete that Causes Lyme Disease313
Gabi Gucagaite ’21Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Gene Expression by SpoVG in the Lyme Disease Causing Agent, Borrelia burgdorferi314
Prarthana Mocherla ’21The Role of the RNA Binding Protein SpoVG in Post-Transcriptional Regulation of the Lyme Disease-Causing Spirochete B. burgdorferi315
Hannah Beams ’21Exploration of Small Molecule Regulation of Fluorescent Aptamers in Selective in vitro S-Adenosyl-l-homocysteine (SAH) Assay316
 Politics and Economics: Identity, Persuasion, and Behavior317
Jacob Nishimura ’21Does Rural Mean Red? A Case Study of Rural America and How the Modern Democratic Party Can Win317
Shane Ward ’21National Identity and Nuclear Modernization in a “Global Britain”317
Kerry Manuel ’21The Politics of Outer Space317
Kevin Downing ’21How Have Investors’ Perceptions Changed? Reexamining the Explanatory Factors of Stock Returns317
 New Perspectives on Chinese and Japanese Texts and Popular Culture317
Tyler Simmons ’21Authorship of Li Qingzhao’s Anthology: A Computational Approach318
Dj Hyman ’21The Language that Surrounds LGBT Conversations in China318
Noah Cowper ’21Neon Genesis Evangelion and Struggles in Growing Up318
Wil Osher ’22Language and Culture in Japanese Rap318
 Psychology II: Perception and Bias319
Rex Hirschhorn ’21Aging’s Effect on Perceived Consonance and Dissonance319
Katie Abramowitz ’21The Influence of Racial Bias on Peremptory Challenge Use and Potential Consequences for Juror Attitudes319
 Theater Makers II: Directing320
Luis David Molina Rueda ’21The Girl Who Was Cyrano: Argentinian Queer Theater for Children in Translation  320
Kush Sharma ’23Theater on Zoom: My Directorial Debut at Bates320
 Student Teaching during COVID-19321
Kali Brown ’21Student Teaching during COVID-19321
Travis Palmer ’21Student Teaching during COVID-19321
Session 4   
 Poster Sesion IV: Mathematics, Psychology, and Writing (Zoom Rooms 1-12)4 
Sarah Raphael ’21Why We Need Translingualism: An Antiracist Approach in the Writing Center41
Ian Robertson ’21Eddies and Florida Current Variability Impacts on Ocean Energy Potential in the Florida Straits42
Eliza Fischer ’21The Black Scholes Equation: Exploring Partial Differential Equations in Finance43
Josiah Krul ’21Escapism as a Motivation for Media Consumption amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic44
Dale Braza ’21The Effect of Clothing and Camera Angles on a Suspect’s Perceived Guiltiness45
Ellie Vance ’21The Effect of Attributional Information on Public Perception of Radicalized Extremists46
Nicky Longo ’21Intellectual Property Law’s Influence on Creativity47
Dan Brady ’21The Effects of Meditation Practice on Brain Structure48
Maya Matlack ’21Warning, Instagram Can Seriously Harm Your Mental Health: Development of a Dissonance Intervention to Protect against Instagram-Related Body Image Dissatisfaction49
So Kim ’21Female Athletic Uniforms and Body Image410
Val Bravo ’21Prejudice and Police Brutality: Exploring the Role of Bias and Intersectional Invisibility in Law Enforcement Interactions412
 Earth and Climate Sciences: Water Quality and Beach Retreat413
Peter Galloway ’21Geometry of Brittle and Ductile Bedrock Structures Influencing Groundwater Hydrology adjacent to the Chlor-Alkali Superfund Site, Berlin, NH413
Vanessa Paolella ’21Data Analysis and Spatial Mapping of Dissolved Oxygen in Surface Waters of the Androscoggin River, 1930-2019413
Jacob Russett ’21Monitoring Beach Retreat and Sediment Shift at Seawall Beach, Phippsburg, ME413
 Curating, Collections, and Contemporary Art: Interning at the Bates Museum of Art414
Anna Greenspan ’22Curating, Collections, and Contemporary Art: Interning at the Bates Museum of Art414
Laila Stevens ’21Curating, Collections, and Contemporary Art: Interning at the Bates Museum of Art414
Jordan Wilson ’23Curating, Collections, and Contemporary Art: Interning at the Bates Museum of Art414
 Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Audrey Aberg ’22Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Eli Boesch Dining ’23Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Hannah Braslau ’23Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Josie Carter ’21Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Charlie Cronin ’22Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Oaklea Elfström ’21Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Jenna Genthner ’23Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Ryan Giunta ’21Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Robert Griffin ’23Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Henry Hardy ’22Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Abby Holden ’22Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Nathan Huynh ’23Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Zoe Knauss ’23Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Kate Loughlin ’22Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Isabel Mohammadi-Hall ’22Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Natalie Moon ’21Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Jared Pantalony ’22Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Henry Raff ’22Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Griffin Smith ’22Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Talia Sperduto ’21Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
Friedrich Wilcox ’23Right Whale Conservation vs. Lobster Fishery Livelihoods: A Debate and Solutions Discussion415
 Text, Image, and Meaning: Research in Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies416
Solaine Carter ’21 A Queer Fandom of Sorts in Heavenly Creatures: Queering Signification of (Dis)ability and Desire 416
Perla Figuereo ’21The Category is…Camping Death: Screening the Deaths of Candy Ferocity in Pose and Jame Gumb in The Silence of the Lambs416
Theresa Willmott-McMahon ’21Two Stories of Homelessness: The Different Ways The New York Times and Fox News Present the Issue416
 STEM III: Biochemistry and Chemistry417
Amina Mohamed ’22African Seizure Treatments417
Saylor Strugar ’21The Cellular Basis of Autism Spectrum Disorder417
Bridget Tweedie ’21What Seabird Poop Can Tell Us about Host-Parasite Evolution: How Intestinal Parasites May Shape Genetic Variation in the Vertebrate Immune System417
Brianna Karboski ’21The Effects of Climate Change on Atlantic Salmon in Québec417
 Toward Mutual Transformation: Inclusive Aproaches to Teaching and Tutoring Diverse College Writers418
Martha Coleman ’23The Power of Epistemology: Incorporating Antiracism and Indigenous Studies into Writing Center Praxis418
Rachel Retana ’22The Power of Epistemology: Incorporating Antiracism and Indigenous Studies into Writing Center Praxis418
Caroline Davis ’23Rewriting Narratives: Exploring the World of Intersectional Feminist Voices in the Writing Center418
Sacha Feldberg ’24Rewriting Narratives: Exploring the World of Intersectional Feminist Voices in the Writing Center418
Amanda Taylor ’23It’s Okay Not to Be Okay: Recognizing and Embracing Mental Health in the Writing Center418

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This year’s Mount David Summit will take place on Saturday, 15 May. There are concurrent presentations throughout the day as well as a dance concert on Saturday evening. Students present their work in poster sessions, in 15-minute talks, and in readings, performances, screenings, and exhibitions. Events will be on Zoom and related platforms, and will be open to all.

The Summit is festive and informative, and draws students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, community partners, and members of the incoming first-year class. It is a wonderful opportunity for first-years and sophomores to test their presentation skills in a supportive environment, and gives more advanced students the chance to present their individual research to a wide audience. The Summit illuminates the depth and expanse of scholarship among Bates students.

Students from all classes are encouraged to participate in the Summit and must register in order to present. The registration deadline is 29 March 2021.

Information on attending the virtual Mount David Summit will be forthcoming on this website.