Cook-Cole Faculty Mentor Student Research

The following represents a sampling of the student research projects that will be presented at the Cook-Cole Academic Research Poster Session on Thursday, April 21, 3:30 -5:00 in Blackwell.


The impact of moisture on the heat output of pine – Erin Maloney, Chanel Radden, Nicole Vick

The effect of urban development on fecal coliform levels in creeks  -Ethan Armistead, Connor Reaman, Devin Teachey, Chris Yeager

The effect of human land use on nutrient limitation in creeks – Evan Barnes, Devin Straub, Jodie Wheeler

Effect of urban land use on periphyton growth in streams – Emily Douglass, Jonathan Milisci, Chriss Fish

Nutrient levels in urban vs rural waterways – Michael Ball, Eric Lewis, and John Tripus

Impact of reservoirs on dissolved oxygen, total suspended solids, and temperature – Bobby Rae Allen, Ian Court, Kelly Nelson



Acoustic and Ultrasonic Spectral Evolution in Pre- and Post-Damage Self-Healing Poly (Ethylene Co-Methacrylic Acid) Ionomer Samples. Jonathan Buckley (Kenneth Pestka II, Stephen Kalista)

Using Biological Organisms as Chemical Sensors: MicroboCop Part III. Olivia Colella, Tanya Roach (Dr. Sarah E. G. Porter)

Tautomerism in drug design: The study of an imine-amine pair using spectroscopy, chemometrics, and quantum theory. (Andrew A. Yeagley, Benjamin J. Topham, Sarah E. G. Porter) Sam R. King

Quantum interference effects in molecular electronics.  James Wrigglesworth (Ben Topham)

Variations of CaO as a catalyst in biodiesel synthesis. Samantha Mathias and Samuel King (Ben Topham)

Biodiesel synthesis from non-food source feedstock oils. Shelby Furman, Jake Mishico, and James Wrigglesworth (Ben Topham)

Comparison of natural and synthetic antioxidants to increase biodiesel oxidative stability. Adam Diehl and Gabrielle Byrne (Ben Topham)

Preparing and Screening Brominated Phenols – An Organic Laboratory Experience. Shelby Furman (Andrew Yeagley)

Investigating the Antimicrobial Properties of Brominated Parabens – An Organic Laboratory Experience. Hailey Kintz (Andrew Yeagley)




Mentor: Alec Hosterman

The Language of Fans in Society: An Examination of the Mainstreaming of Fandoms, Negative Stigmas against Participating Fans, and Miscommunication between Fans and Popular Society – Mary Alexander and Jessica Mayo

Assessing Cultural Difference Preparation in Longwood University’s Criminal Justice Program – Benjamin Blumenthal

How Premier League Teams Engage Fans on Instagram – Daena Bodie

What does your drink say about you? A qualitative look at millennial’s drink choices and peer influence – Dylan Caruso and Derrick Bennington

Longwood Non-Athlete’s Perceptions of Student-Athletes – Brandon Carwile

Snapchat’s Ability to Build and Maintain Friendships – Chris Clements

The Examination of Why Those Who are Harassed in the Workplace Do Not Speak Up – Michael Durr

The Effects of Twitter through Agenda Setting on the 2016 Presidential Election – Natalie Farver and Nathena Haddrill

How Conflict Affects Interpersonal Relationships in a Non-traditional Workplace – Xavier Harrison

To Pimp Our Understandings: How Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ addresses issues in the African American Community – Kyle Krupa

“So You Agree…You Think You’re Really Pretty.”  How Instagram influences our Self-Esteem through Social Comparison – Becca Latimer and Sophie Urruty-Capozza

The Influence of ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ and ‘Four Weddings’ on Standards of Religion Within a Wedding Ceremony – Jennifer Louden and Kristen Perdue

Money Talks – Dylan Martinez

The Unrealistic Life Portrayals of Romantic Interracial Relationships Exemplified Through Modern Television Shows – Katie McHugh and Meghan O’Connor

Common Motives & Communication Tactics Used by Fans to Reach Celebrities on Social Media – Casey Meadows

College Students’ Opinions of Alcohol Use at Longwood University – Angela Molyneaux and Emily Leonard

Is It All About Blowing Glitter and “Candids”? Female College Students’ Perceptions of Sorority Life based on Recruitment VideosTaylor Nashwinter and Victoria Staples

The perceptions of tattoos and their effects on people’s initial engagements – Ryan Quigley

Understanding Beauty Of Female Athletes Through The Millennial Lens – Nicole Reed and Raven Williams

Examining Coverage of Police Brutality and how it pertains to current racial tensions in the United States – Phillip Scruggs

To become beautiful again: How participating in a boudoir photography shoot may cause an increase in a woman’s self-esteem and body confidence – Carly Shaia

Money? Passions? Family and Peers? What Influences College Students to Choose Their Academic Major’s and Minor’s? – Rebecca Shearer

Punk Rock Personalities – Chris Williams

Ambiguity in health journalism – Jessica Darst and Tory Walker

Mentor: Laura Farrell

Facebook Surveillance after Relationship Termination – Natalie Joseph and Emily Haswell

True Life: I’m An Online Shopper — A Deeper Look into Online Shopping Habits of College Students
Laura Albrecht and Ben Stembridge

The Effect of Twitter Interactions on Music Consumers – Shannon Pilgrim

A Millennial’s Family History of Conflict – Katie McGhee

The Effect of Gender Roles on Romantic Relationship Satisfaction – Krista Spivey and Falynn Kelly

The Effect of “Likes” on the Self-Esteem of Millennial Facebook Users – Charles Peterson and Alexis Blake

Jessica Darst & Victoria Walker – Ambiguity in Health Journalism

The Effect Parent Communication has on First Year Student’s Adjustment to College – Kelsey Monk

Cultural Contexts Influence on Communication within Intercultural Relationships – Heide Voss & Maria Coronel

Relationship Trust based on Facebook Usage – Briana Adhikusuma

Relationship longevity and Facebook interaction – Kira Zimney

Relationship Satisfaction and Facebook Usage – Lesley Comer and Amber Walker

Netflix and ___? – Francisco Mejia and Connor Niver

Social Media’s Influence on Youth Voter’s Perception of Political Issues – Thomas Lanigan

The Effects of Social Media on Long Distance Romantic Relationships – Nicole Persons and Aubrey Duignam

Social Networking Sites and the Connections between Motivations and Face-To-Face Communication – Madison Miller and Brittany Smith

So No One Told You Life Was Gonna Be This Way: The Television Show, Friends and Its Influence – Morgan Edmonds and Alison von Bredow

Targeting Millennials through Snapchat – Kelsea Kitto and Julia Laviano

Snapchat’s Political Stories and their Influence on Young Voters – Betty Brown

Slut-Shaming & College Students – Leslie Bretz and Sarah Vernon

Millennial Interpretation of Donald Trump’s #MakeAmericaGreatAgain – Abbie Early and Tayloe Clements

Negative Stigmatization of Mentally Ill – Alexandra Burton

War of The Words: Comparing Media Bias in Hard News vs. Comedy News – Pierson Gallant and Austin Madison

The Price of Beauty: YouTube Beauty Bloggers Influence on Consumers – Taylor O’Bier



Kepler’s Laws – Walter Coleman (advisor: Tom Wears, Mathematics)

Theater Costume Database – Rebecca Suiter (advisor: Don Blaheta, Computer Science)

Introduction to Discrete Dynamical Systems – Sabrina Walker (advisor: David Shoenthal, Mathematics)

An Arcade Platform for Interdisciplinary Research – Eric Whitehead (advisor: Robert Marmorstein, Computer Science)



Mentor:  Stephanie Buchert

Participants’ View of Agreeableness Based on Opinions of the Confederate Flag – Jade Westbrook & Makayla Evans

Examining Voting Behavior:  Male versus Female Candidates – Cassandra LaFonte & Dominique Thomas

The Influence of Social Media on Voter Participation -Cherie Barnett & Chris Troup

Does Being a Military Member and Having the Diagnostic Label of PTSD Affect How a Parent is Perceived? – Robert Penn, Erica Tedder, & Hannah Harmon

Excel Through Zen: Does Mindfulness Training Have an Effect on Cognitive Performance? – Sydney Fratrick and Becca Hamilton

Should There Always be a Silver Lining? Take Advantage of the Dark Side – Ashley McMath & Jasmine Payne

Mandalas and the Mind: The Effect of Coloring Mandalas on Anxiety – Jessica Morris & Estephanie Alvarado

I’m Gay, Can I Still Be Your Boss? The Effect of Sexual Orientation and Gender on Perceived Management Capability – Alyssa Shadbolt & Rachel Baines

The Effects of Homophone Errors on Attitudes toward the Employee – Jasmine Harrison & Katelyn Daniels

Is Virginity Hot or Not? The Effect of Sexual Experience on Attractiveness – Ashley Tolbert & Tanita Anthony

Who is More Appealing? The Effect of Student Involvement on Perceived Attractiveness among College Students – Hollie MacDonald & Nicole Cochran

Halo or Horns: The Influence of Attraction Perception on Judgment of Personality Traits – Hannah Thompson & Lauren Branham

Perception of Attractiveness Based on Positive and Negative Traits – John Woodruff & Christian Keilty

The Effect of Body Language on Perceived Successfulness – Robby Haentze & Alex Morrison

Is Friendship Perceived Stronger Through Different Modes of Communication? – Jessica McGill & Juanita Huipio

Spatial Ability: Can Training on One Task Improve Performance on Another? -Nicole Chappelle & Caitlin Toliver

Which Learning Style Has A Greater Effect on Short-Term Memory?  Audio versus Visual Presentation of Words – Sarah Arboleda & Jaclyn Reagan

Peer Responsibility Based on University Organization Affiliation – Marissa Stewart & Danesha Walton

The Impact of Leading Statements on False Memory – Destini Peay & Ashlie Glassie

Operation of an Eyetracker Lab – Blaize Adderly

Why Does Observing a Model Improve Young Children’s Knowledge Judgments? – Hunter Worsham, Amy Ligon, Makayla Evans, & Haley Moore

Wilderness Therapy, Trust, and Cortisol:  A Ropes Course Perspective – Annie E. Battle, Hayley J. Grossman, Jaclyn E. Reagan, Kate E. Ratliff, Marissa R. Stewart, & Carrie A. Zimmerman

Stressed Out?  Your Environment May be Impacting You – Ashley Johnson, Ally Marcus, Angela Menjivar, Reghan Slater, Kiana Simpkins, Amelia Smith, Lindsey Sparrock, Julia Wears, & Skylar Yeatts



Mentors: Dr. Jake Milne and Dr. Virginia Beard

Swipe Right: Why do Longwood students use Tinder and other related dating apps/websites? – Mark Armstrong

Drinks, Have You Had Too Many? – Kaitlyn Considine and Maria Biava

Views towards Capital Punishment – Tyler Winn, Joe Stine, and Daniel Lane

The Effects of Rural, Urban, and Suburban Environments on Academic Achievement – Alishia Ewell and Kathleen Simpson

Pay for Play? – Stephen Ferguson and Nicholas Reed

A Replication: Facebook Users’ Political Participation in the 2016 Election – Nathan Gilliam

Will You Marry Me? Perceptions on Appropriate Age of First Marriage – Rachel Gustafson and Marissa Perales

Gender and Fear of Crime:  A secondary data analysis of the relationship between gender and fear of crime – Hank Pitts and Ashley Haynes

Sexual Practices of Undergraduates at Longwood University – Colton Hanks and Jennie Thomas

Stress & Coping In Student Athletes vs. Non-student Athletes – Deborah Headen, Kyndal Skersick, and Daeisha Brown

Social Greek Participation Effects on Academic Achievement – Lilian Artica and Jamie Herman

Student Athletes: The Role of Conflict – Shaquille Johnson

Men vs. Women:  The impact of Gender on Views of Capital Punishment – Paul Jones, Kaitlynn Baylor and Jennie Klemptner

Predictors of Fear of Crime – Kristen Lipp, Kristen Jenkins and Leah Broker

Views towards Courts Sentencing – Kyle Caskey, Angel Miller and Casey Oakley

Sexual Practices of Undergraduates at Longwood University – Meghan Magee

Predictors of Gun Ownership – Scott Grebler, Nathan Darulla and Wyatt Perrin

Good News About Social Greeks: Academic Performance Among Greeks and Non-Greeks – Forrest Nunn

How Much Do You Think Students Drink? – Evan Ratke and Emily McKeon

Bring your Ego to Class – Nichole Seeman and Kendall O’Brien

Milk Carton Mysteries: Analyzing Racial Reporting Bias in the Media – Brittany Baker and T. Shahara Simmons

SIGN ME UP!: Examining Factors that Affect Involvement in Extracurricular Activities – Ashley Jackson and Chyanne Trowell

Attitudes towards Concussion Protocol – Tra’Vaughn White and Leron Fisher

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.