From April 5th through April 8th, 2017, Christ College students engaged in an academic journey at the 31st Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research. NCUR 2017 was held at the University of Memphis. Professor David Western, Christ College faculty member and Coordinator of Undergraduate Research, helped the students prepare their presentations.

NCUR brings together more than 3,000 undergraduates from more than 300 colleges and universities across the country to present original research, scholarship, and creative work through oral presentations, posters, visual arts, and performances. All work is competitively reviewed and selected by experts in the field for presentation at the conference.

The following papers were accepted by NCUR:

Students appreciate their opportunity to attend NCUR. Without the generous gifts from Christ College friends and alumni, students would have been unable to participate in this unique experience.

Participation in NCUR was made possible by generous gifts from alumni and friends to the Christ College Dean’s Annual Fund.

Caitlyn Alario ‘17 The Futility of Human Action and the Need for the Divine: Self-Sacrifice in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot

Alicia Alcaraz ‘19 The Effect of Choice Mindset on Perceptions of Domestic Violence

Victoria Bruick ‘17 When Fools Push Back: Identifying Subversion in King Lear
and Twelfth Night

Maria Bruno ‘17 Distinctive Coexistence: A Look at Balancing the Identities of the Institution and the Individual in Pluralistic Societies

Sarah Chamness ‘18 Ebola the Enemy: How the U.S. Media Militarized the 2014 Ebola Epidemic

Abigail Fate ‘19 Frenemies: Disunity of Women in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

Rebecca Grischow ‘17 Blood for Blood’s Sake: A Short Collection of Poetry

Deanna Johanson ‘18 The Question of Justice and Intercultural Encounters in the Internet Age

Kendall Kartaly ‘18 Poe and Whitman: Leaving Similar Marks of Beauty
and “You want to sell it to Disney?”; A Closer Look at the Language of Spaces, Power, and Identity

Hannah Koby ‘18 Christ lag in Todesbanden: Tracing Early Lutheran Congregational Song

Emily Owens ‘18 Desmond Tutu’s Influence in Apartheid South Africa: The Reconciliation of a Broken Gospel in the Restoration of a Divided Nation

Emily Robinson ‘17 Sounding a Note of Freedom: Beethoven’s Ninth in Tiananmen Square and at the Berlin Wall

Stephen Sekoulopoulos ‘18 Synthesis and Characterization of a 4-(N,N-dimethylamino) Phthalimide-Substituted Amino Acid, a Polarity-Sensitive Fluorophore
and Single-Electron Activation of CO2 on Graphene-Supported ZnO Nanoclusters: Effects of Doping in the Support

Eric Smith ‘17 Short and Focused: Evidentiary Struggles of the International Criminal Court and its Effect on Sex Crimes Prosecution

Nichole Smith ‘17 Compatibility of Agent-Causal Libertarian Free Will and the Principle of Sufficient Reason