College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Each spring, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences hosts an Undergraduate Research Symposium, open to all undergraduates with a major in the College who want to showcase their research and creative activity.  Students working on research projects (course research or independent research) under the supervision of a Mason faculty member are eligible to participate.

The eighth annual College of Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on Monday, April 25th, 2016 from 12pm to 4:30pm.  The Symposium showcased the work of 91 students, including 12 students in oral presentations and 79 poster presentations.

Vita Vock, the college's associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs reflected during the event, "This is the eighth year of our Undergraduate Research Symposium, and our event continues to grow each year. Providing our students with scholarly opportunities like those presented at this event is such an important part of their intellectual growth. I am always thrilled to see our students' enthusiastic participation."  

Faculty judges selected award winners, and winners received monetary awards in addition to formal recognition at a reception following the event.   The 2016 Award Winners are: 

Best Overall Research and Scholarship in the Oral Presentation Category:

Mariam Ghanem, Economics and Global Affairs
Foreign Direct Investment, Contract Enforcement, and Economic Growth: Egypt vs. Turkey

Outstanding Oral Presentation:

Mohammad Abou-Ghazala, Global Affairs
Postcolonial Implosion

Best Overall Research and Scholarship in the Poster Presentation Category:

Chrysanthi Violaris, Anthropology
Patterns of Juvenile Growth and Development in Pre-Industrialized, Agricultural Communities 

Outstanding Poster Presentations:

James M. Williams, Global Affairs
Obstacles to Democratization: The Role of Civil Society Organizations and Political Expression in China 

Ariel Kalotkin, Psychology
tDCS to the prefrontal cortex selectively effects dual task performance 

Jack Belkin, Psychology
Is playing video games related to working memory capacity? 

Ethan V. Murdock, Anthropology
GMU Historic Scatter Project: Surface Soil Analysis

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