UMW to Host Psi Chi Symposium, April 17-18

James P. Morris, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Virginia

James P. Morris, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, will deliver the keynote address at the 29th annual Psi Chi Symposium for Undergraduate Research in Psychology at the University of Mary Washington. … [Read more...]

Virginia Psychology Group Recognizes UMW Students

Heath Sharp and Drew Hickey were recognized by the Virginia Psychological Association.

University of Mary Washington psychology majors Drew Hickey and William “Heath” Sharp were recognized for their outstanding undergraduate research at the Virginia Psychological Association’s spring conference April 25 in Richmond. … [Read more...]

Students Presented Work at Research and Creativity Day

Students showcased their work at the annual Research and Creativity Day.

Students at the University of Mary Washington gave more than 100 research presentations during the annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creativity Day on Friday, April 26. … [Read more...]

UMW Biology Students Win Awards for Research

Junior Sarah Marzec

Two University of Mary Washington students won first place poster awards at the 15th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences. The symposium, held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, on Saturday, Oct. 20, brought together more than 220 undergraduate students from 45 universities. Junior Daniel Browne won first place in a biological sciences division for his paper “An Expansion of Nematode Phylogeny.” His project isolated more than 100 species of roundworms, expanding the body of research surrounding the species and establishing a foundation for future studies. Browne, a biology major with a minor in chemistry, is from Fairfax, Va. Junior Sarah Marzec, of Woodbridge, Va., won first place in a biological sciences division for her paper “Phylogenetic Classification of Nematodes.” Her project examined nematodes, microscopic roundworms that often live in soil, to build a phylogenetic tree. Marzec, a biology major, used DNA … [Read more...]

Student Researchers Showcase Work at Summer Symposium

Yoshi Takeda, shown on the Fredericksburg Canal, is one of 22 students who will participate in the Summer Science Institute Symposium on July 25.

More than 20 UMW students presented their research during the Summer Science Institute’s Symposium on Wednesday, July 25. Eleven students gave 20-minute oral presentations throughout the day and another 11 students displayed poster presentations. UMW’s Summer Science Institute, a 10-week undergraduate research program, started in 1999. This year’s projects are collaborations between the students and professors Dianne Baker, Theresa Grana, Werner Wieland, Janet Asper, Nicole Crowder, Stephen Davies, Jennifer Polack-Wahl, Ben Kisila, Melanie Szulczewski, Charles Whipkey, Julian Esunge, Leo Lee and Hai Nguyen. The tentative schedule is as follows: 9 – 9:20 a.m. Elyse Clark, "Comparative Analysis of the Environmental Evolution of Two Reservoirs in Virginia" 9:20 – 9:40 a.m. Yoshi Takeda, "Turtles in the Fredericksburg Canal: Identifying and Estimating Populations Sizes" 9:40 – 10 a.m. Eric Johnson, "Modifying Copper Oxide with Azide-Terminated Phosphonic Acids: Toward … [Read more...]

Journey to Madrid Offers Window into Spanish History

Madrid 2012 Biblioteca Nacional

A group of University of Mary Washington students camped out in a Madrid library, scrolling through decades-old microfilm to learn more about Spanish women’s social and civic activities during the early 20th-century. “We got a better sense of the breadth and depth of what charity meant at that time,” said Betsy Lewis, professor of Modern Foreign Languages, who led the nine-day trip to Spain this summer. Sophomores Sarah Abbott, Madeline Albrittain, Katie Lebling and Lara Pugh, read and cataloged women’s publications from the period of Spain’s civil war through the early Franco dictatorship. The magazines, a window into trends and culture of the time, are not digitized or readily available outside of Spain, making the journey from UMW a necessary one. The trip was the capstone of the research team’s semester-long project, “Women and Charity in Spain,” one of 15 undergraduate research projects for spring 2012 and one of dozens of projects to receive an undergraduate research … [Read more...]

UMW Students Showcase Undergraduate Research

Professor Randall Helmstutler is working with sophomore Claire Gianelle on a calculus research project.

More than 125 University of Mary Washington undergraduate students presented their work at the sixth annual Research and Creativity Symposium on Tuesday, April 17. The 96 presentations came from all disciplines, including the sciences, mathematics, social sciences, art and humanities. In one session, groups of students under the direction of Associate Professor of History Jeff McClurken presented “Digital History: James Farmer Lectures,” “Historic Buildings of the University of Mary Washington” and “Digital History: The James Monroe Museum Political Cartoon Archive.” Other presentations covered a myriad of topics, including zombie films, “helicopter parenting,” soil erosion in the Rappahannock River and the effects of cell phone radiation on genes. The UMW Research and Creativity Symposium is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The symposium showcases collaborative work between faculty and students and celebrates the scholarly and creative … [Read more...]

UMW Student’s Research is “Eye-Opening” Experience

Shirin Afsous (right) is assisting Leila Asadi with human rights research

For Shirin Afsous, the problem of sex trafficking in the Middle East hits home. The senior philosophy and English double-major at the University of Mary Washington was born in Iran and grew up making occasional visits to the country with her family. When Afsous learned that human rights activist Leila Asadi wanted help with research on gender and sexuality issues, Afsous jumped at the opportunity. Asadi is visiting professor at UMW this semester, where she’s continuing the research she began in the Middle East. Although hundreds of UMW students study abroad every year, undergraduate research like Afsous’ work with Asadi provides a way for students to make global connections without ever leaving the Fredericksburg campus. In Iran and other Middle Eastern countries, Afsous explained, research has shown that, in some cases, girls as young as 12 years old are engaged in prostitution rings. Some girls may see it as their only way out of poverty. Asadi, herself, fled Iran … [Read more...]

UMW Student Interns Assist Fredericksburg With Housing Report

Brianna Gavigan and Brian Auricchio are interns with the City of Fredericksburg

University of Mary Washington seniors Brianna Gavigan and Brian Auricchio are burning up the phone lines in an effort to shed light on housing practices. As interns with the City of Fredericksburg, they’re calling hundreds of residents to make sure housing opportunities here are fair, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender/sex, familial status or disability. The effort is instrumental to a report the city must submit to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As part of the process, Gavigan and Auricchio must survey five percent of the Fredericksburg population, either in-person or over the phone. They also hope that two upcoming public forums will help them fulfill their requirements. Fredericksburg is required to submit the report every five years in order to receive federal community development block grants.  In the past, the city used outside research consultants to handle the survey and report. “It is critical that the report be … [Read more...]

Students From Across Disciplines Represent UMW Nationally

Ethan Bottone_featured

University of Mary Washington student Ethan Bottone earned national distinction as a member of a regional team placing second in the Association of American Geographers World Geography Bowl last month in New York City. Perhaps more impressive, he helped claim that win as a sophomore in a competition dominated by graduate students. The Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers team—made up of mostly graduate students—missed first place by a mere 20 points. In November, Bottone secured a spot on the team after placing third overall in the regional bowl. “Competing against grad students was really nerve-racking at first, because I was just sitting there thinking, ‘Wow, some of these people have been in college since I started high school',” Bottone said.  “But after answering a few questions, I just felt settled down and ready to play, like there wasn't any gap between our educations.” The geography department isn’t the only opportunity for UMW students … [Read more...]