This journal gathers selected works presented at the 26th annual Meeting of Minds conference, which took place on May 11, 2018 on the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

  • Preface

    This lively undergraduate forum showcased the research projects of students from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the University of Michigan-Flint, and Oakland University.  The projects captured here — an impressive array representing a wide range of disciplines and methods and topics — are the products of close collaboration between the students and their dedicated faculty mentors.  Some projects were traditional academic ones, and some were creative presentations that are hard to capture in the pages of a journal but enriched the live conference with performance and the use of multi-media. 

    Over 225 participants took part in the conference as both presenters and audience members. Presentations were grouped into themed sessions combining multiple disciplinary perspectives on related topics.  This was an opportunity for students to see how different disciplines define and explore problems in uniquely productive ways, and to generate some speculation and communication across disciplinary boundaries.  We know this was gratifying for students, because the post-presentation comments were thoughtful and provocative, and because so many of the presenters went on to refine their project reports for publication. 

    Like the Meeting of Minds conference, this journal celebrates student research—from the inception of a project to the articulation of the findings for a larger audience, applying fresh rhetorical conventions and new insights gained in the aftermath of the conference.  Research and creative projects carried out under the direction of a faculty member arguably represent the ideal culmination of an undergraduate education. The student not only synthesizes and displays the knowledge and skills gained over years of work in an academic field, but begins to think with her own mind and speak in her own voice, participating in the creation of new knowledge and new modes of expression. These projects mark the intellectual transition to the world of graduate study and the professions for which most of our students are bound. We thus warmly thank the faculty mentors on each campus for shepherding this process as well as the Meeting of Minds Coordinators and support staff at the participating campuses.  Special thanks are due to my colleagues, Robert Stewart and Beth Dawson at Oakland University, Andre Louis at UM-Flint, as well as to Gabriella Scarlatta, Mike Lachance, and Caleb Siefert at UM-Dearborn, who managed the conference registration process, planning, and logistics. 

    We invite you to sample the work presented in the following pages.  These papers are a window into an exciting undergraduate encounter with the rewards and demands of academic research and with the fruits of intellectual and creative inquiry.  We hope you enjoy the results of our students’ efforts.

    – Susan Gedert, Meeting of Minds Coordinator
    College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, UM-Dearborn

  • Language, Culture, and Communication

    “As deep as it gets:” Afrofuturism in Clipping.’s “The Deep” (PDF) 
    Student Author: Kaley Barnhill

    Faculty Sponsor: Rebekah Farrugia
    Affiliation: Department of Communication and Journalism; Oakland University

     

    Veronica Franco: The feminist voice of a Courtesan (PDF) 
    Student Author: Elissa Gonzalez

    Faculty Sponsor: Gabriella Scarlatta
    Affiliation: Department of Language, Culture, and Communication; University of Michigan-Dearborn

     

    Christine de Pizan (PDF) 
    Student Author: Melissa M. Levesque

    Faculty Sponsor: Gabriella Scarlatta
    Affiliation: Department of Language, Culture, and Communication; University of Michigan-Dearborn

     

    Writing Anxiety among Peer Tutors and Tutees: Causes, Effects, and Possible Solutions (PDF) 
    Student Author: Gabriella M. Oudsema

    Faculty Sponsor: Margaret Willard-Traub
    Affiliation: Department of Language, Culture, and Communication; University of Michigan-Dearborn

     

    El Panamericanismo de la persecución: Examining the Struggles of Oppressed Populations and Minorities in Latin America and the Caribbean Through the Lens of Literature Since the 19th Century (PDF) 
    Student Author: Joseph Pham

    Faculty Sponsor: Cecilia Saenz-Roby
    Affiliation: Department of Modern Languages and Literatures; Oakland University

  • Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts

    The Devolution of Human Evolution: How Modern Technology Selectively Damages the Human Being (PDF) 
    Student Author: Heidi (Youmna) Gabr

    Faculty Sponsor: David Skrbina
    Affiliation: Department of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts; University of Michigan-Dearborn

     

    Kindness as a Crowning Moral Virtue (PDF) 
    Student Author: Hanan A. Nasser

    Faculty Sponsor: Elias Baumgarten
    Affiliation: Department of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts; University of Michigan-Dearborn

     

    Decadent Dreamscape: A Daring Illustration to A Midsummer Night's Dream (PDF) 
    Student Author: Emily Podwoiski

    Faculty Sponsor: Caitlin Finlayson
    Affiliation: Department of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts; University of Michigan-Dearborn

  • Natural Sciences

    Applying Two Electric Fields to a Neuron Below Threshold Generates Repeated Action Potentials​​​​ (PDF) 
    Student Author: Katlynn J. Emaus

    Faculty Sponsor: Bradley J. Roth
    Affiliation: Department of Physics; Oakland University

     

    Blood Vessel Function is Impacted by Sex Hormones and the Presence of Perivascular Adipose Tissue (PDF) 
    Student Author: Alana Koepf

    Faculty Co-author: Amy Banes-Berceli
    Faculty Sponsor: Amy Banes-Berceli
    Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences; Oakland University

     

    Freshwater Macroinvertebrate Biodiversity and Water Column Productivity Responses to Disturbance (PDF) 
    Student Author: Morgan Morin

    Faculty Sponsor: Linda Schweitzer
    Affiliation: Department of Chemistry; Oakland University

     

    Mechanical Bidomain Model Applied to the Problem of Torsion of a Cylinder​​​​ (PDF) 
    Student Author: Tyler Nardone

    Faculty Co-author: Bradley J. Roth
    Faculty Sponsor: Bradley J. Roth
    Affiliation: Department of Physics; Oakland University

  • Psychology

    Can Hearing About Posttraumatic Growth Increase Self-Reported Growth?​​​​ (PDF) 
    Student Authors: Lauren Harrison and Alex Orille

    Faculty Sponsor: Kanako Taku
    Affiliation: Department of Psychology; Oakland University

     

    The Desire to Foster Personal Growth in First- and Second-Generation Immigrants: A U.S. Military Sample​​​​ (PDF) 
    Student Authors: Velinka Marton and Jenna Duronio

    Faculty Sponsor: Kanako Taku
    Affiliation: Department of Psychology; Oakland University

     

    The Effect of Cancer or Divorce on Family Members’ Posttraumatic Growth: Examining Domain Differences Between the Groups​​​​ (PDF) 
    Student Authors: Velinka Marton and Nicholas Elias

    Faculty Sponsor: Kanako Taku
    Affiliation: Department of Psychology; Oakland University

     

    Do Children Recognize the Impact of Physical and Sedentary Activities on Weight?​​​​ (PDF) 
    Student Author: Leena Twal

    Faculty Sponsor: Lakshmi Raman
    Affiliation: Department of Psychology; Oakland University

  • Social Sciences

    The Paradoxical Nature of the Ukrainian Identity​​​​ (PDF) 
    Student Authors: Natalia Boyko and Bohdanna Cherstylo

    Faculty Sponsor: Donna Voronovich
    Affiliation: Department of Art and Art History; Oakland University

     

    Pontiac's Rebellion and British Colonial Policy (PDF) 
    Student Author: Nora Kent

    Faculty Sponsor: Roy HanAshiro
    Affiliation: Department of History; University of Michigan-Flint

     

    Factors that Influence College Binge Drinking​​​​ (PDF) 
    Student Authors: Aaron Kipfmiller and Kevin Norton

    Faculty Sponsor: Antonios Koumpias
    Affiliation: Department of Social Sciences; University of Michigan-Dearborn

     

    Liberty, Popular Government, and the Federal Constitution​​​​ (PDF) 
    Student Author: Anastasey Manolatos

    Faculty Sponsor: Michael J. Rosano
    Affiliation: Department of Social Sciences; University of Michigan-Dearborn

     

    Relationship between Liberty, Popular Government, and the Constitution​​​​ (PDF) 
    Student Author: Katherine Wheeler

    Faculty Sponsor: Michael J. Rosano
    Affiliation: Department of Social Sciences; University of Michigan-Dearborn

  • Copyright Information

    Copyright:

    • Copyright for the materials within these pages belongs to these institutions jointly. 
    • Questions regarding the copyright should be addressed to the campus representatives listed below. 
    • Copyright 2018, University of Michigan Board of Regents and Oakland University Board of Trustees

    University of Michigan Board of Regents:

    • Michael J. Behm
    • Mark J. Bernstein 
    • Shauna Ryder Diggs
    • Denise Ilitch
    • Andrea Fischer Newman
    • Andrew C. Richner
    • Ron Weiser
    • Katherine E. White 
    • Mark S. Schlissel (ex officio) 

    Oakland University Board of Trustees:

    • Tonya Allen
    • Richard L. DeVore
    • Marianne Fey
    • Ronald E. Robinson
    • Mark E. Schlussel
    • Robert Schostak
    • Melissa Stolicker
    • W. David Tull
    • Ora Hirsch Pescovitz (ex officio)

    The University of Michigan-Dearborn Executive Officers

    • Domenico Grasso, Chancellor
    • Catherine Davy, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
    • Kenneth Kettenbeil, Vice Chancellor for External Relations
    • Mallory Simpson, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
    • Jeffrey Evans, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs
    • Ray Metz, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Life

    The University of Michigan-Flint Executive Officers

    • Susan E. Borrego, Chancellor
    • Susan Alcock, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
    • Barbara Avery, Vice Chancellor for Campus Inclusion and Student Life
    • Michael Hague, Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance
    • Kristi Hottenstein, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
    • Mary Jo Sekelsky, Interim Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

    Oakland University Executive Officers

    • Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, President
    • James P. Lentini, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
    • John W. Beaghan, Vice President for Finance and Administration
    • Rochelle A. Black, Vice President for Government and Community Relations
    • Michael J. Westfall, Vice President for University Advancement
    • Glenn McIntosh, Vice President for Student Affairs and Diversity
    • John O. Young, Vice President of Communications and Marketing
    • Victor A. Zambardi, Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

    Meeting of Minds Campus Representatives

    • UM-Dearborn: Caleb Siefert and Susan Gedert, 313-593-5490
    • UM-Flint: Andre Louis, 810-762-3383
    • Oakland University: Robert Stewart and Beth Dawson, 248-370-2140

    The University of Michigan and Oakland University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employers, comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The universities are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the University of Michigan Senior Director for Institutional Equity and Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Office for Institutional Equity, 2072 Administrative Services Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1432, 734-763-0235, TTY 734-647-1388 or Oakland University’s Director of Diversity and Compliance, 203 Wilson Hall, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan 48309-4401, 248-370-3496.

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