Mary W. George Freshman Research Conference

Mary W. George Freshman Research ConferenceFall 2017

The eighth Freshman Research Conference took place on Friday, November 17, 2017 in Hargadon Hall.  In Spring 2016, the conference was renamed in memory and celebration of Mary W. George and her devotion to undergraduate research at Princeton.  The conference showcased the scholarly work of a range of exceptional Spring 2017 Writing Seminar students from different courses and disciplines. During the conference, our distinguished writers gave 10-minute presentations of their work in small panels, followed by question-and-answer sessions. 


Program of Events

Welcoming Remarks

Elizabeth L. Colagiuri, Deputy Dean of the College 


Session I

Panel A

Maddie Carroll, “When Protests Turn Violent: How  Underrepresentation Affects Violence”

Eitan Zlatin, “Justice or Justification, Cognitive Bias on the Supreme Court”

Olivia Ott, “The Quest for a New Caliphate: ISIS’s Use of Genocide, Trafficking, and Sexual Exploitation against the Yazidi” 

Panel B

Catherine Benedict, ““Nancy-ism,” Not Feminism: Misconceptions of Nancy Drew as a Feminist Role Model and the Balancing Act of Female Success”

Catherine Sweeney, “La Boheme to Rent: The Same Bohemians in a New City”


Lunch and
Academic Research Roundtable:  A Conversation between Faculty and Students

Roundtable Participants:
Joe Califf and Jared Lockwood
Emma Ljung and Fiona Furnari 


Session II

Panel A

Anna Wolcke, “War Photography that Humanizes: Henryk Ross’ Photographs of Jewish Life in the Lodz Ghetto”

Henry Ando, “Risk, Reason, and the Right to Die: Dutch Euthanasia Policy as a Case Study in Risk-Related Standards of Competence” 


Session III

Panel A

Jackson Artis, “Reparations: Case Closed

Liam O'Connor, “Speak Up: A Defense of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission”

Haneul Ryoo, “Why so Western?”

Panel B

Nathaniel Hickok, “Predicting Substantive Religious Representation”

Michael Li, “Relationships are Complicated: Analyzing the Synergistic Interactions between Stereotypes in Single by 30”

Dionne Chen, “The Community in Me: How Social Networking Sites Are (and Aren’t!) Transforming Our Self Identities”


Session IV

Panel A

Anna Marsh, “Incarcerated Youth”

Ben Liang, “Top One-Hundred to Tones: Using Hit Songs to Teach Mandarin Chinese”

Kendra Dombroski, “‘D’ is for Diversity: The Role of Sesame Street in the Pre-Primary Education of Children With Disabilities” 

Panel B

Jackson Neus, “Debate on the Dawn Wall: The Impact of Bolting on the Authenticity of Yosemite’s Great American Climbs”

Caroline Bailey, “The Horrific and the Divine: Comments on Time, Identity and Isolation in Doctor Who”

Ellie Breitfeld, “Sic’Em: Sports Culture, Sports Media, and Sexual Assault in the Baylor Football Scandal” 


Conference Organizers
Natalia Cordova, Jessie Rack, Leslie Ribovich, Lauren Santangelo, Shannon Winston
Funded by the Princeton Writing Program