Quin Morton '36 Freshman Research Conference

Spring 2015

The third Quin Morton ’36 Freshman Research Conference took place on Friday, April 10, 2015. The conference showcased the scholarly work of a range of exceptional Fall 2014 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

Session I (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

  • Edgar Preciado, “You Kill or You Die: An Examination of the Decision-making Framework in The Walking Dead
  • Isabella Grabski, “Not Just 'The Lure of Gain': Gambling as a Rejection of Prison Life”
  • Kevin Bradicich, “In it to Win It: A Novel Approach to Education System Improvement”
  • Emma Kaeser, “Evaluating Sex in Films: the Unequal Treatment of the Male and Feminine Gazes”

LUNCH (12:00-1:15 p.m.)

Remarks, Pascale Poussart, Director of Undergraduate Research

Session II (1:15-2:15 p.m.)

Panel A

  • Melana Hammel, “Superheroes, Feminism, and a Roadster: The Case of Nancy Drew's Mistaken Identity”
  • Daniel Wilson, “The Cult of Pickup: Analyzing Exchange and Intimate Homosocial Bonding Methods as Portrayed in Neil Strauss’ The Game
  • Miles Carey, “Gay Dorothy, Queer Oz, and Myths of Subculture and Challenge”

Panel B

  • Denise Chan, “The Depletion of the Nationalistic Component in the Hong Kong Identity”
  • Jordan Thomas, “A Disease Beyond Ebola: The Effect of News-Based Compassion Fatigue and Crisis Coverage on National and International Ebola Efforts”
  • Lane Russell, “War on Everything You Love: The Transformation of War as a Metaphor in 21st Century American Politics”

Session III (2:30-3:30 p.m.)

Panel A

  • Rebecca Kahn, “The Hero of Small Evils: Saci-Pererê as a Trickster Figure for the Marginalized”
  • Jake Martin, “Ethical Frauds Against Conformity: The Necessity of Selfless Self-Deception and Positive Illusions in Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Galen Ogg, “The Art of Disguise in Some Like It Hot

Panel B

  • Grace Lynch, “Miracle Drugs and Money: Captializing on India's Pharmaceutical Potential”
  • Peter Holt, “Living Heritage and the American Football Stadium: Removing Time From Cultural Heritage Evaluation”
  • Katie Kennedy, “Pornographic Art: Its Current Selective Status and Predicted Future”

Session IV (3:45-4:45 p.m.)

Panel A

  • Tyler Kaye, “Double Disequilibrium: The Physics Behind Wilderness Therapy's Success”
  • Roan Gideon, “On the Problem of Belief in Spiritual Mediumship Healing”
  • Kavirath Jain, “Lessons from Desert Beetles: How the Modern Biomimicry Movement Can Change Scientific Culture to Improve Human-Animal Relations”

Panel B

  • Laraib Ilyas, “Uncovering Its Multiple Meanings: How the Hijab is Complicating ‘Muslim Identity’”
  • Molly Plissner, “’America’s Moveable Fighting Man’: How G.I. Joe Embodies the Ideal Masculine Man”
  • Luis Legro, “A Hint of Well-Behaved Morality in the Equation for Power of Westeros”

Conference Organizers
Andy Hakim, Emma Ljung, Benjamin Weber
Funded by the Princeton Writing Program