Quin Morton '36 Freshman Research Conference

Quin Morton Freshman Research Conference ImageSpring 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