COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE HOSTS 20TH ANNUAL HONORS CONFERENCE TO
SPOTLIGHT STUDENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Yonkers, NY (left) with her project on slavery
Jennifer Davidson of
Lindenhurst, NY (right) with her project on
use of sex in
American advertising at The College of New Rochelle’s
Conference held on April 28, 2005.
ROCHELLE, NY, April
28, 2005 – The School of Arts & Sciences at The College of New
Rochelle (CNR) recently hosted its 20th Annual Honors Conference Day to
spotlight independent study student research projects done
for the CNR Honors Program focusing on Media and Identity in
Postmodern Society. The subjects included: Politics and Religion;
The Sexuality of Advertising; The Mythology of Star Wars; and Identity
and the Internet in the 21st Century.
of the 17 female
students who presented their research projects at the midday conference
are part of the CNR Honors Program and did their research under the
guidance of faculty mentors. In order to be in this academically
rigorous program, each student needs to maintain a 3.5 grade point
average (GPA) by the beginning of their junior year, take honors
seminars or independent study, and conduct an individual honors project
in their junior or senior year. The CNR student presenters
Cindy Bastien (Brooklyn, NY) -- Do
pharmaceutical companies market health solutions because they are
motivated by a desire to help people or because they want to make
money? Cindy’s project is appropriately entitled, “Pharmaceutical
Companies: Is it about your health or their money?”
Veronica Cambria (Yonkers, NY) --
Her two projects focus on: 1) describing and evaluating spherical
geometry and 2) examining the role religion plays in American politics.
Esther Carelus (Freeport, NY) -- Her
two projects: 1) compared the portrayal of doctors on American
television against reality and 2) examined characteristics and
prognosis for people born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most
common type of MD that occurs today.
Rebecca Coates (East Haven, CT) --
Why do the things we associate with Star Wars seem so hauntingly
familiar? Rebecca’s project evaluated how mythology may serve an
important purpose in contemporary society.
Omega Dale (Parsippany, NJ) -- Why
do we have such fear and reverence for women’s ability to bleed?
Omega contrasted the menstrual rituals and taboos of ancient cultures
with the mores that we have in today’s society.
Jennifer Davidson (Lindenhurst, NY)
-- Her project examined how the use of sex in American advertising has
changed -- and remained the same -- over time.
Shirley Del Valle (Bronx, NY) --
Appropriately entitled “Chasing the Unattainable,” Shirley’s project
examines societal expectations about womens’ bodies and how women have
handled the changing perception of their own body images over the past
Nisha Feliz (New York, NY) – Her
project spotlighted the emerging use of online shopping as a way for
people to choose an identity.
Lacy-Ann Landell (Yonkers, NY) –
Slavery is alive and well. Lacy-Ann’s project focused on the
impact the media has on child labor across the globe and what is being
done to combat this alarming phenomena.
Giau Nguyen (Endicott, NY) -- Giau’s
two projects focused on: 1) the applications of electrical conductivity
measurements and 2) how contemporary life perpetuates the “quick fix”
solution to every day problems.
Tung Nguyen (Foxboro, MA) – Her
goal was to show that despite the inherent conflict between science and
religion, that both seek to help people better understand the world
Ruth Santiago (Sunnyside, NY) – Why
are similated games so popular now? Ruth’s project looked at
whether people shape the life of their SIM (similated person) or does
the SIM shape the life of the gamer?
Christina Simpson (Bridgeport, CT)
-- What characterizes female viewing of pornography? How does it differ
and how is it the same as male use?
Betsy Skrip (Oxford, MA) – Her
project evaluated how nature has been portrayed through the evolution
of art. Betsy also addressed how the invention of the camera and
computer has facilitated this process.
Megan Skrip (Oxford, MA) -- This
project spotlighted the effects of exotic earthworms on forest leaf
litter and its inhabitants at Marshlands Conservancy in Rye, NY.
Kathryn M. Tyranski (Mt. Vernon, NY)
– Her project evaluated the correlation between gender and voting in
Emily Williams (Mendham, NJ) –
Emily’s project examines how “gazes” influence one’s perception of art
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The first Catholic
college for women in New York State,
College of New Rochelle was founded in 1904 by the Ursuline Order.
it comprises the all-women School of Arts & Sciences, and three
which admit women and men: the School of New Resources (for adult
the School of Nursing and the Graduate School. The main campus of
the College is located in lower Westchester County, 16 miles north of
New York City. The College maintains six other campus locations
in New York
City. Visit the College’s website at www.cnr.edu