Wells College has a long and distinguished history of involving its students in undergraduate research.
Working side by side with professors on original research projects enhances the educational experience for Wells students and gives them an edge in graduate school and professional advancement. At Wells, all students, not just a select few, work on research projects or participate in Capstone Experiences leading to a senior thesis.
Undergraduate research at Wells has led students to participate in local and national disciplinary conferences and to co-author papers for publication in scholarly journals. For over twenty years, Wells students have been selected to present their research findings at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The Wells students who presented their work at the 27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held April 11-13, 2013 at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Those students, their area of study, the title of their presentation, and their Wells faculty sponsor(s) are:
Melissa Fortin, Psychology, "Deviation of and Conformity to the Campus Pet Policy" (Markowitz), and Mathematics, "Creating a Reservoir Management Plan for the Hinckley Reservoir Using Operations Research" (Moore) This latter paper was co-authored with several other Wells students, Pamela Badian-Pessot, Rebecca Doyle, and Louisa Suarez
Theresa Mendez, English, "The "Signifyin(g)" Indian in Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" (Burroughs), and Film and Media Studies, "The Real Housewives of Big Brother: Surveillance and Stylistic Strategies in Reality TV" (Lohn)
Robyn Moody, English, "The Humanization of Death in the Book Thief" (Burroughs)
The Senior Project
All students produce a senior essay or project during their last year of study at Wells. The senior thesis crystallizes the college experience and provides excellent training for graduate-level studies. It also provides students with the unique experience of completing a thoughtful, in-depth analysis of a topic that is of importance to them.
2012 Senior Theses
Biological and Chemical Sciences
- Rajamathangi Gounder, "Behavioral and Metabolic Responses to Diets with High to Low Protein Concentration: Comparison of Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla Cedrorum) and American Robins ( Turdus Migratorius)"
- Alexandria Kreuzburg, "The Effects of Protein Levels in Diet on the Modes of Nitrogen Excretion of Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla Cedrorum) and American robins (Turdus Mogratorious)"
- Lucia Munoz, "The Effect of Climate Change on the Chytrid Fungus (Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis)"
- Hannah Sterling, "The Dangers of Precious Puberty as Viewed Through Mutations in the 'Gatekeeper' Receptor GPR54"
- Ariela Taft, "Common Dietary Sugars: Are They Physiologically the Same to You?"
Business and Entrepreneurship
- Patrick Arancio, "Choosing Super Bowl Host Cities: A Flawed Mythology"
- Terry Harrison, "Overcoming the Impact of Lockouts in Professional Sports on Small business and Local Economies"
- Daniel J. Hunt, "Central New Your Cities are Primed to Become a Strong, Lean, Manufacturing Power"
- David R. Kaus, "Hyundai: The Cadillac of Luxury Cars: Brand Perception Trumps Quality in Automobile Purchasing Decisions"
- Justin Rigney, "Using Soccer's Premier League Transfer System to Improve the National Basketball Association's Team Value and Competitiveness"
- Andre Sawyers, "Small Companies Can Create More--Secure Jobs than Larger Companies"
- Phoebe Chestna, "Sevilla: No Es Solo un Lugar, Es Mi Hogar"
- Alex Riad, "If You Ever Come by Here"
- Nicole Marie DeMauro, "Mercy Otis Warren: and History's Popular Memory"
- Shane Knezevich, "Effects of the Temporal Revolution: An Examination of Time in Nineteenth Century Antebellum America"
- Claudia Nolan, "Nothing New Under the Sun: Oneida Community Within the Context of the Second Great Awakening"
- Kevin Wilson, "Taking the Stump: Campaigns and the Presidency"
- Hayley Messenger, "Calling All Foreign Language Teachers: Awakening to the Power of the Net Generation"
- Catherine Abrego, "Re-conceptualizing Peace within the Growing Global Society"
- Samantha Nielsen, "The Human Development Index and Development Theory: Changes to be Made in the 21st Century"
- Kathleen Maxson, "the Funding of Charitable Choice and the Defunding of Planned Parenthood: Morally and Legally Relevant Differences"
- Erika Bareiss, "Fight or Flight: A Breakdown of Brain Function and Personality"
- Brittany A Bordeau, "An Exploration of the Personality Aspects and Correlates of Positive and Negative Self-Evaluations"
- Mary Boyles, "Becoming Us through Exposure to Media: Fictional Character Influence on Personality Development"
- Rachel Burleigh, "Endocannabinoids on Cognitive Functioning; Does Cannabis Induce or Relieve Anxiety?"
- Rose Chamberlain, "Effects of Music Therapy on Alzheimer's Disease"
- Melissa Fortin, "Deviation from and Conformity to a Campus Pet Policy"
- Jodie Marie Foust, "Eating Disorders: Current Research on Causes and Treatment"
- Cody Ann Kimball, "PTSD, Addiction and Integrated Treatments"
- Geetanjali Laungani, "Understanding the Relationship between Depression and Parkinson's Disease"
- Stephanie Letteer, "The Long and Short Term Effects of Bullying on Adolescents and New Preventative Programs"
- Shelby Moszkowicz, "Effective Interventions in Residential Treatment Facilities for Comorid Adolescents"
- MaryCatherine Patterson, "Adolescent Risks, Involvement, and Interventions for Gang Members"
- Tony Petri, "The Context of Drug Use in a College Setting: Relationships Between Drug Use, Academic Achievement, and Social Intelligence"
- Kelly Pietruch, "'My Therapist Has a Tail': Benefits and Benefactors of Animal-Assisted Therapy"
- Daniel Thomas Schilling, "Demographics, Motives, and Treatment Options for the Use and Abuse of Marijuana"
- Brayden Shumski, "Police Officer Health: Using Counseling to Counter Key Issues"
- Paige Stone, "Perceptions of Gender in Sports: Femininity, Masculinity, and Sexuality"
- Nicole Volkert, "Could Man's best Friend Also Be Man's Best Medicine? An Inside Look at Animal-Assisted Therapy"
- C. Brynn Wilkinson, "Serial Killers in American Media: Reactions, Interactions, Fan Clubs, and Murderbilia"
- Bryant Sanders, "Cyberbullying: Don't Stand By and let it Happen"
- Sarah Allen, " 'An American Hybrid': An Exploration of the Biracial Identity"
- Madeline Bass, 'When the Dust Settles: A Visual Ethnography of the Wells College Men's Lacrosse Team"
- Dylan D. Bruce, "Assisting Human-Species Well-being: Lessons Learned From the Fallacy of Social Progress"
- Matthew J. Duffy, "Division One & Division Three Student-Athletes: Identity, Perception, and Experience in College"
- Marilyn Gonnella, " 'Public' Commercial Service Announcement: Diversity, Family, Health, and Class in Disney"
- Elisabeth Rollo, "Identity of Sexting"
- Emily Knapp, "The Little Things You Give Away"
- Perri McGowan, "Midwifery and Medicalized Birth: A Comparison of Two Models of Pregnancy and birth"
- Samantha "Sami" Sheehan, "A Web of One's Own: Creating an Online Sisterhood During the SOS Protest"