Wells Students Selected for NCUR Conference

January 28, 2014
Six students will travel to the conference in April to present the results of their academic research.

Six Wells College students have been accepted to present the results of their research at this year’s National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The conference will take place in April at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. This is the 26th NCUR Conference that Wells College students have attended.

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; and undergraduate research often leads students to participate in local and national disciplinary conferences or to co-author papers for publication in scholarly journals.

The students that will be giving presentations at NCUR (and their faculty mentors) are:

Caroline Clabaugh ’14, Psychology, Technology as a Catalyst for Language Processing Change (Daniel Renfrow)

Molly Baillargeon ’14, Environmental Science, An Investigation of the Effect of Soil Disking on Gewürztraminer (Vitis vinifera cultivar) Grape Maturation in the Finger Lakes Region of New York (Niamh O’ Leary)

Jillian Fields ’14, English, “Human Tongue Cannot Tell”: Dialect, Lyricism, and Anti-slavery Arguments in William Wells Browns’ The Escape, or A Leap For Freedom (1858) (Catherine Burroughs)

Judith Lavelle ’14, English, “Where Do You Think Fortune Cookies Come From?” Aphorisms, Ethnic Stereotypes, and Feminine Wisdom in M. Butterfly (Catherine Burroughs)

Rebeccah K. McKalsen ’14, English, “The Homely Nurse Doth All She Can”: Gender and Personification in Ode: Intimations of Immortality From Recollections of Early Childhood (Catherine Burroughs)

Valerie Provenza ’14, Psychology, Concealment and Disclosure: Exploring Secret Keeping Decisions (Daniel Renfrow), and The Use of Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Therapy (Deborah Gagnon)


Congratulations to our talented students, thank you for your work, and we wish you the best of luck at the conference.

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