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Video Interviews with Symposium Presenters


Charlotte Reingold, “Chief editor, Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal”

Taylor Richmond and Miro Merrill, “Why Cordova, Alaska”

Nicole Hendrix, Forrest Hirsh and Elie Lewis “Canopy Connections within the Environmental Initiative Program”

Naomi Wright, “Experience of a Lifetime- Trauma, Study Abroad and Institutional Betrayal”

Maxine David, “The LGBTQ Equity Cohort Project”

Madison Cheek, “Designing and Implementing a Drip Irrigation System at Bergeron Farm”

Kevin Soon-Sian Lai, “A True Northern Paiute Hero: An Alaysis of Chief Egan and His Leadership in the Bannock-Paiute War of 1878"

Hannah Mueller, “German Video Game Censorship in the National Sensitivity to Violence on Entertainment Content”

Hannah Golden, “We’re Not Just a Team, We’re a Community- The UO Poetry Slam Team”

Emma Dorland, “Creative Non-Violent Action: Leveraging the Intersections of Art, Protest and Information and Communications Technology for Social Change”

Ariella Wolfe, “The Western Genre in Gun Violence in US Culture – Using Theatre as a Laboratory for Social Critique"

Annika Gustafsson, “Searching for the Nearest Extragalactic Binary Black Hole”

Alyssa Puleo, "The Body Talks"


Katherine Becher, "A Different Kind of Domestic: Women's Roles in Jane Austen's Persuasion"

Video Recordings of Full Oral Presentation Panels


Panel: Indigenous Studies:

Eva Bertoglio, The Warm Springs Boarding School: Constructing White Femininity While Destabilizing Female Tribal Identity

Anna Peckinpah, “Savage Squaw, Shaman Seductress, or Sovereign Savior: Representing Native Female Identity in Video Games”

Samantha Elwood, “The White Male Protagonist: Friend or Foe?”

Stephanie Evers, “Argument Marking Morphology and Verb Stem Selection in Takelma”

Joel Ekdahl, “The Love of a Man, The Love of a Community: Desire as Decolonial Critique in Alexies The Business of Fancydancing”

Ayantu Megerssa, “Assimilation and Activism: An Analysis of Native Boarding School Curriculum and Native Student Activism in the 20th Century”


Panel: Environmental Studies

Laura Buckmaster, “Students as Scientists”: The Canopy Connections Project of the Environmental Leadership Program”

Jordan Pratt, “Prehistoric Human Adaptations to Climate Change?: An ArcGIS Analysis of Northern Side-notched Projective Points in the Northern Great Basin”

Alex Ode, “Riparian Restoration, Monitoring, and Adaptive Management at Berggren Watershed Conservation Area and Vickerey Park as conducted by the UO Environmental Leadership Program’s Stream Stewardship Team, 2015”

Ashlynn McGraw, “Environmental Leadership Program Riparian Restoration Team’s Rehabilitation of Goose Creek at Whitewater Ranch”

Doug Sam, “Nature’s Especial Repository:” Symbolic Meaning in Gerald of Wales’ Descriptions of the Environment in the British Isles”

Hannah Fuller, “Examining and Identifying Effective Rhetorical Strategies, Messaging, and Themes in Climate Change Books for a General Audience”

Anthony Kollmorgan, “Dam Construction and their Effects on the Traditional Foods and Cultural Practices of the Klamath Tribes”


Panel: International and Cross-Cultural Studies

Hannah Mueller, “The Censorship of German Video Games: The Effects of National Sensitivity to Violence on Entertainment Content”

Naomi Wright, “Experience of a Lifetime: Study Abroad, Trauma, and Institutional Betrayal”

Zachary Bigalke, “From Foreign Curiosity to National Obsession: Soccer, Immigration, and Politics in Argentina from Mitre to Yrigoyen”

Namratha Somayajula,”Education and Discrimination in Armed Conflict: Equitable Access and Educational Barriers for Syrian Refugee Children”

Emma Stahl,“Education in Ladakh: An Overview of the Interactions Between an Indigenous Community and Their Government”

Jacob Valleau, “Jewish Civicism in Oregon: How Jews Became Successful in a Plainly Racist State”



Panel: Reaction and Synthesis (0:00-1:25:20)

Charlotte Taylor, "Do Distinct Types of Progenitors Contribute to the Diversity of Enteric Neurons and Glia?"

Chase Salazar, "An Improved Route for Synthesis of Phosphine Oxides Via the Alkylation Phosphonates Through the Use of Grignard Regents"

Muhammad Khalifa, "Alkaline Synthesis of Amidines--Exploring a New Approach to Accessing a Pharmaceutically Relevant Functional Group"

Lindsay Guzman, "Complexes for the Investigation of Copper-Mediated Degradation in Pt-Bound RNA Click Reactions."


Panel: Tribal Relations: Historic and Contemporary Issues (1:21:20-2:13:16)

Simone Smith, "The Northern Paiute and Governor George L. Woods"

Souvanny Miller, "As Assessment of Government-to-Government Relationships among Federal Agencies and Federally Recognized Tribes"


Panel: Tradition and Transformation in Language, Literature and Musice (2:13:16-3:27:55)

Katherine Becher, "A Different Kind of Domestic: Women's Roles in Jane Austen's Persusasion"

Lorra Jones, " The Deadly Suppression of Homosexuality in a Shropshire Lad"

Sarah Wyer, "Crafting the Ancient: Pre-Columbian Music for a Modern Audience"



Panel: Transforming Education

Neil Cronkrite and Ian O'Gorman, "Signaling for Attention: Mobility and Student Performance in United Way’s Promise Neighborhoods"

Zach Chalmers, "Real Math: Bringing Proof into the Classroom"

Zachary Taylor, "Online Supplemental Learning"


Panel: Identity and Progress

Eryn Block, "When Reaching for the Stars is Not Enough:  Addressing the Misalignment of Postsecondary Expectations and Preparation of High School Students from Low-Socioeconomic Backgrounds"

Phoebe Peterson, "No Man’s Land: The Herstory of Lesbian Intentional Communities as a Manifestation of the Pastoral Dream"

Rachelle DiGregorio, "Quantifying the Self"