USF Sarasota-Manatee campus Student Showcase

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee recognizes the outstanding work of its students each spring during the annual Student Showcase for Projects, Innovation and Research.

“The Showcase is an excellent opportunity for students to develop and practice skills they will continue to use long after they graduate-whether in further academic study or in their chosen professions,” said Assistant Professor of English Tim Turner, PhD, who co-chaired the 2018-19 Showcase along with Communications Sciences and Disorders Instructor Jenna Luque, PhD.

“It also testifies to the strong tradition of research at USF Sarasota-Manatee campus as well as the commitment of our excellent faculty to extending the horizons of knowledge and instilling in these students a sense of the importance of discovery and contributing to the community at large,” Turner added. 

Oral presentations

Graduate, Liberal Arts:

1st place – Molly Nevius, “Swings of the Pendulum: Why Lee Krasner Matters”

Graduate, Social Sciences:

1st place – Alexandra M. Fleck, “The Benefits of Long-Term Treatment for Sex-Trafficking Victims”

Undergraduate, Health Sciences:

1st place – Tiffany Pitre-Zampol, “Smartphone Usage and Perceived Social Communication Competence”


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Undergraduate, Liberal Arts:

1st place – Madison Touchton, “He’s Lost His Colour Very Far from Here: Comparing Portraits of Great War Soldiers in the Poetry of Brooke, Sassoon and Owen”

Image of Co-chair Jenna Luque, PhD, announces student winners.

Co-chair Jenna Luque, PhD, announces student winners.

Undergraduate, Natural Sciences:

1st place – Ron Hans, “The Effect of Salinity on the Cannibalistic Behavior of Juvenile Common Snook, Centropomus undecimalis

Undergraduate, Social Sciences:

1st place – Sofia A. Paschero, “Conflicts with Inner and Outer Identities: Of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Recipients”

2nd place – Anya Louise Staton Pardy, “Building Safer Harbors in Florida: Survivor Conversations of Shelter and Aftercare for Female Foster Sex Trafficked Youth”

3rd place – Daniel Hinkle and Ron Hans, “A Study of Climate Change Perception and Political Resistance to Climate Action among Sarasota Residents after Experiencing Hurricane Irma”

Poster Presentations

Image of Students Camye Dudovitz and Liz Fowler with faculty mentors Marie Byrd, PhD, and Helene Robinson, PhD.

Students Camye Dudovitz and Liz Fowler with faculty mentors Marie Byrd, PhD, and Helene Robinson, PhD.

Behavioral Sciences:

1st place – Alana L. Fleischer, Lea DeWeerd and Kathleen O’Grady, “Age and Sex Defendant Bias”

2nd place – Brittiny M. Haralson, “Impact of Race and Class on Attitudes Toward Gun Control and Police Force”

3rd place – Carolyn Herrera, “Conservatism, Religiosity and the Investment Model”

Creative Works:

1st place – Liz Fowler, “The Patroness of Sarasota”

Education Research:

1st place – Camye Dudovitz, “Arts Integration in Manatee County Schools”

2nd place – Brittany Lynn Pacifico, “The Impact of Arts Integration on the Gifted and Talented Student”

Natural Sciences:

1st place – Jovana Hoti, “Increased Growth Rate and Replicative Lifespan of Saccharomyces
when Exposed to Volatile Organic Compounds Emitted by Bacteria”

2nd place – Madison Koch, “Comparative Analyses of Mitogenomes from Various Ligia Isopod Species”

3rd place – Leena Bouhamid, Courtney Gostkowski and Isabella Hetherington, “Effects of Larval Nutritional Ecology on Selected Life History Traits of West Nile Virus Vector Culex quinquefasciatus