2016 National Investment Banking Competition and Conference

Jake Kang is a rising senior majoring in Business Administration. He was awarded a Spring 2016 Conference Grant which he used to attend the National Investment banking Competition and Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

From March 22nd to March 25th, I traveled to Vancouver, Canada to participate in the 2016 National Investment Banking Competition and Conference (NIBC). In order to earn this great opportunity, I formed a team with three other BBA students and competed in the first round of the competition from October to November. We were initially tasked to understand AT&T’s business model and deliver solid ideas along with creating financial modeling works as well as pitch a book for the presentation. There were total of 335 participating teams from undergraduate and graduate schools all over the world, including Canada, the U.S., Hong Kong, Singapore, and Europe. Out of all the entries, only 24 undergraduate and 24 graduate teams were invited to the final round. This year was Emory University’s first time to participate and, thankfully, our team was invited to advance to the final round of competition and conference.

Fascinating Fungus!

Nancy Holbrook is a recent graduate who majored in Biology. She was awarded a Fall 2016 Independent Grant which she used to conduct research on fascinating fungi in milkweed under Dr. Nicole Gerardo.

As an undergraduate researcher in the Gerardo lab, I am not only attracted to the monarch butterfly for its bold beauty. I, and the rest of the Gerardo lab, am also interested in exploring some very unique interactions that monarchs have with their environment. A particular parasite called Ophryocystis elektroschirra often infects monarch butterflies, but interestingly enough, the food source that a monarch chooses for its young can affect how resistant its offspring are to this parasite. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed plants. Several different species of milkweed can be found in the wild, and research has shown that different milkweed species contain different levels of chemicals called cardenolides. Butterflies that feed on milkweeds with higher cardenolide levels tend to be less heavily infected with the parasite than butterflies who choose lower cardenolide milkweeds (1). Because differing species of milkweed plant seem to play such a big role in determining parasite disease resistance of monarchs, we are interested in understanding more about plant properties.

Presenting Linguistic Indexing of Hierarchies within a Symphony

Isabel Goddard is a Senior majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Quantitative Social Science. She was a recipient of a Spring 2017 Conference Grant and attended the Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium.

I presented in the poster session of the Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium April 28th 2017.[1] Attending this colloquium provided me with the opportunity to present my linguistic research findings  in an academic environment to students and faculty from across the world. The vast majority of the presentations reflected research students had conducted for their honors theses and these studies ranged from phonetic topics such as “Ergativity, Agreement, and the Sumerian Verbal Complex” to socio-linguistic research including “L’identité et la Frncophilie au Maroc: Examining the interplay of language perception and identity construction in the Moroccan student.” In this way, I was exposed to every form of linguistic research. The colloquium also included talks given by undergraduate students and a keynote talk given by Professor Laurel MacKenzie of New York University. I learned a great deal about how linguistic research is conducted in different sub-specialties of the field by talking with other students and faculty about their research studies. 

Can Certain Psychopathic Traits Protect Against Depressive Features?

Shauna Bowes is a recent graduate who majored in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. She was awarded a Fall 2016 Independent Grant which she used to conduct research in psychopathy and depression under Dr. Scott Lilienfeld.

Because depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, affecting approximately 15.7 million Americans in 2014 alone (National Institute of Mental Health, 2014), it is important to identify personality variables that may protect against depressive features. Perhaps surprisingly, one such protective mechanism may be a subset of personality traits comprising psychopathic personality (psychopathy). Psychopathy is a multidimensional construct that comprises a constellation of interpersonal, affective, and behavioral features such as social charm, guiltlessness, impulsivity, callousness, antisociality, and erratic lifestyle.