Liberal Arts Students Shine at 2013 ACES

Three students in the College of Liberal Arts garnered top honors for their research at the 2013 Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium Wednesday.

Music major Nicholas Miranda won the President’s Award for his presentation, “The Legend of Quetzalcoatl.” Dr. George Chave, Associate Professor of Music, mentored Miranda.

History graduate student Michael Deliz won the Provost’s Award for his presentation, “Why the Antillean Revolution Failed: The Problem of Radicalization in the Spanish-colonial Caribbean of the 1860s.” His work was mentored by Dr. John Garrigus, Associate Professor and Ph.D. program advisor.

Kari Christopherson, a graduate student in the Department of Modern Languages, won the Graduate Dean’s Award for her presentation, “Defining a Nation Devoted to the Virgin: A Comparative Study of Gonzalo de Berceo’s Milagros de Nuestra Señora and Alfonso X’s Cantigas de Santa María.” Dr. Amy Austin, Assistant Professor of Spanish, server as Christopherson’s faculty mentor.

The awards were presented at the symposium’s closing ceremonies in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Keynote speaker was Dr. Ashanti Johnson, executive director of the Institute for Broadening Participation and faculty research associate for UT Arlington’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

ACES symposium is a university-wide, daylong event that showcases the best of UT Arlington students’ research and creativity. Undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition. The approved abstracts are then turned into oral presentations or posters to be presented at the symposium.

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COLA Student Entries at 2013 ACES

Graduate Student Posters:

  • Carl Feagans, Anthropology
  • Iya Khelm, Linguistics & TESOL
  • Jessica Rohr, Linguistics & TESOL

Undergraduate Student Posters:

  • Angel Aymond, Anthropology
  • Caleb George, English



  • Angel Aymond, “Animal Services in Arlington, Texas: An Evaluation and Recommendation for Improvements”
  • Veronika Ellison, “A Voice of One’s Own: Women’s History in American Media”
  • Gabriel Escobedo, “Sacred Arts or Black Belt Factories? The Globalization of Martial Arts in North Texas”
  • Carl Feagans, “Sex, Gender, and Identity Represented Through Anthropomorphic Figurines of the Neolithic”
  • Lanchi Vu, “The Impact of the Women’s and Gender Studies Discipline”

Art & Art History:

  • Meghan Zavitz, “Mathematics in the Arts: A View on Perspective”


  • James Dunning, “Negotiating Identity Creation Through Personal Narrative in a Christian Recovery Group”
  • Rebekah Karth, “Change: The Evolution of Advertisements and the Portrayal of Richard M. Nixon from 1952-1972”
  • Donna Pirkle, “Using Narrative to Change College Students’ Attitudes About Bing Drinking”


  • Brian Carroll, “Clear Coverings of Mean: Viral Transparency in Whitman’s ‘Out From Behind the Mask'”
  • Caleb George, “The Xenophobic Horror of Dracula”
  • Charles Hicks, “Coryat’s Nation: The Construction of National Identity in ‘Coryat’s Crudities'”
  • Monica Marchi, “Y no se lo trago’ la tierra, A Corrido Without Music”
  • Kate Morgan, “Multiplicity, Duality, and Dichotomy: Navigating Loving in the Way Years’ Puta/Virgen Binary”
  • Joel Morrow, “Puppets of the Press: The Role of Print Media in Valedez’s ‘Zoot Suit'”
  • Salvador Valdes Moeller, “Code Switching: The Evolution of English through Spanish Speakers”


  • Michael Deliz, “Why the Antillean Revolution Failed: The Problem of Radicalization in the Spanish-colonial Caribbean of the 1860s”
  • Bryan Garret, “Between Empire and Nation: The Transatlantic Syrian-Lebanese Communities and the Modern State”
  • Erin S. Lynch, “(Mis)Understanding the Indulgence: Conceptual Notions of Hell in the Middle Ages and Their Importance in the Crusading Movement”

Linguistics & TESOL:

  • Iya Khelm, “Form Interference Effects During Silent Reading”
  • Jennifer Oman, “Sustos and Tall Tales: Magical Realist Elements and the Validation of Mexican American Immigrant Narrative in John Phillip Santos’ ‘Memoir Planes Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation'”
  • Jessica Rohr, “Training Naive Leaners to Identify Chinese Tone: An Inductive Approach:

Modern Languages:

  • Kari Christopherson, “Defining a Nation Devoted to the Virgin: A Comparative Study of Gonzalo de Berceo’s Milagros de Nuestra Seoora and Alfonso X’s Cantigas de Santa Maria”
  • John Reed, “Afro-Dominicanidad: Black Identity in Poems by Afro-Dominican Blas Jimeez”


  • Taryn Denton, “Sonata No. 1 for Unaccompanied Viola by Paul Hindemith: A Glimpse into the Mind of a Developing Composer”
  • Nicolas Miranda, “The Legend of Quetzalcoatl”
  • Katelyn Richardson, “Sibelios Violin Concerto: A Semiotic Analysis”


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