Austin College invites the submission of abstracts or synopses describing projects, intellectual scholarship, or creative works in all disciplines. The abstracts and creative project synopses are welcome from all Austin College students who have performed research at Austin College or off campus at other locations. Abstracts and creative project synopses submitted are reviewed by divisional representatives to ensure they meet the standards outlined in these guidelines, but are not peer-reviewed or evaluated for merit. The primary faculty sponsor is responsible for reviewing the content and approving the presentation of the research.
- All abstracts and creative project synopses must be submitted electronically by TBD. Notification of acceptance will be provided to authors before the end of the fall semester. There will be an opportunity for revision of submitted abstracts prior to TBD.
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English Department, Austin College
In this paper I investigate the role of physical space in contemporary American novels, specifically, in Sandra Cisneros’ House on Mango Street, Helena Maria Viamontes’ Their Dogs Came with Them, and Toni Morrison’s Sula. Space, as opposed to setting, consists not merely in its physical organization and structure, but also in its ability to condition and produce certain kinds of social experiences and interactions, depending on its physicality and the ways it is used. For this reason, I argue that in each of these novels space is more than innocuous background upon which social life presents itself, but is rather, a determining agent, an active mechanism, which actually produces and influences social life. In this way, I aim to analyze the ways characters inhabit space, as they become bound up in a network of material social activities of everyday life. In order to conduct such an analysis, I utilize Marxist theory and critical spatial theory. Such an analysis of the ways space affects social life in literature allows us to envision new ways of thinking about the relation between setting and character development, as well as to better understand the social and ethical issues grounded in real-world spatial organization.
Project X: The Synthesis and Investigation
of a Porphyrin Pentad Dye for Solar Cells
Matthew Moore & Stephanie Gould
Chemistry Department, Austin College
Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) are proving to be a cost effective alternative to silicon-based solar cells. Many prospective efficient dyes for DSSC’s contain metal complexes that can be expensive. The prospect of an organic-based absorber for a DSSC is an area of extensive research in the past few years. Herein, the synthesis of a new light-absorbing porphyrin pentad system is described. Porphyrins are ideal structures for a dye because they can be found in nature where they are utilized in photosynthesis. A convergent synthesis was developed for the pentad centering around a key Sonagashira coupling to form the final X-shaped molecule. This short synthesis route holds high potential to produce a large variety of organic-based solar cells dyes.
Turkmenistan-Pakistan-Afghanistan-IndiaNatural Gas Pipeline:
Geopolitical Outcomes and the Silk Route to Peace
Political Science Department, Austin College
This paper examines the multiple players involved in the proposed Turkmenistan-Pakistan-Afghanistan-India natural gas pipeline. The paper further examines the strategic geographical location and geopolitical importance of Central Asia and its rich natural resources, specifically natural gas. It attempts to elaborate on the various aspects of the power struggle, among various regional and extra-regional players, for control of natural gas resources in the region and how this places the region at the center stage of world politics. This study focuses on the natural gas resources of Turkmenistan and the possible economic and political fall out of the much-debated proposed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline. By examining the geopolitical implications, the role and interests of multiple players in the project such as the United States, Russia and China as well as the historical relations between the four regional actors, i.e., Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, this study seeks to provide an overview of why this proposed project could be the solution for peace within these regions. It explains why the TAPI pipeline could potentially form a Silk Route and tie the countries of Central Asia to South Asia in an interdependent relationship. Faculty Director: Don Rodgers