Six Honors Program Students Present Final Capstone Projects

Cesar Cruz, Christina Babcock, Natalie Montoya, David Coughlin, Alexandra Caruso and Augusta Pierre presented their honors projects as part of Newbury’s Academic Symposium

Six Honors Program Students Present Final Capstone Projects

Apr. 24, 2018 – As part of Newbury’s first annual Academic Symposium, six honors program students presented their final capstone projects. Cesar Cruz, Christina Babcock, Natalie Montoya, David Coughlin, Alexandra Caruso and Augusta Pierre each addressed an audience of their peers, faculty and staff on their extensive research projects, covering topics from food and nutrition to music history.

Director of the Honors Program, Dr. Aaron Tillman, introduced each student, noting their hard work over the past year or more. “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with them” said Tillman.

Newbury’s Honors Program offers “academically gifted and highly motivated students the chance to express and expand their intellectual creativity and to develop their academic potential through group and individualized programs of study.”

Congratulations to these students for completing their research projects and fulfilling all requirements for Newbury’s multidisciplinary and academically-challenging honors program.

Cesar Cruz, Culinary Management
Student-Athlete Nutrition

Cruz explored the ways collegiate level athletic programs are addressing nutrition education and how colleges can do more to help their athletes maintain a healthy lifestyle. He researched the mental and physical benefits of adequate nutrition and discussed the long-term influence of providing nutritional education earlier in life, especially for athletes.

Christina Babcock, Business Management
The Winning Mindset

Babcock discussed the positive and negative influences competition has on athletics, education, media, economics, and personal psychology. She explored the ways to find a balance where we value the process of competing rather than the final outcome of winning or losing.

Natalie Montoya, Culinary Management
Cuisine, Cognition and Culture

Montoya explored the idea that our expectations or cultural backgrounds can influence how we experience food. Her project incorporated a taste test where participants ate jelly beans while blocking or unblocking their nose, influencing how they experienced the sweetness of the candy. She discussed keeping an open mind when trying new foods to move past prejudices or expectations.

David Coughlin, Culinary Management
The Unseen Relationship Between Food and Music

Coughlin researched the influence music has on how people experience the flavors of foods. He discussed how certain flavors or traits of foods, wines, etc. were elevated based on specific instruments, genres of music, or volume. He concluded with real world applications of his research and how restaurants can use their music to influence how customers taste the food, the time they spend at the table, and their overall experience.

Alexandra Caruso, Marketing
Music Through the Ages

Caruso chronicled the changes in the technology we use to listen to music, discussing the changes from gramophones to CDs to iPods to YouTube and Spotify. She incorporated a listening portion into her presentation where she highlighted the differences in sound between Frank Sinatra live, his vinyl record, and his track on Spotify.

Augusta Pierre, Accounting
Women in STEM: Turning Roadblocks into Stairways

Pierre explored the history of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields and how they have impacted women in the present-day workforce. She researched women such as Rosie the Riveter and NASA’s female mathematicians, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson (who inspired the film Hidden Figures), comparing their stories to stories of women today. Pierre discussed struggles women are still facing in these fields as well as ways women can succeed.




About Newbury: Newbury College is a private, independent college located just minutes from Boston in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Founded in 1962, Newbury College offers bachelor and associate degree programs in over 20 career-focused majors. Committed to personalized and experience-based teaching, Newbury inspires students to become independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens. 

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