Volume 7, Issue 1 (2023)

Dear Readers:

I would like to take this time to thank my wonderful faculty advisor, faculty reviewers, fellow Merge staff members, and my submitters for taking the time to help make this year’s issue possible. I appreciate them for contributing to this issue. As a graduating senior, I look forward to the legacy of Merge and the growing undergraduate research at MUW.


Madison Hankins

Editor in Chief, 2022-23



Chief Editor
Madison Hankins
Carson McClung
Caitlyn Craft
Jordan Taylor
Cover Artist
Katelyn Lowe

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Kim Whitehead

Faculty Reviewers

Dr. Nora Corrigan
Dr. Chanley Rainey
Dr. Kris Lee
Dr. Allene Nichols
Dr. Hannah Sumerford