2021 Graduate Research Symposium winners

Three-Minute Thesis

  • 1st place: Erin Edwards, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, "Backward walking as a novel marker of fall risk in multiple sclerosis"
  • 2nd place: Fatima Albrehi, Communication, "How do ostracism experiences effect people of colors' communication behaviors?"
  • 3rd place: Maggie Sneideman, Biological Sciences, "Finding the X chromosome through the lens of a protein"

March 1 Platform Presentations

  • 1st place: Kelsey Mesmer, Communication, "'An assumption of bad faith': Using fake news rhetoric to create journalistic teaching moments"
  • 2nd placeEgbe-Etu Etu, Industrial Engineering, "Intensive Care Unit Admissions for COVID-19 Patients: A Machine Learning Driven Approach" 
  • 3rd placeYi Tian Yap, Physiology, "DNALI1 forms a complex with PACRG in the manchette for normal spermiogenesis and sperm function"

March 2 Platform Presentations

  • 1st place: Karynn Glover, Kinesiology, "A multilevel examination of the effect of motivational climate on empowerment to exercise"
  • 2nd place: Shiraz Nantogma, Chemistry, "Development of hyperpolarization equipment for contrast-enhanced molecular imaging of cancer
  • 3rd placeAlixandria Trombley, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, "Chronic cocaine induces sex-dependent increases in locomotor activity and behavioral sensitization"

March 2 Poster Presentations

  • 1st place: Beatriz Lara, Modern Languages, "Love story or Syndrome of Stockholm? Female agency in the fairy tale 'Beauty and the Beast'"
  • 2nd placePaige Arvidson, Kinesiology, "Parental support and middle schoolers physical fitness outcomes"
  • 3rd placeChela Wallin, Psychology, "Opioid use during pregnancy: effects on the maternal brain and initiation of maternal behavior"

March 3 Platform Presentations

  • 1st place: Katherine Dwyer, Biological Sciences, "Proximity to the promoter and terminator determines transcriptional regulation by an intron"
  • 2nd placeAdedayo Sanni, Chemistry, "Synthetic control of Iodide vacancy aided emission in self-assembled materials for LED applications"
  • 3rd placeFatima Albrehi, Communication, "Speak no evil: a burkean analysis of sexuality within a cultural artifact"

March 3 Poster Presentations

  • 1st place: Jacqueline Rodriguez-Stanley, Psychology, "Risky families predict asthma symptoms and inflammation through trait rumination among youth"
  • 2nd placeValerie Smith, Kinesiology, "Moving less but working more: prospective evaluation of load and recovery in American football"
  • 3rd placeCameron Davidson, Psychology, "Neurochemical and behavioral impact of environmental benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX)"

March 4 Platform Presentations

  • 1st place: Sean Johnson, Pharmacology, "Polyglutamine toxicity of ataxin-3 is ameliorated by targeting its binding to VCP/p97"
  • 2nd placeKyotaek Hwang, Geology, "COVID-19 pandemic underscores role of green space in urban carbon dynamics" 
  • 3rd placeAnindita Mitra, Biological Sciences, "SIN3 isoforms differentially regulate energy metabolism and cell survival"

March 4 Poster Presentations

  • 1st placeJordan Sabourin, Kinesiology, "Muscle matters: body composition analyses in collegiate versus professional male basketball players
  • 2nd placeRuchiranga Ranaweera, Chemistry, "Novel bubble-based analytical techniques for concentrating and detecting PFAS"
  • 3rd placeImad Soukar, Biological Sciences, "The role of SIN3 in metabolism sensing and gene expression"

March 5 Platform Presentations

  • 1st placeYi-Ling Hu, Occupational Therapy, "Acceptability and feasibility of activity tracker for pre-frail African American older adults"
  • 2nd placeMatthew VanSumeren, Kinesiology, "Mental and physical health assessments in collegiate athletes and non-athletes: beyond black and white"
  • 3rd placeAlyson Sujkowski, Physiology, "Exercise ameliorates phenotypes in Drosophila models of ataxia"

March 5 Poster Presentations

  • 1st place: Christopher Mataczynski, Biological Sciences, "The TodK histidine kinase & its role in cell fate segregation during Myxococcus xanthus development"
  • 2nd placeLingfei Tang, Psychology, "Replicability of fMRI subsequent memory effects in children and adults"
  • 3rd place: Erin Edwards, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, "The influence of cognition on the relation between backward walking and falls in multiple sclerosis"