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Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium

On Thursday, April 9, 2015, the Office for Undergraduate Research hosted the Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. The event was held in the Marshall Student Center (Ballroom and conference rooms) and provided a venue for undergraduate students in all disciplines to present their current research and receive feedback from research mentors and peers.

2015 Colloquium Abstract Program

This year’s Colloquium showcased the research of over 400 students across a multitude of disciplines including theater arts, medicine, community sciences, music education, physics, natural sciences and many more. In addition, more than 100 faculty, administrators, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and alumni served as facilitators for the event. Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awards were awarded to 31 students. The list of 2015 award recipients appears below.


Excellence in UG Research Award

Student(s) Mentor Project Title
Laura Henning Ruth Bahr Gesture Use in Children with Angelman Syndrome
Shelby Povtak, Kiara Marie Narvaez Lisa Piazza Tampa Tableaux
Ishan Chopra, John O’Connor, Romel Pancho Santiago Sandi-Urena Reform in general chemistry laboratory instruction: How do students experience change?
Rachel Fanti, Laysa Mena, Katherine Bui Heike Scharm A Culinary Journey in Times of Globalization: The Evolution and Export of Parisian Cuisine
Rebecca Haskins Philip Bishop Standardization of the Chinese script
Madison McGrew Angela Eward-Mangione Unicorns: The Unity of Christian Medieval Thought and Postmodernism
Courtney Penn David Kang Cofilin activation promotes Aβ-induced synaptic and mitochondrial disfunction
Jeremy Lomax Philip Motta Importance of being Organized: the Effects of Changing Tooth Arrangement on Durophagous Predation
Priyanshi Patel Narasaiah Kolliputi Potential role of Atp8b1 in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis through dysregulation of Club-Clara cells
Kirsten Antonen Lindsey Shaw Pseudomonas aeruginosa Efflux Inhibition Utilizing Novel Triamine Compounds
Jude Nawlo Joseph Walton Objective assay of neural correlates of tinnitus using an across channel gap-in-noise paradigm
Brian Eckert George Nolas Quaternary Chalcogenides: Novel Materials for Thermoelectrics Applications
Lynn Le Cheryl Vamos Oral Health Literacy: A Priority Amongst Pregnant Women
David Jones Danielle Findley Coherence and Valence of Self Concepts: Unique Link with Depression, Narcissism and Aggression in Adolescence
Ricci Allen, Hayley Kessler, Breanna Dennes Samantha Gomes Gender Roles in Recent Disney films
Michael Wedebrock Julie Langford Felicitas and Fortuna: The use of fortune in establishing a ‘divine’ mandate for the new regimes of Augustus and Castro
Nina Dearwater, Nina Kacey Andrew Smith Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys Genealogical Research
Jenna Alderiso Charles McGee Composition of a Clay Body
Kaitlin Lostroscio Stephanie Carey Torso Rotation as a Marker of Limiting Factors for Body Powered Prosthetic Terminal Devices
Ariane Rosario Sarina Ergas Enhanced Bioenergy Production from Lignocellulosic Waste by Solid-State Anaerobic Digestion through Bioaugmentation
James Jacobelli Elizabeth Doone Special Education Teachers’ Beliefs on Least Restrictive Environment
Erik Hagen Clint Randles Creative Performance Chamber Ensemble and the Birth of a Rock Opera
Nanchy Velez Lisa Piazza Masks (Layers)

Best Use of Research Literature Award

Eduardo Garcia William Murray “Ships, Spoils and Spectacle: How Sulla’s Naval Strategy Defeated Mithradates VI and Conquered Rome”
Ahmed Mohamed Anatoli Ignatov Traditions of thought on biomedical ethics in Sub-Saharan Africa

Undergraduate Research in Physiology Award

Anthony Asta Aryn Harrison Cortical Auditory Evoked Responses of Older Adults with and without Mild Cognitive Impairment

Undergraduate Research in History Award

Dennis Allen Adriana Novoa The Mexican Revolution in El Paso: From the Pages of The El Paso Herald
Alyssa Culp Michael Decker, Barbara Lewis Memoirs of the Armenian Genocide

2015 Colloquium Sponsor: ResearchOne

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