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Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium

On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the Office for Undergraduate Research hosted Inquiry and Discovery: 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.

Colloquium Abstract Document

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Excellence in Research Awards

The OUR awarded approximately $6,000 in total Research in Excellence Awards during the 2014 Colloquium. Research in Excellence Awards are based on nominations from Colloquium facilitators who evaluate the quality of the presentation and research. During the 2013 colloquium, 24 students received $250 Research in Excellence Awards across multiple disciplines. (Research in Physiology and Best Use of Research Literature Library Award also available »)

This year’s Colloquium showcased the research of nearly 300 students across a multitude of disciplines including theater arts, medicine, community sciences, music education, physics, natural sciences and many more. This year 63 faculty, administrators, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and alumni served as facilitators for the event. Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awards were awarded to 27 students. The list of 2014 award recipients appears below.


Excellence in UG Research Award

Student Mentor Project Title
Pierce Dignam Annette Christy Mortality of People Engaged in Mental Health Court
Eugene Helfrick Tomaro Taylor Fighting the Western Sky: The Making of a Novel
Kendall MacKay Darlene DeMarie Perceptions of School by Children in Kindergarten Who Attend a Catholic School
Anthony Niznik Bo Zeng Course Scheduling
Xiaodong Lu Arash Takshi Improving Efficiency of Solar Photovoltaic Cells through Thermoelectric Generators
Nathan Roberts John Kuhn Synthesis of Ceria Zirconia Support
Ana Lopez Stephanie Carey Ankle and Hip Biomechanics of Ballet Dancers in Closing First, Third and Fifth Position
Nirmaliz Colon-Acosta Tiina Ojanen Friendship motivation and levels of social creativity in adolescents: Predictors of peer acceptance
Laura Mockensturm Darlene DeMarie What Preschool is Like: Children’s Interviews, Photographs, and Picture Selection from Two Different Contexts
Hiram Rios Mei-Hsuan Chiang The Search for a National Identity: Exploring the Effects of Colonialism in ‘Orphan of Asia’
Evan Novell Nancy White Sherds, Shells and Subsistence at the Wildfire Site
Crupa Kurien Patrick Bradshaw Melatonin rescues age associated mitochondrial cytochrome C oxidase (COX) functional deficits in a receptor dependent manner
Elizabeth Dunn-Gader Tiina Ojanen Impulsivity and Bulimia Nervosa in Youth with ADHD Traits: A Short-Term Longitudinal Study
Elizabeth Fuller Erica Toothman The Amazonian Experience: Height and Feminine Identity in Tall Women
Nicholas Taran Meera Nanjundan The Role of Autophagy in the Pathogenesis of Endometriosis
Fiona Kearns H. Lee Woodcock How Does Catalase Release Nitric Oxide? Elucidating the Reaction Mechanism with QM/MM
Shazia Majid David Kang Endogenous RanBP9 Mediates Aβ-Induced Neurotoxicity and Synaptic Deficits in Alzheimer’s Disease
Kaydee West Gregory Herbert Gastropod opercula as a trophic archive: a stable isotope approach
Vitaliy Morozov Gregory Herbert Gastropod opercula as a trophic archive: a stable isotope approach
Nicole Wood Joshua Halonen The Influence of Various Presentation Rates on the ABR of CBA Mice
Riley Bednar (2nd Project) James Riordan RtcBA and RtcR are Important Determinants of Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) Stress Response and Contribute to EHEC Pathogenesis
Dariaknna Reyes Bliss Kohlmyer Motivational Balance in Dance: A Qualitative Study of the Motivational Experiences of Undergraduate Dance Majors at the University of South Florida
Natacha Palay Lisa Piazza Plastic Nature
Elizabeth Olson Clint Randles Music Teacher as Producer: Recording Arts in Music Education Practice
Pietro Mendonca Cesar Cornejo Creating a Graphic Novel Using Historical Art Movements
Chelsea Tortora Jennifer Bugos Cognitive Control in Musicians and Non-Musicians (18-24)
Jamison Hudson Fanni Green From Page to Stage: Playwriting As An Outlet

APS Physiology Research Award

Andrea Fernandez Beate Illek Confocal Analysis of Airway Defense Proteins and CFTR Expression in Clinical Samples of Cystic Fibrosis Nasal Polyp and Bronchial Epithelial Cells

Research in Humanities Award

Sheldon Menery Ann Basso Burbage to Branagh

Best Use of Library Resources

Anthony Cilluffo Mark Amen Entertaining Government: A Case Study of the Role of Government in the Tampa Entertainment Industry
Bryan MacNeill Marc Lajeunesse Can river flow mechanics drive variation in parasitism of anchovies by isopods?

Format Details

Poster Presentations: Poster presentations must be no larger than 4′ (height) by 6′ (width). Display materials such as pushpins will be supplied by the OUR.

Oral Presentations: Oral presentations will run no more than 12 minutes in duration including questions. Students should save presentations in multiple formats as a precaution( i.e. jump drive, cloud storage, e-mail back up).

Arts Presentations: Arts presentations will run no more than 15 minutes in duration including time for the presenter to give a brief talk about their project and the research methods utilized in the project.

Art Displays: Art displays such as photographs, paintings and sculpture presentations will be on display in the Marshall Center ballroom.

Poster Printing

Poster printing is available at the following locations:
* USF Techsmart Office (located in the Marshall Center next to the computer store) Contact store for pricing information
*Pro-Copy 5219 E. Fowler Avenue (813-988-5900) Pro-Copy Pricing Info »

If you need help preparing your abstract, or improving any aspect of your presentation,you should attend an OUR Colloquium Preparation Workshop »
2014 Colloquium Abstract Document

Key Dates:

Application Deadline Mon. 3/3/14
Mentor Approval Form Deadline Mon. 3/3/14
Final Notification of Acceptance Mon. 3/17/14
Research Colloquium Tues. 4/15/14


Posters are displayed in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom. Oral sessions take place on the third floor of the Marshall Student Center, conference rooms 3705, 3708, 3709, 3711.

Session #1

(Poster Session Only)

Note: No oral sessions are scheduled during this session.
Time: 9:30 AM – 12PM
Location: MSC Ballroom
Presenter Check-In Location: Outside of the MSC Ballroom
Presenter Check-In Time: Between 9 – 9:30 AM

Session #2

(Poster and Oral Session)

Time: 12:30 – 3 PM
Poster Session: MSC Ballroom
Oral Presentations A,B,C,D: Conference rooms 3705, 3708, 3709, 3711
Poster Presenter Check-In Location: Outside of the MSC Ballroom
Poster Presenter Check-In Time: Between 12 – 12:30 PM

Oral Presenter Check-In Location: Third floor of the Marshall Student Center (Check-In area)
Oral Presenter Check-In Time: Between 12 – 12:30 PM

Session #3

(Poster and Performing Arts Oral Session)

Time: 3:30 – 6 PM
Poster Session: MSC Ballroom
Oral Presentations E: Conference rooms 3711
Poster Presenter Check-In Location: Outside of the MSC Ballroom
Poster Presenter Check-In Time: Between 3 – 3:30 PM

Oral Presenter Check-In Location: Third floor of the Marshall Student Center (Check-In area)
Oral Presenter Check-In Time: Between 3 – 3:30 PM

2014 Colloquium Sponsor: ResearchOne

ResearchOne is a celebration of research-related activities and events that showcase the work of our researchers throughout the USF System. From its beginnings as a single week of events in the Fall of 2008, ResearchOne has expanded to promote USF research-related events and activities year-round, on all USF campuses.
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Live Event Sponsor: #tagboard

#tagboard is a cross-network, hashtag-powered social hub who has graciously agreed to provide live streaming ability for the Colloquium this year. Want to be a part of the ‘Live’ Colloquium event? Use hashtag #OURUSF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media outlets. Watch your photos/videos appear in our live feed on MSC lobby displays.

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