Undergraduate Science Research Symposium

Celebrating 22 years of undergraduate research in the sciences and mathematics, the Charles Center's annual Science Symposium will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016 in the Sadler Center. Poster presentations will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Tidewater A&B. Oral presentations will be held in the York, James, and Colony rooms between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m. All Science Symposium sessions are open to the public. Light refreshments will be served at the poster presentations.

2016 Science Symposium Schedule

Oral Presentations

James Room

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Cyril Anyetei-Anum  |  The Impact of Acetylation on Nucleocytoplasmic Shuttling of the Thyroid Hormone Receptor

Merci Best  |  The Role of Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) Signaling in Posterior Primodial Germ Cells (PGCs)

Caroline Golino  |  Transcriptomic Analysis of Notch-Perturbed Embryos

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Stacy Trackenberg  |  Effects of Changes in Egg Size and Larval Food Supply on the Development of Two Species of Sea Stars

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Aaron  Bland  |  Dispersal of Red Oak Acorns by Eastern Gray Squirrels

Lyuba Bolkhovitinov  |  Anterior and Posterior Neural Axis Plasticity in the Developing Central Nervous System of Xenopus laevis

John Marken  |  Novel Approaches to the Analysis of Intracellular Calcium Activity

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Melissa Guidry  |  Noise Suppression in Electromagnetically Induced Transparency Atomic Clocks and Magnetometers

Kevin Nelson  |  Time Projection Chamber Calibration in the LArIAT Experiment

Ashna Aggarwal  |  An Analysis of Optical Quantum Noise in Coherent Interactions for a Three-level Atom

York Room

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Ryan Yan  |  Species Invasion in a Network Population Model

Joo Yeon Roh  |  Identification of Pigment Mixtures in Oil Paintings Using Surface-Enhaced Raman Scattering (SERS) Spectroscopy 

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Corynne Dech  |  Growing Networks with Positive and Negative Links

Michael Kopreski  |  Relaxed Coloring of Sparse Graphs

Gregory Taylor  |  Finite Rings and Polynomial Interpolation

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Kaitlyn Dorst  |  The Role of TRPM4 Ion Channels in the Neural Origins of Breathing

Francis Pham  |  Optogenetic Inhibition of Dbx1-Derived Neurons Suppresses Inspiratory Activity in the Anesthetized Adult Mouse

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Justin Shawler  |  Reconstructing 2000 years of Environmental Change Using Records from a New England Tidal Flat 

Karin Lehnigk  |  The Formation of Fluvial Channels on Alba Mons, Mars

Poster Presentations

Tidewater A&B


Catherine Acio | The Effects of Increased Expression of Adhesin Proteins on Helicobacter pylori Adherence and Host Cell Response

Matthew Adan | Effects of Hindlimb Suspension and Gender on the Neuromuscular Junction

Isaac Alty | Hydrogen-Bonding Control of Solvatochromism and Non-Radiative Decay in the Fluorescence of 3-Aminofluorenone Derivatives

Erica Amatori | Effects in Indirect Indicators of Wealth on Attraction

Jessica Armstrong | Hydrogen Evolution Catalyzed by a Cobalt Complex Containing an Asymmetric Schiff-Base Ligand

Haley Bauser | Faraday Effect Based Polarization Control in Rubidium Vapor for Four Wave Mixing Experiments

William Bench | Computational Dynamics of Map with Multiple Stable States

Jacob Brammer | The Inducibility of Herbivory Defense in Common Milkweed

Laurel Brockenberry | Effects of Emotional Support within Best Friendships: Longitudinal Relations to Depressive Symptoms as a Function of Gender

Mark Broderick | Copper(I) Complexes with Dicyanobenzene and Cyanopyridine Ligands

Andrew Burns | Using Auditory Brainstem Response to Analyze the Effect of Mercury Exposure on Zebra Finch Hearing

Lindsay Chatkewitz | Developing Microwaveable Copper-Free Click Chemistry

Seong Ik Cheon | Progress Towards a Three-Step Alkynyl-Prins Cascade to Isoquinolines 

Patrick Christian | Interaction of G3BP and the psuedophosphatase MK-STYX in the cellular stress response

Eva Colberg and Christopher Piatkowski | The Deer Fence Project, Year 1: Examining Forest Regeneration in the Absence of Deer in the College Woods

Ryan Corcoran | Testing the Waters: Relationships Among Land Use, BMPs, and Water Quality

Arya Dahal | The Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX Regulates Cofilin Phosphorylation

Bernadette Deschaine | Exploring Strain Interactions in Yeast Biofilms

Ryan DiRisio | Iron Polypyridyl Complexes for Proton Reduction

Christine Gao | Variations in NLS-2 flanking residues on TR-α intracellular localization

Logan George and Michelle Brown | Genetic and Spatial Analysis of Anthocyanin Patterns on Mimulus Luteus Flowers

Daniel Gildea | Screen of Genes Involved in Drosophila Organogenesis

Janhavi  Giribhattanavar | The Effect of Physical Perturbations on the Anterior-Posterior Axis of the Developing Nervous System 

Ashley Govi | The role of stem cells in the organogenesis and tissue formation in Drosophila Melanogaster testis

Dreux Gray and Jen Peek | The Effect of SUMO Interacting Motifs (SIMs) on SUMO Trapping by Ulp1(3)

Stephen Gurley | Cytological mutant characterization of spe-26, a spermatocyte-enriched Kelch-like protein in C. elegans  

Jamie Harris | Refining Microcosm Design: Intersection of Terrestrial Viruses and Aquatic Microbes

Wade Hodson | Remembering as Bayesian Inference: Connecting Memory and Thermodynamic

Kathy Hopkins | Microexpressions and Mimicry

Christina Howard | Expression and Characterization of a Fluorotyrosine Mutant of Dehaloperoxidase

Brian Hur and Pablo Ordonez | A Comparative Analysis of SB 347 Males and C. elegans Males: Determination of Spermatocyte Fate

John Kean and Kate Nelsen | Forensic characterization of automotive paints surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy 

Andrew Kelly | Alkali Metal Bismuth(III) Chloride Double Salts: Synthesis and Structure

Jared King | Ultrafast Two-dimensional Relaxometry with Single-sided NMR

Kalen Clifton | An Investigation of the Effect Of Dietary Mercury Exposure On Zebra Finch Endocrine System

Anna Klompen and Eric Alpert | Development of culturing methods for an indirect developing polyclad flatworm, Stylochus ellipticus

Jessica Lee | Primacy and Recency Effects for Basic Tastes

Cassandra Leong | Effects of PKC activation on attention deficits following loss of corticopetal cholinergic neurons

Xiaoxue Lin | Exploring Different Ways to Make a Hermaphrodite in Nematodes

Lyndah Lovell and Sam Collins | Lentivirus and Kinase Inhibitors Indicate Protection Against Axon Degeneration

George Marino | Seasonal and Spatial Variability in the Sedimentology of the Merrimack Embayment

Kelly Martins | Tissue Phthalate Levels Associate With Changes In Immune Gene Expression In A Population

Despina Mason | Evolution of Biofilm Forming Ability and Plastic Adherence in S. cerverisiae

Carolina May | The relationship between mercury content and fluctuating asymmetry in crayfish

Waverly McClusky | Keeping birds away from food using sonic technology: a potential for protecting crops

Brianna Meeks | Identifying clinical strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae with slightly elevated mutation rates

Jenna Milstein | Seeking SIMs: The Hunt for Novel SUMO-Interacting Motifs

Austin Morgan | Music as a Health Intervention: An Exploratory Study in Kampala, Jinja, and Gulu in Uganda

Veronica Nagle | The Co-localization of MK-STYX to GFP-250 and v-ErbA Aggresomes

Matthew Nelli | The Total Synthesis of the Fungal Alkaloid Peramine

John Nguyen | Clarifying Racial Ambiguity: Differences in Neural Processing of Multiracial Faces

Mira  Nicchitta | JAK/STAT regulation of germline stem cell differentiation and tumorigenesis in the Drosophila ovary

Elena Parcell and Sindhura Kolachana | Examining the karyosome stage in Caenorhabditis elegans spermatogenesis

Alyssa Pence and Sang Kim | Reduction of Water Diffusion in Marine Paints Using Graphene Oxide

Mark Pownall | Identity of Proliferative and Apoptotic Cells during Neural Development

Natalee Price, Michelle Betancourt, and Alexandria Widener | Longitudinal Links between Emotion Expressivity and Facets of Anxiety (Anxiety Sensitivity, Anxiety Control, and Distress Tolerance) in Adolescents

Charith Ratnayake | Analyzing AP Rotation in Xenopus Laevis 

Simran Rohatgi | Examining Electron Transfer in Solar Cells Using Single Molecule Spectroscopy

Danny Rosenberg, Matthews Veenstra, David Heo, Emily Cassio, and Likhitha Kolla | Investigating the Role of Nuclear Autophagy in the Survival of Renal Cell Carcinoma

Anna Seo | Interaction of Gender and Muscle Unloading on Myofiber Profiles

Hannah Shenouda | Stereoselective Cyclization Addition Reactions Toward 2,2,6-trisubstituted Tetrahydropyrans

David Smith and Emma Walhout  | Intramolecular Hydrogen-Bonding Effects Fluorescence of Prodan Derivatives

Christina Stephens | Designing a Computational Model of Prion Infection in a Mammalian Neocortex

Caroline Stone and Erica Amatori | Effects of Indirect Indicators of Wealth on Attraction

Sarah Stratton | Tuning the pKa of Fluorescent Rhodamine pH Probes via Substituent Effects

Connor Symons, Alexander Williams, and Raya Iqbal | Friendship Conflict: The role of gender and emotional inhibiton during middle childhood

Syeda Tabassum and Melissa Dullum | Mercury Sensing with Doped Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles

Austin Tapp | Risky Reward Decision Making in Rats: Effects of Increasing Choices

Dan Vance | Determining the Biological Mechanisms Involved in Morning Glory Flower Closure

Kendrick Wiggins Anterior-Posterior Neural Axis Plasticity in the Developing Central Nervous System of Xenopus laevis

Cheyenne Williams | Characterization of a Novel Nuclear Export Signal in the Thyroid Hormone Receptor

Lauren Yi | Characterization of mov10l1