Undergraduate Science Research Symposium

Celebrating 21 years of undergraduate research in the sciences and mathematics, the Charles Center's annual Science Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in the Sadler Center. Poster presentations will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Tidewater A&B. Oral presentations will be held in the York and James rooms between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m..  All Science Symposium sessions are open to the public. Light refreshments will be served at the poster presentations.

2015 Science Symposium Schedule

Oral Presentations

James Room

2:00-3:00 p.m. | Biology
Molly Teague: Mapping Tick-Borne Diseases in the Virginia Peninsula
Eileen Ablondi: The Role of gad1.1 Regulation in GABAergic Cell Fate Determination
Andy Halleran: Embryonic Response to Notch Signaling Perturbation

3:00-4:00 p.m. | Physics
William Bergan:A Study of the Lead/Scintillator Cross Section Ratio Using the MINERvA ECAL Lead
Melissa Guidry: Toward characterizing bioluminescence on a single-photon level
Brandon Kriesten: A Study of the Cosmic Ray Rate in the CHIPS-M Prototype Detector

5:00-6:00 p.m. | Mathematics/Biology
Dean Katsaros: Decomposition of Quantum Gates

Morgan Sehdev: The Role of Calcium Transients in the Development of the Nervous System in Xenopus Laevis
Jackson Peterson: The kinase SPE-6 functions as an intracellular inhibitor of C. elegans sperm activation

York Room

3:00-4:00 p.m. | Biology
Gladys Shaw: Effects of Cell Cycle Inhibition on Neuronal Phenotype Specification
Kelly Martins: Effects of Environmental Pollutant Di(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate on Immune Cells of Rainbow Trout

4:00-5:00 | Biology
Jamie Harris: Stormwater Runoff Drives Viral Community Composition Changes in Inland Freshwaters
Alden Adkins: How Methylmercury Disrupts Bird Brain Development
Payton Phillips: The influence of fire on home range and social connectivity in a tropical passerine

Poster Presentations

Tidewater A&B


Applied Science
Corynne Dech | Growing Networks with Positive and Negative Links

Eri Anastas | Anterior-Posterior Neural Axis Plasticity in Xenopus laevis

Dallas Banks | The Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX regulates RhoA signaling, and enhances branching in PC12 cells

Merci Best | Does the ability to respond to BMP signaling regulate competition for the germline stem cell niche?

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

John Bramley and Christian Leatherman |  Avian Axons Undero Wallerian Degeneration afer Injury and Stress

Ryan Cleland | Spatial distribution of predatory birds in northern Australia

Akshay Deverakonda | Spatial behavior of breeding pair of Wood Thrushes (Hylocichla muselina) in Southeastern Virginia

Leah Foley | Analysis of MK-STYK localization to aggresomes

Janhavi Giribhattananvar | GAD Gene Sequences in Xenopus

Caroline Golino | Transcriptomic Analysis of Notch-Perturbed Embryos

Jasmin Green and Faraz Rahman | Metagenomic assessment of viral community change associated with stormwater runoff in a wet retention pond

Stephen Gurley | Chromosomal Missteps: Exploring the Role of a Kelch-like Protein in Meiotic Divisions

Virginia Henson | The Correlation Between Milkweed Population Density and Insect Pollinator Diversity

Danielle Horridge | Factors Affecting the Gene Expression of SabA in Helicobacter pylori

Reuben Levy-Myers | Huntington's and Slx5 - the party is in the nucleus

Xiaoxue Lin and Caitlin McCaig | Diverse Mechanisms to Make a Hermaphrodite in Nematodes

Lyndah Lovell | Investigation of Three Noninvasive Sensory Recordings: Pattern ERG, Diffuse Optical Tomography, and ABR

Spencer Millen | Genetic and pharmacologic inhibition of axon degeneration in songbird

Jenna Milstein and Mary Shea | Searching for SIMs

Nathalie Moore | Fire Down Under: How does fire influence habitat use of a small songbird in Northern Territory, Australia?

Pablo Ordonez and Jasmin Cruz | Exploring Germline Organization in Evolutionarily Diverse Nematodes

Caitlin Paisley | The Role of Calcium Signaling in Neurotransmitter Phenotype Specification

Daniel Rosenberg and Mathew Veenstra | Investigating Nuclear Autophagy & Localization in Human Cancer Cell Lines

Stacey Trackenberg | How do changes in offspring provisioning influence larval and juvenile development in seastars?

Morgan Uland | In Search of the Giant Virus

Melanie Berger | Gas Phase Chemistry of Alcohol Amines

Jahan Cooper | Developing Methodologies for the Stereo-Controlled Synthesis of Disubstituted Tetrahydropyrans and Applications Towards the Total Synthesis of Polyrhacitides

Patrick Crossland | A Series of Cobalt Complexes for the Catalytic Generation of Hydrogen

Alba Evans and Gerardo Ayala | Copper(I) Complexes of 2,3-Diphenylquinoxaline

Benjamin Fortman | Characterization of Historical Lime Mortar using single sided Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Joseph Handy | Synthesis of Ligands in Copper Metal Organic Complexes

Katherine Henke | Development of a Lab View Program to Control a Home-Built Guided Ion Beam Instrument

John Kean and Seth Greenspan | Plasmon Enhancement of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Jared King | Data Analysis Using Bayesian Statistics in Single Sided NMR

Michael Lichstrahl | The Stereoselective Synthesis of 1,3-Diols in the Natural Products Polyrhacitide A and B

Mary Matecki | Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy and Its Uses in Art Conservation

Johnathan Maza | The Utilization of Unnatural Amino Acids in Bioconjugation Technology

Matthew Nelli and Meagan Gay | Towards the Total Synthesis of Peramine

Marshall Padilla | Photosensitive GFP Mutants Containing an Azobenzene Unnatural Amino Acid

Emily Parrish | Using HPLC-MS to Identify proteins from wild type and mutant strand of Heliobactor pylori

Zachary Perkins | Synthesis of Alkylated Ketones For Future Bi Catalyzed Cyclic Ether Construction Through Oxocarbenium Intermediate

Jacob Robins and Kyujin Kim | Stereoselective Synthesis of the Bicyclo[2.2.2]diazaoctane Family

Hannah Shenouda | The Effect of Electron-Withdrawing Substituents on Bismuth-Catalyzed THP Formation

Christina Stephens | The generation of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species following irregular metal ion uptake during PrpSc infection

Jenna Tan and John Rose | Electron Transfer Kinetics of Rhodamine Derivatives in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Stephanie Till | Investigation of Mixed-Ligand Hg(II) Complexes Prepared from N4 Donor Ligands

Jill Williamson and Nick Angello | Domino Reactions with Dihydrooxazinone Precursors

Congqi Yang and Mark Broderick | Cu (I) networks with polycyanoaromatic ligands

Wanji Zhang | Immobilization of Proton Reduction Catalysts on TiO2 Semiconductor 

Environmental Science & Policy
Jacqueline Huettenmoser and Olivia Trani | Keeping terrapins out of crab traps: do visual and other cues matter?

Matthew Goetz | SunEye Solar Panel Feasibility Assessment

Anna Jay | Accuracy and Repeatability of Biological Aging Methods for Crassostrea Virginica (Eastern oyster): Applicability to Fossil and Archeological Specimens

Sruveera Sathi | Developing a Dual-Modality Contrast Agent for Ultrasound and Photoacoustic Imaging

Julie Krask | Metal-mediated ammonium oxidation: a novel pathway to dinitrogen in marine sediments

Danielle Hall  | Changes in faunal community structure after heat induced die-offs in a Chesapeake Bay eelgrass bed (Zostera marina L.)

Kaitlin Kressin and Colleen Leathrum | Synaptic Adaptations to Muscle Unloading in Male and Female Rats

Ellen Shaffrey, Kaitlin Kressin, and Matt Adan | Unloading-Induced Adaptations of Male and Female Myofiber Profiles

Colleen Leathrum | Sex Specific Neurophysiological Adaptations to Unloading

Haomiao Li | Effective Fisheries Harvest Strategy and Implementation

Elise Braatz | A Mathematical Model of Insulin Resistance in Parkinson's Disease

John Kittle, Panya Vij, and Austin Tapp | Effects of distracter exposure in aged rats

Jaclyn Iannucci | Effects of Adolescent Nicotine on   Context-Dependent Memory Retrieval

Haley Bauser | Utilizing the Farady Effect in Rubidium vapor as a Polarization controller for Light Entanglement

Paulo Black | Flux Investigations for Neutrino Experiments in the NuMI Beam

Brandon Buncher | Beam-Normal Asymmetry of Pion Electroproduction

Eve Chase | CHIPS: Building a Bigger Neutrino Detector

Christopher Haufe | GEANT4 Simulation of Detector Properties in the MOLLER Experiment

Wade Hodson | Memory and the Arrow of Time

Daniel Kang | Quantum transport in two-dimensional systems

Alice Perrin | 3D Printing Scintillating Detectors for Field Emission Detection in Niobium Cavities

Kelly Roman | Electromagnetically Induced Transparency and Four-Wave Mixing in a Rubidium Vapor Cell

Marcus Starman | Effect of Hyperons on Asymmetries Measured in the Qweak Experiment

Owen Wolfe | Laser Locking Systems           

Dmitriy Zhigunov | A Symplectic Integrator Approach to Acoustic Event Horizons

Katarina Fleckenstein, Laurel Brockenberry, Robyn Endsley, and Edmund Lichter | The Impact of Emotional Expression on Internalizing Symptoms in an Adolescent Population

Kaitlin Oberg and Lauren Piulson | The Effect of Caloric Information on Food Choices in Restrained and Unrestrained Eaters

Emily O’Gorman | Exercise and its Effect on Attentional Bias to Foods

Naomi Parr and Natalee Price | Associations of Peer Friendships and Peer Victimization with Youth's Somatization

Sarah Perry | An Examination of Incarceration, Motherhood, and Recidivism

Angelina Schiano, Lulu Xu, and Alan Chiang | The Relationship between Taste Sensitivity for Monosodium Glutamate, Food Neophobia, and Daily Consumption of High-Protein Foods