Undergraduate Science Research Symposium

Celebrating 23 years of undergraduate research in the sciences and mathematics, the Charles Center's annual Science Symposium will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 in the Sadler Center. Poster presentations will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Tidewaters A & B. Oral presentations will be held in the York and James 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.

2017 Science Symposium Schedule
Oral Presentations


Location | JamesRoom
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12:00-1:00 p.m.

Christopher Hambric  |  Potential Stability of Matrix Sign Patterns

Emily Schaal  |  Center Manifolds via Lyapunov-Perron

Emily Gardner  |  Quitting While You're Behind: Examining the Relationship between Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Depression
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1:00-2:00 p.m.

Kaitlyn Dorst  |  The Role of TRP Ion Channels in Inspiratory Burst Generation

Caroline Martin  |  Development and Assembly of Dbx1-derived Neuron

Melissa Guidry |  Quantum noise in a new light: Spatial mode optimization of the squeezed vacuum field
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3:00-4:00 p.m.

Likhitha Kolla  |  Investigating Intra-Tumor Cancer-Stromal Interactions on Autophagy Activity

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

Mark Pownall  |  The Effect of Notch Signaling Perturbation on the Development of X. Laevis


Poster Presentations

Location | Tidewaters A&B

2:00-4:00 

Kelvin Abrokwa-Johnson | Designing and Implementing a Bluetooth Multiplexing and Routing Device

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

Michelle Barbeau | Receptor Gone Rogue: Investigating Localization of a Cancerous Thyroid Hormone Receptor

Melanie Berger, Anna Do, Anwar Radwan, and Dani Long | Gas-phase Hydrogen Deuterium Exchange of Lysine Containing Tetrapeptides and their Fragments

Lydia Boike | Connecting Alzheimer's Disease, Glycolytic Enzymes, and Oxidative Stress

Daniel Borrus | Noise Sources in Finite Channel Current Balance Equations Using Markov Chains

Andrew Burns, Jasmine Ragoowansi, Angela Tuo, and Lisa Farjana | Assessing Neuronal Integrity with Neurophysiology in the Avian Sensory System

Yunming CaoThe Effect of Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX on Histone Deacetylase 6

Lindsay Chatkewitz | Optimization of the Glaser-Hay Reaction in a Biological System

Jiajia Chen and Anna Kenan | The Interaction of ArsS and ArsR in Acid Response of Helicobacter Pylori

Patrick Christian | The Role of MK-STYX in Regulating Autophagy

Cristen Corry and Kate Vannoy | Kinetic Method

Ronica Crevecoeur | Multitasking and Learning: The Effect of Multitasking on Collegiate Level Academic Performance

Jessica Crowley | Modeling the Inhibition of SARM1 in Axon Degeneration 

Ronald Cutler | RNA-Seq Analysis of Anterior-Posterior Rotations on Developing Xenopus Leavis Embryos

Arya DahalMK-STYX on Neuronal Outgrowths

Abigail Davidson and Alex Payne | The Composition and Development of Biofilms in College Creek

Bernadette Deschaine | Harnessing Microbial Community Dynamics for Biofilm Disruption

Ryan DiRisio | Incorporating Foot-of-the-Wave Analysis into Electrocatalytic Measurements of Cobalt Complexes for Hydrogen Generation

Chen Dong | Molecular Mechanisms of Neural Plasticity Folloring Anterior-Posterior (AP) Axis Rotation in Xenopus laevis

Sara Franklin-Gillette | Emotion Identification in the Self and in Others

Alison GerhardBuilding Bridges: Coordination Polymers of Cadmium with Polydentate Ligands

Allison Giles and Natalie Frye | Sound and Space: The effect of auditory stimuli on spatial perception

Dreux Gray, Jen Peek, and Catherine Harvey | SUMO-Targeting of a Stress-Tolerant SUMO Protease

Patrick Grubbs | Comparison of Bycatch Regulation Devices and their Effect on the Exclusion of Terrapins from Crab Traps

Joseph Handy | Comparison of Copper (II) Thiocyanate Pyridine Complexes

Bailey Harlow, Sara Franklin-Gillette, and Danny McNeil | The Mediating Effects of Worry and Sadness Inhibition on Friendship Quality and Social Experiences in Adolescence

Angela Heysel | Gene Expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Biofilm Colonies

Danielle Horridge and June Kim | The Curious Case of OipA in cag Pathogenicity Island Negative and Positive Strains of Helicobacter pylori

Christina Howard | Exploring the Versatility of Unnatural Amino Acids

Jung Huh and Madeline Hamborg | Differential Contributions of Social Anxiety and Autistic Traits to Neural Processing of Emotions

Elizabeth Kelley and Skylar Norman | Total Syntheses of Barettin and Analogues: Applying the aliphatic adol condensation to directly access substituted diketopiperazine targets 

Andrew Kelly | Bismuth Organometallic Networks

William Kim | Examining Hydrolytic Degradation of Polyamide-11 for Indicators of the Ductile-Brittle Transition

Sang KimEnhancing Water Barrier Properties of Epoxy and Acrylic Coatings through Addition of Graphene Oxide

Sindhura Kolachana | Examining Defects of Late Meiotic Prophase in Mutant Alleles of vital C. elegans spermatogenesis gene, spe-26

William Laney | Sharkduino

Shuhan Li | Gender-specific Effects of Muscle Unloading on Neuromuscular Morphology

Xinyu Liu | Effect of Language Priming on Chinese-English Bilinguals' Performance on the Stroop Task

Teri Liu | Amination of Iron Polypyridyl Catalyst

Cameron Lloyd | Effects of Shoot/Don't Shoot Training Simulation Exposure on the Opinions of Police Decision Making Among Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Lyndah Lovell, Ben Swack, Jessica Crowley, and Shakir Naji | SARM1 Manipulation and Modeling of Axon Degeneration

Matthew McGuinness | Building a Model of Remyelination in Multiple Sclerosis

Brianna Meeks | Determining the Genetic Architecture of Plastic Adherence in Yeast

Austin Morrison | Decision-Making in the Game of Golf

Alexandra NordtFriendship Quality and Social Experiences: The Mediating Effects of Worry and Sadness Inhibition

Saloni Patolia | Predicting Cysteine Reactivity with Fluorescent Glutathiones in the Glycolytic Enzymes Lactate Dehydrogenase and Glyceraldehyde-3-Phosphate Deydrogenase

Katherine Peachee | Inflammatory Pathways and Pathogenesis of Parkinson's Disease

Francis Pham | Optogenetic Inhibition of Dbx1-Derived preBotzinger Neurons Disrupts the Breathing Rhythm

Hailey Ramsey | The Effects of Unloading on Myofiber Profiles in Male and Female Rats

Isabel Ritrovato and Elizabeth Ransone | No Relationships between Ambient Noise and Acoustically-related Behaviors in Austrailian Fairywrens

Kylie Ritz and Joshua Sacks | The Mystery of the Mixed Metal Complexes

Simran Rohatgi and Polly Lynch | The Use of Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Time Correlated Single Photon Counting to Study Electron Transfer Dynamics of Rhodamine Dyes

Daniel Rosenberg, David Heo, Emily Cassio, Anna Maximova, and Sara Barlow | Modulating Intra-Nuclear LC3 with Small Molecules Rescues Cells from an Aneuploidogen-Induced Phenotype

Alexis Sedgwick and SJ Rushforth | Hunting(ton's) for the Cure

Anna Seo and Alexa Noronha | Functional Analysis of Various Muscle Types in Young and Aged Rats

Zachary Smith | IRMPD Action Spectroscopy of Cationized Canavanine

Nathan Super | Squeezing Light with Atoms: Generation of Non-Classical Light via Four-Wave Mixing

Sara Taylor | Working Memory, Emotion Processing, and Autistic Behaviors

Sanjana Verma | Exploring Unnatural Amino Acids in Hyperthermophilic Proteins

Emma Walhout, Teresa Gozzo, Matthew Wang, and Nita Takanti  | Protein Proteomics

Daniel Wang and Aseem Randhawa | Determining Gene Function through RNAi Knockdown of the Organogenesis and Maintenance of the Drosophilia Testis Stem Cell Niche

Adom Whitaker | MK-STYX & Motor Proteins: Moving Dynein and Kinesin to the Foreground

Ashley Woodards | Impact of Incarceration on Breastfeeding and Birth Outcomes measured through Case Control Matching

Lauren Yi and Sabrina Bracero | Cloning and Characterization of Purinergic Receptors in Xenopus laevis During Development

Rui Yin | Devloping an In Vitro SUMO-trapping Assay for Biomarker Detection

Emily Zinger | An Investigation of the Influence of Social Ecology on Cognition Style

Julia Zuercher and Mary Cate Duff | Connecting Energy Metabolism and Neurodegeneration: Pyruvate Kinase and Oxidative Stress