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April is Undergraduate Research Month!

Your guide to Week 2

Our April showcase of undergraduate student research features live events, videos, visual and written research abstracts – and more. Browse this week's research projects, and visit again next week for more projects to come. Don't forget to check out the calendar of live events!

This Week's Departmental Honors Videos

Seniors in the Departmental Honors Program pursue an intensive, yearlong research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Each Honors project culminates in a thesis and oral defense. This month they present their work in 3-minute videos. Check out the example video below and click through to see all of this week's videos.

{{youtube:medium|9fRfQnY3-nE, Paige Little '21: Schizophrenia and Attenuating Attentional Dysfunction}}

More Student Videos this Week

Students across Arts & Sciences completed 3-minute videos describing their research projects. Check out the example video below and click through to see all of this week's videos.

{{youtube:medium|GJZl8nlKF7U, Zachary Clary '21: “Revolutionary, Manumission Abolitionist”: The Problematic Depiction and Contemporary Political Relevance of Slavery and Race in 1776 and Hamilton}}

Written Abstracts from first-year Monroe Scholar projects

Students prepared abstracts describing their research in 250 words. Check out the sample abstract below and click through to see all of this week's abstracts

Katrin Michaelsen '24: Customizable Headache Tracking Application With Smart Watch Connectivity (Computer Science)
 

CUSTOMIZABLE HEADACHE TRACKING APPLICATION WITH SMART WATCH CONNECTIVITY

According to the WHO, up to 5% of adults have a headache every day, and about 12% suffer from migraines. As of the start of this project there were thirty free migraine tracking applications available on the Apple App Store. However, having analyzed these applications, the current selection does not achieve the level of user-friendly customizability required for such a varied disability. Furthermore, there was no application with a meaningful smart watch component. Consequently, the goal of this project was to create a prototype application for headache tracking that allows the user to personalize their experience, while taking advantage of modern technology to accommodate their busy lives. The first portion of this project was spent on carefully designing each aspect of the application, often drawing on personal experiences with migraine tracking applications for inspiration, both positive and negative. Next, each page of the application was created for the phone application. Basic functionality such as navigation bars and back buttons were added to each page. More complicated functions, such as the settings page and data storage, were added as a proof of concept. Next, a watch application was designed and implemented, including connectivity with the phone application. A general function – logging pain level – was added for proof of concept. While there are popular migraine tracking applications, the market is ripe for expansion and improvement. Taking advantage of modern technology and creating a more customizable and easy-to-use experience are two features that will significantly improve headache tracking.

Faculty advisor: Professor Jim Deverick

 
Visual Abstracts

Click through the slide show to view a selection of this week's Visual Abstracts. See all of this week's visual abstracts.

  • Analyzing the Genetic Architecture of Biofilm Formation in Yeast as a Proxy for Pathogenesis

    Ben Epley '22: Analyzing the Genetic Architecture of Biofilm Formation in Yeast as a Proxy for Pathogenesis

  • Barriers and Potential Solutions to Low MCV2 Immunization Rates in Kenya

    Giannette Kokkoris '21: Barriers and Potential Solutions to Low MCV2 Immunization Rates in Kenya

  • Lynchpin synthesis of 1,2-diketones and other 1,2-dicarbonyl derivatives

    Gwyneth Pudner '22: Lynchpin synthesis of 1,2-diketones and other 1,2-dicarbonyl derivatives

  • BOREDOM AND JAIL SENTENCING DECISIONS

    Lynette Tackey '21: BOREDOM AND JAIL SENTENCING DECISIONS

  • Potential Impacts of Social Networking Privacy Settings on Well Being: A Literature Review

    Matthew Wright '22: Potential Impacts of Social Networking Privacy Settings on Well Being: A Literature Review