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The Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) is the nation’s largest undergraduate research program at a single institution, where first-year students experience the excitement of scientific discovery firsthand. Participants do real-world research, use cutting-lab equipment, develop technological innovations, and publish papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The end result is students who are better prepared for the future and more likely to excel in the sciences, math and technology. The following posters were created by students in FRI research streams.

 

How to Vote

Vote for your favorite FRI Stream Poster by texting the poster number (example: 200) to (803) 676-7859.
Note: You can only vote once for a single stream.

 

Click here to view the FRI STREAM POSTERS

 

Poster numbers are below:

Competitor ID # Stream Name
200 Aptamer Stream
201 Autonomous Robotics Stream
202 Behavioral Neuro Stream
203 Big Data in Biology Stream
204 Bioactive Molecules Stream
205 Biobricks Stream
206 Biodiversity Discovery Stream
207 Bioprospecting Stream
208 Bugs in Bugs Stream
209 Computational Materials Stream
210 Discovering Signals Stream
211 DIY Diagnostics Stream
212 Energy Analytics Stream
213 Fish Behavior Stream
214 Functional Genomics Stream
215 Gene Networks Stream
216 Glow Worms Stream
217 Luminators Stream
218 Magnetic Matter Stream
219 Microbe Hackers Stream
220 Nanochemistry Stream
221 Plant Pathways Stream
222 Practical Sensors Stream
223 Quantum Computing Stream
224 Robot Learning Stream
225 Supra Sensors Stream
226 Symmetry Stream
227 Urban Ecosystems Stream - Team Mary
228 Urban Ecosystems Stream - Team Ruth
229 Urban Ecosystems Stream - Team Stuart
230 VDS Virtual Cures Stream
231 White Dwarf Stars Stream

 

 

Welcome!

 Please enjoy 3-5 minute lightning talk pitch presentations from 2019-2020 Inventors Practicum Course students.  Inventors students developed innovative products, services, and policies to address real-world STEM challenges posed by professionals in the energy sector, food industry, department of defense, cybersecurity, and in national policy. Each of these projects was in development for under 8 months. Click the presentation cover images below to watch the videos!

 

Thank you to our 2019-2020 Inventors Program  course sponsors

ConocoPhillips logo

Trend Micro logo

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Hacking for Defense

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Dr. James Truchard

as well as our engaged industry mentors from Stratfor, 75th Innovation Command, Whole Foods, Smarter Sorting, Snap Kitchen, PepsiCo, Naturally Austin, and the LBJ Intelligence Studies Project.

 

 

Audience Choice Award

Help us select an Inventors Showcase Audience Choice Award! All visitors to the site may select one Inventors Showcase presentation to receive this honor.

To vote, text the Inventors team ID number (example: B3) to (404) 476-7859

Voting is open from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, April 17. Questions? Email sophia.johnson@austin.utexas.edu.

 

 

Cybersecurity

Spring 2020 Projects Sponsored by Trend Micro 

Revelio - #A1 

Revelio

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GEM Systems - #A2

Gemsystems

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Medical Device Threat Intelligence (MDTI) - #A3

MDTI

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Medical Device Identification with Network Traffic - #A4

MIDD

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HACKING FOR DEFENSE (DOD)

Spring 2020 Hacking for Defense Projects. The Hacking for Defense program is sponsored by the National Security Innovation Network and powered by BMNT, Inc and the Common Mission Project. Also, we'd like to highlight a recent development pivoted off on an older Hacking for Defense project from 2019.

Improving Airmen Mental Health and Well-Being - #B1

StressedOut

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CBRN Group - #B2

CBRN

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Power for Solider Systems - #B3

Power

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 Water Quality Team - #B4

Water

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 SoldierTracking - #B5

StudentAccountability

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 COVID-XD UT20 - #B6

A new twist based on the technology developed for a 2019 H4D Project! We wanted to highlight the ongoing impact of exciting H4D projects with engaged students. 

COVIDH4D

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Food Industry 

Fall 2019 Project Supported by Smarter Sorting

Throw-A-Weigh - #C1

SortSquad

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STEM IN NATIONAL POLICY

Spring 2020 Projects Supported by Stratfor 

Team Biowarfare - #D1

PolicyBioWarefare

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  Agro-Terrorism & Food Animals - #D2

AgroTerror

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  Electric Vehicles & Austin's Future Electricity Demands - #D3

EnergyNeeds

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Click here to download the 2020 Undergraduate research forum abstract book.

click here to download a list of all participants by last name


Audience Choice Awards

Help us select the Audience Choice Award! All visitors to the site may select up to three posters/oral presentations to receive this honor.

To vote, please text the participant's poster number (example: 102) to (737) 214-9299. Note: Please submit one text per vote (up to 3 texts total).

Voting is open from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 17. Questions? Email cnsdev@austin.utexas.edu.

 

Please click the links below to view oral presentations:

 

Kaan Kumru, "Two Methods for Synthesizing Novel Polyketides" - #169

KK2

 

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Aditi Vasudevan, "Testing New Software for Discovering Small Motifs in Sequencing Data" - #170

AV 

 

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 Honorine Destain, "Analyzing snail1b in Zebrafish Cardiac Morphogenesis and Function" - #171

HD

 

 

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Nidhi Kuchmanchi, "Determining the Predictability of Sociability and Anxiety on Mate Choice Behaviors in Female Gambusia affinis" - #173

NK2

 

 

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Chloe Nguyen, "Effects of Host Plant Chemistry on the Concentration of Cyanogenic Compounds in H. charitonia" - #174

CN 

 

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Mariya Raleigh, "Exploration of the Function of miR-17-92 and its Paralogous OncomiR Clusters in CCND1-Driven Mantle Cell Lymphoma and MYCN-Amplified Neuroblastoma"  - #175

MR

 

 

 

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Supawit Chockchowwat, "Learning Mixture Model of Rotation and Translation Invariants of Fourier-Bessel Steerable Principal Component with an Application in Cryo-EM 2D Classification and Class Averaging" - #176

SC2

 

 

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Zoe de Beurs, "Using Artificial Intelligence to Discover Earth-analogue Exoplanets" - #177

ZDB 

 

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Simren Lakhotia, "Novel LAMP-OSD Diagnostic for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever" - #178

SL 

 

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Yu Qin, "Identification of ZNF219 as a DNA Damage Response Factor in Human Cells" - #179

YQ

 

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2020 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FORUM ABSTRACT BOOK

click here to download a list of all participants by last name

 

Audience Choice Awards

Help us select the Audience Choice Award! All visitors to the site may select up to three posters/oral presentations to receive this honor.

To vote, please text the participant's poster number (example: 102) to (737) 214-9299. Note: Please submit one text per vote (up to 3 texts total).

Voting is open from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 17. Questions? Email cnsdev@austin.utexas.edu.

 

Please click on the title name to access posters in the below categories:

 

Biochemistry: Posters 1-30

Biological Sciences: Posters 31-64

Cancer Research: Posters 65-75

Chemistry: Posters 76-85

Computer Science and Computer Engineering: Posters 86-92

Human Ecology: Posters 93-116

Math, Physics and Astronomy: Posters 117-132

Molecular Biology: Posters 133-156 & 181

Neuroscience: Posters 144, 157-168