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2013 Undergraduate Research Forum Winners

2013 Undergraduate Research Forum Winners

The best and most innovative posters and presentations are recognized with awards judged and sponsored by the university, faculty, alumni and industry.

Every Spring, the college celebrates its student-scientists at the one-day Undergraduate Research Forum. More than 200 students present posters describing their research. The best and most innovative posters and presentations are recognized with awards judged and sponsored by the university, faculty, alumni and industry.

This year's forum took place Friday, April 12, 2013.

URF 2013 Winners

 

Congratulations to the Winners!

CNS Award for Excellence in Astronomy Research ($500)
James Diekmann
"The morphology of double-peaked active galactic nuclei"

CNS Award for Excellence in Physics Research ($500)
Allyson Rice
"Molecular motors respond differently to cytoplasmic drag forces"

Microsoft Corporation Award for Excellence in Mathematics Research ($500)
James Farre
"Using pebble game algorithms to find non-generic embeddings of a framework"

Schlumberger Award for Excellence in Computer Science Research ($500)
Prad Nelluru
"Fast, heterogeneous computation of approximate nearest neighbors in high-dimensional space"

Microsoft Corporation Award for Excellence in Computer Science Research ($500)
Dustin Carlino
"Using auctions to determine driver precedence at intersections"

Fortigo, Inc. Award for Excellence in Computational Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry  Research ($500)
Michael Ledbetter
"Continuous in vitro eEvolution of a ribozyme ligase: A model kit for the evolution of a biomolecule"

Luminex Corporation Award for Excellence in Biology Research ($500)
Yelena Kulik
"Synaptogenesis during LTP promotes structural changes in smooth endoplasmic reticulum along developing hippocampal dendrites"

New England Biolabs Award for Excellence in Biology Research ($500)
Bonnie Cole
"Inactivation and characterization of the vertebrate Smoothened gene using TAL effector nucleases"

CNS Award for Excellence in Biology Research ($500)
Thien-Bao (Peter) Nguyen
"Found: Grid cells in humans"

Life Technologies Award for Excellence in Molecular Biology or Genetics Research ($500)
Lindsay Brettmann

Life Technologies Award for Excellence in Biochemistry Research ($500)
Reagan Bandy and Melissa Soto
"Isolation of endophytic fungi derived from Taraxacum officinale and Melissa officinalis and analysis of their natural products for anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties"

Life Technologies Award for Excellence in Biochemistry Research ($500)
Kaarthik Rajendran
"Virtual screening for novel antimalarial drugs"

CNS Award for Excellence in Chemistry Research ($500)
Andrew Pansick
"Organocatalytic method for enantioselective bromolactonization"

Asuragen Award for Excellence in Chemistry Research ($500)
Jason Yoo
"Electrochemical detection of single insulating magnetic particles using a permanent magnet"

Life Technologies Award for Excellence in Public Health, Nutrition, or Biomedical Sciences Research ($500)
Coby Tran and Guadalupe Jasso
"Contribution of thymic stromal cells to T-ALL progression"

CNS Award for Excellence in Public Health, Nutrition, or Biomedical Sciences Research ($500)
Kevin Hu
"Elucidating the action of ethanol on the BK channel"

CNS Award for Excellence in Psychology, Social Sciences and Human Development and Family Sciences ($500)
Kate Pumphrey and Sumaiya Syed
"Improved escape/avoidance in mutant mice with abnormal gene for habenula receptor"

CNS Award for Excellence in Textiles and Apparel Research ($500)
Michelle Villa
"The Santa Anna’s serape case"

SURGe Award for Best Research Interest Poster ($200)
Briana Gray
"The influence of the reformatting of games for mobile interfaces on the gaming industry"

SURGe Award for Best Freshmen Research Initiative Poster ($200)
Aptamer Stream

SURGe Students’ Choice Award ($200)
Jared Bell
"The effects of training intensity on functional outcome following unilateral ischemic insult of sensorimotor cortex in C57BL/6 mice"

SURGe Students’ Choice Award Honorable Mention ($50)
Vanna Hovanky
"Bacterial β-galactosidase enzyme-prodrug therapy: Testing a new approach against colon cancer"

 

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