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Congratulations to all 2023 Student Scholar Symposium Winners

The 2023 Student Scholar Symposium was held on March 27 and 28 in the UCF Student Union, Pegasus Ballroom. Over 600 students presented in 5 sessions and winners were selected by faculty judges.

Graduate Winners 

Christopher Ngo       
The Use of a Designer Nanozyme to Mitigate Osteoclastic Formation

Margaret Kalka, Breon Clark, Joshua Guzman        
Comparing Exercise and Pharmaceutical Interventions in the Treatment of Cognitive Impairment: A Systematic Review

Jennyfer Vivas Gomez           
Ultrasonic Piezo-Transducer Integrated With Field Effect Piezo-Transistor

Balaashwin Babu      
Mitigating Spaceflight Osteopenia Using Radioprotectant Ceria Nanoparticle (CNP) Drug Delivery System

Jordan Schotz
Revisiting Visual Cues of Trustworthiness in a Believable Social Environment: Unique Effects of Social vs. Nonsocial Cues on Trust-Related Behavior

Debanjana Dey          
Third-Party vs Owner Management in the Vacation Rental Market: Evidence From Airbnb


Undergraduate Winners

Alina Wise     
Analyzing the Relationship Between the Quality of Life and Race of Lung Cancer Survivors

Jay Rusch                   
Examining Distinct Suicidal Crisis Triggers in Individuals Who Struggle With Substance Misuse

Lauren Abbitt            
Role of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Response in Parainfluenza Virus Acute to Persistent Infections

Sahiba Ahmed           
Exploiting Multiplex CRISPRi to Identify and Prioritize Synergistic Drug Targets in Mycobacterium Abscessus

Marie Burdett           
Flower Power: Using Native Plants to Enhance Pollinator Habitat in Suburban Developments

Samantha Stoltz       
Transition Metal Tuned Nanoceria for Targeted Biomedical Use: Selective Prooxidant/Antioxidant Character and Implications in a Cancer System

Jean Jerome   
Ultrahigh Drug Loaded Micelles for Drug Delivery Applications

Rafael Leite   
The Effects of Virtual Reality Based Mindfulness Meditation on Cognition

Parth Nakirikanti      
Attention, Working Memory, and Adaptive Functioning in Emerging Young Adults With Psychometrically-Defined Schizotypy

Michelle Bondzie      
Unmoored: Capturing Identity, Change, and Executive Dysfunction on Film

Graduate Winners

Gabriel Benson          
Testing Halodule Wrightii Planting Methods and Improving Site Selection in Mosquito Lagoon, FL

Justine Renziehausen
Reliability of an Intermittent Handgrip Fatiguing Protocol

Julio Hector Ojeda Velarde  
Sequence-Independent Assay for the Quantitation of HIV Viral Loads

Andres Kaosaar         
Nonlinear Dynamics of Team Affect for Long-Duration Spaceflight

James Rujimora, Dania Fakhro         
Adverse Childhood Experiences as Predictors of Treatment Outcomes in a Training Clinic

Itunu Ilesanmi
Assessing the Barriers to Reintegration Among Returnees

Undergraduate Winners 

Christina Beck, Seamus Walker       
Review of Nuclear Surface Colors and Size Estimates of Centaurs 95P, 158P, 174P, and P/2019 LD2

Elaina Berger 
Reactivity and Cloud Condensation Nuclei Activity of Fresh and Oxidized Maleic Acid Aerosol Particles

Katina Chris   
The Role of Multitasking and Technology Use in Vigilance Performance and Processing Speed

Savannah Dugger     
Faith in People or Faith in Technology: A Study of Personality and Trust in Technology

Venkata Naga Sreelalitapriya Duvuuri        
Using Single-Nuclei Data for Cell-Type Specific Nuclear Marker Discovery

Sam Klopp     
High Pressure Ignition Study of Methane and CO2 Near 200 Bar in a Shock Tube

Hope Miller, Sebastian Garcia, Carol Merengwa, Michelle Bondzie         
New Exhibition Video for WellsBuilt Museum of African American History & Culture

Justin Nazario
Medial Prefrontal Cortex and Superior Temporal Activation in Transgender College Students Utilizing Chosen Surnames: A Review

Jacquilyn Reilly  
Designing Inorganic Charge Transport Layers for Perovskite Solar Cells

Graduate Winners 

Holly Moots   
First In-Class LAT-1 Efflux Agonists for the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancers.

Jonathan Beausejour
The Effects of Training Near Volitional Fatigue on Motor Unit Properties in Previously Trained Adults

Michael Lafferty        
Coloring Graphs With No Kt-S Minor

Brianna Muir 
Exploring Maternal Health and Mortality in Roman Egypt (50 – 350 CE): A Case Study From Kellis 2 (Dakhleh Oasis)

Yu-Shan Huang         
When Green Companies Cultivate Non-Green Consumers: The Role of Moral Delegation in Pro-Environmental Behavior


Undergraduate Winners 

Kathleen Velez          
Assessing the Effects of Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on Interferon Alpha (IFN-𝛼) Primed Interleukin-2 (IL-2) Responses by Primary Human T Cells.

Katherine Johnsen    
The Potential of Constructed Treatment Wetland Systems to Be Used as Effective Microplastic Mitigation Tools

Bethany Bradshaw   
A Comparison of Traditional Versus Functional Resistance Training Programs on Functional Outcomes in Older Adults: A Proposal

Brenda Martinez Rodriguez 
Reduced Ms NnlA Degrades N-Nitroglycine to Glyoxylate, Nitrite, and Ammonium.

Connor Shrader        
Predation and Harvesting in Spatial Population Models

Saoulkie Bertin         
Setting Local Nicotine Policy and Attitudes: An Anthropological Analysis of Nicotine Activist Groups and User in Central Florida

Quang Hong Phuoc Thai       
Usefulness and Aesthetics as Drivers of Intention to Follow Depression Self-Help Accounts on Social Media

Kelsey Robinson, Viviana Rivera      
Art in Pediatric Prosthetic Limbs: Methods and Creative Design

Graduate Winners

Anamaria Morales Alvarez   
GPR84 Receptor: A Novel Metabolic Checkpoint Blockade for Cancer Immunotherapy

Piotr Lagod    
The Role of Propionic Acid in Glial Cell Over-Proliferation and Neuro- and Gastrointestinal-Inflammation Associated With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Hunter Miller, Nicholas Coletti, Zofia Haack
The Effectiveness of Sequential Quadriceps Contractions on Rectus Femoris Contractile Properties Post Acute Acl Reconstruction as Measured by Tensiomyography

Rajkumar Dhar          
Noninvasive Detection of Intracranial Pressure Using Pulsation of Tympanic Membrane

Oluwaseun Farotimi, Christine DeStefano  
An Enhanced Preparation Model (EPM) for Improving Educational Outcomes: Measuring Pre-Service Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy

Undergraduate Winners

Emily Fackler 
Do Genes Influence the Migratory Timing of Great Reed Warblers?

Ayden Kelly, Nicole Boisson 
Effect of Clay and Organic Matter Additions on Carbon Loss From Wetland Soils

Samuel Moldenhauer
Applying AI to Neuropathological Assessment

Eric Han
The Relationship Between Inflammatory Diet Score and Cancer Outcomes: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Anthony Marantino, Keana Paredes
Sensitivity Analysis of Photonic Lantern Effectiveness Due to Degraded Input Conditions

Allyson Shenkman    
An Examination of Diet Change Over Time in the Ais Community of Cape Canaveral, Florida

Hanya Irfan    
Associations Between Shame and Guilt, Self-Esteem, and Health Risk Behavior Among Undergraduate Students

Akhila Damarla, Kishan Vishanagra, Venkata Duvuuri       
Relationship of Ethnic, Racial, and Cultural Concordance to Physician-Patient Communication: A Systematic Review of Observational Studies

Ishaan Patel   
Study of miR-216a Conjugated Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles for Increasing Insulin and Antioxidant Properties of Type 1 Diabetic Pancreatic Beta Cells

Graduate Winners

Adam Reres   
Initial Analysis of Communication Needs and Obstacles for Healthcare Workers of Medically Fragile Adults During COVID-19

Sean Hinkle   
Investigating Behavioral Indicators of Spatial Presence in vr

Brianna Ariza 
The Effect of Osmolytes on Actin Bundling and Bundle Mechanics by Chlamydia Trachomatis Tarp

Andrew Perez, Alison Palmer, Gabriel Collado       
Tensiomyography: Assessing the Immediate Effects of Kettlebell Swings on Lumbar Paraspinal Muscle Function

Ala’ Alhendi   
The Damaging Effect of Upregulated IL-6 on Intestinal Epithelial Integrity and Function in Crohn’s Disease

Session V: Undergraduate

Elisabeth Campbell   
Diverse Expressions of the Black Identity in Jackson, Mississippi: Stories

Akash Rajaram          
Beta-Sheet Seeding of Liquid Coacervates to Induce Liquid-to-Solid Phase Transition

Trenton Lam  
The Effects of Past Betrayals on Trust Behavior

Jennifer Volk, Arya Patel      
Investigating Soil CO2 Flux Among Varying Soil Types and Redox Conditions

Seva Reilly, Marie Hamel, Sydney Carey, Jesse Harris, Ariana Jordan       
Advocating for Aphasia: Using the Performing Arts to Create a Conscious Community

Ronni Creque-Aqui   
Exploiting of CRISPRi and Luciferase-Based Reporters to Find Drug Targets in Mycobacterium Abscessus

Brisilda Bejte 
The Effects of Traditional Versus Functional Resistance Training on Body Composition in Older Adults: A Proposal

Christian Harrs          
Reciprocal Regulation Between DNMT3A/3B and microRNAs 299-3p and 30e Lead to Downregulation of microRNAs Targeting Androgen Receptors in Prostate Cancer

Sophia Stahl  
Lets Break It Down: Treatment Wetlands’ Impact on Clothing Fiber Removal

Melissa Marks
Evaluating Morphometric Analysis of the Talus for Biological Sex Assessment in Ancient Maya and Egyptian Archaeological Populations

Kaitlyn Medina         
How Do Undergraduate Students Studying General Chemistry and Physics Approach Designing Multiple-Choice Questions in Learner Sourcing Communities?

Thank you to our sponsors of the 2023 Student Scholar Symposium