ASU undergraduate students and mentors presented their research and creative projects at this year’s New College Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Symposium on April 20, 2017, in La Sala Ballroom at ASU’s West campus. The event featured 50 submitted projects in conference poster format. Following the poster session, a keynote address about black widow spider research was presented by Dr. Chad Johnson, and Dr. Todd Sandrin closed the event with the awards ceremony.
Posters and projects were judged on the following criteria: (1) Coherence/Clarity of Exposition, (2) Flow of Information, (3) Interpretability, (4) Soundness of Methodology, (5) Significance/Timeliness, and (6) Originality. Awards were given to the top presented and non-presented posters and creative projects, and NCUIRE students were honored in the same categories based on total points received.
Congratulations to the following winners!
Best NCUIRE Poster or Creative Project
1st – “Visualizing Immigrant Phoenix: An Urban Ethnographic Collaborative Exhibition.” Cynthia Canez, Crystal Cespedes, Jose Grijalva, Argenis Hurtado Moreno, Hussein Mohamed, Ileen Younan, Christen Garden, Chrystin Sanchez
2nd – “Internal Validation of the T-Bone EX Kit.” Chaitali Patel, Robert Oldt
3rd – “Analyzing Bexarotene Analogs for Cancer Treatment.” Denna Haddad
Honorable Mention – “BullyBlocker: Designing and Implementing a Model to Identify Cyberbullying in Facebook.” Liz Garcia, Chance Brown, Bryan Sawkins
Best Presented Poster or Creative Project
1st – “Synthesis of a Demethylated Bexarotene Analog and a Demethylated Fluoro-Bexarotene Analog for Evaluation as Potential Anti-Cancer.” Tarana Darwaiz, Riley Candia
T-2nd – “The Urban Heat Island’s Impact on Ecdysone Levels Throughout Development of the Western Black Widow.” Claire Moen, Edgar Aragon Ruiz
T-2nd – “Communication in Crafting Circles.” Annaliese Pickett, Lily Ludwig
T-2nd – “Differential Effects of Metal Toxicity on Prosopis juliflora Shoot Growth.” Anthony Gutierrez, Stan Avezov, Alan Terrien, Mekah Abbey, Melanie Boros
3rd – “Phytoremediation technology: Effects of metals on the germination of Larrea tridentate.” Kelsey Stromberg, Kelly Bergin, Abbie Kulinec, Justin Young
Best Non-Presented NCUIRE Poster or Creative Project
1st – “Can Direct Examination Sensitize Jurors to the Scientific Validity of Expert Testimony?” Rebecca Velez, Morgan Hight, Cassandra Hamza, Cassidy Siso, Bibiana Oliveira
2nd – “Optimal Control of the Concentration of Doripenem to Kill P. aeruginosa Strains in a PK/PD Model.” Christopher Graham
3rd – “Analyzing Bexarotene Analogs for Cancer Treatment.” Ereny Aleas, Amanda Mikhail, San Raban
Best Non-Presented Poster or Creative Project
1st – “Dyscalculia.” Jillian Sandor
2nd – “Investigation of Transcription Factor EB and Alzheimer’s Disease in Post-Mortem Human Brains.” Savannah Farley, Douglas Walker, Lih-Fen Lue, Tiffany Tang
3rd – “Black Masculinities, Black Art and Creating Space at the Table.” Ayanna Shambe
Thank you to all students and mentors who submitted their amazing work!