Poster 28: Shaylynn Trego – Initial Impacts of COVID-19 on Undergraduate Researchers at US Universities

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Faculty mentor: Sara Grineski

As COVID-19 rapidly evolved to pandemic status during Spring 2020, undergraduate education in the United States was altered in unforeseen ways. We conducted a survey of undergraduate researchers during July 2020 to develop an evidence-based understanding of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on undergraduate students’ research experiences. We partnered with undergraduate research program directors at 18 universities to recruit undergraduate researchers to take our survey.

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Poster 33: Aly Hill – Women’s Suffrage in the Utah Territory: An Analysis of Western Influence and the “Mormon Question”

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Faculty mentor: Wanda Pillow

While the Utah Territory’s geographic location and conservative Mormon influence made it an unlikely candidate for women’s suffrage, it was the second Territory in the United States to grant women the right to vote in 1870. The focus of this project was to assess, through archival research, the Utah Women’s Suffrage Movement. By conducting discourse analysis, I identified major themes, the role of media, and the participation of Utah Mormon women as they acquired the right to vote.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1235538@utah.edu

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Oral 8: MacKenzie Ridley, Erica Lampers – Value of Screen Presence in Developing a Sense of Belonging

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Faculty mentor: Beth Howard

With orientation moving to a virtual format in response to COVID-19, first-year students had a very different orientation experience in comparison to students in previous summers. With this move to online, we examined if it was still possible to create a sense of belonging on a virtual platform. Undergraduate researchers recorded students’ level of interaction through Zoom sessions. From this, we were able to determine that a camera being on greatly impacts a student’s level of participation.

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Questions or comments? Contact us at:
MacKenzie, u1088906@utah.edu
Erica, u1238000@utah.edu

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Poster 14: Bernard Li – COVID-19 and Mitigation Considerations: Modelling Emergent Properties of COVID-19

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Faculty mentor: Julio Facelli

The spread of COVID-19 is influenced by social factors, environmental factors, community intervention, and the trajectory of human behavior. This project aims to develop a computational model that addresses all these considerations so that mitigation strategies for COVID-19 can be quickly and sufficiently simulated.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: bernardli123@gmail.com

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Poster 27: Michael Tao – Pregnant During a Pandemic: Preliminary Study on the Impact of COVID-19 Related Stress on Neonatal Outcomes

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Faculty mentor: Sheila Crowell

This study compared archived birth outcome data collected before the onset of Covid to a smaller sample of births during the pandemic. For the births during the pandemic, we expect to find lower apgar scores, lower birth weights, lower birth lengths, lower ponderal indexes, and lower head circumferences. We found that birth outcomes collected for births during the pandemic are no different than birth outcomes before the pandemic.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: michael.tao@utah.edu

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Poster 31: Payton Utzman – A Structural Analysis of the LC MutY Metagenome

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Faculty mentor: Martin Horvath

MutY is a DNA repair enzyme that prevents cancer. The Lost City represents the beginning of life; thus by studying MutY from the Lost City the evolutionary history of this crucial enzyme can be analyzed. The goal of this project was to re-analyze the LC MutY metagenome collected by Dr. Brazelton in 2018 through a structural approach by predicting structures of amino acid sequences and virtually docking nucleotides.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1204624@utah.edu

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Poster 7: Tiffany Farfan – The Disparate Impact of COVID-19 Remote and Online Work on Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Students

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Faculty mentor: Stephanie Shiver

We are examining the impact of COVID-19 requirements that undergraduate research be conducted remotely on undergraduate researchers through UROP, with a focus on the impact of the digital divide on under-served students. While the COVID-19 pandemic has (reasonably) required that we shift this work online, this shift likely has disparate impact on already under-served groups in research due to limited technological resources, location, and additional stressors associated with students’ lives

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: U1276149@umail.utah.edu

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Oral 4: Izzy Fuller, Sam Lakey, Eva Pronovost – Enhancing Education After COVID

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Faculty mentor: Cynthia Furse

Our team focused on the transition to online learning due to COVID-19. Our goal was to learn what went wrong, why, and how we could improve teaching in the future. We used a combination of student and faculty surveys, interviews with faculty, and course feedback from the U of U. We found that COVID-19 did not create problems, but rather amplified existing issues. This presentation focuses on one theme of our preliminary research, communication, including our recommendations to faculty.

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Questions or comments? Contact us at:
Izzy Fuller, fullerisabelj@gmail.com
Sam Lakey, u0923957@utah.edu
Eva Pronovost, evapro19@gmail.com

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Poster 12: Zachary Lauritzen – Nanofiber Filtration Image Processing

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Faculty mentor: Jiyoung Chang

Nanofibers are a promising filter material that have the potential to capture large numbers of water droplets suspended in air. This stage of the project aims to determine the effectiveness of nanofibers in capturing droplets using images captured from a microscope. My task this semester has been to develop image processing software capable of counting the droplets in a video of nanofibers capturing water vapor.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: zachlauritzen@gmail.com

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Poster 29: Sang Truong – Random Particle Motion Simulation Using LAMMPS

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Faculty mentor: Hanseup Kim

My research focuses on learning LAMMPS, Notepad++, and Ovito to simulate particles flowing through a nanogap. I was successful in getting a basic simulation of particles with random motions to flow through a 5 n, gap and track how far into the nanogap the particles were. Furthermore, I was able to track how many were within the nanogap at any given time. However, the simulations are still lacking in crucial detail to prove useful. I will need to better simulate molecules, viruses, and linkers.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: sangkameron.truong@gmail.com

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Oral 6: Olivia McQuarrie – Tracking Uinteneded Effects of Communication and Behaviors Related to COVID-19

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Faculty mentor: Jake Jensen

The goal of this project is to analyze public response to pandemic communication over time. Weekly studies of participants are measuring demographics, media use, unintended effects of communication (information overload, message fatigue, perceived exaggeration, and perceived repetition), and intentions to engage in COVID-19 prevention.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: omcquar@clemson.edu

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Poster 41: Christopher Clyne – Measuring Air Fluorescence Yield for Determining Energies of Cosmic Rays

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Faculty mentor: Dmitri Ivanov

As part of the sFLASH collaboration, I found the constant of proportionality known as Fluorescence Yield linking the amount of fluorescence light produced by high energy cosmic rays in the atmosphere to the primary particle energy of the cosmic rays. I used a FLUKA simulation and past experimental data to reach my result.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: cdclyne@gmail.com

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Poster 18: Jessica Padron-Loredo – Minority Health Disparities and Health Information During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Faculty mentor: Robert C. Welsh

An abundant amount of information regarding COVID-19 is being released every day. Related information has become increasingly accessible by traditional methods and social media, but most of it is in English. This study is designed to survey the Spanish speaking community to determine if they are receiving sufficient information to address their needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Poster 43: Annabel Lee – Exploring Carotenoid Binding Specificty Related to AMD

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Faculty mentor: Martin Horvath

Carotenoids are found in the pigments of brightly colored fruits and vegetables and possess antioxidant properties. There is immense interest in understanding the benefits of the antioxidant properties to alleviate chronic diseases, such as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). With the overarching goal to discover the structure of GSTP1 bound to zeaxanthin, virtual molecular docking is utilized to explore binding specificity of GSTP1 and StARD3.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: annabellee120@gmail.com

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Poster 48: Faizah Siddique – Measuring the Transparency of the Atmosphere Using Data from Telescope Array

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Faculty mentor: Douglas Bergman

My project focuses on attempting to make a measurement of atmospheric transparency using starlight data from the Telescope Array project. I create extinction curves of starlight over time, and I study these plots by fitting them to different exponential models. I make exponential fits based on Rayleigh and aerosol scattering models.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: faizahsiddique@gmail.com

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Poster 20: Shaylie Platten – The Differences in Self-Reported Scores of Relationships Satisfaction of Cancer Survivors with their Caregivers

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Faculty mentor: Kristin Cloyes

In my exploratory summary of past data recorded, I examine the effects of cancer on the relationship satisfaction of cancer survivors and their caregivers.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1182632@umail.utah.edu

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Poster 21: Olivia Richards – Aerogel-based metamaterial design for helicopters

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Faculty mentor: Pai Wang

Our research is focused on metamaterials. We use their wave manipulating abilities to create a new material that will soundproof helicopters. We spent time designing unique cell structures for the material. After, we tested these designs with a finite element analysis program named Abaqus. We used compression to understand how these structures deform as well as how they interact with the cells surrounding them. These findings are important for our next steps toward sound damping behavior.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: olivia.richards@utah.edu

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Poster 39: Keely VandenBerge – A Mentorship Model for Educationally Disadvantaged High School Students Interested in the Nursing Profession

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Faculty mentor: Sara Hart

This project designs, implements, and evaluates a mentorship program for high school students enrolled in a Certified Nursing Assistant Program at Granite Technical Institute and nursing students at the University of Utah. The goal for this mentorship program is to strengthen pathways for diverse nursing students to enter the nursing profession.

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Oral 11: Anh Nguyen – Visualizing the optical near field of noble metal nanoparticle via FDTD method

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Faculty mentor: Jennifer Shumaker-Parry

I have learned Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) calculations with this project. The main software for learning and practicing with this type of calculation is “FDTD Solutions” from Lumerical.I used FDTD method to calculate the E-field distribution for gold nanoparticle on glass substrate with different excitation wavelengths that correspond to wavelengths in the Raman microscope.

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Poster 36: Mary Kathryn Curcio – Collaborating for Child Health and Well-Being: A Pilot RCT of a Collaborative Care Practice between Child Welfare and Child Health Care

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Faculty mentor: Kristine Campbell

Infants with referrals to Child Protective Services for suspected child maltreatment often have social determinants placing them at risk for negative health outcomes. Primary healthcare providers (PCP) are often unaware of the interventions of child welfare caseworkers (CWC) in the lives of these children and families. We hypothesized that a collaborative care practice aligning CWCs and PCPs will improve parental perceptions of infant health, child health care, and child welfare interventions.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: mary.k.curcio@hsc.utah.edu

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Poster 30: Robert Underwood – An Exploration of Alternative Sodium Ion Anode Materials: Metal Organic Framework-Derived Ordered Carbon Structures

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Faculty mentor: Roseanne Warren

Developing Metal-Organic Framework derived carbon materials as alternative anodes for sodium ion batteries better able to support intercalation of the sodium ion than traditional carbons.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: robbieunderwood@gmail.com

 

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Graduate and Professional Mini-Expo

The Genomics Summer Research for Minorities and the Native American Research Internship programs at the University of Utah are hosting a symposium on “Preparing my next steps during uncertain times: applying to graduate school and jobs in industry”. The distinguished invited speakers will provide you with practical tools and resources to help you make your next career steps more comprehensive and accessible.

Date and time: Thursday July 16, 2020 1:30– 3:30 PM MT, via Zoom

Register in advance for this symposium. View the schedule here.

 

Virtual Interview Workshop

Virtual Interview Workshop 

Wednesday, July 22 @ 5 pm on ZOOM

As many health professional programs are moving to virtual interviews for this application cycle, PreProfessional Advising and Career & Professional Development Center will offer tips on how to successfully navigate virtual interviews. Learn how to be a successful applicant in a virtual setting, whether you’re preparing for a recorded or live video interview!

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