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Oral 10: Eliza McKinney – The Living Tomb: Victorian Discourse about Female Seclusion in the Orient

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Faculty mentor: Nadja Durbach
This project analyzes the language of Victorian, British women’s writing about female seclusion in India, namely the use of the terms zenana, purdah, and harem, and the surrounding rhetoric regarding these terms.
Watch my research presentation below.
Questions or comments? Contact me at: elizathebrute@gmail.com
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Poster 1: Seth Ack – Diagnostic Capabilities of Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing for COVID-19

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Faculty mentor: Lars Laurentius
In this project, we focused on reviewing the current testing methods for diagnosing COVID-19 in patients that have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 . My role as part of this project was to examine the current capabilities and limitations of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) in detecting the presences of SARS-CoV-2 RNA. This was accomplished through an extensive literature analysis evaluating the effect of sample type, timing of sample collection, and type of NAAT used.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: sack@pugetsound.edu
 
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Oral 3: Matthew Findlay – REMEDI-COVID19

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Faculty mentor: Kevin Shah
As COVID-19 spreads across the world, it has become apparent the virus has the alarming capacity to damage cardiovascular health. It appears that this damage is caused by excessive inflammatory molecules that can flood the body when a patient has a severe infection with COVID-19. Thus, by analyzing specific biomarkers of inflammation, it is hoped that physicians will be able to predict when a patient battling COVID-19 is at risk for suffering adverse cardiovascular events.
Watch my research presentation below.
Questions or comments? Contact me at: mattcfindlay@gmail.com
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Poster 5: Tayla Chiang – Multiplexed Detection of COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Biomarkers for Diagnosis

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Faculty mentor: Lars Laurentius
This project involved an extensive study of the current literature for COVID-19 diagnostic tests to better understand the testing criteria and their effectiveness. The focus is on laboratory and point-of-care based serological tests to identify SARS-CoV-2 infected individuals. These tests detect antibodies in blood produced by the immune system to fight the virus. Results from samples obtained at different times post infection onset and different types of serological test will be discussed.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: tayla.chiang@utah.edu
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Poster 44: Emily Martin – Identifying the Structure of the Zeaxanthin/GSTP1 Complex

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Faculty mentor: Martin Horvath
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in wealthier nations and there is currently no way to slow or stop the progression of the disease. Xanthophylls help protect the macula from oxidative light damage, but we don’t know much about how they interact with binding proteins. I used the molecular docking program AutoDock Vina to come up with likely solutions to the structure of the GSTP1/Zeaxanthin complex.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: emily.martin2020@gmail.com
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Poster 46: Sonia Sehgal – Finding the Role of Biological Probes in MUTYH

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Faculty mentor: Martin Horvath
In this project, MUTYH will be studied through computational modeling and an activity assay to find biological probes that can bind to the protein and affect its function. Currently, the role of Base Excision Repair (BER) pathway in cancer is still unclear, making it challenging to find therapeutic interventions. These probes can later be tested in animal models and may serve as the foundation for anticancer drug discovery.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: soniasehgal499@gmail.com

 

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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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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1018712@umail.utah.edu


 
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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.
Watch our research presentation below.
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.
Watch our research presentation below.
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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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1222378@utah.edu
 


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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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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1002247@utah.edu
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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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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u0856407@utah.edu
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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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Virtual Interview Tips
Resources available for practice interviews
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Please Note: This workshop is open to students who are currently applying for University of Utah health professional programs.
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PathMaker Scholars Summer Workshop Series

The summer workshop series are free online workshops created for high school junior, seniors, and early undergraduates. Our goal with this series is to provide students with resources and information they might need to help prepare them for college. The workshops will cover various topics such as resume building, interviews with current Medical and PhD students, financial wellness, and many more. Students who complete a minimum of 8 workshops, will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the summer.
If you are interested in attending the Workshop Series, please see the information below for instructions on how to sign up:
Workshop Structure
All workshops will be conducted over Zoom. Prior to the first workshop, you must download the Zoom application on your computer or smart phone. Helpful directions can be found here. Audio and video connection is strongly preferred and encouraged. Each workshop will consist of a presentation with Q&A, in addition to ongoing dialogue with workshop participants and presenters. There will be interactive features such as polling, group breakout sessions, and more. Come ready to participate and ask questions!
Participation Expectations
Your attention and participation during the Workshop Series is expected. Our team, presenters, and guests have worked hard to organize and facilitate these workshops, so please respect their time and effort. If you commit to being at a presentation we are expecting you to come prepared and ready to engage.
Registration
Registration is required for each meeting individually. Attendance and participation in a minimum of 8 workshops will earn you a Certificate of Completion at the end of the summer. Registration links below:

June 3: How to Finance your College Education
June 10: Perfecting your Resume & Personal Statement
June 17: Building Professional Relationships
June 24: Maintaining Social & Emotional Health in College (limited space available)
July 1: Cultivating a Culture of Diversity & Inclusion (limited space available)
July 8: Keeping a Growth Mindset in Academia
July 15: Finding Employment in College
July 22: Interview with Medical School & STEM Graduate Programs
July 27: Student Involvement in College
July 29: Interview with Current STEM Undergrads & Graduate Students

Questions?
Email pathmaker@hci.utah.edu


Resources for Undergraduate Researchers During COVID-19

Below are some links to centers and services around campus that can help support you through COVID-19.  
University Counseling Center >>
Mindfulness Center >>
Student Success Advocates >>
Center for Student Wellness >>
Feed U Pantry >>


Robert Keaney – Warrior Spirit Tooele Combat Sports Program

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Faculty mentor: Elizabeth Archuleta
The Research Project, attempted to equip folks at the Warrior spirit drug recovery center with the means to create their own Combat Sports Program. This Research project was made possible by donations from the University Capstones funding. 
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Mark Van der Merwe – Learning Continuous 3D Reconstructions for Geometrically Aware Grasping

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Faculty mentor: Tucker Hermans
Deep learning has enabled remarkable improvements in robotic grasp synthesis for previously unseen objects from partial object views. However, existing approaches lack the ability to explicitly reason about the full 3D geometry of the object when selecting a grasp, relying on indirect geometric reasoning derived when learning grasp success networks. In this work, we utilize learned reconstructions to explicitly model geometry in a constrained optimization grasp synthesis algorithm.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: mark.vandermerwe@utah.edu

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Poster 38: Justin Krier – Mapping of Ultra Low Velocity Zones in the Core-Mantle Boundary

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Faculty mentor: Michael Thorne
Using earthquakes to look for Ultra Low Velocity Zones. This study is looking at a region under the Samoan Islands.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1137195@utah.edu
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Poster 00: Mercedes Brown – Discourse of Difficulty: Trauma-Based Masculinity in Foster Care

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Faculty mentor: Kim Hackford-Peer
The current narrative of boys in foster care is that they are all too damaged from childhood trauma to ever recover, and their future possibilities are limited. My project is about tracing the ways that toxic masculinity and these traumatic childhood occurrences are reinforcing each other. The significant contribution my project will make is outlining an intervention in that narrative that allows us to simultaneously acknowledge these boys as important members of our community.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: HMsadiebrown@gmail.com


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Poster 0: Treasure Lundskog – Impact Of Mother’s Depression, Anxiety, Emotion Dysregulation, And Early Childhood Trauma On Hair Cortisol Levels During Pregnancy

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Faculty mentor: Elisabeth Conradt
Depression and anxiety are prevalent among pregnant mothers. Therefore, it is important to understand the implications maternal mental health may have on future maternal and offspring health. Understanding the physiological basis of maternal mental health and stress is also necessary as it may lead to better detection of maternal mental health deficits. This study examines several mental health variables and their relations to prenatal hair cortisol concentrations.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: treasurelundskog@gmail.com


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Poster 2: Luke Jowers – Partisanship’s Impact on Voting Behavior

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Faculty mentor: Scott Schaefer
This project answers the question of how much partisanship impacts voting behavior. The results make three unique and important contributions. First, that partisanship is a significant factor in determining an person’s likelihood to vote. Second, the 2016 election marked a shift towards increased involvement from extreme partisans. And third, as is shown in the Utah analysis, the general partisanship of the precinct that you live has a significant impact on a voter’s likelihood to vote.
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Poster 172: Crystal Spagnuolo – Establishing A Temporal Distribution for Ceramics of the Virgin River Branch of the Ancestral Puebloan

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Faculty mentor: Brian Codding
Dating archaeological sites is important for establishing patterns in settlement, trade, resource use, and population of prehistoric peoples. Unfortunately, direct techniques are not always possible. Using a relative dating system that employs ceramics is a cost-effective alternative. Here I have established a temporal model for ceramics found on sites that have had direct dating, to create a cross-reference that can be used by other researchers working in the Virgin River area.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: crystal.spagnuolo@utah.edu

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Poster 153: Shelby Dibble – Gender Disparities in the Evidence of Prehistoric Conflict Bears Ears National Monument

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Faculty mentor: Brian Codding
This project is the first to create a comprehensive database for conflict and trauma in Bears Ears National Monument. The end result is a descriptive examination of trauma on the osteological record in the region, specifically separated by gender disparities.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: shelby.dibble@gmail.com

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Poster 146: Nathan Caines, Devon Jecmen, James Beekhuizen – Assessment of Glucose’s Role in Cognitive Control

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Faculty mentor: Sara LoTemplio
Research suggests that both cognitive control and self-regulation share blood glucose as a common limiting resource, which we explore through a double-blind placebo-controlled crossover experiment. Using EEG, we measure the ERN in response to both glucose supplementation and placebo. We theorized that the consumption of glucose would increase the peak of the ERN compared to placebo. However preliminary data has not shown supportive evidence of this hypothesis.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at:
Nathan natecaines@gmail.com
Devon u1198996@utah.edu
James james.beekhuizen@utah.edu
 
 
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