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Research On Capitol Hill (ROCH)

The Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of Government Relations and the Office of Undergraduate Research select students each year to exhibit their work via posters to Utah State legislators. ROCH demonstrates the importance of undergraduate research and creative work from the top two research universities in this state: University of Utah and Utah State University.

January 18, 2024
State Capitol Rotunda


To be eligible to Apply for ROCH participation, you must:

  • be a currently-matriculated and enrolled University of Utah undergraduate student
  • have graduated from a high school in Utah (preferred)
  • be working with a University of Utah faculty mentor on research or creative work
  • commit to attend ROCH at the State Capitol in addition to mandatory meetings prior to the day of ROCH
  • have not previously participated in ROCH


Complete the online SUBMISSION FORM and submit an abstract of 300 words describing the research or creative work. Applications will open up in the fall semester.

Submission Opens: October 1, 2023
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2023

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Arnel Besic (Connor Bischak) - Electropolymerized Organic Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conductors for Use in Bioelectronic Devices
Lauren Carn (Lynn Deboeck) - Improving Mental Health Through the Arts
Eliza Diggins (Melodie Weller) - Constructing International Trade Networks to Predict the Origin of Trade Mediated Pathogens
Kenzie Fleming (Aaron Fischer) - Developing Asynchronous Teleconsultation Supports for Educators Who  Serve Rural Students with Disabilities
Tanner Frahm (Rami Alharethi) - Fully Magnetically Levitated Continuous Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device: Are We There Yet?
Jordyn Gagon (Moriel Zelikowsky) - Control of Isolation Induced Aggression Through Activation of Medial Prefrontal Cortex Neurons
Sydney Gilliland (Lauri Linder) - Evaluating the Usability of a Revised Symptom Assessment App for Children with Cancer
Brendan Hatch (Lisa Diamond) - Social Safety Among Multiracial Individuals in Utah
Rachel Hill (Melodie Weller) - The binding affinity of HDV antigen to mtDNA and its role in Sjogren's syndrome patients
Oliver Hubbard (Hamid Ghandehari) - Reducing Drug Adsorption in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Circuits: Propofol Extraction and Analysis
Hakop Kardzhyan (Lauri Linder) - Health Narratives of Children with Cancer Using an mHealth App
Kitsel Lusted (Michael Free) - Temperature Dependence of Biooxidation of Coal-Based Pyrite
Carter Niedert (Bruce Edgar) - Identification of Potential Oncogenes via a RNAi Screen in Drosophila Melanogaster
Emily Nuibe (Candace Reno) - Norepinephrine as a Mediator of Cardiac Arrhythmia with Hypoglycemia
Kiyo Obayashi (Julie Hollien) - The Role of the Unfolded Protein Response in Cellular Quiescence
Nizhoni Porter (Anandh Velayutham) - Dietary Blueberries to Improve Oral Dysbiosis
TiminaInisa Powaukee (Fatma Tuncer) - Immediate Lymphatic reconstruction for preventing cancer-related lymphedema: preliminary experience of a single cente
Keaton Rosquist (Anandh Velayutham) - Blueberry Supplementation Improves Gut Health in Preclinical Model
Sarthak Tiwari (Frank Sachse) - Combining Machine Learning Approaches with Light Scattering Spectroscopy to Differentiate Tissue Using Nuclear Density
Rebecca Urban (Jacob George) - Timing Cues Enhance Intensity Discrimination at Low Electrocutaneous Pulse  Frequencies
Nathan Wallace (Jacob George) - A Low-Cost, Multiarticulate, Upper-Limb Exoskeleton
Caton Weinberger (Lee Raby) - Infant Attachment Security as a Predictor of Academic Outcomes among Children who Experienced Early Adversity: A Mediational Analysis Examining Executive Functioning and Language Skills during Early Childhood
Emi Wickens (Anne Kirby) - Family Caregivers: A qualitative study of similarities and differences among a variety of caregiver experiences
Zane Zobell (Joseph Palatinus) - Characterization of GJA1-20k Expression in the AC16 Proliferating Cardiomyocyte Cell Line

Research on Capitol Hill Press

2023 - @THEU

2022 - @THEU - PHOTOS

2021 - Virtual event

2020 - @THEU - Deseret News - PHOTOS

2019 - UNews - PHOTOS

2018 - Press Release - PHOTOS

2017 - Press Release - PHOTOS - Deseret News

2016 - Press Release - Deseret News - Daily Utah Chronicle - Salt Lake Tribune - PHOTOS

2015 - Press release - Daily Utah Chronicle

2014 - Press release - Deseret News

2013 - Press release

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