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. 

February 8, 2022
@ the Utah state Capitol Building

COVID update:
ROCH comprises in-person poster presentations from the University of Utah and USU in the rotunda at Capitol Hill. The Office of Undergraduate Research encourages weekly testing, vaccinations, and mask wearing for all in-person student presenters. Any person who is symptomatic with cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, or worried about their exposure (or exposing vulnerable house-hold members) are encouraged to remotely participate.


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.

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Aasutosh Acharya (Anil Seth) - Vast stellar population size measurement using only Gaia EDR3
Alexander Brill (Shannon Boomgarden) - Prehistoric Irrigation and Corn Morphology
Rachel Compton (Anandh Babu Pon Velayutham) - Effect of Dietary Strawberry on Brown Fat in C57Bl/6J Mice Fed High-Fat-Diet
Suzi Creveling (Tommaso Lenzi) - Natural stair ambulation with a robotic leg prosthesis for individuals with above/knee amputation
Shaistah Din (Marissa Diener) - Cytomegalovirus education improves pregnant women's awareness and prevention behaviors
Kaylon Draney (Jeffrey Bates) - Synthesis and Characterization of Materials Properties of a Biological Superabsorbent Polymer for Single-Use Consumer Product Applications
Gauri Garg (Adam De Havenon) - Correlation of Physical Activity and Nutrition with White Matter Hyperintensity
Lauren Gleave (Akiko Kamimura) - Perceptions Surrounding and Efficacy of Utah's Sex Education Among College Students
Sydney Larsen (Anandh Velayutham) - Short-term Supplementation with Dietary Blueberries Increases Commensal Gut Microbes in Diabetic Mice
Brooke Larson (Julie Hollien) - Investigating the degradation pathways responsible for clearing toxic misfolded proteins.
Cameron Mercer (Bruce Gale) - Rapid Fabrication of a Dynamic Alveolar Microphysiological System with an Integrated Extracellular Matrix Membrane
Briggs Miller (William Brazelton) - The Lost City Hydrothermal Field: A Look Into Microbial Diversity and Clues Into the Emergence of Life on Earth
Melika Moeinvaziri (Akiko Kamimura) - Mental health among uninsured primary care patients during the COVID-19 pandemic
Azeem Mohammed (Randy Jensen) - Compiling Cell Viability Data for Vitro Studies: Improving the Efficacy of Treatment for Meningioma Tumors
Emily Nevarez (Akiko Kamimura) - Mental health among uninsured primary care patients during the COVID-19 pandemic
Sohyun Park (Annie Fukushima) - Marketing for Gender-Based Violence Consortium
Shaylie Platten (Sara LoTemplio) - Anxiety, Working Memory, and Event Related Negativity
Justinas Sapiega (Christopher Depner) - Impact of Shift Work on Risk of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
Jessica Sharma (Marissa Diener) - Cytomegalovirus education improves pregnant women's awareness and prevention behaviors
Anish Singh (Erik Jorgensen) - Total Topography of the Dorsal Cord in C. elegans
Madeleine Sorenson (Rebecca Utz) - Live Hospice Discharge: A Critical Analysis About the Ethics of Ending Hospice Care for Terminal Patients
Sabrina Su (Jay Kim) - Integration of a pneumatically actuated microvalve pump with in vitro cell culture to study the mechanobiological response of the trabecular meshwork
Heba Sultan (John David Symons) - The influence of time-restricted feeding on arterial function in obese mice
Olivia Walker (Rob Macleod) - The Effect of Changing Conductivity on Cardiac Excitation

Research on Capitol Hill Press

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

Past Presenters