Virtual Summer Symposium 2020 – Live July 30 at 8:00am

The Office of Undergraduate Research welcomes you to the 2020 Virtual Summer Symposium!

Welcome! Please click through the links below to learn about the University of Utah's undergraduate research projects through posters and oral presentations. Don't forget to email students at the addresses provided to ask questions and to congratulate them for their excellent work!

Below you will first see a special session on COVID-19 research. Scroll down to then see all presentations, listed by college of the faculty research mentor.

SPECIAL SESSION: COVID-19 RESEARCH

As a top-tier research university, the U is dedicated to conducting transformative research to enhance the lives of our local, national, and global communities. During these challenging times, the U’s research community is working vigorously in response to the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis. At the forefront of these discoveries, student researchers are addressing critical issues of the global pandemic, including the social, psychological, and economic impacts the virus has on our society. 

Through partnerships among the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR), Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Disease (3i) Initiative, and the Office of Undergraduate Research, undergraduate researchers were key contributors to 42 COVID-19 research projects. Congratulations to the undergraduate researchers for your excellent work!

Office of Vice President for Research

Poster 1: SETH  ACK - Diagnostic Capabilities of Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing for COVID-19

Oral 13: ORALIA AGUILAR, JAMI MARGARET HARVEY - Oral Histories in the Era of COVID-19: The Utah Navajo and the Westside of Salt Lake City, Utah

Poster 2: JAKE BALDAUF - Enhancing Transmission Models of Covid-19 with Genomic Data

Poster 3: ALEX BALLINGER - Communicating Research Information and Activities Through Digital Media

Poster 4: BECCA BATEMAN - JASC or mask: could SARS-CoV-2 become "just another seasonal coronavirus"?

Oral 1: DALLEN CALDER - Lessons Learned from COVID-19 to Enhance Research Administration Services

Poster 5: TAYLA CHIANG - Multiplexed Detection of COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Biomarkers for Diagnosis

Poster 6: RACHEL D'AGOSTINI - Synthesis of Easily Sterilizable and Reusable Xerogel Filters for N95 Respirators

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

Oral 2: NIMA FATAHIAN - Defining The Role of Chaperone Mediated Autophagy in Cardiac Pathology

Oral 3: MATTHEW FINDLAY - REMEDI-COVID19

Oral 4: IZZY FULLER, SAM LAKEY, EVA PRONOVOST - Enhancing Education After COVID

Poster 8: KAMERON GOOLD - Using Elemental Abundances to Explore the Star Formation History of the Milky Way

Poster 9: JERRY HOWARD - Drying and sintering of easily sterilizable and reusable xerogel filters for N95 respirators

Poster 10: EMMA KERR - Optimization of magnetic coil geometries for coherent control of electron spin states in organic semi-conductor thin films under strong magnetic drive conditions

Poster 11: AYESHA KHAN - Developing an AI Warning System for Infectious Respiratory Disease Outbreaks

Poster 12: ZACHARY LAURITZEN - Nanofiber Filtration Image Processing

Poster 13: SOMI LEE - Psychological Impact of Social Isolation in Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Poster 14: BERNARD LI - COVID-19 and Mitigation Considerations: Modelling Emergent Properties of COVID-19

Oral 5: ISAAC MARTIN - The number of torsion divisors in a strongly F-regular ring is bounded by the reciprocal of F-signature

Poster 15: ALLISON MCELROY - Understanding Demographic Characteristics of COVID-19 in Utah using a Network Modeling Approach

Oral 6: OLIVIA  MCQUARRIE - Tracking Uinteneded Effects of Communication and Behaviors Related to COVID-19

Poster 16: ASHLEY MERRELL - Investigating the Impact of COVID-19 and Social/Political Activism on College of Science Students

Poster 17: MILAN OXSPRING - Responding to COVID-19 in Higher Education: Lessons Learned From the 2008 Financial Crisis

Poster 18: JESSICA PADRON-LOREDO - Minority Health Disparities and Health Information During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Oral 7: KYLIE PERSSON - High-Throughput Production of Platelet-Like Particles

Poster 19: NATHAN PFAU - Psychological Impact of Social Isolation during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Poster 20: SHAYLIE PLATTEN - The Differences in Self-Reported Scores of Relationships Satisfaction of Cancer Survivors with their Caregivers.

Poster 21: OLIVIA RICHARDS - Aerogel-based metamaterial design for helicopters

Oral 8: MACKENZIE RIDLEY, ERICA LAMPERS - Value of Screen Presence in Developing a Sense of Belonging

Poster 22: LUIS RUFINO - Investigating supersymmetric dark matter with MADHAT

Poster 23: JACOB SCUTT - Experimental Study on the Parametric Acoustic Array and its Applications

Poster 24: BRETT SMITH - Domestic Violence in the Age of COVID-19

Poster 25: MAIA SOUTHWICK, TRACY PHAN - Mental Health Among College Freshmen Displaced By COVID-19

Poster 26: KINCADE STEVENSON - Modeling and Docking Potential eIF4A Inhibitors

Oral 9: ZACHARY TA, SARAH TRELA-HOSKINS – Sleep, Diet, and Physical Activity in the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Poster 28: SHAYLYNN TREGO - Initial Impacts of COVID-19 on Undergraduate Researchers at US Universities

Poster 29: SANG TRUONG - Random Particle Motion Simulation Using LAMMPS

Poster 30: ROBERT UNDERWOOD - An Exploration of Alternative Sodium Ion Anode Materials: Metal Organic Framework-Derived Ordered Carbon Structures

Poster 31: PAYTON UTZMAN - A Structural Analysis of the LC MutY Metagenome

Poster 32: CHRIS WALLACE-CARRETE, MARILISA VEGA - COVID-19 and the Staff Experience at the University of Utah


 

ALL STUDENT PRESENTATIONS LISTED BY MENTOR'S COLLEGE

Cultural & Social Transformation

Poster 33: ALY HILL - Women's Suffrage in the Utah Territory: An Analysis of Western Influence and the "Mormon Question"

Education

Poster 34: LIAM CLANCY - An Analysis of Cross-Cutting Concepts in a Claims-Evidence-Reasoning Focused Physics Course

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

Poster 32: CHRIS WALLACE-CARRETE, MARILISA VEGA - COVID-19 and the Staff Experience at the University of Utah

Engineering

Poster 1: SETH ACK - Diagnostic Capabilities of Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing for COVID-19

Poster 5: TAYLA CHIANG - Multiplexed Detection of COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Biomarkers for Diagnosis

Oral 4: IZZY FULLER, SAM LAKEY, EVA PRONOVOST - Enhancing Education After COVID

Poster 11: AYESHA  KHAN - Developing an AI Warning System for Infectious Respiratory Disease Outbreaks

Poster 12: ZACHARY LAURITZEN - Nanofiber Filtration Image Processing

Oral 7: KYLIE PERSSON - High-Throughput Production of Platelet-Like Particles

Poster 21: OLIVIA RICHARDS - Aerogel-based metamaterial design for helicopters

Poster 23: JACOB SCUTT - Experimental Study on the Parametric Acoustic Array and its Applications

Poster 29: SANG TRUONG - Random Particle Motion Simulation Using LAMMPS

Poster 30: ROBERT UNDERWOOD - An Exploration of Alternative Sodium Ion Anode Materials: Metal Organic Framework-Derived Ordered Carbon Structures

Health

Poster 35: REVI BROWN - Assessing Autophagic Flux in Primary Arterial Endothelial Cells From Humans

Oral 2: NIMA FATAHIAN - Defining The Role of Chaperone Mediated Autophagy in Cardiac Pathology

Honors

Oral 8: MACKENZIE RIDLEY, ERICA LAMPERS - Value of Screen Presence in Developing a Sense of Belonging

Humanities

Oral 10: ELIZA MCKINNEY - The Living Tomb: Victorian Discourse about Female Seclusion in the Orient

Oral 6: OLIVIA  MCQUARRIE - Tracking Uinteneded Effects of Communication and Behaviors Related to COVID-19

Medicine

Poster 2: JAKE BALDAUF - Enhancing Transmission Models of Covid-19 with Genomic Data

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

Poster 37: BRIDGET DORSEY - Audiogram Interpretation As A Diagnostic Indicator Of Congenital Cytomegalovirus

Oral 3: MATTHEW FINDLAY - REMEDI-COVID19

Poster 13: SOMI LEE - Psychological Impact of Social Isolation in Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Poster 14: BERNARD LI - COVID-19 and Mitigation Considerations: Modelling Emergent Properties of COVID-19

Poster 15: ALLISON MCELROY - Understanding Demographic Characteristics of COVID-19 in Utah using a Network Modeling Approach

Poster 18: JESSICA PADRON-LOREDO - Minority Health Disparities and Health Information During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Poster 19: NATHAN PFAU - Psychological Impact of Social Isolation during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mines & Earth Sciences

Poster 6: RACHEL D'AGOSTINI - Synthesis of Easily Sterilizable and Reusable Xerogel Filters for N95 Respirators

Poster 9: JERRY HOWARD - Drying and sintering of easily sterilizable and reusable xerogel filters for N95 respirators

Poster 38: JUSTIN KRIER - Mapping of Ultra Low Velocity Zones at the Core-Mantle Boundary

Nursing

Poster 20: SHAYLIE PLATTEN - The Differences in Self-Reported Scores of Relationships Satisfaction of Cancer Survivors with their Caregivers.

Poster 39: KEELY VANDENBERGE - A Mentorship Model for Educationally Disadvantaged High School Students Interested in the Nursing Profession

Office of the President

Poster 17: MILAN OXSPRING - Responding to COVID-19 in Higher Education: Lessons Learned From the 2008 Financial Crisis

Office of the Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Oral 13: ORALIA AGUILAR, JAMI MARGARET HARVEY - Oral Histories in the Era of COVID-19: The Utah Navajo and the Westside of Salt Lake City, Utah

Science

Poster 3: ALEX BALLINGER - Communicating Research Information and Activities Through Digital Media

Poster 4: BECCA BATEMAN - JASC or mask: could SARS-CoV-2 become "just another seasonal coronavirus"?

Poster 40: DANIELLE BROWN - Validation of Matched Run Method for Extended Gamma-Ray Sources

Poster 41: CHRISTOPHER CLYNE - Measuring Air Fluorescence Yield for Determining Energies of Cosmic Rays

Poster 42: NATHAN FOULK - Interaction corrections for 2D scattering from a hard disk

Poster 8: KAMERON GOOLD - Using Elemental Abundances to Explore the Star Formation History of the Milky Way

Poster 10: EMMA KERR - Optimization of magnetic coil geometries for coherent control of electron spin states in organic semi-conductor thin films under strong magnetic drive conditions

Poster 43: ANNABEL LEE - Exploring Carotenoid Binding Specificty Related to AMD

Poster 44: EMILY MARTIN - Identifying the Structure of the Zeaxanthin/GSTP1 Complex

Oral 5: ISAAC MARTIN - The number of torsion divisors in a strongly F-regular ring is bounded by the reciprocal of F-signature

Poster 16: ASHLEY MERRELL - Investigating the Impact of COVID-19 and Social/Political Activism on College of Science Students

Poster 45: MATT  MIKOTA - Workplace Climate for LGBT+ Physicists: A Predictor of Outness

Oral 11: ANH NGUYEN - Visualizing the optical near field of noble metal nanoparticle via FDTD method

Poster 49: SAHAR NIKKHAH - Joint spectral analysis of Crab Nebula with FERMI-VERITAS-HAWC data​

Poster 22: LUIS RUFINO - Investigating supersymmetric dark matter with MADHAT

Poster 46: SONIA SEHGAL - Finding the Role of Biological Probes in MUTYH

Poster 47: ABEL SHIFERAW - Long-Lived Particle searches at the Large Hadron Collider

Poster 48: FAIZAH SIDDIQUE - Measuring the Transparency of the Atmosphere Using Data from Telescope Array

Poster 26: KINCADE STEVENSON - Modeling and Docking Potential eIF4A Inhibitors

Poster 31: PAYTON UTZMAN - A Structural Analysis of the LC MutY Metagenome

Social & Behavioral Science

Oral 12: RAQUEL CIFUENTES - Gender Roles in Preschool Children's Storytelling

Poster 24: BRETT SMITH - Domestic Violence in the Age of COVID-19

Poster 25: MAIA SOUTHWICK, TRACY PHAN - Mental Health Among College Freshmen Displaced By COVID-19

Oral 9: ZACHARY TA, SARAH TRELA-HOSKINS – Sleep, Diet, and Physical Activity in the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Poster 28: SHAYLYNN TREGO - Initial Impacts of COVID-19 on Undergraduate Researchers at US Universities

Vice President for Research

Oral 1: DALLEN CALDER - Lessons Learned from COVID-19 to Enhance Research Administration Services