2022 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Office of Undergraduate Research welcomes you to the virtual presentations for the Undergraduate Research Symposium (in person presentations will be held in the Union Building April 5, 9:00AM-2:30PM)!  Congratulations to all the students and mentors for their hard work, dedication and perseverance!

Visitors, please browse the links below to learn about the University of Utah's undergraduate research projects through posters, oral presentations, performances, and visual arts. Don't forget to email students at the addresses provided to ask questions and to congratulate them for their excellent work!

(If you encounter any issues while viewing a presentation, please email OUR@utah.edu.

Students listed by College of Faculty Mentor:

architecture + planning

Oral #1: Natalie Caylor - Perspectives on Aging in Place During the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Analysis

Poster #1: Samantha Eddy - Cultural Resource Mapping

Visual Arts #1: Drew Green - post sonica

Oral #2: Tessa Vu - Spatial Investigation of Toxic Sites and Water—A Focus on Racial Equity

cultural & social transformation

Poster #2: Holden Jones - Attitudes Towards Gender in Future Health Care Providers

Poster #3: Sanila Math - The Hypervisibility/Invisibility Paradox of the South Asian Community and the Impact of Colorism on South Asian Health in the United States

Poster #4: Tiare Mitchell - The Intergenerational Effects of Hawaiian Sovereignty

Poster #5: Carmencita Totua - Mental Health in Pacific Islander Communities


Poster #6: Maria Chavez - Do Autoantibody Profiles Correlate with Salivary Gland Focal Inflammation in Sjogren’s Syndrome?

Poster #7: Summer Furrer - Cellular and Subcellular Localization Patterns of Hepatitis Delta Virus in Sjogren’s Syndrome Salivary Gland Tissue


Poster #8: Mary Smith - The Effects of Mathematics Education in Indian Boarding Schools, 1950-1970


Poster #9: Blayze Ashurst - Potentiostat PCB Design and Measurement with Altium

Oral #4: Bryce Cheek - Deep Brain Stimulation to Treat Depression

Oral #5: Carter Christensen - Field Focusing for Implantable Telemetry Antennas

Poster #10: Vanessa Cox - Metaphors We Design Games By

Oral #6: Rose Godfrey - Antimicrobial Blue Light, Oregano Oil, and CZ-01179 Gel Manage Staphylococcus aureus Biofilms at the Skin-Implant Interface of Percutaneous Osseointegrated Prosthetics in an Ex Vivo Setup

Poster #11: Amelia Heiner - Biodegradable Pressure Sensitive Hot Melt Adhesive

Oral #7: Ian Lavin - Online learning with Spiking Neural Networks for Data Prefetching

Poster #12: Angelica Madsen - Hydrogel-Based Dehydration Sensor Adhesive

Poster #13: Benjamin Orkild - The Role of Right Ventricular Shape in Tricuspid Valve Regurgitation

Oral #8: Jeff Perry - A Residual Stress Analysis of Two-Photon Polymerized Thin Film

Poster #14: BENSON PULVER - Baseline for Magnetically Propelled Soft Robots

Poster #15: Gabriel Santana - Data augmentation of electromyography data to improve machine-learning performance

Poster #16: Andie Sieja - Comparison of Left Atrial Shape between the Sexes Diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation

Oral #9: Koriann South - Teaching Ethics in AI

Poster #17: Hayley Tankersley - Literature Search on Women in Early Antennas Research

Poster #18: Michael Turja - Design of Low-cost, Long-life, Wireless, In-situ Soil Sensing Network Handheld Display

Poster #19: Bailey Van Wagoner - Decreasing Nociceptive Sensitivity Through Downregulation of ASIC1 Gene

Poster #20: Olivia Walker - The Effect of Variable Conductivity on Cardiac Excitation

Oral #10: Jeff Wang - Limited Shoulder Range of Motion and Trunk Compensatory Movements

Fine Arts

Performance #1: Duke Ross - STRINGS

Oral #11: Makena Reynolds - The Emily Dickinson Musical

Oral #12: Brynn Staker St. Clair - The Cohan Narrative: Examining the Reach of George M. Cohan


Poster #21: Alisha Chong - Identifying Biomarkers of Insufficient Sleep Utilizing Plasma Metabolomics

Poster #22: Cindie Lee - Structured versus Non-structured Days: Physical Activity Among Adolescents during COVID-19

Poster #23: Teasha Luu - Reactive-Hyperemia and Microvascular Function: A Comparison of Methods

Poster #24: Heba Sultan - The influence of time-restricted feeding on arterial function in obese mice


Poster #25: Hannah Mundinger - Rare Disease, the Diagnostic Odyssey, and Normality Reconstruction


Oral #13: Katerina Excell - The role of Amyloid Precursor Protein in a model of Alzheimer’s Disease

Poster #26: Suhyun Hahm - Chronic stressors of varying properties induce differences in the modulation of behavior and biology

Poster #27: Simran Karim - Analysis of Hemodynamics in Porcine Arteriovenous Fistulas

Poster #28: Saul Rivera-Flores - Wide-angle Vitreous Imaging in Familial Exudative Vitreoretinopathy

Poster #29: Alexander Sperber - A Novel Approach to Differentiating Cardiac Fibroblasts from iPSCs

Mines & Earth Sciences

Poster #30: Annie Matzke - The Depositional History of the Bonneville Salt Flats from the Geochemical Analysis of Ostracodes


Poster #31: Annette Ellis - Race in Clinical Research


Poster #32: Ireland Kearns - Effects of TREM-1 Expression on Acute Phase Seizures in a Mouse Model of Viral-Induced Epilepsy

Poster #33: Katelyn Pyper - Testing of Split-beta-Lactamase Constructs for Therapeutic Application


Oral #14: Victoria Ding - Investigating Methylated DNA Recognition by the N-terminal Zinc Fingers of ZBTB38

Oral #15: Annie Giokas - Noetherian Property of Invariant Rings

Poster #34: Sameer Khan - Exploration of Dusty Debris at the L1 Lagrange Point of the Earth-Sun System

Poster #35: Yung-Chi Lan - The Role of Slm1 in Mitochondrial Function

Poster #36: Ethan Murdock - Predicting Quorum Sensing Signals Using Enzyme Co-Occurrence Analysis

Poster #37: Samantha Nestel - Development meets Metabolism: Investigating how Diet and Nutrition Influence Developmental Decisions

Poster #38: Ana Rowe - Suppression of Chemoreceptor Signal-Switching Defects

Oral #16: Nathaniel Thomas - IFITM3, SAMHD1, and the IFN Response to Viruses

Social & Behavioral Science

Poster #39: Emily Adler - Soil Geochemistry and Charcoal Morphotype Response to Paleofire in the South African Fynbos 

Oral #17: Alexander Becraft - Well-being Elevated/WeBeWell: Mental Health Prevention and Promotion:Leveraging positive psychological interventions and social entrepreneurship to build resilience and well-being in college students

Poster #40: Ali Bergmark - An Analysis of the Effects of Background Noise and Supportive Context on Speech Recognition Memory in Older Adults

Poster #41: Joshua Christensen - The LDS Context: Religious Trauma, Social Safety, and LGBTQ+ Health

Poster #42: Jessica Cuello - Exploring Food Justice through Qualitative Research

Poster #43: Anna Delos Reyes - Incorrect Computer Aided Detection (CAD) marks lead to early quitting

Poster #44: Emmanuel Diaz - Physical Health Consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): A Narrative Review

Poster #45: Mickenzie Fleming - Evaluating the Efficacy of Asynchronous and Synchronous Problem-Solving Teleconsultation with Teachers who Serve Rural Students with Disabilities

Poster #46: Wyatt Hudgens - Party Image and Intra- Party Dissent in American Politics: The Equal Rights Amendment and Democratic Economic Policy Conflict in the 1980s

Poster #47: Dylan Hutchings - Searching Through Memory and Space for the Effect of Repeat Search

Poster #48: Seokjin Jeong - The Effect of Listening to Degraded Speech on Driving Performance

Poster #49: Sophia Martinez - Narrative Agency and Distress Regulation in Youth

Poster #50: Shaylie Platten - Neither worry nor cognitive load affects how our brains process errors

Poster #51: Lauren Thurgood - Psychological Distress of Transgender and Gender Diverse Populations: The Role of Proximal Gender Minority Stressors and Rumination

Social Work

Poster #52: Hannah Willis - Assessing Influence of The Human Rights Guidelines for Pharmaceutical Companies in relation to Access to Medicines: A Case Study of GlaxoKlineSmith (GSK) 2009 & 2020 Annual Reports