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11th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Presenters and Research Titles (alphabetical by last name)

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Student Name Major Research Title Faculty Mentor University
Ashlyn Anderson College Scholars: Food Security and Public Health Nutrition Suggested and Practiced Interventions Addressing College Student Food Insecurity across the Socioecological Model: A Literature Review Cristina Barroso University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Maya Bian College Scholars: Global Health Equity The Commodification of Care: A Case Study in a Private Long-Term Care Facility in Northeastern China Jon Shefner University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Jennifer Clark Nutrition Current Understanding of Gender Dimorphism Regarding Type 2 Diabetes Guoxun Chen University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Rachael DeBoe Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology EPFL Genes and their Role in Flower Development in Arabidopsis thaliana Elena Shpak University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Ellie Decker Neuroscience Effect of cognates on intra-sentential codeswitching Harriet Bowden University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Shannon Dugger Religious Studies and Spanish Deification or Demonization: Jesus’ Post-Resurrection Body in Luke 24:36-40 Erin Darby University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Brett Emery Neuroscience Investigating the cortical expression of perineuronal nets in male mouse model of CDKL5 disorder in hemisphere and sub region specific manner Keerthi Krishnan University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Adriana Ford Geography Leveraging LiDAR to Assess Solar Suitability in Energy Poverty Alleviation Yingkui Li University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Brooke Frohlich Psychology The Role of Demand Characteristics in Facial Feedback Experiments Jeff Larsen & Nickolas Coles University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Amber Gentry Animal Science Novel Insights into the Role of Soluble Epoxide Hydrolase in Adipogenesis Ahmed Battaieb & Dallas Donohoe University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Ja’Cara Gillis Chemistry Synthesis of a New Lead-Based Complex Tasneem Siddiquee Tennessee State University
Savana Green Biochemistry A Genetic Approach to Antibiotic Discovery from Bacteria Paul Straight Texas A&M University
Makayla Hyde Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Conceptual Processes that Recover Thorium and Several Rare Earth Elements from Monazite Ore Robert Counce University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Matthew Jenkins Neuroscience, Microbiology Acute Social Defeat-Induced Alterations of Microglia/Marcophage: Interactions with Subsequent LPS Challenge Matthew Cooper University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Matthew Jenkins Neuroscience, Microbiology Responses of Juvenile Eastern Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis) to Own, Conspecific, and Clean Odors Gordon Burghardt University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Creighton Kellum Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology 19F-NMR as a Tool for Identifying Potential Inhibitors of the
Antibiotic-Resistant Enzyme, R67 Dihydrofolate Reductase
Gladys Alexandre & Michavel Duff University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Justin Kemp Biochemistry & Celluar and Molecular Biology Insulators Interact with Early DNA Damage Response Components to Aid Chromosomal Stability Mariano Labrador & Ryan Simmons University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Madeline Loveday Materials Science A Comparative Analysis of High Entropy Ceramics Prepared Via Steric Entrapment and Solid State Synthesis Methods: Structure, Homogeneity, and Grain Size Mariya Zhuravleva University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Zachary Orig Architecture Mapping Food and Infrastructure in Early Medieval Rome: A Critical Analysis of the Fourth Century Forum Boarium Gregor Kalas University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Shannon Perrone Language World Business-Hispanic Studies and Global Studies On the Outside Looking In: How our Differently Abled and Immigrant Communities Face the Trials and Tribulations of American Society
Lisa Parker University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Mason Rodriguez Neuroscience Status-dependent Differences in Acute Stress-induced Neuroinflammation and Degeneration in the Hamster vmPFC Mathew Cooper University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Alexandra Scearce Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Oak regeneration after Chimney Tops II fire is influenced by pine seedling neighbors but not fire-altered soil microbes Jennifer Schweitzer University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Brynn Seaton Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology Comparing HPV Vaccination Rates between Rural and Urban Female Undergraduate Students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Cristina Barroso University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Timothy Smith Psychology Sulk ‘Til You Hulk: An Examination of the Effects of Angry Facial Expression Poses on Emotional Experience Jeff Larsen & Nicholas Coles University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Morgan Steckler Geography Nashville-basin tornadoes: using storm types to elucidate the local climatology and forecast challenges Kelsey Ellis University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Jeff Stevens Ecology and Evolutionary Biology At First Glance: TWRA Winter Trout Stocking at Bicentennial Greenbelt Park, Maryville, TN Sally Petre University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Gabrielle Thress Nursing Impact of education on health care providers’ knowledge and attitude towards prenatal probiotics Kathleen Thompson & Sheila Taylor University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Cole Tipton Sociology & Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Autoethnographic Implications for Research and Research Teams Focusing on and/or Working with Trans-Identified Individuals Jennifer Jabson-Tree & Kirsten Gonzalez University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Ronnie Tran Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology The Role of Plant Hormone Auxin in Leaf Elongation Elena Shpak University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Maria Valerio Anthropology What are College Student’s Opinions on Housing as a Human Right?
Courtney Cronley University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Kellie Veltri Psychology and English – Literature Concentration Special Kids: An Analysis of Autism on Contemporary Television Maria Stehle University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dinesh Velu Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology Enhancing Polyketide Synthase Pathways through Cofactor
Modification
Constance Bailey University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Kara White Business Analytics, International Business The Cost of Big Data: Evaluating the Effects of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation Larry Fauver University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Jonathan Winfiele Architecture Architecture’s Narratives Jennifer Akerman University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Courtney Wombles College Scholars: Biomedical Visualization and Health Literacy Medical Illustrations for Improving Health Literacy Benjamin Auerbach & Beauvais Lyons
Sydney Wyatt Neuroscience Understanding the role of perineuronal nets in experience-dependent neural plasticity Matthew Cooper University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Mahircan Yagan Biochemistry and Neuroscience Investigation of cortical perineuronal net expression in rat dams Keerthi Krishnan University of Tennessee, Knoxville