Archived Student Conference Presentations

Colonial Academic Alliance Conference (CAA)
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
April 15 – 17, 2016

Presentation: “Breaking the dormancy period of Oplismenus undulatifolius (Wavyleaf basketgrass)”
Student: Eva Lopez, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Vanessa Beauchamp (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “3D Volumes of neighborhood complexes”
Student: David Smith, Department of Mathematics
Mentor:  Dr. Justin Hughes (Mathematics)

Presentation: “A Bayesian method for finding galaxies that cause quasar absorption lines”
Student: Emileigh Shoemaker, Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
Mentor:  Dr. Jennifer Scott (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

Presentation: “The design of a repository backed automated presumptive drug test evaluation”
Student: David Smith, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Subrata Acharya (Computer and Information Sciences)

Presentation: “Synthesis and characterization of cobalt nanostructures for electro-catalytic applications”
Student: Sarah Talamantez-Lyburn, Department of Chemistry
Mentor:  Dr. Mary Sajini Devadas (Chemistry)


Conference on Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill
Capital Hill, Washington, District of Columbia
April 22 – 23, 2015

Presentation: “The Social Amoeba and its Bacterial Prey: Evolution of the Immune System”
Student: Theresa White, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics
Mentor:  Dr. Michelle Snyder (Biological Sciences)


Colonial Academic Alliance Conference (CAA)
Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March 27 – 29, 2015

Presentation: “Electronic cigarette analysis and testing: Instrumentation and method development”
Student: Jonathan Jopse, Department of Chemistry
Mentor:  Dr. Ellen Hondrogiannis (Chemistry)

Presentation: “Redesigning presumptive drug testing through modern technology”
Student: Saurabh Khatiwada, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Mentors:  Dr. Subrata Acharya (Computer & Information Sciences), Dr. Kelly Elkins (Chemistry)

Presentation: “Effect of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor inhibition on axolotl regeneration”
Student: Angela Ritenour, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Renée Dickie (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Nanoparticle size dependence of transition temperature of metamaterial superconductor”
Student: Kathryn Zander, Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
Mentor:  Dr. Vera Smolyaninova (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)


National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
April 3 – 5, 2014

Presentation: “Magnetic Ferrofluids as Hyperbolic Metamaterials”
Student: David Lahneman, Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
Mentor:  Dr. Vera Smolyaninova (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)


Colonial Academic Alliance Conference (CAA)
Towson University, Towson, Maryland
April 12, 2014

Presentation: “Dimension of the Spaces of Smooth Bivariate Splines on Hexagonal Partitions”
Student: Larry Allen, Department of Mathematics
Mentor:  Dr. Tatyana Sorokina (Mathematics)

Presentation: “Olfactory Signaling in an Insect Model: A Behavioral Study”
Student: Kimberly Huynh, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Vonnie Shields (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Investigation of Essential Amino Acids and Directed Evolution of Small Protein CydX in Escherichia coli
Student: Aqsa Jamil, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Matthew Hemm (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Reconfigurable Tunable Hyperbolic Metamaterial”
Student: David Lahneman, Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
Mentor:  Dr. Vera Smolyaninova (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

Presentation: “Bees Are Not Optional: Surveying the Bees of Towson University”
Student: Cheyenne Owens, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. John Lopolla (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Effect of Flavonoids on Thioredoxin Reductase 1 and the 15KDA Selenoprotein in Colon Cancer Cells”
Student: Lauren Rosso, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Petra Tsuji (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Structural and Electrical Properties of Electron-doped CaMnO3 Thin Films”
Student: Zoey Warecki, Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
Mentor:  Dr. Rajeswari Kolagani (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

Presentation: “Structural Studies of Dictyostelium discoideum Tir domain-containing proteins”
Student: Theresa White, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Michelle Snyder (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Analysis of Cullin 5 Expression in Breast Cancer”
Student: Sarah Wicks, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Elana Ehrlich (Biological Sciences)


National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin
April 11 – 13, 2013

Presentation: “Bending Optical Space for Luneberg and Cloaking Applications”
Todd Adams, Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
Mentor:  Dr. Vera Smolyaninova (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)


National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York
March 31 – April 2 , 2011

Presentation: “Studies of the reactivity of Azaferrocene-Borane and synthesis of a Bis(Azaferrocene) Boronium salt”
Student: BriAnne Bentivegna, Department of Chemistry
Mentor:  Dr. Timothy Brunker (Chemistry)

Presentation: “Synthesis and studies of Ru(II) complexes of chiral tetradentate amino-sulfoxide ligands”
Student: Samantha E. Wood, Department of Chemistry
Mentor:  Dr. Timothy Brunker (Chemistry)


National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wisconsin
April 16 – 18, 2009

Presentation: “Rare Earth Manganite Thin Films for Room Temperature Bolometric Detector Applications”
Student: Bao Ha, Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
Mentor:  Dr. Rajeswari Kolagani (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

Presentation: “The Bondings of Tetracyano-Nickellate(II), -Palladate(II), and -Platinate(II) Ions on Gold, Silver and Copper Nanoparticles Surfaces”
Student: Sudhir Dahal, Department of Chemistry
Mentors:  Dr. Boon Loo and Dr. Nordulf Debeye (Chemistry)


National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland
April 10 – 12, 2008

Presentation: “Epitaxial Thin Film Growth of CMR Manganites on Silicon: The Effect of Thermal Stress”
Student: Sanjay Adhikari, Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
Mentor:  Dr. Rajeswari Kolagani (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

Presentation: “Adverse Behavioral Effects of Chronically Elevated Glucocorticoids”
Student: Christopher Busch, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Jack Shepard (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopic Studies of The Interactions of Inorganic Cyanide Ions on Gold, Silver and Copper Nanoparticles”
Student: Sudhir Dahal, Department of Chemistry
Mentor:  Dr. Boon Loo (Chemistry)

Presentation: “Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopic Investigations of 2-Mercaptoimidazole and 2-Mercapto-1-Methyl-Imidazole Adsorbed on AU, AG & CU Metal Nanoparticles”
Student: Oluwarotimi Folorunso, Department of Chemistry
Mentor:  Dr. Boon Loo (Chemistry)

Presentation: “Photoinduced Effects in Manganese Oxides Thin Films”
Student: Khim Karki, Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
Mentor:  Dr. Rajeswari Kolagani (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

Presentation: “Has Evolution Occurred in Ragweed in Response to Urban Environments”
Student: Tiha Long, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics
Mentor:  Dr. Larry Wimmers (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Chromatographic Evaluation of Model Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate Crystal Growth Modifiers”
Student: Randal Mazzarino, Department of Chemistry
Mentor:  Dr. Ryan Sours (Chemistry)

Presentation: “Identification of The Mechanism for Chiral Modification of Calcite Morphology by Aspartic Acid Enantiomers”
Student: Rachel Reese, Department of Chemistry
Mentor:  Dr. Ryan Sours (Chemistry)

Presentation: “Absorption Properties of Active Galactic Nuclei”
Student: Michael Richmond, Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
Mentor:  Dr. Jennifer Scott (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

Presentation: “Investigating the Microbial Diversity in the GI Tract of the Wood Eating Catfish, Panaque Nigrolineatus
Student: Damian Smoot, Department of Chemistry
Mentor:  Dr. Joy Watts (Biological Sciences)


National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
Dominican University of California, San Rafael, California
April 12 – 14, 2007

Presentation: “Sers of 2-Mercaptoimidazole and 2-Mercaptopyridine on Gold, Silver, and Copper Nanoparticles”
Student: Bheemraj Ramoo, Department of Chemistry
Mentor:  Dr. Boon Loo (Chemistry)


National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
University of North Carolina at Ashville
April 6 – 8, 2006

Presentation: “White Muscle Creatine Kinase Activity and Sprint Swimming Performance in Blacknose Dace (Rhinichthys Atratulus)”
Student: Angella Amato, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Jay Nelson (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Context-Dependent Feeding Responses by Gypsy Moth Larvae, Lymantria Dispar (L.)
Student: Nicole Arnold, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Vonnie Shields (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Comparison of Female Reproductive Cycles between Urban, Suburban, and Rural Blacknose Dace (Rhinichthys Atratulus) Populations”
Aaron Basler, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Joel Snodgrass (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Photoresponse in CMR Manganite Thin Films”
Student: Anthony Davidson, Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
Mentor:  Dr. Rajeswari Kolagani (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

Presentation: “Comparative Study of Fruit Predation and Clonal Incidence between an Invasive and Native Rubus”
Student: Megan Killian, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Brian Fath (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “The Development of an Integrated Modular Extensible Robotic Platform”
Julius Schlosberg, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Goran Trajovski (Computer and Information Sciences)

Presentation: “Exploration of Varying Phytochemical Concentrations on the Feeding Behavior of Gypsy Moth Larvae, Lymantria Dispar (L.)
Student: Kristin Smith, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Vonnie Shields (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Building a Neural Network CPU”
Student: Brian Whitman, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Mentor:  Dr. Goran Trajovski (Computer and Information Sciences)


National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
March 13 – 15 2003

Presentation: “Biodiversity of Ommatine Flies of Viet Nam, Laos, and Thailand”
Student: Jessica Costantino, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Aubrey Scarbrough (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “The Effects of Hydrin 2 on TEP, Isc, and R in the Grass Frog (Rana pipiens)”
Student: Nikki Ford, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Gerald Robinson (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Habitat Selection by the Northern Dusky Salamander(Desmognathus fuscus) Over Multiple Spatial Scales”
Students: Megan Lahti, Department of Biological Sciences and Ms. Emily Lehman, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Don C. Forester (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Age-Dependent Predator Recognition by the Mountain Dusky Salamander(Desmognathus ochrophaeus): the Role of Substrate-Borne Chemical Cues”
Students: Megan Lahti, Department of Biological Sciences and Ms. Emily Lehman, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Don C. Forester (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Adaptive Manipulation of Offspring Sex in House Wrens”
Students: Robyn Milkie, Department of Biological Sciences and Mr. Brendan Gallagher, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentors: Dr. Scott Johnson and Dr. Larry Wimmers (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Feeding Responses to Selected Phytochemicals by Larvae of the Gypsy  Moth, Lymantria dispar
Student: Erin Rodgers, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Vonnie Shields (Biological Sciences)


National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Wisconsin
April 25 – 27, 2002

Presentation: “What to Eat and What Not to Eat: Feeding Choice Tests with Gypsy Moth Larvae Lymantria dispar”
Student: Brian Broomell, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Vonnie Shields (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Investigating Fungal Spore Properties with Atomic Force Microscopy”
Student: Michael Buck, Department of Physics, Astronomy, & Geosciences
Mentor: Dr. David Schaefer (Physics, Astronomy, & Geosciences)

Presentation: “The Role of Substrate-bourne Chemical Cues During Predator Avoidance by the Pygmy Salamander, Desmognathus wrighti”
Student: Jeannette Dawson, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Don Forester (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Differences in Anti-Predator Behavior Between Blacknose Dace from Urbanized and Rural Watersheds”
Student: Kimberly Lohnas, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Joel Snodgrass (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Photometric & Companion Analysis from Hubble Space Telescope Main Belt Asteroid Survey”
Student: Khaldoun Makhoul, Department of Physics, Astronomy, & Geosciences
Mentor: Dr. Alex Storrs (Physics, Astronomy, & Geosciences)

Presentation: “Isolation and Characterization of Novel PM H+- ATPases Genes in Tomato”
Student: Keith Marin, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Larry Wimmers (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Post-Breeding Migration and Habitat Utilization by Female American Toads: Quantifying Natural History to Promote Conservation”
Student: Katherine Marselek, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Don Forester (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Multicellular Isolates as a Bioassay for Environmental Stress in Corals”
Student: Amie Moody, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Eric Scully (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Characterization of Spiroplasma Isolated From Poland Satin Moth Larvae”
Student: Marietta Oduori, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Gail Gasparich (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “The Nanomechanical Study of Silicon Using Atomic Force Microscopy and X-ray Diffraction Techniques”
Student: Jeremy Robinson, Department of Physics, Astronomy, & Geosciences
Mentor: Dr. David Schaefer (Physics, Astronomy, & Geosciences)

Presentation: “Generation of Plasmids For Expression of the Plasmodium Yoelli CSP Antigen In Mycobacterium”
Student: Michelle Weber, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Carol Berkower (Biological Sciences)


National Conference for Undergraduate Research
Missoula, MT
April 27 – 29, 2000

Presentation: “Age-dependent predator recognition by the mountain dusky salamander (Desmognathus ochrophaeus): the importance of substrate-borne chemical cues”
Students: Nichole Castagna and Nicholas Evancho, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Donald Forester (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Classification and Characterization of the First Spiroplasma Isolated from a Biting Midge (Forcipomyia glauca) Using Serological and Molecular Techniques”
Student: Adrienne Cottrel, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Gail Gasparich (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Morphological and Molecular Characterization of Spiroplasma Strains 5298 and 5398 Isolated from Biting Midges (Atrichopogon sp.)”
Students: Mark Danus and Rebecca Fishman, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Gail Gasparich (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Effects of various antibiotic concentrations on fiber degradation by anaerobic zoosporic fung”
Students: Kameiko Foster and Kumo Lartevi, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Wubah (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Angiotensin II (ANG II) Induced Constriction of Rat Outer Medullary Descending Vasa Recta (OMDVR) is Partially Thromboxane (TXA2) Receptor Dependent”
Student: Layla R Hilbun, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Erik Silldorff (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Biodiversity of Oriental Ommatune Flies with Special Reference to Sri Lanka/ the Oriental Genus Pseudomerodontina (Diptera: Asilidae) with two new Species”
Student: Hilary Hil, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Aubrey Scarbrough (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Development of a Malaria Vaccine using Recombinant Mycobacterium bovis BCG”
Students: Erin Kelleher and Connie Sexton, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Carol Berkower (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Dietary Preference of Panaque maccus
Student: Mark Lichaa, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Jay Nelson (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Digestive Physiology of Panaque maccus
Student: Toba Niaz, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Jay nelson (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “Expression of Semaphorin III & Neuropilin 1 Following CNS Lesion”
Student: Jimmy Ninh, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Laurie Williams-Hogarth (Biological Sciences)

Presentation: “A Comparative Study of the Cutaneous Electrical Properties in Anuran and Urodele Amphibians”
Student: Jason Ross, Department of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Gerald Robinson (Biological Sciences)