A Letter from our Executive Director
Dear Symposium Attendees,
It is our distinct honor and privilege to invite you to the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium. This year’s symposium will provide distinguished undergraduate researchers with opportunities to present their research, network with other scholars, learn about post-graduate opportunities, and converse with professors and research professionals. The ILURS Council and Board of Directors have worked tirelessly to provide Ivy League scholars with the most intriguing and stimulating symposium experience across the Ivy League, and we are confident that the symposium’s diversity and size will stimulate researchers and inspire intellectual, academic discourse. ILURS’ broad scope of academic disciplines, its unique slate of events both academic and social, and its home at the University of Pennsylvania will support the largest and foremost undergraduate research symposium in the nation.
The Symposium will take place from November 2nd through November 4th, 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania. We will feature notable keynote speakers and offer invaluable workshops connecting students and alumni from across the Ivy League. Following the Symposium, our efforts will extend into two key initiatives: the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Journal and the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Fund. The journal will be separated into the same academic disciplines as the Symposium, pioneering a medium for interdisciplinary, cooperative discussion. In addition, during the Spring, we will begin applications for research grants, designated specifically for undergraduate students.
We thank you all for your interest and support, and we look forward to seeing you in November!
3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Thank you for your interest in presenting at ILURS 2017! We are very excited to hear from you and learn more about your interesting research topics.
The Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium serves to promote cutting-edge, undergraduate research and facilitate a community of research-oriented individuals across the Ivy League. As our primary goal is to promote any and all outstanding undergraduate research, the symposium spans across all academic disciplines. We embrace an interdisciplinary approach to research, including perspectives from the natural sciences to perspectives from the humanities. Furthermore, the secondary goal of our symposium is to foster a network among tomorrow’s most powerful leaders and most well known scholars by offering professional networking opportunities, career fairs and workshops. ILURS serves as a unique platform to connect the Ivy League’s most distinguished undergraduates.
Registration will open in August 2018 for the next symposium.
- Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium: 11/2/2018 - 11/4/2018
Ivy League Undergraduate Research Journal
Following each Symposium, the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Journal will accept submissions in the four academic divisions of the Symposium: Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Art & Humanities, Social & Economic Sciences and Engineering & Applied Sciences. The journal serves as a platform where scholarly, interdisciplinary discourse can be undertaken. Submissions are now closed for the 2018 edition of the Journal is April 15. The published journal will be available on this website, along with a printed version that will be distributed to each school.
Ivy League Undergraduate Research Fund
In our efforts to support undergraduate research, we are in the process of establishing the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Fund. Check back in Spring 2018 for updates.
- Who can apply to be a presenter?
- What if my research is done in a group setting?
- Can I apply if I don’t do research in fields like biology, chemistry and physics?
- What if I am not done with my research by the registration deadline?
- How are projects selected and by whom? When will I know if my project is selected?
- Will there be a registration fee? What if I’m concerned about affording it?
- Are there housing and food provided?
- Do I have to attend both days of the symposium? What if I have to arrive late or leave early?
All undergraduates currently enrolled at an Ivy League university can apply to present at ILURS 2017. Your research does not have to be done at your home university.
This would be dealt on a case-by-case basis. All group members should submit their own application with the same abstract. Please email email@example.com for any specific questions.
Yes! We highly encourage students doing research in ANY field to apply to our syposium. We want to bring a diverse environment to all of the researchers across the Ivy League.
We require you to have your research finished by the registration deadline. This gives presenters enough time/materials to make a poster and prepare for the symposium.
Information regarding the abstract review will be released soon.
There will be a registration fee of $70 to cover operations and materials costs for the symposium. Presenters will be required to bring their own research posters.
If you are selected to present at ILURS 2017, please do not let the registration fee discourage you from participating. In circumstances of financial hardship, fee waivers may be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes - this is a fully funded, an all expenses paid symposium!
We highly encourage that all applicants be able to attend the entire symposium. Please note in your application if you anticipate a scheduling conflict. This will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
If you have any additional questions, please email email@example.com.
We would like to thank everyone for presenting at ILURS 2017
Hope is a junior at Brown University concentrating in Engineering Physics and has been involved in myriad research projects throughout her undergraduate career. In the summer of 2016, she participated in an REU at Yale, investigating barium titanate as a multiferroic tunnel barrier for spintronic transistors. The following summer, she was a research intern in the Science & Technology department of IBM Research, working on a neuromorphic computing project. During the school year, she has worked in an optics lab and will be joining a condensed matter physics lab this spring.
She is also the head solar panel maker and assembler for Brown Space Engineering, whose Cube Satellite will be launching from the ISS in April of 2018! Outside of academics, Hope is Copy Editor and a writer for a student-run literary arts magazine, an avid reader, and a musician. She is also heavily involved in the Branch at Brown Ministry and Brown Christian Fellowship.
On campus Isabel tutors physics, molecular biology, and calculus and serves as an undergraduate teaching assistant in the physics department. She is chief copy editor at The Daily Princetonian, a founding executive board member of Envision, and editor-in-chief of the Princeton Traveler. Isabel serves as president of the Institute for Chocolate Studies, the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, and the Taiwanese American Students Association. She’s also a Princeton Student Ambassador for the Admissions Office.
Isabel is a proud Metro Detroiter and public school alumna who represented Michigan as a finalist at both the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS).
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Capturing Bare Life: Posthumanism, Zoopolitics, and Eadweard Muybridge's Animal Locomotion Series
The Reprinting of English Literature in America between 1750-1850
'Cut Without Hands': The Works of Martha Anne Honeywell
Ergativity, Agreement, and the Sumerian Verbal Complex
Constructing a Past: a Study of Venetian Foundation Narratives
The Origins of Indian Animation. Part 1.) From Ram Mohan and Bhimsain Khurana to Kireet Part 2.) The Tribulations and Enduring Social Consciousness of Kireet Khurana
Progressive Attitudes: Avenues that Helped the Construction of the British-Asian Identity after 1948
Ho-Chun Herbert Chang
Nonlinear Acoustic Synthesis for Augmented Musical Instruments
Sarah Le Van
Gustave Flaubert’s Symphonic Form: A Musical Analysis of the Country Fair in Madame Bovary
Brigitte Caroline Dale
Radical Actors: The Women's Social and Political Union's Staging of the Suffrage Campaign
Solène Le Van
Music as the Intangible: Arthur Rimbaud and the Antithesis of Representational Poetry
The Voice of Iris: From Literary Action to Social Change in Chile
Realizing Legitimacy through the World Wide Web: An Examination of Eastern Lighting’s Online Strategies
Perceptions of Spirituality and Religion among Haitian Immigrants/Descendants with Cancer
Testing Contrastive Inferences from Suprasegmental Features Using Offline Measures
Hee Jin, Jeon
Perspectives of Future Health in Self and Others: the Moderating Role of Culture
Acceptability of Post-nominal Only and Even
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Brownfield Redevelopment in Modern European Cities
In Poor Taste: Examining the Relationship between Morality and Distaste
Homo Islamicus and the Capitalist Ethics: Islamic Finance in Malaysia
Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth: Is Entrepreneurship More Effective at Stimulating Growth in a High-Income Trap Economy than in a Smaller, Rapidly-Growing Economy?
Baltic Amber on Faliscan Fibulae: Economic Mechanisms and Interpretative Perspectives
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Emotion Regulation: Across the Lifespan and Throughout Mindfulness
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Perspective on Obesity: A study on the Influence of Perception and Change of Environment on Obesity
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Conceptualizing Human Rights in the Latinx Community
Where Does the Power Lie? An Analysis of Diversity as a Factor in Judicial Outcomes
Contested Chicanidad: Gender, Sexuality, and Histories of Police Brutality in Mid-Twentieth Century Los Angeles
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Masks Unmasked: the Guy Fawkes Masks
“In the Eyes of the Law”: Assessing Disparities in the Adjudication of LGBT Asylum Cases in the United States (1995 – Present)
Analyzing the Efficacy of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Why the NFL Needs a High School Football Draft and How Much It Would Be Worth
Vanessa Navarro Rodriguez
Policy Design in Policies of Disenfranchisement: Massachusetts & Rhode Island
Non-parametric Hypothesis Testing in Earmark Analysis
Hailey Eslin Brace
Record Linking Boston Charter School Data
Anupam D. Roy
Death of the Spirit: How and Why the Shahbag Movement Failed
Arthur Benjamin A. Adapon
Geopolitical Ecologies: Multi-Scalar Governance and Identity in Southeast Asian Coral Reefs
President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the Process of Democratization in the Republic of Kazakhstan
Assessing the Consequences of Temporary Deportation Relief
Exploring the Role of Purpose in Sexual Risk Taking
The Effect of Gratitude on Delay Discounting
Testing the Effect of Practice and Motor Learning on Abstract Sequence Execution
The Role of Dopaminergic Terminal Activity in NAc and DMS during Aversive Fear Extinction
Alcohol Discrimination and Preferences in Two Species of Nectar-feeding Primate
The Effect of Viscerosensory Feedback Perturbation on Song Production in the Zebra Finch
Time-Space Tradeoff for the Memory Game
The Effect of RA-Associated Gut Microbes on the Immune Response in Humanized Mice
Chen Liu, Clara Liu
Characterization and Improvement of CRISPR Homing Gene Drives
Phenotypic Analysis of a Novel Female-Specific Autoimmune Mouse Model and the History of the Use of Mouse Models with Lupus-like Disease
The Role of p300-Mediated Histone Acetylation in Senescence Induction
Tumor-derived Exosomes Negatively Impact the Pro-inflammatory Function of Mucosal Dendritic Cells
Characterizing Estrogen Receptor Positive Circulating Tumor Cells in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients
The Effects of Acute Microglial Depletion on Motor Function and Dysfunction in rNLS8 Mice
Bisphenol A (BPA) Impacts Placental Gene Expression in a Dose-Dependent and Sex-Specific Manner
A Highly Sensitive Digital Droplet PCR Assay for Analysis of Circulating Tumor DNA in Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma
Differential Employment of Phenazine Derivatives Confers Metabolic Adaptability in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms
The Role of Dopaminergic Neurons in Drosophila Olfactory Learning
Reducing and Annotating High-Dimensional Single-Cell RNA-Sequencing Data via the Singular Value Decomposition
Identification of a Highly Conserved Region of the Influenza A Virus Hemagglutinin as a Potential Target for a Broadly Protective Vaccination Strategy
Elucidation of a Phosphatase-Mediated Negative Feedback Network in T Cells
Nicole Jisoo Kim
Single-Cell Analysis of Cholesterol Balance through Synthesis and Import in High Grade Ovarian Adenocarcinomas
Short-term Synaptic Depression on the E-I Connection within a Balanced Network Creates Bistability
C6orf106 Regulates Lipoprotein Metabolism and Atherosclerosis
Characterization of Tumor Cells and Assessment of PD-L1 Expression in Pleural Effusions of Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients
How Type II CRISPR-Cas Systems Establish Immunity through Cas1-Cas2 Mediated Spacer Integration
Spectroscopic Investigation of Proton Transfer Mechanisms in Low Barrier Hydrogen Bonds
Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy and Blood–Brain Barrier Disruption in APOE/5xFAD Transgenic Mice
Workflow for the Analysis of Circulating Tumor DNA, and Case Study of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patient Utilizing Droplet Digital PCR
The Impact of Neuroinflammation on Synaptic Development in a Genetic TSC Mouse Model of Chronic Epilepsy
Spatial Effects Estimates in Small-area Generalized Linear Regression Analyses using Bootstrapping Simulations
Development of a Multipeptide Assay for Improved Serodiagnosis of Lyme Disease
Postmortem Imaging: an Adjunct to Traditional Autopsy
Anita Pilar Montero
Metabolic Response of Euphausia pacifica to Temperature and pH Exposure in Puget Sound
Blanca Alvarez Caraveo
Application of a Boat Mounted Dissolved CO2 Sensor Coupled with Drone Based Kelp Canopy Mapping to Study the Potential of Kelp Forests to Modulate Localized Coastal CO2 Concentrations and pH
A Comparison of the Abundance and Size of Black Sea Bass in the Delaware and Maryland Coastal Bays
Ecological Impacts of Cyanobacterial Mats on the Galapagos Subtidal Reefs
Arthropod Assemblages in a North-Temperate Deciduous Forest Prior to the Extirpation of White Ash (Fraxinus americana)
Tropical Precipitation Extremes and Walker Circulation Strength in Warming Climates
Effect of Anthropogenic Injuries on the Social Associations of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Sarasota Bay, Florida
First-Principles Studies of the Early Stages of Water Infiltration in Methylammonium Lead Iodide
Exploring Chlorinated Paraffins as a Potential Pressure-transmitting Medium
Examining the Relationship between Edaphic Variables and the Rooting System of Abies concolor in the Southern Sierra Nevada
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Convergence of Random Polygon Sequences and Ergodicity Coefficients
HAT-P-68b: A Transiting Hot Jupiter Around a K5 Dwarf Star
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Cosmological Simulations of Low-Mass Galaxy Groups
Stripping Down Ram Pressure: Using New Measures of HI Gas Asymmetry to Identify Active RPS in Cluster Galaxies
Gravitational Lensing as a Probe for Galaxy Clusters
Characterizing the WISE-selected Heavily Obscured Quasar Population with Optical Spectroscopy from the Southern African Large Telescope
Diverse Functional Dynamics across Language and Multiple Demand Systems during Linguistic Processing
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The Development and Use of a Standardized Method for Analyzing Regenerating Peripheral Neuron Cell Survival through Novel Tissue Engineered Grafts
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Therapeutic Variability of Bevacizumab in Non-Small Cell Lung Adenocarcinoma
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Synthesis and Characterization of Iron Nanoparticles on Partially Reduced Graphene Oxide as a Cost-effective Catalyst for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells
Risk-based Monitoring Rules for Binomial and Poisson Outcomes in Clinical Trials with Software Implementation in JMP
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Friday, November 10th
Welcome & Keynote Speech 1Meyerson Hall, B1
Poster Session A
Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge
Irvine Auditorium, Café 58
Activity Session A
Poster Session B
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall
Keynote Speech 2
David Rittenhouse Laboratory, Room A1
Activity Session B
ILURS Cocktail ReceptionUniversity of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Kamin Entrance
Saturday, November 11th
Plenary Session A
Claudia Cohen Hall, Room G17
Houston Hall, Ben Franklin Room
Activity Session C
Plenary Session B
Claudia Cohen Hall, Room G17
Keynote Speech 3
David Rittenhouse Laboratory, Room A1
Explore the City
Sunday, November 12th
Breakfast & Networking
Houston Hall, Golkin Room
Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge
Concluding Remarks & Keynote Speech 4Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
University of Pennsylvania, 3417 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104