Ivy League Undergraduate

Research Symposium

Registration is now closed

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 inaugural Symposium will take place from November 10th through November 12th, 2017 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 Journal of Research 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!

Anuj Amin

Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium
3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
P: 409-543-7382
M: ilurs@ilurs.org


Undergraduate Researchers


Keynote Speakers


Symposium Information

About Us

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 is now closed. Check back in Fall 2018.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submissions Open: 7/10/2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 10/4/2017
  • Applicant Decisions Finalized: 10/11/2017
  • Registration Application Due: 10/15/2017
  • Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium: 11/10/2017 - 11/12/2017

Ivy League Undergraduate Journal of Research

Following each Symposium, the Ivy League Undergraduate Journal of Research 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. More information on submission guidelines and deadlines will be released early Spring 2018.

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.

  1. Who can apply to be a presenter?
  2. 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.

  3. What if my research is done in a group setting?
  4. This would be dealt on a case-by-case basis. All group members should submit their own application with the same abstract. Please email ilurs@ilurs.org for any specific questions.

  5. Can I apply if I don’t do research in fields like biology, chemistry and physics?
  6. 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.

  7. What if I am not done with my research by the registration deadline?
  8. 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.

  9. How are projects selected and by whom? When will I know if my project is selected?
  10. Information regarding the abstract review will be released soon.

  11. Will there be a registration fee? What if I’m concerned about affording it?
  12. 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 ilurs@ilurs.org.

  13. Are there housing and food provided?
  14. Yes - this is a fully funded, an all expenses paid symposium!

  15. Do I have to attend both days of the symposium? What if I have to arrive late or leave early?
  16. 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 ilurs@ilurs.org.

We would like to thank everyone for presenting at ILURS 2017

Plenary Speakers: Coming Soon

Poster Presenters

Jianing Zhao
From "Walking with Our Sisters" to the Colonial Catwalk: the Transformations of Native American Flower Beadwork

Troy Sherman
Capturing Bare Life: Posthumanism, Zoopolitics, and Eadweard Muybridge's Animal Locomotion Series

Emma Hetrick
The Reprinting of English Literature in America between 1750-1850

Natalie Burke
'Cut Without Hands': The Works of Martha Anne Honeywell

Patrick Niedzielski
Ergativity, Agreement, and the Sumerian Verbal Complex

Rafail Zoulis
Constructing a Past: a Study of Venetian Foundation Narratives

Kevin Kang
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

Zachary Cherian
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

Eva Lewis
Education Emancipation

Valentina Sedlacek
The Voice of Iris: From Literary Action to Social Change in Chile

Ji Yang
Realizing Legitimacy through the World Wide Web: An Examination of Eastern Lighting’s Online Strategies

Christy Charnel
Perceptions of Spirituality and Religion among Haitian Immigrants/Descendants with Cancer

Anna Alsop
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

Katie Martin
Acceptability of Post-nominal Only and Even

Marchelle Lundquist
Singapore Clean Air Parks Project

Nikita Klimenko
Brownfield Redevelopment in Modern European Cities

Alexandria Stansell
In Poor Taste: Examining the Relationship between Morality and Distaste

Cengiz Cemaloglu
Homo Islamicus and the Capitalist Ethics: Islamic Finance in Malaysia

Harrison Beard
Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth: Is Entrepreneurship More Effective at Stimulating Growth in a High-Income Trap Economy than in a Smaller, Rapidly-Growing Economy?

Claudia Epley
Baltic Amber on Faliscan Fibulae: Economic Mechanisms and Interpretative Perspectives

Alexander Adia
Drivers, Experiences, and Impacts of HIV-Related Stigma among Men who Have Sex with Men with HIV in Manila, Philippines

Dorothy Yam
Emotion Regulation: Across the Lifespan and Throughout Mindfulness

Emily Jones
The Development of the Biological Essentialism of Language

Jessica Magro
Eating Disorder Memoirs as Instruments of Education and Awareness Against the Backdrop of the Pro-Ana/Mia Community: a Comparative Analysis

Jessica Masur
Relating Conscientiousness and Mindfulness

Monisha Afrooz
Observing the Characteristics of Sibling Infant Directed Speech in Comparison to Sibling Adult Directed Speech

Oluwaseyi Olojo
Exploratory Analysis of Infant Mortality Rate Integration in Social Vulnerability Assessments for Drought Afflicted Mexico

Tiffany Yau
Perspective on Obesity: A study on the Influence of Perception and Change of Environment on Obesity

Yasmine Issah
The Impact of the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH) Intervention Research on the Residents of Balaka, Malawi

Miguel Martinez
Conceptualizing Human Rights in the Latinx Community

Morgan Palmiter
Where Does the Power Lie? An Analysis of Diversity as a Factor in Judicial Outcomes

Mario Garcia
Contested Chicanidad: Gender, Sexuality, and Histories of Police Brutality in Mid-Twentieth Century Los Angeles

Myung Jin (Sally) Shin
Masks Unmasked: the Guy Fawkes Masks

Asia Stewart
“In the Eyes of the Law”: Assessing Disparities in the Adjudication of LGBT Asylum Cases in the United States (1995 – Present)

Hannah Hyams
Analyzing the Efficacy of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Marc Klinger
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

Yang Guo
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

Matthew Chakov
President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the Process of Democratization in the Republic of Kazakhstan

Vivian Vázquez
Assessing the Consequences of Temporary Deportation Relief

Rosario Majano
Exploring the Role of Purpose in Sexual Risk Taking

Sam Linhares
The Effect of Gratitude on Delay Discounting

Juliana Trach
Testing the Effect of Practice and Motor Learning on Abstract Sequence Execution

Katherine Pizano
The Role of Dopaminergic Terminal Activity in NAc and DMS during Aversive Fear Extinction

Samuel Gochman
Alcohol Discrimination and Preferences in Two Species of Nectar-feeding Primate

Zach Sheldon
The Effect of Viscerosensory Feedback Perturbation on Song Production in the Zebra Finch

Yining Chen
Time-Space Tradeoff for the Memory Game

Alyssa Cantu
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

Bianca Schilling
Phenotypic Analysis of a Novel Female-Specific Autoimmune Mouse Model and the History of the Use of Mouse Models with Lupus-like Disease

Catherine Li
The Role of p300-Mediated Histone Acetylation in Senescence Induction

Chiemela Ohanele
Tumor-derived Exosomes Negatively Impact the Pro-inflammatory Function of Mucosal Dendritic Cells

Christian Powers
Characterizing Estrogen Receptor Positive Circulating Tumor Cells in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

Dejania Cotton-Samuel
The Effects of Acute Microglial Depletion on Motor Function and Dysfunction in rNLS8 Mice

Hailey Winstead
Bisphenol A (BPA) Impacts Placental Gene Expression in a Dose-Dependent and Sex-Specific Manner

Hareena Kaur
A Highly Sensitive Digital Droplet PCR Assay for Analysis of Circulating Tumor DNA in Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

Krista Cortez
Differential Employment of Phenazine Derivatives Confers Metabolic Adaptability in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms

Linnie Jiang
The Role of Dopaminergic Neurons in Drosophila Olfactory Learning

Maya Talukdar
Reducing and Annotating High-Dimensional Single-Cell RNA-Sequencing Data via the Singular Value Decomposition

Megan Gumina
Identification of a Highly Conserved Region of the Influenza A Virus Hemagglutinin as a Potential Target for a Broadly Protective Vaccination Strategy

Nicholas Mroz
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

Nikolas Baya
Short-term Synaptic Depression on the E-I Connection within a Balanced Network Creates Bistability

Paul Lee
C6orf106 Regulates Lipoprotein Metabolism and Atherosclerosis

Ryan Fan
Characterization of Tumor Cells and Assessment of PD-L1 Expression in Pleural Effusions of Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients

Sherwin Ng
How Type II CRISPR-Cas Systems Establish Immunity through Cas1-Cas2 Mediated Spacer Integration

Nasim Mirzajani
Spectroscopic Investigation of Proton Transfer Mechanisms in Low Barrier Hydrogen Bonds

Andres Maldonado
Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy and Blood–Brain Barrier Disruption in APOE/5xFAD Transgenic Mice

Hali Kim
Workflow for the Analysis of Circulating Tumor DNA, and Case Study of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patient Utilizing Droplet Digital PCR

Karbi Choudhury
The Impact of Neuroinflammation on Synaptic Development in a Genetic TSC Mouse Model of Chronic Epilepsy

Lam Tran
Spatial Effects Estimates in Small-area Generalized Linear Regression Analyses using Bootstrapping Simulations

Lauren Prisco
Development of a Multipeptide Assay for Improved Serodiagnosis of Lyme Disease

Theresa Christensen
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

David Ferranti
A Comparison of the Abundance and Size of Black Sea Bass in the Delaware and Maryland Coastal Bays

Fiona Beltram
Ecological Impacts of Cyanobacterial Mats on the Galapagos Subtidal Reefs

Kyle Kittelberger
Arthropod Assemblages in a North-Temperate Deciduous Forest Prior to the Extirpation of White Ash (Fraxinus americana)

Monica Caparas
Tropical Precipitation Extremes and Walker Circulation Strength in Warming Climates

Michelle Greenfield
Effect of Anthropogenic Injuries on the Social Associations of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Sarasota Bay, Florida

Radhika Katti
First-Principles Studies of the Early Stages of Water Infiltration in Methylammonium Lead Iodide

Sara Anjum
Exploring Chlorinated Paraffins as a Potential Pressure-transmitting Medium

Alexis Wilson
Examining the Relationship between Edaphic Variables and the Rooting System of Abies concolor in the Southern Sierra Nevada

Zoe Berg
Response of the Bloom-Forming Noctiluca scintillans to Rising Atmospheric CO2

Incheoul Chung
Convergence of Random Polygon Sequences and Ergodicity Coefficients

Bethlee Lindor
HAT-P-68b: A Transiting Hot Jupiter Around a K5 Dwarf Star

Luis Fernando Machado Poletti Valle
Cosmological Simulations of Low-Mass Galaxy Groups

Elijah Mas
Stripping Down Ram Pressure: Using New Measures of HI Gas Asymmetry to Identify Active RPS in Cluster Galaxies

Pratik Gandhi
Gravitational Lensing as a Probe for Galaxy Clusters

Raphael Hviding
Characterizing the WISE-selected Heavily Obscured Quasar Population with Optical Spectroscopy from the Southern African Large Telescope

Yueqi Ren
Diverse Functional Dynamics across Language and Multiple Demand Systems during Linguistic Processing

Gloria Wu
Implementing Multiplex Automated Genome Engineering in Rhizobia

Joseph Maggiore
The Development and Use of a Standardized Method for Analyzing Regenerating Peripheral Neuron Cell Survival through Novel Tissue Engineered Grafts

Laura Vasquez-Bolanos
Murine Medial Femoral Condyle Growth Plate Profile Varies with Orientation of Histology Section

Luria Greene
Impact of Stromal Cells and 5-azacytidine on B cell Differentiation for Treatment of Equine Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID)

Marisa Ngbemeneh
Therapeutic Variability of Bevacizumab in Non-Small Cell Lung Adenocarcinoma

Rachel Mintz
CRISPR/Cas9-mediated PARP1 Disruption to Sensitize BRCA1 Mutated Breast Cancer Cells in Response to Chemotherapy

Vanessa Moody
Cellular Nanoengineering

Venkata Macha
A Novel Method of Utilizing Convolution Neural Networks to Vectorize Input Tensors for Machine Learning Detection of Retinal Disease

Adil Akif
Doppler OCT Clutter Rejection: High Pass Filtering is Vulnerable to Static Components; Variance Minimization is Vulnerable to Noise

Alexander Catoya
Neuro-Identifiability: Assessing Discrimination of Multiple People Performing Multiple Tasks with Intracortical Brain-Computer Interfaces.

Allen Green
Synthesis and Characterization of Iron Nanoparticles on Partially Reduced Graphene Oxide as a Cost-effective Catalyst for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells

Anastasia Dmitrienko
Risk-based Monitoring Rules for Binomial and Poisson Outcomes in Clinical Trials with Software Implementation in JMP

Christopher Zawacki
Gait Optimization on a Quadrupedal RHex using Multiarmed Bandits

Gabrielle Roberts
Building Tools to Simulate and Represent the Evolution of Quantum Superconducting Circuits

Jaidev Shah
Project IoT RecycleRobo: Robotics Powered Smart Waste Management and Using Machine Learning for Early Landfill Fire Prediction

Justin Bui
Floating Membraneless PV-Electrolyzer Based on Buoyancy-Driven Product Separation

Konrad Walek
Longitudinal OCT Imaging of Cellular and Vascular Dynamics in Alzheimer's Disease Model Mice

Max Zhaoyu Li
Departure Airspace Characterization and Integrated Surface-airspace Model at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Sophia Kurdziel
Optimization of a Cross-Sectional Li-S Battery for X-ray Spectromicroscopy


Friday, November 10th

Opening Ceremonies

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

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sunday, November 12th

Breakfast & Networking

Houston Hall, Golkin Room

PhD Panel

Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge

Closing Ceremonies

Concluding Remarks & Keynote Speech 4Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge

Contact Us

Please email ilurs@ilurs.org if you have any questions.


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