Ivy League Undergraduate

Research Symposium

April 19th - April 21st, 2019

Submit your abstract by March 15, 2019

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.

New to ILURS 2019 are the Poster Presentation Awards & Plenary Presentation Awards. Judged by a panel of esteemed University of Pennsylvania faculty, ILURS attendees will have the opportunity to be recognized for their exceptional research. 5 awards will be given in each poster presentation category and 3 overall awards will be presented for plenary presenters.

The Symposium 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 April!

Pranay Vissa
Executive Director, ILURS 2019

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 2019! 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 open for ILURS 2019.

  • Abstract Submission Due: 3/15/2019 (rolling admission)
  • Final Acceptance Notification: 3/22/2019
  • Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium: 04/19/2019 - 04/21/2019

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. 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.

  1. Who can apply to be a presenter?
  2. All undergraduates currently enrolled at an Ivy League university, and alumni who have graduated within the last 12 months, can apply to present at ILURS 2019. 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 symposium. 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? When will I know if my project is selected?
  10. Attendees for the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium 2019 are selected on the merits of their research, which will be determined by an abstract review by the Symposium review panel.

  11. Will there be a registration fee? What if I’m concerned about affording it?
  12. There will be a registration fee of $100 to cover symposium costs. Presenters will be required to bring their own research posters.

    If you are selected to present at ILURS 2019, 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. Is housing and food provided?
  14. Your registration fee covers housing at the Sheraton - University City. Your fee will also cover Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch - you will be responsible for the rest of your meals during the symposium.

  15. Do I have to attend all 3 days of the symposium? What if I have to arrive late or leave early?
  16. Attendees must be present for the entirety of the symposium. If you have any questions, email ilurs@ilurs.org.

  17. What are the poster requirements?
  18. Posters must be 48 in by 36 in, and may be in either portrait or landscape orientation. You will not be allowed to present if your poster does not meet these conditions.

    If you have any additional questions, please email ilurs@ilurs.org.

We would like to thank everyone for presenting at ILURS 2017

Plenary Speakers:

Benjamin Goldstein

Benjamin Goldstein is a Sophomore at Columbia University, Columbia College, majoring in history and potentially concentrating in Hispanic Studies.  He grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland and is a proud graduate of Centennial High School.  In middle school he developed a passion for Spanish and History, and soon began applying those interests in a series of travel and research experiences, including educational trips to Spain and Cuba and two research projects into Spanish History (one of which was published in the Concord Review).  In college, he continues to explore the intersections of the global experience, language and history through his research and life experiences.  Recently, he has been working to present his research through more multi-media platforms, especially film, to reach, educate and inspire larger audiences.  The largest project, so far, to come from this effort is his documentary, Identity Under Pressure: A Global History of the Japanese-Brazilians, which he filmed during the summer in Brazil and which will be the focal point of his presentation at this year's conference.

Hope McGovern

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.

Isabel Hsu

Isabel J. Hsu is a junior at Princeton concentrating in molecular biology with a certificate in global health and health policy.  She gets excited about science and food and is always happy to talk about her research.  Isabel spent her first-year summer at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) studying a newly discovered protein receptor for chemokines, the signaling molecules of the immune system.  She next researched nephrology biomarkers and their correlations with biopsy histopathology through a summer program at Harvard Medical School.
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).

Isabella Trierweiler

Isabella is a senior at Yale University. She is from Birmingham, Alabama and is majoring in astrophysics, with her current research focused on planet formation. On campus, Isabella builds rockets with the Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association, is part of the Women in Physics group, and paints sets for theater productions. 

Joshua Choe

Joshua Choe is currently a sophomore at Columbia University studying biology after graduating from St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas. In the past, he has researched lung cancer metabolism, which culminated in a publication in the journal Nature Communications as a second author and a poster presentation at the Keystone Symposia New Frontiers in Understanding Tumor Metabolism in 2016. He was also a finalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search. He is currently working in the Carol Prives lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University and is interested in understanding the altered function and transcriptional activity of p53 structural variants. In the future, he is interested in pursuing an MD/PhD and ultimately running a translational cancer research lab. Outside of the lab, Josh enjoys backpacking, fishing, and going on food adventures in the Big Apple.

Laysa Sreepada

Lasya Sreepada is a junior at Yale University, concentrating in Neuroscience. Since high school, she has interned at top research institutions such as the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and has been an active volunteer at local hospitals. She became fascinated by the brain and how it controls everything in the body through chemicals. In Fall 2016, Lasya interned at the Center for Clinical Spectroscopy of Harvard Medical School, where she conducted clinical research in neuroimaging under Dr. Alexander Lin and Dr. Ben Rowland. She has published and presented her research at various national and international conferences. Lasya finds research to be rewarding, because it enables her to relate her college education in chemistry, physics, biology, math, and computer science to solving real-world scientific problems. Her experiences also helped her appreciate how research and clinical practice go hand-in-hand. Lasya hopes to pursue a career as a physician-scientist. Her goal is to help people in need and make healthcare effective, efficient, affordable, and accessible by bringing cutting-edge research “from bench to bedside”. Lasya is incredibly grateful for the mentorship and support of her PI’s and research mentors, her lab members, her teachers, and her family.

Medha Sharma

Medha Sharma is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Biology and minoring in Healthcare Management and Neuroscience. She has been involved in research since 9th grade of high school, where she worked in an immunology lab studying the mechanisms of natural asthma remedies. She has since then conducted basic science research in WNK kinases in nephrology, attention and learning in neuroscience, and a public health clinical impact assessment for a West Philadelphia hypertension clinic. She currently works in an NIH program at a gastroenterology lab studying Eosinophilic Esophagitis and Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and is conducting an independent study on the effect of aging on the esophageal epithelium. Outside of the lab, on campus she is on Penn Student Government as the Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences, is in the cast of an all-female sketch comedy troupe called Bloomers, has started a mentorship website for college freshmen called ForTheFrosh, and is planning a Model UN conference in China through the International Affairs Association.

Noah Katcher

Noah Katcher is a junior in the Huntsman Program for International Studies and Business at the University of Pennsylvania, a dual degree program between a B.A. in International Studies and a B.S. in Economics. Within the program, Noah concentrates in Behavioral Economics at the Wharton School and targets the German language within the College of Arts & Sciences. At Penn, Noah serves on the board of the Joseph Wharton Scholars as the head of the newly-founded Leadership Committee. Additionally, Noah leads a team of nine students for Penn Microfinance, focusing on an emergency microfinance loan project with the Small Enterprise Foundation in South Africa. In his free time, he enjoys jazz piano, musical theatre, badminton, racquetball and cooking. The research he will be presenting at ILURS was completed thanks to a generous grant from The Wharton School’s SIRE program for Summer 2017. The entirety of his work can be found on the University of Pennsylvania ScholarlyCommons.

Quinn Parker

Quinn Parker is a senior at Princeton in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. She is also pursuing a certificate in Environmental Studies. From the mountain town of Truckee, California, she has always been passionate about wildlife and the outdoors. Quinn spent the past summer in Northwestern Madagascar studying golden-brown mouse lemurs, an endangered species, in the only region that they occur. Her and her team are hopeful that their research can help inform strategies for the lemurs’ conservation. As someone who cares deeply about conservation, Quinn hopes to pursue a graduate degree in conservation and biodiversity before working long-term in the field.

Rani Richardson

Rani is a senior from Michigan in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). She is majoring in Biological Basis of Behavior and minoring in Chemistry. Rani worked for two years on pigmentation and fitness tradeoffs in Drosophila in Paul Schmidt’s lab at UPenn. In 2016, she wrote a grant proposal for an independent project and received funding from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania for her project on the life-history tradeoffs involved with learning in Drosophila. She completed the project and defended a senior honors thesis in May 2017. Rani is involved in other projects at the UPenn Positive Psychology Center and at the University of Michigan. She completed AGA summer research fellowships in 2016 and 2017 Bishr Omary’s lab at the University of Michigan. There, she studied protein aggregation as a mechanism for Porphyria-associated organ damage. Currently, she works in the Character Lab under Angela Duckworth, where they study new ways to help students develop character traits including grit and self-control. In her free time, Rani enjoys exercising, trying new restaurants, watching movies, and roller skating. Rani plans to pursue a career as a physician-scientist.

Richard Nederlander

Richard Nederlander (Columbia ’18) is a senior double majoring in Astrophysics and Music. He is applying to PhD programs in Astrophysics with the career goal of becoming a professional astrophysics researcher. Last summer (2017), he joined Professor Stassun and Professor Reed’s Fisk/Vanderbilt CubeSat group as part of Vanderbilt’s Physics-Astronomy REU Program. The group’s mission is to launch small, low-cost satellites to an asteroid for data collection of the elemental abundance on the asteroid’s surface, and Richard was responsible for characterizing the effects of radiation on the detector. At Columbia, Richard is completing a senior thesis with Professor Paerels on developing an observational technique aimed at using the scattering of X-rays by galactic dust particles to locate possible counterparts to gravitational wave events. In previous years, Richard worked in the Columbia Astrobiology Center and Columbia University’s Nevis Laboratories. At the Astrobiology Center, he researched with Professor Scharf in analyzing Proxima b stability. At Nevis, Richard worked as a member of the Columbia/Barnard VERITAS team with Professor Mukherjee and helped determine prospects for the detection of hard Galactic Fermi sources using the Cherenkov Telescope Array. Outside of coursework and research, Richard is an active volunteer in the Columbia Astronomy Public Outreach program and served as the president of the Columbia Science Review.

Samvida Venkatesh

Samvida is a junior at Princeton University, majoring in Molecular Biology with a particular focus on Quantitative and Computational Biology. She hails from the city of Bangalore in India, which is 8000 miles away! Her interest in biology began in high school, when she read Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Emperor of all Maladies, which is still her inspiration. Upon coming to Princeton, Samvida picked up on the growing importance of data science to biology, so she took classes in both the quantitative and the natural sciences. Since then, she has worked in a biophysics lab to understand patterning in Drosophila embryos, a lab studying the origins of ovarian cancer, and is now doing her senior thesis research in a viral proteomics lab at Princeton. She wants to continue to work in biology, particularly in academia, after she graduates. Outside of the lab, Samvida tutors fellow undergraduates in introductory science and math classes, hits birdies with the badminton team, and is a residential advisor to first- and second-year students. PS: She will befriend you for dark chocolate. 

Suzanne Petryk

Suzie Petryk is a junior in Cornell University’s College of Engineering. She is majoring in computer science with a path in artificial intelligence and a minor in physics. In the summer of 2017, she worked with Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology at UC Berkeley as part of the SUPERB REU. There, she implemented an algorithm to identify lane blockages at signalized intersections, and is collaborating on two related research papers. During the preceding summer, she worked on a research project involving single crystal topological insulators through a materials science REU at the University of Utah. She was selected to present this work at the 2017 National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Memphis. As part of Women in Computing at Cornell, she volunteers to teach an introductory computer science program for local high school students. In her spare time, she enjoys running alongside Ithaca’s gorges and scaling the indoor rock wall.

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, April 19th



Opening Ceremonies

College Hall, 200


College Hall, 200


Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge

Grants & Fellowships Panel


Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge


Saturday, April 20th


Poster Session A

Houston Hall, Hall of Flags


Poster Session B

Houston Hall, Hall of Flags

Graduate School Fair

Research Lectures



Cocktail Reception

Sunday, April 21st


Plenary Presentations

College Hall, 200


Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge


College Hall, 200

Closing Ceremonies & Awards

College Hall, 200

Contact Us

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


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