2016 Best Poster Winners Announced

Thanks to the efforts of Rutgers graduate students, staff, and corporate judges, the Aresty Research Center evaluates the poster presentations at our annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. This year the top posters were chosen from three broad categories: Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). We have awarded three prizes in STEM this year due to the high quality and excellent work of the students. After tallying up all of the scores, we’re excited to announce our winners for 2016. Congratulations to these Best Posters and Honorable Mentions from the 12th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium!


Elise Zhou
The Life and Times of Frank Hague: Mary T. Norton, New Jersey's First Congresswoman
Advisor: Mark Wasserman, Department of History

Social Sciences

Arshneil Kaur
You Be the Judge: The Effects of Race on Police Accountability
Advisor: Shana Cole, Department of Psychology


Hansa Joshi
Factors Determining Cohesion of the URA3 Gene in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae
Advisor: Marc Gartenberg, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Shafali Mahidadia
Epigenetic Mechanisms Modulate Memory Formation of Conspecific Vocalizations
Advisor: Mimi Phan and Kasia Bieszczad, Department of Psychology

Reba Oduro
Microbial Pollution in Wet Weather Flow
Advisor: Nicole Fahrenfeld, Department of Civil Engineering

Honorable Mention: Humanities

Raul Aguilar, Holly Barszcz, Nicole Czajka, Joanna Lampa, and Nathanael Wilson
European Languages at Rutgers: A Multimedia Project
Advisor: Alexander Pichugin

Chioma Egekeze
An African Philanthropy Movement in America
Advisor: Abena Busia

Carmen Perrone
Camden, New Jersey: A Landscape of Apathetic Exclusion
Advisor: Ben Sifuentes-Jauregui

Aleksandra Wec
A Community Approach to Healthcare: Examining Free Clinics from the 1960s to Present Day
Advisor: Leslie Fishbein

Honorable Mention: Social Sciences

Judah Axelrod
A Literature Review of Social Impact Bonds in the United States
Advisor: Steve Barnett                                                 

Yosef Baruh, Kruttika Raman, and Ryan Tracy
Analyzing One-Size-Fits-All Monetary Policy
Advisor: Eugene White

Marla Durand, Anna Goldin, and Spencer Krawiec
What Shapes Can Tell Us About Linguistic Quantifiers
Advisor: Kristen Syrett

Olivia Kan and Mary Yan
Stigma Against Mental Illness in the Workplace
Advisor: James Walkup

Deborah Ragbir
A Life Course Analysis of Sexual Offending Behavior
Advisor: Kristen Zgoba

Cecilia Salazar
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change: Exploring Transnational Transfers
Advisor: Steve Brechin

Caitlyn Smith
Out of Sight and Out of Mind: Dieters Distance from Unhealthy Tempations
Advisor: Shana Cole

Honorable Mention: STEM

Saketh Aleti, Augustus Chang, and Parth Parikh
Implementing Cloud K-SVD; A Collaborative Dictionary Learning Algorithm
Advisor: Waheed Bajwa

Elysha Bembury, Jiayao Ren, and Chris Sheng
Mobile Technology for Training and Assessing Balance of Elders During Sit and Stand Movement- Pilot Study
Advisor: Deanna Miceli

Andrew Boreland
Regulation of Glutaminase in GRM1-expressing Melanoma Cells
Advisor: Suzie Chen

Brinley Burdge
Chronological Lifespan and Superoxide Dismutase Activity in Yeast Lacking Phosphatidate Phosphatase
Advisor: George Carman

Tina Chen
The Effects of a High-Fat Diet on Lipid Absorption in IFABP and LFABP Null Mice
Advisor: Judith Storch

Steven Cheng
Influence of Thermal History on the Structure and Chemical Dissolution of Borosilicate Glasses
Advisor: Ashutosh Goel

Ryan Conway
Expression and Purification of a Recombinant Non-Viral Vector for Cell Transfection
Advisor: Arash Hatefi

Melisa Damcevska
Drug Relapse Linked to Cue-Responsivity and the Neural Pathways During Cocaine Self-Administration
Advisor: Mark West

Katherine Donohue
Understanding How Endogenously Expressed Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor Affects the Structure of Dendrites
Advisor: Bonnie Firestein

Kiersten Formoso
Spatially Comparing Fossil Locations in the Lothagam Paleontological Formation
Advisor: Craig Feibel

Katie Fullerton
Presence of the Anaerobic Benzoyl-CoA Degradation Pathway in Animal Samples
Advisor: Lily Young

Mark Gergues
Modeling Amphetamine Induced Neurotoxicity through Self-Injurious Behavior
Advisor: George Wagner

Sumie Kakehi
Implementing a More Efficient Approach to Discover Protein Interactions in the Synaptic Cleft
Advisor: Davide Comoletti

Joyce Lam
Regulation of BACE1 Degradation Through the Autophagy Pathway
Advisor: Qian Cai

Keana Mirmajlesi
Characterizing Interactions of Cells with Highly Aligned Collagen Scaffolds for Tissue
Advisor: David Shreiber

Mitchell Modzel
Carbon Growth Mechanisms during Alkane Dehydrogenation over Platinum Catalysts
Advisor: Fuat Celik

Shayna O'Connor
Orexin and Norepinephrine Regulation and Response Inhibition in Rats Performing the Stop-Signal Task
Advisor: Gary Aston-Jones

Sarah Salter and Sapna Sanyal
Encapsulation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Alginate for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis
Advisor: Rene Schloss