16th Annual Aresty Undergraduate Research Sympoisum

Annual symposium presenter with her poster presenting to a guest.

Each spring, the Aresty Research Center hosts a university-wide Undergraduate Research Symposium. A celebration of scholarship and creative activity, the Symposium is a chance for undergraduates to present a paper or poster on their findings to an audience of faculty, peers, and corporate and community partners.

The research presentations at the Symposium range across the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts. This unique event, which is one of the largest undergraduate research celebrations in the country, is a rare opportunity to engage with some of the most exciting research at Rutgers all in one place.

This year, the symposium has moved to a virtual space to address the current environment and ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and people who would normally attend this event.

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2020 Presentations:

Presenters for 2020:  (Click the project title to see the presentation.)

First name Last Name Project Title
Ahmed Abdelhamid  In planta single-molecule imaging and holographic force spectroscopy to study real-time, multimodal turnover dynamics of polysaccharides and associated carbohydrate metabolites 
Ashley Abrams The Young Elected Leaders Project
Oyinade Adebayo Early Childhood Education Policy
Enmar Alharfoush Epigenetic Role of Adenosine Kinase
Sandra Ashamalla Assessing Sex Differences in Corticosterone Model of Depression
Echezonachi Asimama-Duruaku Effects of CD44 on REDD1 Protein in mTOR Signaling Pathway in Breast Cancer Cells
Vamsi Krishna Ayyala Sanitizer efficacy in preventing cross-contamination during retail preparation of whole and fresh-cut cantaloupe
Devin Barzallo Failing with Friends:  When Social Experiences Minimize Feelings of Self-Control Failure
Monika Baskaran Participation in and Evaluation of a Regional Community-Based Health Coalition Project
Allyson Bazer The Effect of Chemogenetic DREADD Manipulation in the Ventral Dentate Gyrus of Chronically Stressed Females on the Behavioral Antidepressant Response
Tyler Becker Obstacle Avoidance Strategies for Semi-autonomous Ground Vehicles
Anusha Bharadia Optogenetics and antidepressants: Illuminating the Circuitry Behind Depression
Michelle Bilotti Examining the Alterations of Microglia dynamics in a Zebrafish Model
Olivia Boss A comparative study of diet and dental microwear in Platyrrhine molars
Himesh Buch Agent-Based Modelling of Economic Systems
Aliya Caldwell Microplastic ingestion by terns: mechanism, risk, and implications
Hannah Calvelli Nanotherapeutics for Immune Modulation in Parkinson’s Disease and Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Michael Campbell Fibroblast Growth Factor 15 (FGF15) Suppresses NASH Development in Mice
Windia Cassy Film and Health Administration
Angela Cervera Film and Health Administration
Matthew Chan Microplastic Effect on Three Zebrafish Cardiac Genes
Yuan Cheng Quality Analysis of 3D-Printed Parts
Hannaan Choudhry Mutant Huntingtin Protein: Structuring, Aggregation, and Functional Assessment
Jeremy Cleeman 3D Printing on Miniaturized Multi-functional Electronics
Tonai Crockett The Visual Art and Science of Polynomiography: Part II
Arielle D’Elia vRAGE-ELP Fusion Protein for Diabetic Chronic Wounds
Pooja Deshpande Microglial Development in Valproic Acid Treated Postnatal Mice
Shannon Duffy The Science of Learning in Places: Exploring Best Practices in Informal Education at the Rutgers Geology Museum
Maria Duque Development of Extrusion or Material Jetting Based Bioprinting Constructs and Bioprinters
Ashley Egert Responses to Disclosures of Sexual Orientation: Are Recipient Responses as Accepting as They Think?
Robert Esposito Bilingual child language development: heritage and second language learners


of Spanish

Dalia Fanik Determining the Frequency that Leads to Optimal Detection of Cell Membrane Permeabilization
Sarah Farhan Examining tobacco use in underserved populations.
Angeli Fernandez Rules versus Discretion – An Analysis of the FOMC’s Historical Record
Avery Field Speech production and perception in adult second language learners
Ashley Fowler Heterotopias
Joyce Franco

Costa Rica-Panama Border 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake and Aftershocks: Distribution of Sources, Nature of Faulting, and Tectonic Significance

Bryce Griffin Feature interaction detection and resolution in highly-complex engineered systems: applications in automotive systems
Molly Griffith Youth with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Single Case Experimental Study of the Effectiveness of Classroom Based  Services
Natasha Griffith Neural Firing Patterns of Animals Self-Administering drug: How Do These Neurons Change in Firing When the Drug-Cue Turns On?
Samuel Hammer Analysis of Affective State During Chronic Fentanyl Use and Withdrawal in Rats
Jingzhou Hao The Structural and Stoichiometry Study of the Interaction Between Moloney Murine Leukemia Virus Integrase and Host Brd3 Protein ET Domain
Steven Hernandez Life and Death
Liam Hiester Role of Cypin in Excitotoxicity Resulting from Spinal Cord Injury
Alan Huang Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Transportation Safety
Ryan Hutton Road to Resilience: The Socio-Economic Impacts of Road Removal as Migration Opportunities for Marshes
Lan Huynh Data Analytics for Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing
Shahriar Islam The Cardiovascular Mechanisms of Interoceptive Awareness: Effects of Cardiac Resonance Paced Breathing
Neil Joshi Osteoimmunomodulation using biomaterials: The study of interactions between macrophages and mesenchymal stem cells on tyrosol-derived polymers
Jay Joshi Dissecting the Role SPC105R Plays in the Meiotic Kinetochore Function of Oocytes
Mythili Kanagala Robotic preparation of nanomedicines used in biomedical engineering
Airshpreet Kaur Inhibition of HDAC3 Modulates Neuronal Memory for Vocal Formation in Zebra Finches
Emily Kapr
Establishing a Local Geoid Model in Costa Rica
Amin Khan Social Determinants of Health and Sleep Outcomes
Ibtihaj Khan Eugenic Sterilization in North Carolina
Purva Khanapure Bone, corticosterone induced depression and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor in a murine model
Brittany Klimek Studying the
Erica Koplitz Game Science
Caroline Kratka Using allosteric inhibitors to further understand Aurora kinase complexes and function in mouse oocytes
Stefany Lazieh Characterizing Interactions between Akt2 PH Domain and PIPs
Shunyao Lei Study the anti-fibrotic effect of exosomes secreted from amniotic membrane
Rahma Leil Modulation of Photoactivation process of CdS-ZnS core-shell type Quantum Dots due to illumination with UV-Light
Weixian Liang Edison in New Jersey Story Map
Tonia Liu Exercise as a Stress-intervention Method in a Mouse Model of Autism
Federico Liu Yang Serious Video Game Design for Decision Making in Urban Flood Emergency Response
Louise Jade Logronio Participation in and Evaluation of a Regional Community-Based Health Coalition Project
Debbie Ma Differences in Neurogenesis Between Responders and Nonresponders
Rosa Martinez Determining Landslide Susceptability in the Cordillera Talamanca, Costa Rica
Eliana Mercedes Visibilizing Race: Measuring Race among Latin@s
Mahinaz Mohsen Behavioral and Electrophysiological Assessment of Sound Memory Enhancement Following Epigenetic Modulation in Zebra Finches
Celine Molfetta Protein structuring drives the aggregation of PolyQ-Expanded Mutant Huntingtin Protein:  evidence from studies using osmolytes as chemical chaperones
Kevin Montain Using GIS to Assess Fishing Community Adaptation to Environmental Change
Eva Niemeijer Life experiences of adolescents in medical and non-medical contexts
Onyinye Nnajiofor Examining tobacco use in underserved populations.
Lindsey Marie Panes Self-presentation in Climate Change Conversations
Elizabeth Park Studies towards Hydrazone Bridge Replacements for Novel Antichlamydials
Jenna Patel Participation in and Evaluation of a Regional Community-Based Health Coalition Project
Paisley Payne The Role of OFQ/N in the CNS Response to an Immunological  Stressor
Nikita Persikov Fault Aileron Control of a Fixed-Wing UAV
Frankie Pignataro Communicating Organizational Change: Creating More Faculty Diversity
Yingru Qiu Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Transportation Safety
Varun Raghuraman Optimization of Acoustic Force Spectroscopy Software Using Data Science Methods
Jessica Rallo SiESTa 2
Melanie Ruiz Neural correlates of cost-benefit decision making in drug addiction
Anton Ryjov Computational Modeling and Molecular Simulation of Nanomaterials
Alejandro Salvador-Garcia Silicon nanowire sensors
Puru Saxena Computational Simulation of Spherical Diffusion Flame Dynamics and Extinction in Microgravity
Jenna Schneck The Ramapough Lunappe and the Ringwood Mines Superfund Site – History, Culture, Education, and Environmental Justice
Chantell Shalack American consumers’ food consumption behavior: A closer look the food we eat, where we eat it, differences among us when it comes to food, and what influences our food choices
Diana Shemtov Using the Error-related Negativity to Characterize Different Anxiety Symptom Phenotypes
Harjeet Singh Gender and US Military Interventions
Adam Sirusas Understanding the basis of coral resilience to fluctuating environmental conditions
Joshua Stein Synthesis of Amphiphilic C70 Derivatives for Biomedical Applications
Katelyn Sudak Regulatory microRNA Mechanisms Impacting CD40L Expression
Dylan Sullivan Electrophysiological changes in sensory encoding may reflect experience-dependent plasticity specific to opioid and cocaine-associated cues
Aashka Suvarnakar Role of orexin on binge eating behavior studied through pharmacogenetic modulation
Zenobia Tamboly Risk Analysis and Management for New Jersey Food Supply Chain
Yingxin Tan American consumers’ food consumption behavior: A closer look the food we eat, where we eat it, differences among us when it comes to food, and what influences our food choices
Elizabeth Titova Mechanisms underlying airway hyperresponsiveness
Honson Tran AI based Medical Image Analysis
Albert Tran Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Transportation Safety
Natalie Turner Revealing the evolution of genetic regulatory networks underlying the fin-to-limb transition
Srinithi Vasudevan Film and Health Administration
Michelle Wang Analysis of Glutamine Synthetase Expression in Mice During Lactation
Jeremy Westaway Sex differences in cocaine addiction
Liam White Silicon nanowire sensors
Olivia Windos Does acute aerobic exercise bolster neural responsiveness to emotional content in clinically depressed individuals?
Cassandra Winz Alteration in zebrafish fry behavior and microglia morphology following pesticide exposure
Leah Wisniewski Economics Honors Research
Chanina Wong Memoirs of the Sex Trade: A Cultural History of Prostitution and Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis Institute for High School Teachers Workshop on Law, Culture, and Society
Mingyao Xiao Big Data to Power Offshore Wind Energy
Felicia Zangari WAM! Women in Art Music
Ruiming Zhang Modeling and Operations of Manufacturing Systems for Individualized Products
Yifan Zhao IoT sensing technology for intelligent packaging applications
Wenrui Zhao An Investigation of Fishing Communities’ Adaptation Strategies and Disappearances