30 students to present graduate research in virtual showcase

From projects focused on viruses, diversity, equity and inclusion, cryptocurrency and more, 30 students will unveil their research in the week-long Graduate Research Showcase beginning May 3.

2019 Graduate Research Showcase
File photo from the 2019 Graduate Research Showcase. The 2021 showcase will be virtual.

“Research is integrated into the mission and identity of UCCS. This virtual showcase provides graduate students an opportunity to present their research and receive feedback,” said Sarah Elsey, UCCS Graduate School program manager.

The students, from more than 10 different disciplines, will present their research for the first time since 2019, as the 2020 presentations were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Through this event, students get the opportunity to practice explaining their research virtually to a wide range of individuals with different levels of knowledge on their topic,” Elsey said. “Students and faculty can learn more about research happening at UCCS, which can lead to cross discipline collaborations.”

The showcase will be available from May 3 to May 7 for viewing in Canvas. Tap here to sign into canvas and self-enroll in the course to view the showcase after 9 a.m. on Monday, May 3.

The following students will make presentations, however the list is subject to last-minute changes:

Biochemistry/Chemistry Presentations

Marshal DolanTailored Synthesis of Hydrogel Media for Chirality Separation of Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes
Bailee TroutmanExpression of an Antitumorigenic Agent by a Magnetotactic Bacterium
Chad SallaberryAnalyzing Curcumins Membrane Mediated Protection Against Monomeric Amyloid Beta
Barbie VossNeuroprotective impacts of Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), an active compound found in green tea, and Curcumin, an active compound found in Turmeric, in Alzheimer’s Disease
Michael WheelerTowards Understanding the Epstein Barr Virus gp350 Complement Receptor 2 Interaction

Communication Presentations

Lani-Elaine A. CastruitaNews: Is it Real or Manipulated? A Demographic Study on Fake News & Censorship
Alison ChristoffersonCommunication in Creative Work
Brie EscobedoDesigning You: An Introductory College Course Utilizing Design Thinking
J’Nae Squires-HortonBlack Women in College Basketball Leadership: An Exploration of Diversity and Inclusion in the NCAA
Holly StevensonIt’s About Supply and Demand! And Women Aren’t in Demand?

Computer Science Presentations

Ahmed BensaoudDeep Multi-Task Learning for Malware Image Classification

Criminal Justice/Public Administration Presentations

Cameron GilbertTransparency in the Woodland Park Police Department
Angela RobertsA Formative Evaluation of Dream Centers Mary’s Home
Alexandria (Alex) RemillardHelping Older Individuals Age In Place: Using Big Data to Understand the Scope and Impact of the Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis
Simeon WuthierProof-of-Work Network Simulator for Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Research
Brendan GeorgasFoods to Encourage: An Impact Study of Labeling on Patron Food Choice

Education Presentations

Phillip HaisleyStudent Engagement and Academic Success: A Regression Analysis of Institutional Level NSSE and CCSSE DATA on Rates of First-Year Retention and Graduation
Kathryn WatsonSecondary Teachers’ Self-Efficacy in Supporting Student Mental Health

Health Sciences

Jessica ArentExploring Participant’s Perceptions of the 16-week DPP with Health Coaching
Karisa DreyerThe Role of School Wellness Teams in School Wellness
Nick MernaAnkle Ligament Width Compared with Time to Stability
Tina MillerThe Impact of Service Learning on Healthcare Science Undergraduate Students
Nicole OdellChanges in Recreational Physical Activity Behavior during COVID-19 Stay at Home Restrictions
Mary WardCulture of Wellness: Faculty and Staff Perceptions
Whitney WymerA Pilot Study to Examine Efficacy of a Sleep Hygiene Education Program for Veterans with Self-Reported Sleep Problems

History Presentations

Ashley PruettThe Mother, Lover, Goddess Archetype: Aphrodite and Thetis from Homer to Apollonius Rhodius

Nursing Presentations

Hannah DangerfieldPolypharmacy: The Impact on the Geriatric Population

Physics Presentations

Yaroslav BalytskyiDetecting Bias in Randomness by PT-Symmetric Quantum State Discrimination

Psychology Presentations

Jessica Baynard-MontagueCan a Stress Mindset Manipulation Affect Speech Production?
Geffen FersztDeath Salience, Likelihood of Future Cautious Health Behavior, and the Awareness of COVID-19
Rebecca IngramExploring the Meaning of Dementia Grief in Spousal Caregivers
Alekx SchneebeckFurrever Searching for Love: A Furry Dating Website Content Analysis
Michelle ShieldsDevelopment of Information Seeking