2020 Undergraduate Research Poster Showcase
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to pivot from our annual VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research. The symposium typically hosts over 300 undergraduates who present their research endeavors each year. Despite the setback, we were fortunate to have digital avenues through which our students could share their scholarly work.
The digital poster showcase on this website displays the research projects conducted by students under the committed guidance of our faculty mentors. Below you will find a slideshow of research posters, a hyperlinked list of authors and projects, and an abstract book of included scholarly work. Additionally, we were able to archive our students’ research endeavors on VCU Scholars Compass.
While we want to congratulate the students who were able to share their work this year, it’s also important to acknowledge the research efforts of the many students and faculty who weren’t able to participate due to the pandemic. Their scholarly inquiry is no less vital than what you see here, and we look forward to a time when their work can be celebrated in the manner it deserves
Full list Vanessa Atra: Tobacco Use Prevention: Culturally-Specific Protective Processes in College Students with Asthma Margaret Colangelo: Chemical Composition of Airborne PM10 Particles from the Salton Sea Playa: Development and Severity of Asthma in Children under 14 in Imperial County Jordan Rasure: Negative Assortative Mating in Prothonotary Warblers: Crown Feathers Reveal Mating Preference Allison Heerwagen: Storytelling Through Play MiJin Cho: Victim Silencing, Sexual Violence Culture, Social Healing: Inherited Collective Trauma of World War II South Korean Military "Comfort Women" Faheem Farooq: Owner-Intruder contests with information asymmetry Kirti Sharma: A Review and a Proposal for Reducing the Symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adolescents by Combining Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training and Methylphenidate Medication as a Treatment Samantha Lee: Transit Manipulation by the Koch Brothers: Analyzing the Relationship between the Division of Power in the United States Government, Societal Benefits, Voter and Rider Composition, Referendum Language and Cost of Improvement Under the Lens of the 2018 Nashville Transit Improvement Program Referendum Tarek Haggy: Pelvic Binding Protocols for EMS Providers Silvia Manzano: Correlation of the Amount of Years Immigrants Have Been in the US and Oral Health Knowledge Jenifer Euceda Nunez: The Effect of Education on Knowledge of Dental Care and Hygiene in Adults Rohan Arora: The Role of Cultural Competency on Treatment Adherence and Health Literacy for Persons of Color Living with HIV/AIDS Vooha Putalapattu: Game-theoretical model of retroactive Hepatitis B vaccination in China Abaiz Chaudhri: GABRA2 and Alcohol Dependence in College-aged Students Jessica Del Rossi: Assessing Sexual Differences with the Decision to Remain a Virgin Ashley Victor: Latinx Immigrants' Healthcare Access: Barriers, Consequences and Strategies for the Future Annemarie Carver: Phenotypic Expression of Two Candidate Genes of Nonsyndromic Craniosynostosis in Danio rerio Xuxa Sky Lark: Differences in Mental Health and Ethnic-Racial Identity between White Gender Variant Students and Gender Variant Students of Color Jasmine Jones: Does Sexual Orientation Moderate between Partner Substance Use and Alcohol Consumption? Kayla McLean: Impulsivity in Sexual Trauma Survivors and their use of alcohol and substances Megan Scalzo: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if this wood was sediment: The effect of Marmota monax on the archaeological record Emma Clark: The Relationship Between Enslaved Individuals And Plantation Architecture In 18th And 19th Century Virginia Elizabeth Crump: A comparison of PTSD, AUD, and MDD Symptom Patterns in Different Trauma Types Alanna Cason: Conversations About Race and Perceptions of Racial Discrimination Among Emerging Adults Meagan Nguyen: A Narrative Review of Interpersonal Trauma, Mental Health, and Substance Use Among LGBQ College Students Roxana Naemi: Evidence-Based Programs & Measures Of Mental Health Literacy Among Adolescents: A Narrative Research Review David Lim: Academic Socialization and Its Effects on Academic Success Jane Sun: A Narrative Review of Protective Factors that Predict Enculturation Processes for Latinx Individuals in the U.S. Devin Singh: The Relationship between Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms and Substance Misuse (in Terms of Marijuana, Illicit Drugs, Tobacco, and Alcohol) in College Students Milla Gardiola: Figuring Out the Aztecs Katherine Au: Thrombolytics in pediatric stroke: imaging modalities Sohee Ha: School JUUL Project Jennifer Rodriguez: Sex Differences in Skin Tone Predicting Depressive Symptoms among College Students of Color Sarah Izabel: Mapping New Olfactory Bulb Neurons at the Single-cell Level Using Iron Oxide- Assisted MRI Polina Bukina: Molecular Mechanisms of the DYRK1A-regulated DNA Repair Elysia Lin: Autobiographical Storytelling in English Language Arts Instruction: Fostering Literacy and Social Emotional Development in the Elementary English Language Learner Classroom Elyse Nguyen: Analysis of the Role of Aminoacyl tRNA Synthetase Genes in Global Protein Synthesis and mRNA Specific Regulation of Translation in Cancer Cells Sitara Mahmoodi: The Induction of Macrophage Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress by Irradiated-Tumor Derived Extracellular Vesicles Supports the Adoption of a Pro-Tumor Phenotype Laura Flaherty: Bullet Wound Amputation Jamie-Jean Gilmer: Combination Therapies of Guadecitabine and Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors in a Murine Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Model Elisabeth Burns: Basalt leaching in Rapa Nui (Easter Island) rock gardens favours agricultural surplus production Laura Griffith: Language Skills of Children and Youth with Schizophrenia: A Meta-Analysis Valentina Posada: BPTF Enhances Chemotherapy Induced Cytotoxicity Marie Johnson: Mental Health Comorbidities in Adolescents with ASD: Indirect Effects of Family Functioning through Youth Social Competence Shanya Chandel: The role of gendered racial microaggressions on African American women's sleep quality Victoria Cambar: Role of self-worth contingencies on sleep quality due to discrimination and depressive symptoms Grace Bryan: Ethnic-Racial Identity and Social Outcomes in Childhood: A Research Review Rym Yousfi: Effect of Political Ideology, Femininity, and Gender on Abortion Stigma Desiree Longmire: The Use of Physician Assistants for Health and Wellness in Aging Populations Hasib Zaman: Characteristics of Medicaid Dental Providers Who Provide Oral Health Services to Pregnant Women in Virginia Emaan Dawood: WHAM: Wellness, Happiness, and Mindfulness: A Pilot Class at Open High School for the Translational Application of Well-being Education Jessica Lim-Wilson: How the Diversity of Curriculum Prepares Future Physician Assistants (PA's) to Provide Healthcare for Underserved Populations Breanna Jones: The moderating role of body appreciation on ethnic identity and condom use intentions Sri Vibhaav Bankuru: A game-theoretic model of Monkeypox to assess vaccination strategies Ashana Jackson: The Effect of Amitriptyline on Biomarkers Associated with Brain Health and Drug Metabolism Jazzmin-Guy Swain: Stress and Positive Coping in Older Adults Olivia Alsamadi: A proposal for a social dance intervention to improve health in older African Americans living in community settings Alisha Robinson: Stregthening Student Engagement in Alternative School Settings Russell Simmers: Fenofibrate-Loaded Biodegradable Nanoparticles for the Treatment of: Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration Tatiana Brown: Establishing a Community-Academic Partnership to Investigate the Sociopolitical Context of Oral Care Among Refugees Resettled in Richmond, Virginia Ashley Koo: Stakeholder perceptions of health needs in refugee populations in the Greater Richmond area Casey Zapata: Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care Kylee Hockaday: The Role of Pyrethroids on Cell Cycle Regulation and Craniofacial Development in Xenopus laevis Sukhleen Kaur: Trafficking patterns of KCNQ1 and KCNE1 and assembly into the slow delayed rectifier (Iks) channel Tiara Bolden: Parent-Child Perception of Cancer-Specific Quality of Life and Relationship to Medication Adherence Dalton Huey: Exploration of the Neuronal Subtype Specificity of an Ethanol Responsive Gene: Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 Beta (Gsk3b) Jack Watson: Psychometric assessment of the Spanish SCORE-15 for families of individuals with Parkinson's disease in Mexico Charles Tran: Targeted Bisulfite Pyrosequencing & Amplicon Bisulfite Sequencing Epigenetic Analysis Rusha Patel: Medication Risk and Polypharmacy in Minority Older Adults Harrison Davis: Vicarious Trauma Exposure and Its Effects on Mental Health among Adolescents and Adults: A Narrative Research Review Carly Blaine: Veteran spinal cord injury: An investigation of the mediating role of pain interference on the relationship between pain and emotional distress. Julianne Eubanks: Advertising and Consumer Behaviors: Evaluating Microinfluencers on Social Media Abigale Dagher: Resilience in Relation to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Coping Behaviors: in Combat-exposed Veterans Ashley Sanico: Moral Development of Eco-Martyrs Lauren McLeod: Trait Parochial Empathy Scale (TPES) Carolyn Henao: The Benefits of a Daily Personal Growth Practice Christopher Latourrette: To Read or Not to Read; That is the Question Julia Woods: An Analysis of the UK and US on the Perceived Adequacy of Workplace Mental Health Programs Fatima Tariq: Examining the Relationship Between PTSD Symptom Clusters and Drinking to Cope Motives on Drinking Outcomes Johanna Guz-Montgomery: The Eco-Martyrs of 2018 and Maslow: Is Self-Actualization only for Colonizers? Shea Wenzler: Health disparities among Latinx communities: issues of access to information, interpreters, and bilingual providers Maria Ribera Sites: Benefits of a daily personal growth activity: An Autoethnographic study Grace Sprouse: The Impact of Submersion on the Quantification of Host and Bacterial DNA Natalia Rodriguez Romero: Differences on the Use of Emotion Regulation Strategies and Intimate Partner Aggression Between Males and Females Victoria Rabii: The Role of Acting with Awareness on Sleep Quality and Difficulties with Emotion Regulation Ammar Jawad: Drugs and the Music Industry: How the Neurological and Visual Effects of LSD and Psilocybin Impact Creativity and Songwriting Abilities Jessica Turner: Aesthetic Chills: An Autoethnographic Study Abanoub Bector: Identification of alternative transcription start sites that generate neuron-specific nhsl1b isoform that regulates neuron migration Yasmina Zeineddine: Motor Evoked Potential Recruitment Curves Indicate Neuroplasticity after Spinal Cord Injury Martin Gonzalez: Implementing HSR Infrastructure In The United States To Improve Sustainable Development Analynne Escobar: The Impact of Acculturation on Help-Seeking and Mental Health Among Refugees in Minnesota Nicole Concepcion: Gender and Ethnic Differences in Sound Tolerance Elizabeth Torres: There's more to sleep than counting sheep: A cross sectional analysis of sleep health Jae Ricketts: The Stages of Justice: Sketching the Sculpture of William Rush Xavier Moore: Polo-Like Kinase 1 Mediated Regulation of Androgen Receptor: Potential Role in the Development of Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer Lucas Craft: Economical Custom-Made 3D BioPrinter Anyi Rodriguez: Oral health prevention interventions targeting the Latinx population in United States: A scoping review Anthony Gonnella: 3D Modeling of Pediatric Hearts with Congenital Defects Matt Tessema: The socioeconomic barriers and policy barriers to refeguee health Brendan Finnie: Physiology as a Mechanism Driving Early Fitness Responses in Cornus Florida Emily Clement: Static Degradation of Electrospun Polycaprolactone Scaffolds Sara Debab: Using Asset Mapping to Identify Health Needs of a Latinx Population in Rural Virginia 2020 Poster Showcase program
Learn more about these students and the work that went into the posters above in our 2020 Poster Showcase program.