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Summer Research Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

At our three Summer 2021 symposia, approximately 60 students presented their work virtually using the Zoom platform. Each student presented for 5 minutes, allowing 5 minutes for questions at the end.

Presentations were run on a rolling basis and each symposium session was open to the public.

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Download a copy of the Summer 2021 Symposia Abstract Book (PDF). Covert art of the Summer Undergraduate Research Abstract Book 2021. Brought to you by the Office of Undergraduate Research at Washington State University.

Symposium #1: Friday, July 30

Approx. Presentation Start Time*Breakout Room AssignmentStudent Name (Home Insitution)Research Program (Principal Investigator)Project Title
10:35 - 10:45 a.m.Breakout Room 1 (BR 1)Antonio Franco (Heritage University)Phenomics Big Data Management (Sindhuja Sankaran)Correlation Between RGB and Gene Expression Data to Identify Lentils Having a High Resistance Expression to Aphanomyces
10:45 - 10:55 a.m.BR 1Maicynn Hansen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)Phenomics Big Data Management (Sindhuja Sankaran)Evaluation of Changes in Vegetation Indices Due to In-field Sensor Angles
10:55 - 11:05 a.m.BR 1Cora Hernandez (Washington State University)Phenomics Big Data Management (Sindhuja Sankaran)Onion Decay Phenomics
11:05 - 11:15 a.m.BR 1Robin Javid (Washington State University)Phenomics Big Data Management (Sindhuja Sankaran)Evaluation of Blueberry Fruit Quality Using Standard and Modified Catcher Plates
11:15 - 11:25 a.m.BR 1Pia Spychalla (University of Wisconsin - Madison)Phenomics Big Data Management (Sindhuja Sankaran)Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to Identify Metribuzin-tolerant Winter Wheat
11:25 - 11:35 a.m.BR 1Lindsey Stachofsky (University of Idaho)Phenomics Big Data Management (Sindhuja Sankaran)Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Detecting Drought Tolerance in Spring Wheat Varieties
10:35 - 10:45 a.m.Breakout Room 2 (BR 2)Esperanza Artiles (Central Washington University)Research in Interdisciplinary STEM Education (Erika Offerdahl)Understanding Scientific Argumentation in Large-lecture Biology: Characterizing the Effect of Task Framing on Students' Use of Resources
10:45 - 10:55 a.m.BR 2Emilee Bernath (Heritage University)Research in Interdisciplinary STEM Education (Erika Offerdahl)How Do CUREs Affect Content Learning: A Comparison of In-Person and On-Line Presentation of an Upper-Level Developmental Biology Research Experience
10:55 - 11:05 a.m.BR 2Elizabeth Elliott (Pacific Lutheran University)Research in Interdisciplinary STEM Education (Erika Offerdahl)Examining the Impacts of a CURE in an Undergraduate Introductory Biology Course for URMs
11:05 - 11:15 a.m.BR 2Archer Harrold (University of Nebraska - Lincoln)Research in Interdisciplinary STEM Education (Erika Offerdahl)How Do Student Roles in Small Groups Differ Across Data Interpretation Tasks?
11:15 - 11:25 a.m.BR 2Angela Hong (Pacific Lutheran University)Research in Interdisciplinary STEM Education (Erika Offerdahl)Setting Students Up for Success in General Chemistry with a Novel Prep Chem Class
11:25 - 11:35 a.m.BR 2Jazmyn Juarez (Claremont McKenna College)Research in Interdisciplinary STEM Education (Erika Offerdahl)Setting Students Up for Success in General Chemistry with a Novel Prep Chem Class
11:35 - 11:45 a.m.BR 2Nyckolaus Ledezma (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona )Research in Interdisciplinary STEM Education (Erika Offerdahl)Understanding How Different Leadership Inhibits or Enables Students from Expressing Alternative Ideas In Large Introductory Biology Courses
11:45 - 11:55 a.m.BR 2Maria Mozo CardonaResearch in Interdisciplinary STEM Education (Erika Offerdahl)Health Education Through Arts-based Learning (Heal): From Stem to Steam
11:55 - 12:05 a.m.BR 2Puja Shah (Raritan Valley Community College)Research in Interdisciplinary STEM Education (Erika Offerdahl)How Do Cures Affect Scientific Literacy: In-person and Online Implementation of an Upper-level Developmental Biology Course-based Research Experience
10:35 - 10:45 a.m.Breakout Room 3 (BR 3)Asmita Acharya (Washington State University)Stakeholder Informed Modeling of Innovations in the FEW (Julie Padowski)Planning and Analysis Tool for Resilient Power Grid with Hydro Generation
10:45 - 10:55 a.m.BR 3Kendahl Heckstall (Georgia State University)Stakeholder Informed Modeling of Innovations in the FEW (Julie Padowski)Can Apples Beat the Climate Change Heat with a Lower Water Footprint?
10:55 - 11:05 a.m.BR 3Lauren Lansford (Washington State University)Stakeholder Informed Modeling of Innovations in the FEW (Julie Padowski)System Dynamics Model of Changing Groundwater Storage and Behavior in the Walla Walla Valley Due to Climate Change
11:05 - 11:15 a.m.BR 3Gustavo Mendez Soto (Heritage University)Stakeholder Informed Modeling of Innovations in the FEW (Julie Padowski)Examining the Impact of Groundwater on the Sustainability and Resilience of the Yakima River Basin During Drought Years
11:15 - 11:25 a.m.BR 3Jade Mokry (University of Idaho)Stakeholder Informed Modeling of Innovations in the FEW (Julie Padowski)Impacts of Hydroelectric Dams to Sqigwts in the Coeur d' Alene Basin
11:25 - 11:35 a.m.BR 3Jiyoung Park (Wheaton College)Stakeholder Informed Modeling of Innovations in the FEW (Julie Padowski)Municipal Water Supply and Demand Management Through Wastewater Reuse and Increasing Block Pricing in the City of Pasco
11:35 - 11:45 a.m.BR 3Liam Reynolds (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)Stakeholder Informed Modeling of Innovations in the FEW (Julie Padowski)Refining the Definition of Urban Agriculture to Streamline Public Policy Development and Implementation
11:45 - 11:55 a.m.BR 3Hailey Smith (Washington State University)Stakeholder Informed Modeling of Innovations in the FEW (Julie Padowski)Analyzing the Impact of Social Capital on the Adoption of Efficient Irrigation in Washington State Orchards
11:55 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.BR 3Dehlia Wolftail (Heritage University)Stakeholder Informed Modeling of Innovations in the FEW (Julie Padowski)Quantification of The Colville and Spokane Tribe Water Right Adjudication and Potential Impacts to Current Junior Water Right Holders.

*Please note: Presentation start times are approximate. Research presentations will be conducted in sequence such that once a student finishes their presentation, the next student in the sequence will immediately begin. In general, each presentation will take about 10 minutes. However, if one presentation ends a little early, the next presentation will start immediately afterward. Thus, if you want to be sure you see a specific presentation, we recommend you join the Zoom meeting earlier than the indicated start time.

Symposium #2: Tuesday, August 3

Approx. Presentation Start Time*Breakout Room AssignmentStudent Name (Home Insitution)Research Program (Principal Investigator)Project Title
10:35 - 10:45 a.m.Breakout Room 1 (BR 1)Ahmed Abdelgalil (Villanova University)Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Training in Wearable Computing (Hassan Ghasemzadeh)Predicting Your Emotions? Long-short Term Memory (Rnns) Vs. Decision Tree’s Algorithm
10:45 - 10:55 a.m.BR 1Ryan Holder (Washington State University)Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Training in Wearable Computing (Hassan Ghasemzadeh)Comparing the Predictability of Sensor Modalities to Detect Stress from Wearable Sensor Data
10:55 - 11:05 a.m.BR 1Grace Stewart (University of Maryland - College Park)Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Training in Wearable Computing (Hassan Ghasemzadeh)Development of User-Friendly Object Detection Method for Video Labelling in Matlab to Be Used with Eye Tracking Video Data
11:05 - 11:15 a.m.BR 1Jonathan Vivian (Lewis-Clark State College)Transcriptional Regulators of Plant Cell Wall Biosynthesis (Laura Bartley)Regulation of Acylransferase Gene in Cell Wall Biosynthesis
10:35 - 10:45 a.m.Breakout Room 2 (BR 2)Helena Belzer (Wellesley College)Waves in the Universe and Technology (Brian Collins)Analyzing the Effects of Interfacial Mixing on Bilayer Organic Photovoltaic Cells
10:45 - 10:55 a.m.BR 2Noora Ghadiri (California State University - Fullerton)Waves in the Universe and Technology (Brian Collins)Creating a More Realistic Profile for Differentially Rotating Neutron Stars
10:55 - 11:05 a.m.BR 2Emily Kehoe (Clarkson University)Waves in the Universe and Technology (Brian Collins)Searching for Active Galactic Nuclei in Dwarf Galaxies NSA 91579 and NSA 112250
11:05 - 11:15 a.m.BR 2Jonathan Loera (University of California - Merced)Waves in the Universe and Technology (Brian Collins)Investigating Efficiency Optimizing Parameters for Blade-Coated PBDB-T:PC71BM Systems
11:15 - 11:25 a.m.BR 2Fiona McLary (Agnes Scott College)Waves in the Universe and Technology (Brian Collins)Infrared Spectroscopy of 4:1 Methanol-Ethanol for Diamond Anvil Cell Pressure Calibration
11:25 - 11:35 a.m.BR 2James Serna (Wright State University)Waves in the Universe and Technology (Brian Collins)An Intuitive Picture of Radioactive Decay: Fermi's Golden Rule, Landau-Zener Transitions, and Entanglement
11:35 - 11:45 a.m.BR 2Annie Wang (University of Rochester)Waves in the Universe and Technology (Brian Collins)Measuring the Velocity of Aluminum Foil Accelerated by Laser Ablation Using VISAR

Symposium #3: Friday, August 6

Approx. Presentation Start Time*Breakout Room AssignmentStudent Name (Home Insitution)Research Program (Principal Investigator)Project Title
10:35 - 10:45 a.m.Breakout Room 1 (BR 1)Eleanor Curtright (Washington State University)Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest (Shelley Pressley)Reflective Ash: Determining Hyperspectral Signatures of Wildfire Ash Under Different Moisture Contents
10:45 - 10:55 a.m.BR 1Clara Ehinger (Washington State University)Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest (Shelley Pressley)Deploying Mobile and Remote Air Quality Sensing Technologies for Urban and Rural Sustainability
10:55 - 11:05 a.m.BR 1Dylan Fernholz-Hartman (University of Redlands)Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest (Shelley Pressley)Urban Tree Cover Distributions for Biogenic Emission Modeling
11:05 - 11:15 a.m.BR 1Isabelle Jernigan (The Pennsylvania State University)Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest (Shelley Pressley)Using the Particle-Into-Liquid Sampler (PILS) to Better Understand Water Soluble Organic Carbon (WSOC) in the Atmosphere
11:15 - 11:25 a.m.BR 1Samuel Jurado (Cornell University)Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest (Shelley Pressley)Quantifying the Influence of a Heat Wave Event on the Surface Energy Balance over Sagebrush in Washington Using Eddy Covariance Flux Data
11:25 - 11:35 a.m.BR 1Dalynn Kenerson (Lewis-Clark State College)Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest (Shelley Pressley)Volatile Organic Compounds Emitted from Asotin Complex and Snake River Complex Fire
11:35 - 11:45 a.m.BR 1Jacob Lindblom (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology)Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest (Shelley Pressley)The Role of Oxygen in Aerobic Decomposition at Washington State University’s Compost Facility, Carbon Trading Opportunities, and Improvements to EPA’s Waste Reduction Model
11:45 - 11:55 a.m.BR 1Kaitlyn Lindholm (University of Idaho)Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest (Shelley Pressley)Evaluating Microbial Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Compost
11:55 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.BR 1Katherine McCown (Lewis-Clark State College)Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest (Shelley Pressley)Analyses of Water-Soluble Volatile Organic Compounds from Compost Emissions at Washington State University
10:35 - 10:45 a.m.Breakout Room 2 (BR 2)Joseph Rotondo (University of Oklahoma)Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest (Shelley Pressley)Three-Year Analysis of Eddy Covariance Data to Understand Benefits and Weaknesses of Differing Crop Rotations in the Palouse
10:45 - 10:55 a.m.BR 2Zachary Watson (Florida Institute of Technology)Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest (Shelley Pressley)The Effects of Relative Humidity and Ammonia on the Measurement and Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds from Compost
10:55 - 11:05 a.m.BR 2Kylie Wilson (Lewis-Clark State College)Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest (Shelley Pressley)Gaseous Volatile Organic Compounds Emitted from Washington State University Compost Facility
11:05 - 11:15 a.m.BR 2Joanne Low (University of California - San Diego)Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (Shelley Pressley)The Influence of the Drawing Process on Chemical Recycling of Cotton Waste for Regenerated Fibers
11:15 - 11:25 a.m.BR 2Katherine Rasmussen (Pennsylvania State University)Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (Shelley Pressley)Development of Medium Density Fiberboard (Mdf) Composites from Combination of Wood Chips and Waste Low-density Polyethylene (Ldpe) Packaging Film
11:25 - 11:35 a.m.BR 2Jessica Zhang (University of Washington)Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (Shelley Pressley)Development of a UV-curable Bio-Based Resin for 3D Printing
11:35 - 11:45 a.m.BR 2John Bussey (Washington State University)Nuclear, Optical, Magnetic, and Electronic (NOME) Materials Laboratory (John McCloy)Nano and Micro Phase Identification in Natural and Synthesized Glass
10:35 - 10:45 a.m.Breakout Room 3 (BR 3)Alejandro Barragan-Morales (Washington State University)Plant Cell Biology and Biochemistry (Andrei Smertenko)MACET4 Smertenko Lab
10:45 - 10:55 a.m.BR 3Peter Coggan (Case Western Reserve University)Plant Cell Biology and Biochemistry (Andrei Smertenko)Macet Expression and Function Across Plant lineages
10:55 - 11:05 a.m.BR 3Nhu-Y Do (Bellevue College)Plant Cell Biology and Biochemistry (Andrei Smertenko)Characterizing Functional Domains of MACET4: A Plant Specific Microtubule Nucleating Protein
11:05 - 11:15 a.m.BR 3Jenalle Pana (Washington State University)Plant Cell Biology and Biochemistry (Andrei Smertenko)MACET4 Role in Phragmoplast Microtubule Nucleation.
11:15 - 11:25 a.m.BR 3BreeLynn Robinson (Lewis-Clark State College)Plant Cell Biology and Biochemistry (Andrei Smertenko)Characterizing the Functional Domains of MACET4