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Undergraduate Research Day

Undergraduate Research Day 2023

When: Friday, April 28, 2023 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Where: SB Hall

An exciting interdisciplinary showcase of the work of UD undergraduates, this annual Research Day event features presentations by students of their research, scholarly investigation, theses and projects.


Main Schedule
1 - 2:15 p.m. First Oral Presentations
1 - 3 p.m. First Poster Session
2:15 - 4:15 p.m. Second Poster Session
3 - 4 p.m. Second Oral Presentations
4:15 p.m. Reception and Concluding Remarks

Oral Presentations

Oral Presentations - Session One
1 p.m.

“Understanding Variability Within Texas-Owned Utilities” 
James Warren Sanford, Economics

1:15 p.m.

“Characterization of Genes Essential for Hydrocarbon Degradation in Pseudomonas Aeruginosa”
Carolina Soto, Biology

1:30 p.m.

“Salt Concentration Effects on G-Quadruplex DNA Stability in the Presence of TMPyP4”
Edgar De Luna, Biochemistry

1:45 p.m.

“Sacred Mysteries in Stone: The Island of Gotland and its Hundred Churches”
Virginia Grace Kendall, Art History

Oral Presentations - Session Two
3 p.m.

“‘As I Walked Out One Evening’:  W.H. Auden and the Art of Poetry and Love” 
Jasmin Kaur, English

3:15 p.m.

“Si3N4 Used as a New Protective Measure for Thermal Barrier Coatings” 
Joseph Beam, Physics

3:30 p.m.

“A Species is Born: Describing Deep Sea Polychaete Helmetophorus”
Emma Bergman, Biology

3:45 p.m.

“Women’s Understanding of Themselves as Aging Through the Eyes of Others:  A Phenomenological Inquiry”
Sarah Goodykoontz, Psychology

4:00 p.m.

“Coral Skeleton Growth Under Increased Temperature and Decreased pH”
Monique Bedolla, Biology

Poster Session No. 1 | 1 - 3 p.m.

“A Tough Pill to Swallow: Contraception, Religiosity, and Religious Education”
Hannah Mohr, Psychology

“Photolysis of Airborne Condensed Phase Chemical Emissions from Cured-in-Place-Pipe Installations”
Bianca Aridjis-Olivos, Chemistry

“Characterizing Deep-sea Coral Communities in the Musicians Seamounts”
Abigail Fritz, Biology

“Spectral Sensitivity of the Retina of the Sex-Limited Color Polymorphic Damselfly, Ischnura Rambur”
Luke Klein, Biology

“Upscaled Production of a Metal Organic Framework for an Industrial Direct Air Capture of Carbon Dioxide”
Ethan Nguyen, Biochemistry

“Coevolution of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Drosophila melanogaster in a Chronic Infection Model”
Caleb Biney, Biology

“Save our Souls:  How Spiritual Fortitude Helps Us Metabolize Difficulty”
Andrew von Weber-Hahnsberg, Psychology

Poster Session No. 2 | 2:15 - 4:15 p.m.

“Expression and Localization of Prolactin and Growth Hormone within Male Pregnant Pipefish”
Kenneth Schneider, Biology

“Is There a Trade-off between Immunity and Embryological Development in Male Pregnant Syngnathid Fishes?”
Farah Atatrah, Biology

“A Little Less Far Away: A Phenomenological Inquiry into Emotional Intimacy in a Moment of Aloneness”
Jessica Temminck, Psychology

“Predicting the Biological Activity of Sugar Transporter Genes in Pisum Sativum Using Bioinformatics Approaches”
Nadia Guerrero, Biology

“Tuning the Magnetic Phases of Iron Oxide Noncubes”
Elizabeth Chouinard, Physics

“Tracking Tree Mortality on UD’s Campus”
Ethan Reyes, Biology

“Preparation of Common Boryl Substituents for Hammett Sigma Value Determination”
Laura Grace Geddie, Biology