WSU SURCA presents undergraduate research awards for March 28 Showcase – WSU Insider

PULLMAN, Wash. – More than a third of Washington State University students who presented posters at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) 2022 on March 28 receive cash prizes for their first-rate efforts.

SURCA is the unique WSU-wide place for students of all majors, college years, and all WSU campuses to share their supervised research, scholarship, and creative activities and have their work featured on a poster evaluated by judges. At this year’s event, approximately 140 students from four campuses were among those presenting 112 posters in front of 90 judges. Faculty, postdocs, and community experts used a common rubric to rate and grade presentations across the board nine SURCA categories.

At the awards ceremony, 43 students from WSU Pullman and Vancouver and the Global Campus were announced as recipients of 33 awards. A total of almost $8,000 will be made available to support their efforts.

Present impactful activities and learning

“It’s always a pleasure to see what our students are researching and to be able to present them together in one room again this year was great,” said Jeremy Lessmann, Director of the WSU Office for Undergraduate Research. It’s part of Department of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA) in the provost.

“Undergraduate research is vital to our university as a high-impact activity that enriches each student’s academic pursuits, and hosting SURCA as a premier venue to showcase their work is both an honor and a tradition,” said William B. Davis, interim vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement.

Winner of the SURCA 2022

Four award levels in each SURCA category are possible, from the highest crimson award to the second highest gray award, and also include early career awards for first and sophomore students and a Novice Researcher Award for those who participate in a project for two semesters or less.

By SURCA category, the names of the top presenters, majors, mentors and project titles for 2022 are:

computer science

purple

  • Dana Pittman, Biochemistry and Honors College, Mentor Bill Davis, “Implementation of Coefficient of Variation for Fluctuating Mice Ecology When Modeling Zoonoses Using Stochastic Methodologies”

Organizational, population, ecological evolutionary biology

purple

  • Randi Richards (WSU Vancouver), biology, mentor Stephanie Porter, “The Distribution and Genetics of Resistance to UV Irradiation in Nitrogen Fixing Soil Bacteria”

Gray

  • Alexander Iritani, Environmental and Ecosystem Sciences, Mentor Michael Phelps, “Influence of Egg Size and Egg Metabolism on Survival and Fitness of Chinook Salmon Embryos”

Molecular, Cellular and Chemical Biology

purple

  • Alexandra Malena, Neuroscience and Psychology, Mentor Ryan McLaughlin, “Long-Term Effects of Maternal Cannabis Use on Emotional Reactivity and Anxiety-Like Behavior in Rats in Offspring”
  • Olivia Hayden, Biochemistry and Honors College, Mentors Alan Goodman and R. Marena Guzman, “Dredd Protects Against Coxiella burnetii infection a Drosophila melanogaster
  • Evelyn Rowe, Medical Sciences and Honors College, Mentors Alan Goodman and Chasity Trammell, “Insulin-mediated Antiviral Immunity to WNV Using the Drosophila melanogaster

Gray

  • Rafael Urrutia-Camargo, Neuroscience and Honors College, mentor Ryan McLaughlin, “Effects of Lateral habenula 2-arachidonylglycerol Manipulation on Dorsal Raphe Nucleus Immediate Early Gene Expression”
  • Stephen Fawcett, Microbiology and Spanish and Honors College, Mentor Michael Letko, “Characterization of Novel Cell Lines for Viral Infection Assays”
  • Sean Thompson, Genetics and Cell Biology, and Natalie Williams, Microbiology, both at Honors College, Mentor Ryan Driskell, “Developmental Timing of Rete Ridges in Porcine Skin Offers Insights into Human Skin Formation”
  • Alexandra Puzon, Microbiology and Honors College, Mentor Steven Roberts, “Characterizing Mechanisms of Indel Mutations Induced by APOBEC3A and APOBEC3B”
  • Ty Gray, Neuroscience, and Justine Strickler, Biology and Neuroscience, Mentor David Rossi, “Genetic Drift of the C57BL6/J Mouse Supports a Role of the Cerebellum in Genetic Predilection to Alcohol Use Disorder”

research purposes

purple

  • Kalli Stephens, Genetics and Cell Biology, Mentor Wipawee Winuthayanon, “Proteomic Analysis of Extracellular Vesicle Content in the Mouse Oviduct During Early Pregnancy”

Gray

  • Olivia Willis, Neuroscience and Psychology and Honors College, Mentor Cheryl Reed and Xianming Shi, “Exploring the Stereotypes of Scientists in Fourth Through Eighth Grade Students”
  • Maya Nuno, Neuroscience and Psychology and Honors College, Mentor Angela Henricks, “Sex Differences in Drinking Behavior in Addicted and Non-addicted Rodents”

applied Sciences

purple

  • Lauren Forseth, Biology, Mentor Qiang Zhang, “Multifunctional Hierarchically Porous Materials for the One-pot Fixation of CO2 with Alkenes”

Gray

  • Ivy Woltering, Environmental and Ecosystem Sciences, Mentor Arjan Meddens, “Analyzing Post-wildfire Regeneration Via Satellite Remote Sensing in the Umatilla National Forest”

Humanities

purple

  • Noah Howell, Computer Science and Honors College, Mentor Lydia Gerber, “The Impact of Taoism on Women in China”

engineering and physical sciences

purple

  • Gunnar Sly, Chemical Engineering and Honors College, Mentor Jean-Sabin McEwen, “Elucidating X-ray Photoelectron Spectra of RhCu SAAs from First-Principles”
  • Christine Lovingier, Chemistry, Mentor Cliff Berkman, “PSMA Targeted Turn On Probe for Imaging Cargo Release in Prostate Cancer Cells”
  • Eleanor Curtright, Civil Engineering and Honors College, Mentor Pete Robichaud, “Reflective Ash: Determining Spectral Signatures of Wet and Dry Wildfire Ash”

Gray

  • Zakora Moore, Bioengineering, Mentors Bernard Van Wie and Kitana Kaiphanliam, “Determining Kinetic Parameters for a Mathematical Model to Optimized Growth of Cancer-fighting T Cells in a Perfusion Bioreactor”
  • Emma Gunter, Strategic Communications and Honors College; Jacob Mahon, mechanical engineering; Reid Parsons, Mechanical Engineering and Honors College; Evan Rodriguez, Bioengineering and Honors College; Calli Shafer, finance and marketing; Caden Weiner, Computer Science and Honors College; Rachel Willison, Marketing; Mentor Lynne Cooper, Aircraft Skin Defect Inspection Via Drone
  • Emma Speight, Physics and Astronomy, Mentor Brian Collins, “Dynamics of Ordering of Conductive Polymer Films Printed Under Controlled Airflow”
  • Joshua Bilsky, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy and Honors College, mentor Fred Gittes, “Statistical Analysis of Brownian Motion Data Published in Jean Perrin’s Book ‘Les Atomes'”

Beginner

  • Erich Whitley, Chemical Engineering and Honors College, Mentor Su Ha, “Bimetallic Catalysts for the Ethanol Oxidation Stage of the CAPER Process”

art and design

purple

  • Ruben Estrada, Ben Fleiss, Camree Kunze, architecture studies, mentor Minyoung Cerruti, “Circle Care Pediatric Hospital”

Gray

  • Ailee Simpson, Human Development, Mentors Shelby Ruiz and Julia Day, Luminaire Level Lighting Controls (LLLC) Program

social sciences

purple

  • Caitlin Ottaway, Honors College; Matteya Proctor, Honors College; Cheyenne Schneider; all neuroscience and psychology; Mentors Courtney Kurinec, John Hinson, Paul Whitney; “Sleep Loss and Risk-Taking: An Integrative Review”
  • Mollee Gray, Neuroscience and Honors College, Mentors Paul Whitney and John Hinson, “The Relationship Between Somatic Markers and Working Memory in Risky Decision Making”

Gray

  • Bailey Maykovich, Communications and Society and Strategic Communications, mentor Erin Tomson, “That Girl: The Evolution of Female Archetypes and Their Impact on Young Women’s Mental Health”
  • Brianna Cabral, Criminal Justice and Criminology and Psychology, Mentor David Makin, “Public Safety Employee Experiences While the COVID-19 Pandemic”
  • Sierra Sumner (Global Campus), Psychology, Mentor Lee Daffin, “Trauma Bonding in the Family-of-Origin”

Beginner

  • Jacqui Thomasson, Journalism and Media Production, Management and Honors College, Mentor Lisa Waananen Jones, “Ethical Decision Making in Relation to Myocarditis News Headlines”

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