Undergraduate Research Program Symposium

URP Symposium Awardees

The Undergraduate Research Symposium was a great success, with more than fifty student posters, thirty faculty judges from CST and Health Sciences Center and hundreds of students who stopped by the event. The symposium and its monetary awards are made possible by a gift from CST Board of Visitors Chair Joseph Allegra, CST ’70. This year’s awardees are: 

First Place - $500 Award
Tristan Bonawitz, Biochemistry
Title: Precise Genome Manipulation Using the CRISPR/Cas9 System
Faculty Sponsor: Darius Bulciunas

Second Place - $300 Award
Jeffrey Timlin, Physics
Title: Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Study of Superconducting Vortex Anisotropy in FeSe1-x
Faculty Sponsor:  Maria Iavarone

Third Place - $200 Award
Valeria Chernaya, Biochemistry
Title: The Relationship Between Significantly Changed miRNAs and mRNAs induced by Caspase-1 Knockout in the Early Stage of Atherosclerosis
Faculty Sponsor:  Xiao-Feng Yang

Honorable Mention Awards - $100 Each
Colin Murphy, Chemistry
Title: Plasmonic Hot Electron Induced Hydrogenation of an Organic Dye
Faculty Sponsor:  Eric Borguet

Azam Husain, Neuroscience
Title: Discrepancy of transgene expression in embryonic and adult zebrafish
Faculty Sponsor:  Jorune Balciuniene

Sey Lee, Biochemistry
Title: Synthesis of Peptide Amphiphiles as Peptide Drug Delivery Vehicles
Faculty Sponsor:  Won H. Suh

Joshua Lloret, Math & Computer Science
Title: Chopped into little bits: modeling arithmetic functions with finite subdivision rules
Faculty Sponsor:  Brian Rushton

The Undergraduate Research Program offers students an opportunity to work directly with world-class researchers on real-world research. Completing hands-on independent research is critical to the next step in a student's educational or professional career.

To participate in URP, CST students must meet a high level of academic success. Students then meet prospective researchers to find the research project that is right for them. To earn credit for URP, students register for a research course within their major of study. It may also be possible to earn a stipend for additional work performed in the lab in excess of the required research course requirements.