2018 Showcase Winners

Past Showcases

Judges Choice

Arts and Humanities

Kennedy Harkins
Female Political Sentiments and Rhetoric During the Revolutionary War
Mentor: Dr. Mark Kamrath (Department of English)

Haley Lehew, Seth Beyrooti
Comprehension and Production in Heritage Speakers of Spanish
Mentor: Dr. Alvaro Villegas (Department of Modern Languages and Literature)

Renata Nagy
Renaissance Cosmology: The Human Soul and the Universe On a Sixteenth-Century Fresco
Mentor: Dr. Margaret Zaho (Department of Art)

Anabelle Vabre
Little Haiti: Big Gentrification
Mentor: Dr. Marie Leticee (Department of Modern Languages and Literature)

Engineering, Computer Science, and Optics and Photonics

Lauren Brads, Bradley Kriznar, Estefania Reyes
Quantifying the Impact of Re-Categorization at the San Diego International Airport
Mentor: Dr. Adan Vela (Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems)

Grace Clayton
Mosquitoes Modulate Takeoff to Accommodate Surface Texture
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Dickerson (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Sierra Condo, Leslie Simms, Sara Mansy
Effects of Intracranial Pressure on Tympanometric Parameters
Mentor: Dr. Hansen Mansy (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Rafaela Frota
Electroluminescence Based Metrics to Assess the Impact of Cracks on Photovoltaic Module Performance
Mentor: Dr. Kristopher Davis, Dr. Eric Schneller (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Zachary Loeb
Force-Vector Analysis and Statics Mechanical Testing on a Working Hydrokinetic Sustainable Unidirectional Tidal Generator Prototype
Mentor: Dr. Ricardo Zaurin (Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering)

Analiese Majetich
Damage Detection Through Dynamic Characterization of Plane Structures
Mentor: Dr. Necati Catbas (Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering)

Kevin Negy
Exploring Adaptability in Smart Internet Scanners
Mentor: Dr. Vern Paxson (University of California, Berkeley)

Sharon Park
Effects of Processing Parameters on the Microstructure of Aluminum Alloys Additively Manufactured by Selective Laser Melting
Mentor: Dr. Yongho Sohn (Department of Materials Science and Engineering)

Kelsey Rodriguez
A Novel Biopolymer-Modified Carbon Sensor for Simple and Rapid Detection of Lead in Tap Water
Mentor: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee, Dr. Jae-Hoon Hwang, Dr. Hyoung Jin Cho (Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering)

Brian Solar
Identifying Lung Volume Phase from Seismocardiograms
Mentor: Dr. Hansen Mansy (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Khanh Vo
Spectroscopic Analyses of Composite Materials Using a Spectroscopic Portable System
Mentor: Dr. Seetha Raghavan (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Health Sciences

Angela Aloisantoni
The Effects of Recorded Maternal Sound on Preterm Neonates: A Systematic Literature Review
Mentor: Dr. Donna Breit, Dr. Susan Quelly (Department of Nursing)

Danya Belnour
Factors Causing Female Infertility and Identification of Genetic Factors to Fibroid Tumors
Mentor: Dr. Rhaleah Ahangri, Dr. Mohtashem Samsam (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Kimberly Bogers
Preventing Childhood Obesity In School-age Children: Relationships Between Reading Nutrition Labels And Healthy Dietary Behaviors
Mentor: Dr. Susan Quelly, Ms. Dawn Eckhoff (Department of Nursing)

Alyse Hurwit
HIV Testing Barriers within the Caucasian and Multi-Racial UCF Community
Mentor: Dr. Dr. Su-I Hou (Department of Health Management and Informatics)

Margaret Lorch
The Effects of Sepsis Management Protocols on Time to Antibiotic Administration in the Emergency Department
Mentor: Dr. Annette Bourgault, Dr. Christopher Blackwell (Department of Nursing)

Kathy Quispe, Leeza Negrillo
What are the Independent Risk Factors for Fatigue Among Breast Cancer Survivors Prior to Radiotherapy?
Mentor: Dr. Eunkyung Lee (Department of Health Professions)

Kevin Sabina
The Effects of Wearable Fitness Devices on Pediatric Obesity
Mentor: Dr. Peggy Hill, Dr. Jonathan Decker, Dr. Leslee D’Amato Kubiet (Department of Nursing)

Life Sciences

Zarina Marie Balde
Characterization of Novel Antimalarials from Compounds Inspired by Natural Products Using Principal Component Analysis (PCA)
Mentor: Dr. Debopam Chakrabarti (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Amanda Carmichael
Impact of Increased Green Turtle Nesting on Loggerhead Fitness
Mentor: Dr. Kate Mansfield (Department of Biology)

Danielle De La Pascua
Physical and Chemical Defense Trade-Offs in the Flowers and Fruits of Genus Cornus
Mentor: Dr. Chase Mason (Department of Biology)

Jeanine Garcia
Ponatinib as a Potential Therapeutic Drug for Neurofibromatosis Type 2
Mentor: Dr. Cristina Fernandez-Valle (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Michelle Gaynor
Assessing Genetic Diversity within Populations of Smooth Cordgrass to Ensure Effective Restoration Efforts
Mentor: Dr. Eric Hoffman, Dr. Linda Walters (Department of Biology)

Miguel Jimenez
Overcoming Therapeutic Resistance to Temozolomide in Glioblastoma Multiforme Via Target Gene Silencing of NANOG
Mentor: Dr. Kiminobu Sugaya (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Spencer Lessans
Effect of Dietary Factors on the Incidence and Progression of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Mentor: Dr. Deborah Altomare (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Nirav Modha
Gallium Combinations with Different Antibiotics Provide Alternate Treatment Options to Traditional Antibiotic Therapy for Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and Acinetobacter Baumannii Infections
Mentor: Dr. Swadeshmukul Santra (Department of Chemistry)

Shannon Murphy
Effect of Sand Type and Nest Placement on Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtle Hatching Success
Mentor: Dr. Kate Mansfield (Department of Biology)

KeTaira Phillips
Quantifying Light Pollution Levels on Protected Coastal and Marine Systems across the Globe
Mentor: Dr. John Weishampel (Department of Biology)

Yvelande Raymond
A Comparative Study on Bee Diversity in Urban Landscapes
Mentor: Dr. Patrick Bohlen (Department of Biology)

Cedric Roudebush
The Role of Activin A Signaling in Gastric Reflux-Related Diseases and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma
Mentor: Dr. Claudia Andl (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Kari Shaver
Stimulation and Modulation of Natural Killer Cells with Exosomes
Mentor: Dr. Alicja Copik (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Joanne Tejero
Cigarette Smoke Extract Increases Effector Functions but Decreases the Memory Potential of CD4 T Cells
Mentor: Dr. K. Kai McKinstry (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Raelynn Vigue
The Effect of UV Radiation on the Enzymatic Functionality of GST-eGFP
Mentor: Dr. Robert Borgon, Nicole Verity (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

George Walters-Marrah
Defining the Role Master Regulators of Virulence Factors Play in Mycobacterium abscessus
Mentor: Dr. Kyle Rohde (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Angela Corrigan
Investigating Plant-Derived Materials Using Advanced AFM Techniques
Mentor: Dr. Laurene Tetard (Department of Physics)

Klauss Dimitri
Dirac State and Rashba Splitting in Superconductor Alpha-PdBi2
Mentor: Dr. Madhab Neupane (Department of Physics)

Farah Kabalaoui
Micro-Raman Spectroscopy of the Stimuli-Responsive Polymer Poly(N-Isopropyl Acrylamide) – the Influence of Metal Ions on the Phase Transition
Mentor: Dr. Alfons Schulte (Department of Physics)

Abdel-Rahman Naser
Structural Characterization of Aβ1-40, Aβpe3-40 and Their Combinations by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
Mentor: Dr. Suren Tatulian (Department of Physics)

Nicholas Ossi
Application of the Homotopy Analysis Method to Systems of Nonlinear Ordinary Differential Equations
Mentor: Dr. Kuppalapalle Vajravelu (Department of Mathematics)

Jaida Payne-Avary
Mapping Particle Agglomerates in Saturn's Rings Using Cassini Stellar Occultation Data
Mentor: Dr. Joshua Colwell (Department of Physics)

Hanna Reed
Mosquito Population Dynamics: A Mathematical Model to Understand the Parous Mosquito
Mentor: Dr. Zhisheng Shuai (Department of Mathematics)

Christopher Roldan
Deoxyribozyme Tile Based Machine for the Flu
Mentor: Dr. Dmitry Kolpashchikov (Department of Chemistry)

Kayla Coca, Kassidy James, Alexander Miranda
Assessment of Flow, Immersion, and Engagement on Game-Based Strategies for Kinesic Cue Detection
Mentor: Dr. Crystal Maraj (Department of Psychology)

Social Sciences

Emily Dovydaitis
Political Ecology of Medicinal Plant Use in Rural Nepal: Globalization, Environmental Degradation, and Cultural Transformation
Mentor: Dr. Rani Vajravelu (Department of Biology), Dr. Joanna Mishtal (Department of Anthropology) Add Dr. Elizabeth Harris (Biology)

Rebecca Gibbons, Jordan Falchook, Michael Felice
Exploring the Canaveral Inn: History and Archaeology at the Hotel Site (8BR240), Cape Canaveral
Mentor: Dr. Neil Duncan (Department of Anthropology)

Tristin Halfman, Justine Moavero, Shawn Burke
Current Trends in Team Resilience: State of the Literature and Prevailing Relevant Constructs
Mentor: Dr. Shawn Burke (Department of Psychology)

Kayla LaDez
The Effect of Controlling Messages on Doctor-Patient Communication
Mentor: Dr. Valerie Sims (Department of Psychology)

Paulina Maxim
The Effects of Interview Techniques on Eyewitness Recall
Mentor: Dr. Mustapha Mouloua (Department of Psychology)

Alexander Mendelsohn
Gang Violence and the Legacy of Military Rule in Latin America
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Boutton (Department of Political Science)

Salim Mouloua
The Role of Handedness and Brain Lateralization in Language Processing and Comprehension: Psychophysical and Electrophysiological Correlates
Mentor: Dr. Mustapha Mouloua (Department of Psychology)

Arnaldo Perez
Correlates of Depression: An Analysis of the Puerto Rican Elderly Women
Mentor: Dr. Fernando Rivera (Department of Sociology)

Jessica Romero, Deja Patterson
Examining Shared Leadership and the Impact of Stressors: A Comparison Between Team Tasks
Mentor: Dr. Shawn Burke (Department of Psychology)

Melanie St. Pierre
Mobility and Collapse: Stable Isotope Analysis of Oxygen-18 Isotopes from Ancient Mexico
Mentor: Dr. Sarah Barber (Department of Anthropology)

Joey Velez-Ginorio
Interpreting Actions by Attributing Compositional Desires
Mentor: Dr. Julian Jara-Ettinger (Department of Psychology), Guo-Jun Xi (Department of Computer Science)

Audience Choice

Maliha Avais
A Cross-Sectional study of Hypertension and its Risk factors in the Homeless population of Orlando
Mentor: Dr. Saleh Naser (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Alyona Leontyeva
The Problem of Technology
Mentor: Dr. Grace White (Department of Psychology)

Jaida Lue
An Exploration of Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs about Susceptibility to and Severity of Sickle Cell Disease among Black and Hispanic UCF Students
Mentor: Mentor: Dr. Brittny Wells (Department of Health Professions)

Megan Tedlie
Spectroscopic Analyses of Composite Materials Using a Spectroscopic Portable System
Mentor: Dr. John Starbuck (Department of Anthropology)

Khanh Vo
Spectroscopic Analyses of Composite Materials Using a Spectroscopic Portable System
Mentor: Dr. Seetha Raghavan (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Peer Choice

Bowen Ding
Evaluation of the Effect of Protein Adsorption on Polysaccharide Biomaterial Scaffold on Prostate Cancer Ccell Morphology and Proliferation
Mentor: Mentor: Dr. Stephen Florczyk (Department of Materials Science and Engineering)

Arnaldo Perez
Correlates of Depression: An Analysis of the Puerto Rican Elderly Women
Mentor: Dr. Fernando Rivera (Department of Sociology)

Thaila Schug, Lindsay Martin
The Effects of Temperature on the Immune Function of Diaphorina citri and its Ability to Vector Haunglongbing
Mentor: Dr. Ken Fedorka (Department of Biology)

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