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Arts & Humanities

First Place: Irina Pidberejna 
Cross-Cultural Ways and their Role on Students’ Perceptions on Russian and American Culture in a Linguistic Context
Mentor: Dr. Alla Kourova (Department of Modern Languages and Literatures)

Honorable Mention : Jared Muha 
Apopka, Florida and Shifting Racial Dynamics in Agricultural Labor
Mentor: Dr. Robert Cassanello (Department of History)

Honorable Mention: Vanessa Nguyen
The Impact of Culture on Students’ Motivation in Acquiring a Second Language 
Mentor: Dr. Ann Gleig (Department of Philosophy)


First Place: Dwayne Houston 
Implementing Student Engagement in Mass Section Classes Delivered via Lecture Capture
Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Massiah (Department of Marketing)

Honorable Mention : Mary-Margaret Shimada 
The Power of Cloze Activities, Sentence Frames, and Word Banks for Raising English Learners
Mentor: Dr. Donita Grissom (Department of Educational Studies)

Honorable Mention: Luke Strawn
Examining the Effect of Couple Relationship Education on Individual Distress among Individuals with Varying Levels of Educational Attainment 
Mentor: Dr. Jenene Case Pease (Department of Child, Family and Community Sciences)

Engineering, Computer Science and Optics I

First Place: Danielle Harper 
Plasma Density of Laser Filament 
Mentor: Mentor: Dr. Matthieu Baudelet (Department of Optics)

Second Place : Zachary Loparo 
Robust and Low-Cost LED Absorption Sensor for Simultaneous, Time-Resolved Measurements of CO and CO2
Mentor: Dr. Subith Vasu (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Honorable Mention: Burdley Colas 
Designing a High Power Wavelength Division Multiplexer 
Mentor: Dr. Axel Schülzgen (Department of Optics)

Honorable Mention: Imad Hanhan 
Hibrid Carbon Fiber Composite for Non-Contact Stress Sensing via Piezospectroscopy 
Mentor: Dr. Seetha Raghavan (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Engineering, Computer Science and Optics II

First Place: Mark Schumacher 
An On-Chip, Passive Blood Plasma Separation Device for Resource-Limited Areas 
Mentor: Dr. Hyoung Jin Cho (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Second Place: Richard Murdock 
Frequency-Domain Faraday Rotation Spectroscopy (fd-FRS) for Functionalized Particle and Biomolecule Characterization
Mentor: Dr. Shawn Putnam (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Honorable Mention: Marc Medina 
Gas Turbine Combustor Transition Cooling 
Mentor:Dr. Jayanta Kapat (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Honorable Mention: John Seligson 
Mechanical Properties of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene following Fused Deposition Modeling
Mentor: Dr. Seetha Raghavan (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Health Sciences

First Place: Thomas Bolsega 
Assessment of Tracheostomy Care Practices in a Simulated Setting 
Mentor: Dr. Mary Lou Sole (College of Nursing)

Second Place: Joanna Borissova 
Analyzing the Factors that Influence Dental Anxiety Factors that Influence Pain 
Mentor: Dr. Fernando Rivera (Department of Sociology)

Third Place: Sophia Luna-Webb 
Comparison of acoustic measures in discriminating between those with Friedreich’s ataxia and neurologically normal peers 
Mentor: Dr. Cecyle Carson (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders)

Honorable Mention: Sara Hanson 
Total Body Water and its Relationship to Functional Performance in Individuals with Diagnosed Osteoarthritis 
Mentor: Dr. Sherron Roberts (Department of Educational and Human Sciences)

Honorable Mention: Leah Morissette 
Administration Techniques of Subcutaneous Anticoagulant Therapies 
Mentor: Dr. Kelly Allred (Department of Nursing)

Life Sciences I

First Place: Vikram Dhillon 
Neoplastic Metastasis via Differential Splicing
Mentor: Dr. Xiaoman Li (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Second Place: Laura Herndon 
Identification of the Domain(s) in Protein Disulfide Isomerase Required for Binding and Disassembly of the Cholera Holotoxin
Mentor: Dr. Ken Teter (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Third Place: Caity Herndon 
Understanding the role of a hemerythrin-like protein in Mycobacterium tuberculosis 
Mentor: Dr. Kyle Rohde (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Honorable Mention: Diana Carvel 
Nitrated Hsp90 and elevated nitrotyrosine levels in Glioblastoma
Mentor: Dr. Alvaro Estevez (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Honorable Mention: Lauren Lanoux 
AquaWeb: An assessment of online marine biodiversity available in Central Florida
Mentor: Dr. Linda Walters (Department of Biology)

Life Sciences II

First Place: Jeremy Tran 
Using a Cell-Based Assay for Discovering Epigenetic Cancer Therapy Drugs 
Mentor: Dr. Mark Muller (Department of Molecular and Microbiology)

Second Place: Mohammed Taleb Bennis 
Effects of GHRKO Visceral Fat Transplant on Insulin Signaling 
Mentor: Dr. Michal Masternak (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Third Place: Austin Sheppe 
Membrane Lipid Aminoacylation in Enterococcus faecium is Responsible for Multiple-Drug Resistance Phenotype
Mentor: Dr. Herve Roy (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Honorable Mention: Corey Rodas 
Silk Fibroin Electrospun Nanostructures for Biomedical Applications
Mentor: Dr. Sudipta Seal (Department of Materials Science and Engineering)

Honorable Mention: Michelle Shaffer 
Propagule Trapping: Examining The Rate of Successful Rhizophora mangle Propagule Recruitment along the Restored Shorelines of Turtle Mound
Mentor: Dr. Linda Walters (Department of Biology)

Physical Sciences

First Place: Rebekah Karadeema 
General Method for Analysis of Nucleic Acid Structures by Deoxyribozyme Sensors 
Mentor: Dr. Dmitry Kolpashchikov (Department of Chemistry)

Second Place: Manuel Morales 
Calculation of the Terahertz Radiation Patterns from a Superconducting Mesa for the Development of Medical Imaging and Homeland Security Tools 
Mentor: Dr. Richard Klemm (Department of Physics)

Third Place: Stephanie Armas 
Indirect potentiometric detection of DNA hybridization using a four-way junction system 

Mentor: Dr. Karin Chumbimuni-Torres (Department of Chemistry)

Honorable Mention: Ashlyn Hale 
Degradation of 1,2-Dichloropropane with Microscale Zero-Valent Iron and B Vitamins
Mentor: Dr. Cherie Yestrebsky (Department of Chemistry)

Honorable Mention: Zaid Mohammad 
Naphthalene and perylene bis-imides as light harvesting antennae in new catalysts for artificial photosynthesis
Mentor: Dr. Fernando Uribe-Romo (Department of Chemistry)

Social Sciences I

First Place: Trina Gilliam 
The Great Escape: Making the Choice for Upward Mobility 
Dr. Amy Donley (Department of Sociology) 
Mentor: Dr. Amy Donley (Department of Sociology)

Second Place: Elizabeth Altamirano 
Investigating Acculturation and Psychological Homelessness Among Latinos In Florida 
Mentor: Dr. Charles Negy (Department of Psychology)

Third Place: Nicholas Joseph 
The Impact of Stereotype Threat, Rumination, and Heart Rate Variability Amongst Ethnic Minorities
Mentor:Dr. Julian Thayer (Department of Psychology)

Honorable Mention:Nicholas James 
Exploring a Relationship Between Social Anxiety Disorder and Bilingualism
Mentor: Dr. Deborah Beidel (Department of Psychology)

Honorable Mention: Andrew Lutz 
Virtual Team Coopetition: An Investigation of Competitive Proclivity in Virtual and Face-to-Face Dyads 
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Chin (Department of Psychology)

Social Sciences II

First Place: Tiernan Middleton 
Homophobia and HIV: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of HIV Transmission 
Mentor: Dr. Joanna Mishtal (Department of Anthropology)

Second Place: Serenela Pelier 
Stable Isotope Evidence for the Geographic Origins and Military Movement of Napoleonic Soldiers during the March to Moscow in 1812 
Mentor: Dr. Tosha Dupras (Department of Anthropology)

Third Place: Robin Thorne 
Exploring the Relationship of Resilience, Optimism, and the Big Five 
Mentor: Dr. Karen Mottarella (Department of Psychology)

Honorable MentionKathryn Schafer 
The Road Rage and Aggressive Driving Dichotomy: Personality and Attribution Factors in Driver Aggression 
Mentors: Dr. Peter Hancock (Department of Psychology)

Honorable MentionAmanda Woods 
Examining the Relationship Between Trait Goal Orientation and Behavior in Team Debriefing Sessions 
Mentors: Dr. Eduardo Salas (Department of Psychology)

Peer Choice

First Place: Dominique Courbin 
Co-Presenters : Tyler Petresky and Mateo Alvarez 
Engineering, Computer Science and Optics I 
Developing 3D Printed Arm Solutions with Electro-Myography Actuation 

Mentor: Dr. Seetha Raghavan (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Honorable Mention: Carmen Henriquez 
Co-presenter: Nicole Bizet 
Blending Art with Algorithmic Driven CAD and Additive Manufacturing for Bionics 
Mentor: Dr. Seetha Raghavan (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Honorable Mention: Ashley Torres 
Negative Effects of Standardized Test Taking on Students, Teachers, and Universities: The Real Lessons Learned from my GRE Freak Out
Mentor: Dr. Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes (Department of English)

Audience Choice

First Place: Arjun Watane 
Automatic ADHD Classification Using fMRI and sMRI Imagery 
Mentor: Dr. Mubarak Shah (School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)

Honorable Mention: Justin Gray 
Constructing Krüppel-like factor 8 activation and repression domain mutants for transgenic mouse model study
Mentor: Dr. Jihe Zhao (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Honorable Mention: Jason Hendershot 
Co-presenters: Gabriel Abreu, Lindsay Arick, Lacie Anderson, Amanda Binnion, Victoria Brodie, Sonja Cames, Michelle Cardenas, Ciara Coffell, Joseph Cordell, Caitlin Dombrowski, Heidy Hartley, Madison Hall, Colton Kizlinski, Andrew Letter, Bailey Molin, Chelsea Petrik, Christian Pilato, Javier Romaguera, Audrey Saint-Marc, Dean Simmons, Douglas Tolman, Jennifer Torchalski, and Christopher Walsh 
Live Rock and Macroalgae: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Aquarium
Mentor: Dr. Linda Walters (Department of Biology)

Honorable Mention: Preeti Kumrah 
The Use of Fixed-Quat Silica Nanoparticles (FQ-SiNPs) to Prevent and Treat Acinetobacter baumannii Biofilms
Mentors: Dr. Swadeshmukul Santra (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)

Honorable Mention: Mohammed Taleb Bennis 
Effects of GHRKO Visceral Fat Transplant on Insulin Signaling
Mentors: Dr. Michal Masternak (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences)