Academics

2021 Graduate Exhibition award winners announced

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Forty-three graduate students received awards for their research and creative scholarship in the 36th annual Graduate Exhibition. A complete list of winners is available below.

More than 200 graduate students registered for the Graduate Exhibition, which included 156 graduate student participants in the research presentation option, 13 in the visual arts option, 11 in the performance option, 22 in the video option, and nine in the design option. More than 200 individuals also volunteered to serve as judges.  

Graduate students who participated in the visual arts option will have their works displayed in the HUB-Robeson Art Gallery until May 9.

2021 award winners

First place winners receive $500; second place winners receive $250, and third place winners receive $100.

Research presentation

Arts & Humanities

First Place

  • Michael Nowak. Arts and Architecture / Architecture. "Designing 'Safe' Schools: Identifying Areas of Research in School Safety & Security"

Second Place

  • Maria Puscama. The Liberal Arts / Spanish. "Acoustic correlates of diphthong/hiatus contrast in L2 Spanish learners"
  • Paulina Rodriguez. The Liberal Arts / History. "Deportistas! Mexican American Women, Sporting Citizenship, and Belonging in the Twentieth Century"

Third Place

  • Liana Glew. The Liberal Arts / English. "Documenting Insanity: Paperwork and Patient Narratives in Psychiatric History"
  • Camila Gutierrez Fuentes. The Liberal Arts / Comparative Literature. "Boys Love in Latin America: The Migration of Aesthetics in Contemporary Graphic Narrative"
  • Francesco Lacopo. The Liberal Arts / History. ""The Curious Case of Ancona: 'Levantines,” Accommodationism, and Papal Imperialism in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean, 1532-1555'"
  • Brooke Tybush. The Liberal Arts / French. "Like Mother Like Daughter: Maternity, Sexuality, and the Courtesan Mother in 18th-century French and Francophone Literature"

Engineering

First Place

  • Amy Farley. Earth and Mineral Sciences / Geographic Information Systems. "Open-source, serverless web-mapping:A Case Study for the Agriculture Industry"

Second Place

  • Prakash Purswani. Earth and Mineral Sciences / Energy and Mineral Engineering. "Impact of Wettability on Capillary Phase Trapping using Pore-Network Modeling"

Third Place

  • Asif Mahmud. Engineering / Civil Engineering. "Analyzing Effect of Preliminary Preference and Inertia in Unlabeled Choice Experiment"

Health & life sciences

First Place

  • Maria Da Silva. Intercollege / Integrative and Biomedical Physiology. "Expression of immune tolerance molecules in peripheral blood leukocytes of dairy heifers during early pregnancy"

Second Place

  • Christian Cantos. Intercollege / Plant Biology. "Targeted gene editing via CRISPR/Cas for rice crop improvement"
  • Gabrielle Dillon. Health and Human Development / Kinesiology. "Cutaneous microvascular endothelial function is impaired in adults who are nocturnal blood pressure non-dippers compared to dippers."

Third Place

  • Kiana Coleman. Agricultural Sciences / Food Science. "Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Cocoa Supplementation in a Mouse Model of Inflammatory Bowel Disease"
  • Chandlar Kern. Agricultural Sciences / Animal Science. "Role of the bovine PRAMEY protein in sperm function during in vitro fertilization (IVF)"
  • Justin Shih. Agricultural Sciences / Plant Pathology. "Speed Breeding Disease Resistant Rice Using Novel Precision Genome Editing Tools"

Physical sciences & mathematics

First Place

  • Sierra Melton. Earth and Mineral Sciences / Geosciences. "Iceberg calving and meltwater drainage at the ice-cliff terminus of Helheim Glacier, Greenland"

Second Place

  • Julia Carr. Earth and Mineral Sciences / Geosciences. "Quantifying changes in bed state and grain mobility in steep bedrock rivers through repeat photogrammetric surveys"

Third Place

  • Claire Kelling. Eberly College of Science / Statistics. "A Two-Stage Cox Process Model with Spatial and Nonspatial Covariates"

Social & behavioral sciences

First Place

  • Aaishay Haque. Capital College / Applied Behavior Analysis. "Optimizing Schedules of Reinforcement for Skill Acquisition: A Systematic Review"

Second Place

  • Samuel Bestvater. The Liberal Arts / Political Science. "From Clicks to Collective Action: How Online Activism Promotes Individual Protest Mobilization"
  • Kendra Flood. Agricultural Sciences / Agricultural and Extension Education. "Extended Contract Beliefs of Pennsylvania Agriculture Teachers"
  • Ryan Naylor. Health and Human Development / Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. "Livelihood Sovereignty and Social Capital: Analyzing Social Capabilities in times of Economic Transition and Climate Instability"

Third Place

  • Trevor Bero. The Liberal Arts / Spanish. "Rhotic variation in northern Belize"
  • Dylan Davis. The Liberal Arts / Anthropology. "Archaeology Highlights Strategies for Coping with Climate Change"
  • Quinn Wade. Intercollege / Neuroscience. "Role of Tim-2 in CNS Myelination"
  • Bi Yang. Health and Human Development / Hospitality Management. "'Chef recommended' or 'most popular'? Cultural differences in customer preference for recommendation labels"

Design option

First Place

  • Jennifer Delac. Arts and Architecture / Theatre. "Take a Walk in My Shoes"

Second Place

  • Alyssa Ridder. Arts and Architecture / Theatre. "Les Mis: The Video Game"

Third Place

  • Elizabeth Andrzejewski. Arts and Architecture / Architecture. "Konrad Wachsmann’s Shift from Product to Process: Prefiguring Automated Industrialized Building in Architecture Through Developments in 'Universal' Building Machines"
  • Ryan Douglass. Arts and Architecture / Theatre. "Jekyll and Hyde: Designing the Spectacular and the Intimate for The MUNY Stage"

Performance option

First Place

  • Junwen Liang. Arts and Architecture / Piano Performance. "Ravel's Alborada del gracioso"

Second Place

  • Ciara Newman. Arts and Architecture / Pedagogy and Performance. "'Mescíku na nebi hlubokém' from Antonín Dvorák's Ruslaka: Performed by Ciara Emily Newman, soprano"

Third Place

  • Euna Kim. Arts and Architecture / Piano Performance. "Liszt Rigoletto Paraphrase"
  • Jennifer Rocco. Arts and Architecture / Performance. "Shalom Aleichem, Rov Feidman! by Béla Kovács"

Video option

First Place

  • Oladuni Lasisi. The Liberal Arts / Anthropology. "Quantifying hair morphology with new methods in sample preparation and image analysis"

Second Place

  • Rebecca Fleeman. College of Medicine / Biomedical Sciences. "Understanding the Combined Effects of Genetic and Lifestyle Risk Factors For Alzheimer’s Disease"
  • Morgane Haesen. The Liberal Arts / French. "An Ever-Bleeding Heart: Life Writings in the Alsace-Lorraine Borderland, 1870-1920"

Third Place

  • Si Chen. Earth and Mineral Sciences / Geosciences. "Superhydrous Hematite and Goethite: A Potential Water Reservoir in the Red Dust of Mars?"
  • Mustafa Rifat. Engineering / Industrial Engineering. "Effect of as-built Surface Roughness on the Surface Smoothing and Residual Stress Development in 3d Printed Ti-6Al-4V after Shot Peening"

Visual arts option

First Place

  • Olorunfemi Kinrin. Arts and Architecture / Art. "DISCRIMINATION AND HUMANITY"

Second Place

  • Madeleine Quinn. Arts and Architecture / Art. "Scopaesthesia"

Third Place

  • Alexandra Russell. Arts and Architecture / Art. "When it has passed, what will you keep?"

Data Visualization Award

Offered by the University Libraries’ Data Learning Center

  • Julia Carr. Earth and Mineral Sciences / Geosciences. "Quantifying changes in bed state and grain mobility in steep bedrock rivers through repeat photogrammetric surveys"
Last Updated April 06, 2021