UMR student displaying their research at the symposium event

Research and Education Symposium

Present and share undergraduate research and projects in a supportive and dynamic environment.

11th Annual UMR Research and Education Symposium - Held Virtually

The 11th Annual UMR Research and Education Symposium was held on Monday, May 3, 2021. This event provided a space for students to present their research in a supportive and dynamic environment.

2021 Poster Winners

1st Place Audience Choice: Poster #18

Presented by: Rachel Olson, Olivia Kressin, Hunter Olson, Madeleine Olson, Mason Siefken, Hayley Duellman

Title: ARE YOU SAFE? Bacterial Species That Populate the Heart of Med City
Summary text for poster: There exists a relationship between exposure to pathogenic bacteria on public surfaces and proximity to a hospital.


2nd Place Audience Choice: Poster #14

Presented by: Alissa Tea

Title: Qualitative Document Analysis on Cambodian Survivors and Trauma
Summary text for poster: Looking into how survivors of the Cambodian Genocide deal with their trauma during and after the event and how they cope.


3rd Place Audience Choice: Poster #4 

Presented by:  Alissa Tea

Title: Building a Flourishing Relationship Behind a Screen: Creating a space for Team Building and Mentoring
Summary text for poster: Building a mentoring relationship between UMR and Pine Island High School through online methods.


Faculty & Staff Choice: Poster #13

Presented by: Bret Hansen, Shaele  Leach, Bounlot Namnakhone, Hailey Peterson, Sydney Ziemer

Title: Students reluctance to talk about politics on campus: An exploration of loci of control
Summary text for poster: Our research looked at why students at UMR were reluctant to discuss controversial issues about politics through the psychology theory of locus of control.

2021 Presentations

Posters are listed in order of submission

Poster #1

Presented by: Sam VanderWiel, Ethan Moser, Dania Ali, Rya Abrego

Title: Impact of COVID-19 Distanced Learning Policies on College Students Qualitative Pilot Study
Summary text for poster: Objective of this qualitative pilot study is to look at the holistic impact of distance learning on student life.


Poster #2 

Presented by: Austin Groe, Alissa Tea, Melissa Juarez

Title: Qualitative Pilot Study: Interviewing Impacts of COVID-19 Policy on Four University of Minnesota Rochester Students
Summary text for poster: We launched a pilot study looking at how students were impacted with the Covid-19 virus.


Poster #3

Presented by: Marcela Montes

Title: Marketing: A Public Health Intervention
Summary text for poster: My role in EcoliteracySCHOOL is the Marketing and Creative Director. Within this role, I highlight the importance of health marketing in public health.


Poster #4 

Presented by:  Alissa Tea

Title: Building a Flourishing Relationship Behind a Screen: Creating a space for Team Building and Mentoring
Summary text for poster: Building a mentoring relationship between UMR and Pine Island High School through online methods.


Poster #5

Presented by: Nora Retallick

Title: Quality Water Time: How Water Quality Affects Quality of Life
Summary text for poster: I created a water quality workshop with the purpose of engaging high school students with water quality issues relevant to their lives.


Poster #6

Presented by:  Angelica Cruz

Title: A Sustainable Future: Health and Sustainability in Food
Summary text for poster: The topic of my research was to help students to understand the importance of healthy and sustainable food systems. I did this through creating and sharing a healthy lunch tutorial video.


Poster #7

Presented by:  Dalee Chang

Title: Promoting Awareness of Air Pollution
Summary text for poster: My topic is about measuring the air quality of our environmental space and our daily activities that may contribute to air pollution.


Poster #8

Presented by: Vinh Tran

Title: Steps In Nature
Summary text for poster: During an era of legitimate long term environmental damage, using a narrative to immerse students in endangered ecosystems in today's modern world can help connect them to sustainability.


Poster #9

Presented by: Rya Abrego

Title: Nature-Based Mindfulness and the Effects on Mental Health
Summary text for poster: Through the EcoliteracySCHOOL program, I had the role as the Mental Health and Wellness Provider. This poster goes over Nature-Based Mindfulness and the Effects on Mental Health.


Poster #10

Presented by: Hailey Peterson

Title: Exposing students to the struggles and joys of public health research and implementation through the use of mentorship.
Summary text for poster: Through the Public Health EcoliteracySCHOOL course, I was able to mentor highschool students from Pine Island high school and inform them about my experience with public health research with IonE.


Poster #11

Presented by: Ashley Petersen

Title: Uterine Transplant: An Emerging Resolution to Absolute Uterine Factor Infertility
Summary text for poster: Explored uterine transplant research and current outcomes for the use of treatment for Absolute Uterine Factor Infertility.


Poster #12

Presented by: Anab Mohamed

Title: Evaluating Association of Nijmegen Paediatric CDG Rating Scale (NPCRS) with Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) in Patients with Phosphomannomutase 2 Deficiency (PMM2-CDG) Anab Mohamed1, Anna N. Ligezka, MS1, Eric C. Polley PhD3, and Eva Morava MD, PhD1,2
Summary text for poster: This study investigates the relationship between patient reported outcome measures of overall quality of life in patients with PMM2-CDG to physician clinical assessment/report of disease severity.


Poster #13

Presented by: Bret Hansen, Shaele  Leach, Bounlot Namnakhone, Hailey Peterson, Sydney Ziemer

Title: Students reluctance to talk about politics on campus: An exploration of loci of control
Summary text for poster: Our research looked at why students at UMR were reluctant to discuss controversial issues about politics through the psychology theory of locus of control.


Poster #14

Presented by: Alissa Tea

Title: Qualitative Document Analysis on Cambodian Survivors and Trauma
Summary text for poster: Looking into how survivors of the Cambodian Genocide deal with their trauma during and after the event and how they cope.


Poster #15

Presented by: Danielle Lynch

Title: Monitoring Wastewater for SARS-CoV-2 RNA to Predict and Prevent Outbreaks
Summary text for poster: This research monitors the concentrations of SARS-CoV-2 RNA, shed through fecal matter, within the wastewater of Rochester to predict and prevent future outbreaks of COVID-19.


Poster #16

Presented by: Tayler Mechtel

Title: Social Media Self-Awareness in Adolescents
Summary text for poster: Collaborative research with Saint Mary's GE1W unit focusing on social media usage in adolescents with mental health conditions.


Poster #17

Presented by: Daniel Turin, Hunter Olson

Title: Reaching our Potential: Using an LED Model to Help Teach Physiology
Summary text for poster: Creation of a physiological LED model for use as a teaching aid in the undergraduate classroom.


Poster #18

Presented by: Rachel Olson, Olivia Kressin, Hunter Olson, Madeleine Olson, Mason Siefken, Hayley Duellman

Title: ARE YOU SAFE? Bacterial Species That Populate the Heart of Med City
Summary text for poster: There exists a relationship between exposure to pathogenic bacteria on public surfaces and proximity to a hospital.

Research Symposium

About the Annual UMR Research & Education Symposium

UMR provides a unique opportunity for all undergraduate students to present research and projects through the Research and Education Symposium.

Previous Winning Posters

1st place - Poster #21

Presented by: Nicole Paulson, Anoushka Kapoor, Danielle Lynch, Madison Winter, Jennifer Shafer, Kelly Yang

Title: Structural Heart Disease: CT Imaging Of The Mitral Valve
Summary text for poster: The Mayo Clinic Structural Heart Disease Group utilizes CT imaging to obtain accurate, reliable measurements of the mitral apparatus to improve mitral valve dysfunction treatments.

2nd place - Poster #9

Presented by: Hailey Peterson

Title: An iterative public health process: Implementing novel hands-on learning to increase knowledge of emergency preparedness techniques in students.
Summary text for poster: In Ecoliteracy:SCHOOL I had the chance to mentor and teach Pine Island High school students emergency preparedness techniques during two outdoor field experiences.

3rd place - Poster #15

Presented by: Sophia Peterson, Jenny Hoang, Shaele Leach, Gabrielle Jordahl, Victoria Ajayi, Hailey Peterson, Amanda Erickson, Blake Peterson

Title: Interpreting EEG data to enhance cognitive retention in the classroom
Summary text for poster: Higher academic performance correlates with certain affective states during learning; we aim to promote learning by facilitating affective states that are correlated with cognitive retention.