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.

12th Annual UMR Research and Education Symposium - Held Virtually

Join us for the 12th Annual UMR Research and Education Symposium to be held virtually on Monday, May 2, 2022. This event provides a space for students to present their research in a supportive and dynamic environment.

2022 Presentations

Posters are listed in order of submission

Poster #1

Presented by: Alexis Myhre

Title: Visible and Invisible Dysplasia: Likelihood of Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis
Summary text for poster: A cross-sectional study of IBD patients looking at the degree of histologic and endoscopic inflammation, during colonoscopy, and its correlation with detection of random dysplasia.


Poster #2 

Presented by: Brooke Erickson

Title: Reluctance to Speak In the Classroom at UMR: A look at peer and professor influence
Summary text for poster: Using a survey about reluctance to speak about controversial topics in the classroom, we looked to see if students at UMR are more concerned about peer criticisms or professor criticisms.


Poster #3 

Presented by: Noah Shore

Title: Student Comfort and Expression on Campus and in the Classroom
Summary text for poster: Taking a looking into how students express their opinions on controversial topics and how demographics affect their willingness to share.


Poster #4 

Presented by: Alexis Myhre, Rachael Ojeikhodion

Title: Just In Case: Sexual Health Resources & Accessibility in the Making
Summary text for poster: Surveying 95 UMR students revealed: 50% of students are uncertain if sexual health services are available. We Aim to Meet UMR students’ sexual health and educational needs.


Poster #5 

Presented by: Rachael Ojeikhodion

Title: UMR Student’ Barriers, Emotions, & Desires of Campus Sexual Health Resources
Summary text for poster: UMR student barriers, emotions, and desires of campus sexual health resources were unknown; we surveyed 95 UMR students to elucidate students needs, desires and barriers.


Poster #6 

Presented by: Aguirre, A., Allen, A., Allison, I., Colburn, R., Eikren, A., Feijoo, D., Freecheck, B., Gangkhar, T., Gaylor, L., Gomez, N., Holland, S., James, A., Lainfiesta-Agustin, J., Ly, C., Machado, C., Naatz, T., Nguyen, D., Patel, P., Rick, L., Sanchez, A., Thornton, F., Zillmer, K., Barnett, J. MPH, PhD, Ford, J. PhD, & Olson, R. MSc, PhD

Title: THE NEXT PANDEMIC: Evidence Based Forecast
Summary text for poster: For HIST 3245; Empires, Epidemics and Ecology, students employed course concepts to forecast a plausible “next” pandemic.


Poster #7 

Presented by: Najma Mohamed, Kaleb Soehl

Title: Effect of Iron on Polycystic Kidney Disease via Extracellular Matrix
Summary text for poster: Our research closely examined iron and its role in PKD (polycystic kidney disease). This study was done since iron was found to have a significant impact on another kidney disease, lupus nephritis.


Poster #8 

Presented by: Madeleine Olson

Title: Conceptions on Contraceptives
Summary text for poster: This research investigates the quality of life of undergraduate women using hormonal contraception.


Poster #9 

Presented by: Alexis Myhre, Marcela Montes, Nicole Gill, Petra Algadi

Title: Interpretation of Student-Written Skills: Our Take On Human-Rights Regulations
Summary text for poster: Interpretation of dramatic UMR student-written skits uncovered six preliminary themes through rhetorical analysis and coding.


Poster #10 

Presented by: Joseph Rezents

Title: Coagulation Factor Abnormalities in Patients with Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation
Summary text for poster: Congenital disorders of glycosylation are a family of rare inherited diseases that present numerous serious symptoms, including blood coagulation abnormalities.


Poster #11 

Presented by: Ryan Colburn

Title: Design of Automated Algorithm to Detect Artifacts in Intracranial EEG
Summary text for poster: My project involved working with brain signals recorded from subjects while they were doing a cognitive task. The goal of our research is to see how the brain relays information associated with visual.


Poster #12 

Presented by: Joshua Rezents

Title: Cholangiocyte Senescence in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)
Summary text for poster: Fibrosis treatment strategies can lead to prevention of cancer in humans, by the promising data collected from a study done on mice, observed through their remarkably similar genetic makeup as humans.


Poster #13 

Presented by: Lingling Han

Title: Bi-Specific Killer Engager (BiKE) targeting anti-B7H3 enhances NK cell-mediated cytotoxicity toward pancreatic cancer cells
Summary text for poster: Our research aims to examine the expression of B7-H3 in pancreatic cancer cells and test anti-B7-H3 conjugated Bi-Specific Killer (BiKE) in enhancing NK cell cytotoxicity toward pancreatic cancer cell.


Poster #14 

Presented by: Enrique Alvirez

Title: GENERATION OF ρ^𝟎 CELLS BY mtDNA DEPLETION
Summary text for poster: This poster is about my initial steps of the research project, but since it failed I did a poster about future steps or change in the research project and how to overcoming failure.


Poster #15 

Presented by: Lydia Miller

Title: Generating a Stable Cell Line Expressing YFP-Tagged Protein Kinase C Delta
Summary text for poster: This poster displays a middle step in the total goal: to clone, transfect, and isolate PKCd to run structural and mechanistic analysis. Here, we have created a stable cell line containing PKCd.


Poster #16 

Presented by: Lilly Rick

Title: Investigating the Etiology of Monogenic Stone Disease
Summary text for poster: My project investigates and analyzes the genetic component of kidney stone diseases that are controlled by a single gene (monogenic).


Poster #17 

Presented by: Julia Licari

Title: Evaluation of Potentially Pathogenic Mutations that Cause Nephrolithiasis and Nephrocalcinosis
Summary text for poster: Understanding mutations that cause to urinary stone disease.


Poster #18 

Presented by: Fadumasahra Farah

Title: Finding an Accurate Way to Track the Pandemic
Summary text for poster: Due to a collaboration between multiple organizations, we are able to use wastewater to accurately predict the trends of COVID-19 cases.


Poster #19 

Presented by: Jake Atencio

Title: A Way To Use Nuclear imaging; Discovering the Connections Between Nuclear Volume and the Diagnosis of Early-stage Subtyping in the Morphology of Pancreatic
Summary text for poster: This poster is to provide an outline of the students perspective as an interning lab assistant; participating in the entry level duties of an oncology laboratory worker of the Mayo Clinic.


Poster #20 

Presented by: Enrique Alvirez Gonzalez, Andres Alvirez Gonzalez

Title: Malaria and COVID-19 are a double challenge for the Heart
Summary text for poster: The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact worldwide and in Latin America, co-infections with neglected tropical diseases like Malaria can occur and affect the heart.


Poster #21 

Presented by: Brian Chang

Title: Emerin’s Effect on Nuclear Dynamics Within Oncogenic KRAS-driven Pancreatic Cancer
Summary text for poster: Effects of nuclear size and using Qupath to analyze the effect of Emerin and it's absence.


Poster #22 

Presented by: Sophia Moore

Title: Sinus Bradycardia as an initial manifestation of COVID-19
Summary text for poster: This research explores a series of patients who experienced sinus bradycardia preceding clinical manifestations of Covid-19, and how sinus bradycardia may be the initial manifestation of the virus.


Poster #23 

Presented by: Reyna Lam

Title: Caesarean Section Birth and Multimorbidity
Summary text for poster: This study examines the association between caesarean section birth and the risk of multimorbidity.


Poster #24 

Presented by: Abner Aguirre Lopez

Title: Targeting the Interleukin-21 Cytokine as a Potential Treatment Option for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Summary text for poster: Removing the IL-21 receptor on regulatory T cells to prevent the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease.


Poster #25 

Presented by: Ky Van Dyke, Kyra Abrams, Jenny Casper, Rachel Olson

Title: Student attitudes toward off-campus research experiences
Summary text for poster: Students participating in off-campus research experiences at UMR were given a survey to gain insight into their attitudes and emotions around their experiences. The survey implored a 5-point Likert scale along with several open response questions. Survey results were then compared to those of a similar study to show students' emotional ownership over their projects.


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.

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.

2022 Poster Winners

Best Overall:

Poster #25 

Presented by: Ky Van Dyke, Kyra Abrams, Jenny Casper, Rachel Olson

Title: Student attitudes toward off-campus research experiences
Summary text for poster: Students participating in off-campus research experiences at UMR were given a survey to gain insight into their attitudes and emotions around their experiences. The survey implored a 5-point Likert scale along with several open response questions. Survey results were then compared to those of a similar study to show students' emotional ownership over their projects.


 

Best Research:

Poster #11 

Presented by: Ryan Colburn

Title: Design of Automated Algorithm to Detect Artifacts in Intracranial EEG
Summary text for poster: My project involved working with brain signals recorded from subjects while they were doing a cognitive task. The goal of our research is to see how the brain relays information associated with visual.


 

Peoples Choice:

Poster #22 

Presented by: Sophia Moore

Title: Sinus Bradycardia as an initial manifestation of COVID-19
Summary text for poster: This research explores a series of patients who experienced sinus bradycardia preceding clinical manifestations of Covid-19, and how sinus bradycardia may be the initial manifestation of the virus.


 

Most Creative Poster Design:

Poster #8 

Presented by: Madeleine Olson

Title: Conceptions on Contraceptives
Summary text for poster: This research investigates the quality of life of undergraduate women using hormonal contraception.