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Colonial Academic Alliance (CAA)

CAA 2015

Drexel students presented their work at the 2015 Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Conference, hosted by Drexel University.

At the Colonial Academic Alliance (CAA) Undergraduate Research Conference, undergraduate research in all disciplines is welcome - from the STEM fields to the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. Findings are presented through poster sessions and oral presentations. Participants will meet peers from the other CAA institutions and gain experience presenting their work in a professional forum. Faculty members from participating institutions nominate up to 10 outstanding undergraduate researchers from their institutions to present their work at each CAA Undergraduate Research Conference.

CAA Undergraduate Research Conference 2016

College of William & Mary | Williamsburg, VA
April 15-16, 2016

Deadline for nominations: TBA

CAA Undergraduate Research Conference 2015

Drexel University | Philadelphia, PA
March 27-29, 2015

Congratulations to all Drexel students selected to present their work at the 2015 Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Conference!

Isaac Adams  Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering 
Nicholas Barber
Geoscience
College of Arts & Sciences
Evan Bisirri
Biomedical Engineering School of Biomedical Engineering
Taylor M. Brady
History & Political Science
College of Arts & Sciences
Burim Derveni
Electrical Engineering
College of Engineering
Nathan Tessema Ersumo
Biomedical Engineering
School of Biomedical Engineering
Emma Fowler
Custom-Designed Major: Paleoart Pennoni Honors College
Nidhi George
Political Science 
College of Arts & Sciences
Sahira Iqbal
Biological Sciences College of Arts & Sciences
Soumya S. Iyer
Biomedical Engineering
School of Biomedical Engineering
Ashleigh Jugan
Environmental Science College of Arts & Sciences
Paulina Khodak
Biological Sciences College of Arts & Sciences
Mark Koh
Computer Science
College of Engineering 
Xuefei Li
Materials Science & Engineering
College of Engineering 
Matthew Mlodzienski
3-D Animation & Visual Effects
Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Aakansha Nangarlia
Biomedical Engineering
School of Biomedical Engineering
Elena Nasto
Biomedical Engineering
School of Biomedical Engineering
Irina-Marcela Nedelcu
Management Information Systems
Bennett S. LeBow College of Business
Phuong Nguyen
Biological Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences
Emily Ostrow
Environmental Science
College of Arts & Sciences
Anjli M. Patel
Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering
Julie Petersen
Psychology College of Arts & Sciences
Anisha Sunkerneni
Biological Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences
Mashaal Syed
Biomedical Engineering
School of Biomedical Engineering
Rushi Umang Thanawala
Biological Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences
Matthew Wiese
Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering
Ryan Young
Software Engineering College of Engineering
Yilin Yang
Mathematics College of Arts & Sciences
Dian Yuan
Computer Engineering College of Engineering
Caroline(Lige) Zhang
Physics & Mathematics
College of Arts & Sciences

 

For more about the 2015 CAA Undergraduate Research Conference held at Drexel University, click here.

 

CAA Undergraduate Research Conference 2014

Towson University | Towson, MD
April 11-13, 2014

Congratulations to the following students who were nominated to present their work at CAA 2014: 

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design


Zachary Stockmal

Major: Interactive Digital Media, '17
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Glen Muschio
“Digital Cultural Heritage: Preserving Philadelphia’s Past"

College of Arts & Sciences

Trisha Menon
Major: Biological Sciences, '14
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Felice Elefant
“Tip60’s Epigenetics Role in Learning and Memory”

College of Computing & Informatics

Abhishek Valanju
Major: 
Information Technology, ’17
Faculty Mentor:
Mr. Neil Desnoyers
“Developing the Data Infrastructure for Drexel Smart House”

College of Engineering

Anthony Abel
Major:
Chemical Engineering, ’17
Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Jason Baxter
“Nanostructured Hematite Photoanodes for Solar Water Splitting”

Alex Benjamin
Major:
Mechanical Engineering, ’15
Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Emin Caglan Kumbur
"On the Computation of Coulombic Efficiency for Vanadium Redox Flow Batteris: Cutoff Voltage vs. State of Charge Limits”

Rishon Benjamin
Major:
Chemical Engineering, ’15
Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Yossef Elabd
“Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymers for Use in Alkaline Fuel Cells”

Gabrielle Housel
Major:
Materials Science & Engineering, ’16
Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Yury Gogotsi
“The Effect of Carbon Surface Functional Groups on Electrochemical and Rheological Properties of Carbon-Electrolyte Suspension Electrodes”

Anjli Patel
Major:
Chemical Engineering, ’16
Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Jason Baxter
“Nanostructured Hematite Photoanodes for Solar Water Splitting”

Drexel University College of Medicine

Gabrielle Habina*
Major:
Biological Sciences, '15
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tara Davis
“Expression, Purification, and Characterization of Protein: Protein Interactions Within the Human Spliceosome”

*Unable to attend conference

LeBow College of Business

Weiquan Li
Major:
Business & Engineering, ’17
Faculty Mentor:
Mr. Neil Desnoyers
“A Technology Assessment of Sustainable Indoor Gardening Systems”

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems

Aswathi John
Major:
Biomedical Engineering, '16
Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Sabrina Spatari
"Climate Change Dimension of Anesthetic Treatment”


Mashaal Syed
Major: Biomedical Engineering, '16
Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Patricia Shewokis
"fNIR for Improved Control and Sensory Feedback in Neuroprosthetics: Tactile Feedback of Object Slip Improves Performance in a Grasp and Hold Task”

CAA Undergraduate Research Conference 2013

University of Delaware | Wilmington, DE
April 11-13, 2013

Congratulations to the following students who were nominated to present their work at CAA 2013: 

College of Arts & Sciences


Katherine Berman

Major: Biology, '13
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shivanthi Anandan
“Optimization of Transposon Mutagenesis of Synnechoccus Elongatus PCC 7942 for Identifying Components of a High-Light Regulated Signal Transduction Pathway”

Aqsaa Chaudhry
Major: Biology, '14
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph Bentz
“P-gp Mediated Transport Across Monolayer Cell Models”

Clarissa Chu
Major: Biology, ‘14
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nianli Sang
“Role of MAPK and PI3K Pathways in Erb-B2-Promoted Glutaminase 1 Expression"

Emma Fowler
Major: Custom Designed Major - Paleontology & Paleo-Art, '16
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Lacovara
"Digital Reconstruction of a Juvenile Hyposaurus Braincase: Location of   Major Nerve and Vessel Passageways"

Dayne Swearer
Major: Chemistry, '14
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Haifeng Ji
"Self-Assembling Hydrogen Bonded Aromatic Di-imides for Optoelectronic Devices

Andrew Zigerelli
Major: Mathematics, '15
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Thomas Yu
"A Computational Application of Subdivision Surfaces to Biophysics"

College of Engineering


Laura Allan

Major: Materials Engineering '16
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michel Barsoum
"MXene Delamination and Paper Synthesis"

Emily Buck
Major: 
Materials Engineering '14
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Caroline Schauer
"Thiol-modified Chitosan Nanofibers"

Jenna Schabdach
Major: Electrical Engineering, '16
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ani Hsieh
"Modeling Ocean Currents"

Amanda Toth
Major: Materials Engineering, '14
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Caroline Schauer
"Post-Processing of Nanofibrous Chitosan Mats for Water Filtration"

Drexel University College of Medicine


Abigail Harris

Major: Biology, '16
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karen Berkowitz
"The roles of Chtf18 in chromosome segregation in mouse oocytes and euploidy in mammals"

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design


Stephanie Kovacs

Major: Product Design, '15
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Michael Glaser
"Examining and Redesigning the Breakfast Ritual"

Maisie Lu
Major: Product Design, '15
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Michael Glaser
"Understanding the Breakfast Habits of Drexel Students"

School of Biomedical Engineering


Kanghee Lee

Major: Biomedical Engineering '16
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kambiz Pourrezaei
"The Effect of Experimental Pain on Hemodynamic Responses Measured by Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy"

Averie Palovcak
Major: Biomedical Engineering, '16
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Margaret Wheatley
“Induction of Apoptosis by Targeted Ultrasound Contrast Agents in Cancer Therapy”