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Presenting Research at Drexel

Drexel University Research Day

Every spring, during National Research Week, Drexel University invites all members of the Drexel community to Research Day, a celebration of research, innovation, scholarship, and creativity. Students of all levels and from all disciplines apply and are accepted to present their research to the Drexel community, as well as judges, during Research Day.

Research Day 2013

Over 100 undergraduate students presented their research, scholarship, or creative work at Research Day 2013, alongside graduate students at the masters and doctoral level, law students, medical students, and post-doctoral fellows. Of these students, the following 11 students receive awards for their outstanding work in their specific subject area:

BIO AND BIOMEDICAL

“The Participation of Sp1 and p300 in Double Strand Break Repair Choice”

SRAVANTHI KODURI 
Co-author(s): Kate Beishline
Advisor(s): Jane Clifford
College of Arts and Sciences

“Effects of Vocalization and Forced Exhalation on Maximum Handgrip Force”

CHRISTOPHER RODOLICO 
Co-author(s): Robert Oberholzer, Sinclair Smith
Advisor(s): Sinclair Smith
College of Nursing and Health Professions

COMPUTATION AND BIO-MODELING

“Digital Reconstruction of a Juvenile Hyposaurus Braincase: Location of Major Nerve and Vessel Passageways”

EMMA FOWLER 
Co-author(s): Aja Carter, Nathan Schiff, Kenneth Lacovara
Advisor(s): Kenneth Lacovara
College of Arts and Sciences 

COMPUTATION AND BIO-MODELING (NON-BIO)*

“The Drexel Ride”

TIMOTHY DAY 
Co-author(s): Zachary Thacker, Donny Hoang, Andrew Cory, Lou Manco, Mark Welser
Advisor(s): Paul Diefenbach
Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

“The Role of Water in Surface Charge Transport on Tin Dioxide as Revealed by the Thermal Dependence of Conductance”

ROBERT WEXLER 
Advisor(s): Karl Sohlberg
College of Arts and Sciences

CREATIVE ARTS & DESIGN

“Crazy Castaway Mobile Application Project”

CHRISTOPHER DE HAAN 
Co-author(s): Elena Verdecchio, Philip Gross
Advisor(s): Vasileios Nasis, Bill Rees
College of Engineering 

“Experiencing Cultural Heritage through Interactive Digital Media”

JASON KIRK 
Advisor(s): Glen Muschio
Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

“Engineering a Low-cost Outdoor Adventure System for Disadvantaged Students”

CHRISTIAN STECHER 
Co-author(s): Leonard Greig, Johvon McLauglan, Pat Bickel
Advisor(s): Drs. Warren Rosen, Irina Husanu
Goodwin School of Technology and Professional Studies

HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES

“Opinions on Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God”

MARTIN LEICHTER 
Advisor(s): Eva Thury
College of Arts and Sciences

PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

“An Overview of the Relationship between Group Theory and Representation Theory to the Special Functions in Mathematical Physics”

RYAN WASSON 
Advisor(s): Robert Gilmore
College of Arts and Sciences

TRANSLATIONAL AND CLINICAL

“Gender Differences in a School-Based Depression Intervention for Urban Youth”

ELYSS PICKENHEIM 
Co-author(s): Khushbu Patel
Advisor(s): Ricardo Eiraldi
College of Arts and Sciences

CoAS Research Day

Each Spring Term, the College of Arts and Sciences invites graduate and undergraduate students conducting research in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities to display their work to the Drexel community at the annual College of Arts and Sciences Research Day. All CoAS students, as well as non-CoAS students working with a CoAS faculty member, are encouraged to participate.

Students are invited to apply to present their work in poster format or in 15-minute oral presentations. Prizes are awarded to the top four presenters in each division in the poster category and to the top presenter in each division of the oral category.

CoAS Research Day 2013

Nearly 90 undergraduate students presented posters and 10 undergraduate students gave oral presentations at CoAS Research Day 2013.

Congratulations to the following undergraduate students who were awarded prizes for top oral presentation and top three posters in two separate categories:

UNDERGRADUATE NATURAL & PHYSICAL SCIENCE

1st Place (Oral Category): Robert Wexler, Chemistry. “The Role of Water in Surface Charge Transport on Tin Dioxide as Revealed by the Thermal Dependence of Conductance.” Advisor: Dr. Karl Sohlberg 

1st Place (Poster Category): Ryan Wasson, Mathematics. “The Normal Defect of Some Classes of Matrices.” Advisor: Dr. Hugo Woerdeman. (Co-Author: Dr. Hugo Woerdeman) 

2nd Place (Poster Category): Andrew Zigerelli, Mathematics. “A Computational Application of Subdivision Surfaces to Biophysics.” Advisor: Dr. Thomas P.Y. Yu. (Co-Authors: Jingmin Chen, Sara Grundel, Robert Kusner, Thomas Yu) 

3rd Place (Poster Category): Raffaela Marano, Environmental Science. “The Effects of Substrate Type on the Behavior and Movement of Pituophis Melanoleucus, the Northern Pine Snake.” Advisor: Dr. Walter F. Bien. (Co-Authors: Jacquelyn Garcia, Katie D'Amelio, Spencer Roberts, Kevin P. Smith, Walter F. Bien)

UNDERGRADUATE HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES

1st Place (Oral Category): Khushbu Patel, Psychology. “Collaborative Autobiographical Writing: An Exploration of the Process.” Advisor: Dr. Rachel Wenrick

1st Place (Poster Category): Jenna Ebbecke, Psychology. “Collegiate Substance Use: Evaluating the Risks through a Developmental Framework.” Advisor: Dr. Naomi Goldstein. (Co-Authors: Sharon Messenheimer Kelley, M.S., Erika Foster, Christy Giallela, Naomi Goldstein)

2nd Place (Poster Category): Anne Sekley, Psychology. “Posttraumatic Growth as a New Perspective in the Aftermath of Sexual Assault.” Advisor: Dr. Pamela Geller. (Co-Author: Pamela Geller) 

3rd Place (Poster Category): Ava Skolnik, Psychology. “A Little Compliment Goes A Long Way: The Influence of Compliments on Perception of Character.” Advisor: Dr. Karol Osipowicz. (Co-Authors: Jessica Madej, Julia Wisniweski)