Friday, March 3rd
John Stroud, URA student, will present his research on physics. He is working with Zbigniew Celinski in the physics department.
Talk Title: "Heating Tissue by Radio-Frequency for Hyperthermia"
"I am currently a freshman in my second semester at UCCS, and I have been involved with the physics department since I was still attending high school. I am currently double majoring in physics and mathematics thus my research is of great importance to me . The main focus of my current research is to explore Hyperthermia therapy through the use of metallic particles (Gadolinium) and Radio-Frequency pulses."
Trudy Roberts, URA student, will present her research on psychology. She is working with Elizabeth Daniels in the psychology department.
Talk Title: "Teen Boys and Media"
Trudy Roberts is an undergraduate psychology student at UCCS. She has recently found a passion for research, specifically in the area of adolescents and media. In her abundant spare time, as a full-time student and mother of two teenage boys, Trudy likes to read and travel, or at least dream about traveling. After graduating from UCCS, she would like to pursue an advanced degree in Psychology or Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy.
Laura George, URA student, will present her research on biochemistry. She is working with Jarred Bultema in the chemistry and biochemistry department.
Talk title: "Engineering magneto-aerotactic bacteria to express a foreign protein"
Focus of project: To engineer magneto-aerotactic bacteria to express a cancer drug to be used as a drug delivery system to cancer tumors.
About me: "I am currently a senior biochemistry major at UCCS. After graduation, I plan to pursue my PhD in either biochemistry or molecular biology, and I am currently interviewing at multiple different graduate schools. I love biochemistry, and I hope to one day conduct biomedical research as a career."
Friday, February 24th
Steve Cruz, URA student, will present his research on computer science. He is working with Terry Boult in the computer science department.
Talk title: "Open Set Intrusion Recognition for Fine-Grained Attack Categorization"
Description: Evaluate malware classification using both closed set and open set protocols for intrusion recognition. As well as discussion of the ramifications of these findings in an operational setting.
Myself: Senior doing research at the Vision and Security Technology (VAST) Lab. Advisor is Dr. Terrance Boult. Will be pursuing a PhD. in computer science.
Brooke Small, URA student, will present her research on psychology. She is working with Lori James in the psychology department.
Talk Title: "Situational Factors and Word Recall"
Friday, February 17th
Sierra Gray, URA student, will present her research on biology. She is working with Meghan Lybecker in the biology department.
Talk title: "Characterization of the Intragenic-tori RNA in Escherichia coli"
"My name is Sierra Gray, I am currently a senior studying Health Science with a minor in Psychology. I have worked in Dr. Lybecker's lab for almost a year now and hope to continue my education after graduation by attending an MD/Phd program. My research focuses on elucidating the function of a pervasive transcript."
Adrienne Bohlen, URA student, will present her research on psychology. She is working with Leilani Feliciano in the psychology department.
Talk title: "Executive Function in Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes"
"I am a psychology major in my last year at UCCS. I began my research experience in the lab of Dr. Hasker Davis. There I worked mostly with the college population. I was trained to run several cognition and executive function task with participants, and how to score and interpret a few of them. From there I was introduced to Dr. Leilani Feliciano in hopes of being accepted into the Undergraduate Research Academy. Dr. Feliciano's lab is where I began working with the population of older adults with diabetes. Working with individuals with diabetes has been rewarding because it incorporates both my interests in medicine and psychology. This project has given me the opportunity to take a deeper look into an illness that affects a large percent of our population and work one-on-one with participants."
Anjelika Hammack, URA student, will present her research on criminal justice. She is working with Anna Kosloski in the School of Public Affairs.
Talk title: "Human Trafficking: Legislative Changes and Prosecution Rates at the State Level"
Anjelika is a senior studying both Criminal Justice and Psychology, and is collaborating with Dr. Anna Kosloski from the School of Public Affairs. The primary goal of the project is not only to identify the changes in human trafficking legislation and to examine the parallel between these changes and the changing prosecution rates, but also to examine if the manner of prosecution is changing in concordance with the changes in legislation.
Friday, February 10th
Nick Jenkins, URA student, presented his research on physics. He is working with Anatoliy Punchuck in the physics department.
Talk title: "Laser Induced Dynamics of Nanoparticles near Surfaces"
Nicholas Jenkins is a Junior majoring in Physics. He plans to attend graduate school for physics in Colorado after graduating from UCCS. Nicholas works as a tutor at the Math Excel Center on campus and he loves to help people understand math and physics. Nicholas's research project focuses on a novel new technique to deposit metal nanoparticles onto surfaces.
Genevieve Godec, URA student, presented her research on physics. She is working with Karen Livesey in the physics department.
Talk title: "Magnetic Properties Computed for Complex Materials"
Project description: Godec's research involves calculating the average magnetic permeability tensor of a composite material using powerful computational tools such as Fortran and Mathematica.
Tim Hills, URA student, presented his research on mechanical engineering. He is working with Andrew Ketsdever in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department.
Friday, February 3rd
Maria Font, URA student, presented her research on biochemistry. She is working with Jarred Bultema in the chemistry and biochemistry department.
"The title of my talk is "Antigen Loading Exosomes for Therapeutic Purposes" and my supervisor is Dr. Jarred Bultema. The focus of my research is to engineer exosomes, small vesicles with protein and RNA contained inside and throughout, to carry signals to the immune system with the goal of generating an immune response for the purpose of fighting cancer. I am in my senior year of my bachelors in biochemistry and currently interviewing at different institutions with the hope of going to graduate school next year. I've lived in Colorado Springs pretty much my whole life and am an avid hiker. Most of my time is spent in the research lab and I hope to one day become an astronaut and study deregulated biological phenomena in the context of microgravity."
Racquel Valadez, URA student, presented her research on biology. She is working with Eugenia Olesnicky-Killian in the biology department.
Talk title: "The Role of Groucho in Dendrite Morphogenesis"
Project Description: Examining the role of the gene groucho in dendrite development within neurons using Drosophila as a model organism.
Racquel is currently a senior at UCCS pursuing a major in Sociology with minors in Pre-Medicine, Psychology, Biology and Leadership. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school as an MD/PhD dual degree student. She is passionate about developmental and clinical neuroscience, and currently researches in the Developmental Neurobiology lab on campus.
Lukas Kaugars , URA student, presented his research on biology. He is working with Meghan Lybecker in the biology department.
Research Title: "The Role of Small Non-coding RNA in the Pathogenesis of Lyme Disease"
Description: Lukas Kaugars is a senior at UCCS, and will earn a BS in Biology and minor in chemistry in May 2017.
Lukas is a retired competitive figure skater, having represented both the United States and Latvia internationally. At the university, he is also co-president of the UCCS Global Medical Brigade, helping coordinate and lead a week-long medical brigade in Nicaragua. He hopes to attend medical school and specialize in orthopedic surgery or environmental toxicology. Research: Finding the target(s) of a specific non-coding RNA, and further elucidating how this sRNA is involved in the pathogenesis of Lyme disease
Friday, January 27th
Barbara Blackwell, URA student, presented on her research in sociology. She is working with Hilary Smith in the sociology department.
Amber Dugger, URA student, presented her research on psychology. She is working with Hasker Davis in the psychology department.
"I am a senior at UCCS with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. I have lived in Colorado for my entire life and enjoy the outdoors. Any time that I am not in class, I enjoy hiking, snowboarding, rafting, and essentially all other outdoor activities. I fell in love with the social sciences my junior year in high school and have begun the journey to make these studies my career!"