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2018 Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Showcase award winners announced

2018 Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Showcase award winners announced

(May 4, 2018) -- As San Antonio’s multicultural discovery enterprise, UTSA recently held its largest show-and-tell event of the year. Organized by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), the Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase highlights undergraduate student research and creative endeavors from all disciplines.

The Showcase gives many undergraduate students their first opportunity to share their research in an academic setting and explain their methodology and findings to peers and faculty. Students have the opportunity to jump-start their academic curriculum vitae (CV), and network and learn from one another.

“The undergraduate research award winners exemplify the best in experiential learning, with guidance from their faculty mentors. We applaud the commitment and persistence of these students and their mentors in creating new knowledge, advancing the UTSA research enterprise and pursuing excellence in undergraduate scholarly achievement,” said Thomas Coyle, director of the UTSA Office of Undergraduate Research.

Mentorship is a key element in developing a research mindset and ensuring student success. This year, Mark T. Leung from the UTSA College of Business and Pranav A. Bhounsule of the UTSA College of Engineering were honored for the Faculty Mentor Award for Undergraduate Research.

STEM-focused participants are encouraged to submit their research posters to the upcoming SACNAS conference taking place in San Antonio October 11-13, 2018. All participating students should consider submitting their research as a journal article to UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Works (JURSW).

Award winners will be recognized at the OUR Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase Best-in-Show Awards ceremony at 3 p .m. on Friday, May 4.

The Best-in-Show awardees are:

College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP)
Omar Aguirre
Multireligious Center
Faculty Mentor:  Neda Norouzi

Desiree Igho-Orere
Stephanie Jalomo
Designing A Modern Mental Health Facility in Texas
Faculty Mentor:  Neda Norouzi

Andrea Poore
Christie Thompson-Pellicier
Architecturally Re-Designed healthcare
Faculty Mentor:  Neda Norouzi

College of Business (COB)
Luis Atkinson
Carlos Cruzportillo
Nancy Hernandez
Jacontance Williams
Designing Effective Distribution Network for a New Product Line
Faculty Mentor:  Mark Leung

Ivan Arreola
Improvements and Analysis for Gene Set Enrichment Analysis
Faculty Mentor:  David Han

Erica Perez
Justin Pons
Managing Predictable Variability and Planned Promotion of Nintendo Switch Supply Chain
Faculty Mentor:  Mark Leung

College of Education and Human Development (COEHD)
Morgan Butler
Gabrielle Cortez
Joaquinita Johnson
Children Transitioning from Oral to Written Argumentation:  Signaling Meaning through Punctuation in Writing:  PART II
Faculty Mentor:  Rosalind Horowitz

Christopher Terrazas
An Investigation of Middle School English Language Arts Classroom Libraries
Faculty Mentor:   Janis Harmon

Ana Trevino
UTSA DACA Students and the Resources Provided to Them
Faculty Mentor:  Cassandra Allen

College of Engineering (COE)
Drishya Dahal
Tic Tac Toe Playing Robotic Arm
Faculty Mentor:  Pranav Bhounsule

Joseph Galloway
Gerardo Aaron Rios
Mechanics and Control of Pumping a Playground Swing and Robotic Implementation
Faculty Mentor:  Pranav Bhounsule

Joel Gomez
Understanding the Uncertainty in Nature's Design of Trabecular Bone
Faculty Mentor:  Xiaodu Wang

College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA)
Emily Corley
Engagement-based single stimulus preference assessment
Faculty Mentor:  Bryant Silbaugh

Mollianne Flood
Math and Music: A Study of Intonation
Faculty Mentor:  Kasandra Keeling

Sydnee Garcia
Equal, Not Equitable: Bexar County Education
Faculty Mentor:  Sofia Bahena

College of Public Policy (COPP)
Joshua Barrera
Sanctuary Cities in the United States
Faculty Mentor:  Megan Augustyn

Ayesha Meghani
Amanda Mosley
Sexual Assault on College Campuses - A Comparative Case Study
Faculty Mentor:  Patricia Jaramillo

College of Sciences (COS)
Joshua Anderson
Functional Analysis of Homologs of Intermediate Metabolism and DNA uptake in Borrelia burgdorferi
Faculty Mentor:  Janakiram Seshu

Arturo Galindo
Study of Self Ordered Nanoporous Anodic Aluminum Oxide Membranes by Annealing
Faculty Mentor:  Carlos Monton

Javier Valencia
The Role of the Vacuolar type ATPase in the Pathophysiology of Borrelia Burgdorferi
Faculty Mentor:  Janakiram Seshu

Honors College: College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA)
Emma Copisarow 
Effects of HEXECO & VARK on College Student Metacognition & Success Practices
Mentor:  Fred Previc 

Honors College: College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA)
Raven Douglas
Before and After the "Texas Voter ID Law": How Did SB 14 (82 R Impact Voter Turnout Among Communities of Color During the 2014 Midterm Election?
Faculty Mentor:  Walter Wilson

Honors College: College of Sciences (COS)
Stephen Hernandez
mTOR promotes BBB breakdown and regulates tight junction proteins in an Alzheimer's disease mouse model
Faculty Mentor:  Veronica Galvan, UT Health SA

Sarah Hada

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