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Due to the campus response to COVID-19, the 29th Annual Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium was CANCELED for 2020. We look forward to next year's symposium in May 2021.
President Phil Hanlon delivered a keynote address for the Undergraduate Research Award Celebration, and announced 2020 winners. The 2021 keynote, "The Power of FeMANists on Influencing Gender Equity," will be given by Dr. Mikki Hebl PhD '97.
This year, Senior Honors Thesis presented their scientific research. Students have faculty mentors from a wide range of scientific disciplines. A list of this year's poster presenters is below.
Anela Arifi How do biofuels affect soil fertility?
Klara Barbarossa Neural mechanisms associated with learning what others think of us
Alana Bernys The Chromatin Remodeler Brahma is Required for Accurate Segregation in Drosophila Oocytes
Ryan Blankemeier Information Network Visualization and Navigation
Hanna Bliska Elucidating aquatic and terrestrial linkages in Arctic arthropod food webs
James Bonham Resilience of U.S. Energy Infrastructure to Climate Threats
Jack Burgess Memory constraints in cued-recall-dependent learning and performance tasks: Why do humans struggle with simple yet memory-intensive tasks?
Anna Dodson Toward Ryser: Exploring Maximal Graph Size in Generative Hypergraph Algorithms
Emma Esterman Evolution of DNA Packaging in Gene Transfer Agents and Viruses
Maxell Farrens Inter-subject representational similarity analysis reveals the brain dynamics underlying depression during the presentation of naturalistic stimuli
Louisa Greenburg The Design, Synthesis, and Application of Electrically Conductive Metal Organic Frameworks in Lithium-ion Batteries
Eleanor Hall Implications of fuel-reduction treatments for carbon storage and sequestration in semi-arid mixed conifer forests of north-central Washington State
Laura Jeliazkov Photo-Healing of Polymers Using Hydrazone Pendant
Katherine Kane Investigating Effects of Cell Type-Specific PTEN Knockdown on Nerve Regeneration in the Peripheral Nervous System
Jessica Kobsa Piloting an At-Home Sustained Attention Training to Reduce Attention to Peripheral Food Cues
Shannon Kossmann Biological and genetic comparison of x-ray and gamma ray radiation effects
Hannah Margolis The Structure of Atg11CC3 and its Role in Atg32 Puncta Formation during Mitochondrial Autophagy Initiation
Megan McCabe Utilizing Neural Networks and Wearables to Quantify Hip Joint Angles and Moments During Walking and Stair Ascent
Christopher Miller Query-free adversarial transfer via undertraining
Mustafa Nasir-Moin How does artificial intelligence affect histopathological evaluation of colorectal polyps?
Yusuf Olokoba Deep Bilateral Exposure Fusion for Photography
Matthew Parker CUPNET: Deep Learning Compressed Ultrafast Photography
Joshua Perlmutter A Luminosity Function for Field Ultra-Diffuse Galaxies
Frederika Rentzeperis The Effect of Buffer Therapy on the Acid-Mediated Transition to Malignancy: A Mathematical Model of Acidosis in Spheroid and Xenograft Culture
Andrea Sedlacek Simulations of Group Dynamics
Courtney Stump A prophylactic murine ovarian cancer vaccine is protective and T cell-dependent
Tara Sweeney Locating Continuous Rotations in the Electric Vector Position Angle of Blazars
Gregory Szypko Modeling astrospheres of Sun-like and M-dwarf stars according to observable stellar parameters
Alexsandra Terrio Exploring SREBPs and Hypoxia Adaptation in Scedosporium apiospermum
Mary Tobin Arctic Sea Ice is Melting: How?
Hendric Tronsson Feasibility of Electric Field Assisted Clogging Reduction in Cold Gas Spraying Nozzle
Carly Tymm Molecular Solids as Sublimable Adhesives
Dayle Wang Engineering an ER-targeted Dynein Anchor to Facilitate Nuclear Positioning in Yeast Cells
Kevin Yang Analysis of Mycelium as a Low-Carbon Building Material
Jiahui Zhang Exploration into Reducing Uncertainty in InverseProblems Using Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods
Catherine Zhao Computational Prediction of Antibody-Antigen Binding Mode and Affinity
The Competition will be judged on the day of the symposium by a panel of Sigma Xi members. The judges' evaluations are based on the quality and quantity of research and the effectiveness of the student's presentation.
The winners of the competition were announced at the end of the virtual keynote address. The award-winning powerpoints from the competition will be posted below by June 15. The winners also receive cash awards.
All seniors who participate in this competition and complete their thesis are nominated for Associate Membership in Sigma Xi. The competition is sponsored by the Dartmouth Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.
The 2020 Sigma Xi first place winner:
Effective Prophylactic Murine Ovarian Cancer Vaccine by Courtney Stump, '20
The winners of the Crute and Folt awards were announced at the virtual Undergraduate Research Award Celebration. These two scholarships allow highly motivated and deserving Dartmouth WISP interns to continue their research and mentoring experience during their sophomore year. Selected students continue their research with their first-year WISP mentor. Criteria for each award can be found on the Sophomore Scholarships: Crute & Folt webpage.
The 2020 winners are:
Barbara E. Crute Memorial Award
Maia Madison '23
Characterization of a conserved epitope in influenza B hemagglutinin
Carol Folt Research Scholarship Award
Citlalli Vergara '23
The vulnerability of soil carbon to climate change
The WISP Research Engagement Award recognizes a WISP Intern who have exhibited sustained engagement and enthusiasm about learning through research.
The 2020 winner is: Chloe Fugle '23
This year's competition was cancelled.