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Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase

2021 Virtual Summer Undergraduate Research Showcase
Friday, August 13, 2021 * 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
**Pre-recorded narration    *Live Session

Welcome & Overview                                                                                      9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Morning Session - ** Narrated Poster Video Presentations (1- 6)                        9:15 AM – 9:30 PM



Morning Session – * Oral PowerPoint Presentations                                           9:30 AM – 12:00 PM


Afternoon Session - ** Narrated Poster Video Presentations (7-16)                  12:00 PM – 12:30 PM



Afternoon Session – * Oral PowerPoint Presentations                                      12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Morning Session - Narrated Poster Video Presentations

9:15 AM – 9:30 PM **Pre-recorded
  1. Jessica Tenorio, Political Science                                                 

UTSA IES Pathways Program & Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship                                    

  • Young Adults Using Social Media as a Tool for Political Activism                


  1. Victor Feagins, Statistics and Data Science                 

UTSA IES Pathways Program  

  • Extending Systematic Reviews: The Benefits of Meta-Analysis in Educational Research


  1. Eric Massey, Communications                                                     

UTSA IES Pathways Program

  • Sexual Violence and Academic Performance during Undergraduate Studies


  1. Ravee Mata, Community Health                                                                                               Narrated Poster

UTSA McNair Scholars SRI Program

  • Factors Influencing Teen Pregnancy in Texas  


  1. Sebastian Velez, Computer Engineering                 

UTSA IES Pathways Program

  • An Exploratory Study on Factors Impacting Woman and Underrepresented Minorities‘ Persistence in the STEM Workforce


  1. Gabrielle Wenske, Interdisciplinary Studies (EC-12) Narrated Poster

UTSA IES Pathways Program

  • Expressive and Receptive Language Development in Individuals with Autism


Morning Session – Oral PowerPoint Presentations
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM *Live session with Q&A

Sebastian Velez, Computer Engineering                                                               9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

University of Colorado-Bolder SMART Program                                                                            

  • The role of RCAN1 in Down syndrome hippocampus via RNA-Seq analysis in Dp16 mice

Saba Ghodrati, Medical Humanities                                                                 9:45 AM – 10:00 AM                UM – SMART Program                                                                                                                  

  • Identification and characterization of a nuclear localization sequence within the hERG protein

Paulina Salinas, Electrical & Computer Engineering                                         10:00 AM – 10:15 AM UTSA McNair Scholars SRI Program                                                                                                       

  • Best practices to foster pre-service teachers’ science content knowledge

Robert Klupka, Biology                                                                                10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

CIMA – LSAMP                                                                                                                                                

  • Incapacitating SARS-CoV-2 Regional Variant (B.1.617) By Developing mRNA Vaccines Through EteRNA RNA Folding Software

Melanie Narkunan, Biochemistry                                                                    10:30 AM – 10:45 AM UTSA Provost Undergraduate Research Fellowship                                                                               

  • Decipher the Reciprocal Roles of cellular Mg2+ and Ca2+ signals in Liver Metabolism and Metabolic Diseases

Salmaan Faghihi, Biology                                                                               10:45 AM – 11:00 AM UTSA Provost Undergraduate Research Fellowship                                                                               

  • The Effects of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and Exercise Training on Skeletal Muscle Protein Synthesis In Rats Fed High-Fat Diet

Jennifer Lopez, Anthropology                                                                         11:00 AM – 11:15 AM UTSA McNair Scholars SRI Program                                                                                        

  • Sowing the Future: Urban Indians Growing Fruits of Generational Change

Mistica Lozano Perez, Biomedical Engineering                                             11:15 AM – 11:30 AM Center for Engineering Mechanobiology - CEMB Program                                                             

  • The Effect of Modulating HIF and YAP on Metabolic Activity of Murine Periosteal Cells In Vitro

Rachel Okereke, Civil Engineering                                                              11:30 AM – 11:45 AM    UTSA McNair Scholars SRI Program                                                                                           (Recorded)

  • Psychological Components within the AEC Industry: Exploring How the Built Environment Affects Wellbeing

Gabriella Maldonado, Microbiology & Immunology                                  11:45 AM – 12:00 PM         Baylor College of Medicine – SMART Program                                                                          

  • Understanding Viroplasm Formation in Rotavirus-Infected Cells


Afternoon Session - Narrated Poster Video Presentations
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM *Pre-recorded narration


  1. Geovanelly Torres, Mathematics                                                                                            Narrated Poster

UTSA LSAMP Summer Research Academy

  • Fostering Positive Math Identify for Students Using Research-based Best Practices    


  1. Jordan Davis, Music Education                                                                                                 

UTSA IES Pathways Program

  • Music and its Monetary Mystery


  1. Glorious Asantewaa, Biology                                                                                

UTSA IES Pathways Program

  • Gender Paths in Stem Education: A Woman’s Place in Science


  1. Alexis Mata, Public Health                                                                                               

UTSA McNair Scholars SRI Program

  • Factors Influencing Contraceptive Demand and Access in Texas


  1. Joshua Chaj Ulloa, Chemical Engineering                 

Mayo Clinic Summer Research Fellowship  

  • Electrochemical and Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence of tris(2,2’-bipyridyl)ruthenium)(II)-based ITO electrodes


  1. Grace Mingen Chen, Psychology, Politics & Law                 

UTSA McNair Scholars SRI Program

  • The Occupational Experiences of Asian American Police Officers


  1. Amanda Korsah, Microbiology & Immunology 

Indiana University STEM Summer Scholars Institute

  • Identifying Immune-Related Mechanisms in Acute Myeloid Leukemia


  1. Margaret Burns, Music Education 

UTSA IES Pathways Program                                                                                                       

  • Mental Health in Schools


  1. Adeel Ahmed, Medical Humanities                                                                                

UTSA Provost Undergraduate Research Fellowship                                                                            

  • Analyzing the Effects of Academic Related Stress and Development of Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms on the Sleep Quality and Mental Health of College Students


  1. Maria Miranda, Interdisciplinary Studies - Bilingual Education Narrated Poster                          UTSA IES Pathways Program                                                                                                         
  • Spanish Language in Heritage Learners


Afternoon Session – Oral PowerPoint Presentations
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM *Live session with Q&A

Jaime Benavides, Biomedical Engineering/Biochemistry                                    12:30 PM- 12:45 PM

UTSA RISE & McNair Scholars SRI Program                                                                         

  • Photothermal Responsive Micropattern Hydrogels Applied to Dorsal Root Ganglion Cell Differentiation

Natalia Estrada, Microbiology & Immunology                                                   12:45 PM – 1:00 PM          UTSA McNair Scholars SRI Program                                                                                     

  • Pharmaceutical pollutants lead to a changes in Microbial absorbance in San Antonio waterway’s

DeShona Jernigan, Biomedical Engineering                                                     1:00 PM – 1:15 PM    UTSA LSAMP Summer Research Academy                                                                   

  • Salivary Gland Extracellular Matrix Ontology

Adelite Hategeka, Civil Engineering                                                                1:15 PM – 1:30 PM   South Texas Interdisciplinary Research for Undergraduate Programs (STIR-UP)              

Regional Analysis of Water Consumption Around the Globe

Richard Cavazos, English                                                                               1:30 PM – 1:45 PM    UTSA McNair Scholars SRI Program                                                                                       

  • Words as Weapons: A Discourse Analysis on the Weaponization and Mobilization of Language

Ayyan Mahboob, Kinesiology                                                                         1:45 PM- 2:00 PM      UTSA Provost Undergraduate Research Fellowship                                                       

  • The Evaluation of Acupuncture and Electrostimulation on Skeletal Muscle Mass and myosin heavy chain isoforms in casting induced muscle atrophy

Joshua Chaj Ulloa, Chemical Engineering                                                       2:00 PM – 2:15 PM    Mayo Clinic Summer Research Fellowship                                                                     

  • Electrochemical and Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence of tris(2,2′-bipyridyl)ruthenium(II)-based ITO electrodes

Elia Natalia Gonzalez, Chemical Engineering                                                  2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology REU                                                                             

  • Eliminating Parameters for Decreased Variance in Small Hydrogels using Digital Maskless Photolithographic Patterning



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