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Holster Scholar Research Presentations

Friday, September 30, 2016
8:15am – 2:00pm

Storrs Campus
Konover Auditorium

Please join us for the Holster Scholar 2016 Research Presentations. The Holster Scholars First Year Project is a highly selective enrichment opportunity for curious first-year Honors students that supports in-depth, individualized learning experiences in the summer following their first year. The nine 2016 Holster Scholars will be sharing their research projects at this event.

8:25 a.m. Kayleigh Granville (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ashley Helton, Natural Resources and the Environment) Effects of Salinity on Ephemeral Wetland Food Webs

8:50 a.m. Akshayaa Chittibabu (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bandana Purkayastha, Sociology) Evaluating Rural Knowledge, Constraints, and Perceptions of Cervical Cancer Screening: A Study in Rural South India

9:15 a.m. Sarah Ferrigno (Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Salamone, Psychological Sciences) The Role of Adenosine in Motivational Symptoms of Depression: Studies on the Effects of Preladenant in Animal Models

9:40 a.m. Mary Szarkowicz (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Virginia Hettinger, Political Science) Analyzing the Lobbyist-Legislator Relationship

10:20 a.m. Sricharan Kadimi (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mu-Ping Nieh, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) Intracellular Fate of Lipid Bicelles in A549 Epithelial Cancer Cells

10:45 a.m. Grace Lee (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Reinaldo Rojas, Urban and Community Studies) Navigating and Understanding Healthcare: The Importance of Health Insurance Literacy and Community Health Workers

11:10 a.m. Tyler Daddio (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ion Mandoiu, Computer Science and Engineering) Pairing T Cell Receptor α and β Sequences Using Combinatorial Pooling and Min-Cost Flows

1:00 p.m. Kathrine Grant (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shaun Dougherty, Educational Leadership) Hartford Public Schools: An Exploration of Public Perception and Opinion

1:25 p.m. Alyssa Matz (Faculty Mentor: Donna Ellis, Plant Science and Landscape Architecture) Investigating the Chemical Signals of Galerucella for Effective Biological Control of Lythrum salicaria

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Caroline McGuire,

Honors Program (primary), College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships, Office of Undergraduate Research, UConn Master Calendar

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