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2013 Undergraduate Research Day Results

On April 25, students presented their research topics and vied for prize money in the second annual Undergraduate 3-Minute Thesis Competition. Winners provided compelling and detailed descriptions and explanations of their undergraduate research within the 3-minute allotment.

2013 3-Minute Thesis Competition winners

$1000 First place winner

Cassia Gordon

“Exploring The Continuum of Gender Through Self-Identification”

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Robin Robinson, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

$500 Second place winner

Lauren Papa

“Occupational Prestige and SES in Relation to Cognitive Performance”

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Andrew Revell, Department of Psychology

$250 Third place and $250 Audience Favorite Award winner

Eben Crawford

“Zebra Fish and Implanted Biomaterials”

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Tracie Ferreira, Department of Bioengineering

2013 Panel of Judges:

  • Ramprasad Balasubramanian,  Interim Associate Dean of Engineering, Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Science
  • Catherine Gardner,  Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies
  • José-Domingo Mora, Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing, Charlton College of Business
  • Keith Resendes,  UMass Dartmouth alum, class of 2012- Mathematics
  • Wendy Skinner, Interim Assistant Chancellor of Advancement
  • Steve Urbon,  News columnist, New Bedford Standard Times

Enter now button 2013 Undergraduate Research Day

Enter the 3-minute competition by 5 p.m. Friday, April 19.

The Office of Undergraduate Research will hold a Celebration of Undergraduate Research on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in the Claire T. Carney Library Grand Reading Room, from 2-4p.m.

Undergraduate students engaged in research can present  a 3 minute talk.

Research is understood to mean any form of activity, situated in a discipline and utilizing the standards of that discipline, that sets out to solve a well-posed problem. Students currently carry out research in all Colleges of the University and this Celebration of Undergraduate Research Day is aimed at heightening awareness of the excellent research that is being done by undergraduates.

3-minute talks will be carried out as a competition with a pre-selection panel and a judging panel on the day.

Prizes for the 3-minute competition will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st prize: $1,000
  • 2nd prize: $500
  • 3rd prize: $250
  • Audience favorite: $250

All entries will be examined by a pre-selection panel, and only those selected by that panel will be able to present in the competition.

The criteria used by the pre-selection panel will be:

  • Clarity of expression of the research abstract and the problem addressed.
  • The importance of the research.
  • The broader impact of the research.
  • Future directions for research.


The 3-minute competition will be carried out under the following rules:

  • All entrants have 3 minutes to present their research topic to an audience and a panel of judges
  • Each entrant may have one overhead slide (still, not animated)
  • With 10 seconds to go, entrants will receive a signal. At 3 minutes entrants will get the sign to stop and anyone not finishing within 10 seconds after 3 minutes will be disqualified
  • The judges' decision is final

Enter the 3-minute competition by 5 p.m. Friday, April 19. No late applications will be considered.



April 20, 2012

Undergraduate Research Day Results

UMass Dartmouth students took home $2250 in prizes at the first ever Celebration of Undergraduate Research, held in the Main Auditorium on April 19, 2012. Students from diverse areas of study successfully presented their research before an audience of peers, professors, parents, and judges.

Kevin Jumper's presentation titled Exploding stars: cosmic forges and candles, was awarded the top $1000 prize.

Stacey Miner's  presentation on Parents' perceptions of their adolescent children's experiences with violence compared to adolescents’ self-reports of experiences with violence took the second place prize of $500, while Chris DiFranco's presentation titled Chemical and electrical resistance of conducting polymers took third place and the $250 prize.

Panel of judges

  • Lou Petrovic, Director of the Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Development
  • Steve Urbon, journalist for the New Bedford Standard Times
  • Isabel Rodrigues, Associate Professor, Anthropology
  • Cynthia Ladino, full time lecturer, Biology
  • Laura Jean Champagne, former biology student, now graduate student in education
  • Andrew Davey, Physics undergraduate
  • Jill Mercik, Engineering undergraduate
  • Sidafa Conde, Business undergraduate

April 20, 2012

Timothy Boardman wins research award

Biology senior Timothy Boardman, has been honored with the American Association of Immunologist Undergraduate Research Excellence Award. In addition, Timothy has been accpeted to the UMass Medical School.

"The research helped me 100% with my med school application," said Timothy, whose research focused on kidney blood flow and its relationship to lymphocyte distribution in rainbow trout.

Through his research, Timothy was able to characterize the immune cell distribution in the kidney of a trout.



April 20, 2012

Kevin Jumper receives APS award

The American Physical Society's award for the best undergrduate presentation was awarded to Kevin Jumper who is also the recipient of the $1000 first place prize for presenting his research on exploding stars at the Celebration of Undergraduate Research on April 19.




Undergraduate Research Day

The Office of Undergraduate Research will hold a Celebration of Undergraduate Research on Thursday, April 19, 2012, in the Main Auditorium and surrounding area, from 2-6p.m.

Undergraduate students engaged in research can elect to present a poster, a 3 minute talk, or both.

Research is understood to mean any form of activity, situated in a discipline and utilizing the standards of that discipline, that sets out to solve a well-posed problem. Students currently carry out research in all Colleges of the University and this Celebration of Undergraduate Research Day is aimed at heightening awareness of the excellent research that is being done by undergraduates.

3-minute talks will be carried out as a competition with a pre-selection panel and a judging panel on the day.

Prizes for the 3-minute competition will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st prize: $1,000
  • 2nd prize: $500
  • 3rd prize: $250
  • Audience favorite: $250


There will also be a $250 best poster award.

All entries will be examined by a pre-selection panel, and only those selected by that panel will be able to present in the competition.

The criteria used by the pre-selection panel will be:

  • Clarity of expression of the research abstract and the problem addressed.
  • The importance of the research.
  • The broader impact of the research.
  • Future directions for research.


We anticipate approximately 45-50 selected entries for the 3-minute competition.

The 3-minute competition will be carried out under the following rules:

  • All entrants have 3 minutes to present their research topic to an audience and a panel of judges
  • Each entrant may have one overhead slide (still, not animated)
  • With 10 seconds to go, entrants will receive a signal. At 3 minutes entrants will get the sign to stop and anyone not finishing within 10 seconds after 3 minutes will be disqualified
  • The judges' decision is final

 

3-minute research presentations

StudentAdvisorTopic
Jess Andreason Jen Riley   The historical, cultural, and academic contexts of the graphic narrative in the U.S.

Jeffrey Beaudry

Sukalyan Sengupta Selective removal of phosphate from wastewater using ion exchange resin beads

Timothy Boardman

Erin Bromage Kidney blood flow and its relationship to lymphocyte distribution in the rainbow trout

Felecia Clodius

Guillermo Paz-y-Mino Dominance hierarchy formation and potential applications in laboratory research using a model organism, the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

Jennifer Denker

Heidi Berggren Addressing the epidemic of sex trafficking in Massachusetts

Chris DiFranco

Qinguo Fan Chemical and electrical resistance of conducting polymers

Tiffany Ferreira

Grant O'Rielly Solar electricity: Maximizing current and voltage produced by photovoltaic cells

Nevin Goulet

Dapeng Li, Paul Calvert Mechanisms of UV degradation

Katherine Hurley

Angappa Gunasekaran Lowe’s and Home Depot in a concentrated market

Peter Jumper

Robert Fisher The mysteries of “Failed Stars”

Kevin Jumper

Robert Fisher Exploding stars: Cosmic forges and candles

Ryan Lehane

David Manke  Carbon dioxide capture using Lewis base derivatized metal-organic frameworks

Matheus Lelis

Sigal Gottlieb

The power of social networking: using Facebook’s Open Graph data to quantify user activity on the world’s largest social network

Charles Lu

Frederick Jones A conceptual framework for privacy auditors to perform effective continuous audits that assures a company's internal controls of privacy

Stacey Miner

Robin Robinson Parents’ perceptions of their adolescent children's experiences with violence compared to adolescents’ self-reports of experiences with violence

Dylan Quinn

Thomas Boone Emotional and nonverbal communication style and student satisfaction

Prakruthi Siddaramu

Yanlai Chen Predicting economic activity through internet search trends

Iliya Ivanov Yanachkov

Andres Xavier Echarri Tales of Beast and Man: Translated works of Hristo Pelitev from Bulgarian to English and Spanish

 

 Poster presentations

StudentAdvisorTopic

Timothy Boardman

Erin Bromage Kidney blood flow and its relationship to lymphocyte distribution in the rainbow trout

Jennifer Denker

Heidi Berggren Addressing the epidemic of sex trafficking in Massachusetts

Chris DiFranco

Qinguo Fan Chemical and electrical resistance of conducting polymers

Kaira Fox

Tracie Ferreira Patterning of brain tissue and defective signaling

Nevin Goulet

Dapeng Li, Paul Calvert Mechanisms of UV degradation

Matheus Lelis

Sigal Gottlieb

The power of social networking: using Facebook’s Open Graph data to quantify user activity on the world’s largest social network

Charles Lu

Frederick Jones A conceptual framework for privacy auditors to perform effective continuous audits that assures a company's internal controls of privacy

David Prairie

Marguerite Zarrillo

Survey of security and privacy breaches in electronic transportation payment systems

Jessica Reilly

Tracie Ferreira  Characterizing genes involved in craniofacial development 

Prakruthi Siddaramu

Yanlai Chen Predicting economic activity through internet search trends

Vanessa Vieira

David Manke Activity of TGF-β R II in neural crest cells and lung morphogenesis during fetal lung development



For questions contact Gary Davis, x8739 or gdavis@umassd.edu.

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