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2024 Undergraduate Research Forum

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This important campus-wide event, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and External Fellowships, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Student Success and Belonging, the Honors College, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the UIC Alumni Association, and the University Library, showcases undergraduate student research covering a broad range of scholarship across a variety of disciplines. This year the URF will be part of the inaugural UIC Research Week, a first of an annual series of events to celebrate the incredible work of our faculty, staff, students and research trainees.

The 2024 URF was held on Monday, April 15, 2024 at the UIC Dorin Forum. 

If you are an undergraduate student who is involved in research or creative inquiry projects on campus under the direction of a UIC faculty member or other project supervisor, please consider attending the Undergraduate Research Forum to present your work. Registration for student presenters will remain open through Wednesday, March 27, 2024:

  • If registering for a group: Groups are limited to a maximum of 4 team members. One team member should submit a single registration for all students in the group.
  • All student presenters are required to submit their abstract (300 words or less) as a Microsoft Word document, containing the Project Title at the time of registration. Abstracts should also be submitted by pasting the text into this form.

Undergraduate student presenters registration link:

Faculty, staff, postdoc researchers and graduate students: Please consider volunteering your time and expertise to serve as a judge for the event. Judges play a crucial role in the success of the event, and the student presenters and event organizers are grateful for the service you provide. Registration for judges will remain open through Friday, March 29, 2024.

Faculty, staff, postdoc researchers and graduate student judges registration link:

See below for additional information pertaining to the event, including registration links, resources to help students prepare their research abstracts, presentations, and posters.


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Undergraduate Research Forum 2024 Abstract Book

2024 Undergraduate Research Forum Award Winners Heading link

**Social Sciences**

1st Place: Anjali Patel

  • Project: The Effects of Alcohol Consumption on Academic Performance and Behavior in College Students and Differences in Demographic Factors
  • Supervisor: Dr. Michael Meinzer

2nd Place: Jessica Sakalas

  • Project: ADHD Symptomatology Severity Impact on Implicit and Explicit Language Acquisition
  • Supervisor: Dr. Kara Morgan-Short
  • Affiliation: Honor College; UIC Cognition in Second Language Acquisition (COGSLA)

3rd  Place: Marisa Lametto

  • Project: Psychology of the School to Prison Pipeline
  • Supervisor: Dr. David Stovall
  • Affiliation: Honors College

** Life Sciences**

1st Place (tied): Daniela Ostrov

  • Project: Presence of benzyl alcohol in urine of premature neonates in first three days of life
  • Supervisor: Dr. De-Ann Pillers
  • Affiliation: Honors College; Liberal Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI)

1st  Place (tied): Prarthana Prashanth

  • Project: Therapeutic enzyme depletion of L-serine for the treatment of serine auxotrophic tumors
  • Supervisor: Dr. Jon Coloff
  • Affiliation: Honors College

1st  Place (tied): Nethra Senthilkumar

  • Project: Characterizing interferon signaling of the prefrontal cortex after adolescent intermittent ethanol exposure in rats
  • Supervisor: Dr. Subhash Pandey
  • Affiliation: Honors College

**Arts, Design & Humanities**

1st Place: Seyedeh Zahra Nabavi

  • Project: From Manufactured to Market: Navigating Pharmaceutical Pricing
  • Supervisor: Dr. Chirag Rathod
  • Affiliation: Honors College

2nd Place: Ivan Tedrowe

  • Project: “Opulent Textures”: Tolstoy, Wagner, and the Aesthetics of Expansiveness
  • Supervisor: Professor Michal Markowski
  • Affiliation: Liberal Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI)

3rd  Place: Jair Alvarez

  • Project: Inclusivity or Illusion: A Critical Examination of Hispanic-Serving Institutions
  • Supervisor: Dr. Mitzi Ramos
  • Affiliation: Urban Public Policy Fellowship; LARES

**Business, Computer Science & Mathematics**

1st Place: Jacob Cohen

  • Project: Course-Path Visualization Tool
  • Supervisor: Dr. Diana Diaz

2nd Place: Keshav Gandhi

  • Project: Creating a COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake Index: A Scoping Review
  • Supervisor: Dr. Alexander Gutfraind
  • Affiliation: Honors College; Liberal Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI)

3rd  Place: Maxxwell Guffey

  • Project: The Evaluation of Ecolabels
  • Supervisor: Professor Teresa Moreno
  • Affiliation: Honors College

**Engineering and Physical Sciences**

1st Place: Louis Quigley

  • Project: The Depression Connection: Mapping the Interplay between Hydrologic Connectivity and Topographic Depression
  • Supervisor: Professor Kerry Callaghan

2nd Place: Chenille Lawrence

  • Project: Unveiling Bias in Image Recognition: Investigating the Impact of Demographic Ratios on Facial Detection Models
  • Supervisor: Professor Gonzalo Bello Lander
  • Affiliation: Honors College

3rd  Place: Elizabeth Wynn

  • Project: Model Tuning of Total Knee Replacement FEA Model to Knee Laxity
  • Supervisor: Dr. Steven Mell
  • Affiliation: Honors College

**Honors College Capstone Innovation Award**

Presenter: Angie Brito

  • Project: Patria y Vida
  • Supervisor: Hugh Mundy
  • Affiliation: Honors College