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Welcome to the Sciences and Mathematics Undergraduate Research Symposium!

The University of Washington Tacoma Environmental Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Sustainability, and Mathematics majors hosted an annual Environmental Research Symposium, Sciences and Mathematics Undergraduate Research Symposium (SAMURS). This event showcased the capstone research projects of our undergraduate students. This year we had a number of presentations by our undergraduate students, covering a broad range of questions and projects related to the environment, mathematics, sustainability and much more. Projects were conducted in the lab, in the trees, in the mud, in the classroom, at an aquarium, on the water, underwater and on land. Some of the students did original research with a faculty mentor, pushing the boundaries of what is known in their fields. Others participated in internships, where they helped community partners further their missions through service. What all of these diverse students have in common is determination and dedication to complete an independent study as part of their undergraduate education. We hope you were inspired and educated by what they have accomplished.

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Abstracts

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Student Mentor

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Ali,Mirna Cynthia Updegrave

Restoring the ecological functions of Titlow Beach Park, Tacoma, Washington through invasive species removal and native plant installations

Mirna Ali
Baer, MaggieJo Julie Masura

Identification and Quantification of Microplastics in Puget Sound Bed Sediments

MaggieJo Baer
Bailey, Jacob Cynthia Updegrave Restoring Coniferous Succession to Titlow Park in Tacoma, WA Jacob Bailey

Bakera, Naomi

Karen Cowgill Improving the health of Pierce County, one flu vaccination clinic at a time Naomi Bakera

Boss, Michael

Matt Kelly

Identifying Potential Wetland Restoration Sites Using a GIS Suitability Index in Pierce County, WA

Michael Boss
Broeker, Richard Laura Doepker Computational approach for the discovery of broadly neutralizing HIV antibodies Richard Broeker
Brown, Nik Laura Murphy

The search for safe, affordable, alternative treatment for Leishmaniasis by reacting 3-Pyridin-2-yl-1H-pyrazol-5-amine with picolinic acid through an amide coupling reaction

Nik Brown
Curtis, Alexia Marc Nahmani Spinules within the Somatosensory Alexia Curtis

Dao, Linh

Karen Cowgill

Healthcare observation in New Delhi, India: Class disparity and social reforms implementation strategies

Linh Dao
Dewitz, Faith Joel Baker

Critical Review of Methods Used to Estimate Agricultural Nitrogen Loadings into the Puget Sound: Updating Environmental Modeling

Faith Dewitz
Estrada, Chanel Athena Jack Vincent

Mutagenesis of potential phosphorylation sites via Gibson Assembly within the kinetochore protein, Stu2, in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Chanel Athena Estrada
Foster, Octavia Marc Nahmani

3D Analysis of Excitatory Synapses Reveals Spinule Prevalence and Origins in the Cerebral Cortex

Octavia Foster
Fosnick, Mae Cheryl Greengrove

Phytoplankton and Nutrients in Clayoquot Sound, west coast Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada 2018

Mae Fosnick

Gonzalez, Zabdiel

Karen Cowgill

In-School Flu Vaccination Clinics: The Importance Of The Preparation Behind The Clinic

Zabdiel Gonzalez

Gustafson, Kayla

Julie Masura

Microplastics Upstream and Downstream from Wastewater Treatment Plants in the Lower Puyallup River Watershed

Kayla Gustafson
Guzman, Mia Laura Murphy Producing an Aminopyrazole-based Drug for the Treatment of Leishmaniasis Mia Guzman

Herndon, Lisa

Jack Vincent

Reducing Waste in Genetic Testing: Setting Up an Active Utilization Management System at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital

Lisa Herndon
Hettinger, Rachel Ed Kolodziej

Characterizing the distribution of organic semi-volatile pollutants in stormwater particulate matter

Rachel Hettinger
Hobby, Aaron Jack Vincent

Mutagenesis of potential phosphorylation sites via Gibson Assembly within the kinetochore protein, Stu2, in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Aaron Hobby
Huynh, Ngan Jutta Heller Tracking the Subcellular Localization of an Uncharacterized Plasmodium Protein:  Manipulating Cloning and Tagging Techniques Ngan Huynh
Kiforishin, Rachel Jutta Heller PCR of Plasmodium yoelii gene PY02678 to Understand its Function Rachel Kiforishin
Klevemann, Caroline Bonnie Becker, Matthew Kelley

Using GIS to Identify Suitable Habitat for native Olympia Oyster Restoration

Caroline Klevemann
Laughlin, Micheal Karen Cowgill

Increasing the Efficiency of School Located Influenza Vaccination (SLIV) Clinics in Pierce County Elementary Schools

Micheal Laughlin
Leckman, Hayden Maureen Kennedy

Model Predictions of Fuel Loading and Fire Burn Severity following Salvage Logging, Central Idaho

Hayden Leckman

Lockhart, Darrell

Anna Groat Carmona Using the Plasmodium BEM46-like protein to Characterize the Parasitic Plasma Membrane Darrell Lockhart
Love, LaToya Marc Nahmani

Image analysis of somatosensory cortex neuronal synapses  shows presynaptic spinules are predominant

LaToya Love
Marks, Christopher

Laura Murphy

DNDi Research for Leishmaniasis - Synthesis Pathways Christopher Marks
Martinez, Chloe Mae Sarah Alaei A Molecular View of Gum Disease: Understanding the Role of relA in Porphyromonas gingivalis Outer Membrane Vesicle Production Chloe Mae Martinez
Matulich, Adam Jim Gawel The Role of Periphyton Community Constituents in Arsenic Speciation in Freshwater Lakes Adam Matulich
McEntyre, William Laura Doepker Production of novel chimeric antibodies from an HIV-infected infant’s repertoire, with the potential for broad HIV-1 antigen specificity William McEntyre
McFarland, Caitlyn

Julie Masura

Monitoring A. catenella to predict potential for harmful algal blooms in Elliott Bay near Seattle, WA

Caitlyn McFarland
Moore, Domeg Alaei, Sarah

Quantifying Outer Membrane Vesicle Production by Porphyromonas gingivalis Lipid A Variants

Domeg Moore
Mwangi, Joseph Dr. Jack Vincent

Impact on phenotypes due to phospho-null mutations on the inner kinetochore Mif2 protein achieved through site-directed mutagenesis

Jospeh Mwangi
Ng, Fiona Jack Vincent

Examining the Role of Phosphorylation in the SK-rich Region of the Kinetochore-Associated Stu2 Protein in Budding Yeast

Fiona Ng
Nguyen, Doan Judy Nguyen

Farm or Bacteria: Development of a DNA assay for the detection of virginiamycin antibiotic transcripts in mussel tissue

Dona Nguyen
Nguyen, Eric

Marc Nahmani

Presynaptic and Postsynaptic Spinule Prevalence in the Somatosensory Cortex of Mice

Eric Nguyen
Nguyen, Joanne Karen Cowgill

Healthcare observation in New Delhi, India: Class disparity and social reforms implementation strategies

Joanne Nguyen
Nguyen, Monica Laura Doepke

Computational approach for the discovery of broadly neutralizing HIV antibodies

Noyes, Johannah Tom Koontz

Citing Science to Support Recommendations: Use of References Across 12 Puget Sound Salmon Restoration Plans

Johannah Noyes
Nyiri, Jake Jim Gawel Arsenic exposure potential for children playing in contaminated Puget Sound lakes Jake Nyiri
Peck, Jessy Murphy, Laura Drug Development for Leishmaniasis: A Neglected Tropical Disease Jessy Peck

Roberts, Jacob

Eric McDonald

Remediating Oak Prairie Ecosystems for the Western Bluebird on Joint Base Lewis-McChord Jacob Roberts

Roca, Erick

Cheryl Greengrove

Characterization of Puget Sound surface sediments and comparison with Alexandrium catenella cyst distribution and historical sediment data

Erick Roca
Salinas, Brenda Marc Nahmani School-Based Outreach to Improve Children’s Oral Health Brenda Salinas

Shohradova, Shaira

Marc Nahmani

Analysis and 3D reconstruction of excitatory synapses containing spinules in mouse primary somatosensory cortex

Shaira Shohradova
Smith, Tasi Laura Murphy The Effects of Coupling Conditions on the Synthesis of a Novel Amino Pyrazole-Carboxylic Acid Coupling Products Tasi Smith
Smith, Tillie Tom Koontz

Promoting Restoration of Native Species on Joint-Base Lewis McChord

Tillie Smith
Strome, Zachary Anna Groat Carmona Mutagenesis of the Plasmodium BEM46-Like Protein for Isolation and Biochemical Analysis Zachary Strome
Tilahun, Rahel

Jeremy Davis

A shift in gall size and its effect on predation in the non-native range of Diplolepis rosae

Rahel Tilahun
Trivino, Deyana Bonnie Becker How Will Olympia Oyster Restoration Affect Fish Population in the South Puget Deyana Trivino
Uzumaki, Eevee Jutta Heller Tracking the Subcellular Localization of an Uncharacterized Plasmodium Protein:  Manipulating Cloning and Tagging Techniques Eevee Uzumaki
Vaid, Raveena Jutta Heller Demystifying the Role of an Uncharacterized Plasmodium Protein through Gene Knockout Raveena Vaid
Vega, Adriana Laura Doepker Production of novel chimeric antibodies from an HIV-infected infant’s repertoire, with the potential for broad HIV-1 antigen specificity Adriana Vega

Villa, Manuel

Marc Nahmani

Cell Interactions in Task Trained & Untrained Adult Mouse Visual Cortex & their Connection to Neuroplasticity

Manuel Villa
Wood, Nathaniel Matt Kelley

The Effects of Nutrient Offloading on Harmful Algae Blooms and Pollution Levels within the Puget Sound

Nathaniel Woods
Young, Shellena Alaei, Sarah

Quantifying Outer Membrane Vesicle Production by Porphyromonas gingivalis Lipid A Variants

Shellena Young
Yukevich-Mussomeli, Anastasia Marc Nahmani Origins and Prevalence of Spinules Within Hippocampal Synaptic Axon Terminals Anastasia Yukevich-Mussomeli
Yurina, Amaliya Marc Nahmani Mysterious invaginating structures in the brain’s memory formation region: Synaptic spinules in CA1 Hippocampus Amaliya Yurina
       


Capstone Awards and Honors 2020

2020 Science Awards

  • Best Poster
    • Jacob Nyiri
  • Biomedical Sciences Poster 1st Place:
    • Domeg Moore & Shellena Young
  • Biomedical Sciences Poster 2nd Place:
    • Fiona Ng
  • Environmental Sciences Poster 1st Place:
    • Caitlyn McFarland
  • Environmental Sciences Poster 2nd Place:
    • Johanna Noyes
  • Environmental Sustainability Poster:
    • Tillie Smith
  • Mathematics Poster:
    • None submitted

2020 Mathematics Awards 

  • MATH AMBASSADOR AWARD:  Madison Phelps;  Kaitlyn Jones; Sam Miller
  • BEST by class AWARDS: 
    • Senior: Lauryn Harvey
    • Junior: Sam Miller
    • Sophomore: Edson Mendieta
  • MATH COMMUNITY AWARD: 
    • Awardee: Madison Phelps and Sam Huynh
  • MATHEMATICAL GROWTH AWARD: Tenki Ko  
  • INTERDISCIPLINARY AWARD: James Northup  
  • CAPSTONE PAPER AWARD:  Madison Phelps 
  • CAPSTONE PRESENTATION AWARD: Kathryn Davidson and Spencer Little  

 

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