Topics of undergraduate and graduate student work were showcased at the annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium April 15 in the Atrium of North Classroom on the Auraria Campus.
Students' research and creative activities spanned the spectrum of human study – touching on science, nature, the environment, business, arts, medicine and so much more.
All students from both the Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus were eligible to participate in the symposium.
Altogether, nearly 80 students developed plans, submitted abstracts and were on hand to describe and discuss the results of their efforts.
As an incentive, prizes were offered in various categories. Faculty member Julian Riel-Salvatore was named the "Outstanding Student Mentor."
Here are the student results:
Awards for Graduate Research:
Ingrid Ludeke: Archaeology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Contrasting Neanderthal and Homo sapiens use of space at Riparo Bombrini, Italy”
Sarah Brannnon and William Donahoo: Health and Behavioral Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“A Weighty Matter: Do health behaviors affect the neurocognitive health of obese adults?”
Awards for Undergraduate Research:
Mia Smith: Pre-Veterinary, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Quantum Effect Can be Important to Chloride Ion Channel/Transporter Mechanism: A Computational Study”
Manuchehr Aminian: Mathematics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Algorithms for Generalized Image Segmentation”
Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence
Undergraduate Creative Activity:
Sinjin Jones and Marianna Chavez: Theater, Film and Video Production, College of Arts and Media
“Arts in Community Development”
Graduate Creative Activity:
Paula Marchionda: Preventative Medicine, School of Public Health
Anne Mailhot: Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Expression Patterns of PAPP-A2 in the Developing Human Placenta”
Rebecca Bryan: Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
“Cynomys says: Characteristics of Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) Alarm Calls in Response to Simulated Predator Stimuli”
Outstanding Student Mentor Award:
Julian Riel-Salvatore, PhD
Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Science
PHOTO above: Undergraduate student Meheret Nega discusses her research on patients with severe pulmonary arterial hypertension.