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Quaker Days Research Conference

Quaker Days Research Conference

9th Annual Quaker Days Undergraduate Research Conference

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 • 10AM - 1PM
Arch Fireside Lounge (2nd Floor)
Presented by the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF)
and College Houses & Academic Services (CHAS)

Showcasing the breadth of undergraduate research at Penn, current students from each of the four Schools will present 5-minute papers and 60-second lectures on a wide array of subjects.

  • 5-minute papers: In this format, you should aim to present a coherent introduction to your topic, enlarge upon perhaps two significant argumentative points, then offer a cogent and elegant conclusion. It's perfectly reasonable to allude to a bigger project of which this presentation forms a part. But the presentation must be complete and whole in its own right. Bear in mind that you are communicating to a non-specialist audience, so complicated terminology or concepts will need to be explained. Those explanations will be part of your 5 minutes. We are budgeting a further 5 minutes for questions and discussions, so as long as presenters keep to the time limitations, there will be plenty of time to enlarge upon observations or arguments you have advanced in your presentation.
  • 60-second lectures: This is an exciting but challenging format, in which it is functionally impossible to do more than introduce an audience to a single idea, theme, or proposition. You must therefore aim for succinctness and elegance in your presentation. Your topic will inevitably be part of a much larger project, so it's essential that you both offer a coherent account of the topic you have chosen to speak on and offer indications, hints, or clues of the bigger picture that it forms a part of. Your objective is to provide enough information to your audience to facilitate a question-and-answer session--which will follow each presentation, provided presenters keep to the time limitations.

Proposals are due Monday, March 26 at 11:59PM.  
Submit your proposal online and view proposal requirements at: CLICK HERE

Check out last year's presentations:

5 Minute Papers
Austin Bream C’17 W’17 
Underground Environmentalism: The GDR environmental movement in the 1980s and beyond
Mentor: Bethany Wiggin (Germanic Languages and Literature)

Miranda Lupion C’17
The keyboard is mightier than the sword: Assessing the Kremlin’s weaponization of Russian-language digital media
Mentor: Sara McGuire (International Relations)

Cristina Serban C’17
Policy Recommendations for Migrant and Refugee Protection in Rabat
Mentor: Sara McGuire (International Relations)

William Saunders C’18 
Optimizing Difference Imaging to Identify Trans-Neptunian Objects using the Dark Energy Survey
Mentor: Gary Bernstein (Physics and Astronomy)
University Scholars

Anya Hall E’18
Local Magnetic Field Shift in Myocardial Hemorrhage Characterized by Magnetic Susceptibility
Mentor: Walter Witschey (Radiology)
National Science Foundation Alliance for Minority Participation

Armen Bagdasarov C’18
Motor Behavior as a Qualitative Difference in the Spontaneous Production of Co-Speech Hand Gestures by Adults with ASD
Mentor: Robert Schultz (Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry)

Lauren Brunsdale C’17
Evaluating Landscape and Vegetation Change Using Remote Sensing in the Ventura River Watershed, California
Mentor: Jane Dmochowski (Earth and Environmental Science)
Penn Undergraduate Climate Action Grant

Simon Sangmin Oh E’18
ImpactScore: A Novel Credit Score for Social Impact
Mentor: Jeremy Tobacman (Department of Business Economics and Public Policy)
Wharton Research Scholars

Ogul Uner C’17
Investigating Molecular Compensation in SAP97 Neuronal Knockout Mice
Mentor: Robert Kalb (Neurology)
College Alumni Society Research Grant

60-Second Lectures
Ivana Kohut C’18
Guantanamera: An Analysis of Maternal and Primary Healthcare Systems (PART TWO)
Mentor: Adriana Petryna (Anthropology)
College House Research Fellow, Harrison College House

Daniel Thompson C’17
Defrocking Cuba’s Clergy: The Catholic Church’s Struggle for Autonomy in Revolutionary Cuba, 1959-1961
Mentor: Ann Farnsworth-Alvear (History)
Gelfman International Summer Fund

Linda Lin C’18
Curating as Feminist Activism: Exhibitions on Women Artists and Feminist Art in the US: 1977-2007
Mentor: Christine Poggi (History of Art)
College House Research Fellow, Rodin College House

Rachel Wilson E’19
Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Mentor: Ray Gorte (Chem. & Biomolecular Engineering)
National Science Foundation, Louis Stokes for Minority Participation (AMP)

Sharika Bamezai C’18
Hemodynamic Forces Regulate Heart Valve Development
Mentor: Mark Kahn (Perelman School of Medicine CVI Institute)
Pincus-Magaziner Family Undergraduate Research Grant

Ramathi Bandaranayake C’18
A Quantitative Study on Mathematics Anxiety as a Predictor of Grades in the National GCE O/L Math Exam in Sri Lanka
Mentor: Herbert Turner (Quantitative Methods Div.)
Hassenfeld Foundation Grant

Nimansha Jain C’17 
Common variant near SNCA gene predicts motor phenotype, disease progression, and SNCA brain expression in Parkinson’s Disease
Mentor: Alice Chen-Plotkin (Neurology)

Cecilia Wang N ’19
Handoffs and Transitions in Critical Care (HATRICC)
Mentor: Meghan Lane-Fall (Anesthesiology & Crit. Care)
PURM - Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Fund

Ryan Leone C’19 W’19
Reducing Cognitive Deficits After Traumatic Brain Injuries in Multi-Trauma Incidents
Mentor: Jose Pascual (Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery)

Samantha Snyder C’18
Wrongful Convictions Study
Mentor: Charles Loeffler (Criminology)
PURM - Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Fund

Blake Pittell C’17
China’s Influence on Hollywood
Mentor: Guobin Yang
College Alumni Society Research Grant

Eash Aggarwal C’20
Accounting for short-term variability in human memory
Mentor: Michael Kahana (Psychology)

Isabella Viney C’19
Acetyl-CoA’s story in the nucleus: a possible link between ATP citrate lyase and DNA damage
Mentor: Kathryn Wellen (Cancer Biology)

Jacqueline Nikpour N’17
School Nurses: A Key Link to Building Healthy Communities
Mentor: Susan Hassmiller
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Akansha Jain C’17
Unorthodox binding sites formed by α5 and β3 subunits in α4β2* nicotinicm acetylcholine receptors for treating smoking addiction
Mentor: Jon Lindstrom (Department of Neuroscience)
College Alumni Society Research Grant