The University of Oklahoma Honors College Proudly Presents the

32nd annual

Undergraduate
Research Day

Online Undergraduate Research Day

The Honors College at the University of Oklahoma proudly welcomes you to the 32nd edition of Undergraduate Research Day (URD). Originally scheduled as an in-person event, COVID-19 forced us to seek a creative solution that doesn’t involve face-to-face contact. Thus, Online URD was born.

Below are the 142 submissions from undergraduates across the campus (a new URD record). The talks are arranged by discipline and whether the students opted to be considered for an award or not. The competitive sessions required an extended 750-word abstract and generally reflect more complete projects. The non-competitive sessions required a 150-word abstract and often represent research proposals or works in progress.

Each student’s entry may include just an abstract, just a video + transcript, or an abstract, video, and transcript. Some entries have a student’s name and presentation title, but the contents are marked WITHDRAWN.  Presentations were withdrawn for two primary reasons: either the student did not submit a presentation, or the student’s advisor did not give permission for the abstract or presentation to be made publicly available online.

A tremendous amount of scholarship and effort are represented in these pages. Please browse around. You are sure to learn something new and be inspired by what our students have created. It also took a tremendous amount of work to put this online conference together in a very short timeframe. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see all the great people involved.

Enjoy!
Doug Gaffin
Interim Dean, Honors College

Students' Submissions

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Clayton Blosser with Prof. Jessica Ruyle
Implementation of the Finite Difference Time Domain Method for Time Varying and Non-Linear Systems
[WITHDRAWN]

Justin Kleiber with Prof. Wei Sun
Innovative Control Algorithms for Quadcopter Drones
[WITHDRAWN]

James Martindale with Prof. Shima Mohebbi
Evaluation of Integrating Connected Vehicles Technology into the OKC Transportation Network
[Video] [Transcript]

Emma Kuttler with Prof. Kash Barker
Network Component Importance for Multiple n-at-a-time Disruptions
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Jack Williams with Prof. Farrokh Mistree
Using Network Partioning To Design A Green Supply Chain
[Video] [Transcript]

Renat Sergazinov with Prof. Miroslav Kramar
Force Reconstruction in Photoelastic Granular Media Using Deep Learning
[Video] [Transcript]

J. Alexander Yates with Prof. Doerte Blume
Numerical Approach to Solving the Schrödinger Equation for Few-Body Helium Clusters
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract

Javier Alejandro Chaves Camargo with Prof. Kianoosh Hatami
Construction and Testing of Full-Scale GRS Bridge Abutments under Surcharge Loading
[WITHDRAWN]

Stone Brackett with Prof. P. Scott Harvey
Modeling and Designing a Vertical Isolation System Using Negative Stiffness
[Video] [Transcript]

Duncan Wright with Prof. Robert Nairn
Proper Plant Selection for Contaminated Mine Water Passive Treatment Systems
[Video] [Transcript]

Matthew Edgar with Prof. Yang Hong
Supersampling Remote Sensing Precipitation Observations through Deep Learning Approaches
[WITHDRAWN]

Andrea Gordon with Prof. Cameron Homeyer
A Trajectory-Based Climatology of Common Large-Scale Transport Pathways for Convective Overshoots over the United States
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract] 

Madison Wilson with Prof. Jennifer Koch
Integrated Analysis of Fallow/Idle Cropland Patterns in the United States Rio Grande Basin
[WITHDRAWN]

Chase Sumner with Prof. Mashad Fahes
Quantifying the Effect of Gas Lift on Water-in-Oil Emulsion Properties
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Madeline Wade with Profs. Randy Peppler and Angela Person
Public Perceptions of Water Reuse in Norman, Oklahoma
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Jesus Arellano with Prof. Liangzhong Xiang
Photoacoustic Microscopy for Bone Microstructure Analysis
[WITHDRAWN]

Grace Duginski with Prof. Chung-Hao Lee
An Investigation of the Effects of the Effective Testing Area of Porcine Atrioventricular Heart Valve Leaflets on the Observed Mechanical Properties
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Allyson Echols with Prof. Chung-Hao Lee
Quantification of Porcine Tricuspid Valve Ex Vivo Strains
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Abdalnasser Hannoon with Prof. Justin Metcalf
Frequency-Modulated Continuous Wave Radar for Biomedical Imaging
[WITHDRAWN]

Tyler Jones with Prof. Lei Ding
Investigating Formulation of Mu Rhythm in Infants with At-Risk Neuromotor Development
[WITHDRAWN]

Nu Bao Tran Ton with OCAST
Feasibility Study of Optical Coherence Tomography for Percutaneous Nephrostomy Guidance
[WITHDRAWN]

Ofelya Baghdasaryan with Prof. Handan Acar
Cathepsin B Mediated Cleavage of Peptides
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract] 

Isha Jhingan with Prof. Handan Acar
Progression of Spheroids as Ovarian Cancer Models and Effects of Chemotherapeutics on Spheroids
[Video] [Transcript]

Advika Kamatar with Prof. Handan Acar
Folate-Targeting Nanoparticles as a Drug Delivery Vehicle for Ovarian Cancer
[WITHDRAWN]

Osamah Mian with Prof. Michael Detamore
Collagen I and Hyaluronic Acid-Based Bioinks to Produce Corneal Stromal-Like Constructs
[WITHDRAWN]

Melia Schaefer with Prof. Michael Detamore
Characterization of Cell Density in rBMSC Spheroids for Optimal Chondrogenesis in Cartilage Tissue Engineering
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Emily Thomas with Prof. Michael Detamore
Developing a Conductive Hydrogel to Serve as a Platform for Electrical Stimulation Therapies to Treat Spinal Cord Injury
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Puthynan Bin and Mehrun Nisa with Prof. P. Scott Harvey
Evaluating the Performance of a Non-linear Dual Mode Vibration Isolator/Absorber System
[WITHDRAWN]

Alexandra Liever with Prof. Kianoosh Hatami 
Tensoresistivity Performance of Graphene-Coated Geotextiles for Performance Monitoring of Earthwork Infrastructure
[WITHDRAWN]

Aedon Sneddon with Prof. Yang Hong
Innovative Rainfall Frequency Analysis based on Remote Sensing-Based Precipitation Observation
[WITHDRAWN]

Braulio Andres Covarrubias Vargas with Prof. P. Scott Harvey
Real-Time Hybrid Simulation Study of Multi-Functional Floor Isolation Systems
[Video] [Transcript]

Dzuy Nguyen with Prof. Ben Schenkel
A Climatology of TC Size and Structure Changes During Extratropical Transition
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Joseph Rotondo and Marshall Baldwin with Profs. Phillip Chilson and Elizabeth Pillar-Little
Diurnal Carbon Dioxide Fluctuations
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Shobey Stanley with Prof. Jadwiga Ziolkowska
Visualizing temporal socio-economic changes and weather variability in Oklahoma
[WITHDRAWN]

Steven Trellis with Prof. Elizabeth Pillar-Little
#D Mesonet: Pre/Post Operations Inspection
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Eleana Cabello, Allyson Echols, Peter Hardisty, Colson Berryhill, Marwan Hashem, Matt Welborn and Zach Smalling with Prof. Chung-Hao Lee
Development of a Drop-on-Demand 3D Printer for Patient-Specific Aneurysm Therapeutics
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Caleb Carr and Bibi Dang with Prof. Justin Metcalf
Track-Before-Detect Radar Systems with Neural Networks
[WITHDRAWN]

Shane Flandermeyer with Prof. Justin Metcalf
Software-defined Spectrum Simulator
[WITHDRAWN]

Ariana Gannon with Prof. Rong Gan
3D Printed Chinchilla Helmet for the Reduction of Blast Induced Auditory Injuries- Biomechanical 
Modeling and Animal Studies
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Cortland Johns and Luke Hudson with Prof. Chung-Hao Lee
Design of a Parallel-Plate Flow Chamber Bioreactor for Cranial Aneurysm Simulation
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Abigail Baukus with Prof. Uli Nollert
Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics to Model Flow Through the Heart
[WITHDRAWN]

Alyssa Campbell with Prof. Marc Moore
Reducing the Force on a Catcher’s Helmet to Prevent Concussions and Injury
[WITHDRAWN]

Alex Hamilton with Prof. Michael Detamore
Automated Decellularization of Musculoskeletal Tissues
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Raed Hanoon with Prof. Michael Detamore
3-D Printing Osteochondral Implants to Reconstruct and Regenerate the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
[WITHDRAWN]

Benjamin Seibert with Profs. Michael Detamore and Jakob Townsend
A Characterization of Pentanoate Modified Gelatin Hydrogels
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract

Alexi Wenger with Prof. Sepideh Razavi
Interfacial Assembly and Dynamics of Proteins
[WITHDRAWN]

Robert Beauchamp with Prof. Lloyd Bumm
Vibration Analysis in Nielsen Hall and Lin Hall
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Nathaniel Gunter with Prof. Lloyd Bumm
Understanding Alkanethiol-Gold Binding Using Molecular Dynamics Simulation
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Samuel Heard with Prof. Jonathan Kujawa
Correspondence Between SL2 Web Diagrams and Standard Young Tableaux
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Kaleb Neal with Prof. Pengfei Zhang
Air Launch to Orbit Optimization
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Andrew Schramka with Prof. Eric Abraham
Entanglement in Classical Laguerre-Gaussian Light
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Rachel Callister with Prof. Raina Heaton
Helping Preserve Ponca
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Molly Macke with Prof. Marcia Haag
The Use of Sign Language to Reduce Communicative Stress for Autistic Individuals
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Joy Douglas with Prof. Sara Mata
If I Were a Boy
[WITHDRAWN]

Michelle McKinney with Prof. Stephen Weldon
Eugenics and Coca Prohibition: Race in Interwar Peru
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Gillian Sauer with Prof. Julia Ehrhardt
Autism and Harper Lee; Inside the Radley House
[WITHDRAWN]

Emma Albrecht with Prof. Emma Colven
The Differentiated Impacts of Hurricane Jeanne on Haiti and the US in September 2004
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Ananya Bhaktaram with Prof. Abhishek Ghosh Moulick
The Rising Risk of Dengue in Bangalore, India
[WITHDRAWN

Ananya Bhaktaram with Prof. Abhishek Ghosh Moulick
Dying Young: A Deep Dive into Health Inequities in Adair County, Oklahoma
[WITHDRAWN]

Hannah Cannon with Prof. Miriam Gross
Prescription Stimulant Misuse in Healthcare: How Previous Experiences Lead to Prescriber Bias
[WITHDRAWN]

Garrett Johnson with Prof. Michael Givel
Power Imbalance: A Case Study of British Action Against Bhutan in the Mid-1800’s
[Video] [Transcript]

Kamryn Yanchick with Prof. Mackenzie Israel-Trummel
Student Activism and MMIW Awareness
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Itzel Bernier with Prof. Mauricio Carvallo
Intellectual Humility and Its Effect on Mental Illness Beliefs
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Rachel Fisher with Prof. Mauricio Carvallo
The Impact of Feminine Honor on HPV Screenings and the Decision to Authorize Daughter’s HPV Vaccinations
[WITHDRAWN]

Khandis Brewer with Prof. Jenel Cavazos
Examining the Nature of Interactions Between Students and Undergraduate Teaching Assistants
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Ethan Self with Prof. Jenel Cavazos
Computer Based Testing and its Effects on Student Exam Performance
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract] 

Adelle Sturgell with Prof. Robert Terry
Factors Influencing First-Year Student Retention
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Muhammad Ata with Prof. Gregory Burge
Labor Mobility in Oklahoma
[WITHDRAWN]

Leah Pomerantz with Prof. Tyler Ransom
Education and Vaccination Rates
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Calla Hamlin with Prof. Denise Parris
A New Wave of Wedding Planning
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Hannah Dillenbeck with Prof. Leslie
The Congruity of Dance and Parkinson’s Disease: Expressing the Emotional and Neurodegenerative Progression of Parkinson’s through Movement
[WITHDRAWN]

Jamilynne Johnson with Prof. Austin
Exploration: A Senior Capstone
[WITHDRAWN]

Hannah LeComte with Prof. Michael Bearden
Steps Toward Sustainable Pointe Shoe Use
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Stacy Edington with Prof. Jessica Cerezo-Román
Pathological Conditions of Subadults from the Neo Punic Site of Zita, Tunisia
[WITHDRAWN]

Karissa Hughes with Prof. Courtney Hofman
Using Ancient Mitogenomics to Investigate Canid Procurement in the Teotihuacán Ritual Landscape
[WITHDRAWN]

Ian Miller with Prof. Thomas Fenn
Ancient Economics in West Africa: A Study of Copper Production and Trade at Marandet, Niger
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Cameron Nixon with Prof. Thomas Fenn
Ancient Glass Beads from the Archaeological Site of Walaldé: Trans-Saharan Trade and Consumption of Glass Beads in the Late 1st Millennium Middle Senegal River Valley
[WITHDRAWN]

Alejandra Acuna Balbuena with Prof. Laurel Smith
Reproductive Rights and Development in Peru: Indigenous Perspectives from The Quipu Project
[WITHDRAWN]

Evan Feeley and Sarah Kayali with Prof. Misha Klein
Community Kibbeh: Labor and Class in an Informal Food Economy
[WITHDRAWN]

Brooke Foster with Profs. Angela Person and Randy Peppler
Gendered Expressions of Place Attachment, Mobility, and Justice Near the Tar Creek Superfund Site
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Brandy Herrera with Prof. Pallab Ghosh
Education for All and Private Education Expenditures
[WITHDRAWN]

Asha Mani with Prof. Cara Monroe
Ancient DNA Analysis of Vertebral Lytic Lesions From Yukisma Site (CA-SCL-38)
[WITHDRAWN]

Bryla Birdwell with Prof. Benjamin Heddy
Attributions for Success and Failure in Music
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Anna Caruso with Prof. Jennifer Barnes
Music’s Effect on Narrative Transportation
[WITHDRAWN]

Rachel Fisher with Prof. Mauricio Carvallo
An Implication of Impurity: The Impact of Feminine Honor on HPV Screenings and the Decision to Authorize Daughter’s HPV Vaccinations
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Hannah Harris with Prof. Eric Day
Incremental Validity of Discrete Emotions in a Complex Learning Task
[WITHDRAWN]

Emily Marcum with Prof. Page Dobbs
Twitter Language Styles of E-cigarettes Industries’ and Tobacco Prevention Agencies
[Video] [Transcript]

Julia Oehlers and Elise Hodges with Prof. Marshall Cheney
Profile of a JUULer
[WITHDRAWN]

Olivia Bicknell with Prof. Dustin Condren
Pioneers of Soviet Film: How Esfir Shub and Sergei Eisenstein Shaped Cinema
[WITHDRAWN]

Sally Johnson with Prof. Bridget Burke
University Archives: The Responsibility of the Insitution to Its Students
[WITHDRAWN]

Robyn Kolozsvari with Prof. Dylan Herrick
Acoustic Description of Kiowa Tone
[WITHDRAWN]

Grayson Kuehl and Carson Ball with Prof. Michael Crespin
The True Story of Desegregation in Academia
[WITHDRAWN]

Rebecca Pipkin with Prof. Jonathan Hils
Fractal
[Video] [Transcript]

Robert Beers with Prof. Hayley Lanier
Wildfire Succession Shifts Small Mammal Community Diversity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Abigail Idleman with Prof. Dave Hambright
Investigating the Distribution, Composition, and Abundances of Microplastic Polymers in Central Oklahoma Ponds
[WITHDRAWN]

Mariam Shakir with Prof. Elizabeth Bergey
Response of a Land Snail to Changing Cigarette Butt Effluents
[WITHDRAWN]

Taylor Peterson with Prof. Ellen Welti
Sodium Diet Concentrations Affect Grasshopper Fitness
[Video] [Transcript]

Anshule Takyar with Prof. Matthew Miller
Tracking Recurring Temporal and Geographic Patterns in the Spread of Chikungunya and Zika Across Bolivia
[Video] [Transcript]

John Unterschuetz with Prof. Abigail Moore
Measuring Changes in Phenology of Oklahoma Asteraceae Species Using Herbarium Specimens
[WITHDRAWN]

Nishit Garg with Prof. Mojgan Padash
Role of Ecdysone Signaling in HPV 16 E6 Oncogene Expression
[WITHDRAWN]

Safra Shakir with Prof. Douglas Gaffin
Analysis of Synaptic Integration in Peg Sensilla of Scorpion Pectines
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Erica Nadolski with Prof. JP Masly
The Genetic Basis of a Newly-Evolved Reproductive Structure in Drosophila
[Video] [Transcript]

Keldon Peak with Prof. Michael Bemben
Associations Between Two Athlete Monitoring Systems Used to Quantify External Training Loads in Basketball Players
[WITHDRAWN]

Matthew Baier with Prof. Hibah Awwad
Differential Changes in Cerebrospinal and Plasma Histamine Correlate with Neurobehavioral Deficits Following Mild and Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury in Rats
[WITHDRAWN]

Read Streller with Prof. Michael Bemben
Acute Physiological and Perceptual Responses to Resistance Exercise with Blood Flow Restriction in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Nolan Henning with Prof. Barbara Safiejko-Mroczka
Effects of Cotinine and Hyperglycemia on Gingival Fibroblasts and In Vitro Wound Healing
[Video] [Transcript]

Jenny Ji with Prof. Barbara Safiejko-Mroczka
Effect of Bacterial Products on Oral Wound Healing and Gingival Fibroblasts
[Video] [Transcript

Julia Murray with Prof. Barbara Safiejko-Mroczka
Delayed Closure of Oral Wounds in the Presence of Prophylactic Antibiotics
[Video] [Transcript]

Susan Kerr with Prof. Kara De León
Motility and Surface Attachment by a Metal-Corroding Bacterium
[WITHDRAWN]

Parker Smith with Prof. Paul Lawson
Characterization of Psuedoflavitalea muciniphila sp. nov. Isolated from a Peritoneal Tumor
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Laura Pott with Prof. Courtney Hofman
Investigating the Effects of Captivity on a Species of “Weed” Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) Through the Oral Microbiome
[Video] [Transcript]

Emma Kasahara with Prof. Bradley Stevenson
Using Structured Habitats to Isolate Antibiotic-Producing Bacteria
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Joseph McWhirter with Prof. Bradley Stevenson
Harnessing the Effects of Habitat Structure to Select for Antibiotic Producing Bacteria
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Sarah Bonitatibus with Prof. Robert Cichewicz
Factors Affecting Secondary Metabolite Production in Alternaria
[Video] [Transcript]

Allana Caldwell with Prof. Robert Cichewicz
Finding DNA Binding Molecules from Complex Natural Product Mixtures
[WITHDRAWN]

Michaela Murphy with Prof. Robert Cichewicz
Natural Product Characterization via DNA Binding Assay & LC/MS Analysis
[Video] [Transcript]

Jennifer Pusavat with Prof. Charles Rice
Potentiation of β-lactams Against Antibiotic-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae
[WITHDRAWN]

Christine Tran with Prof. Rakhi Rajan
Characterization of Cas9-RNA Complexes
[Video] [Transcript]

Jacob Davis with Prof. Christina Bourne
Characterizing the Mutagenic Capacity of an Attenuated ParE Toxin from Pseudomonas aeruginosa
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Amy Tan with Prof. Christina Bourne
Investigating the Dihydroneopterin Aldolase Binding Pocket to Develop a Multi-target Folate Pathway Inhibitor
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Siyu Wu with Prof. Si Wu
Optimization of Gel Elution Liquid Fraction Entrapment Electrophoresis Fractionation Coupled with Reversed Phase Liquid Chromatography Separation for Deep Proteome Analysis
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Drew King with Prof. Si Wu
Implementing a Neutral Chemical Coating to Spray-Capillary Device for Ultra Low Volume Sample Analysis
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Abigail Hardin with Prof. Karen Rios-Soto
Dynamics of Prion Proliferation Under Combined Treatment of Pharmacological Chaperones and Interferons
[Video] [Transcript]

Kenzie Hanna with Prof. Cameron Siler
Citizen Science as a Tool to Assess Fungal Disease Prevalence in Amphibians Across Oklahoma
[WITHDRAWN]

Rachel Hazlitt with Prof. Ingo Schlupp
Infection Detection: Does Parasitic Infection Affect Male Mate Choice in P. mexicana
[WITHDRAWN]

Luis Longoria with Prof. Mojgan Padash
Identification of MicroRNAs that Play a Role in HPV 18 E6 Induced Defects Through a Whole-Genome Genetic Screen
[WITHDRAWN]

Jacquelyn Nielson with Prof. Mojgan Padash
Establishment of a Drosophila melanogaster Model of High-Risk Human Papillomavirus 16-Induced Cellular Abnormalities
[WITHDRAWN]

Ekene Nwakoby with Prof. Lawrence Weider
Differences in Physiological Responses and Life History Characteristics between Ancient, Modern and Hybrid Daphnia pulicaria Genotypes in Response to Variation in Food Quality and Quantity
[Video] [Transcript]

Gina Werdel with Prof. Elizabeth Bergey
Cigarette Butt Toxicity to Diatom and Algae Growth
[WITHDRAWN]

Jed Casauay with Profs. Jessa Watters and Cameron Siler
Investigating Ranavirus Prevalence in Oklahoma Turtles
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Maya Ferrell with Prof. Charles Rice
Testing Synergistic Effects of β-Lactums and Adapted Brandches Polyethylenimine (B351) Against Antibiotic Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa
[WITHDRAWN]

Mitchelle Katemauswa with Prof. Laura-Isobel McCall
Analyzing the Recovery of Chemicals Found on University Workplace Building Surfaces using LC-MS
[WITHDRAWN]

Jiyoon Kim with Prof. Yihan Shao
1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition
[WITHDRAWN]

Jose Juan Macias with Prof. Susan J. Schroeder
Regulation of WRKY Transcription Factors in S. lycopersicum
[Video] [Transcript]

Erika Moen with Prof. Charles Rice
Disabling Antibiotic Resistance in Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis (MRSE) Using Modified Branched Polyethylenimine
[Video] [Transcript]

Kaitlyn Terrell with Prof. Christina Bourne
Dissecting ParE Toxin-Topoisomerase Interactions in E. coli
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Esmeralda Alcala with Prof. Susan Schroeder
The Role of WRKY Transcription Factors in Virus Host Interactions
[Video] [Transcript]

Andrew Doak with Prof. Doug Gaffin
Investigating Path Integration in the Desert Grassland Scorpion (Paruroctonus utahensis)
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

John McCrory with Prof. JP Masly
Investigating the Developmental Pathway Upstream of a Novel Gene’s Function in Drosophila Genital Development
[WITHDRAWN]

Albert Musaelian with Prof. Douglas Gaffin
Commute Home like a Scorpion: Navigation by Déjà Vu
[WITHDRAWN]

Paola Onate Colobon with Prof. Laura Bartley
Ubi::OsAt10 BAHD Acyltransferase Overexpression Affects the Root Morphology of Rice While in Symbiosis with Mycorrhizal Fungi
[Video] [Transcript] [Abstract]

Reid Selby with Prof. Scott Russell
Using CRISPR to Uncover the Role of NUCLEAR FACTOR-Y in Plant Far-red Light Signaling
[WITHDRAWN]

Thank You

The Honors College appreciates the Office of the Provost for supporting the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. We also thank Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi for sponsoring awards for distinguished undergraduate research, and we thank our judges for their careful reviews in making those awards. We also sincerely appreciate the dedication of our alumni and members of the Honors College Board of Visitors for their financial support of Undergraduate Research Day.

In the Honors College, Jeff Cooper and Will O’Donnell gathered the presentation abstracts and organized them into sessions; Jeff also managed communication with student participants. Mike Aguilar developed the original Qualtrics submission portal, and Lisa Tucker designed the banner, promoted URD, and solicited sponsorships. Thanks too to Associate Dean Rich Hamerla for ongoing oversight of URD.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to cancel the in-person Undergraduate Research Day. Everyone involved in URD was disappointed but resigned to the loss. Then I received an email from Bradley Stevenson (Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology), who encouraged me to look for online conference solutions. I was skeptical but took some long walks with my wife, Mariëlle Hoefnagels, who nudged me to reach out to people who might have information to bear on the problem.

Those early inklings eventually led to this online URD, but the transition would not have been possible without the tremendous help and expertise of many people. It took incredible coordination, and I am so thankful that we have such talented, selfless people on campus.

I initially reached out to Joey Albin, Keegan Long Wheeler, and Aaron Biggs, and my conversations with them led me to the three individuals from OU Libraries and Instructional Technology who stepped forward to make this happen: Tara Carlisle (Head, Digital Scholarship Lab), Claire Curry (Science Librarian, OU Libraries), and John Stewart (Assistant Director, Office of Digital Learning).

Other individuals were crucial to the final project implementation. Jen Waller (Director, Open Initiatives & Scholarly Communication) provided useful and timely advice about copyright and permissions. J.P. Masly (OU Biology) was also instrumental in thinking through publication concerns. Angela Person (Director of Research Initiatives and Strategic Planning for the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture) and Patrick Wright (User Services) organized student workers to get the videos, abstracts, and transcripts linked to the central URD webpage. These students were Jenny Chen, Emmy Wildermuth, Austin Tran, and John King; we greatly appreciate their help.

Dean Berrien Moore (College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences) and Dean Hans Butzner (Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture) stepped in early to offer advice, assistance, and computer resources. Mark Walvoord of the University of Central Oklahoma offered useful suggestions about website design and logistics. Along the way, Ben Lewis (AV Manager; Information Technology – Learning Spaces) and Jeremy Hessman (Instructional Technologist, OU Information Technology – Learning Spaces) also provided useful technological advice. We eventually decided the best repository for the conference materials would be Open Science Framework (OSF); administrator Eric Olson of OSF was instrumental in getting us started.

Finally, undergraduate Alby Musaelian created an outstanding sample online presentation and video transcript as a model for students to follow. We used his sample in testing various aspects of the submission process.