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Winners of the Intersections: SOURCE poster competition announced

Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) announced the winners of the Intersections poster competition. First-, second- and third-place winners in four categories were awarded $200, $100 and $50, respectively. The winners are listed below.


  • First place: Nitya Talasila—“Radiomic Features of Post-Treatment T2-weighted MRI May Accurately Characterize Pathologic Stage After Chemoradiation,” mentored by Satish Viswanath, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Second place: Daniel Brenner, Sacheth Chandramouli, Yuntao Sang and Andrew Santulli—“Improved Joystick Control System for Caregivers and Patients in Motorized Wheelchairs,” mentored by Colin Drummond and Matthew Williams, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Third place: Kevin Pataroque—“Degradation of Perfluoroalkyl Compounds by Interfacial Reactions between a Non-Equilibrium Plasma and Water,” mentored by Christine Duval and Mohan Sankaran, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Life sciences

  • First place (tie): Lucille Hu—“Investigating the Mechanisms of Oligodendrocyte Damage in Hypoxia-Induced White Matter Injury,” mentored by Paul Tesar and Drew Adams, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences
  • First place (tie): Ariel McWhorter—“Evaluating the Effects of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles in the Growth, Biomass, and Chlorophyll Production of Garden Cress (Lepidium sativum),” mentored by Anna Cristina Samia, Department of Chemistry
  • Second place (tie): Elizabeth Jackson—“Selective, Reversible Inhibition of Small-Diameter Axons Using Glucose,” mentored by Hillel Chiel, Department of Biology
  • Second place (tie): Kyle Parker—“Regulation of Cytokine Production by TLR2 Engagement on CD4+ T Cells in a Murine Model,” mentored by W. Henry Boom, Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Research
  • Second place (tie): Helen Wang—“Extradomain-B Fibronectin as a Biomarker for Invasive Prostate Cancer,” mentored by Zheng-Rong Lu, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Third place (tie): Monica Chavan—“Consequences of Genetic Mutations in Thoc6: Characterizing Phenotypic Changes in a Mutant Mouse Model,” mentored by Ashleigh Schaffer, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences
  • Third place (tie): Yu Huan—“Neural Network Dynamics Controlling Egestive Feeding Behavior in Aplysia californica,” mentored by Hillel Chiel, Department of Biology, and Roberto Galán, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Physical sciences

  • First place: Alison Kennedy—“Novel Aramid Polymer Brushes for Water Desalination Membranes,” mentored by Stephen Boyes, Colorado School of Mines, Department of Chemistry

Social sciences

  • First place (tie): Madeline Garb—“Utilizing the Electronic Health Record to Standardize Pediatric Obesity Management Practices,” mentored by Rosanna Watowicz, Department of Nutrition
  • First place (tie): Margarid Turnamian—“Trauma and Related Experiences in LGBTQ, Cisgender, and Heterosexual Individuals,” mentored by Amy Przeworski, Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Second place: Cindy Chen and Oluchi Onyeukwu—“Comparing Handgrip Strength in Healthy African-American and Asian-American College Students to Establish Normative Values,” mentored by Rosa Hand, Department of Nutrition
  • Third place: Jason Lockamy—“Socialization and Academic Achievement Attained Through Youth Sports,” mentored by Anastasia Dimitropoulos, Department of Psychological Sciences