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Winners of the SOURCE Intersections poster competition announced

Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) hosts Intersections, a poster session where undergraduate students present their research and creative projects. The event, held each semester, is an opportunity for the Case Western Reserve community to learn about the array of academic work being done by students across campus. At the fall semester Intersections on Dec. 6, 2019, 10 student projects earned awards.


  • First place (tie): Alan Dogan—“Selective PEGylation of Sirolimus for Enhanced Stability and Additional Functionalization,” mentored by Horst von Recum, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • First place (tie): Amrish Selvam, Bailey Flint, Ziwei Li, Haley Sims and Brice Smith—”Portable Neonatal Hypothermia Device,” mentored by Colin Drummond, Department of Biomedical Engineerin
  • Second place: Alex Cannizzaro and Clarissa Cuevas—”Holden Arboretum RTU Testing and Implementation,” mentored by Larry Sears, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Life sciences

  • First place (tie): Alexa Smith—“Haltere synchronization and frequency in flies,” mentored by Jessica Fox, Department of Biology
  • First place (tie): Jeanette Sullivan—”Mechanisms of Opioid Regulation of Human CD4+ T Cells,” mentored by Alan Levine, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
  • Second place: Brian Zhang—”Wnt-induced excessive lipolysis drives fat loss in skin fibrosis,” mentored by Radhika Atit, Department of Biology


First place: Rishi Maheshwari—“Portfolio Optimization Using Regime Mapping,” mentored by Lakshmi Balasubramaniyan, Department of Banking and Finance

Physical sciences

First place: Gundeep Singh—“Intrapatient and Interpatient Heterogeneity Assessment of Adhesion Dynamics of Red Blood Cells in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease,” mentored by Michael Hinczewski, Department of Physics