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)

Stop by at any point during the program to learn more about research at Penn!


Check out this year's presentations:

Session One: 10:00 am–11:30 am
5 Minute Papers

60-second Lecture

  • Joseph Maggiore ENG'19 - Sustaining Neuronal Cell Survival Using Tissue Engineered Nerve Grafts
    Mentor: D. Kacy Cullen (Neurosurgery)
    Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant (link is external)
  • Alice Liu COL'20 - Distributed rhythm generators underlie Caenorhabditis elegans forward locomotion
    Mentor: Christopher Fang-Yen (Bioengineering)
    College House Research Fellowship (link is external): Ware House
  • Brian Zhong COL'20 - Variation in oxytocin and vasopressin receptor genes and impacts on social behavior among the Cayo Santiago rhesus macaques
    Mentor: Michael Platt (Neuroscience)
    Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program (PURM) (link is external)
  • Arshia Faghri COL'19 - Shared Decision Making in the Breast Cancer Treatment Consultation: A Comparative Analysis of English and Spanish Speaking Patients
    Mentor: Marilyn Schapira (Medicine)
    University Scholars (link is external), American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant
  • Maramawit Abera COL'18 - City Uncensored: Social Media as a Tool For HIV Intervention
    Mentor: Robin Stevens (Family and Community Health)
    College House Research Fellowship (link is external): Du Bois House
  • Kathryn Dura COL'18 - A Game Theoretic Model Evaluating the Impact of UAVs on Signaling and Escalation
    Mentor: Sara McGuire (International Relations)
  • Cornell Overfield COL'18 - All Quiet on the West German Front? East German Political Agitation in West Germany (1945-1955)
    Mentor: Samuel Helfont (International Relations)
    International Affairs Association Global Research Forum

Session Two: 11:30 am-1:00 pm
5 Minute Papers

  • Rebecca Gelfer COL'19 - Glucose Signaling and the Regulation of Liver Metabolism
    Mentor: Paul Titchenell (Physiology)
    Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant (link is external)
  • Natasha Wood COL'18 - Race, Sexuality, and the Nation: Soviet-Cuban ideological conflict in Jesus Diaz's Siberiana
    Mentor: Oscar Montoya (Hispanic Studies)
  • Christy Charnel NUR'18 - Perceptions of Spirituality and Religion among Haitian Immigrants/Descendants with Cancer
    Mentor: Lisa Lewis (Nursing)
    College House Research Fellowship (link is external): Du Bois House
  • Richard Diurba COL'18 - Calibrating 10kT of Liquid Argon to Detect Neutrinos
    Mentor: Josh Klein (Physics)
    Department of Education Work Study
  • David Gordon COL'19 - Graphene Nanoplatelet-Based Superhydrophobic Spray-Coatings Applied to Rapidly Deployable Humanitarian Relief Tents
    Mentor: Daeyeon Lee (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
    Penn's Summer Undergraduate Research Group Grants (SURGG) (link is external) 

60-second Lectures

  • Kathryn Khaw ENG'19 - Twitter as a Predictive Model for the United States Presidential Election Compared to Exit Polls
    Mentor: Daniel Gillion (Political Science)
    College House Research Fellowship (link is external): Rodin House
  • Luke Yeagley ENG'20 - Quantifying the Freshman Experience Using a Real World Social Network
    Mentor: Victor Preciado (Electrical and Systems Engineering)
    College House Research Fellowship (link is external): King's Court English College House
  • Adam Alghalith COL'20 -Modeling Pemphigus Vulgaris and Demonstrating Potential Chimeric Autoantibody Receptor T Cell Efficacy
    Mentor: Aimee Payne (Dermatology)
  • Bienfait Igiraneza COL'20 - Identification of genes involved in biofilm formation
    Mentor: Mechthild Pohlschröder (Biology)
  • Claudia Epley COL'18 - Baltic Amber on Faliscan Fibulae: Economic Mechanisms and Interpretative Perspectives
    Mentor: Cam Grey (Classical Studies)
    Penn Museum Fellows (link is external)
  • Sheridan Small COL'18 - Robert H. Lamborn and the Development of Mankind: The Intersection of Museums and Anthropology in the 19th Century
    Mentor: Megan Kassabaum (Anthropology)
    Penn Museum Fellows (link is external)