2021 Award Winners

Tony Quinn Inclusive Excellence Award

The Tony Quinn Inclusive Excellence award is given annually to an individual who embodies Dr. Quinn's commitment to mentoring students and his passion for increasing the participation of URM students in STEM. Read more about the Tony Quinn award on LSMRCE.org

The 2021 award recipient is Dr. Cammi Valdez, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Northeastern State University; OK-LSAMP alumnus. Learn more about Dr. Valdez's tremendous contributions to the community through leadership and service.

Top Oral Presenter

Abelline Fionah, Doctoral Student, University of Kentucky, KY-WV LSAMP "Functionalization of Poly-ether ether ketone for Improved Membrane Performance in Water Treatment"
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Top Poster Winners

1st - Tiffany Rivera, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Islands of Opportunity Alliance (IOA) "Heart Disease Cardiac Resource Availability by the Counties in the State of Hawai`I"
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2nd - Reynaldo R Bujan, Arizona State University, WAESO LSAMP "Identification of Pseudomonas stutzeri that Aid in the Colonization and Biodegradation of Environmental Microplastics"
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3rd - Daisy Robles-Magallanes, Indiana University, IN LSAMP "Histone Modifications Effects on Neurogenesis"
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4th - Maria Zarate, North Central College, PUMA-STEM LSAMP "Neural activation of the infralimbic prefrontal cortex increases after oxycodone self-administration and forced abstinence"
(Presenter opted to keep poster material confidential)

5th - Maricela Manzanares, University of Cincinnati, Ohio LSAMP "Experiences of Women of Color in Engineering"
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People's Choice Poster Winner

Jade Maestas, Benedictine University, PUMA-STEM LSAMP "Probiotics May Play a Role in Alleviating Bile Acid Malabsorption-Associated Diarrhea (BAD)"
(Presenter opted to keep poster material confidential)

Top Poster Abstract Submissions

Congratulations to the top abstract submissions! Top abstracts were selected by reviewers based upon the completeness of the abstract, adherence to abstract guidelines, and exceptional explanation of their scientific approach.

The top submitters are listed below, along with their school and abstract title. These students were invited to present an oral version of their poster via Zoom during the LSMRCE Annual Conference, October 23.

Carol Akpan, Prairie View A&M University, TAMUS LSAMP Flexible Graphene Interdigitated Strain Sensor for Early Diagnosis of Deep Vein Thrombosis
Oral Presentation on YouTube

Victor Alvarez, Elmhurst University, PUMA-STEM LSAMP A DFT Study on the Formation Energetics of Carbon Dioxide and Formaldehyde from Acetylene Ozonolysis
Oral Presentation on YouTube

Abanoub Armanious, Rutgers University - New Brunswick, Garden State LSAMP Binge-like Eating Promotes Behaviors Reminiscent of ‘Food Addiction’ in Obese Female Rats
(Presenter opted to keep poster material confidential)

Destiny Banks, Columbus State University, Southwest Georgia LSAMP Effects of Drug Treatment on Lung Cancer Cell Proliferation Rates
Oral Presentation on YouTube

Samuel Boateng, Lewis University, PUMA-STEM LSAMP Using Earth to Build Structures on Earth
Oral Presentation on YouTube

Itzel Callejas Soriano, North Central College, PUMA-STEM LSAMP Oxycodone Self-Administration leads to an Increase in Neural Activity in the Prelimbic Prefrontal Cortex

Muturwan Choay & Juanita Jetley, University of Guam, Islands of Opportunity LSAMP STEM Journeys of Pacific Islander Students Across the Islands of Opportunity Alliance (IOA)
Oral Presentation on YouTube

Julie Concepcion, North central College, PUMA-STEM LSAMP The Effect of Manganese on the Root Colonization by Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi of Big Bluestem

Essex DePriest, Lincoln University (MO), MoLSAMP Glass Advanced Manufacturing

Simeon Dunn, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), IN LSAMP Comprehensive Health Record Collection based on Blockchain
Oral Presentation on YouTube

Kelechi Echeumuna, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), IN LSAMP Alcohol and Water Drinking Patterns in Mice
Oral Presentation on YouTube

Mason Egermeier, Oklahoma State University, OK-LSAMP Microplastic Extraction from Sediments with a Continuous Flow Elutriation Process

Marion Agatha Esguerra, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines Association between ABO Blood Groups and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Meta-analysis
Oral Presentation on YouTube

Emily Gamboa, The University of Chicago Direct Double-Stranded Break (DSB) Detection Can Differentiate DNA Repair and Signalling in Cancer Cells br/> Oral Presentation on YouTube

Jonathan Granda Acaro, County College of Morris, Garden State LSAMP Studying Electric Field’s Effect on Reducing PM2.5 Pollution
Oral Presentation on YouTube

Nina Greene, University of Cincinnati, Ohio LSAMP Improving Adherence to Pap Screening Among At-Risk Women: Formative Research in Cervical Cancer Prevention
Oral Presentation on YouTube

Brendan Jones, Ball State University, IN LSAMP Determining the Role of Hypoxia and SOX17 in Coronary Vessel Development
Oral Presentation on YouTube

Jade Maestas, Benedictine University, PUMA-STEM LSAMP Probiotics May Play a Role in Alleviating Bile Acid Malabsorption-Associated Diarrhea
(Presenter opted to keep poster material confidential)

Kelia McMichael, Wright State University, Ohio LSAMP ENaC is a Zn2+ Sensitive Renal Na+ reabsorption pathway that Mediates ZnD-induced Hypertension
(Presenter opted to keep poster material confidential)

Bernadette Miao, University of Chicago Staining and Imaging Protocols to Investigate Mitochondrial Dynamics upon Bioelectronic Stimulation
(Presenter opted to keep poster material confidential)

Bowen Mince, Grinnell College, IINSPIRE LSAMP Machine Learning in the Courtroom: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Algorithms to Predict Likelihood of Recidivism
Oral Presentation on YouTube

Kayleigh Paddock, University of Arizona, WAESO LSAMP Noise-induced sleep disruption reduces orexin, orexin 1 receptor, and heme-regulated inhibitor mRNA in female rats
(Presenter opted to keep poster material confidential)

Danielle Pais, Arizona State University, WAESO LSAMP New online accommodations are not enough: Mismatch between student needs and support for students with disabilities during COVID-19
Oral Presentation on YouTube

Marla Portillo, College of DuPage, PUMA-STEM LSAMP Comparison of Graphwave Network Embeddings to Link Analysis Techniques for Role Discovery in Networks
(Presenter opted to keep poster material confidential)

Giannina Ramirez, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), IN LSAMP Reconstructing the History of Anoxia and Climate Change in Laguna Encantada in Chetumal, Q.R., Mexico
Oral Presentation on YouTube

Daisy Robles-Magallanes, Indiana University Bloomington, IN LSAMP Heterochromatin Modifications Effects on Neurogenesis Oral Presentation on YouTube

Joshua Segura, Lewis University, PUMA-STEM LSAMP Measuring Odonate Biodiversity: A Comparative Study between Larval and Adult Life Stages Oral Presentation on YouTube

Davion Washington, Lincoln University, MoLSAMP Flexible Optical Filters for Health Monitoring Devices Using Pulse Oximetry and Fluorescence Spectroscopy Oral Presentation on YouTube

Kyung Woo, University of Texas at Tyler, UT Systems LSAMP Kirigami-inspired Net-like Graphene Strain Sensor for Motion Detection Oral Presentation on YouTube

Maria Zarate, North Central College, PUMA-STEM LSAMP Neural activation of the infralimbic prefrontal cortex increases after oxycodone self-administration and forced abstinence
(Presenter opted to keep poster material confidential)