Undergraduate Research Conference

 

To submit a proposal to present at the 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference, download the proposal form.


             The 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference
                                          will be held
                    Friday April 29th from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.



About the Undergraduate Research Conference

University at Albany's annual Undergraduate Research Conference began in 2004 to highlight the research and creative work of undergraduates at UAlbany. Since then, undergraduates have shared their research and creative work each year with their peers, the university faculty, and the community.

All undergraduates at the University at Albany are encouraged to participate in the Undergraduate Research Conference. The conference is held every spring, and is free and open to the public. Family members, friends, and faculty mentors are invited to come in support of students presenting their research and creative work.

There are several ways for students to present their research.

Posters:  Posters provide an opportunity for students to present their research and have extended, informal discussions about their research with those interested in learning more about it.  Students create a large poster on which their research is described.  About a dozen students display their posters during an hour-long session (we provide the board for posting the poster).  Guests circulate, read the posters, and talk with students about their research.  Poster presenters can also see the research of the others presenting during their session - which provides a good environment for the exchange of information and ideas with other student researchers. More information about preparing and presenting a poster is available.

Papers:  Three or four students present a paper during a paper session.  Each student has about 15 minutes to make a presentation.  Information can be displayed using PowerPoint or other technologies.  There is a question & answer period following all the students' presentations.  More information about preparing and presenting a paper is available.  Each paper session is moderated by a student.

The 2015 Conference

The 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference was held on April 24. There was a poster session in the LC’s followed by the presentation of the Presidential Undergraduate Research Awards. Following the award ceremony there were oral presentations on topics including Biology, Information Technology, Public Health, English and more.

Presidential Undergraduate Research Award Recipients

Daniel Bollen: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: “Identification of Yeast Cellular Factors in Group II Intron Silencing”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Marlene Belfort

Sarah Connor: English: “The Writings on the Walls: Demystifying Contemporary Street Art”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Paul Stasi

Samantha Kahn: Biology: “The Role of the RCK/p54 Nuclear Localization and Nuclear Export Signals on Hepatitis C Virus Infection”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Cara Pager

Emily Lang: English: "Revisiting the Scientific Romance: The Failure of Science Fiction"
Faculty Mentor: Professor Erica Fretwell

Timothy LaRock: Computer Science: “Assessing the Challenges of the Rural Elderly through a Social Work Lens”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Petko Bogdanov and Professor Mariya Zheleva

Mary Njie: Biology: “Identifying Genes that Affect Lactococcus Lactis Intron Mobility”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Marlene Belfort

Olga Neroni: English: “Unveiling Fantasy in the American Gothic”
Faculty Mentor: Professor James Lilley

Kelsey O’Leary: Psychology: “Resveratrol as a Therapy for Diet-Induced Obesity and Diabetes: Cognitive and Molecular Impact”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Ewan McNay

David Ostergren: History: “Cochineal: A Small Creature with a Large Influence”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Kendra Smith-Howard

Joshua Tschantret: Public Policy and Administration: “World-Systems Theory and the Rise of Suicide Terrorism: A Mixed-Methods Approach”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Bryan Early

Kendra Van Valkenburg: Psychology: “Survival Processing in the Stroop Paradigm”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Jeanette Altarriba

Annette Vernon: Social Welfare: “The Relationship between Positive Parenting Experiences in Childhood and Perpetration of Violence in Adult Dating Relationships”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Young Do

Weihao Wang: Biology: “A Role for the PAR-family Proteins and Rac1 in Basement Membrane Organization and Myoepithelial Cell Differentiation”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Melinda Larsen

Katherine Waye: Public Health: “Outpatient Care for Substance Use and Related Harms in Turkey”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Kamiar Alaei

Samantha Winzenried: Social Welfare: “International Dating Violence Study: A Look between Parental Status and Psychological Aggression”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Young Do

The 2014 Conference

The 2014 Undergraduate Research Conference was held on April 25th - 26th. There was a poster session in the LC's followed by the presentation of the Presidential Undergraduate Research Awards. Following the award ceremony there was the first set of oral presentations. The presentations ranged from Music to Biology and everything in between, Saturday there were also two more sets of  oral presentations.

Presidential Undergraduate Research Award Recipients

Christie Allen: Social Welfare: “Assessing the Challenges of the Rural Elderly through a Social Work Lens”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Blanca Ramos

Anthony Balzano: History: “An Ideological Schism: More Regulation or Less?”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Carl Bon Tempo

Rachel Brotman: Psychology: “Learning to Differentiate “Mates” from “Maids”: Optimal Training Strategies to Reduce Cognitive Uncertainty When Remembering Accented Speech”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Laurie Feldman

Katie Brown: Biology: “Molecular mechanisms of adaptation to SIV (simian immunodeficiency virus) at the host CD4 locus”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Caro-Beth Stewart

Alvin George: Psychology: “LPS-induced inflammation facilitates insulin resistance and neurodegeneration characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Ewan McNay

Megan Gura: Biology: “The 5'-Untranslated Region of SOCS2 mRNA, a Gene Involved in Successful Central Nervous System Axon Regeneration in Xenopus laevis, is Alternatively Spliced”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Ben Szaro

Yufeng Li: Mathematics: “Elementary inequalities about Mahler measure of polynomials”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Rongwei Yang

Kristin Kozlowski: Criminal Justice: “In what ways, if any, do situational crime prevention techniques impact male-on-female sexual offending?”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Graeme Newman

Jeremy Manheim: Chemistry: Differentiation of Human, Animal and Synthetic Hair by ATR FTIR Spectroscopy”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Igor Lednev

Marisa Mazart: English: “Breaking Bad: On the Western Genre and Audience Reception”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Jennifer Greiman

Gabriella Melillo: Psychology: “The effect of emotional intelligence on the relationship between negative mood and risk taking”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Edelgard Wulfert

Gloria Moran: Public Policy: “Regulation Blood: Determining alternative approaches to the FDA's MSM Blood donor screening regulation through probabilistic modeling”
Faculty Mentor: Professor David Anderson

Lindsay Oltz: Biology: “The Role of the DDX6 Prion-like Domain in Hepatitis C Virus Gene Expression and Virus Assembly”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Cara Pager

Zachary Sedefian: Anthropology: “Obligatory Contour Principle violations in a previously undocumented dialect of Manyika (Bantu)”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Lee Bickmore

Emily Wierzbowski: English: “The Isolated Self: A Re-imagining of the Human in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell films”
Faculty Mentor: Professor Patricia Chu

The complete program for the 2014 conference can be found here.