2016 Research Showcase awardees

Undergraduate podium presentations

First place
Levi VanTol                                         
"The Effectiveness of Carpal Tunnel Release"
College of Arts and Sciences – neuroscience/biology
Advisor – Debra Wilmington, Ph.D.

Runner-up
Spencer Vaughn
"Fire and Agriculture: A Comparative Analysis of Cultural Practices"
College of Arts and Sciences – history
Advisor – Steven Fountain, Ph.D.

Runner-up
Kyrie-Anne Reyes
"Prazosin Alters Fear and Cocaine-associated Memories"
College of Arts and Sciences – integrative physiology and neuroscience
Advisor – Barbara Sorg, Ph.D.

Graduate podium category

First place
Phillip Uribe
"Larval Zebrafish Lateral Line as a Model for Acoustic Trauma"
College of Arts and Sciences – neuroscience
Advisor – Allison Coffin, Ph.D.

Runner-up
Elena Mahrt
"Distortion Products as a Mechanism for Vocalization Selectivity in the Mouse Auditory Midbrain"
College of Arts and Sciences – neuroscience
Advisor – Christine V. Portfors, Ph.D.

Runner-up
Eric Dexter
"Reconstructing the Invasion History of the Calanoid Copepod Pseudodiaptomus Inopinus with Next-generation Genetic Data"
College of Arts and Sciences – School of the Environment
Advisor – Steve Bollens, Ph.D.

Undergraduate poster category

First place
Kaitlin Perkins
"Influence of Environmental Factors on the Vertical Distribution of Phytoplankton in Lacamas Lake, Washington"
College of Arts and Sciences – biological sciences
Advisors – Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens, Ph.D.; Stephen Bollens, Ph.D.

Runner-up
Michaela Dunn
"Duration Tuned Neurons Shape Selectivity for Vocalizations in the Inferior Colliculus of the Mouse"
College of Arts and Sciences – neuroscience
Advisor – Christine V. Portfors, Ph.D.

Runner-up
Kelsey O’Neill
"Degradation of Perineuronal Nets in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex and the Impact on Memory"
College of Arts and Sciences – neuroscience
Advisor – Barbara Sorg, Ph.D.

Graduate poster category

First place
Millicent Mbua
"A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Care Coordination and Reduce Hospital Readmission in Patients with Chronic Illnesses"
College of Nursing
Advisor – Dawn Doutrich, Ph.D.

Runner-up
Kersten Peterson
"Melanosome Biogenesis Proteins, Vps16, Vps11, Oca2, and Mitfa are required for Chemotherapy Drug Resistance in Zebrafish Pigment"
College of Arts and Sciences – School of Biosciences
Advisor – Cynthia Cooper, Ph.D.

Runner-up
Eunjin Lipton
"Fall Prevention Action Plan"
College of Nursing
Advisor – Dawn Doutrich, Ph.D.