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Summer Research Opportunity Program Research Symposium: Day One

August 3, 2021, 10:45 am to 1:00 pm EDT

Join our Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) scholars as they present their research and answer questions.

SROP at U-M strives to increase the number of diverse students with unique experiences by supporting their preparation for graduate studies. Through intensive mentorship, active learning, and enrichment activities, SROP fosters a community of scholars who increase social and cultural capital and networking while mastering research skills and knowledge that advance their preparation as candidates for successful graduate study at U-M and success in future careers, increasing representation in professional fields.

Given the number of students, presentations will occur over the course of two days—Tuesday, August 3 and Wednesday, August 4. Sixteen scholars will share their research during three rotations beginning at 11:00 a.m., 11:40 a.m., and 12:20 p.m. Guests can join using the main Zoom link and enter into breakout rooms to hear the presentations throughout the three rotations.

Group One

  • Chelsea Waddell, Post Brown vs. Board of Education Disparities Among K-12 Students in Michigan and Mississippi
  • Katelyn McVay, The Impacts of Historically Discriminatory Housing Policies, Specifically Redlining, in Order to Observe Present-Day Social and Environmental Injustices in the Detroit Metropolitan Area.

Group Two

  • Laura Penabad-Pena, Detection and Quantification of miRNA 16,18,21,28,29,107 with Cy5-marked 8-10 nt Complimentary RNA Probes via SiMREPS Kinetic Fingerprinting
  • Karina Hernandez Quijada, Functionally Categorizing an Artemis Variant of Uncertain Significance That Is Hypothesized to Be Highly Pathogenic, in Order to Contribute Data for Diagnosis and Treatment of Radiation Sensitive Immunodeficient Diseases

Group Three

  • Dianna Alvarado, Academic Advising and Mental Health Among Black and Latinx University Students
  • Najia Griffin, Michigan Twin Neurogenetics Study: Genetic and Environmental Risk on Adolescent Twin Development

Group Four

  • Yareli Lopez Hernandez, Evaluating the Connect 4 Board Game as a Viable Option as an Assessment Tool of Hand and Arm Function
  • Samid Ceballos, The Design Optimization of a Powered Knee-Ankle Prosthesis for Amputee Trials

Group Five

  • Emily Castillo-Espinoza, Radical Love: Forgiveness and Reconciliation After Violence
  • Shania Montufar, Finding One’s Place in America: Gender, Generations, and Latinx Family Heritage

Group Six

  • Alyssa Rorie, Wastewater Remediation: Using Cerium (IV) To Oxidize Methylene Blue
  • Kristen Mack, Does the Dioxane Contamination Present a Human Health Risk?

Group Seven

  • Marcela Estrada, Design and Simulation of a Large Scale Deployable Dome
  • Michael Long, Low Footprint Thin Film Optical Tactile Sensors

Group Eight

  • Lester Mejia Gomez, Preliminary Findings on Adult and Child Reasoning on COVID-19 Contraction Based on Race: Biological vs. Social Explanations
  • Lienne Cupal, Nescience and Judgment Perceptions in Physical vs. Sexual Assault

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August 3, 2021
10:45 am to 1:00 pm EDT
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