Session III Project Presentations (20 min. + 5 min. Q & A)

11:25 am - 11:50 am
11:55 am - 12:20 pm


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Wednesday, April 21st
11:25 AM

Counting the Generalized and Extended Symmetric Spaces of SO(3,Fq)

Raman Aliakseyeu '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Nat Oliven '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Ethan Thieme '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:25 AM - 11:50 AM

In this paper we will provide a count for the size of both the generalized and extended symmetric spaces of SO(3,Fq) for all involutions when the characteristic is not equal to two. In addition we will explicitly describe the elements in the extended symmetric space and the fixed point group for both involutions.

Immediate Early Gene Expression in D1-SPNs and D2-SPNs During a Striatum-dependent Reinforcement Learning Task

Cindy Mu '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Emily Shao '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:25 AM - 11:50 AM

Dopamine signaling is thought to alter the excitability of the striatum’s principal neurons (D1- and D2-SPNs). We used immunohistochemistry to quantify the expression of Fos, a marker of neural activity, in mice trained in a head-fixed fear conditioning task that requires dopamine signaling in the striatum. We observed a relative increase in Fos-expressing D1- vs D2-SPNs, which may indicate how ... Read More

Lepton Jet Reconstruction, Matching, and Resolution in the SUSY Portal

Sreyansh Mamidi '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:25 AM - 11:50 AM

In the supersymmetry portal for dark photon productions, each lepton jet is associated with an underlying neutralino. To reconstruct these jets, we first gathered samples of the dilepton decay of dark photons from the Monte Carlo generator PYTHIA 8. For each event, we found leptons with the highest transverse momenta to consider additional leptons within ΔR < 0.5. After the ... Read More

Role of the Basal Ganglia in Primary Progressive Aphasia

Sri Lalana Appasani '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:25 AM - 11:50 AM

Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a neurological syndrome in which there is a progressive decline in language processing. It results from the degeneration of brain tissue important for speech and language. Functional and structural neuroimaging techniques have discovered the major sites of atrophy (brain volume loss) and reveal patterns of language network abnormalities in each of the subtypes: PPA-G (agrammatic), ... Read More

11:55 AM

An Application of Compartmental Disease Modelling

Madhav Parthasarathy '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Aidan Stueck '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:55 AM - 12:20 PM

As the coronavirus continues to plague the world, researchers are constantly working to model the spread of the disease and determine optimal means of containing the pandemic. Using a compartmental framework, we created a transition model that, by using available resources and ongoing research, was tailored to the COVID-19 pathogen. We classified the US population into different age groups and ... Read More

Doubly Charged Higgs Boson Generation

Teodor Tchalakov '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:55 AM - 12:20 PM

I present a detailed high-level analysis of previous searches for doubly charged Higgs bosons at lower energies and luminosities by CMS and ATLAS. I compare these analyses with simulation results of our own for the currently higher

137 fb-1LHC luminosity with a look at expectations from future higher-energy colliders. The four-lepton signal for doubly charged Higgs events is the chosen ... Read More

Effect of Systemic Sclerosis on Myocardial Function, Fibrosis, and Blood Flow Measured by Stress Perfusion Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Manasvi Thumu '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:55 AM - 12:20 PM

Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a disease that causes multisystem fibrosis and has a 10-year survival of 50-84%. Death is 5-15 times more likely when the heart is affected. Myocardial fibrosis in SSc may interfere with heart muscle contraction, relaxation, and microvascular function, resulting in heart failure, ischemia, and arrhythmias. We sought to quantify the effects of SSc on the heart ... Read More

Forming Diverse Teams Based on Members’ Social Networks: A Genetic Algorithm Approach

Archan Das '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:55 AM - 12:20 PM

Previous research shows that diverse teams in background and skills can outperform homogeneous teams. However, people often prefer to work with others who are similar and familiar and fail to assemble teams with high diversity levels. We propose a team formation algorithm that suggests diverse teams based on individuals’ social networks, allowing them to keep high familiarity levels. Our novel ... Read More