Behavioral and Social Sciences


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Wednesday, April 20th
8:50 AM

Assessing User Feedback to Optimize the FoodSteps Mobile Health Intervention

Annabelle Lu '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:50 AM - 9:05 AM

Mobile interventions created through research studies often have not focused on user preferences, and consequently, people are less likely to use the app once it enters the real world. FoodSteps is a mobile intervention to help users manage weight and reduce binge eating and was designed with extensive user input through user-centered design methods. In this

study, 30 people with ... Read More

Fidget Toys as a Method of Classroom Management

Nathan Brodsky '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Jonah Fisher, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Kaz Isibue, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Rachael Koterba '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Adriana Rodriguez '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Patrick Tenedor, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:50 AM - 9:05 AM

Our overall goal for this project is to assess the effectiveness of 3D printed fidget toys in the classroom as a method of cost effective classroom attentiveness management. Our goal this school year was to assess which 3D printable fidget toys, among those that are freely available online, were the most effective in terms of cost, material requirement, time to ... Read More

Political, Racial, and Household Income Barriers for Access to Health Care

Kennedy Bray, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:50 AM - 9:05 AM

Access to health care impacts many people nationwide, as it restricts their ability to solve their health concerns. People who have the highest risk of a lack of access include people who are uninsured, people a part of a specific social class, a minority that lives in a poor state, or a person belonging to a specific political party. The ... Read More

The Correlation Between Socioeconomic and Environmental Factors on Life Expectancy in the United States

Kaylee Zhou, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:50 AM - 9:05 AM

There are many factors that can impact an individuals’ health, such as proximity to services, access to nature, occupational opportunities, and more. It was hypothesized that factors such as population density, education, civilian labor force, poverty, mortality, public transportation, air quality, and unemployment rates differ between urban and rural areas and influence longevity in humans. However, previous research dove deeper ... Read More

9:10 AM

Income and Access to Healthcare’s Impact on Longevity Throughout Illinois Counties

Becca Pae, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:10 AM - 9:25 AM

Across the United States, there is a twenty-year life expectancy difference between the county with the highest longevity and the county with the lowest longevity (USC). Income is a major factor with wealthier regions having some of the highest longevity. However, there are many more external factors, especially those relating to healthcare, that shorten the longevity of those residing in ... Read More

Postgraduate employment and wage disparities by Race

Temi Ijisesan '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:10 AM - 9:25 AM

My SIR project analyzes the ways in which race intersects with and determines postgraduate success of young adults in the U.S. Previously, I studied the ways that Affirmative Action, Affirmative Action Bans, HBCUs and other factors affect the overall percentage of African American Students (Black) attending 4-year public institutions in America. I found that most of these variables had no ... Read More

The Atlas of Knowledge: A look into the capabilities of the IMSA YouTube Channel

Jessica Lyseng '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Gabriella Velazquez '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academyl

9:10 AM - 9:25 AM

After noting a lack of engagement and representation on the IMSA YouTube channel and researching existing science content, we produced an educational video segment for the channel about the brain, based on student surveys. After capturing analytics before and after, we analyzed the change in the channel and denoted this change to the topic, format, and production of our content. ... Read More

9:30 AM

An Analysis of The Exogenous Deaths of Directors During The 1960s and Their Implications

Christo Ekimov '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Eunice Kim, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Deaths in a company’s board of directors, particularly exogenous, have a significant impact on the company’s success; their valuation is often strongly dependent on its leaders. Guided by Dr.Carola Frydman at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, this paper addresses questions such as whether age of death, personal incentive, and expectations impact

the extent to which businesses are affected by ... Read More

Data Analytics: The Relationship Between Race and Disparities in Educational Attainment

Nikita Rudrapati, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

The purpose of this research paper is to identify the role of the racial makeup in American public schools has on educational outcomes. Current literature explains how low socioeconomic and academic resources create a negative compounded effect. Due to systematic disadvantages, minorities are less likely to graduate from high school and attend college. This project hypothesizes that even when controlling ... Read More

Effects of Digital Tool Types on User Engagement and Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction in Online Learning

Samuel Lee, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Self-determination theory (SDT) is a mega-theory about motivation. Basic Psychological Need Theory (BPNT), a sub-theory of SDT, claims that motivation is fostered when all three basic psychological needs - autonomy, competence, and relatedness - are satisfied. With COVID-19, the search for designing effective online learning tools has become more important than ever. Also, because students in higher education are more ... Read More

10:05 AM

Alteration of the Linguistic Educational System for Korean Immigrant Students in the United States

Minju Oh, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:05 AM - 10:20 AM

The limited educational spectrum results in implicit biases that neglect or discriminate against Asian learners while perpetuating negative racial stereotypes. On the other hand, the lack of educational opportunities for Asian populations rooted in implicit biases can cause explicit biases to justify an intended and collective threat or violence due to their race or ethnicity.

The goal of my research ... Read More

Bursting the First-Gen Bubble: A Holistic Analysis of the Effects of Intersectional Identities on the First-Generation College Student Experience

Shria Halkoda, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:05 AM - 10:20 AM

First-generation college student status is yet another identity that contributes to postsecondary performance of an individual in the United States. Though enrollment of first-generation college students has substantially increased in the past years, the populace is still privy to vulnerabilities concerning successful performance within and post collegiate studies. Typically, American society tends to consider first-generation college students as part of ... Read More

COVID-19 and Global Freedom

Bhargav Sampathkumaran, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:05 AM - 10:20 AM

This project is a continuation of a project of the same name from the previous year. Last year’s project failed to find correlations between the effects of the pandemic and trends in Freedom Scores, as measures by Freedom House’s Freedom in the World (FIW) index. However, given that the pandemic continues to change in its nature, and given that more ... Read More

Personality Correlates of Motor Activity in a Novel Environment and Relationship to Rewarding Effects of Methamphetamine

Megan Sia, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:05 AM - 10:20 AM

In preclinical animal data, rodents that show a high locomotor activity response (HR) in a novel environment are more sensitive to rewarding drugs than those with a low locomotor response (LR). Thus, locomotor response to novelty is suggested to reflect trait sensation seeking in humans which is also positively related to drug reward. This study investigates whether the preclinical data ... Read More

10:25 AM

Data Science to Identify Inequalities in CPS

Aaliyah Ali, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Balaji Balachandran, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Oliver Ni '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Christin Ann Sanchez, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:25 AM - 10:40 AM

The project identifies how the Chicago Public School System (CPS) unequally distributes resources among schools and neighborhoods within Chicago. This analysis is done using traditional data science programs such as Microsoft Excel functions, Python, and R. In the various analyses that have been conducted, we have compiled data from publicly accessible datasets FOIA’ed from CPS; including the distribution of library ... Read More

The Impact of Marriage and Gender on Annual Household Income

Cor Sirais '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:25 AM - 10:40 AM

This project builds off of the results of “The Impact of Women on Annual Household Income per County” (Sirais & Venkatraman 2021), which explored the ways that gender roles affected financial wellbeing. The study will explore possible correlations between marital status and average annual household income on a county-level. By compiling datasets from the United States census, the project will ... Read More

10:45 AM

State-based Sexual Health Education and its Effect on Youth STD Rates

Sarah Wheeler, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Though Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are not uncommon, they remain a taboo topic in many American families. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding STDs often leads to deficient knowledge about them. The incorporation of STDs, their causes, and their treatment into education is a crucial component for teenagers to make healthy decisions regarding their lives and health. However, not all states require ... Read More