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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2022
Wednesday, April 20th
11:25 AM

Classifying the Isomorphy Classes of the Special Orthogonal Group for Characteristic 2

Shiqi Cheng, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:25 AM - 11:50 AM

In this presentation we will be studying the Special Orthogonal group which consists of matrices that are orthogonal with determinant 1. The values in our matrices are in a finite field of characteristic 2, this means we are working modulo 2. The goal of this research is to characterize the involutions for this group. Applications of our research can be ... Read More

Estimating the Number of Earth-Sized Habitable Planets in our Galaxy

Liam Archer, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Edgar Carlos, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
James Johnston, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Alice LI, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Diego Montes, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Cesar Osornio, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Advait Patel, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Theo Schreiber, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Manaal Shamsi, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Pietro Stabile, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Kyler Yu, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:25 AM - 11:50 AM

First launched in 2009, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope was sent to discover Earth-sized planets orbiting other stars. Since then, several methods for searching for these planets have developed, one of which is the transit method. Using host star light curves, transits can be defined as dips in the light curve that indicate when the planet's orbit has crossed in front ... Read More

Exploring RCA Heat Stress Acclimation Strategies in C4 Grasses

Amanda Chen, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Em Johnson, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Laila Walton, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:25 AM - 11:50 AM

As global temperatures continue to rise, food security has become an increasingly relevant problem growing out of maintaining crop yield under adverse environments, and one approach is to improve photosynthesis activity in plants. Photosynthesis in many plant species is limited when ambient temperatures increase past their optimal range. As a result, our research aims to explore and improve the performance ... Read More

Options Pricing with Neural Networks

Marco Bravo, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Daniel Ma, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Michael Yudovich, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Edward Zhang, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Philip Yi, Illinois Math and Science Academy

11:25 AM - 11:50 AM

In the modern day, Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) have been recently used and tested to calculate and predict options pricing [Ke 2019], but currently, the most tested and reliable methods are the Binomial and Trinomial methods. Binomial and trinomial pricing models are valuation methods for financial derivatives, namely, options. The methods create a binomial or trinomial tree through an iterative ... Read More

Water Quality Data Collection through mWater Software

Erin Yoo, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:25 AM - 11:50 AM

Easily accessible water quality data is crucial in showing how local water supplies may be impacting public health and the environment for communities around the world. This project takes on the critical tasks of collecting, storing, managing, analyzing, and publishing water quality data from the Kishwaukee River Water Quality Assessment Study in DeKalb, Illinois using mWater, a robust online platform ... Read More

11:55 AM

A Bayesian hierarchical model of longitudinal dynamics

Siddharth Tiwari, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:55 AM - 12:20 PM

Pain is the most ubiquitous and economically burdensome condition in the world. For this reason, pain relief—a decrease in pain over time—is the primary outcome for clinical trials across many fields, ranging from pharmaceuticals to physiotherapy. Often measured at few, discrete time points (e.g., pre- and post-intervention), measures and statistical models of pain relief are poor. The low temporal resolution ... Read More

An Evaluation of Variant Annotation Tools – Alamut Batch, ENSEMBL Variant Effect Predictor (VEP), and ANNOVAR - for Clinical Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) based Genetic Testing

Sachleen Tuteja, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:55 AM - 12:20 PM

Dramatically expanding our ability for clinical genetic testing for inherited conditions and complex diseases such as cancer, next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies are allowing for rapid interrogation of thousands of genes and identification of millions of variants. Variant annotation, the process of assigning functional information to DNA variants based on the standardized Human Genome Variation Society (HGVS) nomenclature, is a ... Read More

Effect of PMN Presence on Cancer Vascularization in Colorectal Tumors of Mice

Edward Ning, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:55 AM - 12:20 PM

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a type of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), where deregulated immune responses promote exacerbated inflammation and formation of ulcers in the large intestine. IBD is also one of the high-risk factors for the development of colorectal cancer (CRC). Robust neutrophil infiltration is an important feature of both UC and CRC and in both cases, disease severity ... Read More

Exploring Retinal Projection to the Medial Amygdala: Laterality, Sex, and Cell Types

Shikhar Gupta '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Kavin Suhirtharen '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:55 AM - 12:20 PM

In the mouse brain, there are 59 retinorecipient regions, including the medial amygdala (MeA). The MeA is a sensory integrating region where social information is processed, especially those related to sexual selection, aggression, and pup retrieval. The neurons that link visual input to the brain are known as retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). There are ~47 mouse RGC subtypes, each with ... Read More