Behavioral and Social Sciences


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Wednesday, April 17th
8:15 AM

Feasibility of a Regional Rail Model for Chicago's Metra Based on Station-level Analysis

Stephen Walsh '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

In recent years, Chicago's commuter rail service, Metra, has spoken of moving to a regional rail model, characteristics of which are more train service throughout the day as opposed to schedules centered around AM and PM peaks associated with commuters, and more frequent service overall. Reasons for this shift include the pandemic and the shifts to virtual work it caused, ... Read More

Implementing Social-emotional Learning Programming into School Curriculum through Creative Writing Workshops

Sahil Veeravalli '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:15 AM - 8:15 AM

Recent trends in state legislators and school districts across the United States to remove social- emotional programs from schools (Information, 2022) threaten to undermine the learning of empathy and prosocial skills that are fundamental to both social and cognitive development. To date, several studies have demonstrated the efficacy of Social Emotional Learning programs at increasing both social-emotional skills and academic ... Read More

8:35 AM

Delineating Perceived Chicago Neighborhood Boundaries Using Crowdsourced Geospatial Data

Keyan Dunmore '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:35 AM - 8:50 AM

Acknowledging the limitations of the formal designations of the 77 Community Areas identified over a century ago in Chicago, this research aims to close the gap between these outdated definitions and the dynamic perceptions of the city's residents. This project investigates the complex urban landscape of Chicago, a city renowned for its diverse and multifaceted neighborhoods, through a novel crowdsourced ... Read More

Luminosity Data as a Proxy for Evaluating Different Carbon Tax Systems

Avyay Duggirala '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:35 AM - 8:50 AM

In addressing the increasingly urgent issue of climate change, policymakers around the world turn to carbon taxes as a primary initiative. However, in the status quo, the effectiveness of these various carbon tax systems is extremely contested, largely due to the variety of methods used to measure the effectiveness of said taxes and the high error rates associated with these ... Read More

8:55 AM

Analyzing and Predicting Concussion Reporting Behaviors of Student Athletes

Charles Conner '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:55 AM - 9:10 AM

Sports-related concussion reporting is an area of study with high interest, as rates of concussion reporting are estimated to be around 50% for collegiate student athletes. Several factors are believed to contribute to underreporting of concussions among collegiate athletes. Some variables that have been studied are sport played, concussion education, sex, concussion attitudes and beliefs, pressure from teammates or coaches, ... Read More

Analyzing the Correlation Between the Absence of Linguistically Aligned Mental Resources and Adverse Teen Outcomes in Chicago Southside Neighborhoods

Alyssa Hernandez '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Chiamaka Okoli '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:55 AM - 9:10 AM

Chicago southside neighborhoods are systemically underfunded which limits opportunities for youth. The youth in these neighborhoods face the reality of having improper educational resources and the trauma that comes from gang violence within these neighborhoods. We have developed the following research question: Do Chicago neighborhoods have more negative teen outcomes when mental health resources aren’t offered in the main language ... Read More

9:20 AM

Effects of Gender on Persistence and Performance in STEM Classes at the Illinois Math and Science Academy

Laasya Nagumalli '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:20 AM - 9:35 AM

Research into the gender gap in STEM achievement at the collegiate and high school level has shown peer groups to substantially impact performance and retention in advanced STEM classes, particularly affecting the uppermost echelon of achievement groups. This project uses records of student grades from 2009 to 2018 to determine what factors significantly influence the performance of female students in ... Read More

Transgender and Gender-Diverse Youths’ Fertility Knowledge in the Context of Pubertal Suppression Treatment

Luke Mauk '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:20 AM - 9:35 AM

Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (GnRHa), also known as “puberty blockers”, are used in early pubertal transgender youth who are looking to pause puberty as treatment for gender dysphoria. With pursuing GnRH agonists, the maturation of germ cells does not occur. Without germ cell maturation, future fertility is impaired. Earlier studies have focused on an older cohort of transgender and gender diverse ... Read More

9:40 AM

Evaluating Access to Healthcare in Chicago’s Chinatown

Yicole Ng '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:40 AM - 9:55 AM

Historically, minority populations in the U.S. have experienced disparities in access to healthcare and their corresponding health outcomes. To find out how ethnicity and location are connected to accessibility to healthcare, this paper connects geospatial data and the social determinants of health in the predominantly Asian community in the Chinatown neighborhood of Chicago. Using ChiVes, Chicago Health Atlas, the census ... Read More

The Influence of Undergraduate University’s Prestige on Top Firm Executives

Michael Capriotti '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Danica Sun '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:40 AM - 9:55 AM

In current times, attaining a college degree has become a required step for pursuing a wide array of career opportunities. However, beyond simply obtaining a diploma, the choice of university where a person pursues their higher education can influence their future path. Guided by Dr. Carola Frydman at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, this paper addresses the question of ... Read More

10:25 AM

Investigating the Immigrant Paradox in Alcohol Consumption

Ellen Nguyen '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:25 AM - 10:40 AM

Alcohol use in America remains a complex issue shaped by cultural, historical, and socioeconomic factors, with variations that often highlight the immigrant paradox between immigrants and native-born Americans. It's been ingrained in many social customs, traditions, and religious practices across regions and demographics, making it vital to use those factors to understand differences in consumption rates between these two groups. ... Read More

The Role of Dopamine in the Prioritization of Information and Reward in Reinforcement Learning

Carolyn Zhang '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:25 AM - 10:40 AM

Extant literature suggests that rewards in the environment drive learning. Additionally, older adults have demonstrated an impaired ability to learn from reward feedback. However, recent work indicates that information can be just as, if not more, useful as rewards in reinforcement learning paradigms. The Battleship project aimed to explore how these cues uniquely guide learning about one’s environment differently across ... Read More

10:45 AM

Centering Those Engaged in Transactional Sex: A PrEP Initiative

Natalia Morales '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Reducing HIV infection is a public health priority, with the Getting to Zero (GTZ) initiative in Illinois striving to stop new HIV infections by 2030, ending the epidemic in the state. Increasing HIV prevention, self-management, and harm reduction among at-risk populations is critical. HIV prevalence in individuals engaged in transactional sex or sex workers is 12 times greater than the ... Read More

Disparities in Alcohol Use Behaviors and Disorders by Race, Ethnicity, and Sex

Fope Ojomalade '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

The USA is currently facing its largest illicit drug consumption crisis among younger generations. Additionally, high-intensity drinking is currently at historically high levels prompting diverse prevention efforts. Research has revealed disparities in substance use behaviors and disorders by sex and ethnicity, yet few studies have examined intersectionality of these factors. A better understanding of how biological (sex) and environmental/societal (race, ... Read More

11:05 AM

Data Science to Identify Inequalities in CPS

Alvena Bhutiani '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
William Guo '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Dhaatri Maviti '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:05 AM - 11:20 AM

This project aims to investigate and identify the disparities in resource allocation across Chicago's Public School System. Leveraging an array of data science tools including Microsoft Excel functions, Python, and Jupyter Notebook, we have conducted comprehensive analyses. Our data derives from publicly accessible datasets obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from CPS and the Illinois State Board of ... Read More

Influence of Depressive Symptomology on Alcohol Abuse Liability in Women

Shanya Yang '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:05 AM - 11:20 AM

High comorbidity exists between AUD and mood disorders, especially in women, with unclear causes. Depressive symptoms may affect alcohol abuse liability and mood effects. Women, twice as likely to have depressive disorders, face higher AUD risk post-major depressive disorder diagnosis.

Understanding alcohol abuse and depression link in women is vital. We assessed alcohol abuse liability in moderately to heavily drinking ... Read More