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"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."
- Zora Neale Hurston, in Dust Tracks on a Road, 1942

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Submissions from 2018

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An Exploration of the Factors that Motivate Gifted and Talented Rural Students to Engage in STEM, Issabella Baldwin Zurek '18, Takudzwa George '18, Clinton Oshipitan '18, Robert Luo '18, and Amy Wang '18

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Cell Specific Control of the Pallidostriatal Pathway, Shubha Verma '19

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Classification of Intensity-Modulated Proton Therapy Plans, Louise Gabrielle Lima '19 and Alice Liu '19

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Classifying Symmetric Spaces for SO(3,q), Jacob Sutter '19 and Hanson Hao '19

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YES, STEM is for ALL: Diverse Perspectives on Black and Latino STEM Motivation, Adrienne Coleman; Amber Acquaye '16; Xiomara Cardona '16; Kayla Ingram '14; Trennedy Kleczewski, '16; and Elysia Sawyers '16

Submissions from 2017

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Cell Memory, Katya Bezugla '18

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Chromatin-modifying agents convert fibroblasts to OCT4+ and VEGFR-2+ capillary tube-forming cells, Anita Wary, Neil Wary '18, Jugajyoti Baruah, Victoria Mastej, and Kishore K. Wary

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Decision making swarms, Sanza Kazadi, George Jeno '17, Xinyu Guan '17, Nick Nusgart '17, and Andriy Sheptunov '17

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Designing a Low-Cost Mobile Tracking System for Communication with a Medium Earth Orbit Satellite, Peter Dong, David Beering, Harrison Carcione '18, Joseph Hutter, Gina Jiang '17, Charles Kuch '18, Soomin Park '17, Advai Podduturi '18, and Peijing Xu '18

Submissions from 2016

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Molecular Mechanisms of Squamous Cell Carcinoma Tumor Stem Cell Creation via High Nitric Oxide (HNO) Adaptation, Niresh T. Kuganeswaran '16, Krishi Korrapati '17, Thomas Wan '16, Timothy Tamas, and James A. Radosevich

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Npas1+ Pallidal Neurons Target Striatal Projection Neurons, Savio Chan, Kelly Glajch, Daniel Kelver, Daniel Hegeman, Qiaoling Cui, Harry Xenias, Elizabeth Augustine, Vivian Hernández, Neha Verma '17, Tina Huang, Minmin Luo, and Nicholas Justice

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Role of Pseudogenes in Cancer Stem Creation Via High Nitric Oxide (HNO) Adaptation, Krishi Korrapati '17, Niresh T. Kuganeswaran '16, Thomas Wan '16, Timothy Tamas, and James A. Radosevich

Submissions from 2015

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Active Brain Regions During Sleep Using Electroencephalography-Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Grace Duan '15, Sameeksha Malhotra '15, and Todd B. Parrish

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Burn Injury Alters the Intestinal Microbiome and Increases Gut Permeability and Bacterial Translocation, Zachary M. Earley, Suhail Akhtar, Stefan J. Green, Ankur Naqib, Omair Khan '15, Abigail R. Cannon, Adam M. Hammer, Niya L. Morris, Xiaoling Li, Joshua M. Eberhardt, Richard L. Gamelli, Richard H. Kennedy, and Mashkoor A. Choudhry

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Using Resting-State Functional Connectivity of the Basal Ganglia as a Biomarker for Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease, Neal Modi '16, Lucy Yuan '16, and Todd B. Parrish

Submissions from 2014

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Phthalates and Phthalate Alternatives: Effects on Proliferative and Estrogenic Target Genes in Ishikawa Cells, Ranjani Sundar '15, Ping Yin, and Serdar E. Bulun

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The Effect of Small Molecule 390 on CXCR4 Receptors, Selam B. Zenebe-Gete '14, Shruti R. Topudurti '14, Shum Andrew, and Richard J. Miller

Submissions from 2013

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Fe, Co and Ni Adatoms Adsorbed on Silicene: A DFT Study, Kent Gang '14, Siva Gangavarapu '14, Matthew Deng '14, Glenn W. "Max" McGee, Ron Hurlbut, Michael Lee Dao Kang, Sean Ng Peng Nam, Harman Johll, and Tok Eng Soon

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Metal-assisted etching of silicon molds for electroforming, Ralu Divan, Dan Rosenthal '14, Karim Ogando, Leonidas E. Ocola, Daniel Rosenmann, and Nicolaie Moldovan

Submissions from 2012

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Characterization and Manipulation of Nanorods via an Applied Magnetic Field, Summer Wu '13

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Comparing Overexcitability Levels between STEM Talented Students and Generally Gifted Students Using the OEQII, Taylor Imburgia '13, Deborah McGrath, and Christopher G. Kolar

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Early Events in Herpes Simplex Virus Lifecycle with Implications for an Infection of Lifetime, Sarah Salameh '12, Urmi Sheth '12, and Deepak Shukla

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Gold Ion–Angiotensin Peptide Interaction by Mass Spectrometry, Jenny Lee '13, Lasanthi P. Jayathilaka, Shalini Gupta, Jin-Sheng Huang, and Bao- Shiang Lee

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The Expression of Ecotropic Virus Integration Site-1 in Seven Cancer Cell Lines, Wendy Bindeman '12

Submissions from 2011

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Dopamine Regulation of Cone-Cone Gap Junctions in Ground Squirrel Retina, Xiaoyu Li '12 and Steven DeVries

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Flipping the winner of a poset game, Adam O. Kalinich '12

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Initial Calibration of CCD Images for the Dark Energy Survey, Deokgeun Park '12, H. Thomas Diehl, and Douglas Tucker