Student Research Conference

19th Annual COAS Research Conference

 April 20-21, 2023

Indiana University Northwest invites the community to its 19th Annual College of Arts & Sciences Student Research Conference. 


 8:00 am ALCC 105 B

Continental Breakfast

 8:30 – 9:30 am ALCC 105 A

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Spencer Cortwright

 Sarah Seabolt, The Essential Role of Mycorrhizal Fungi on Ecological Succession(Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Spencer Cortwright)

 Christopher Lappo, Analysis of Trees in an Urban Ecosystem (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Erin Argyilan)


8:30 -9:30 am ALCC 105 C

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Ming Gao

 Paige Sanborn, Potential New Treatments for Diabetic Neuropathy (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Harold Olivey)

 Ammaar Mohammed, Me31B Protein Partner Interactions and Influences on Germ Granule RNPs in Drosophila melanogaster  (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Ming Gao)

 Paul Dieckmann, Cellular Agriculture (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Harold Olivey)


 8:30 -9:30 am ALCC 110

Faculty Moderator:Dr. Yilka Azemi

 Camille Walls, From the Bookshelf:  Redefining Racial Stereotypes Through Children’s Literature (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Kate Gustafson)

 Treneice Burrel, Summer Follmar, Deborah Noyles, Debi Qualls, Diane Weichart, Poetry of Life (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. William Allegrezza)

 Jennifer Dejanovich, Experimenting with Different Marketing Techniques:  Marketing Club and the Competition (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Yilka Azemi)


9:45 – 10:45 am  ALCC 105 A

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Ian Taschner

 David Doneski and Asba Mehmood, Elimination and Substitution of Menthyl Tosylate and Menthyl Nosylate (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Tia Walker)

 Safia Mohiuddin and Lois Sadlowski, Tetraphenylporphyrin Synthesis and Metal Chelation (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Ian Taschner)


9:45 – 10:45 am  ALCC 105 C

Faculty Moderator:Dr. Harold Olivey

 Maheen Tahir, The Use of Gendicine Gene Therapy to Treat Uterine Sarcoma and Cervical Cancer (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Harold Olivey)

 Nibal Fares, Antibiotics and Antibiotic Producing Bacteria (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Jen Fisher)

 Joseph Moy, Streptococcus mutans and Tooth Sensitivity(Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Jen Fisher)


9:45 – 10:45 am  ALCC 110

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Daniel Kelly

 Alexander Kacher, Benthic Iron Analysis of the Great Lakes Shorelines (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Daniel Kelly)

Zachary Hatfield, Analyzing Ion Content in Northwest Indiana Water Sources    (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Daniel Kelly)

 David Doneski, Alexander Kacher, Tyler Porter, Maribel Salgado, Visualization and Abundance of r-process Elements from Neutron Star Mergers   (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Jessica Warren)


11:30 – 12:30 pm  ALCC 105A

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Jessica Warren

 Basma Mohammed, Solar Energy (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Jessica Warren)

 Andres Garcia, Sinkhole Morphology (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Zoran Kilibarda)


11:30 – 12:30 pm  ALCC 105C

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Dipika Gupta

 Nivya Varghese, Effect of APE1/Ref 1 Inhibitor on the Development of Colitis in Pglyrp3 and Nod2 deficient mice  (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Dipika Gupta)

 Yousif Mukatash, Characterization and Analysis of Motif-Mutated Me31B Proteins in Drosophila Germline Development by Immunostaining and Confocal Microscopy (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Ming Gao)

 Haylee Thomas, CAR T-Cell Therapy Efficacy Against Breast Cancer (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Harold Olivey)


1:00 – 2:00 pm  Anderson Library, Conference Center Room C

Keynote Speaker


Violence and Local Governance in Weak State Societies: Lessons from Medieval Japan, 1200—1400

Morten Oxenboell

Associate Professor of Japanese Studies and Director of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University Bloomington


Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Dr. Diana Lin, Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

This keynote presentation will also be streamed via zoom.

Meeting ID: 831 3868 8873


 2:15 – 2:45 Poster Session, Savannah Spine

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Maureen Rutherford

 Carolina Garza, Kayla-Ann Haynes, Milene Hurtado, Asmae Zehraoui, Behavioral and Neuroendocrine Impacts on Zebrafish After Acute Polyethylene Nanoplastic Exposure (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Maureen Rutherford)


 3:00 pm    Bruce Bergland Auditorium, Savannah Center

College of Arts & Sciences Honors’ Tea

 The Honors’ Tea is a chance to recognize meritorious student achievement, current-year scholarship recipients, honor society inductees and Dean’s List students.

 The presentations of awards will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.


 8:25 – 9:45 am   Online, zoom link:  Meeting ID:  860 9581 1174

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Matthew Lutey

 Amira Zahabi, Behind Closed Doors:  The Foster Care System in the U.S. (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Tanice Foltz)

 Philip Mitreski, Uranium Price Fluctuations:  The Cost of Energy (Faculty Sponsor, Dr, Matthew Lutey)

 Karla Aggeguin, A Taste of Diversity:  Investigating the Consumption of Ethnic Food Among University Students (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Scooter Pegram)

 Ellen Forjan, Sex Trafficking, Cyber-forensics and Abusive Relationships (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Tanice Foltz)


 8:25 – 9:45 am   Online, zoom link: Meeting ID:  894 5289 6293

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Tia Walker

 Trinity Evans, SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19 (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Ian Taschner)

 Maribel Salgado, Monitoring Ion Concentrations at the Flora Richardson Preserve (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Daniel Kelly)

 Tyler Porter, Copper Chelation with ThiaAza Cryptands (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Tia Walker)

 Megan Proffer, CRISPR Mutations in RNA Helicase Me31B’s Key Motifs Influence Germ Cell Quantity in Drosophila (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Ming Gao)


9:55 – 10:50 am Online, zoom link:  Meeting ID:  860 9581 1174

Faculty Moderator: Dr. Zoran Kilibarda

 Elena Cruz, Petrographic and Chemical Analyses of Chert Pebbles from Beaches of Southern Lake Michigan  (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Zoran Kilibarda)

 Alec Siurek, Preliminary XRF Analysis of Ironstone Concretions from the Mazon Creek Lagerstatte (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Zoran Kilibarda)


 Keynote Speakers

11:00 – 12:00 pm Online, zoom link:   Meeting ID: 871 5304 8073

  Using Economic Theories and Approaches to Study Educational and Pedagogical Issues

Tin-Chun Lin

Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics, Indiana University Northwest

Winner of the 2019-2020 IU Northwest Distinguished Scholarship/Creative Activity Award


Human Rights and Hybrid Regimes: A Contemporary and Interdisciplinary Challenge

Anja Matwijkiw

Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University Northwest

Winner of the 2021-2022 IU Northwest Distinguished Scholarship/Creative Activity Award


 Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cynthia O’Dell, Associate Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs



Special Thanks To

Dr. Mark Hoyert, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Christopher Young, Dr. Maureen Rutherford, Dr. Harold Olivey and all of the Faculty Sponsors who have guided our presenters on their paths of discovery during the past academic year.  We also thank many additional people who have worked behind the scenes to make this event possible:  Ryan Vega, Eric Bottger, Rob Seals and their team of people in Instructional Media Services, Nicolle Krause in Web Services, TerryAnn Defenser and Linda Sharma in Special Events and Tameka White, Mary Hackett and Sherri Sosh.

A very special thank you to Robert Young for the graphic image found on this page and our printed schedule.