Research Days 2015
A Showcase of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavor
March 31 & April 1

Research Days 2015 Abstract Booklet

The March 31st & April 1st winners can be found under the following tabs.

This event features poster presentations and keynote speakers and is dedicated to highlighting the breadth of research, creative scholarship, and cultural discovery being done at GW by students and postdoctoral researchers. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this showcase!

Research Days invites GW undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students to showcase their work and compete for prize money at the 20th Annual Research Days.


March 31st focuses on Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Law, Sciences and Other Topics from undergraduate and graduate students.

March 31 Poster Winners
Undergraduate Presenters

Creative Arts and Literature:
1st: Katherine Bradshaw
Changing Duty: Female Roles and Responsibilities in Three Versions of Coriolanus"
2nd: Floyd Jones
"The Role of the Performing Arts within International Development: A Study on The Bokamoso Youth Center, Winterveld, South Africa"

International Affairs Group A:
1st: Jennifer Hamilton

"The Impact of Popular Definitions of Democracy on Democratic Legitimacy in Select African Countries"
2nd: Samuel Klein
"Beyond Capabilities: Investigating China’s Military Strategy and Objectives in Cyberspace"

International Affairs Group B:
1st: Rachel Landau
A Preliminary Analysis of Sex Education for High School Students in Mainland China"
2nd: Jacquelyn Nicole Alanko
"Education and Urban Refugees: The Gaps and Potential in Current Policy"

1st: Matthew Zahn

"Improving Real-Time Employment Estimates: A State-Space Signal Extraction Approach"
2nd: Thom Josephson
"Taxing Inequality: An examination of redistributive taxes and inequality in OECD countries"

1st: Maxwell Deem

"A Study of Flow and its Effects on Quality of Performance of Jazz Musicians"
2nd: Billie Katz
"Popping pills: How favorable social norms and prototypes impact undergraduates’ willingness and intentions to use nonmedical prescription stimulants (NPS) over the course of an academic semester"

Socio-Cultural Studies:
1st: Ashley Trick

"Understanding the Impact of Volunteer Management Practices on Volunteer Retention within the Nonprofit Sector"
2nd: David Jacob Benowitz, Anastasia Merinova, Ariele Scharff
"The College as a Lab for Sustainability Science"

Society, Media, and Education:
1st: Amanda Lam

"Hashtagging Sandy: How are the psychological effects of natural disasters expressed in social media?"
2nd: Rachel Crawford
"Curricular Peer Mentoring in First-year German Classes: A Pilot Study"

1st: Rebecca Prather
Trait-mediated competition in Temnothorax"
2nd: Meagan Simons
"Bumble Bee Foraging and the Evolution of Novel Social Traits"

Molecular and Cellular Biology Group A:
1st: Rabia Idrees

"Phthalate exposure affects normal cardiac physiology in human stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes and excised rat hearts"
2nd: Alexander Marchak
"The Developmental Function of WBP2NL, a Novel Maternal mRNA"

Molecular and Cellular Biology Group B:
1st: Michael Velez

"Engineered Cardiac Fibers - Biological Pump to Aid Venous Flow"
2nd: Kunj Bhatt
"2D and 3D Microimaging Approaches for Identifying Biomarkers in 22q11/DiGeorge Syndrome Mouse Model"

Physical Science and Chemistry Group A:
1st: Adeel Khan

"Hollow Carbon Nanosphere/Germanium Composites for use as Li-Ion Battery Anode"
2nd: Laura Lai
"Optimizing Light Detection in an Active Polarized Target: Hardware and Simulation Developments"

Physical Science and Chemistry Group B:
1st: Katherine Stasaski

"Creating Automated Instructional Tools for Adult Literacy Education"
2nd: Brian Alden
"Measurement Device for Rolling Objects"

Graduate Presenters

Engineering Group A:
1st: Ian Carr

"Flow over a surface-mounted obstacle in steady and unsteady flow"
2nd: Abhilash Reddy Malipeddi
"Dynamics of a Viscoelastic drop"

Engineering Group B:
1st: Amir Aslani

"Exploration of Energy Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Magnetic Refrigeration System"
2nd: Tao Ye
"Electrospinning of Highly Reactive Pd-Carbon Nanofiber Catalysts for Hydrogenation of Waterborne Contaminants"

Socio-Cultural Studies:
1st: Asli Togan-Egrican

"How does managerial activism affect corporations?"
2nd: Alexandra Mosher
"(Re)Designing The Museum: Participatory Art and the Importance of Visitor (Re)Engagement"

Public Affairs and International Relations:
1st: Laura Shuey-Kostelac

"Gender Assumptions, Public Trust, and Media Framing: The impact of media-constructed gender performance on voter trust"
2nd: Varun Piplani
"The Politics of Privatization: Electoral Competition and Public Sector Privatization in India"

Physical Sciences:
1st: Erin Adkins

"Experimental Determination of Optical Band Gaps for Soot in Nitrogen-diluted, Ethylene/Air Non-premixed flames"
2nd: Rosemary Onjiko
"Capillary Electrophoresis Mass Spectrometry for Differentiating Single Cells in the frog (Xenopus laevis) Embryo"

Ecology and Molecular Biology:
1st: Cheng Man Lun

"A Recombinant Sp185/333 Immune Protein from the California Purple Sea Urchin binds to phosphatidic acid"
2nd: Camille Lombard
"Towards Comprehensive and Untargeted Proteomics on Single Cells for the 16-cell Xenopus Embryo using µCE-ESI-MS/MS"

March 31, 2015 Agenda
  • All participants are required to present a poster or equivalent visual presentation.
  • All undergraduates wishing to compete for prizes should present on this date. (Exception: Biomedical Engineering)

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Research Days!

April 1st focuses on health and medicine topics, including: 
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Milken Institute School of Public Health
School of Nursing
Biomedical Engineering Program
Institute for Biomedical Science

April 1 Poster Winners
Biomedical Engineering

Undergraduate Presenters
1st: Akhil Chandra (Poster 40)
The Adverse Effects of Bisphenol-A on Cardiac Mechanical Function"
2nd: Richard Smith (Poster 54)
"Identification and Enumeration of Lymphocytes Expressing Human CD4 Antigen in Whole Blood Using a Microfluidic Device"

Graduate Presenters
1st: Ivan Suarez Castellanos (Poster 56)
"Ultrasound Stimulation of Insulin Release From Pancreatic Beta Cells"
2nd: Kara Garrott (Poster 43)
"Shortening of Action Potential Duration with Increased Work in Contracting Rabbit Heart "

Milken Institute School for Public Health

Masters Presenter: Cassandra Phillips (Poster 13)
"Fast Food: a Source of Exposure to Phthalates and Bisphenol A in a Nationally Representative Sample"
Doctoral Presenter: Wei Zhang (Poster 24)
"Effect of Imputation of Missing Data in the State Inpatient Databases on Racial Disparities Research"

School of Medicine & Health Sciences

1st: Shaunak Mulani (Poster 70)
"CXCL5 and POSTN are involved in the phenoconversion of fibroblasts to myofibroblasts in Chronic Rhinosinusitis."
2nd: Sameer Aggarwal (Poster 82)
"Increase in contrast enhancement after chemoradiotherapy for glioblastoma predicts worse overall and progression-free survival"
3rd: Mark Marchitto (Poster 107)
"Rate Control of Atrial Arrhythmias Can Be Achieved by Selective Cardiac Neurostimulation"

School of Nursing

1st: Elzbieta Kmiecik (Poster 284)
"Impact of Implementing the Geriatric Resource Nurse Model on Fall and Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcer Rates, and Length of Stay"
2nd: Billy Mullins (Poster 285)
"Psychometric Evaluation of the Elopement Risk Assessment Tool"


April 1, 2015 Agenda

All abstracts must be submitted by March 1, 2015 and are required to have mentor or advisor approval.

  • Participants who are not selected for oral presentation will be required to present a poster.

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  1. Does my research need to be in progress now?
  2. Can my research be done outside of GW?
  3. Who can serve as my advisor/mentor?
  4. Is my research appropriate to submit?
  5. How will my research be presented?
  6. Which Day of Research Days will I present (what day do I fall into)? 
  7. How many poster presentations can I be a part of?
  8. If accepted will my poster and abstract be published or posted on-line?
  9. Who can attend Research Days?
  10. Who participates in Research Days?
  11. Additional Questions?

Does my research need to be in progress now?

Research that is presented should either be in progress now or recently completed. In instances where conclusions are unknown, simply state that research is ongoing. The premise for Research Days is for students to showcase their research and we expect that some will still be completing their work.

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Can my research be done outside of GW?

Please note that the work may have been completed outside of GW, but should have been completed during your time here.

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Who can serve as my advisor/mentor?

Your advisor/mentor can be any faculty member that is either working with you or supervising your work; they do not need to be a GW faculty member.  However, this mentor/advisor will need to approve your abstract submission. For a faculty advisor/mentor outside of GW, please provide their name and department/institution. They will receive a notification that you have submitted an abstract at the email address you provide.

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Is my research appropriate to submit?

Your GW advisor/mentor should be able to assist you in identifying whether your work is appropriate for submission. Additionally, case studies and creative pieces are oftentimes presented at this showcase.

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How will my research be presented?

Your research will be presented via poster – with the option of utilizing additional media on an as-need  basis. Posters on March 31st (undergraduate and graduate non-medical studies) will be presented during a 3-hour window during which a judging team will review posters and talk with the presenters. If you are not available for the full 3-hr block, a co-presenter may present the poster or the poster will be judged on its own merit.

Presentation times will be different on April 1st (graduate medical studies) and are still being finalized.

Abstract requirements and poster instructions are included on the Research Days website, as are images from last year’s event, which may help you visualize the presentation format.

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Which day of Research Days will I present on (what day do I fall into)?

Research Days is a 2 day event to promote student research at GW.  Day 1 (March 31st) includes all Schools except SMHS, Milken Institute School, SON, and the Biomedical Engineering program.  If you are a student (undergraduate or graduate) in any school not listed and you wish to have your poster judged, this is the day you would participate.

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How many poster presentations can I be a part of?

Students can be first author on only one poster presentation. Students may, however, be listed as secondary authors on other presentations. Case studies are acceptable if the student's mentor/advisor approves.

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If accepted, will my poster and abstract be published or posted on-line?

Research Days posters are not published, nor are they available online. Abstracts, however, are included in an abstract booklet, which is posted to the Research Days website.  Your abstract title will be included in documentation disseminated to attendees the day of your poster presentation.  Posters are the property of the presenter(s) and must be collected by the presenter(s) at the end of the presentation session.

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Who can attend Research Days?

Poster presentations are open to the community to attend.  That being said, the vast majority of attendees are from within GW or our affiliates.

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Who participates in Research Days?

Participants usually include GW students, faculty, or students/faculty associated with some of our partner institutions (eg. Children's National).  If you are not affiliated with GW in some capacity, this, unfortunately, isn't the appropriate showcase for your research.

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Additional questions?

Please contact us at resdays@gwu.edu

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