Annual Symposium Celebrates Villanova’s Student Researchers

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The Center for Research and Fellowships’ (CRF) annual Student Research Symposium offers Villanova students who engaged in summer research—either on-campus or at other institutions—the opportunity to share their work with the University community. A CRF-sponsored event since 2009, the Symposium is both a showcase of the students’ work and a vital professional development experience. Open to the entire Villanova community, the event takes place on Friday, September 13 from 1-4 p.m. in the Connelly Center.

The Student Research Symposium challenges students to distill and communicate complex ideas and findings in a succinct and accessible way. Such presentation skills are vitally important for researchers, and this experience helps build a robust foundation upon which our students can build. Numerous symposium participants have gone on to continue their research beyond Villanova, winning prestigious national fellowships and awards and earning admission to some of the most prestigious graduate and doctoral programs in the U.S.

This 2019 symposium will feature a record-setting 184 undergraduate and graduate students—representing the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering and Nursing—discussing their work through poster or oral presentations. Among the 2019 symposium’s participants are 78 students who received  a grant through one of CRF’s undergraduate research programs: the Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows, CRF Research and Travel Grant, and CRF Summer Housing Award. The CLAS Graduate Studies graduate student summer fellows will also present via poster and oral presentations in the President’s Lounge in the Connelly Center.  

This year will also feature the launch of Veritas: Villanova Research Journal (VVRJ), the University’s first peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal. VVRJ provides opportunities for students to gain experience with the peer-review process as contributors and student editors.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Participants

Name(s)

Mentor Department

Mentor

Kyle Abo

Victoria Ung

(Second Author)

Daniel Kraut

(Additional Author)

Chemistry

Dr. Konstantinos Agrios

Jessica Afable

Ryan Jorn

(Second Author)

Chemistry

Dr. Ryan Jorn

Kirsten Ahn

Victoria Bill

(Second Author)

Geography and the Environment;

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Peleg Kremer

Dr. Virginia Smith

Jadyn Anczarski

Physics

Dr. Joseph Neilsen

Pablo Aramburu Sanchez
Joseph Neilson

(Second Author)

Physics

Dr. Joseph Neilsen

Aridth Held

Chemistry

Dr. Barry Selinsky

Caroline Arnold

Humanities

Dr. Helena Tomko

Amenawon Ayemere

Jake Leonard

(Second Author)

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Janette Herbers

Brad Baldys

Astrophysics and Planetary Science

Dr. Edward Sion

Azzeiza Beadle

Chemistry

Dr. Jennifer Palenchar

Simon Blanchard*

 

Dr. Hugh D.C. Smyth

Matthew Borkoski

Steven Goldsmith

(Second Author)

Geography and the Environment

Dr. Steven Goldsmith

Marissa Bradley

Chemistry

Dr. Bryan Eigenbrodt

Christopher Bragança

Chemistry

Dr. Daniel Kraut

Catherine Brennan

Biology

Dr. Elaine Youngman

Lilian Bui*

 

Dr. Craig Shapiro

Dr. Shannon Chan

Dr. Karen Ravin

Noah Buzinkai

Luke Rathbun

(Second Author)

Biology

Dr. Anil Bamezai

Matthew Casear

Dean Ray

(Second Author)

Physics

Dr. Amber Stuver

Eugene Cha

Peter Palenchar

(Second Author, graduate student/postdoc)

Jennifer B. Palenchar

(Third Author)

Chemistry

Dr. Jennifer B. Palenchar

Thomas Chen

John Greene

(Second Author)

Jack Roireau

(Third Author)

Robert Giuliano

(Fourth Author)

Chemistry

Dr. Robert Giuliano

David Cheng

Zoe Fish

(Second Author)

Dalyna Ngo

(Third Author)

Eduard Casillas

(Fourth Author, graduate student/postdoc)

Deanna Zubris

(Additional Author)

Chemistry

Dr. Deanna Zubris

Anthony Conte

Biology

Dr. Alyssa Stark

Meghan Conway

Geography and the Environment

Dr. Peleg Kremer

Dr. Kabindra Shakya

Julianna Cresti

Daniel Kraut

(Second Author)

Chemistry

Dr. Daniel Kraut

Yuliza Cruz

Geography and the Environment

Dr. Steven Goldsmith

Erica Culberson

Biology

Dr. Louise Russo

Gillen Curren

Geography and the Environment

Dr. Nathaniel Weston

Lily Day

Biology

Dr. Robert Curry

Beatriz DeJesus

Geography and the Environment

Dr. Lisa Rodrigues

Victoria Dee*

 

Mr. James McClure

Bailee Deshler*

Lindsay Avery

(Second Author)

Janis Burkhardt

(Third Author)

 

Dr. Janis Burkhardt

 

William Duborg

Chemistry

Dr. Ryan Jorn

Julia Duckhorn

Biology

Dr. Troy Shirangi

Leah Eastment

Geography and the Environment

Dr. Nathaniel Weston

Alicia Eglin

Astrophysics and Planetary Science

Dr. Edward Guinan

Emily Ellis

Chemistry

Dr. Daniel Kraut

Zach Ferguson

Astrophysics and Planetary Science

Dr. Edward Guinan

Caraline Gammons

Biology

Dr. Robert Curry

Nicole Garcia

Katelynn O’Donnell

(Second Author)

Chemistry

Dr. Deanna Zubris

Samuel Gunther

Astrophysics and Planetary Science

Dr. Edward Guinan

Ern Hanlon

Augustine and Culture Seminar Program

Dr. Peter Busch

Alec Henderson

Steven Goldsmith

(Second Author)

Geography and the Environment

Dr. Steven Goldsmith

M Ryan Henderson

Joseph C. Toscano

(Second Author)

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Joseph Toscano

Mia Hess

Chemistry

Dr. Jared Paul

Rachael Huegerich

Theology & Religious Studies

Dr. Ilia Delio

Danielle Hughes

Chemistry

Dr. Daniel Kraut

Nina Hulet

Natural Resources and Environmental Science

Lauren Lynch

Lauren Hurley*

Thomas Clement

(Second Author graduate student/postdoc)

Romain Olivier

(Third Author graduate student/postdoc)

Lionel Picard

(Fourth Author)

Patrice Rannou

Laurent Bernard

(Additional Authors, graduate students/postdocs)

 

Dr. Lionel Picard

Paul Jacob

Biology

Dr. Matthew Youngman

Danny Jensen

Joseph Neilsen

(Second Author)

Physics

Dr. Joseph Neilsen

Kaixuan Ji

Lauren Hurley

(Second Author)

Thomas Longo

(Third Author)

Fadi Bou-Abdallah

Paolo Arosio

Arthur Viescas

(Additional Authors, graduate students/postdocs)

Physics

Dr. Georgia Papaefthymiou

Mackenzie Jorgensen*

Minho Choi

(Second Author, graduate student/postdoc)

Jörg Becker

(Third Author, graduate student/postdoc)

 

Marco Niemann

Emily Khozouri

Biology

Dr. R. Kelman Wieder

Tyler Kline

Andrej Prša

(Second Author)

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Dr. Andrej Prša

Caleb Kwon

Joseph Neilsen

(Second Author)

Mike Nowak

(Third Author, graduate student/postdoc)

Zhang Shuo

(Fourth Author, graduate student/postdoc)

Daryl Haggard

Sera Markoff

Fred Baganoff

(Additional Authors, graduate students/postdocs)

Physics

Dr. Joseph Neilsen

Nicholas La Manna

Physics

Dr. Jeremy Carlo

Audrey Lawrence*

Batsal Devkota

(Second Author, graduate student/postdoc)

Minjie Lou

(Third Author, graduate student/postdoc)

Ian Krantz

(Fourth Author)

 

Dr. Ian Krantz

Emily Legaard

Sydney Bard

(Second Author)

Bryan Eigenbrodt

(Third Author)

Chemistry

Dr. Bryan Eigenbrodt

Austin Leitgeb

Hugo Sanchez

(Second Author)              

Chemistry

Dr. Robert Carden

Dr. Kevin Minbiole

Zhengyan Lyu

Shiyu Su

(Second Author)

Computing Science

Dr. Edward Kim

Dr. Benjamin R Mitchell

Erica Mallon

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Matthew Matell

Abramo Manfredonia

Ximena Jordan

(Second Author)

Daniel Kraut

(Third Author)

Chemistry

Dr. Daniel A. Kraut

Mansi Mann

Communication

Dr. Thomas Ksiazek

Dan McDonough

History

Dr. Craig Bailey

Kiernan McNeils*

 

Dr. Shivan Mehta

Kristen Meeh

Troy Shirangi

(Second Author)

Biology

Dr. Troy Shirangi

Keren Mir-Almaguer

Natasha Chlebuch

(Second Author)

Deena Weisberg

(Third Author)

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Deena Weisberg

Olivia Moyer

Olivia Pfeiffer

(Second Author)

Alexandra Vasquez

(Third Author)

Economics

Dr. Xiaoxiao Li

Kaitlyn Naughton

Biology

Dr. Michael Russell

Shaniya Peart

Lauren Raguette

(Second Author)

Ryan Jorn

(Third Author)

Chemistry

Dr. Ryan Jorn

Joselyn Penafiel

Computing Science

Dr. Edward Kim

Kaitlin Pensabene

Chemistry

Dr. Aimee Eggler

Alexander Petrallo

Astrophysics and Planetary Science

Dr. Andrej Prsa

Catherine Petretti

Joseph Neilsen

(Second Author)

Physics

Dr. Joseph Neilsen

Kathlyn Purcell

Scott Engle

(Second Author)

Astrophysics and Planetary Science

Dr. Scott Engle

Luke Rathbun

Noah Buzinkai

(Second Author)

Biology

Dr. Anil Bamezai

Jake Robinson

Computing Science

Dr. Vijay Gehlot

Jonathan Rodriguez

Andrej Prsa

(Second Author)

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Dr. Andrej Prsa

Alexander Saad

Kabindra Shakya

(Second Author)

Geography and the Environment

Dr. Kabindra Shakya

Nicholas Salerno

Biology

Dr. Elaine Youngman

Rhiann Sato

John Schmidt

(Second Author)

Janice E. Knepper

(Third Author, graduate student/postdoc)

Biology

Dr. John Schmidt

Nabiha Shahid

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Joseph Toscano

David Sokoloski

Jared Paul

(Second Author)

Chemistry

Dr. Jared Paul

Nicole Spanier*

Marty Schmer

Virginia Jin

 

Dr. Virginia Jin

Kathe Specht

Computing Science

Dr. Edward Kim

Destini Stanton

Peter Palenchar

(Second Author, graduate student/postdoc)

Jennifer Palenchar

(Third Author)

Chemistry

Dr. Jennifer Palenchar

Tariere Tebepah

Alexandra Buccelli

(Second Author)

Janette Herbers

(Third Author)

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Janette Herbers

Amira Temple

Geography and the Environment

Dr. Peleg Kremer

Romeo Tiu

Chemistry

Dr. Amanda Grannas

Dr. Vanessa Boschi

Sophia Tong

Computing Science

Dr. Benjamin R. Mitchell

Dr. Edward Kim

Kathryn Tsai*

Tiffany Amariuta

(Second Author)

Yang Luo

(Third Author)

Soumya Raychaudhuri

(Fourth Author)

 

Dr. Soumya Raychaudhuri

Lexi Tumblety

Astrophysics and Planetary Science

Dr. Kelly Hambleton

Eliana Uriona

Chemistry

Dr. Vanessa Boschi

Leah Waltrip

Elisabeth Dimitratos

(Second Author)

James Dzera

(Third Author)

Benjamin D. Sachs

(Fourth Author)

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Benjamin D. Sachs

Peter Webb

Physics

Dr. David Chuss

Lloyd Willis*

 

Jason Tallant

Dr. Jordan Price

Peony Wong

Janette Herbers

(Second Author)

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Janette Herbers

Philip Yang

Gregg Verutes

(Second Author)

Nikki Dix

(Third Author)

Samantha Chapman

(Fourth Author)

Biology

Dr. Samantha Chapman

*External research

Villanova School of Business Student Participants

Name(s)

Mentor Department

Mentor

Yihang Lin

Marketing & Business Law

Dr. Yoon-Na Cho

College of Engineering Student Participants

Name(s)

Mentor Department

Mentor

Samantha Bragen

Angela Hong

(Second Author)

Emily Harris

(Third Author)

Jacob Elmer

(Fourth Author)

Chemical Engineering

Dr. Jacob Elmer

Shannon Culloo

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Pritpal Singh

Minh Dang

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Wenqing Xu

Shaelynn Heffernan

Ian McKane

(Second Author)

Kristin Sample-Lord

(Third Author)

Virginia Smith

(Fourth Author)

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Kristin Sample-Lord

Dr. Virginia Smith

 

 

 

Min Ji Hong

Chemical Engineering

Dr. Jacob Elmer

Shenda Huang

Dongning Ma

(Second Author)

Jiao Xun

(Third Author)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Xun Jiao

 

Brian Jacko

Devin Krasowski

(Second Author)

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Bridget Wadzuk

Kerry Kitrick

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Garrett Clayton

Joseph Krueger

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. David Cereceda

Nayeon Kwak

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Andrea Welker

Dongning Ma

Raymond Ogunjimi

(Second Author)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Xun Jiao

Jessica McKean

Chemical Engineering

Dr. Jacob Elmer

Joseph Mendez

Melwin Rajan

(Second Author)

Chemical Engineering

Dr. Michael Smith

Dr. Charles Coe

Anthony Vallace

Juliet Minor

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Alfonso Ortega

James Phelan

Felipe ValenzuelaGaete

(Second Author)

Alfonso Ortega

(Third Author)

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Alfonso Ortega

Ben Trinkle

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Chandrasekhar Nataraj

Felipe ValenzuelaGaete

James Phelan

(Second Author)

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Alfonso Ortega

Conor Waldt

Rees Rankin

(Second Author)              

Chemical Engineering

Dr. Rees Rankin

Xingjian Wang

Dongning Ma

(Second Author)

Xun Jiao

(Third Author)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Xun Jiao

Nicholas Yoo

Dong Zhou

(Second Author)

Kai Xiao

(Third Author)

Bo Li

(Fourth Author)

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Bo Li

Fitzpatrick College of Nursing Students Participants

Name(s)

Mentor Department

Mentor

Alyssa Danner

Nursing

Dr. Christina Whitehouse

Dr. Melissa O'Connor

Erin Freitas

Nursing

Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell

Madeleine Ottignon

Melissa O’Connor

(Second Author)

Christina Whitehouse

(Third Author)

Nursing

Dr. Christina Whitehouse

Dr. Melissa O'Connor