2009 Symposium

 2009UGS_Winners11th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for
Scholarly & Creative Work

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Keynote Speaker: Peter C. Mancall

 

2009 Symposium Program

2009 Awards Banquet Program

2009 Undergraduate Symposium Prize Winners

$1000 First Prizes and $500 Second Prizes were awarded in each category

Arts

Honorable Mention Nicole Ferguson
Knowledge and Art
Faculty Sponsor: Dallas Willard, Philosophy
2nd Prize Ciaran Vejby
Ishi’s Legacy
Faculty Sponsor: Nathalie Joseph, English, USC College
1st Prize Elke Schnittker
Greensburg ‘Natural Swim Park’ 
Faculty Sponsor: Janek Dombrowa, Architecture
Interdisciplinary Award
Emily Yu
A Travelogue from Botswana
Faculty Sponsor: Ron Rizk, Fine Arts

Humanities

Honorable Mention Jacob Bongers
Illuminating Culture Clash: Material Smashing in Northern Chile
Faculty Sponsors: Ran Boytner, Anthropology; Lynn Swartz Dodd, Religion, USC College
2nd Prize Joseph Henderer
Southern California’s Indigenous Languages: Documenting Our Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Fight Against Language Endangerment
Faculty Sponsor: Andrew Simpson, Linguistics, USC College
1st Prize Jennifer Crawford
Bringing the Past to Life: Recreating an Ancient Egyptian Gilding Technique
Faculty Sponsor: Lynn Swartz Dodd, Religion, USC College

Life Sciences

Honorable Mention Sara Kingston
Exploring the Nature of 7 rrn Operons Through Their Effects on Growth Rate and Survival of E. coli
Faculty Sponsor: Steve Finkel, Computational and Molecular Biology
Honorable Mention Amy Hurwitz
Bacterial Aging: the cause of death phase in E. coli
Faculty Sponsor: Steve Finkel, Computational and Molecular Biology
2nd Prize Miriam Lassiter
Pharyngeal Pouch Development in Zebrafish
Faculty Sponsors: Chong Pyo Choe, and Gage Crump, Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
2nd Prize Stephanie Hudiburgh
Investigating the Role of Smads in Commissural Neuron Specification
Faculty Sponsor: Samantha Butler, Biological Sciences, USC College
1st Prize Valerie Yuan
The Roles of Oncogene Homolog Sch9 and Rev1 Polymerase in Age-Dependent Genomic Instability
Faculty Sponsor: Valter Longo, Gerontology

Physical Sciences & Engineering

Honorable Mention Harris Talsky
Emanation Rates of Radon and Radium from Coastal Sands: A tool for estimating seawater circulation rates through permeable sediments
Faculty Sponsor: Douglas Hammond, Earth Sciences, USC College
Honorable Mention Sharla Shimono
U-Pb Zircon Age Constraints on the Tectonic Evolution of the Northern Margin of the North China Craton and Souther Margin of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt
Faculty Sponsor: Scott Paterson, Geological Sciences, USC College
2nd Prize Joseph Lubinski and Kedar Naik
Heat Transfer from a Cylinder undergoing Streamwise Oscillations in a Cross-flow
Faculty Sponsor: Tait Pottebaum, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Viterbi
2nd Prize Hubert Lau and Balyn Zaro
Solvent-Free, One-Pot Synthesis of Alpha-Aminonitriles Using Acid Catalysts
Faculty Sponsor: Surya Prakash, Chemistry, USC College
1st Prize Marie Anne Cuevas
Low Temperature Synthesis of Perovskite Nanocrystals and their Applications to Nanocomposite Dielectrics
Faculty Sponsor: Richard Brutchey, Jr., Chemistry, USC College
Interdisciplinary Award
Leslie Koehn
Positive Train Control – The Answer to Rail Safety Calamity
Faculty Sponsor: Najmedin Meshkati,Civil & Environmental Engineering, Industrial Systems Engineering, Viterbi

Social Sciences

Honorable Mention Diana Bennett, Lauren Ford and Rachel Rice
You Defriended Me!?: The Scope and Prevalence of Interpersonal Aggression
Faculty Sponsors: Gayla Margolin, Psychology, USC College
Honorable Mention Amanda Bogart and Ashley Flor
Rhythm in Second Language Speech
Faculty Sponsor: María Luisa Zubizarreta, Linguistics, USC College
2nd Prize Noelle Miller
A Question of Reproductive Freedom
Faculty Sponsors: Nancy Lutkehaus, Anthropology, USC College
2nd Prize Joshua Lang
Cuban Health Care: First Class Public Health on a Third World Budget
Faculty Sponsors: Nancy Lutkehaus and Cheryl Mattingly, Anthropology, USC College
1st Prize Lydia Green
Central Alaskan Yup’ik: A Linguistic Research Project
Faculty Sponsor: Bruce Zuckerman, Religion, USC College
Interdisciplinary Award Nicole Hummel
Deconstructing Sex Tourism: Imperialism, Patriarchy, and Women’s Bodies
Faculty Sponsor: Amy Parish, Anthropology/Gender Studies, USC College

Most Innovative
sponsored by USC Stevens Center

Honorable Mention Amy Hurwitz
Bacterial Aging: the cause of death phase in E. coli
Faculty Sponsor: Steve Finkel, Computational and Molecular Biology
Honorable Mention Ashley Maker
Design and Fabrication of Waveguide Sensors
Faculty Sponsor: Andrea Armani, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Viterbi
2nd Prize Tina Hovsepian
Cardborigami
Faculty Sponsor: Doris Sung, Architecture
1st Prize Marie Anne Cuevas
Low Temperature Synthesis of Perovskite Nanocrystals and their Applications to Nanocomposite Dielectrics
Faculty Sponsors: Richard Brutchey, Jr., Chemistry, USC College