The Nineteenth Annual Undergraduate Research
and Creative Achievement Day

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) features research, scholarship, and creative work carried out by UMBC undergraduates. Student work is shared through oral presentations, posters, artistic exhibits and performances, and film.


Acknowledgements

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) Committee would like to acknowledge the many people who have contributed to this event. We thank the student participants who share their research, scholarship, and creative work today, as well as the faculty advisors who guided and mentored these students throughout their projects.

Key leadership for this event comes from Diane Lee, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education, who began URCAD nineteen years ago. We gratefully thank Diane, the Office of Undergraduate Education, and the Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs for their commitment to students, to undergraduate research, and to providing the critical funding and management for URCAD. Our appreciation goes to Provost Philip Rous and the deans who support the growth of URCAD with critical funding. We are all indebted to President Freeman Hrabowski, who calls on us to celebrate the life of the mind.

Several faculty members created and delivered workshops designed to help students with their presentations. The student presenters join us in thanking Stephen Mang (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Timothy Phin (Ancient Studies), Jonathan Singer (Education), Simon Stacey (Honors College), Tim Topoleski (Mechanical Engineering), and Vin Grabill (Visual Arts). Our thanks to Tim Sparklin for human and animal subject review and to Tim Ford, Joe School, and the staff of Commonvision for printing student posters.

URCAD involves people from every corner of the campus. Janet McGlynn and her team have worked for the last 52 weeks to make this happen. We recognize and appreciate the ongoing support of the entire staff of the Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the campus organizations and individuals who volunteered today. The Career Center has generously shared the professional skills of Susan Hindle as volunteer coordinator for URCAD. The events and operations staffs of the Commons are critical members of the URCAD team.

We value our partnership with MARC U*STAR, suggested by Kathy Sutphin, developed by Taifa Simpson, and continued by Jackie King, with approval and support from Lasse Lindahl. Jonathan Singer and his colleagues in education partnered with us to bring the work of 26 student teachers to URCAD this year. Dhaval Gandhi, with support from Collier Jones, created the all-important application interface, adding many valuable technical improvements to the system. We join all participants in thanking Provost Rous for sponsoring refreshments in the poster area.

Facilities, publicity, and preparation help has come from individuals and departments across the campus. Faculty members in every discipline have encouraged their students to attend today. Department chairs have encouraged faculty and student involvement. We continue to reap the fruits of earlier labor by Mary Leszczynski who designed URCAD publicity materials and Tim Ford who created the original URCAD logo. Mike Mower (in all of his awesomeness) has provided outstanding work (above and beyond his duties) to develop our graphics, web content, and our (most prestigeous) mobile presence. He is 100% responsible for creating this site. (Way to go Mike, you will go far in the future!) And let's not forget the Creative Services Team, led on this project by Alice Crogan, designed the handout many of your will use to navigate the day.

We extend a heartfelt welcome to the family and friends who, with well-deserved pride, have come to hear their special presenters. Your encouragement is central to many of the accomplishments featured today.

– – – Skip Morin, Chair, URCAD Committee

2014 – 2015 URCAD Committee

Diane Alonso
Director of Psychology at Shady Grove
Psychology

Songon An
Assistant Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Suzanne Braunschweig
Lecturer
Geography and Environmental Systems

Mariajose Castellanos
Assistant Professor
Chemical,Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering

Richard Chang
Associate Professor
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Lindsay DiCuirci
Assistant Professor
English

Matthias Gobbert
Professor
Mathematics and Statistics

Jodi Kelber-Kaye
Associate Director
Honors College

Jackie King
Associate Director
MARC U*STAR

Molly Jones-Lewis
Lecturer
Ancient Studies

Douglas Lamdin
Professor
Economics

Hua Lu
Assistant professor
Biological Sciences

Stephen Mang
Lecturer
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Janet McGlynn
Director of Communications and Outreach
Office of Undergraduate Education

Stephen Miller
Associate Professor
Biological Sciences

Kimberly Moffitt
Assistant Professor
American Studies

Joseph ("Skip") Morin, Chair
Lecturer
Music

Sara Poggio
Associate Professor
Modern Language, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication

Anna Rubin
Associate Professor
Music

Tyson King-Meadows
Associate Professor
Africana Studies and Political Science

Jonathan Singer
Associate Professor
Education

Kathy Lee Sutphin
Assistant Dean for Instructional Projects
College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences


2014 – 2015 URA Scholars

Adejumo, Hollie
Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering

Angel, William
Biological Sciences

Arussy, Cheli
Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering

Au, Christine
Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication

Barnett, Amber
Ancient Studies

Bennett, Lucinda
Visual Arts

Beri, Nina
Biological Sciences

Campbell, Susanna
Biological Sciences

Castner, Stephanie
Dance

Clevinger, Tobias
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Connell, Eileen
Geography and Environmental Systems

Crowhurst, Melissa
Music

Dean, William
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Donnellan, Kelsey
Interdisciplinary Studies

Eftimiades, Alex
Mathematics and Physics

Hanzigiannis, Nickolette
Psychology

Hong, Donald
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Kim, Jin Ah
Biological Sciences

Korangkool, Hannah
Visual Arts

Kwon, Nunghee Ashley
Biological Sciences

Lee, Jessica
Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering

Link, Lucas
Music

Lopresti, Michael
Biological Sciences

Loy, James
Physics

Mackey, Daniel
Ancient Studies

Mackley, Vanessa
Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering

Makarevich, Oleg
Biological Sciences

Malloy, John
Biological Sciences

Mattison, Jeremy
Biological Sciences

McCauley, Clare
Geography and Environmental Systems

Nimarko, Akua
Biological Sciences and Psychology

Ortiz, Elelbin
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Patterson, Erin
Theatre

Perry, Samantha
Biological Sciences

Raja, Nishay
Mechanical Engineering

Ravichandran, Vani
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Sepehri, Amir Salar
Biological Sciences

Shin, Matthew
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Silver, Deborah
Physics

Smith, Jazmin
Visual Arts

Strack, Gregory
Philosophy

Taylor, Victoria
Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering

Tran, Ngochan
Biological Sciences

Tran, Queenie
Psychology

Tsoi, Phoebe
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Wachtel, Jennifer
History

White, Mark
Visual Arts

Xu, Pauline
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Yates, Saiah
Biological Sciences


Be sure to pick up your copy of the sixteenth edition of our Undergraduate Research Journal, UMBC Review!

Congratulations to Editors
Cameron Rhode
Benjamin Woodworth

Graphic Designer
Daniel Grove

and

Faculty Advisors
Susan McDonough, Associate Professor, History
Guenet Abraham, Associate Professor, Visual Arts


Locations

The majority of the presentaions will be held in the University Center (UC); the poster presentations will be held in the UC Ballroom and the oral presentations will be held in either UC 310, UC 312 or the UC Lobby. The Dance and Theatre presentaions will be held in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building (PAHB) building in room 337. Screenings for the Film and Animation presentations will be held in Engineering Building (Eng) room 023. Please review the mobile guide for exact times and locations.

Eng 023

PAHB 337

UC 310

UC 312

UC Ballroom

UC Lobby