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Past Award Winners

Fall 2023 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair Award Winners

Basic and Natural Sciences

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Winner: Jakub Kubina, “Novel LRH-1 Endogenous Ligand Discovery Protocol”

Runner Up: Sara Hanna, “Isolation and Characterization of a New Set of Mutations in Core Spindle Pole Body Protein Ppc89 Leads to Mitotic Defects”

Runner Up: Sydney Hawkins, “MC3R Neurons Integrate Energy and Reproduction During Development”

Runner Up: Frank Zhou, “Improved Glucose Tolerance in Mice With a Pancreatic β-cell Knock-out of Ascl1”

Clinical and Translational Research


Co-winner: Laura Wan, “Understanding M4 mAChR Regulation of Sleep-Wake Architecture in Young Mice”


Co-winner: Emily Qian, “Characterization of immune cell populations and kinase activation in cell-free hemoglobin exposed lungs”

Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics including Data Science


Winner: Abi Kothapalli, “Learning-Based Heuristic for Combinatorial Optimization of the Minimum Dominating Set Problem”

Runner Up: Gabriella Glomp, “Smart Blood Pump for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)”

Social Sciences, Humanities, and Public Health


Winner: Sunny Gorrepati, “Language exposure in infancy and toddler expressive and receptive vocabulary”

Runner Up: Nikita Rohila, “A Linguistic Analysis of Psychosocial Factors in Sexual and Gender Minority Youth’s Positive and Negative Daily Experiences: A Daily Diary Study”

Runner Up: Yichi Zhang, “Extra-Axial Cerebrospinal Fluid Volume in Infancy and School-Age ADHD Symptomatology”

Spring 2023 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair Award Winners

Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal Manuscript Competition

Winner: Kwan Nok Adrian Wong, “Can You Imagine That: Individual Differences in Visual Mental Imagery”

1st Runner Up: Elisabeth Dale Wood, “Psychedelic Sensationalism: An Analysis of the Schedule Classification of Psilocybin”

2nd Runner Up: Rohit Kataria, “An Assessment of the Correlation Between Teacher-Student Racial Congruence and Student Mathematics Performance in Black, Hispanic, and White Teachers and Students”


Best Research Fair Poster

Basic and Natural Sciences

Winner: Tiffany Zhou, “Exploring Copper Acquisition and Detoxification in Acinetobacter baumannii”

1st Runner Up: Weixi (Vincent) Kang, “Ferroptosis Inhibitors Suppress Prostaglandin Synthesis in Lipopolysaccharide-Stimulated Macrophages”

2nd Runner Up: Shanay Desai, “Evaluating the Mechanisms of Yoda1 Sensitization of TRAIL-Mediated Apoptosis in Glioblastoma Cells”

Clinical and Translational Research

Winner: Arthur Yu, “Selective inhibition of M5 muscarinic acetylcholine receptors attenuates dopamine release in the mesolimbic dopaminergic circuitry”

1st Runner Up: Yuhan Wang, “Ascorbate insufficiency alters EEG phenotype and glutamate transmission in a model of Alzheimer’s Disease”

Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics including Data Science

Winner: Ally Questell, “A Bone Marrow Mimetic Culture Platform for Evaluating Stiffness Effects on Breast Cancer Metastasis”

1st Runner Up: Richard Song, “Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Modulates Physiological Influences on the BOLD Signal in Older Adults”

Social Sciences, Humanities, and Public Health

Winner: Jiulin (Zoe) Dai, “Unique and Shared Mechanisms of Reading Skill and Anxiety Symptoms in Children”

1st Runner Up: Caroline Ambriano, “Examining Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Disclosure in Adolescents: A Mixed Methods Investigation”

2nd Runner Up: Amelia Shaddinger, “Antenatal Maternal Depressive Symptoms, Perceived Stress, and Infant Hippocampal Volume”