UA Little Rock recently announced the winners of the 2019 Research and Creative Works Expo.
Students presented more than 150 research and creative works April 18 in the Jack Stephens Center during the premiere student research event.
Student projects were judged on the novelty and clarity of their research, the soundness of their methodology, the potential application of their findings, and the student’s ability to explain their project to an expert and lay audience.
“This year’s expo was bigger and better than ever before, and was part of the first ever Research and Creativity in the Rock (RCR),” said Dr. Abhijit Bhattacharyya, interim vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School. “The RCR was an ensemble of four different college events and the expo. The presentations – posters, demonstrations and performance – were spectacular. Faculty, family, and friends turned out to celebrate the undergraduate and graduate winners of the expo in a wonderful ceremony on May 2.”
The student winners, their faculty mentors, and projects include:
Computer Science/Information Science
(Mariofanna Milanova, mentor for all awardees in this category)
1st Kajal Shukla, “Prediction of Coronary Heart Disease Using Machine Learning Models”
2nd Sam Willis, “Computer Vision System for Identifying and Quantifying Waste”
3rd Lamarcus Coleman, “Human Interaction with Multivariate Sentiment Distributions of Stocks Intraday”
1st Thomas Jackson (William Marshall), “Scenic Design for The Fringe Festival 2019”
1st Trigun Maroo (Andrew Wright), “A Novel Gripping System for Corrugated Box Grasping and Manipulation for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”
2nd Abbas Al-Wahhamy (Hussain Al-Rizzo), “Efficient Evaluation of Massive MIMO Channel Capacity”
3rd Gregory Riley (Hirak Patangia), “Extending Life of Electric Vehicle Batteries Using a Novel Battery Voltage Equalization Technique”
1st Mary Melissa Miller (Floyd Martin), “Marriage Rituals in a Renaissance Italy and the Significance of the Cassone”
1st Kalyca Spinler (Rene Shroat Lewis), “Improving Student Outcomes in Introductory Earth Science Courses Using Active Learning Strategies”
2nd Quinshell Smith, Nawzat Saadi, Khulud Alotaibi, and Laylan Hassan (Tansel Karabacak), “Enhancing the Antibacterial Efficacy of Aluminum Foil by Nanostructuring its Surface Using Hot Water Treatment”
1st Emilie Darrigues (Alexandru Biris) “Interaction of Drug pH-Responsive Gold Nanorods in ‘Big’ 3D Pancreatic Microtumors Using Fluorescence, Photoacoustic and Photothermal Microscopies”
2nd Molly White and Bryan White (Alexandru Biris), “Selectively Targeting Cancer Cells Using Nanotechnology”
2nd Ilham Kadhim (Fusheng Tang), “Osh6 Controls Membrane Trafficking Through its ORD Domain”
1st Amanda Jalihal (Noureen Siraj), “Highly Thermal Stable and Photostable Ionic Materials and Nanomaterials for Solar Cell Applications”
2nd Anil Parameswaran Thankam (Anindya Ghosh), “Synthesis of Guar Bean-Based Thermo-responsive and Injectable Hydrogels for Drug Delivery and Bone Cell Growth”
3rd Hind Jawad (Alexandru Biris), “Low-Cost, Portable, Pulsed Diode Laser Based Photoacoustic Flow Cytometry for Early Detection of Circulating Clots to Prevent Stroke Disease”
1st Sajni Kumpuris (April Chatham-Carpenter), “Combating the Opioid Crisis: A Comparative Study of Opioid Education for Older Adults in Medically Underserved Communities”