Research Showcase

The University of Denver's Research & Scholarship showcase welcomes DU community members to join us in admiration of the exemplary scholarship of our graduate and undergraduate students. This is a collaborative event that combines the previously separate Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium and Graduate DURAPS Research Symposium.

This year's showcase will take place virtually, through a combination of livestreams and dialogue via Twitter.

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Schedule

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    Welcome with Interim Provost Lengsfeld

    May 20, 2020

    12:35 p.m. MT

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    Pre-Recorded Zoom Keynote Presentations

    May 20, 2020

    1:00 p.m. -- Every 30 Minutes

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    Samir Rezgui

    May 20, 2020

    1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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    Christina Herrera

    May 20, 2020

    1:30 p.m. –  2:00 p.m.

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    Grant Goble

    May 20, 2020

    2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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    Kaitlyn Elting

    May 20, 2020

    2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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    Andres Pulido and Avery Becklenberg

    May 20, 2020

    3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

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    Marianne Hughes

    3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

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  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

    Chloe Allison

    @chloeallison_DU

     

    "And The War Goes On..." American Women Battling Sexism in the Vietnam War Era

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    Anne Berset

    @BersetAnne

     

    Formal and Informal Support: Moderating Adverse Childhood Experiences and Mental Health

     

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    Hannah Branit

    @hbranit

     

     

    Minority Mental Health: Differences in Use of Mental Health Resources 

     

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    Rosie Contino

    @rosieroe753

     

    What's Out There? Mapping Sexuality Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

     

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    Anna Daley Laursen

    @adaleylaursen

     

    An Intersectional Feminist Analysis of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

     

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    Elena Engel

    @Twitterhandle

     

    The Influences of Maternal Behaviors on Infant Vocal Reactivity and Soothability: Maternal Positive Affect, Sensitivity, and Stimulation as Predictive Elements

     

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    Dylan Fox

    @DylanFoxDU

    Trouble in Tokyo: The West's Fight for the Mind of Cold War Japan

     

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    Mathew Greenlee

    @GreenleeMathew

     

    Using the Past to Find a Future: German Intellectual Engagement with the Holocaust and the Construction of a New National Identity

     

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    Madison Hakey

    @HakeyMadison

     

     

     

     

    Disclosure and Perceived Social Support for Sexual Assault Survivors

     

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    Bailey Harris

    @blumeharris

     

    Elation and Devastation: Relationships Between Media Consumption, Political Affiliation, and Emotional Responses to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

     

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    Ilana Hayutin

    @IHayutin

     

    How often and how well do people reappraise?: An investigation of selection and implementation of reappraisal tactics

     

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    Monica Kleyman

    @KleymanMonica

     

     

     

    Forced Zionism? The Role Of The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) And The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) In Soviet Jewish Emigration

     

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    Oscar Lama

    @Comma_Splice33

     

     

    Media Coverage Matters: Examining News Stories About Juvenile Crime During Two Eras

     

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    Mackenzie Langley

    @MackenzieGLang1

     

     

    Academic and Student Perspectives on Diversity at an “Inclusive Excellence” University

     

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    Kate Maegley

    @KMaegley

     

     

    Becoming Active Consumers: The Connection Between Reflection, Media, and Gender

     

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    Mackenzie Maher

    @MackenzieMaher2

     

     

     

    Evaluating Anger Bias in Facial Perception Within the Context of a Crowd Setting

     

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    Wesley Mysinger

    @MysingerWesley

     

    Social Categorization in Spatial Context

     

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    Haley Paez

    @hpaezz9

     

    The Sustainability Initiative at the Denver Rescue Mission

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    Naitra Ramchander

    @NaitraRamchand1

     

    Maternal Anxiety and ERP Responses to Happy, Angry, and Fearful Faces in 7-Month- Olds

     

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    Laurel Schlegel

    @LaurelSchlegel

    A Voice for the Voiceless: How American Religious Activists Spoke Out Against the U.S. Government's Role in Cold War Central America

     

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    Richie Snook

    @richie_snook

     

     

    Facing the Consequences: The Rhetoric of Denial During the #MeToo Movement

     

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    Avery Stackle

    @Realswimshadyyy

     

     

     

    Analysis of Forensic Interview Techniques

     

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    Marissa Sulmeisters

    @Mar56115879

     

     

    Recidivism: A Case Study Of Reentry Resources And Their Impact On Successful Reentry Post-Incarceration

     

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    Zane Taylor

    @zanetay56154400

     

    Journey to the White Continent: Research as an Artist

     

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    Tabitha Wilbur

    @tabithawilbur

     

    Effect of Maternal Sensitivity on Infant Attentional Biases towards Emotional Stimuli

     

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  • Josef Korbel School of International Studies

    Kathryn Constantinides

    @katy_ann97

     

    Queering Human Capital: a post-structuralist discourse analysis of the World Bank's Human Capital Project

     

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    Cate Daniels

    @CateDaniels3

     

    Creating a Sustainability Ethic in Artisanal Fisheries

     

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    Walid Hedidar

    @walidhedidar

     

     

     

     

     

    The Laïcisation of the Religious Radical in French Public Schools: Does Educational Secularization Drive Youth Away From Violent Extremism  (corrected)

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    Marianne Hughes

    @Mariann92769993

     

    How Power Dresses: The Gendered Aesthetics of Uniform A Comparative Case Study of Contemporary Female Heads of State and/or Government in Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines

     

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    Annee Lorentzen

    @r_annee

     

    The Role of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Conservation

     

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    Andres Pulido

    @andrespulido102

    Advancing A Community Solution Towards Homelessness View Prezi

    Melissa Shambach

    @tea_with_meli

     

    Entrepreneurship and Youth Unemployment in Jordan

     

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    Grace Reckmeyer

    @GReckmeyer

    Women’s Community Conservation: The Effects of Mangrove Restoration Project in Gazi Bay, Kwale County, Kenya

     

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  • College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

    Madeline Almen

    @Madeline_Almen

     

    Effects of Microsite Characteristics on Tree Recruitment in the Rocky Mountains

     

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    Angela Baybayon-Grangeorge

    @bg_angela1

     

    Therapeutic Effects of Betacyanin-enriched Extract from Red-Fleshed Dragon Fruit in the G93A Mutant hSOD1 Mouse Model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

     

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    Sophia Bloss

    @sblossie

     

    Analyzing Auditory Characteristics Of A Novel Mating Signal In Teleogryllus oceanicus

     

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    Hannah Burbach

    @BurbachHannah

     

    A Phylogenetic Study On The Activation Mechanism of MC5R By The Pituitary Hormone ACTH

     

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    June Churchill

    @JuneChurchill2

     

    Star Go Boom: Observations and Modeling of SN2012au

     

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    Nana Danso

    @nanaa_banana

     

    Role of Microbiome-Derived Polyamines in Parkinson’s Diseases

     

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    Mawusi Danso

    @MawusiDanso

     

    Self-Care or Caring for?: Community Trauma, Social Justice Work, and the Positioning of Self-Care.

     

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    Anna Dischler

    @AnnaDischler

     

    The Effect of TRPML1 Mutations on Zinc and Calcium Permeability in MLIV

     

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    Haley Hammond

    @halham1548

    Designing Protein Puzzles for Education in Foldit Standalone

     

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    Dylan Henkel

    @DylanHenkelDU

     

    Establishing a Closed-Loop Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Circuit in a Parkinson’s Disease Rat Model

     

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    Brianna Herner

    @brianna_h_828

     

    Chronicling Enriched Uranium Atmospheric Deposition in Pond Sediments in Piketon, OH

     

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    Carrie Hicks

    @carriehicks160

     

    A transcriptomic characterization of immortalized hippocampal Ts16 cell lines to further  elucidate the hippocampal dysfunction in Down Syndrome

     

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    Toni Hinskton

    @HinsktonToni

     

    Catalan Graph

     

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    Veronica Huizar Cabral

    @VeronicaHuizar7

     

    The Role of RNA in Protein Folding and Aggregation

     

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    Leah Huzjak

    @HuzjakLeah

     

    Vortex Formation In Light Due To A Blockage

     

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    Aly Jeng

    @alcj03

     

    Human Mutations In VPS41 And Their Effects On Insulin Secretion

     

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    Michelle Kyster

    @MKyster 

     

    Photoassisted [4+2] Cycloaddition Followed by Modification

     

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    Kate LeJeune

    @klejeune_16

     

    Optimization of a Genetically Encoded Optical Zinc Probe

     

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    Rebecca McCubbin

    @Becca09003376

     

    Photoluminescence and Photocurrent in Perovskite Solar Cells

     

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    Marin Miner

    @marinminer

    Analyzing the pharmacological properties of Neopterygian Melanocortin-2 Receptor and Melanocortin-5 Receptor: A study on bowfin (Amia calva)

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    Will Moody

    @WillMoo43080255

     

    Role Of FXS-Causing Point Mutations In FMRP's KH RNA Binding Domains In The Regulation Of Its Function In Vivo

     

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    Ngoc Nguyen

    @baongoc710

     

    Accessing Heavy Metal And Nutrient Pollution In Sediments And Surface Water In To Lich River, Hanoi, Vietnam

     

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    Kate Pletcher

    @katebpletcher

     

    Controlling And Correcting Optical Vortex Tilt

     

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    Samir Rezgui

    @SamirRezgui_

     

    Synthesis of Fluorescent Compounds to Detect Ethylene Gas

     

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    Madison Russell

    @Madison1Russell

     

    Preventative Therapeutic Effects of ImmunocalⓇ in a Mouse Model of Repetitive Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (corrected)

     

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    Lincoln Schafer

    @LincolnSchafer

     

    Quantitative Research Into Light Pollution

     

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    Sam Scherer

    @Twitterhandle

     

    High Throughput Drug Screening of FDA Approved Drugs for Glioblastoma Multiforme

     

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    Irene Schimmel

    @SchimmelIrene

     

    The Unseen Impacts Of Light Pollution On Human Health

     

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    Aziz Syammach

    @AzizSyammach

     

    Wing Morphometric Analysis of a Novel Sexual Signal in Pacific Field Crickets

     

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    Nic Tarasewicz

    @NicT68194639

     

    Neighborhood-level Impacts of Street Trees on Air Pollution Mitigation and Urban Health in Washington Park and Park Hill, Denver, CO

     

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    Anit Tyagi

    @Anit_Tyagi_

     

    Understanding Why The Anti-Cancer Drug, Pembrolizumab, Fails In Certain Patients

     

     

    Tadeusz (Teddy) Wroblewski

    @TeddyWroblewski

     

     

    Inhibition of PDGFR May Be a Viable Treatment Option for Meningiomas

     

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  • Daniels College of Business

    Ericka Bremer

    @rickiejoyo

     

    How to Increase Student Engagement at the University of Denver: A Study of How & Why Undergraduates Spend Their Time

     

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    Christina Herrera

    @Christina_IH

     

    Revenue Management and Restaurants

     

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  • Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science

    Maxwell Gordon

    @flashmax1235

     

    A Centralized Approach for Directing Autonomous Vehicles Through an Intersection

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    Emma Young

    @EmmaYou06970286

    Creating a Statistical Shape Model of the Patella

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    Sameer Chopra

    @chopra_bobby

     

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    Andriy Novykov

    @Twitterhandle

     

    Design of a Tetro-Drive for closed-loop Deep Brain Stimulation systems

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    Kaitlin Smith

    @Kaitlin60417603

     

     

    Improved Approach for Multiple Signal Alignment with Dynamic Time Warping for Application to Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease 

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    Lesley Figueroa

    @lesleyafigueroa

     

     

     

    Use Of Computer Vision System To Determine The Severity Of Movement Disorder In Parkinson’s Disease 

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  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

    Kiki Kline

    @Kiki_Katrina_

    Eating Disorders and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Adolescents

     

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    Lucien Darjeun Meadows

    @darjeun

     

     

    Elohlogies of Environmental Trauma, Reclamation, and Survivance

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  • Graduate School of Social Work

    Jennifer Stanga

    @Twitterhandle

     

    TF-CBT With CBITS For Students That Experience Trauma

     

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    In young Park 

    @inyopa09

     

    A phenomenological study of Korean American parents of 1.5-generation immigrant child

     

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    Kaitlyn Elting

    @KaitlynElting

     

    The One Health Impacts of Trap-Neuter-Return

     

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  • Sturm College of Law

    Shani Vargo

    IMPLEMENTATION OF A CONDITIONAL GUARDIANSHIP: IMPROVING THE INDEPENDENCE FOR COLORADO ADULTS WITH MILD TO MODERATE COGNITIVE DISABILITIES

     

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  • Graduate School of Professional Psychology

    Ethan Rosen

    @Rosen_EL

    Pensamiento Saludable: Adaptation Phase of the Thinking Healthy Program

     

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  • Josef Korbel School of International Studies

    Sarina Phu

    @SarinaPhu

     

    Resistance Isn’t Futile: A Case Study of the Hong Kong Extradition Bill Protests

     

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    Aaron Lathrop-Melting

    @aaron_melting

     

     

    Will Climate Change Affect Cocaine Production? Employing Indirect Agricultural Impact Modeling Techniques to Assess Climate's Role in Illicit Coca Yields in Colombia, with Implications for Adaptation and Policy

     

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  • Morgridge College of Education

    Amy Vo

    @AmyVo82978535

     

    Culturally Responsive Practices to Effectively Teach Students Whom Are Refugees

     

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    Joi Lin

    @JoiLinCO

    Educational Experiences of Gifted Graduate Students Studying Gifted Education

     

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    Paige Alfonzo

    @paigealfonzo

     

    Measuring the Connective Action of Black Lives Matter Activists: A Psychometric Investigation into Twitter Data

     

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    Grant Goble

    @grhogo

     

    The Impact of a High School Theatre Arts Program on Student Academic and Non-Academic Outcomes: A Case Study

     

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    Laurier Cress

    @CressLaurier

     

    The High John Experiment: An Analysis of Library Outreach in A Historically Marginalized Community

     

     

Keynote Speakers

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Grant Goble

Grant is in the Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. program within the Morgridge College of Education. Prior to attending the University of Denver, Grant was a high school theatre teacher and director, which informs his research interests in theatre arts, arts-based education, and utilizing theatre arts outside the theatre classroom. He recently defended his dissertation on the impact of theatre arts participation and student outcomes.

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Christina Herrera

My name is Christina Herrera. I am a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Daniels College of Business. I am studying Hospitality Management in the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, and I am also pursuing a minor in Spanish. My concentration is in revenue management and I hope to one day become a Hotel Revenue Analyst. Through my time at DU, I have had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester at Queen’s University, Belfast, and work with some of the country’s top hospitality companies, including MGM Resorts International, and Relais and Chateaux. I am so thankful for the opportunities have gained throughout my four years as a student at DU and am proud to call this university my home.

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Samir Rezgui

Samir is fourth year undergraduate student studying chemistry. Throughout his undergraduate studies Samir became deeply interested in organic chemistry, which prompted him to join Dr. Michel’s organic chemistry research group at the end of his sophomore year. Samir has focused his research efforts towards developing tools to detect endogenous ethylene and carbon monoxide in biological systems. This fall Samir will continue his organic chemistry pursuits at Cal Tech, where he will be working towards a PhD in chemistry. His graduate studies are funded through the NSF Graduate Research Fellows Program. Samir aspires towards a career as a synthetic organic chemist, with his dream job being a chemist who synthesizes novel fragrance compounds for perfumes.

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Marianne Hughes

Marianne will soon complete her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies, French, and Art History before continuing her studies in the fall at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies as a Master’s Candidate. She is especially interested in the intersectional study of material culture, clothing, and politics, and has conducted research on the subject in London, Paris, Sydney, Jakarta, and Manila. As a Research Assistant Project Lead at the Pardee Center for International Futures, her background in studying Head of Government and State travel was especially formative in shaping her thesis research. She would like to extend a special thank you to her colleagues at the Pardee Center and especially her thesis advisor, Dr. Marie Berry.

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Kaitlyn Elting

My name is Kaitlyn Elting and I am currently a graduate student at the University of Denver working to earn my Master of Social Work degree. I have nearly ten years of experience working with youth and adolescents in academic and therapeutic environments. Previously, I have worked in classrooms, ran after school enrichment programs, and worked at a short-term residential crisis facility. I plan to obtain my Animal Assisted Social Work certification and follow the children & youth track at GSSW. I also currently work as a Graduate Research Assistant for IHAC in the Animals in Communities project with a focus on PFL and TNR. I truly value the opportunity to study the human-animal bond, something I’ve known for a long time was truly special and so powerful, and I look forward to pursuing a career that pairs my passion for adolescent advocacy and therapy, animals, and social justice!

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Andres Pulido

As a University of Denver, second-year Honors and Boettcher Scholar, Andres Pulido is pursuing a B.S.B.A in Finance and a B.A. in International Studies. In the community, he is actively engaged as a Portfolio Manager for the Reiman Fund – which manages $300,000 of the university’s endowment fund – on the Scholars Board of the Boettcher Foundation and Pioneer Leadership Program, and in two DU Grand Challenges’ initiatives, on homelessness and on crime prevention. Whenever not working, you can find him advocating for policy, playing tennis, traveling, or enjoying a book. Currently, Andres works as a Research Assistant for the Pardee Center for International Futures and is preparing to start a Summer Business Analyst internship at U.S. Bank, and in Fall 2020 studies for an M.A. in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration. He can be reached at andres.pulido@du.edu or found on LinkedIn.

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Avery Becklenberg

Avery is a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Denver, where she pursues B.A.s in international studies and communication studies with minors in leadership studies and Spanish. Outside of the classroom, Avery exercises her passions for community engagement and collaborative leadership by working in the University’s admission’s office, participating in the Pioneer Leadership Program, and volunteering at the Casa de Paz. Most recently, Avery has collaborated with CCESL and a team of her colleagues to design solutions to the challenges faced by organizations that help people who experience homelessness in Denver. When she is not working on these projects, Avery also enjoys hiking, biking, reading books, and playing cello. She can be reached at avery.becklenberg@du.edu.

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