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U students to present research on Capitol Hill

U students will showcase their research on Feb. 8 at the Utah State Capitol.
group of 26 students stand on wide staircase posing for photo inside Utah State Capitol building.

2020 Research on Capitol Hill presenters.

Undergraduate students from the University of Utah, along with students from Utah State University, will showcase their research for Utah lawmakers and the general public on Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the rotunda at the Utah State Capitol.

Research on Capitol Hill is an annual event that gives lawmakers and the public a glimpse of the breadth of research programs at the U and reinforces the value of state-funded higher education.

Students presenting at the event practice engaging in public outreach and polishing presentation skills. By explaining their research in clear, non-technical terms to event attendees including legislators, junior high students and parents, presenters practice communicating their work succinctly and accessibly.

The 24 presenters from the U this year hail from broad disciplines across campus, including engineering, medicine and social sciences.

Find the full list of research project titles from the U below.

2022 student presenters

Aasutosh Acharya

"Vast stellar population size measurement using only Gaia EDR3"

Alexander Brill

"Prehistoric Irrigation and Corn Morphology"

Rachel Compton

"Effect of Dietary Strawberry on Brown Fat in C57Bl/6J Mice Fed High-Fat-Diet"

Suzi Creveling

"Natural stair ambulation with a robotic leg prosthesis for individuals with above/knee amputation"

Shaistah Din

"Cytomegalovirus education improves pregnant women's awareness and prevention behaviors"

Kaylon Draney

"Synthesis and Characterization of Materials Properties of a Biological Superabsorbent Polymer for Single-Use Consumer Product Applications"

Gauri Garg

"Correlation of Physical Activity and Nutrition with White Matter Hyperintensity"

Lauren Gleave

"Perceptions Surrounding and Efficacy of Utah's Sex Education Among College Students"

Sydney Larsen

"Short-term Supplementation with Dietary Blueberries Increases Commensal Gut Microbes in Diabetic Mice"

Brooke Larson

"Investigating the degradation pathways responsible for clearing toxic misfolded proteins"

Cameron Mercer

"Rapid Fabrication of a Dynamic Alveolar Microphysiological System with an Integrated Extracellular Matrix Membrane"

Briggs Miller

"The Lost City Hydrothermal Field: A Look Into Microbial Diversity and Clues Into the Emergence of Life on Earth"

Melika Moeinvaziri

"Effect of COVID-19 Pandemic on Oral Health Among Uninsured Populations"

Azeem Mohammed

"Compiling Cell Viability Data for Vitro Studies: Improving the Efficacy of Treatment for Meningioma Tumors"

Emily Nevarez

"Mental health among uninsured primary care patients during the COVID-19 pandemic"

Sohyun Park

"Marketing for Gender-Based Violence Consortium"

Shaylie Platten

Anxiety, Working Memory, and Event Related Negativity

Justinas Sapiegas

"Impact of Shift Work on Risk of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease"

Jessica Sharma

"Cytomegalovirus education improves pregnant women's awareness and prevention behaviors"

Anish Singh

"Total Topography of the Dorsal Cord in C. elegans"

Madeleine Sorenson

"Live Hospice Discharge: A Critical Analysis About the Ethics of Ending Hospice Care for Terminal Patients"

Sabrina Su

"Integration of a pneumatically actuated microvalve pump with in vitro cell culture to study the mechanobiological response of the trabecular meshwork"

Heba Sultan

"The influence of time-restricted feeding on arterial function in obese mice"

Olivia Walker

"The Effect of Changing Conductivity on Cardiac Excitation"