Largest CURO Symposium in university history set for April 8-9

April 5th, 2019

Twenty FACS undergraduate students will present original research at the Center for Undergraduate Research (CURO) Symposium on April 8-9 at The Classic Center.

In addition, 14 FACS faculty members are participating in CURO as research mentors to students from every department within FACS as well as from other disciplines across campus such as biology, psychology and pharmacy.

This year’s symposium is the first to include more than 650 undergraduates.

"Engaging in research is vital to our undergraduate students in their journey to be confident and successful as scholars and as actively engaged members of society," said Denise Lewis, an associate professor in human development and family science who is serving as a mentor to several CURO students. "Not only do they learn practical research-focused knowledge such as conceptualization and design, data collection, analysis, writing skills, and presentation skills, but they also learn the benefits of working in a collaborative, supportive environment where their contributions are valued."

The symposium includes 216 oral presentations and 395 posters. The undergraduates participating are pursuing 96 majors from 13 UGA schools and colleges. Collectively, they are conducting research with 361 faculty members from 80 departments, according to a press release from the Honors College.

Jennifer McDowell, professor and chair of the Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, will deliver the keynote address on “Minding Your Brain” at 3:30 p.m. in Ballroom E.

The poster session and reception will follow at 4:30 p.m.

Oral presentations will continue Tuesday, April 9 at 9:30 a.m. with the last session ending at 4:45 p.m. A full schedule of presentations involving FACS students and/or FACS faculty mentors is below.

Oral Presentations (Student, title, faculty mentor)


11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Room H

Caroline Finn, “Potato Resistant Starch Supplementation Improves Satiety Signaling and Neuroinflammation in High-Fat Fed Rats” (Claire de La Serre)

12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Room B

Johanna Mercurio, “Improving Health Care Experiences for Cambodian Refugees Through Bridging Western and Traditional Medicine” (Denise Lewis)

Lauren Lewis, “Analysis of Bereavement Programs for Children in the United States” (Melissa Landers-Potts)

1:25-2:15 p.m.

Room J

Chelsea Ho and Lila Mitchell, “Lazos Hispanos: Bridging Community Partners and Promotoras as Agents of Change” (Maria Bermudez) 

2:30-3:20 p.m.

Room D

Lauren Schermerhorn, “Resilience and Wellbeing among Young Adults from Mixed-Documented Status Families” (Maria Bermudez)


11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Room H

Madelyn Hansen, “Maternal Intake of Lutein and Omega 3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Development in an Infant Piglet Model” (Hea Jin Park) 

12:30-1:45 p.m.

Room B

Matthew McMillin,The Effects of DHA on Blood Plasma Triglyceride and Cholesterol Concentrations in Piglets” (Hea Jin Park)

Room C

Jeri Sasser, “A Longitudinal Investigation of Protective Factors for Bereaved Maltreated Youth” (Assaf Oshri)

Alma Angelina Lepiz Madrigal and Brenda Gavidia, “Resilience among Youth within Mixed-Legal Status Families” (Maria Bermudez) 

3:30-4:45 p.m.

Room A

Camilla Barrow, “The Effect of Motown Record’s Image Making in the 1960s” (Monica Sklar)

Sharon Lillie Autry and Caroline Helfgott, “Exploring Punk Symbols, Cycles, and Lifestyle Learning Through Clothing Merchandising” (Monica Sklar)  

Room B

Kevin Charles Williams III, “The Effect of Gut Microbiota on Appetitive Motivation via the Mesolimbic Dopamine System” (Claire de La Serre)

Julie Dean, “Is the Rise in Gluten Intolerance Due to the Variety of Wheat Consumed or Modern Chemical Processing?” (Alex Anderson) 

Posters Presentations (poster number, student, title, faculty mentor)

22. Cameron J. DiLoreto, “Financial Literacy, Risk Tolerance, and the Utilization of Robo-Advisor Platforms” (Swarn Chatterjee)

169. Avery Knight Moore, “Exposure to Community Violence among Youth: The Buffering Effects of Parenting Strategies” (Assaf Oshri) 

170. Jeri Sasser, “Testing the Role of Sleep in the Mechanism between Child Maltreatment and Youth Psychopathology: A Gender Informed Examination” (Assaf Oshri) 

171. Jenny Zhang, “The Link Between Parental Control and Youth Maladjustment: Is Parental Affection Expression a Protective Factor?” (Assaf Oshri)

172. Vidisha Gangidi, “Initial Program Stages for Adolescent Cambodian Refugees in Assessing the Prevalence of Culture Bound Syndromes” (Denise Lewis) 

173. Hayley A. Cohen, “Changes in Financial Distress and Relationship Quality Following a Couples' Relationship and Financial Literacy Program” (Ted Futris)

174. Rachael Leigh Nagy, “Variations in Coparenting and Parenting Functioning Among At-Risk Couples Following Participation in Couples Relationship Education” (Ted Futris)

187. Emma M. Epps, “Gender Differences in Behavior Tests of Piglets” (Hea Jin Park)

188. Cara Morrison, “The Effect of DHA and Lutein Supplementation during Pregnancy on Reproductive Performance in a Pig Model” (Hea Jin Park)

189. Ruby J. Stacholy, “The Influence of Maternal Supplementation of Lutein and DHA on Colostrum DHA Concentration in a Pig Model” (Hea Jin Park)

190. Jillien Zukaitis, “The Effect of Maternal Intake of Lutein on the Antioxidative Status in the Offspring” (Hea Jin Park) 

191. Meghan Katherine Brennan, “Comparison of Blood Lipid Responses from Diets with and Without Pecans” (Jamie Cooper) 

192. Allison Jones, “Caffeine Mouth Rinsing on Running Endurance Performance in Men” (Jamie Cooper) 

193. Anna Claire Stietenroth, “Time Trial Running Performance in Female Athletes following a Caffeine Mouth Rinse” (Jamie Cooper)

194. Laura Triana, “Comparison of Blood Lipid Responses from Diets Enriched with Cottonseed Oil versus Olive Oil” (Jamie Cooper) 

195. Amelia Vu, “Determining the Validity and Reliability of Two Body Composition Instruments: Bod Pod vs Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA)” (Jamie Cooper)

196. Abby Simon, “The Relationship between Growth Differentiation Factor 11 (GDF11) and Heart Function” (Rob Pazdro) 

197. Emma Lauren Strauss, “Relationships Between Circulating Factors and Heart Histology in a Genetically-Diverse Mouse Population” (Rob Pazdro) 

198. Julie Bacon, “Primary Outcome of Youth Obesity Undergraduate Research and Extension (YOURE) Fellowship” (Silvia Giraudo) 

199. Hannah Rucker, “Primary Outcome of Youth Obesity Undergraduate Research and Extension (YOURE) Fellowship” (Silvia Giraudo)

254. Stephanie Christina Watson, “Effect of Social Support on Medication Adherence in Heart Failure Patients at Risk for Hospital Readmission” (Lilian Sattler)

255. Justin Kyle Petway, “The Role of Medication Adherence in Hospital Readmissions of Veterans with Heart Failure” (Lilian Sattler)

FACS-affiliated CURO Participants By Major

Caroline Finn (Psychology)

Johanna Mercurio (Psychology and HDFS)

Lauren Lewis (HDFS)

Chelsea Ho (HDFS)

Lila Mitchell (HDFS)

Lauren Schermerhorn (HDFS)

Madelyn Hansen (Nutritional Sciences)

Matthew McMillin (Biology)

Jeri Sasser (Psychology)

Alma Angelina Lepiz Madrigal (Health Promotion)

Brenda Gavidia (Health Promotion)

Camilla Barrow (Fashion Merchandising)

Sharon Lillie Autry (Fashion Merchandising)

Caroline Helfgott (Fashion Merchandising)

Kevin Charles Williams III (Biology/Psychology)

Julie Dean (Nutritional Sciences)

Cameron DiLoreto (Consumer Economics)

Avery Knight Moore (Psychology)

Jenny Zhang (Psychology)

Vidisha Gangidi (FACS Education)

Hayley A. Cohen (Psychology)

Rachael Leigh Nagy (Psychology)

Emma M. Epps (Dietetics)

Cara Morrison (Dietetics)

Ruby J. Stacholy (Dietetics)

Jillien Zukaitis (Nutritional Sciences)

Meghan Katherine Brennan (Biology)

Allison Jones (Dietetics)

Anna Claire Stietenroth (Consumer Journalism)

Laura Triana (Nutritional Sciences)

Amelia Vu (Nutritional Sciences)

Abby Simon (Biology)

Emma Lauren Strauss (Genetics)

Julie Bacon (Agricultural Communication)

Hannah Rucker (Public Relations)

Stephanie Christina Watson (Pharmacy)

Justin Kyle Petway (Pharmacy)

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