Thesis Symposium

The 2024 CNS Honors Thesis Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 18th and Friday, April 19th on the UT-Austin campus. This website will be updated as more details become available.

Listed below is the program from the 2023 CNS Honors Thesis Symposium.

2023 CNS Honors Thesis Symposium

THURSDAY APRIL 13 SESSION 1 • 9:00–9:55

21ST CENTURY ECONOMICS (WCP 3.112)

Moderator: Sara Corson, College of Natural Sciences

ErianeAustriaAn Intersectional Feminist Analysis on Digital Entrepreneurship
HenryLongAn Economic Explanation of the Public-Private Sector Cost Gap in Space Launch Costs
AnirudhKarlaA Hostage Continent: The 2022 European Energy Crisis as a Catalyst for an Energy Revolution

 

THURSDAY APRIL 13 SESSION 2 • 10:00–10:55

CURRENT CHALLENGES IN PSYCHIATRY (WCP 3.112)

Moderator: Craig Hurwitz, Dell Medical School

DivyaNagarajanInternet Guidance on Feeding for Children with Autism
JacksonGianottiImplementation of Precision Medicine in Psychiatry 
PriyaMahableshwarkarThe Future of Psychedelic Medicine

 

PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL REACTIONS: REAL WORLD APPLICATIONS (WCP 3.106)

Moderator: Greg Sitz, Department of Physics

HollandFrielingTesting the Electronic Properties of Rare-Earth Nickelate Thin Films
Philippe PapaEngineering Novel Materials for Next Generation Batteries
Savannah AtchleyWater Quality at Stengl Biological Research Station

 

THURSDAY APRIL 13 SESSION 3 • 11:00–11:55

ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE: NEW PERSPECTIVES (WCP 3.112)

Moderator: Michael Mauk, Department of Neuroscience

AngelaMarinovicPediatric Healthcare Disparities in Rural Texas and Their Effect on the Development of Cardiovascular Disease in Adulthood
PritikaParamasivamIndian Nurse Migration: A Qualitative Analysis of Sojourning Laborers 
HarrisonLeeMusic Therapy for Work Stress

 

UNDERSTANDING CANCER AND CELL AGING (WCP 3.106)

Moderator: Christopher Sullivan, Department of Molecular Biosciences

AmandaLeonitaThe Role of RNA Polymerase I in Longevity
AshleyHoffmanDeveloping a T Cell Model for Studying T-Cell-Mediated Therapies and Exhaustion
RiaGoyalTranscription Factor EB and Mammary Gland Acini Development
KarinaTacconiExploring the Cellular Movement of DUSP11 in Response to Cellular Stress

 

THURSDAY APRIL 13 SESSION 4 • 12:00–12:55

FOOD INSECURITY (WCP 3.112)

Moderator: Becky Kester, Department of Integrative Biology

KareenaShokarA Review of Interventions to Address Food Deserts in the U.S.
AmoghMisra

The Effects Of Food Insecurity And How To Alleviate Food Insecurity

KrishaTripathyFood Insecurity and Food Allergies

 

THURSDAY APRIL 13 SESSION 5 • 2:00–2:55

SOCIAL PROBLEMS OF THE INFORMATION AGE (WCP 3.112)

Moderator: Donnie Sackey, Department of Rhetoric

   
RenSmithSociocultural Considerations in Polarization and Information Studies
AamaniPillutlaSports, Media, Twitter, and Beach Volleyball Uniforms

 

ADDRESSING ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (WCP 1.118)

Moderator: Monica Faulkner, School of Social Work

QuanNguyenContextualizing Excessive Daydreaming with Identity Construction by Traumatized Youths
MaisieNieveraFostering Hope: Supporting the Mental and Behavioral Health of Children in Foster Care
MukhilSeralaathanImproving Interventions to Mitigate the Negative Effects of Parental Cancer

 

 

CELLULAR CHANGES (WCP 3.106)

Moderator: Michael Drew, Department of Neuroscience

OliviaConwayCellular Stress Relief: Understanding Connections Between Two DNA Damage Pathways
PramatiMadugulaPeptide-DNA Conjugates for the Detection of Protease Activity
SawadKaziIdentifying Biomarkers of Low-quality Cells in Single Nuclei RNA Sequencing Data

THURSDAY APRIL 13 SESSION 6 • 3:00–3:55

MENTAL HEALTH AND IDENTITY (WCP 3.112)

Moderator: Anton Avanceña, College of Pharmacy

Rhiannon MorrisPsychological Impacts of Detention: A Comparative Analysis of the Japanese Incarceration Camps and the Detention Centers on the U.S.-Mexico Border
DanielaHernandezCulturally Sensitive Care for Substance Use Disorders Among Latino Men
KatieNguyenNational Identity for Asian Americans During COVID-19

FRIDAY APRIL 14 SESSION 1 • 9:00–9:55

EXAMINING REPRESENTATION IN SCHOOLS (WCP 3.116)

Moderator: Tepera Holman, College of Natural Sciences

Amaris MendozaTeacher-Student Relationships and Externalizing Behaviors of Latino Adolescents
BrandonCurlA Characterization of Systemic Heteronormativity in Schools
ValerieLynchExperiences of Underrepresented Racial Minority (URM) students in Ph.D. Programs
IMPROVING PALLIATIVE CARE (WCP 3.112)

Moderator: Hannah Wojciehowski, Department of English

LaurenTranThe Power of Song: Music Therapy for Children Undergoing Palliative Care
Maanasa CherukuvadaThe Effect of Sense of Obligation in Caregiving for Stroke Patients 
AudreyRatliffRemembering Lives: Humanizing End of Life Care in America
BRAIN AND BODY INTERACTION (WCP 3.106)

Moderator: Jeffrey Barrick, Department of Molecular Biosciences

EmilyMayCharacterization of Multiple Sclerosis Atrophy using Neural Network-based Brain Segmentation Tools
EvaBeckettIdentifying Genetic Means to Suppress the Motor Phenotype of a Late-stage Parkinson’s Disease Model
KrishiManemImplication of Time-Restricted Feeding on Neuroinflammation and Behavioral Patterns in Aged Mice

FRIDAY APRIL 14 SESSION 2 • 10:00–10:55

IMPROVING CHILDREN'S WELLBEING (WCP 3.116)

Moderator: Anand Jayanti, Department of Medical Education

CarolineThomasThe Safety & Efficacy of Interventions for ADHD in Youth 
IngridVillarrealMental Health Implications of Adolescent Scoliosis: Analysis of Current Practices and Proposal of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention 
ShehzaGhaffarExpanding Bibliotherapy Programs in Public Libraries to Improve Mental Health Outcomes in Low Socioeconomic Status Youth
IMPROVING EDUCATION SYSTEMS (WCP 3.112)

Moderator: Amy Bryan, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences

PallaviMuraleedharanThe Effectiveness of National, School-Based Drug Abuse and Obesity Interventions
KristopherHipolitoExamining the Limitations and Alternatives to the Traditional Grading System
AnkitYandeEnhancing Student Learning Outcomes Using Design Thinking Strategies
THE HUMANITY IN HEALTHCARE (WCP 3.106)

Moderator: David Ring, Dell Medical School

MeganLopez-LinImproving Patient-Physician Communication in the Emergency Department
RuthSimpsonMaintaining Humanity in Healthcare: Preserving the Patient-Provider Relationship in Telemedicine
CristinaSalasIntersections of Race, Gender, and Healthcare during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Domestic Workers in Brazil

FRIDAY APRIL 14 SESSION 3 • 11:00–11:55

ADDRESSING HEALTH DISPARITIES (WCP 3.116)

Moderator: Jane Champion, School of Nursing

HibaAnsariDisparities in Postpartum Depression
AlonzoNeedumPhysicians and Black Gay Men: PrEP Accessibility
EleanorDowellDisparities in Access to Precision Oncology for the Hispanic Population
STIGMA AND SUPPORT: DISABILITY IN AMERICA (WCP 3.112)

Moderator: Whitney Thurman, School of Nursing

HaileyAllenSocial Support in Group Therapy for Aphasia
AashnikaSujitCountering the Stigma Against Adults with Acquired Communication Disorders
CarolineSeyerProposing Points of Intervention for Disabled Americans Pushed into Incarceration and Homelessness
LANGUAGE AND MEANING (WCP 3.106)

Moderator: James Slotta, Department of Anthropology

Juan AntonioArtero CalvoThe Inferential Law of the Excluded Middle
AlexanderCanrightTranslating European Mathematical Works for Qing Dynasty Scholars
CatherineZhangLiving Through Language: Linguistic Relativity and the Cultural Encoding of Spanish

FRIDAY APRIL 14 SESSION 4 • 12:00–12:55

CREATIVE APPROACHES TO HEALTHCARE (WCP 3.116)

Moderator: Amy Simmons, Butler School of Music

SabeenToranianExamining Developed Holocaust PTSD and Trauma Treatments and Research to Apply to Armenian Genocide Descendants
SimranShahMusic: A Safe Space
OmarMalikPain Intensity and Symptoms of Anxiety After a Mindfulness-Based Coloring Intervention Among Patients Visiting an Orthopedic Specialist
OUR CULTURAL NARRATIVES (WCP 3.106)

Moderator: Josh Roebke, College of Natural Sciences

RyanRussoChanging Depictions of Women and Slaves During the Enlightenment 
FaizaQuadriNarratives in Reactions to Online Harassment on Twitter
ChanceCastanedaConsciousness and The Sexual Landscape
REEXAMINING SUSTAINABILITY (WCP 3.112)

Moderator: Brian Roberts, Department of Government

ShawnNaseiroRhetoric of Sustainability Reports in Eastman Chemical Company
VedaVelamuriThe Consequences of Fossil Fuel Industry Lobbying on Failed US Climate Policy
SaiCheruvuAgrarian Distress and Sustainable Agriculture

FRIDAY APRIL 14 SESSION 5 • 1:00–1:55

GLOBAL HEALTH (WCP 3.116)

Moderator: Leanne Field, School of Human Ecology, Department of Public Health

CloeyCrouchGlobal Shifts in Foodborne Illness
CatherineNaukamImpact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Socioeconomic Stability and Health Behaviors in Mexico
JessicaDaeProject V: Design for Global Health
RECONSIDERING HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS (WCP 3.112)

Richard Nauert, School of Human Ecology

RyanDominguezSudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletic Participation: Reviewing Prevention, Awareness, and Present Barriers
AlisonPurcellDigitization Nation: How do Electronic Health Records Impact Medical Assistants?
MariaAmadorEffects of Corruption on Venezuelan Healthcare
EXAMINING MEDICAL EDUCATION (WCP 3.106)

Moderator: Snehal Patel, Department of Medicine

JananiGopalFrom Race-Based Medicine To Culturally Conscious Care: What Is Missing?
AntaraGuptaIntegrating Health Equity and Social Justice Education into Pre-Medical Curricula
AnanyaKodaliAbortion in Medical Education Post-Dobbs

FRIDAY APRIL 14 SESSION 6 • 2:00–2:55

IMPROVING BIAS IN AI (WCP 3.116)

Moderator: Angela Beasley, Department of Computer Sciences

JenniferMickelIntersectionality in AI + Algorithmic Fairness
JensenRichardsonEthical Health AI: Problems and Possible Solutions
JordanConklinMachine Learning Applications in Admissions to Higher Education Programs
GENETICS AND HEALTH (WCP 3.106)

Moderator: Arturo De Lozanne, Department of Molecular Biosciences

MargaretGodfreyType 1 Diabetes and Neanderthal DNA: How Hybridization Increased the Risk of Developing T1D
BillTangUnderstanding Human Health Beyond Earth
RayyanKhojaMortality and Its Effects on the Human Condition
HOW WE LEARN (WCP 3.112)

Moderator: Christina Fragale, College of Education

AshleyHumphriesHow Can Social Rejection Affect Memory? 
Jane (Mally)TownsendA Democratic Teaching Model for Ballet Classrooms 
PrathigyaSelvapathiInclusion Training for General Education Teachers: Accommodating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Elementary School