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The third annual Discover USC showcase, held Friday, April 26, was a huge success. The event welcomed more than 1,000 presentations, and more than 2,300 attendees, including hundreds of reviewers, mentors and visitors, and dozens of volunteers. Organizers of Discover USC are grateful to every participant for dedicating the time and energy needed to make the event such a vital and comprehensive showcase of UofSC’s research, scholarship, creativity and leadership. Thank you for your contributions.

Check out photos and award listings from the poster, three-minute thesis and oral presentation competitions. And, don’t forget to save the date for Discover USC 2020, which is scheduled for Friday, April 17, 2020 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.


Undergraduate Student Awards

There were 81 poster presentation sections and two oral presentation sections for undergraduate student presenters at Discover USC 2019. Download the Undergraduate awardees list (pdf) to view the award recipients from all of these competitive groups. Congratulations to all 2019 undergraduate awardees.


Graduate Student Awards

For graduate students, there were 19 poster sections, and six three-minute thesis competition heats, plus a fan favorite and final competition, at Discover USC 2019. Congratulations to all 2019 graduate student award recipients.

Poster award winners

Poster Session Winner
A Melissa Stansbury, Exercise Science, Positive Affective Response to Exercise Among Individuals Entering a Behavioral Weight Control Program
B Lacy Adams, Earth and Environmental Resources Management, Fielding Sustainability: The Potential for Compost Extract as Fertilizer on Athletic Turfgrass
C Mohsin Sajjad, Electrical Engineering, Fabrication and characterization of Cd(0.9)Zn(0.1)Te pixelated detectors for high energy gamma ray detection
D Zinah Al-Ghezi, Biomedical Science, Role of CB1 and CB2 receptors in cannabinoid-mediated amelioration of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis: Effects on Treg development and cytokine production
E Biyun Cui, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Regulation of Stress Granule Dynamics by DEAD-Box RNA Helicase 3 inhibitor RK-33
F Madushanka Dissanayake, Chemistry, “Anion pool” driven green organic transformations
G Bezawit Eyob Kase, Epidemiology, Longitudinal Associations Between Symptom Domains of Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder and Body Mass Index from Late Childhood to Early Adulthood
H Jordan Ezell, School Psychology, Rates and Predictors of Anxiety in Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder
I Diane Biederman, Genetic Counseling, Understanding of Clinical Variability, Perceived Disease Burden, and Reproductive Decision-Making of Adults with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
K Katie Gasque, Speech Pathology, A Comparison of Linguistic Awareness Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Children who are Typically-Developing
L Katherine Page, Speech Pathology, Gestural Communication and its Relationship to Language in Post-Stroke Aphasia
M Ayan Mitra, Teaching and Learning, Needs Assessment for Rhyming Instruction in Early Childhood
N Corinne Trott, Marine Science, Eddy-induced Temperature and Salinity Variability in the Arabian Sea
O Kathryn Miranda, Biomedical Science, Cannabinoid receptor 1 blockade attenuates obesity and adipose tissue type 1 inflammation through miR-30e-5p regulation of Delta-like-4
P Frances Cashman, Physics, Abundance Variations in a Low Redshift Doubly-Lensed Quasar Absorption Line System
Q Kelly Caravella, Clinical-Community Psychology, Pilot Data: Longitudinal Social Communication Comparisons in Preschool Age Children with Down Syndrome and Fragile X Syndrome
R Sahar Pourhoseini, Environmental Health Sciences, A comparative uptake and toxicity study of silver nanoparticles on human peripheral blood mononuclear cells
S Shane Berger, Chemistry, Using Fast-Scan Cyclic Voltammetry to Explore the Transport Mechanisms of the Histaminergic System
T Kat Saba, Physical Activity and Public Health, Progressive Sub-Symptom Threshold Exercise and Biofeedback Intervention for Persistent Concussion Symptoms


Three-minute thesis award winners

Award Winner
Overall Winner Otega Ejegbavwo, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Heterometallic Multinuclear Metal-Organic Frameworks
Overall First Runner-up Brandon VanderVeen, Exercise Science, The Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Fatigue During the Progression of Cancer Cachexia
Fan Favorite Chamberline Ozigbu, Health Services Policy and Management (Heat A), Beyond Vaccination Coverage: A Critical Look at Never-Vaccinated Children in Ethiopia
Heat A Brandon VanderVeen, Exercise Science (*Runner up), The Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Fatigue During the Progression of Cancer Cachexia
Heat B Otega Ejegbavwo, Chemistry and Biochemistry (*Overall winner), Heterometallic Multinuclear Metal-Organic Frameworks
Heat C Yuleng Zeng, Political Science, Bluff to Peace: How Economic Dependence Promotes Peace Despite Increasing Deception and Uncertainty
Heat D Elizabeth Regan, Exercise Science, Preliminary Results from a Pilot Feasibility Study: Integrating Stroke Survivors into Cardiac Rehabilitation
Heat E Reena Patel-Viswanath, Educational Leadership and Policies, Exploring the Effects of a Cohort-Based Program on URM Student’s First-Year Academic Success
Heat F Eric Chinaeke, Pharmaceutical Biomedical Sciences, Protease Inhibitor Exposure and the Risk of Developing Diabetes Mellitus in Treated HIV Seropositive Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis



Medical Scholar Awards

For medical scholars, there were 15 poster presentation sections and total of 103 presenters at Discover USC 2019. Congratulations to all 2019 medical scholar award recipients.

Basic Medical Sciences & Therapeutic Effectiveness/Efficiency

First Place

Megan Wayman

Pharm.D. Candidate, USC College of Pharmacy

Evaluation of time to resolution of necrotizing enterocolitis in a neonatal intensive care unit

Second Place

Jaime Catala-Fuster, MD

Infectious Disease Fellow, Prisma Health–Midlands/USC School of Medicine Columbia

Is Transient Elastography Safe in Pregnancy? Preliminary Data from a Proof of Concept Study.

Third Place

Anna Tarasidis

Medical Student, USC School of Medicine Greenville

Histological Evaluation of Explanted Hernia Mesh Fixation Points


Case Reports/Small Series/Learning Innovation

First Place

Hanna Murray

PharmD Candidate, USC College of Pharmacy

Over the Counter: Gauging First-Year College Students’ Confidence and Competence in Treating Themselves

Second Place

Jenna Hamill

Medical Student, USC School of Medicine Columbia

The State of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Identification and Treatment in South Carolina

Third Place

Michael Kozik

Medical Student, USC School of Medicine Columbia

Case Series: NMDA Receptor Encephalitis



First Place

Luke Cielonko, DO

Pediatric Resident, Prisma Health–Midlands/USC School of Medicine Columbia

Making a Healthier Shift: Implementation of a Childhood Obesity Management Curriculum in a Pediatric Residency Program

Second Place - Tie

Logan Johnson

PharmD Candidate, USC College of Pharmacy

Reducing the Economic Burden of Home Medications During Outpatient Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Second Place - Tie

Tara Kattine, MD and Nancy Hart Wicker, MD

Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellow, Prisma Health–Midlands/USC School of Medicine Columbia

Having Conversations that Matter



Postdoctoral Scholar Awards

For postdocs, there were three poster presentation competition sections at Discover USC 2019. These sessions featured current postdoctoral scholars and former recipients of ASPIRE I: IIB Innovation grants for postdoctoral scholars. Congratulations to all 2019 postdoctoral scholar award recipients.

Poster Presentation Award Winners

Postdoctoral Scholars Poster Session A
First Place

Dr. Marpe Bam, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Inflammation in PTSD is a consequence of dysregulated WNT signaling orchestrated by long non-coding RNA LINC00926 and lysine methyltransferase MLL1

Second Place

Dr. Mrinmay Chakrabarti, Cell Biology and Anatomy

Role for TGFβ1 in Marfan Syndrome-associated aortopathy

Postdoctoral Scholars Poster Session B
First Place (Tie)

Dr. Angela-Nadia Albetel, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Monothiol Glutaredoxins Grx3/4 and the BolA Protein Bol2 Modulate Iron Sensing and Regulation in Yeast S. cerevisiae

First Place (Tie)

Dr. Catherine Davis, Earth, Ocean and Environment

Tracking Changes in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Oxygen Minimum Zone Using Planktic Foraminiferal Geochemistry and Morphology

Postdoctoral Scholars Poster Session C
First Place

Dr. Philip Busbee, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Indole-3-carbinol prevents murine colitis development via an IL-22-dependent mechanism that regulates anti-microbial peptides and mucus production

Second Place

Dr. Cory Weaver, Biological Sciences

Dystonia 16-associated PACT expression alters the development and stability of motor neuron axon arbors


30 April 2019

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