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Congratulations to Discover UofSC 2021 award recipients

Discover UofSC 2021 organizers are pleased to announce the award recipients from our first-ever virtual showcase of research and other out-of-the-classroom projects by undergraduate and graduate students, medical scholars and postdocs. The virtual event welcomed nearly 1,000 presentations and thousands of attendees, including reviewers, mentors and other visitors. Organizers of Discover UofSC 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.


Undergraduate Student Awards

There were hundreds of undergraduate student presenters at Discover UofSC 2021. Download the Undergraduate awardees list (pdf) to view all undergraduate award recipients. Congratulations to the 2021 undergraduate awardees.


Graduate Student Awards

For graduate students, there were 17 iPoster sections, and four three-minute thesis sessions. Congratulations to all 2021 graduate student award recipients.

Poster award winners

Poster session


Sarah Hall, Surface Freshwater Fluxes in the Arctic and Subarctic Seas During Contrasting Years of High and Low Summer Sea Ice Extent


Joshua Bratsch-Prince, Modulation of amygdala theta oscillations by the basal forebrain cholinergic system


Katherine Rentschler, The Kynurenic Acid Synthesis Inhibitor PF-04859989 Prevents Acute Kynurenine-Induced Sleep Disturbances in Rats


Mariah Moran, Where the Home Fires Burn: The Heart of Geographic Mobility in Rural Southern America


Stacey Sangtian, Impairment of Speech Auditory Feedback Error Detection and Motor Correction in Post-Stroke Aphasia


Fawad Kirmani, Detecting Gravitationally Lensed Supernovae Using Machine Learning


Jewel Wasson, Essential Informational Needs of Parents Receiving a Turner Syndrome Diagnosis: Parent and Genetic Counselor Perspectives


Gustavo Schneider, Twelve of One or a Dozen of the Other: How Numerical Expressions Influence Preferences


Sewon Oh, Development and Validation of Naturalistic Video Stimuli Conveying Authentic and Inauthentic Emotions


Julia Hohn, Optimization of porcine internal thoracic artery decellularization


Kai Luo, Phase-Change Thermal-Switch Based on Electro-Wetting Droplet Actuation


Shelby Gonzales, Systematic Review of Conventional and Expanded Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Diverse Populations: What does the Future of Neuroscience Research Hold?


Kelli DuBois, Perceptions Among Patients with Ulcerative Colitis:  Treatment and Self Management Methods


Matthew Spencer, The Disruptive Impact of Public Transportation Expansion on Crime Trends: A Time Series Analysis of Light Rail Train Stations in Charlotte, NC


Emily Eley, The concurrence and air-sea interactions of Hurricanes Marco and Laura (2020)


Chelsea Richard, Maternal Longstanding Physical Disability and Increased Risk for Small for Gestational Age Infants: Is Prescription Opioid Use on the Causal Pathway?


Christopher McLauchlin, Measurement of Polarization Observables and Electron Beam Helicity Asymmetries of Double Charged Pion Electroproduction off the Proton


Three-minute thesis award winners




Robin James, Nondestructive Evaluation and Structural Health Monitoring of Manufacturing Flaws and Operational Damage in Composite Structures


Holly Westbrook, DON cycling in the Eastern Canadian Arctic Archipelago from isotopic data



Katherine DeVivo, Exploring the Barriers and Facilitators to Physical Activity in Adults with Overweight and Obesity During the Coronavirus Pandemic


Ayan Mitra, Exploring Neurocognitive Processes That Underlie Reading Performance in Children: A Foundational Study



Candice Cheung, ATRA-loaded PLG microparticles to direct macrophage regenerative function


Noor Ul Hassan, Unitized reversible fuel cell for electrochemical energy storage and energy conversion



Gabrielle Leith, Tailoring Donor-Acceptor Alignment in Two-Dimensional Organic Structures


Lynsey Keator, Effects of transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) on language and network coherence in aphasia


Medical Scholar Awards

For medical scholars, there were three iPoster competition categories at Discover UofSC 2021: Basic Medical Sciences and Therapeutic Effectiveness/Efficiency, Case Reports/Small Series/Learning Innovation, and Outcomes/Quality. Congratulations to all 2021 medical scholar award recipients.

Basic Medical Sciences and Therapeutic Effectiveness/Efficiency

First Place

Avery Funkhouser

Medical Student, UofSC School of Medicine Greenville

Oncogene Mutations and Their Correlation with Serum Levels of Galectins -1, -3, and -9 in Breast Cancer Patients

Second Place

Taylor Teshon, PharmD

Pharmacy Resident, Prisma Health Richland – UofSC College of Pharmacy

A Comparison of Sodium Zirconium Cyclosilicate and Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate in Adult, Hospitalized Patients with Hyperkalemia

Third Place

Nicolas Brandt

Medical Student, UofSC School of Medicine Columbia

The Effects of Pyridostigmine Bromide and Stress on Cardiovascular Function: An Examination of Gulf War Illness


Case Reports/Small Series/Learning Innovation

First Place

Patrick Kent, MD

Infectious Disease Fellow, Prisma Health/UofSC School of Medicine Greenville

Tropheryma whipplei manifesting in the CNS: case report and comprehensive literature review

Second Place

Caroline Stoddard Astemborski, MD

Medical Education and Technology Fellow, Prisma Health/UofSC School of Medicine Greenville

Innovations of a Virtual Escape Room

Third Place

Erin Warren

PharmD Candidate, UofSC College of Pharmacy

Use of nafcillin plus ceftaroline in refractory  methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia: a case report



First Place

Jenna Ingram, PharmD

Pharmacy Resident, Prisma Health Richland – UofSC College of Pharmacy

Predictors for non-therapeutic vancomycin concentrations post-discharge in patients receiving outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy

Second Place

Marina Matthews, PharmD

Pharmacy Resident, Prisma Health Richland – UofSC College of Pharmacy

Pharmacist evaluation and intervention on time to treatment and vaccination rates in hepatitis C patients

Third Place

Taylor Bynarowicz

Medical Student, UofSC School of Medicine Greenville

Comparing Transarterial Radioembolization (TARE) and Transarterial Chemoembolism (DEB-TACE) for Unresectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma with evaluation of Child-Pugh Score as a Prognostic Indicator


Postdoctoral Scholar Awards

For postdocs, there were two iPoster presentation competition sections at Discover UofSC 2021. These sessions featured current postdoctoral scholars and former recipients of ASPIRE I: IIB Innovation grants for postdoctoral scholars. Congratulations to all 2021 postdoctoral scholar award recipients.

Poster Presentation Award Winners: Postdocs

Postdoctoral Scholars Poster Session A

First Place

Dr. Sarah Tryon, Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience

The role of the cholinergic system in individual differences in fear extinction

Second Place (Tie)

Dr. Paul Coman, Chemical Engineering

Li-ion Thermal Runaway at Low-Temperatures

Second Place (Tie)

Dr. Kiesha Wilson, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Treatment of SEB Induced ARDS with CBD Ameliorates Fatal Inflammatory Response

Second Place (Tie)

Dr. Cory Weaver, Biological Sciences

Characterization of novel transgenic zebrafish lines for analysis of retinotectal circuitry

Postdoctoral Scholars Poster Session B

First Place

Dr. Snezana Milosavljevic, Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience

Sex differences in anxiety-like and anhedonic behavior of adult rats exposed to elevated kynurenic acid during neurodevelopment

Second Place

Dr. Preecha Kittikhunnatham, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Fundamental Understanding of the Electronic Properties of Hybrid Frameworks as a Function of Metal Node Structure and Composition



28 April 2021

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