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DePaul students travel to New York to present their research

DePaul students meet with Provost Salma Ghanem
The undergraduates and judges who represented DePaul at the BIG EAST Student Research Poster Symposium joined Provost Salma Ghanem, center, on their return to Chicago to discuss the event over lunch. (Image courtesy of Lauren Miller)

Last month, DePaul students and faculty participated in the second annual BIG EAST Student Research Poster Symposium at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The event highlights the outstanding work of undergraduate students in faculty-mentored research projects from each of the 11 universities in the BIG EAST Conference. Through a rigorous application process, DePaul selected five student representatives:

  • Aahad Abubaker (CDM): "Computational Approaches to Detect and Segment Biofilm Regions from Microscopic Images probed by Fluorescence in Situ Hybridization" (advised by Thiru Ramaraj)
  • Owen Bomba (LAS): "Zombies and Ghosts: The Critique of Modern Urban Development with Apparitional Language" (Alec Brownlow)
  • James Knea (CDM): "Assisted Walking Device" (Umer Mohammed Huzaifa)
  • Joah Rosing (LAS): "Augustus’ Gifting of Both Grain and Currency" (Lisa Mahoney)
  • Brooke Weitzel (CSH): "Emissions Instrument to Find a Triplet Oxygen Signal" (Graham Giffin)

Students from each university presented their research to judges, who ranked them on factors including visual quality content, results and discussion, presentation style and responses to questions. Winners were recognized during the BIG EAST Championship men's basketball game.

The competition also provided students with the opportunity to meet peers from other universities and to experience New York. Faculty members Lauren Miller and Thiru Ramaraj, who traveled with the students, also served as judges during the competition.​