The 2021 Holster Scholar Fall Symposium

The 2021 Holster Scholar Fall Symposium, which took place on Thursday, October 7, was a virtual event.

Click here to access a downloadable/printable version of the program, including biographies of the 2021 Scholars.

 


 

The Holster Scholar Program is a highly-selective enrichment opportunity for curious first-year Honors Students that supports in-depth, individualized learning experiences in the summer following a student's first year. Ten 2021 Holster Scholars shared their research projects at this event.  Click here to learn more about the program.

 


 

Program

 

Introduction (6:00)

  • Dr. Vin Moscardelli, Director of UConn's Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships and Coordinator of the Holster Scholar Program

 

Panel #1: Engineering a Better World (approx. 6:10-6:40)

  • Charlotte Chen, "Antibacterial Silk-Based Surfaces for Urinary Catheters" (Mentor:  Prof. Kelly Burke, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering)
  • Ethan Wicko, "Assessing the Feasibility of a Belt Based Continuously Varied Transmission for Bicycles" (Mentor: Prof. David Pierce, Mechanical Engineering)
  • Lyla White, "Can 3D Printers Create Viable Personalized Therapy in the Treatment of Diabetes?" (Mentor, Prof. Bodhi Chaudhuri, Pharmaceutical Sciences)

 

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Panel #2: Biological Sciences at UConn Health - A New Partnership (approx. 6:45-7:15)

  • Olivia Ferrigno, "3D Light Sheet Microscopy of Growth Plate Cartilage" (Mentor: Prof. Liisa Kuhn, Biomedical Engineering)
  • Hari Patchigolla, "Determining the Primary DNA Substrates of SHLD2’s OB-fold Domains" (Mentor: Prof. Dmitry Korzhnev, Molecular Biology & Biophysics)
  • Sanjana Nistala, "The Effect of Degree of Acetylation on Injectable Glycol Chitosan Degradation and Sustained Release" (Mentor:  Prof. Lakshmi Nair, Orthopedic Surgery)

 

- BREAK -

 

Panel #3: Research on Cancer and Cellular Processes (approx. 7:20-7:45)

  • Ananya Aggarwal, "Cisplatin Loaded Nanoparticles for the Intraperitoneal Treatment of Ovarian Cancer" (Mentor: Prof. Xiuling Lu, Pharmaceutical Sciences)
  • Jackson Ayers, "Identification of Secretion Factors that Restructure Neural Tissue in a Model of Low Grade Glioma" (Mentor:  Prof. Joseph LoTurco, Physiology & Neurobiology)

 

Panel #4: Research in the Humanities & Social Sciences (approx. 7:45-8:10)

  • Christian Chlebowski, "The Senator and the Citizen: Comparing the Agendas of the United States Senate and Populace" (Mentor:  Prof. Thomas Hayes, Political Science)
  • Rylee Thomas, "The Film Adaptation as an Essay on Feminism in the Victorian Novel" (Mentor:  Prof. Eleni Coundouriotis, English)

 

Closing Comments

  • Dr. Vin Moscardelli, Director of UConn's Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships | Coordinator of the Holster Scholar Program
  • Dr. Jennifer Lease Butts, Associate Vice Provost for Enrichment Programs | Director of the Honors Program

 

Students:  This is an Honors Event. Categories: Honors Community Development OR Academic & Interdisciplinary Engagement.

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Click here to access a downloadable/printable version of the program, including biographies of this year's Scholars.

Click here to view final projects/papers submitted by both current and past cohorts of Holster Scholars.