Undergraduate students at the University of Utah and Utah State University  will showcase their research for Utah lawmakers and the general public on Tuesday, March 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the rotunda of the Utah State Capitol.

Research on Capitol Hill, now in its 19th year, gives lawmakers and the public a glimpse of the breadth of research programs at the U and at USU and reinforces the value of state-funded higher education.

Students presenting at the event practice engaging in public outreach and polishing presentation skills. By explaining their research in clear, non-technical terms to event attendees including legislators, junior high students and parents, presenters practice communicating their work succinctly and accessibly.

Presenters hail from broad disciplines across campus, including pharmacy, engineering and fine arts. Project titles include “The impact of contemporary media on human and environmental health” and “Characterization of an open-source 3D-printed robotic hand.”

Find the full list of research project titles from the U below.

Research Project TitlePresenter NameCollege
Tumor Genomics as a Route to Clarifying Inherited Genetics in Multiple Myeloma Aucutt, TaylorMedicine
The impact of contemporary media on human and environmental health Barber, KatieHumanities
Targeted deletion of Tcf7l2 in adipocytes promotes adipocyte hypertrophy and impaired glucose metabolismBegaye, LoriScience
A Quantitative Analysis of the Economic Impact of the Salt Lake City Rio Grande Initiative on CrimeCox, LoganBusiness
The effects of behavior management strategies on externalizing behavior and on-task behaviors in a general education settingFlatley, ClaireEducation
Temperature and Sublimation Rate Measurements of a Single Graphite NanoparticleFriese, AbigailScience
A Potential Treatment for Vanishing White Matter DiseaseGlaittli, KatyMedicine
Target binding induces therapeutic antibody split-enzyme activationHatch, SamuelPharmacy
Characterization of an Open-Source 3D-Printed Robotic HandHenning, MoriahEngineering
Childhood immunization-related experiences among individuals with a refugee background in UtahHigham, RebeccaSocial & Behavioral Science
An analysis of pharmaceutical use amongst free clinic patients: opioids, complementary and alternative medicine, and other pain relieversHoward, SullivanSocial & Behavioral Science
The Enduring Effects of Early Institutionalization on The Diurnal Cortisol Regulation of Internationally Adopted ChildrenIsenhour, JenniferSocial & Behavioral Science
In vivo evaluation of a new hydrophobic acrylic intraocular lens in the rabbit modelJiang, BillMedicine
Composite Materials and Random Matrix TheoryLe, HanScience
Late-in-life treadmill-training ameliorates the decline in cardiac autophagy associated with aging in miceLy, KellseyHealth
Childhood immunization-related experiences among individuals with a refugee background in UtahMeh, SoeSocial & Behavioral Science
Tumor Genomics as a Route to Clarifying Inherited Genetics in Multiple Myeloma Nieto, CamilaMedicine
Connecting Lives on Canvas: The Murray Murals ProjectPorter, SydneyFine Arts
Late-in-life treadmill-training ameliorates the decline in cardiac autophagy associated with aging in miceRamous, CarolineHealth
Tracing Monosynaptic Cortical Circuits of Feed-Forward and Feed-Back Connections to V1 that Project to V2 StripesRasmussen, EllieMedicine
Synthesizing Antifreeze Proteins Found in Nature to be used in the Cryopreservation of CellsSaini, SimranEngineering
Smyd1 Histone Methyltransferase Activity in Hypertrophy and Heart Failure ModelsSheikh, HaninMedicine
Some key questions: Reproductive justice and preventative reproductive health careSt. Clair, StephNursing
Barriers to Women Accessing Perinatal Mental Health Care in Rural UtahStucki, KristenNursing
Late-in-life treadmill-training ameliorates the decline in cardiac autophagy associated with aging in mice Thompson, LaurenHealth
Ion exchange of NTO wastewaterTran, DanaEngineering
Childhood immunization-related experiences among individuals with a refugee background in UtahTruman, TessaSocial & Behavioral Science
Made in Heaven?: When Art & Pornography Share a BedWayman, CoryFine Arts

Media Contacts

Cindy Greavesprogram manager, Office of Undergraduate Research
Office: 801-581-6413