Schedule of Events

The Celebration of Research is the culminating event for students in the First Experiences in Research program and recipients of the Archival Scholars Research Award to share their work with the University community. The 2022 Celebration of Research will be conducted virtually over Zoom. Please review the schedule below, which includes links to each session.

Monday April 11, 2022 

2:00-3:00pm: Attend this session on Zoom

  • Jessica Raines “Scenic Painting Studio”  
  • Ekone Duncan “Computational Drug Analysis”  
  • Sushrita Haripriya “Pregnancy and Substance Use Disorder Database”  
  • Kiana Sechler “Studies on Human Corticomotor Plasticity and Performance Enhancement” 
  • UM MCs: Anthony Machi & Jasmin Perrier 

5:00-6:00pm: Attend this session on Zoom

  • Surya Venkatesan “Immunology of Influenza, Bacterial Super-Infections” 
  • Vaibhav Gupta “Creation of LGBTQ+ Health Spaces through the AIDS Epidemic and beyond in Pittsburgh, PA” 
  • Kelly Zeng “Immunology of Influenza, Bacterial Super-Infections” 
  • Caroline Waters “An Examination of Gender as Constructed/Perpetuated by Nineteenth-Century Children’s Periodicals”  
  • UM MCs: Linh Huynh & Sarah Jahangeer 


Tuesday, April 12, 2022 

12:00-1:00pm: Attend this session on Zoom 

  • Christian Kim “P23H Genotyping PCR”  
  • Tayler Fane “Trans (In)Visibility: The Representation and Exploitation of Trans Identities” 
  • Zach Plecas “Immunology of Influenza, Bacterial Super-Infections”  
  • Simone Seno “Sex Differences in Concussion Clinical Profiles of Adolescents” 
  • UM MCs: Israel Herndon & Joe Wozniak 

5:00-6:00pm: Attend this session on Zoom 

  • Karuna Baral “Developing and Piloting a School Staff-Based Intervention to Reduce Alcohol and Drug Use Among Sexual Minority Youth”  
  • Rachel Bachy “Studying Life Beyond the Binary: A Look Back at Non-Binary Identities”  
  • Ian Davies "An Archive of Absurdity: Queerness & Un/intelligibility"
  • Tiffany Zhu “AANAT Mice Melatonin” 
  • UM MCs: Liz Timple & Maja Lynn 


Wednesday, April 13, 2022 

1:00-2:00pm: Attend this session on Zoom

  • Kate Castello “Faking Masterpieces: The Ethics of Museum Replicas” 
  • Emily Hoffmayer “Pregnancy and Substance Use Disorder Database”  
  • Sophia Liu “Immunology of Influenza, Bacterial Super-Infections” 
  • Jennifer Kandray “Heinz Chapel in the Digital Era”  
  • UM MCs: Thulasi Varatharajan & Jane Lee 

3:00-4:00pm: Attend this session on Zoom

  • Audrey Leong “Mapping Community Pharmacy and Audiology Services”  
  • Tom Barnes “Intergenerational Attitudes Towards Queer Liberation”  
  • Lia Kowalski “‘Who Got to Go to School?’: Secondary Education for Girls in 1850” 
  • Jericho Ellis “Understanding the Experiences of Students with Minoritized Identities” 
  • UM MCs: Sarah Hulse & Joe Wozniak 


Thursday, April 14, 2022 

2:00-3:00pm: Attend this session on Zoom

  • Madison May “Effectiveness of the Caregiver Assisted Training Technique (CATT)”  
  • Miranda Kishel “The Gerald Stern Papers” 
  • Dani Womack “Crafting Fine Press”  
  • Maria Anto “Lovelace Marionette Theatre Company Records”  
  • UM MCs: Ornella Al-Sayah & Hannah Kirsch 

5:00-6:00pm: Attend this session on Zoom

  • Caroline Berry “Sanitization & Americanization in Pittsburgh’s Settlement Houses, 1890-1930”  
  • Alexandra Squeri ‘’Thermodynamics of Radiofrequency Generated Brain Lesions”  
  • Jade Steber ‘’Functional Recovery After Traumatic Brain Injury”  
  • Annie Robles “Multimodal Approaches for Assessing Cognitive and Emotional Disturbances After Experimental Brain Trauma”  
  • UM MCs: Linh Huynh & TBD 


Friday, April 15, 2022 

11:00am-12:00pm: Attend this session on Zoom

  • Madelyn Wesner “Saliva Biomarkers to Predict Pediatric Concussion Subtypes”  
  • Liz Seymour “Thermocoagulation Methods to Treat Medically Refractory Epilepsy”  
  • Audrika Khondaker “UBelong Research Collaborative” 
  • Caleb Paiva “Measuring Melatonin Released by Neural Mitochondria in the Presence of Calcium”  
  • UM MCs: Ryan Krafty & Jasmin Perrier