What is Intersections?

Dave Ki

Intersections: SOURCE Symposium and Poster Session are where CWRU undergraduates present their research and creative projects. Intersections allow the University community and others to see the broad and diverse work our outstanding undergraduates are doing across campus.

Intersections is held three times a year: in December (Fall), April (Spring), and August (Summer). It is a fun and informative celebration featuring bright, creative students and supportive faculty mentors.



To celebrate and encourage students whose research is focused on children or adolescents, the Schubert Center sponsors a competition for recognition. Prizes are awarded for the top projects! The students' research covers various topics and disciplines, from engineering medical devices to analyzing social structures and policies.






Intersections Awardees


FIRST PLACE (Tie):  Dave Ki, The Lied Experiences of Minority Caregivers of Children with Special Needs:  A Focus on Social Support and Well-being

FIRST PLACE (Tie):  Shivangi Nanda, Beyond Reality:  A Comprehensive Review of Imaginary Companions and their Impact on Children's socio-emotional Development

SECOND PLACE:  Adrian Alumbo, Select Positive Allosteric Modulators Promote the Forward Trafficking of NMDA Receptors Containing the Pathogenic GluN1_S688Y Variant 

HONORABLE MENTION:  Joelie Montgomery, Examining the Role of Race and Ethnicity among Caregivers of Autistic Youth: A Qualitative Analysis

HONORABLE MENTION: Mikaela Elliot, Having their Voices Heard: Evaluating the Role of Community in Coping when Raising a Child with Special Needs in Minority Communities

HONORABLE MENTION: Duc Knoa Le, The Relationship of Prenatal Cocaine Exposure and Experiences of Victimization to Aggression in Adolescence

FALL 2023

FIRST PLACE:  Tamyra Otkins, The Impact of Police Surveillance on Students:  The School to Prison Pipeline and Students' Wellbeing

SECOND PLACE:  Shreya Balaji, Impact of Social Needs/Support Navigation Programs on Patient Health and Unmet Needs in Cleveland, Ohio

THIRD PLACE:  Sophia Saavedra, Social Defeat in Adolescents


FIRST PLACE Megan Gregory, Biology, Too Close for Comfort:  Role of Fibronetin1 Matrix in Maintaining the Space between the Expanding Calvaria 

SECOND PLACEAja Leatherwood, Communication Science, Exposing Students to Careers in Communication Sciences:  Innovative STEM Summer Camp Curriculum for Middle School Students

THIRD PLACEReina Samuel, Cognitive Science, An Analysis of How Exposure to Media Such as Video Games Affect Risk-Taking in Adolescence.

FALL 2022

FIRST PLACE: Amanda Li, Biology, Determining correlates of enhanced influenza disease in a pregnant and nonpregnant nonhuman primate model.

SECOND PLACE: Sonia Kumar, William Austin, Emma Hampton & Li Yumeng, BME, Healthy Baby Monitoring 

THIRD PLACE: Claire Turner, Psychology, Mental Health Outcomes and Interventions in Children with Parental Cancer


FIRST PLACE:  Anna Marie Giubileo, ACEs & Adulthood: How Adverse Childhood Experiences Impact Individuals Later in Life

SECOND PLACE: Zahin Islam, Prognosis Associated Tumor Immune Signatures in Pediatric Neuroblastoma

THIRD PLACE:  Nehal MethiInvestigating Adverse Childhood Experiences and Schizotypy in Adults

HONORABLE MENTION:  Katherine Glass, Olivia Love, & Noelle Nelson, Reusable Pediatric Pulse Oximeter

HONORABLE MENTION: Amanda Beck, Old Versus New Version of a Test of Articulation: Similarities and Differences

FALL 2020

FIRST PLACE: Isabella Beninate, Condensed Bilingual Input-Output Survey,  Increased Clinical Efficiency

SECOND PLACE: Max Berky, Rohan Desai, Bill Ding, Ruby Spada, & David Suh, Healthy Baby Monitoring


FIRST PLACE: Matt Fleshood, Emily Long, & Tom Ugras, Reusable Pediatric Pulse Oximeter 

SECOND PLACE: Julia Fleming, Implications of U.S. Immigration Policies on the Children of Unauthorized Immigrants 

THIRD PLACE: Puja Desai, Rajeev Laungani, Kim Steere, Yuanshan Wu, & Andrew Yant, Therapeutic Efficacy for Ride-On Toy Cars

HONORABLE MENTION: Noah Isenstein, Nutritional Assessment of School Lunches in Cuyahoga County

HONORABLE MENTION: Oluwatobi Oshomoji, Metabolites of Cholesterol Metabolism as Potential Biomarkers for Correction of Defective Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator


FIRST PLACE (Tie): Gabriela Arima, Screening for Social Needs and Adverse Childhood Experiences in Pediatric Primary Health Care Settings: a Review. 

FIRST PLACE (Tie): Julia Knight, S-Nitrosothiols inhibit CHIP and stabilize F508del CFTR at the human airway epithelial cell surface. 

SECOND PLACE: Lauren Huang, Positive Effect of PD-L1/PD1 Engagement for Optimal T-Cell Activation During Early Anti-tumor Immune Priming as Assessed by In Vitro Dendritic Cell-induced T-cell Proliferation. 

THIRD PLACE: Emily Gorjanc, Adverse Childhood Experiences and PTSD Symptoms, Depressive Symptoms, and History of Suicidality in Mothers of Young Children. 

HONORABLE MENTION: Abigail Opher, Monserrath Salas, & Anusha Vallapuri, Brush High School Exercise Science & Sports Rehabilitation Class Nutrition Education Series. 

HONORABLE MENTION: Marissa Vidal, The Mind Matters: Examining the Effectiveness of Dissonance-Based Therapy in the Prevention of Eating Disorders.