Undergraduate research and creative project award winners announced

Two students discussing research at Intersections

Each semester, Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) hosts Intersections, a poster session where undergraduate students present their research and creative projects. The event is a special opportunity for the Case Western Reserve community to learn about the array of academic work being done by students across campus. 

In April, SOURCE reimagined their traditional Intersections event into an entirely virtual experience, featuring digital posters, live presentations held via Zoom and discussion boards where viewers could comment on student projects. The work of more than 300 students was represented across 197 unique presentations. This multi-day event was made possible by the students sharing their work and many faculty mentors who worked closely with them.

Save the date for Fall Intersections on December 4, 2020!

SOURCE Virtual Intersections Awardees

Arts and Humanities

  • First place: Joshua Breckenridge—”The Role of the Roman Government within the Grain Market during the Beginning of the Roman Empire,” mentored by Evelyn Adkins, Department of Classics
  • Second place: Dominica Rollins—”What is ὁ ἵππος ποτάμιος?,” mentored by Paul Hay, Department of Classics

Biological Sciences

  • First place: Jack Kincaid—”Diet-Induced Obesity Accelerates Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia Development and Reduces Survival Rate in Mice,” mentored by Nathan Berger, Center for Science, Health and Society
  • Second place: Michelle Helou—”Caveolin Mediates HIV Endocytosis in an Intestinal Epithelial Monolayer via Lipid Rafts,” mentored by Alan Levine, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology

Design and Innovation

  • First place: Amrish Selvam, Bailey Flint, Haley Sims, Ziwei Li and Brice Smith—”Portable Neonatal Hypothermia Therapy Device,” mentored by Colin Drummond and Matthew Williams, Department of Biomedical Engineering 
  • Second place: Bhargavee Gnanasambandam—”Design of Modified Traction Force Microscopy for Cell Response to De Novo ECM,” mentored by Samuel Senyo, Department of Biomedical Engineering


  • First place: Alex Cannizzaro—”Holden Arboretum RTU Packaging and Manufacturing Prep,” mentored by Larry Sears, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Second Place: Emily Ingalls, Taylor Moon, Jackson Routhier, Casey Crowley and Samyuk Kanungo—”Core Temperature Monitoring Device for Athletes,” mentored by Colin Drummond and Matthew Williams, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Physical Science and Mathematics

  • First place: Thomas Ugras and Jared May—”Vapor-Liquid-Solid Growth and Characterization of ZnGeGa2N4,” mentored by Kathleen Kash, Department of Physics
  • Second place: Sanjay Annigeri—”Photothermal Treatment of S. aureus Biofilms Using Gold Nanorods,” mentored by Anna Samia, Department of Chemistry

Social Sciences

  • First place: Julliana Yoon—”Workplace Bullying in the Nursing Profession: Dangers and Potential Solutions,” mentored by Anastasia Dimitropoulos, Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Second place: Alec Hoover—”Impact of University Meal Plan Participation on Academic Performance,” mentored by David Clingingsmith, Department of Economics

Michelson-Morley Research Competition Awardees

The Michelson-Morley Research Competition is held in conjunction with Intersections in the Biological Sciences. The competition honors the collaborative research initiated in 1885 between Albert A. Michelson, a Case physicist, and Edward W. Morley, a Western Reserve Chemist, which culminated in the Michelson-Morley experiment of 1887.

  • First place: Jack Kincaid—”NAD Metabolism in Aging and Cancer,” mentored by Nathan Berger, Center for Science, Health and Society
  • Second place: Timothy Nehila—”Dermal PRC2 regulates Wnt/B-catenin and Retinoic Acid Signaling to ensure proper skin development,” mentored by Radhika Atit, Department of Biology
  • Third place: Erin Hartmann—”The Role of Bile Acid Metabolism and Biosynthesis in T cell Function,” mentored by Cheryl Cameron, Department of Nutrition

Schubert@Intersections Awardees

The Schubert Center for Child Studies recognizes undergraduate research focused on children or adolescents during Intersections.

  • First place: Matt Fleshood, Emily Long and Tom Ugras—”Reusable Pediatric Pulse Oximeter,” mentored by Andrew Rollins, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Second place: Julia Fleming—”Implications of U.S. Immigration Policies on the Children of Unauthorized Immigrants,” mentored by Anastasia Dimitropoulos, Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Third place: Puja Desai, Rajeev Laungani, Kim Steere, Yuanshan Wu and Andrew Yant—”Therapeutic Efficacy for Ride-On Toy Cars,” mentored by Colin Drummond, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Honorable mention: Noah Isenstein—”Nutritional Assessment of School Lunches in Cuyahoga County,” mentored by Catherine Rogers, Department of Nutrition
  • Honorable mention: Oluwatobi Oshomoji—”Metabolites of Cholesterol Metabolism as Potential Biomarkers for Correction of Defective Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator,” mentored by Thomas Kelley, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences