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U Students to present research on Capitol Hill

People gathered in rotunda at Utah State Capitol for Research on Capitol Hill

Undergraduate students from the University of Utah, along with students from Utah State University, will showcase their research for Utah lawmakers and the general public on Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the rotunda at the Utah State Capitol.

Research on Capitol Hill is an annual event that gives lawmakers and the public a glimpse of the breadth of research programs at the U 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.

The 24 presenters from the U this year hail from broad disciplines across campus, including engineering, medicine and social sciences.

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


Aasutosh Acharya - Vast stellar population size measurement using only Gaia EDR3

Alexander Brill - Prehistoric Irrigation and Corn Morphology

Rachel Compton - Effect of Dietary Strawberry on Brown Fat in C57Bl/6J Mice Fed High-Fat-Diet

Suzi Creveling - Natural stair ambulation with a robotic leg prosthesis for individuals with above/knee amputation

Shaistah Din - Cytomegalovirus education improves pregnant women's awareness and prevention behaviors

Kaylon Draney - Synthesis and Characterization of Materials Properties of a Biological Superabsorbent Polymer for Single-Use Consumer Product Applications

Gauri Garg - Correlation of Physical Activity and Nutrition with White Matter Hyperintensity

Lauren Gleave - Perceptions Surrounding and Efficacy of Utah's Sex Education Among College Students

Sydney Larsen - Short-term Supplementation with Dietary Blueberries Increases Commensal Gut Microbes in Diabetic Mice

Brooke Larson - Investigating the degradation pathways responsible for clearing toxic misfolded proteins

Cameron Mercer - Rapid Fabrication of a Dynamic Alveolar Microphysiological System with an Integrated Extracellular Matrix Membrane

Briggs Miller - The Lost City Hydrothermal Field: A Look Into Microbial Diversity and Clues Into the Emergence of Life on Earth

Melika Moeinvaziri - Effect of COVID-19 Pandemic on Oral Health Among Uninsured Populations

Azeem Mohammed - Compiling Cell Viability Data for Vitro Studies: Improving the Efficacy of Treatment for Meningioma Tumors

Emily Nevarez - Mental health among uninsured primary care patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sohyun Park - Marketing for Gender-Based Violence Consortium

Shaylie Platten - Anxiety, Working Memory, and Event Related Negativity

Justinas Sapiegas - Impact of Shift Work on Risk of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Jessica Sharma - Cytomegalovirus education improves pregnant women's awareness and prevention behaviors

Anish Singh - Total Topography of the Dorsal Cord in C. elegans

Madeleine Sorenson - Live Hospice Discharge: A Critical Analysis About the Ethics of Ending Hospice Care for Terminal Patients

Sabrina Su - Integration of a pneumatically actuated microvalve pump with in vitro cell culture to study the mechanobiological response of the trabecular meshwork

Heba Sultan - The influence of time-restricted feeding on arterial function in obese mice

Olivia Walker - The Effect of Changing Conductivity on Cardiac Excitation

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Last Updated: 11/16/23