Trinity College Undergraduate Research Conference

TCURC 2019

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Event is free to all students!

The conference will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2019. The day will begin at 10:00 AM with a coffee reception in the Trinity College Private Dining Room (PDR). Conference panels will then take place in the Combination Room (CR) and Divinity Common Room (DCR), with a lunch break.

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Stephen Scharper from the School of the Environment and Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. His talk is entitled: “Why Are We Here?: The Role and Goal of Research in the Age of the Anthropocene”

TCURC, now in its’ fifth consecutive year, is an interdisciplinary conference which gives upper-year Trinity students the opportunity to present their research in an academic setting. This is also a unique occasion for Trinity students and faculty of the university to meet and discuss related topics of interest outside of the classroom.

TCURC is free to all students. Please register in advance at:

2019 Trinity College Undergraduate Research Conference Program

10:00 am to 10:30 am

Registration and Opening Remarks | PDR and Combination Room

10:30 am to 11:30 am

Concurrent panels:

SPACE | Combination Room
Fardin Syed, Measuring the Distance Between Pulse Components of Pulsar B1133+16
Yixuan (Tiffany) Wang, Souls of Millions of Light Years Away: Exploring the Role of Stories in Indigenous Law
Grace Egan, Heritage for Peace and Inclusion During Canada150

STATES | Divinity Common Room
Shreya Jha, Cardiac Response to Musical Performance: Flowing with Rhythm
Yiran Li, Negotiating the Identity of Huizhou Ancient Village 
Aisha Ryan, Twenty-first Century State-Building: Equitable Tax Policy as the New Frontier of Post-Conflict Development

11:30 pm to 12:30 pm

Keynote Address | Combination Room
“Why Are We Here?: The Role and Goal of Research in the Age of the Anthropocene”
Professor Stephen Scharper, School of the Environment and Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto  


12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Lunch | PDR and Combination Room

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Concurrent panels:

CONFLICT | Combination Room
Lauren Pickel, The Contextual Control of Attention
Nicole Li, Mapping Gender and Race: Intersectional Theorizing about Social Identities to Tackle Systemic Oppression
Madalina Maxim, Roles of Shp1/2 in Dendritic Cell Maturation and Function   


CRISIS | Divinity Common Room
Sebastian Warma, Human Influence on Tropical Understory Herbivory   
Kate Power, The Impact of Compulsory Service Policies on Reducing Medical Brain Drain
Raha Khatib, Challenging Italy’s “humanitarian” Presentation of the Rescue Operation ‘Mare Nostrum’  


2:30 pm to 3:15 pm

Coffee Break + Poster Session | PDR and Combination Room
Amy Chen, Non-Tamoxifen Induced Cre-ERT2 Recombination Activity in CX3CR1-CreER x P2X7flox Mouse Line
Melika Dastgheib, Do Women Follow Hand Hygiene Norms Better? An Observational Analysis of Conformity by Gender
Zachary Demers, Sensationally Smart: An Analysis of Smart’s Theory of Sensations and Brain States
Gabriela Leon, A Health-Systems Approach for Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment in LMICs: a Scoping Review of Published Literature
Anas Samman, Senataxin (SETX) Maintains Nucleolar Function Through Suppression of Stress-Inducible Ribosmal Intergenic Spacer Non-Coding RNAs
Max Shcherbina, Examining the Role of Post-Translational Modifications of Crb in Tissue Growth
Nam Topp-Nguyen, Assay for Detecting Aspiration in Transplanted Lungs Via Bile Acid Measurement
Anji Zhang, Solid-State Green Synthesis of Admanatane-Cyclodextrin Inclusion Complexes

3:15 pm to 4:15 pm

Concurrent panels:

REACTIONS | Combination Room
Joshua de Sousa Casal, Development of a Scalable and Clinically Relevant Method for the Production of T Cells
Xiang-Ling Julia Li, Designing Hydroxamic Acid Esters for Protein Modification and Labeling
Joyce Ho, The Contentiousness of Economic Value: The 1996 Canadian Census Campaign

NETWORKS | Divinity Common Room

Abhishek Moturu & Alex Chang, Training a Convolutional Neural Network to Detect Lung Cancer  
Roshni Thawani, The Criminological Impact of New Technologies on Vulnerable Children and Youths  
Talha Naeem (jointly with Atom Vayalinkal and William Du), CEO Political Affiliation, Political Climate, and Corporate Investment


4:15 pm to 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks | Combination Room and Divinity Common Room