Undergraduate Research Conference


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Event is free to all students!

The Trinity College Undergraduate Research Conference (TCURC) will take place on Saturday, March 7th, 2020. The conference begins at 10:00 am with registration and keynote in the GIT.  Conference panels and presentations will take place in TC22 & TC24, and Seeley Hall throughout the day.  There will also be a catered lunch in the Combination Room and Private Dining Room.

We are very excited to have Trinity College’s Pearson-Sabia Distinguished Visitor and Visiting Fellow humanitarian, author and business leader Rosemary McCarney as our keynote speaker this year. Ms. McCarney most recently served as Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament.

TCURC, now in its sixth 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: https://forms.gle/r3WzxeQRDb81jmYLA



10:00 am to 10:30 am
Registration and Opening Remarks | George Ignatieff Theatre (GIT)


10:30 am to 11:30 am
Keynote Address | GIT
Trinity College’s Pearson-Sabia Distinguished Visitor and Visiting Fellow humanitarian, author and business leader Rosemary McCarney


11:30 pm to 12:30 pm
Concurrent panels | TC22 & TC24


  • Elise Lafleur, Sodomites with Unpleasant Accents: Constructing a Queer Oral History of Trinity College
  • Thomas Siddall, Queer Youth on the Move: Gentrification and the International in Beijing
  • Emily Wuschnakowski, Gender Quotas in National Parliaments: A Policy Solution to Increase Women’s Substantive Representation? A Comparative Analysis between Belgium and Denmark


  • Anne Michaela MacDonald, From Jurors’ Shopping to Shopping for Jurors: Big Data in the Courtroom
  • Maja Soltysiak, A Media Examination: The Top Bioethical Issues of 2019 and the Possible Ramifications for the Health Care Field
  • Roshni Thawani, Reflective Biography—Experiential Learning through the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship


12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Catered Lunch | Regent Park Catering Collective | PDR and Combination Room


1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Concurrent panels | TC22 & TC24


  • Felice Chun, The Role of M2 Macrophages and Microglia in MS Prognosis
  • Rutvij Khanolkar, Synergistic checkpoint blockade and cytokine therapy increase γδT cell-mediated cytotoxicity in hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Tsz Wai Phoebe Liu, Anti-CD40L and Atacicept as new potential therapeutic strategies to treat Helicobacter-induced gastric B cell lymphomagenesis


  • Sally Antown, Human Security and Foreign Policy: Bridging the Gap between Refugees and the State
  • Xuemeng Bai, Getting out of Poverty Trap: Basic Income and the “Relatively Poor”
  • Matthew Remedios, Neocolonial narratives in development assistance for abortion in Uganda: Contextualized solutions for unintended pregnancies in postcolonial cultures


2:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Poster SessionAlternative Modalities3-Minute Thesis Presentations | Coffee Break | Seeley Hall, TC22, & TC24


  • Tereza Blahova, The Reproductive and Pregnancy Outcomes of Female Childhood Cancer Survivors
  • Charles Carr, What is Really in Your Bathroom Cabinet: The Contents of Expired Probiotics
  • Christina Giusto, Learning plan for target vocabulary
  • Sheryl Ester Gumira, Is Monosodium Glutamate a Safe Additive in Food
  • Minsheng (Vincent) Hung, After the Flood: Disaster Healthcare in the Climate Change Era
  • Maria Medeleanu, Fracture outcomes in E/B Thalassemia patients in Sri Lanka.
  • Zihan Pang, The Intellectual Origins of China’s Social Credit System
  • Milad Saadati, A Study On Factors Impacting Life Expectancy
  • Bana Samman, Lymphocytic Infiltration and Immune Checkpoint Expression in Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumours
  • Ayesha Shakeel, A Pursuit of Equity in Online ESL Education: Delivering Culturally Responsive Reading Materials
  • Madison Skoblo, The Arctic Council: Problems and Solutions
  • Yufeng Tao, Combining Trading Strategies via Recurrent Reinforcement Learning
  • Luyang Wang, Prion-Like Proteins in Candida albicans are Integral to Filamentous Growth and Pathogenicity
  • Shiv Yucel, North American Indigenous Populations in the 19th Century: An Empirical Investigation of the Socio-Economic Factors that Influence Nutrition
  • Anji Zhang, Oxytrifluoromethylation: Phthalide synthesis


  • Angel Bella, Today’s Specials
  • Nivaal Rehman, Allez Les Bleus: Solving Poverty and Inequality in France Using the French Football Federation’s Model


  • Nicholas Damiano, To Diet or not To Diet
  • Madhurie Dhanrajh, From Subjugation to Oppression; How Guyana has simultaneously evolved and degraded since independence
  • Brianna Lane, Different amounts of hiking trail usage impact soil compaction in the Adirondacks
  • Daisy Liu, The Effect of Representation on Uptake of the Female Empowerment Movements: Lessons from Korea and Japan
  • Yeo Myong Bang, Dissecting the role of serotonin in intestinal IgA plasma cells during EAE
  • Maryam Rehman, Dream Big Disney: Exploring the Walt Disney Company’s Origins in the Entertainment Industry, Current Dominance and Future Role in Planetary Politics
  • Quinn Teague-Colfer, “Cultural Genocide” in Xinjiang: International Responses to Chinese Repression of Ethnic Minorities
  • Gabby Tsai, The Death Doctor’s Future in Canada


3:15 pm to 4:30 pm
Concurrent panels & Closing Remarks | TC22 & TC24


  • Omar Kassam, Global Crime and Terror: Money-Laundering and Canadian Real Estate
  • Tourang Movahedi, Iran Since 1979
  • Tomer Zaidman, Socioeconomic Frameworks for Counterterrorism


  • Nathan Kuehne, Association of two BRM promoter polymorphisms and smoking status with malignant pleural mesothelioma risk and prognosis
  • Abdula Maher, The Haunting Dangers of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy In Players of American Football
  • Ariel (Da Yeon) Moon, Health care and the Incarceration System
  • Zoe Thompson, High throughput RNAi screen to identify genes required for mitochondrial DNA quality control in the Drosophila melanogaster germline


TCURC is organized by Trinity College’s Academic Dons & Peer Advisors, in collaboration with the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program.