Undergraduate Research Conference

TRINITY COLLEGE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE

Saturday, March 13th, 2021

TCURC 2021

Event is free to all students!

The Trinity College Undergraduate Research Conference (TCURC) will take place on Saturday, March 13th, 2021. This is the first time TCURC will be completely online.  The conference begins at 10:00 am with some short opening remarks before we get started right away with the conference content.  Conference panels and presentations will take place in online breakout rooms.  There will be breaks between sessions, including a half hour lunch break.

TCURC, now in its seventh 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.

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TCURC 2021 PROGRAM: MARCH 13th, 2021

 

10:00 am to 10:15 am
Opening Remarks | Main Conference Room
10:15 am to 11:30 am
Concurrent Research Panels | Breakout Rooms 1, 2, & 3
BREAKOUT ROOM #1

  • Yoon Mo Kang, Biased Gene Conversion Elevates GC Content in Genes that Undergo Frequent DNA Damage #1
  • Anji Zhang, Cycloisomerization of Carbamoyl Chlorides in HFIP: Stereoselective Synthesis of Chlorinated Methylene Oxindoles and Quinolinones
  • Ruo Ning Qiu, Exploring the Effectiveness and Usage of Mathematical Definitions in Exam Responses
  • Vincent Hung, Potential in Store: A Proposal for the University of Toronto’s Climate Change Plan—Sizing Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) to Complement Solar Energy
BREAKOUT ROOM #2

  • Ariel Moon, Humanitarian Interventions or Imperialism
  • Maja Soltysiak, In the Ethical Spotlight: Long-term Care Homes and COVID-19
  • Zeus Eden, Learning from CERB: The Case for a Universal Basic Income in Canada
BREAKOUT ROOM #3

  • Zihan Pang, Lenses of Memory: A Historiographical Study of China’s Culture Revolution
  • Paranjay Sahanii, Paradox of Protesting in India
  • Foti Vito, International Organizations and Democratic Backsliding: Examining the European Union and the Western Balkans
  • Isabella Giancola, An Empty Chamber: Failing to Replicate the “More Guns, Less Crime” Hypothesis
11:30 am to 11:45 am
BREAK | Main Conference Room
11:45 am to 12:45 pm
Concurrent 3-Minute Thesis Panels | Breakout Rooms 1 & 2
BREAKOUT ROOM #1

  • Tash-had Saqif, Living in Our Heads: Examining the Human Proclivity Toward Excessive Mind Wandering
  • Suehyun Cho, Molecular analysis of the protocadherin HNCM1: a novel therapeutic target for head and neck cancers
  • Anika Gupta, Curcumin and Neurotrophic Factors as Potential Drug Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Defne Gulluoglu, Treat Cancer with Happiness?
  • Amanda Oprisan, The Cultural Value of Suicide: A Historical Documentation of the Idealization of Suicide as a Literary Tool in 18th Century British Romanticism
  • Aria Lorenz, Sexual Morality & Canadian Law: The Danger of Canada’s Polygamy Legislation
  • Isabella Li, Investigating How to Prevent the Radicalization of Incels
  • Amelia Marlowe, Sexual Violence and Protection in Indonesia
  • Claire Parish, Conservation and Local Inhabitants: Common Tensions and their Relation to Kashmir’s Dal Lake
  • Leila Koohi, Darkness Remains: The Effect of 2018 U.S. JCPOA Withdrawal on Iranian-U.S. Relations and Preventing a Nuclear Iran
  • Megan Horsthuis, China’s Impact on the Threat of Cyberwarfare
  • Stefania Stoica, Mental Health in Canadian Secondary Education – A Policy Brief

BREAKOUT ROOM #2

  • Devyani Chandra, The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Evaluating The Ethical Implications of The Indian Reservation System
  • Rahman Ladak, Mice, models, microbiota: How can we more accurately reflect human disease?
  • Serena Yuan, Exclusionary Zoning in the United States
  • Cathlin J. Han, Conserving the Upper Guinean Forest and Reducing the Spread of Infectious Disease
  • William Wynne, A Static System in a Dynamic World: The Lack of a Multicultural Presence in the Canadian Healthcare System
  • Anna Samuel, Managing Sexual Violence Against Women in Canadian Post-Secondary Institutions
  • Shijia Liu, Mental Health Counselling at a Toronto Inner-City School Based Health Centers (SBHC): A Descriptive Study
  • Andrei Corlaci, Cybersecurity: The Importance of its Introduction and Proper Implementations for the General Population on a Large Scale
  • Daphne Berberyan, The Shortcomings of the Security Council and Responsibility to Protect in Syria
  • Shreya Vohra, Ideologies of Defining Citizenship: A Battle of Beliefs in India
  • Nunazriah Dhahrul, From Resistance to Resilience: A Triple Helix Approach
  • Yevin Ahn, The North Korean Refugee Crisis: Canada’s Private Sponsorship Program for NK Refugees in Thailand
12:45 pm to 1:15 pm
LUNCH BREAK | Main Conference Room
1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
Concurrent Research Panels | Breakout Room 1, 2, & 3
BREAKOUT ROOM #1

  • Ali Nadhum, Deadly Impacts and the Questions Surrounding Wartime Use of Depleted Uranium
  • Victoria Liu, Policy advise to counter-terrorism efforts against Al-Shabaab in Somalia
  • Mariana Castrillon, Literature Review on Music Therapy for Refugees with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Samantha Pierre, And The Nominees Are: An Empirical Analysis of the Value of a Tony Award
  • Closing remarks

BREAKOUT ROOM #2

  • Roya Aboosaidi, Instilling hope- A plan to restore mental health to those who survived the most complex violations of human rights today
  • Ryu Won Kang, Understanding the Mental Health Outcomes of Temporarily Furloughed Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Sebastian Warma, Microbiome Abnormalities as a Possible Link Between Diabetes Mellitus and Mood Disorders: Pathophysiology and Implications for the Treatment
  • Closing remarks

BREAKOUT ROOM #3

  • Tiffany Teng, Beauty Is in the Ingroup of the Beholder: Judgements of Attractiveness and Perceptually Ambiguous Social Groups
  • Justine Vorvis, Distilling Process Praise to Maximize – and Optimize – Children’s Persistence
  • Mishel Alexandrovsky, Singles’ Beliefs about Relationships as a Source of Happiness
  • Closing remarks
POSTER PRESENTATIONS:  Poster creators have given permission to make their contact information available for any questions you may have on their posters/research.

 

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

 

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TCURC 2020 ARCHIVE

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

 

TCURC PROGRAM: MARCH 7, 2020

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

REPRESENTATION | TC22

  • 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

INFORMATION | TC24

  • 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

IMMUNITY | TC22

  • 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

RELATIONS | TC24

  • 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

POSTERS:

  • 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

ALTERNATIVE MODALITIES: 

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

3-MINUTE THESIS PRESENTATIONS: TC 22 

  • 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

INTERVENTIONS | TC22

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

INVESTIGATION | TC24

  • 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.