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Trinity College Undergraduate Research Conference


The Trinity College Undergraduate Research Conference (TCURC) is an annual interdisciplinary conference giving all Trinity students the opportunity to present their research in an academic setting. This is also a unique occasion for students, faculty, staff and alumni of Trinity College and the University of Toronto to meet and discuss related topics of interest outside of the classroom. TCURC is free to attend.

TCURC 2023: SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2023


9:00am to 9:30am: Conference Registration (George Ignatieff Theatre [GIT] foyer)

9:30am to 9:45am: Opening Remarks (GIT)

9:45am to 10:00am: Travel & Break

10:00 am to 3:30 pm: NEW TCURC Wellness Lounge | Buttery Fireplace Lounge

Lounge Stations & Areas

Open for the duration of the conference & hosted by the Mental Health Peer Advisors, the Wellness Lounge is a safe and relaxing space to take breaks and get self-care during the conference.

Relax A Bit! Comfy Chairs & Relaxing Music!

Stay Hydrated! Water, Herbal Teas, Fruit Punch!

Stay Energized! Energy Bars, Fruit & Cheese Tray!

Make Something! Scent-Pouch Making Station & Button Making Station!

Capture the Memory & Remember How Awesome You Are! “I was a delegate! I presented at TCURC!” Photo-Booth!


10:00 am to 11:15 am: Concurrent Research Panels | Breakout Rooms 1, 2, & 3 | Larkin Classrooms 200, 211, & 214

Breakout Rooms

BREAKOUT ROOM #1 – Larkin 200

  • Tahiyat Islam – Astrocytes: More than just a supporting cell?
  • Rico Dong – Stretch-activated Ca2+ channel, TRPV4, is a key mediator of cell mechanosensation
  • Vincent (Minsheng) Hung – Optimistic ObsERVations: Endogenous Retroviruses in the Tumour Microenvironment

BREAKOUT ROOM #2 – Larkin 211

  • Mariana Castrillon – How attention shapes memory for category learning experiences through development
  • Valeria Khudiakova – To Mask or Not to Mask: The Role of Stigma Experience, Concealment Behaviors, and Community Connectedness in Autistic People’s Mental Health
  • Laura Chen – Preventing Adolescent Suicide: The Importance of Caregiver Support in Protecting Adolescents from Social Risk Factors

BREAKOUT ROOM #3 – Larkin 214

  • Sharanya Shankar – Food Pharmacy Programs in North America- A Scoping Review
  • Sara Ziadat – Compound Library Analysis for Automated Quality Control
  • Hongqian Wang – A Meta-ANalysis of Antidepressant Responses to Different C-reactive Protein Levels in Adults with Major Depressive Disorder


11:15 am to 11:30 am: Break & Refreshments (Larking 213)

11:30 am to 12:45 pm: Concurrent Research Panels | Breakout Rooms 1, 2, & 3 | Larkin Classrooms 200, 211, & 214

Breakout Rooms

BREAKOUT ROOM #1 – Larkin 200

  • Chris Situ – Analyzing Autoimmunity Around The World
  • Bhavnoor Pannu – Misdiagnosis in Indigenous Women of Canada
  • Rana Sarhan – The Role of Empathy on the Self

BREAKOUT ROOM #2 – Larkin 211

  • Kaelem Moniz – Bridging the Divide: The Success of the Toronto Public Library Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending Program in promoting Digital Inclusion
  • Madeleine Frechette – Environmental and Social Sustainability of Toronto’s Farmers’ Markets
  • Peter Ma – Israel’s nonmilitary national security threats: challenges and pathways forward
  • Zihan Alison Pang – Comparing Chinese Social Credit System and US Credit Referencing: A Surveillance Capitalism Persepective

BREAKOUT ROOM #3 – Larkin 214

  • Alexander Trachsell – Incarcerating the Innocent and Free Will Skepticism
  • Jacob Buchan – User Perception of Smart Home Surveillance: An Integrative Review
  • Arjun Chaudhuri – Leakages of A Welfare State: Corruption in Maharastrian Agriculture
  • Celine Huang – Abstract art in Ming Dynasty China


12:45 pm to 1:15 pm: LUNCH (distributed in Larkin 213) | Location is your choice!

1:15 pm to 2:00 pm: Research Poster Presentations | Buttery

Research Posters

Poster creators have given permission to make their contact information available for any questions you may have on their posters/research.

  • Noor Abdelgawad – Use of Nanotechnology in Plant Disease Management
  • Kawya Agarwal – Liberty or Expertise: Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Democratic or Authoritarian Solution to Climate Change
  • Riley Alvarez & John Lin – Exploring the Role of Attention in French Immersion Reading
  • Akhilan Arulmozhi – Fad or Fact: Are Low-Carb Diets (LCDs) Advantageous to Human Health?
  • Catherine Chi – Impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection on the central nervous system in an animal model of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Isabella Colalillo – I’m Not Surprised: Reasoning Societal Attitudes Towards Plexiglass Ineffectiveness for Limiting Sars-2-Cov Transmission
  • Gabrielle Desilets – Investigating the effect of estrous cycle phase on goal-directed behaviour in female rats
  • Catherine Diyakonov – Sympathy for Homeopathy: Investigating the Safety and Efficacy of Homeopathic Treatments for COVID-19
  • Julia Gavieta – Tools for Achieving Net-Zero in Canada: Carbon Pricing and Climate-Related Risk Assessment
  • Neha Gupta – Kaiso and MEG3 as potential therapeutic targets for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
  • Roxanne Huang – Rejecting Xenotransplantation: Could Religion be a factor?
  • Alison Huang – CRISPR-Cas9: Innovative Genome Editing Tool, Let Blue Cells Turn Green
  • Nandita Jayadevan – Cloning and sequencing of GAPC-2 gene from space exposed Solanum Lycopersicum and GAPC-2 as a phylogenetic marker
  • Jooyeong Kwak – The role of UHRF1BP1, a protein implicated in systemic lupus erythematosus, in the regulation of autophagy
  • Hongzip Kim – Summarizing Students’ Free Responses for an Introductory Algebra-Based Physics Course Survey Using Cluster and Sentiment Analysis
  • Mbabazi Okafor – Recycled, Local, Small-Scale Energy Solutions
  • Maya Salman – Incorporating Indigenous Epistemologies & Methodologies into Indigenous Language Revitalization Research and Initiatives
  • Julia Shokeir – Bubble: Building Loyalty Through Digital Affective Labour
  • Benson Wu – Evaluation of KIFC1 as a therapeutic target in non-small cell lung cancer
  • Joyce Yin – Exploring the relationships between rehabilitation and survivors of intimate partner violence: A scoping review


2:00 pm to 2:10 pm: Travel & Break

2:10 pm to 3:15 pm: Three Minute Thesis Presentations – Part I | GIT

Presentation order
  • Ahmed Hawamdeh – Racialized Revolutionaries: The Stereotyping of Racialized Men and the Consequences of Colour Conscious Casting in “Hamilton”
  • Anna McIntosh – The Impacts of Globalization on The Appropriation of Navajo Culture
  • Bianca Quilliam – Should we be Nietzscheans?
  • Cristina Cazassus – The Political and Socioeconomic Contexts in Nigeria That Led to Boko Haram’s Rise in the 21st Century
  • Frank Qiao – Confronting the ICC’s Africa Problem: How could the ICC Repair its Relations with the African Union?
  • Garyn Rickwood – An Adversarial-Inquistorial System of Adjudication: The Future of Law?
  • Hannah Cluroe – Addressing Violence Against Women in American Politics
  • Jake Donner – The Hypocritical Use of PMCs
  • Miranda Yang – Rising Temperatures and Rising Tensions: Governance in the Arctic
  • Portia Garnons-Williams – How Canada Should Respond to China’s Uyghur Re-education Camps
  • Sara Cai – International Policy on Myanmar: How Should Western Governments Respond?
  • Sara Eftekharzadeh – Women, Life, Freedom Movement
  • Zhejia Gong – A Brief Dissection of Frank Jackson’s Knowledge Argument and the Problem of Physicalism
  • Wania Gondal & Artin Khiabani – Prohibition of single-use plastics in Canada: Are there justifiable consequences for small businesses?


3:15 pm to 3:25 pm: Break | Wellness Lounge – Buttery fireplace lounge

3:25 pm to 4:30 pm: Three Minute Thesis Presentations – Part II | GIT

Presentation order
  • Maria Acosta – Review of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacterales Combination Treatment
  • Emma Bowman – Deep Breaths and Mind Breadth
  • Elsa Cheung – Why Sleep is Both a Necessity and a “Neuro-cessity”
  • Jiwoo Jeon – Credentials as Merit 2.0
  • Julianna Lai – Correlation Between Adverse Effects and Treatment Efficacy in APL
  • Jane Paterson – Disability Discrimination in Canada’s Long Term Care System
  • Olivia Ruffolo – The Role of ANK3 in Bipolar Disorder I and Bipolar Disorder II
  • Emily Shin – Exploring the correlation between de novo mutations in the BCOR gene and fetal ocular malformations associated with Lenz Microphthalmia Syndrome
  • Thomas Speciel – AVLA – AudioVisual Learning AI tool
  • Clive Stevens – The Ethics of Exploitation: How to Run Clinical Trials Involving Homeless Populations
  • Bridget Woolf – Testing the Impact of Shared Sequences of Human and COVID-19 Genetic Material on COVID-19 Disease Outcomes and Ability of COVID-19 Genetic Material to Integrate into Human Cells
  • Nikita Yang – The feeling of beauty in music: Relaxing and not confusing


4:30 pm: Closing Remarks

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