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2021 Richter Scholar Symposium II


2021 Richter Scholars Symposium II

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Symposium will be held virtually. The Lake Forest College community and family and friends of the Richter Scholars are invited to register for the event. This will allow you to join the event via Zoom and participate by asking questions.

Registration is now open: register here or by clicking on the Register button below. Once you have registered you will be provided with a Zoom link through which you will be able to participate in all of the Symposium sessions. 

The event will also be livestreamed, although participation through the livestream will not be possible. 

Morning Session I

8:30 a.m.  — Latina Entrepreneurship Study: Identifying Local Latina Entrepreneurs & Uncovering Pain Points

Nikki Garcia
Mentored by Kate Jackson, Interim Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program

8:55 a.m.  — Molecular Mechanisms of Injury-induced Neurodegeneration

Majo Orozco Fuentes and Otoha Tatami
Mentored by Rebecca Delventhal, Assistant Professor of Biology

9:25 a.m. — Do Words Matter? The Impact of Gendered Language on Women’s Application to STEM and Non-STEM Job Opportunities

Farhan Ahmed and Megan Yim
Mentored by Cassondra Batz-Barbarich, Assistant Professor of Business

9:55 a.m. — Researching Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fiction with an Eye to Teaching Diversity and Inclusion

Demetra Tsakos
Mentored by Carla Arnell, Professor of English

Morning Session II

10:30 a.m.  — How Does the Host Defend Itself Against Tuberculosis?

Beau Henry Grimes and Ceylin Sahin
Mentored by William Conrad, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

11:00 a.m.  — Patterns in Salt Limitation of Ant Communities

Marina Strong
Mentored by Sean Menke, Associate Professor of Biology

11:25 a.m.  — Removing Environmentally Persistent Pharmaceuticals from Wastewater

Emma Clay-Barbour and Giselle Schiet
Mentored by Erica Schultz, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Afternoon Session I

1:00 p.m.  — The Geometry of Love: Annotating the Arthurian Poetry of Charles Williams

Jack Farrell
Mentored by Carla Arnell, Professor of English

1:25 p.m.  — Le Data

Malek Elaghel
Mentored by Arthur Bousquet, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

1:50 p.m.  — Restricted Chicago: Housing Discrimination and Educational Disparities in Chicagoland Area

Hayley Headley and Aarti Singh
Mentored by Desmond Odugu, Associate Professor of Education

2:20 p.m.  — Cholinergic Mechanisms of Pavlovian Conditioned Approach Behavior in Rats

Kotryna Andriuskeviciute, Wambui Kahende, and Lael Medema
Mentored by Jean-Marie Maddux, Assistant Professor of Psychology

2:55 p.m.  — Insight into Parkinson’s Disease: How Three New Mutants of Alpha-Synuclein May Cause Disease

Amanda Grassel
Mentored by Shubhik DebBurman, Disque D. and Carol Gram Deane Professor of Biological Sciences

Afternoon Session II

3:30 p.m. — Fish Biomechanics and Sensory Systems

Violet Anderson and Djurdjina Jovanovic
Mentored by Margot Schwalbe, Assistant Professor of Biology

4:00 p.m. — The Final Countdown: Determining the End Nucleotide of the Chromosome’s Telomeres

Natalie Kamau and Meklit Yimenu
Mentored by Karen Kirk, Professor of Biology

4:30 p.m. — Evolutionary Trade-offs Between Flight and Sexually-selected Traits in Beetles

Beth DeFoe and Iman Shepard
Mentored by Flavia Barbosa, Assistant Professor of Biology

5:00 p.m. — How to Prevent Tuberculosis with Synthetic Biology

Laurel Robbins and Gabrielle Vineyard
Mentored by William Conrad, Assistant Professor of Chemistry