2017 AAAS Student Poster Competition Winners and Honorable Mentions

The 2017 Student Poster Competition took place at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston on February 18-19. The winners’ work displayed originality and understanding that set them apart from their peers. The 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting poster entry site will open July 13, 2017.

Brain and Behavior
Winner: Claire Erickson, Ohio State University
A Tool for Diagnosing and Staging Synucleinopathies
Honorable Mention: Shiv Shah, Arizona State University
Hyperactivation of Erk Signaling Regulates Embryonic Cortical Gabaergic Neuron Development

Cellular and Molecular Biology
Winner: Tyler Jensen, Northeastern University
Epidermal Growth Factor Signaling in the Regenerating Axolotl Lung
Honorable Mention: Caitlyn Riedmann, University of Kentucky
Mecp2 Limits DNA Accessibility in Mononucleosomes and Higher Order Chromatin Arrays

Developmental Biology, Physiology and Immunology
Winner: Betsy Juarez, University of California, Irvine
Antimicrobial Resistance Genes Sul2, strA, strB, and blaTEM-1 in Environmental e. Coli
Honorable Mention: Mohamed Elzarka, University of Cincinnati
Use of Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells to Treat Corneal Injury and Infection

Winner: Sarah Nakasone, University of Chicago
Assessing the Impact of Public Health Simulations
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Barnes, Arizona State University
The Impact of a Short Evolution Module on Students' Perceived Conflict with Evolution

Environment and Ecology
Winner: Annie Opel, Harvard University
The Effect of Coral Restoration on Local Reef Fish Communities
Honorable Mention: Nicholas Ramirez, University of California, Irvine
Environmental Klebsiella Pneumoniae with Heavy Metal and Antibiotic Resistant Genes

Medicine and Public Health
Winner: Amber Gomez, Arizona State University
Targeted Delivery DNA-Tetrahedron Assembled Therapeutics
Honorable Mention: Carlyn Harris, Arizona State University
Social and Cultural Influences of Antibiotic Consumption and Resistance
Honorable Mention: Michelle Kalu, University of California, Irvine
Enterotoxin-Coding Virulence Gene senB and Multidrug Resistance Genes in Escherichia Coli

Physical Sciences
Winner: Islam Mosa, University of Connecticut
Ultrathin Supercapacitors for Implantable Bioelectronics
Honorable Mention: Hendrik Utzat, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electron-Delocalization and Exciton-Phonon Coupling in CdSe/CdS Colloidal Nanocrystals
Honorable Mention: Anahita Zare, University of Missouri
Spectroscopic Monitoring of Alpha Helical Uniformity

Science and Society
Winner: S. Drew Story, University of California, Riverside
California Natural Resources Agency and the Salton Sea: Case Study in Science Communication
Honorable Mention: Julia Bresticker, Bucknell University
The Effectiveness of Different Skeptical Challenges for Modifying Belief
Honorable Mention: Caitlin Drummond, Carnegie Mellon University
Education, Science Literacy, and Polarized Beliefs About Science

Social Sciences
Winner:  Michael Davidson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hidden Costs of Technology Development by the Plan: Case of China's Coal Fleet Upgrading
Honorable Mention:  Marisa McNatt, University of Colorado, Boulder
Case-Study Examples of Offshore Wind Policy Outcomes: The Role of Science Coproduction
Honorable Mention: Grant Victor, University of Kentucky
Opioid Analgesics and Heroin: Examining Drug Abuse Trends Among A Sample of Drug Treatment

Technology, Engineering and Math
Winner: Jacqueline Ohmura, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Biomediated Nanonetwork Synthesis Enabling Highly Tunable Composition and Nanostructure
Honorable Mention: Gavin Schag, Central Washington University
UAV Photogrammetry: Structure From Motion Data Evaluation for Dem Applications
Honorable Mention: Marlen Tagle Rodriguez, University of California, Irvine
Optimizing Mmp7 Degradable Hydrogels for Cartilage Tissue Engineering