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2018 AAAS Student E-poster Competition Winners and Honorable Mentions

The 2018 Student Poster Competition took place at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin on February 17-18. New for 2018, Student Poster Sessions were delivered in an electronic (e-poster) format! The winners’ work displayed originality and understanding that set them apart from their peers.

The 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting poster entry site will open in July of 2018.



Brian and Behavior

Winner: Christopher Tokita, Princeton University
Towards Complex Societies: Division of Labor Helps Early Social Groups Succeed

Honorable Mention: Gabriella Cabrera-Brown, Arizona State University
Abrupt Nicotine Reduction Increases Essential Value of Nicotine and Exacerbates Reinstated Nicotine Seeking

Cellular and Molecular Biology

Winner: Melody Tan, Rice University
Optical Imaging for Improved Oral Cancer Diagnosis at the Point of Care

Honorable Mention: Kimberley Kissoon, University of Houston, Downtown
Density-Dependent Colony Expansion of Socially Motile Myxococcus Xanthus Cells is Driven by Exopolysaccharides

Honorable Mention: Oluwaseun Adegbite, University of California, Irvine
Widespread Blatem-1b Locus within Flexible Multidrug Resistance Region in an Environmental Escherichia Coli

Developmental Biology, Physiology and Immunology

Winner: Caitlin Short, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Growth Cone Invadosome Formation and Function in Axon Growth and Guidance

Honorable Mention: Edward van Opstal, Vanderbilt University
The Genetic Basis of Host Suppression of a Maternally Transmitted Bacterium

Honorable Mention: Emily Bryant, University of California, Irvine
A Multiresistance Region Including Extended Spectrum Β-Lactamase Antibiotic Resistance Genes in an Escherichia Coli Collected from an Aquatic Environment


Winner: Ally Huang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Synthetic Biology Educational Kits Based on Cell-Free, Freeze-Dried Biomolecular Components

Honorable Mention: Michael McClellan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Investigating Meteorological and Anthropogenic Effects on Urban Air Quality

Medicine and Public Health

Winner: Vasiliki Rahimzadeh, McGill University
Teaching the Blockchain to Facilitate Learning Primary Healthcare Systems

Honorable Mention: Norah Ashoura, The University of Texas at Austin
The Force Awakens: Illuminating the Role of Kynurenine in Cancer Progression and Treatment

Honorable Mention: Glenn Guardamondo, University of California, Irvine
Poly(Lactide-Co-Glycolide) and the Innate Immune Response Following a Spinal Cord Injury Drives Human Neural Stem Cell Fate

Environment and Ecology

Winner: Jennifer Schlauch, The University of Texas at Austin
Microbial Communities Associated with the Social Paper Wasp Polistes Exclamans (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

Honorable Mention: Danial Nasr Azadani, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
A Novel Bacteriophage for a Promising Viable Alternative in the Fight Against Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Physical Sciences

Winner: Yujin Cho, The University of Texas at Austin
Study of Nonlinear Optical Properties of Indium Selenide Using Second Harmonic Generation Microscopy

Honorable Mention: Jia Hui Li, Columbia University
High-Performance Porphyrin-Based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with Iodine and Cobalt Redox Shuttles

Honorable Mention: Samantha M. Powell, University of Oklahoma
Formation of Myoglobin-Nitroso Adducts from Amine- and Nitro-Containing Drugs

Science and Society

Winner: Rachel Damiani, University of Florida
Relating to Researchers: How Citizen Scientists Invest in Learning the Language of Science

Honorable Mention: Victor Rodriguez, University of Central Florida
A Look at Nanomedicine Clinical Trials in Comparison to Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY)

Honorable Mention: Alexis Darby, Arizona State University
Tuberculosis in Arizona: An Examination of its Effects on Communities, Infrastructure, and Health from 1890 to 2010

Social Sciences

Winner:  Charlotte Till, Arizona State University
Environmental Perceptions and Their Place within Migration Decision Frameworks: Analysis from At-Risk Locations Along the US Gulf Coast

Honorable Mention:  Cyrus Hester, Arizona State University
Economic, Climatic, and Geographic Drivers of Urban Water Demand in Arizona, 1991 –2011

Technology, Engineering and Math

Winner: Rileigh Bandy, The University of Texas at Austin
Investigating Global Optimization Methodology

Honorable Mention: Sam Aminfard, The University of Texas at Austin
Multi-Layered Spatial Methodology for Assessing the Technical and Economic Viability of Using Renewable Energy to Power Brackish Groundwater Desalination