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2019 AAAS Student E-poster Competition Winners and Honorable Mentions

The 2019 AAAS Student E-poster Competition took place at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on February 16-17. The competition recognizes the individual efforts of students who are actively working toward an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral-level degree. The winners’ presentations displayed originality and understanding that set them apart from their peers.

E-poster Student Competition

Brian and Behavior

Winner: Gladys A. Shaw, Virginia Commonwealth University

Predatory Stress Increases Ethanol Consumption in Male C57bl/6j Mice

Honorable Mention: Justin Buck, University of Maryland, College Park

Mapping the Mouse Brain: An Investigation of Dopamine Circuitry


Cellular and Molecular Biology

Winner: Erin Choi, The University of Texas at Austin

Developing Model Substrates to Characterize Substrate Selection by the 26s Proteasome

Honorable Mention: Sanaz Momben Abolfath, The Catholic University of America

Cyclodextrin-Based Anthrax Toxin Channel Inhibitors


Developmental Biology, Physiology and Immunology

Winner: Katherine Blackmore, George Washington University

A Forebrain-Hypothalamic Circuit Mediates Hepatic Steatosis

Honorable Mention: Meilin Zhu, Arizona State University

Stress and Sleep Hormone Detection in Eccrine Sweat



Winner: Aeowynn J. Coakley, San Jose State University

Rubric Development: Characterizing Introductory Physics for Life Sciences Curricula

Honorable Mention: Hernán “Náni” Gallegos, Tufts University

Exploring Social Networks for Underrepresented Minorities in Learning Assistant Supported Classrooms


Environment and Ecology

Winner: Jacy L. Hyde, University of Florida

Transmission Lines are an Under-Acknowledged Threat to the Brazilian Amazon

Honorable Mention: Mandar Bokare, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Air-Water and Sediment-Water Transfer of PCBs in an Urban River


Medicine and Public Health

Winner: Luis M. Cantu, University of California, Irvine

How are Antibiotic Resistant Genes Distributed Among Bacteria Species?

Honorable Mention: Ada Vernet Crua, Northeastern University

Green Synthesis of Metallic Synergetic Nanostructures for Biomedical Applications


Physical Sciences

Winner: Khayra Alabrash, Morgan State University

The Synthesis of Organorhenium Complexes as Breast Cancer Drugs

Honorable Mention: Rachael Knoblauch, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Heavy Carbon Nanodots: A Potential Light-Activated Antimicrobial


Science and Society

Winner: Victor L. Rodriguez, University of Central Florida

Planting the Seed of Community Resilience: Federal, State, and Private Strategies

Honorable Mention: Kate Bredbenner, Rockefeller University

How Scientists Should Summarize Their Research: An Analysis of Research Summaries


Social Sciences

Winner: Emily Santora, Arizona State University

Social and Cultural Ideas of Endometriosis in Low and Middle-Income Countries

Honorable Mention: Luis Alexis Rodríguez-Cruz, University of Vermont

The Psychological Distance of Climate Change Adaptation for Puerto Rican Farmers


Technology, Engineering and Math

Winner: Jennifer G. DiStefano, Northwestern University

Utilizing 2D Materials in Core-Shell Nanocomposites

Honorable Mention: Tehreem A. Raza, Cal Poly Pomona

Constitutive Model of PLG 10-90 for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction