2019 MGRS Award Winners

  • Association of Women in Science (AWIS) Northwest Ohio Chapter: This award honors the top female researchers in the STEM field presenting at the conference. One poster and one seminar presentation will be selected for this award with a monetary prize up to $150 that can be redeemed for professional membership or travel to a professional meeting.
    • Poster Winner: Hallie Dolin
      • University of Toledo, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
      • “Retinoic acid-induce upregulation of native anti-inflammatory pathways is a potential novel sepsis treatment”
    • Seminar Winner: La’Nese Lovings
      • University of Toledo, Chemistry
      • “Synthesis and characterization of Alxsc2-Xmo3O12 using non-hydrolytic sol-gel methods”
  • University of Toledo, College of Arts and Letters: Each award for the best presentation in the respective specialty topics includes a $100 monetary award.
    • Winner for Humanities: Nicholas Langenberg
      • Grand Valley State University, English
      • “Being a Good Victim: The Effect of Heteronormative Ideology on the New York Times’ Portraits of Grief”
    • Winner for Social Sciences: Keith Edmonds
      • University of Toledo, Psychology
      • “U There? Online Rejection Elicits Negative Thoughts and Feelings
        Among Those Who Compare”
    • Winner for Arts: Kyle Flemings
      • Miami Ohio University, English-Creative Writing
      • “The Token Project”
  • University of Toledo, College of Engineering: This award honors the most outstanding poster and seminar presentations focusing on engineering and each includes a $100 monetary award.
    • Best Engineering Poster: Dinesha Agosthinghage Dona
      •  University of Toledo, Bioengineering
      • “Development of Alginate-PVA Composite Scaffold for Cartilage Tissue
        Engineering Applications”
    • Best Engineering Seminar: Behrouz Mohammadian
      • University of Toledo, Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing
        Engineering
      • “Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Wet Snow Accumulation on
        Inclined Cylindrical Surfaces”
  • University of Toledo, College of Health and Human Services: This award goes to the best poster and seminar presentations in the health and human services fields and includes a $100 monetary award.
    • Best HHS Poster: John Matkovic
      • University of Toledo, Health Education
      • “Is Self-Efficacy to Succeed at Work a Predictor of Self-Reported Health
        Status among Low Income Adults?”
    • Best HHS Seminar: Ryan Martin
      • University of Toledo, School of Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
      • “The Impact of Intercellular Adhesion Molecule – 1 in Skeletal Muscle
        Regeneration”
  • University of Toledo, College of Medicine and Life Sciences Award: This award and $500 monetary prize are for the best presentation in the subject of biomedical research.
    • Best Biomedical: Pranav Patel
      • University of Toledo, Pharmacy Practice
      • “US Healthcare System: Identifying Interventions that Fix the System”
  • University of Toledo, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Award: One
    poster and one seminar presentation will be selected for this award and monetary prizes honoring the best research in math or natural sciences.

    • Poster Winner: Jennifer Greco
      • University of Toledo, Physics and Astronomy
      • “A High Resolution H and K Band Spectroscopic Sequence of Ultracool
        Dwarf Stars”
    • Seminar Winner: Muhammad Hussain
      • University of Toledo, Chemistry and Biochemistry
      • “Engineering of A Critical Enzyme in Fatal Brain Disease”
  • University of Toledo, Department of Environmental Sciences Award: Awarded to the student with the best presentation focusing on environmental sciences and includes a $100 monetary prize.
    • Environmental Winner: Michaela Margida
      • University Toledo, Environmental Sciences
      • “Modeling the Onset of Lignin Decay as a Function of Plant Cell Wall
        Chemistry”
  • University of Toledo, Judith Herb College of Education: JHCOE Dean’s Award
    honors outstanding research for the best research presentation in the education field and includes a $100 monetary award.

    • JHCOE Dean’s Award: Chris Wojciechowski
      • University of Toledo, Research and Measurement
      • “Experiences of Voters in Deciding to Vote in a Local Election”
  • University of Toledo, Office of the Provost: The Provost Awards of excellence honors the best overall poster presentation and seminar presentation, and each includes a $200 monetary award.
    • Poster Winner: Tina Back
      • Lindsey Wilson College, Counselor Education and Supervision
      • “Effective diagnosis and treatment for dissociative disorders”
    • Seminar Winner: Sara Lamar
      • Grand Valley State University, Annis Water Resource Institute
      • “Comparing Germination Success and Differential Gene Expression of
        Invasive Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila paniculata) found in Distinct Ecoregions”
  • University of Toledo, Office of Research: This award honors the best overall
    presentation funded by outside sources and includes a $100 monetary award.

    • Office of Research Winner: Cameron Marcus
      • University of Toledo, Emergency Medicine
      • “Developing “Herd Immunity” in a Civilian Community Through Incorporation of Just-In-Time Tourniquet Application Training”
  • University of Toledo, Office of Student Affairs: This award honors outstanding poster and seminar awards and includes a $50 monetary award.
    • Poster Winner: Shawn Oliai
      • Grand Valley State University, Health Informatics and Bioinformatics
      • “An Efficient Method for Indexing Temporal Gene Expression Datasets”
    • Seminar Winner: Jared Vanasdale
      • Youngstown State University, Mechanical Engineering
      • “Correlation Between Epidermal Strain and Sternal Stress Post
        Sternotomy”
  • First Solar Award: This award will be given to the best presentation in the subject of solar and renewable energy.
    • Solar/Renewable Winner: Kamala Khanal Subedi
      • University of Toledo, Physics and Astronomy
      • “Novel p-type Barium Copper Sulfide as a Hole Transport Layer for Bifacial and OpqueCadmium Telluride Solar Cells”
  • Kappa Delta Pi Education Research Award: Awarded to a student focusing on
    excellence in educational research and includes $50 for best poster and research
    presentation in education.

    • Poster Winner: Regina Rotshtein
      • University of Toledo, Educational Foundations and Leadership
      • “Cross-cultural Exploration of Children’s Epistemic Climates in School
        and Home Contexts”
    • Seminar Winner: Shujuan Wang
      • University of Toledo, Educational Foundations and Leadership
      • “International Students’ Challenges with Engagement in Class”
  • Lake Erie Center Science Award: This award honors students studying research in
    aquatic science or a closely related field to aquatic ecology.

    • Best Aquatic Science: Dustin Dehm
      • University of Toledo, Environmental Sciences
      • “A Small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) Based Method for Monitoring
        Wetland Inundation & Vegetation”
  • GSA Sponsored Poster Presentation Award: One 1st place, one 2nd place, and one 3rd place winner each receives a plaque, certificate, and monetary award.
    • Poster 1st Place: Emily Roemhild
      • University of Toledo, Psychology
      • “The Role of Anxiety Control and Mindfulness In Sports Anxiety”
    • Poster 2nd Place: Kelsey Murphy
      • University of Toledo, Neurosciences
      • “Mini-Gagr, an Intranasally Applied Polysaccharide, Activates the Neuronal Nrf2-Mediated Antioxidant Defense System”
    • Poster 3rd Place: Jidnyasa Mantri
      • Grand Valley State University, BioInformatics
      • “A Critical Success Factor Model to Assess Quality Initiatives in Healthcare”
  • GSA Sponsored Seminar Presentation Award: One 1st place, one 2nd place, and one 3rd place winner each receives a plaque, certificate, and monetary award.
    • Seminar 1st Place: Evan Clarkson
      • University of Toledo, Psychology
      • “Inter-hemispheric Differences in Moral Decision-making”
    • Seminar 2nd Place: Nicole Smith
      • Lourdes University, Nursing Education
      • “Should Medical Marijuana Be Integrated In To Pre-Licensure Nursing Programs”
    • Seminar 3rd Place: Dileepa Jayawardena
      • University of Toledo, Environmental Sciences
      • “Elevated Co2 Plus Chronic Warming Causes Severe Leaf Hyponasty in Tomato, Which Correlates with Reduced Growth and Nitrogen -Uptake
        And -Assimilation”